Dry leaf- pungent floral notes, deep green.
1st steep- brews a peach/golden color, clear. Aroma is round and floral, but not as pungent as the dry leaf. Some butter notes. Plays on fruity, and bitter notes. Peach and lychee. With a very light taste of copper, I guess minerally would be the way to describe it. Herbs. Green. Some Vanilla notes too. I feel like this one may become sweet. It’s very rich. Very warming.
2nd -Yo! And that is a raw straight to the face! Big floral, green notes. Almost spicy, black pepper notes. Still rich and bold, but all the while, not over bearing, or bitter or astringent. Clover honey. One of those where the aroma really translates to the cup. Robusto. Dry Oregano. Starting to coat the tongue.
3rd – not as nuanced this go around, a tad fruitier, and bitter, balanced. Floral, orchid. Bitterness is coming though more as it cools. Still full bodied. Thick tea.
4th – still brewing strong, a hint of smokiness. Ginger notes too. Enjoying the session so far…it is becoming more focused, but still interesting.
5th – bitterness, still there getting lime, and cilantro notes.
I kinda got interrupted, and horribly over steeped the tea at this point. I figured it wasn’t fair from here on out to continue the review, all in all I think this one is a great candidate for aging. Its complex, and strong, and fortified. I might buy a cake to age. This is one of those big teas, in every aspect…
(I was reviewing the 2019 , and it is similar in flavor profile, just everything up a notch, and green fresh tasting. However, I didn’t take down notes so not going to leave a review. There seems to be a smoke element to the 2019 too. So strong, one of the first teas to hit my stomach , and make me a little nauseous. too strong. However, it confirms that this one might be a good ager…)
Flavors: Black Pepper, Butter, Floral, Ginger, Herbs, Lime, Lychee, Mineral, Orchid, Peach, Vanilla