This tea is absolutely gorgeous. The twisty leaves are striped with golden tips, and the liquor when brewed is a beautiful clear amber. The scent is heavily malty, with overtones of honey and dark chocolate. The malt translates across to the sip, which is thick and bready, though I personally don’t notice the honey and chocolate comparisons translating. There’s a slight smokiness towards the end of the sip which is making this lean more towards savoury, a dark malt loaf. There’s no bitterness, the tea is very smooth, and it’s making me wonder if I could up the temperature to get a more complex flavour profile.
This is actually an unexpected sipdown, because as soon as I finished my first mug I had the urge to make another to experiment with the temperature. I used boiling water this time, and the tea is slightly more tannic with a stone fruit, almost plummy note I didn’t notice the first time around. There’s an ever-so-slight cocoa note if I squint, but the dark chocolate and honey I could smell while the tea was steeping still isn’t translating the way the scent promises. The malt is still prominent, but it’s smoother than a lot of other malt-heavy teas I’ve tried in the past, which is nice.
Thank you Sil for this sample! Sipdown 180/397.