The dry tea is really cute. Small downy curly leaves that are repeat with golden buds. The leaf smells slightly floral and nutty.
I brewed one TSP per 225 ml for around 4.5 min at around 95°C.
The resulting brew is a maple orange colour with a yellow ring around the edge of the cup.
At first sip the tea tasted a little thin, but as I let it cool a little, while I write this it developed more depth.
The scent is slightly chocolately, with sweet potato under the incensy influence of a touch of smoke, a hint of nut almost like sweet walnut, and a hint of something sweet ( more butter toffee than honey).
The flavour has a bitter chocolate, clover, sweet potato mixed with longan, with a hint of nut developing on the tongue at the end that deepens in the aftertaste. There is a hint of dried fruit which had the deeper notes of dried dates. The tea has a crisp top note almost like a Darjeeling that leaves a tingling underneath the tongue, and a slightly bitter base note that gives this tea a stronger presence than its texture or first taste suggested.
A fun tea, with a nice dose of caffeine. It makes a nice afternoon tea.
This tea is another one from my epic swap with TastyBrew, thanks!