Thanks again for the samples, Teakruthi! A fantastic robust black tea here. The leaves look unique to me — they remind me of the pelt of some feral wood creature for some reason. Dark, wiry, short leaves with touches of gold. It somehow just appears slightly different than a usual black tea! (Maybe I’ve been watching The Witcher and it is AMAZING.) The flavor is like the image. Robust, tough, strong, wild, but also malty with touches of sweetness and a bit of starch. Reminds me of leather somehow, in the best way and dark dried fruits. It’s so mysterious yet the flavor notes really meld together well. So drinkable and comforting. A black tea I’d give an award to. Tough to describe the details, but simply perfection on that first steep today. I did start drinking this in the morning and it makes a great morning OR afternoon tea. The second steep wasn’t as special with either steep session. The first session, I didn’t brew it at boiling like I normally would for the second steep of a black tea. But the second session was more like how I’d brew a second steep and it was a little bit brisk, with the characteristics mostly like a drying coppery assam. Both first steeps were FANTASTIC though. With adjustments, I can probably make the second steeps just as good. This is exactly what I look for a strong black tea and I will certainly stock up.
With much embarrassment, I’m finally finished reviewing the teas from Teakruthi, since they were so kind sending samples a while ago. Most of the teas that I tried, I would definitely buy! ANNNNDDDD… I already went ahead and placed a smallish order since I already had rewards points to use anyway. I usually like to order from a shop if they send samples. It hooks me every time…. wish I had ordered a bit of this though. Next time! But Teakruthi is a new favorite tea shop, that’s for sure.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 14 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep*favorite steep
Steep #2 // 7 minutes after boiling // 4 min
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Leather, Malt, Sweet