I tried to review this tea twice the last two days and the dashboard was frozen. :( I am doing the review from memory now because last night was a sipdown.
Dry: Long dark twists of tea leaves with some shorter pieces mixed in. Appears to be a blend of at least two that are light and airy and thick and furled. The leaf did not appear purple to me, but was rich and dark in appearance and in scent with dark chocolate and honey-sweet wisps. I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, so I had to have this tea as soon as I saw its name.
Steeped: Rich and dark clear liquor, but the bag said to use 1 TBSP for 1 cup of water. That uses a TON of tea for a 24oz teapot considering that most of the others average 1/2 to 1 TSP per cup. I was wondering if it meant to say teaspoon after all because it never came out quite right with the recommended measurement when the temperature is exactly 205 and the time is exactly 3 minutes. All of my other teas from this vendor have been spot-on though.
Taste: Honestly, I think overleafed is the best description unfortunately. Initially there is a burst of dark chocolate, a hint of floral, wood, and malt. I can tell there is a lot of potential, but there is a touch of a bitter bite because I think there is just too much dry leaf in the water. The best cup I made was when I used slightly less and was able to differentiate the above notes. I think I could have liked this one if I had more than an ounce to play with, but its okay because I still love basically every other tea from WP I’ve tried. :)
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt, Wood