A tea of the month addition from a couple months ago…finally getting a chance in this busy summer to trying it. Dry leaf is beautiful long one inch plus curls, very dark brown to black in color. Scent in roasty, spicy, with a hint of tart apple.
After a rinse and 5sec. steep: Wet leaf is mineraly, roast and green veggies. This first steep is relatively light with the leaves still mostly closed. Light apple with a little toast.
Steep 2(5sec.): Almost twice as dark as the previous. Nice sweetness coming through along with vanilla and light spice.
Steep 3(5sec.): Sweetness still getting stronger. Nice creamy fullness with a woodsy, earthy spice.
Steep 4(5sec.): Rotated leaves…Full and sweet. Almost no earthiness left. Nice tropical fruits starting to peak its head…star fruit tang in the finish.
Steep 5(5sec.): More green tea type flavors now. A little citrus and tropical fruit still. Starting to lighten in flavor. Will extend steeping next time around.
Steep 6(10sec.): Flavor kicked up a little, especially the tropical fruit. Would go a few more steeps, but I need to start my day.

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