Aroma when Dry: lingering Soft, slightly powdery, velvety sweet, minty
After water is first poured:. dessert like minty, almost vanilla notes
At end of steep:
At first: pale spring greenish
At end of steep: deep russet brown
Staple? YES! Looking into the loose leaf next
Time of day preferred: Any, but early morning or late at night it is lovely
Season: Summer preferred
Taste: cool, smooth, minty, woody, slightly flat
As it cools? Notes open up greatly, start to hold their own, I can taste “layers” of minty goodenes, and it starts to sweeten naturally.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No. Have used honey and agave when chilled in a blend with other herbals, both work, but are unneeded in it plain. Love floating pine nuts in it when warm, is a great accent (was introduced to Moroccan mint this way in restaurant.)
Lingers? Yes with smooth, crisp minty cooling notes, no afterbite.
Also great (better) cold/cooler.