Dry leaf – light to dark brown rolled leaves, wonderful chocolate aroma with hints of bourbon.

Wet leaf – Very fragrant dark cherry, chocolate

Liquor – Crystal clear light orange

Mouthfeel – Nothing too exciting

Taste – The roast is not overpowering yet it’s a high roast tea. The time between the actual roasting and now has probably helped. Very well balanced and a huge improvement over some others I have had that were too roast-heavy. This allows some nice fruit notes like black cherry and raisin to come through. Very sweet fruit notes, but balanced with a coffee-like roastiness.

Aftertaste – starts out chocolaty, then becomes coffee-like, and then finally a wonderful leafy tea perfume comes through— amazing that the tea perfume wasn’t lost in the roasting. The aftertaste in the third infusion is the nice apple peel flavor that I find in good roasted oolongs. Perhaps the aftertaste is the real highlight of this great tea.

Flavors: Black Currant, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Perfume, Raisins

205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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I have been a casual tea drinker for as long as I can remember, but in 2015 I have really been expanding the depth of my tea experiences. I’m always looking for new teas to try as well as getting to know my old ones better.





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