I don’t think I’ve ever met a Yunnan I didn’t like. I cracked this one open because I’d forgotten I had it and I seem to be on a bit of a Rishi kick lately.
This one has small, dark (almost black) twisty leaves, with golden ones for highlight and contrast. It smells sweet and bready in the packet.
It smells wonderful. It has that rich, dark (smoldering, really), malty, chocolatey, baked bread, peppery thing going on that gets me every time. The smell is the same smell that gives the ATR and Samovar breakfast and Earl Grey blends their depth and complexity over that of others.
It’s not quite as chewy in the taste as those, but it’s smooth and sweet with a bit of molasses and pepper.
It’s a sexy tea. :-)
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Molasses, Pepper