Ok, I think I have found the diabolical twin of Wedding Impérial :it’s a capricious tea…. grrrr This is my THIRD steep already and I have the eyes focused on the clock.
I’ll stop at 2 minutes, not more !
However we should use a very small amount of loose leaf otherwise it turns bitter.
Awwwww yes ! 2 minutes are fine !
Let’s back to the beginning : Cocotte is a tea with tomatoes, I would say flowering tomatoes and tomatoes + lemon on a darjeeling base.
The dry leaf is admirable because of course very original and because it smells like a garden of tomatoes and fresh GOOD tomatoes (I mention good because often now there are just stupid tomatoes on the market, without any taste (bref des tomates franchement dégueulasses- no other way to say :) ) – These tomatoes are tomatoes.
I was hesitant about how to prepare this tea especially because normally I add a rock of brown crystal sugar and with this kind of flavour, I was unsure.
Anyway Tomato is a fruit and gets naturally sugar so I finally added my rock of sugar.
After my brewing adventures, I have to say 2 min are perfect for me, the tea is just amazing, delicious and so original.A slight astringency remains but tolerable.It tastes like fresh tomatoes with a flowery taste and a hint of lemon.
I think I need to continue to play around this tea because maybe the tea base is not my favorite and it may count in the way I would prepare the tea next time (by a potential colder brew) but really I am happy to have bought this tea.