Thanks again to teakruthi for sending me these tea samples to try out!
I brewed this one up during the week, just hot and straight, to get a sense of it. I find myself inclined to agree with Michelle that it’s basically just ‘fine’. Nothing really unpleasant about it, and I think it’s a nice and drinkable tea – but it’s also really not incredibly nuanced or flavourful and it doesn’t stand out to me in any way.
I thought it had a nice amount of tannin, and the bitterness/astringency levels were ok. Both noticeably there, maybe a little bit more than what I’d say is really pleasant but neither of them off putting. The taste is a bit of a coppery/metallic kind of malted barley profile – a little one dimensional, and reminds me a touch of licking a penny?? There’s also a pithy citrus rind note, which is maybe feeding into the bitterness I observed.
And overall fine tea – but I’d definitely reach for the other straight blacks I’ve tried from teakruthi over this one.