Wow. At first look, this tea reminds me of grape nerds. They’re very tight pearls with near black colour. Definitely has a very sweet smell, a bit like it’s been caramelized. I did a bit of research and other suggested a quick first infusion of only 30 seconds, to help unravel the pearls, so I did that. The first infusion wasn’t my favourite. I can taste the natural sweetness come though, but it’s also a little bit tart, and I could feel the tip and the sides of my tongue tingle, a bit of maltiness… in a good way though.
The second infusion, mmmm. Super yummy. It’s much heavier on the tongue and the sourness has turned to a very rich flavour. It reminds me of molasses, almost. Third infusion, I definitely get molasses. A bit of smokiness is now coming out in the flavour too. I’d say that the third infusion is the peak. It’s smooths out and gets really delicious. I will probably get a couple of more steeps out of this one too. But the third is pure perfection.
This tea is great - every steep is bringing out something else in the tea that I can enjoy. I highly suggest it to someone who enjoys taking a moment away from the complications of the world and focusing on the delicious complications of tea.