Once wet, the aroma of these beautiful, golden, downy buds is intensely savory. Thick hits of sweet potato are present, with notes of peppercorn lightening the mood. Occasionally these seem to combine into a subtle floral aroma.

However, when sipped there’s immediately a cooling swell of mint and camphor, and you can feel the crisp liquor dancing off the nerves of your tongue. As you continue sipping the flavor becomes more warm and savory, first transitioning to peppercorn and then malt and sweet potatoes.

It’s quite astringent for a Chinese black tea, so I’m not sure I can see myself going through a full session, but if you tolerate astringency well or want a comforting but moderately complex black tea to share a session of, this would be a great option (if they ever stock it again).

Flavors: Astringent, Camphor, Malt, Mint, Peppercorn, Sweet Potatoes

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I don’t pay too much attention to the number scores I give teas — they’re just an approximation of my feelings on them, so if you really want you know what I thought you’ll need to read the whole, longwinded tasting note.


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