Another sample from derk and I am quite excited about this one, knowing the quality of production coming from Jun Chiyabari.
The dry leaf scent is exactly as derk described – a sweet dark cocoa powder. The wet leaves have even sweeter scent that reminds me of christmas with notes like clove, hot apple, cranberries and others that I couldn’t quite put in words. It is quite feminine and sweet but pungent aroma.
The taste is also sweet, but less so, which I appreciate. It has a cocoa bitterness, cherry tartness and very spicy (as in fragrant) finish and aftertaste. I also get a little sickly feeling in the throat after drinking it. The liquor has medium body and a soft, drying mouthfeel.
I don’t think this will be my favourite tea by Jun Chiyabari, but it’s still very good.
Flavors: Candied Apple, Cloves, Cocoa, Cranberry, Dark Bittersweet, Overripe Cherries, Spices, Sweet, Tart