Thank you Martin Bednář for recommending this! It arrived a few days ago but my first cup was really underwhelming.
I gave it another go tonight, doubling the amount of leaves, and I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this. It’s smooth and malty and rich, yet it still feels light.
I brewed up a 3-cup teapot western style – the first cup was smooth and malty but relatively flat. The second cup, however, had steeped for quite a while longer (probably 5 to 6 minutes instead of the recommended 3 to 4) and the resulting tea was richer and far more complex. The jammy, fruity notes are subtle at first but they grow as you take more sips. It’s definitely a raspberry jam but there’s a hint of strawberry too.
I’m onto the third cup now and it’s getting quite strong and not so smooth. The jam notes are holding up though. I can’t detect any of the spicy notes that other tasting notes have described.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this tea and I’m really looking forward to writing out a full review… but there’s currently a backlog of teas I need to write long reviews on for my blog. Might be a month or so until I get round to doing my usual analysis with pics for this tea. It’s going to be a real test of my resolve to keep the last of this tea sample in my cupboard that long without drinking it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Jam, Malt, Raspberry, Smooth