Post-morning jaunt to local farmer’s market, I thought maybe I’d get a pot of this going while I snapped green beans.
Dry, the leaves smell very earthy and slightly smoky. I’m not sure I’m a fan of yunnans – but I was getting my last Harney order up to the free shipping level and this was something new to me.
Liquor is a dark reddish brown, I think you could easily oversteep this and end up with something really, really dark and forbidding.
I taste… earthy notes, dusty hay, a hint of smoke but that may still be in the smell more than the actual taste…The flavor is actually pretty light for my expectations of a black tea. The bulk of the flavor vanishes on the back of the tongue and after the swallow you are left with a bit of earthy notes and a slight tad of astringency.
Not bad, and it will be used up eventually, but this wouldn’t be one I’d turn to over other blacks I have in my stash. I’ll share it at work and see what the other tea person thinks. My mom will probably like it – she’s a fan of slightly smoky teas.
Off to mess with the fresh corn purchase from this morning to get it ready for dinners next week!