First time revisiting this one after some years. Noting that it is well “out of date” and my previous review was glowing, though that appears to be due to the fact that this was one of the first loose leaf teas I tried after diving down the rabbit hole. Stay tuned for more.
Infusions 1 and 2 – 30 and 45 seconds:
Straightforward and smooth woody body, a little thin on the mouthfeel but I’m wondering if it might have seemed stronger in the leaves’ prime. Enjoyably smooth with little astringency from tannins but no bitterness.
A nice mountain tea. There’s a bit of sweetness on the finish, I’m picking up the distant dried fruit especially in the lingering tongue profile.
Infusion 3 – 60 seconds:
The color continues to darken as I brew longer, we are at a deep amber orange hue. This infusion toes the line well, bringing faint dried fruit notes farther forward with the same consistent body. Compared to a blend of Irish Breakfast, Keemun, and LS the LS brings a refined and lighter black tea note to the table. Trying hard you can distinguish a bit of caramel on the finish, especially once cooled.
Infusion 4 – 75 Seconds:
Perspiring a bit from the caffeine intake of today. will these leaves ever quit? Unlikely.
There is a clearer note added to all the lovely characteristics above. Considering a 5th and final infusion.
Infusion 5 – 120 Seconds:
Still good body on this infusion, I could probably go longer on the session, but it feels a natural stopping point.
Overall, I’m happy with the rating of this tea. It is pleasant, drinkable, and offers some character from the leaf.
Flavors: Caramel, Dry Leaves, Wood