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Steep notes: no additives, 1 packet of leaf to my gaiwan (6 oz. capacity)

Dry leaf smell: chocolate covered raisins? Wow. Fruity and cocoa-y all at once…

steep one: 10 seconds, Um, smell has changed to burnt french fries. I remember this. I also remember not really preferring this particular iteration, if I’m honest. Still, as long as we’re getting into semantics, this isn’t smoky – it’s just char. So I don’t outright dislike it. As it cools I taste a starchy bread undertone. maybe a hint of burnt sugar/caramel. Come to think of it, I don’t think anything burnt was actually in the taste – just the smell. I can live with this.

steep two: 20 seconds, mostly because my hands just aren’t fast enough to get everything poured any faster. This steep smells more like burnt sweet potato fries. Taste is more chocolaty – dark cocoa powder.

steep three: 35-ish seconds. Leaves smell ashy/charred but the liquor smells caramel sweet. This makes me happy. Taste is sweet, smooth vanilla caramel.

steep four: 1 minute. I’m amazed at how those leaves smell so different than the steeped liquor or taste. Now the caramel has transitioned into a honey note. But its got kind of a roasty flavor in the background, so…honey on toast? Its interesting how the liquor seems to get sweeter with each steeping, which I am loving!

steep five: 3 minutes. Multiple steepings are always so hard for me because I just don’t drink alot of any drink at once, unless I’m eating dinner. The fact that I’ve gone 5 rounds (so, 30 oz) with this in an hour is actually pretty darn impressive. Flavor has changed to what I thought the initial smell of the leaf reminded me of – chocolate covered raisins. It’s more of the unsweetened cocoa powder than milk chocolate though. Still a very nectary mouthfeel, even though I’m five steeps in. I’m not going to be able to hold any more tea tonight though, so I’ll save the leaves in my gaiwan for tomorrow.

I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve had this – long enough that its not in stock anymore. Still, it was a nice relaxing tea to end the weekend on. Time to get ready for bed and start a new week!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa, Honey, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 5 g
Fjellrev

Wow, burnt french fries! Never experienced that with this one before.

Sil

it’s never coming back either..and that make me a very very sad panda

Terri HarpLady

I still get to drink this a few more times…sigh…

Cavocorax

It’s not? :O

Sil

Nope. It was an experiment….last I checked with verdant, not likely

Starfevre

I still haven’t tried mine and I’ve got a bunch of packets. I’m NOT a fan of smokey so it may go up in a swap/sell at some point.

TastyBrew

ooh Starfevre — if you find you don’t like, I will snatch up all yours!!! I LOVE it and am so sad it’s gone!

Terri HarpLady

TastyBrew, I’ll arm wrestle you for it :D

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Fjellrev

Wow, burnt french fries! Never experienced that with this one before.

Sil

it’s never coming back either..and that make me a very very sad panda

Terri HarpLady

I still get to drink this a few more times…sigh…

Cavocorax

It’s not? :O

Sil

Nope. It was an experiment….last I checked with verdant, not likely

Starfevre

I still haven’t tried mine and I’ve got a bunch of packets. I’m NOT a fan of smokey so it may go up in a swap/sell at some point.

TastyBrew

ooh Starfevre — if you find you don’t like, I will snatch up all yours!!! I LOVE it and am so sad it’s gone!

Terri HarpLady

TastyBrew, I’ll arm wrestle you for it :D

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong
*Sencha
*Dragonwell

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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