I received this one as part of a gifted subscription box from Tea Runners – so thank you for the tea! It’s truly stunning with long slender golden leaves that do, truly, look like needles. Some of them even have a bit of a pointy edge, as well!
The dry leaf aroma smells really interesting to me – there’s both a deeper but yeasty bready note (like rye?) and a sweet fruitiness to it, but also sort of a chlorine smell? I tried to think of how to describe the note of chlorine in a way that wouldn’t potentially sound unpleasant (because I mean it as a positive), but I couldn’t think of one so I’m just calling it straight out. What I mean by that, though, is that it has the aroma you get from a distance of fresh & clean pool water – as someone who swam a lot as a child, that’s something that I personally find to be a deeply nostalgic and comforting aroma.
The taste is fairly dissimilar to the aroma – the bready notes translate into more of a light sweet bread and there’s more of a gentle malt and cocoa note. The package describes the tasting notes as somewhat like a “chocolate chip cookie” and I see what they were going for with that – though it’s not the same richness/sweetness IMO. The basics of the flavour notes that comprise a chocolate chip cookie are there though. Also, I have to agree with Random in that there’s something rather mineral to the cup. I enjoy it and I actually like they nuance it brings to the baked and cocoa elements.
Overall, a pretty nice tea.