Unopened sample packet, steeped according to directions.
OMG. The leaves are so gorgeous and they smell like a gazillion different yummy things. There’s the chocolate-vanilla continuum thing going on — it’s so amazing, I can’t tell which end I’m on. It could be either, or both at the same time. There’s a confectionery aroma that is stunning.
After steeping some of that goes away or at least flattens out and there’s more of a malty/bready smell. It’s a dark copper color.
The tea is smooth and easy to drink. Delicious but without the same depth and malty quality of some of the other ATR Yunnans. It’s not that there’s no depth or maltiness, just that it’s a different version, like the difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate. This one is the milk chocolate version.
After reading others’ notes, I wanted to love this so much it would be my first 100 rating. but I can’t give it that, at least not based on my tasting today. It’s an excellent tea, but to my personal palate prefers the darker flavors of other ATR Yunnans.
It’s still going on the wishlist, though.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Malt, Toffee, Vanilla