This past week I have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of some new tea andfrom of Tea Masters. The parcel arrived on Wednesday, and I couldn't wait to give one of the many wonderful teas a try. I had ordered quite a few teas and decided to open the winter from first, and try out the new and singing cups as well.
My first impression was the intense fresh aromatic scent that emerged from the bag as I broke the seal. Up until this point I have only been able to enjoy theteas available locally to me, and none of them have been anywhere near as fresh and/or aromatic. This tea gives off a distinct aromaticsmell, but very pleasant.
The first brew was done for no more than 45 seconds, with the resulting brew being very aromatic, I hesitate to say floral, but definitely an intense fresh, crisp scent. The finish on the first brew was very light with hints of grassytones, and a slight sweet finish on the back end.
Brews 2-4 carried on with the attributes of the first brew, but by the 4th brew I could start to taste more fruit as the aromatics faded.
I decided to push theof the brew a little harder for the 5-7th infusion. This is where the subtle fruit started to shine. There was also more rounded "less harsh" tones, almost like they had been cooked and caramelized, appearing and lingering on the palette. This cooked tone may have been the result of the astringency calming down after several brews. Also a buttery finish started to emerge.
I carried on brewing for a total of 10 infusions. By this point there was almost no aromatics left, and the front end of the flavour profile was almost non-existent. The exciting thing to me was the great long finish that was left. Smooth fruit (I want to say apricot), and a sweet buttery taste was left lingering in your mouth for a very long time.
As you can see in the picture to the left I used a bit too much tea for this tiny. I think this may have contributed to the number of infusions I was able to make, but I will have to experiment more with this new tea and to find out. Even after I was finished the tea leaves appeared to still have more in them.