using my standard sampling setup, the glass teapot, standard brewing for blacks, 30 second initial brew, +10 per additional.
first off, smelling the dry leaves is simply amazing. the leaves smell sweet, fruity, possibly of dried apricots, not sure. but its amazing, and makes me hungry.
the wet leaves smell of raisins, and the tea has a bit of the sweet fruity smell from the dried leaves. the flavor is very light while still hot, lightly sweet. has a bit of a leathery taste, a bit of bread. very light taste. its odd though, while it has a subtle flavor, it also seems to be full bodied and filling. it could just be me though. it has a nice sweet aftertaste that comes to you after a bit.
the second steeping introduces a bit of fruityness. quite pleasant. nothing els really changed overall.
on the third infusion, the tea is becoming noticeably darker, with a dark reddish hue appearing. the tea is giving off a sweet potato aroma, but still has a sweet smell under that. there is definitely a sweet potato taste present this time, which i find a bit surprising. being as its on its third steep, and with a total of 50 seconds, there is no trace of bitterness, which is nice. the flavors are actually a bit more pronounced than its first steep.
this tea is still going fairly strong at 6 brews, with the flavor tapering off slightly. definitely a workhorse. overall, its a good tea, but a bit….. confusing…. to me. it seems to be a full bodied tea, and “filling” if you will, yet it has mild flavors…. good for mornings or a calm day, but if paired with strong foods, the tea will be entirely lost.