This is a great everyday hongcha. The leaves are large, wiry, and shimmered gold and black bits. They carry a deep rich grape scent with some dry cedar, burnt sugar, malt, and a brief sweetness. I warmed up my pot and slipped some inside. Once warmed up, they give off some good hearty wood tones with milk cocoa and hazelnut rising up. The scent and nice and roasted campfire peanuts; good and toasty. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste is sweet yet dry. I can pick up tons of smooth wood tones that is mixed in with sweet malt. The brew is dessert like, but a bit burly. The drink is an easy drinker and carries some good energy. However, the next couple steeping yields a drier, woodier, maltier brew than I would care to drink. It’s a simple tea.
Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Wood, Drying, Hazelnut, Malt, Sweet, Wood