Thanks, to the Ducklers for this tea as a sample in my last order.
First steep: 3 minutes at 168F. There is so much going on with this tea, it’s hard for me to put into words what I’m experiencing. On first taste the tea seems tart and sweet like cranberries can be. The second note is mellower- vegetal, like creamed lettuce (if there is such a thing)or boiled and mashed chestnut. Either way that second note is softer and richer. At the very, very end of the taste I swear there is just the slightest bit of licorice because there is a lingering sweetness. Overall the impression is of a bright, crisp taste which is fruity at first and then vegetal.