Hmmm first review, no pressure hahah. I will start off by saying that this brew was very stubborn. I opened the package to reveal long black strands. The leaves were a frosted crimson and purple color. They had a light smoke aroma. I brewed these in my new yixing with a generous amount. I washed the leaves once to allow the leaves to breathe. I brewed in increments of 15 seconds, considering the size of my pot. The scent the steeped leaves gave off was intense! The sweet smell of maple, sugarcane, and brown sugar escaped from its spout. I was immediately captured by the air in my tea room. The liquor was a deep rusted orange. The brew had a similar scent to the leaves, but they carried a roasted and ash note. The taste was completely different. It had a dry charcoal flavor. The sweetness had disappeared and was replaced by granite and graphite. The reason why I said that this was a stubborn batch is that the leaves refused to unfurl. It took me about four steepings before the flavor was fully developed. This rock flavor was consistent and lacked any complexity. After, It had been steeped a multitude of times the flavor was finally peaking. The sweetness had returned and blended with the underground flavor. The hard rocky mountains and lush forests clashed together. I could taste sweet sap and the roots that gripped the tectonic plates below. The sweet syrup scent followed me throughout the brew. I enjoyed this tasting very much, but it was lacking and difficult to experience. I bought this solely on the purpose of seasoning my pot, and I had leftovers to brew. The aroma of the leaves is what saved this drink.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Drying, Limestone, Maple Syrup, Roasted