Colour Attractive deep golden brown with hints of
green at the meniscus.
Aroma Sweet, lightly pungent and aromatic tobacco-like
characters with complex roasted nut undertones, reminiscent
of lightly charry barrel ferment characters found in many
fine red wines.
Palate Immediate sensation of strong rich and full
bodied flavour with an extra dimension of complexity and extract
leading to a very satisfying mouth feel. The abundant tannins
are quite assertive and pleasantly drying but not in any way
aggressive nor bitter.
General A full bodied tea with an almost continuous
sensation of flavour from palate entry right through to back
palate. Clearly a good deal "stronger" than Ran
Watte or Uda Watte and a style I would imagine would be popular
for breakfast, being quite robust and very satisfying in flavour.
Of all the grapes one could have used as a comparison, I guess
shiraz is as close as one could manage. The style of shiraz
to which the majority of consumers would relate is ripe, rich,
robust and full bodies typical of the warmer regions of Australia
even though there are quite elegant and spicy styles from
some of the cooler regions. Within shiraz there is a similar
hierarchy of styles which are dependent on climate as there
are with the teas under discussion.