1800 Tasting Notes
We buy this in bulk…about 31 cents an ounce…at local health food store. Can’t beat it for the price! I’ll have to see if I can associate it with a brand. The leaves are big and loose and … well, leafy instead of tea-ey. It has a nice wet-earth sort of aroma and a hearty brown (as opposed to golden or black or chartreuse) flavor. Ices pretty well in the summer too.
Got sidetracked and let this go too long … I saw the word “rusty” used to describe this one, which I think is the perfect term for the sharp little undertaste I get because I oversteeped. Still, it’s warm and I’m not. May break from my usual practice and add a little sweetener to the second cup to see if it un-bitters it.
I think this is going to be one of those that is going to be kind and forgiving regardless of steeping mistakes … I got impatient and dragged the bag out a little too quickly and it’s still sharp and stout in a nice mild sort of way. I need tea that forgives me.