Yet another swap from Togo, thank you. Autumn 2017 harvest.
The dry leaf isn’t very fragrant. There is a dominant dried sour cherry and prune note with some malt in the background. Wet leaf smell is light with vanilla and wood.
The aroma is very similar to the dry leaf with an elusive note of chocolate-covered raisins.
The taste is fruity and bright with a brisk, woody tone like a Ceylon. The same dried fruits dominate and the chocolate-covered raisin of the aroma is likewise subtle in taste. Hints of rose, too. If brewed heavier, cedar becomes the forward note. Finishes tannic with maltiness and subtle dried apricots and cream. Leaves a dry, salty-sour impression in the mouth.
A nice, brisk daily drinker with dried fruit flavors. Probably good for those that like to add a touch of milk.
[Western: 2tsp, 8oz, 205F, 2 steeps at 4 and ? minutes]
Flavors: Apricot, Cedar, Cherry, Chocolate, Cream, Dried Fruit, Drying, Malt, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Raisins, Rose, Salty, Tannic, Vanilla, Wood