Thanks Christina for sending me a sample of this tea.
This is the spring 2015 version.
I thought based on the reviews and the initial dry tea smell that I would love this one but it has been weird for me.
The dry tea smells nice and sweet and malty, with a bit of dark chocolate notes. However after brewing, the initial sip is quite a turn off for me. All I can taste is burnt dirt, earth, and mushroom-y type flavour. As it cools, it turns into the more malty, sweet black tea I was expecting. There is no more earthy or mushroom flavours. But it unfortunately loses a lot of its “punch”. It is not horrible but luke warm tea is not my favourite. I have played around with steeping parameters but just can’t find what works for me with this tea.
Thanks Christine for sending me this one to try.