Drinking this before I take a power nap in preparation for essay writing later tonight!
At first I was a little disappointed to receive this as a free sample; it’s what I got last time too! Then I saw that it was this year’s harvest- so it is technically a different tea. Queue more enthusiasm!
I’m finding this new batch to be a brisker, darker, albeit less sweet, cup than my first round with good old 2016. It goes places that wouldn’t surprise me in black or bug-bitten tea. There’s malt, raisin/prunes, dark wildflower honey, and marmalade or blackberry-like tang. There’s a slight floral-vegetal note that I associate with some Darjeelings too.
Also, thank you, Alistair and What-Cha, for the lovely sample! You carry some pretty special teas, and you’ve put Choke Chamreon Tea Estate on my radar (need to check out more Thai teas).
Steep count: 2
(2017 spring harvest)
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Blackberry, Brandy, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt, Plum, Raisins, Stonefruit