This is an interesting one – a CTC, from LP! I think it came as a sample with one of my orders from him, but I don’t really remember given that it was so long ago. I’m not the greatest fan of CTC, except when I’m super tired and want an instant perk-up, or purely for the sake of convenience. Today falls into the former category, because getting up to go to work never fails to make me feel exhausted. Let’s be honest, it’s mostly because I hate my job. Might need to do something about that.
Anyway, for now I have tea, and that makes the world a better place. This one brews up quickly (of course) to a rich, dark chocolate kinda colour. To taste, it’s a lot smoother than I expected – perhaps because it’s a Dian Hong. It’s quite dry, in the way of cocoa, and a little tannic, but still pleasantly rich and malty.
It comes off fairly ordinary at first, but I keep getting little fleeting flashes of something at the back of my throat. It’s a little bit like smoke (wood smoke, not sweet like tobacco smoke…), and a little bit like root beer (chicory?) It certainly makes this experience a whole lot more interesting!
I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. It’s loads better than I expected.