The dry leaves have a very woody smell. Not burnt, just a pleasant aroma reminiscent of oak. After steeping the leaves the slightly roasted flavor comes out in the tea, though not too much. The aroma of the tea smells more roasted than the tea itself tastes. Infused color is a dark brown with a hint of amber.
I’ve done between 3 and 4 infusions per group of leaves. The first I tried was a 2 minute infusion and I found it to be too light, and the roasted flavors didn’t show too much. After that I did several infusions ranging between 4 and 5 minutes, and I was much more satisfied with the flavors. Not as strong of a taste of the roasted leaves as I hoped but still a very smooth texture with very subtle hints of sweetness.