Swapped a teaspoon of each tea from Adagio’s Masters Sampler #1 for a friend’s Sampler #2. This is my first of those that I’ve tried.
The leaves themselves are dark and short, almost like chocolate sprinkles or a black rooibos. Scent of the leaves is very leathery and smoky.
Liquor tastes less leathery but more smoky compared to the scent of the leaves. Notes of pepper, dark chocolate, and malt coming through mid-cup. The liquor achieves all these tastes while still keeping it light — an impressive feat, considering all of the rich flavors in here. Delicious. Probably couldn’t be an every-day black for me like Irish Breakfast, but it might be one of the best blacks I’ve had.