Got this one as a free sample with my order. Say what you will about David’sTea, they do take care of their customers. Now that I think about it, does anyone actually say bad thigns about David’sTea?

My nose is a little stuffed up, but it usually is, so the mild aroma could be either me or the tea. There’s a noticeable sharp, dry smell (I guess that’s what you guys mean by muscatel) mixed with something like butter. Interesting and difficult to place. Combine that with the grounding sort of flavor and pleasantly dry mouth this has, and I can see this as a good breakfast tea. Only halfway through the cup and my stomach has already quit complaining about waking up.

Liquor is slightly murky and the color of a 10-year-old penny. Mild flavor, but woody, a touch salty (particularly in the aftertaste), and a light malt to it. Definitely old living lumber, not cut wood. Starting to get some of the mushroom flavors Not my absolute favorite, but very happy to be drinking it. Kind of what I wish their Yunnan Black had been. Doesn’t help that the last black tea I had was from a sample of Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black, which is like MOTHERFUCKER Y’ALL LIKE FLAVORS HAVE ALL OF THEM.

Second cup is much stronger (only brewed it 5 minutes), and has a sweeter, more floral character, sort of leafy. Despite letting it cool more than the last, it still has a warming feeling to it, and almost a numbing one on my tongue. A little orange as it cools off. Texture is lighter than the first.

Anyway, I enjoy it, and it’s not too expensive. If you like mild, woody black, I would not discourage you.

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