I’d never tried any tea from the Azores before, so this was a really interesting tea to try. The leaves were kinda chunky and blocky-looking; kind of a hallmark of a broken leaf tea, I think. The initial infusion started out red and deepened to a rich chocolate; the tea smelled bright and barky, with definite hints of maltiness. The cup was very smooth and subtle; this is a solid black tea with nice bright notes. Quite suitable for breakfast, I think!
I think next time I might brew this at a higher temperature next time; 200 seemed a bit low. The packet recommended 203, but my kettle doesn’t have that as a setting. I also think that this tea could have been a bit less subtle at times; there was no one flavor that sang out at me, and the first few sips were a little underwhelming when compared to the strength of the middle of the cup!
Flavors: Bark, Malt, Tannic