From the dry leaves, I got a whiff of raspberries along with the mossy and mineral, it smells really delicious. The brewed tea smells a tiny bit toasty, a bit vegetal, and a bit spicy with the mineral-y in the first steep. Forgot to time the second steep (oops). Still good. After the third steep, the leaves smelled entirely of spinach, but the brew was less vegetal in flavor. Mostly sweet and spice.

I don’t know what chestnuts taste/smell like, so I cannot comment on that. But there was a more nuttiness that came out for me after the first steep.

I’ve put this tea head-to-head with the similarly priced oolongs from the company, and this one is my favorite for the price.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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New to loose leaf tea and infusions.

Beer snob. Love to drink coffee, but there’s so much politics surrounding the coffee pots at my office, I just wanted my life calm and drama free. Tea and infusions are opening doors of flavor and serenity in my life. I like to create my own food recipes and such, so experimenting in tea was an obvious move once I got into it.

I’ll just put this right here in my profile: many black teas have an odd taste to me. I can only describe it as that they have the aftertaste like someone broke up a cigarette — including the bleached paper wrapper and plastic filter — and poured hot water over it and forced me to drink it on a dare.



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