Scent in package: not much
Brewed in: tea-for-one/metal infuser
Steeped: 5 min. @ boiling
Cup: Café mug
I either missed an illustration when ordering this tea, or something, but you can imagine my surprise when I opened the sample pack, and instead of loose tippy black tea, I found several tea “wreaths” tied together (comprised of long black & golden leaves…beautiful). This means I should probably pay more attention to what I’ve ordered, if only so I know to have a camera at the ready when doing a review. Since I’m at work, I don’t, and we’ll have to live without pictures, but it is a very nice presentation of this particular tea – you’ll just have to take my word(s) for it.
There’s no real scent to the tea in the package, and it actually looks a bit unappetizing just out of the bag. But it brews up into a lovely light brown ball of leaf tips floating in the pot, and the liquor is very light golden, like the water from boiling raisins. It’s very clear, with a thicker viscosity, and has sort of a “baked goods” fragrance, like raisin bread or the like (guess I’m on a raisin kick today).
Those were my first words upon tasting this tea. It’s phenomenal. It’s thick on the tongue and very sweet, like liquid honey. It reminds me of hot fresh biscuits with butter and honey, or bread dough – sweet with a slight yeasty tang (that you wouldn’t peg as such unless you really thought about it). It’s very smooth and mellow, perfect for a lazy afternoon, or even a snowy winter mid-morning treat.
I really don’t know what else to say about this amazing tea – except “get some”! It’s left me nearly speechless, for whatever that’s worth. It’s not even an expensive tea – a sample is $2, or you can get a 2oz. tin for $6. Treat yourself – you won’t regret it.