Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample, I just read her tasting note and I’m already a bit nervous because bitterness is not something I enjoy in tea at all, but here goes. :)
I used the whole sample I got, which was around 2 teaspoons, in my 18 oz glass teapot. Brewed western style ’cause I am still sleepy!
This cup got dark fairly quickly and is a dark reddish brown. I decided to only steep for 2.5 minutes. The tea smells very malty so far and at first sips seems kind of smooth and sweet. I will need to let it cool off to drink more of it.
As the cup cools off I am not getting bitterness here so far – yay! I have a malty, sort of molasses-y flavor which seems more on the sweet side and almost creamy. To me this tea has a slight “yammy” quality. I am sipping on it plain and finding it to be fairly mild. When I added some soymilk to it, it got transformed into something more sweet and creamy.
It’s funny how different people’s tastes are because I rather liked this one. I’m still not finding much bitterness but if anything it has a tobacco-y note in the finish for me.