I haven’t had this one for a while. I missed it. It’s like an old friend that I haven’t seen for a long time but think of constantly.
I tried shorter steeps this time around because I wanted to extend the leaves a bit.
1st Steep-10 seconds
Slightly smoky with a sweet raisin finish. I am going to see what shorter steep times can do to this tea. So far so good.
2nd Steep-15 sec
Very very slight smoke. Roasty. There is also a almost breadlike note on the finish. Very thick mouthfeel as well. Shorter steeps seem to be working really well.
3rd Steep-20 seconds
Sorta sweet. Kind of leathery. Smooth mouthfeel.
4th Steep-25 seconds
There is a grape note in there. Sweet and a bit earthy. Like grapes just off the vine.
5th Steep-30 seconds
Grapes and a bit of a spice bite. A little nutmeg in some sips.
6th Steep-40 seconds
Nutmeg just popped right out there. With vanilla. The grape is gone. Still fruity but it’s a different feel to it.
7th Steep-50 seconds
Lightening up quite a bit. The fruit flavor is much clearer. Like a carmelized fig. It’s pretty much my favorite thing ever.
8th Steep-60 seconds
All fig right now. With brown sugar. This one is perhaps my favorite steep because figs are the best thing ever.
9th Steep-1.30 minutes
Lightening up much more. Tastes of vanilla wafers.
10th Steep-2 minutes
Vanilla and a bit of clove.
11th Steep-2.10 minutes
Some spice…clove still…and a floral taste creeping in.
12th Steep-2.30 minutes
This tea is pretty much done. Very floral on the last steep and that’s how I know to quit. Floral + me= no fun