I figure I have time for a quickie before the boyfriend joins me. Wait, that came out wrong.
Anyway, the leaves here doesn’t really have much in the way of aroma in the dry form. There leaves look CTC, but even so the aroma doesn’t have much kick. It’s got a certain sweetness to it, but nothing that I can really put a finger on it.
It’s the same after steeping. The aroma is rather weak and what is there of it has that slightly spicy, kind of earthy wet-dog and leather note to it.
The flavour is, considering the aroma, surprisingly sweet. but also with a rather rough and coffee-like background. It’s not astringent or outright bitter at all, but I wouldn’t really call it smooth either because of that coffee note.
This stuff tastes kind of like it has been brewed in a coffee pot and nothing can wreck a tea as efficiently as a coffee bean.
I’ve had a green tea from Bolivia that I rather liked, but apart from that I have yet to be impressed with the tea production of South America.