Colour Attractive bright tan with orange tones. Deep
golden green at the meniscus, similar to a well aged oloroso
Aroma Very typical dried "tea" character with undertones
of sweet new mown hay. Fresh and lightly aromatic, even fruity
and not dissimilar to the slightly gamey forest floor aromas
found in pinot noir.
Palate Entry is immediately flavoursome and supple
leading into a soft round medium bodied mid palate. Back palate
develops richness and depth with mouth coating but fine and
complex tannins resulting in great length. Overall a lovely
balance of attractive, almost fruity flavours and soft generous
tannins. A medium bodied aperitif style.
General A medium bodied beverage with an extra dimension
of richness and softness which develops from the excellent
The comparison to pinot noir on the packaging is a very good
analogy in my opinion as this tea does display many of the
attributes of a good pinot, viz complexity, softness, roundness
and full flavour and with non aggressive tannins.
The tannin structure in this tea reminds me of that derived
from wine barrels made from French Oak from the Limousin forest,
still relatively cool but warmer than say, Vosges.