This one came from miss cookies. She sent me several Tao of Tea samples, which made me very happy since I was curious about the company. Thanks cookies! This one has somewhat broken leaves, and they’re a dark greyish brown with a few golden tips. Dry scent is mostly dry hay with a lot of sweetness, almost as if there’s honey involved.
The steeped tea smells somewhat smoky, which I was not expecting. Hmm, I think this tea is not for me. It’s not horrible or anything, but it’s definitely quite earthy. There’s also a touch of wood, along with mineral and slightly smoky notes. Not my favorite flavor profile… Maybe there’s a touch of malt? On a positive note, there’s no bitterness or astringency here, which is appreciated. :)
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Mineral, Smoke, Smooth, Wood