Moving swiftly on from Yunomi’s Awa Bancha…This is actually the last of my Dark Matter teas, and I will honestly miss having a stack of different samples like this to try. It’s been both illuminating and educational, and (for the most part!) very enjoyable. I’m hoping this one will be a strong way to round off.
To taste, it’s a lot smokier than I was expecting. It’s not sweet tobacco smoke, either, but somehow more acrid. It’s bringing to mind Adagio’s Sherlock Holmes fandom blend, of all things. I’m sure this shouldn’t be a legitimate comparison, but it’s one I’m going to make anyway.
Underneath the smoke is a nutty, roasty flavour that reminds me of dark oolong. There’s also something a little like mushroom broth – savoury and kinda meaty. I’m not the biggest fan of smoky teas, but I can make an exception for this one since it’s not too heavy, and there’s more to the flavour once you get past the initial hit of smoke. An unexpected joy!