Dry leaves are loose and delicately small. Dry nose is a little … acidic. It smells like its going to need to be brewed swiftly to avoid bitter notes. I feel like you all know what I mean but maybe its just me? Once rinsed, the aroma is a mix between wet old whiskey barrels and straw (but mostly in a good way haha). Once brewed, you can tell that the leaves include bits of twigs and the leaves were fairly broken up. Looks mechanically processed. Upon further steeping, flavor becomes spicy with hints of clove and leather and definitely can be over-brewed. I had a hard time brewing quickly enough and the flavor danced on the edge of bitter but it pairs with a really lovely smooth tea high. Broth is a deep amber with red undertones (syrupy). The acrid tones soften in later infusions and is replaced by a sweet finish that pairs with a lighter honey toned broth losing some of its red tones.
Steeped in 80ml porcelain gaiwan
Flavors: Clove, Decayed Wood, Leather