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There’s something great about going back to one of your favorites that gives it that extra pleasure. I love this black tea and would recommend it to anyone who loves chocolate/malty/sweet/fruity aromatic black teas.

I usually get 3-4 steeps from it. First cup is extremely aromatic like caramel and chocolate met in a cup and the taste doesn’t disagree/differs from the scent.

The second cup the leaves open fully giving more taste and aroma with the same steeping time. The scent is more aromatic like dark chocolate, there’s still some caramel like sweetness to it but the scent of dark chocolate takes over as well as some maltiness. The taste becomes much more apparent, not as sweet as the first cup, more malty and heavy and very pleasant.

Third and Fourth steeps. The scent has some chocolate background but the aroma is much more fruity, almost wine like comparable to that of a keemung. The taste is fruity and wine like, not as malty and just hints of chocolate, now that the chocolate taste is fading you can taste a bit of smokiness.

Expensive tea, but if you love black teas I would recommend it to have it on your stash.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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