Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shanti Tea
Leaf Aroma: peaty, earthy, smoky Infusion Aroma: earthy, slight smokiness
Infusion Color: Amber
Base Flavor: thick earthiness
Infusion Strength: Strong
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I am loving this tea!
But I’m not surprised, when I read the name “Kong Fu” I immediately surmised that this would be similar to Fujian teas that I’ve tried and loved.
The description above is pretty much spot on, except that I don’t get the thick earthiness in the flavor. Instead, I taste a lovely dark chocolate-y, cocoa-y kind of flavor with an undertone of caramel. It is rich with some earthy tones but not quite as strong as I would think that “thick earthiness” would imply.
There are notes of smoke to this infusion as well, and they marry with the chocolate-y notes quite nicely. There are also some malty tones to it that complement the caramel sweetness. Remarkably smooth and robust, this cup possesses very little astringency.
Such an incredibly delicious cup of tea! This is a cup that I could easily drink every day and never tire of it. It’s that good.