April 2022 Sipdown Challenge – A woody tea
Olive green leaf is the majority here and it tastes so much more like a Darjeeling than a fully oxidized, cocoa-ish Nepali black tea. This tea lights me up in all the right ways. It is very easy to drink with its lemon-oak-dry grassy character and some light, fluffy date sweetness like oxidized white teas. It is a bright tea with enough astringency to make it interesting but not dry out the mouth. Very mineral, quartzlike and bright clean copper. Mouthwatering, tingly salted citrus rind feeling. Nuances of sunchokes, malt, muscatel, eggshell, dates, geranium, pungent dried herbs, spearmint, dry forest floor duff. It feels in a way like California, like summer.
Thank you, Martin :)
The steep time and temperature sliders don’t work on the phone sooo – 3g:300mL, 195F, 2 steeps at ?/?min
Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Cocoa, Dates, Dry Grass, Dry Leaves, Forest Floor, Geranium, Herbs, Juicy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt, Metallic, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutty, Oak, Salt, Spearmint, Tangy, Viscous, White Wine, Woody