drank Van Dyke by Soleil Tea
790 tasting notes

First, thank you to Soleil Tea for making the samples available.

Upon opening the package, I am most strongly reminded of a Christmas tree. Not totally on board with drinking evergreen. I’m not sure what I expected but that wasn’t it. :)

After steeping, I still smell evergreen but with some sweeter cocoa notes in the background.

Tasting gives me primarily sap and evergreen – resinous is a good word for it. I get faint floral and cocoa notes and I’m not sure I’d know if I was tasting hops or not. I see others saying this is a deep tea. I’m guessing maybe I underleafed or understeeped because I get a very light tea.

I have enough to try again and I will. :) For now, rating is based on this steeping. It’s an interesting blend but not necessarily one that is for me, I think.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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