Increased my ratio to 15:1 on this session, which is becoming my trend. There is so much happening in this tea. The boldest flavors are the gorgeous wintergreen/deep berries/tobacco of the tea, along with the alcohol/barrel notes imparted from the aging. But there are surprises to find — a flaky croissant on the lid, caramelized sugar at the bottom of the cup. Tannins and peeking wild florals keep the whole thing lively and without stodge. A meadow-plunked picnic in southern France.
Flavors: Amaretto, Black Currant, Caramelized Sugar, Cedar, Crisp, Elderberry, Jam, Oak, Pastries, Sarsaparilla, Tannin, Tobacco, Whiskey, Wildflowers, Wintergreen