The samples that I ordered from Rare Tea Republic just came in today, and I’ve been dying to try this tea ever since I read Amy Oh’s tasting note.
Anyway, the first infusion was wonderful! The aroma was fruity, yet still very unique. The flavor was also astounding for a black tea because it’s unusually sweet. The fruity flavors remind me of plums, and it’s a lot stronger than usual, especially for a black tea. As the tea cools a touch of astringency develops, but it doesn’t really detract from the overall experience.
The second infusion was actually less sweet than the first, but it also had no astringency as it cooled. Also, the plum flavors were more subdued, and the caramel flavors that the label mentioned started to become apparent. A very nice second infusions.
The third infusion was uninspiring. The plum flavors are completely gone, the caramel flavors are weak, and other flavors are weak and indistinct. It’s not like it’s bad, but this tea is clearly well past its peak.
The bottom line of this tea is that the first infusion is the best, with bold fruity flavors and just the right amount of sweetness. This is definitely something special, with a very unique palate, and I’m going to savor my sample while it lasts.