This was one the “free press samples” I received with my Yunomi order last week. I already tasted the first flush version a few days ago, and I’m keen to see how the two compare. The leaves here are small, feathery, and flaky, and they’re somewhat broken up. Color is a very dark chocolate brown. They smell very hay-like in a sweet and comforting kind of way, with perhaps a bit of oats in there as well.
The steeped cup smells very fruity and rich with savory vegetal notes. Hm, I can definitely taste a difference between this and the first flush, and I prefer this one. This tea is richer and smoother, and it doesn’t have that Darjeeling-esque floral/spice flavor. Instead, there are comforting notes of bread, sweet potato, and rich dried fruits such as prune and raisin. There’s also a definite molasses-like flavor, which contrasts nicely with the bit of savoriness that also exists. It’s a vegetal sort of savory, but it’s definitely a cooked vegetable, perhaps some type of squash? Near the end, there’s a little bite of mild bitterness that helps to cut through the rich flavors this tea has. There’s a mild aftertaste of edamame. This one’s a keeper! (Bonus: cheaper than the first flush!)
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Flavors: Bitter, Bread, Butternut Squash, Dried Fruit, Molasses, Potato, Raisins, Soybean, Sweet Potatoes, Thick