The leaves here are a gorgeous fuzzy amber with hints of black. Some of them look sickle shaped, like an amber version of Silver Needle white. The dry leaves have a promising sweet fragrance. The medium amber brew is delicious – sweet malt with hints of chocolate and a lot of sweet potato and squash, that sweet yet vegetal flavor. Very delicious for this type of light Chinese black tea. It reminds me a little of Yunnan Sourcing’s Imperial Mojiang that I love, though the leaves don’t look exactly the same. Another great tea from Zen!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep
Zen just sent over some teas to include in the next round of the HH Traveling Tea Box! So nice of them. But this one is from my last tiny order. I think I’ll try a new tea every day and try to manage a sipdown every day. Well, at least a sipdown every day. I’ll see how many days I can go. Sipdown today: A Quarter to Tea’s Cranberry Orange
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Malt, Sweet Potatoes