Work – 1:30 PM
So this is a sample that was in my drawer at work (along with a bunch of single wrapped sachets from Lupicia, Harney, and the like). It’s a green tea from Nilgiri, which should be interesting. The dry leaf is almost pellet-like and somewhat reminds me of CTC.
This reminds me quite a bit of a gunpowder green tea. It has the same strong earthy flavor with mineral and slight smoke notes. There are some roasted grain notes here as well though, similar to houjicha. I do get some bitterness and quite a lot of astringency after a 2.5 minute steep.
I do find some similarity in this to Indian black teas, it’s quite brisk and has a similar astringent aftertaste. Very interesting! It’s a bit too brisk for me for a green tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Earth, Grain, Hay, Mineral, Roasted, Smoke