So I received this sample from David. I was so excited to try it since I loved my last order from him. The description of the tea is a spot on match.The dry leaf smells of a heavy roast and the wet smells of roasted coffee that was left a little too long in the roaster.
The first sip of the tea was strong. It tasted like a cross between roasted coffee and a bitter cacao chocolate. I was not sure how to take it at first until I swallowed and the sweetness hit the back of my mouth. WOW. I have never had that before from any tea. I took another sip and it was even sweeter. Very nice. It made my mouth water. I smelled the wet leaf in the gaiwan again and the smell was even stronger of a bittersweet cacao.
15 minutes after drinking the tea my mouth was still sweet from the tea…nice. I have already put in for an order.
I did 4 steeps the first time. The second time I followed the steeping instructions of 1 minute steeps. I did not like it as much as the first time I drank it. I guess 2 minutes for this tea is what I like. :)