The dark, twisted leaves smell fruity and roasted. I’m looking forward to trying this tea!
The flavor is different than I was expecting. It is fruity, but not sweet. The roasted quality is more like a roasted asparagus taste than a roasty bread taste. None of t these things are bad, just different. I also notice quite a bit of astringentcy, which so far hasn’t bothered me.
For this first steep I used boiling water and steeped 2 tsp for 1 minute.
Second steep is sweeter and less roasty, with the same astringency. This is a mild steep.
This isn’t a favorite for me, but I’m happy I ordered this sample.