Yess, the matcha I had earlier did the trick – my stomach is not hating on me for eating too much pasta and now I am going to get started on a Verdant black! I’ve been craving some malty goodness, probably because I’ve been having lots of flavored teas lately, I just need some simplicity.
This one is a sipdown – I had just enough left in my pack to try this in my gongfu pot. Now, there was no way I could manage a 1 sec rinse with a gongfu teapot, it takes too long to pour it out, so I had to do a mini rinse, not the full pot, just enough to cover the leaves, and pour out as fast as I could lol. It was about 6 seconds or so. Lol, I need to invest in a gaiwan at some point!
So I probably had about 4-5 g of tea in the packet, so I tried to steep as quick as I could as well. Ended up being around 8-10 seconds. The resulting liquor is a lovely deep gold, a hint of red in it. It smells HEAVENLY. I couldn’t quite recall the smell of the tea from the dry leaves, but now I get that sweet potato, honey soaked barely scent. Mm it smells pretty delicious!
As for the taste, this one is hitting the spot perfectly today! A nice malty chocolate, and honey aftertaste with an almost wheaty taste. This tea doesn’t seem as thick as some others, which is a nice change, just a light, luscious black tea. The honey notes aren’t as strong either, but the maltiness is excellent. Oh, and as I just finished my cup, the smoothness of this tea really became noticeable. I think the smoothness is maybe more pronounced with gongfu brewing!
Overall, this tea is good both western style and gongfu. I am looking forward to seeing how the flavor changes as I do multiple steepings of this one this afternoon. A bit of a sad sipdown, but I am pleased I had the chance to try this tea while it was available! And maybe another batch will come out this spring or summer :)