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This is a tasting note for the early version; the one that was wild picked

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I had this last month western style to finish up my sample. I brewed it just like how I would brew the second version of this.

1st Steep: Rich smoky tobacco dry roasted malt

2nd: Similar but less intense and more subdued. It also has a slight smoothness/powdery smoke mouth feel. Has smokey bitterness as well.

3rd Steep: Tastes like cocao, has a slight spice, light smoke, and some woodyness in the flavor.

4th Steep: Last steep more sweet and cocoa like. Very malty and rich.
Cooled: slightly juicy flavor added

It should also be noted that the flavor of bourbon persisted through most of the steepings.

I find it interesting that the different pickings (one wild the other farmed) created a completely different flavor. The wild one has a more manly flavor while the cultivated one is more sweet and feminine. They even look different: wild picked is darker, while the other is lighter. In hindsight I should have added a little milk to the steepings; since I think it would make it taste really chocolaty. I might get another chance though….

I have only a little left of the 2nd version of this tea, which I am saving for a special occasion. Hopefully Verdant Tea gets some more of this in, but if not I am so happy I got to try this wonderful tea. (8^D)


Specifics
Pot:Glass
Sweetener: Sometimes added a bit of light agave
Water:?
Leaf:?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Kittenna

Interesting! I think I had sample sizes of both, and I particularly noticed the darker vs. lighter leaves. I found the flavours to be similar enough, although one was more astringent than the other with the same brewing parameters, but I can’t recall which. I think I only have part of one of the packets left now though.

Ze_Teamaker

I think the first was probably more astringent. I know for sure that the latter is very sweet and creamy.

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Kittenna

Interesting! I think I had sample sizes of both, and I particularly noticed the darker vs. lighter leaves. I found the flavours to be similar enough, although one was more astringent than the other with the same brewing parameters, but I can’t recall which. I think I only have part of one of the packets left now though.

Ze_Teamaker

I think the first was probably more astringent. I know for sure that the latter is very sweet and creamy.

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