Happy New Year, everyone!
This is another sample from cookies. I’ve been curious about Tao of Tea as a company for a while, so thanks to cookies for allowing me to sample some of their black teas! The leaves are fairly intact, and they’re long and thin. Color is extremely dark chocolate, almost black. They smell of sweet, dry hay.
This is definitely a malty, somewhat generic Assam. The malt comprises most of the flavor, but there’s a little touch of dried fruit and caramelized sugar richness. I don’t taste salt as others have mentioned, but there is something very mild that almost reminds me of menthol? But I could be imagining that part. ;) Astringency is mild to medium with no bitterness.
Flavors: Astringent, Burnt Sugar, Dried Fruit, Malt, Tannic