Tea type: black tea
Brand: Cape and Cape
How to prepare it: 3-4 minutes, 85°C (185 °F)
Extremely smoked: you can really smell the smoke’s scent, thick but not annoying (don’t think about a cigarette, please). It’s almost sweet, with strong woody notes. At the end, among all the whole smoky wall, it starts to opening, giving space to a – not so well – defined sweetness, which reminds me a little bit to honey.
Extremely consistent to the dry one, however now honey notes are stronger with some woody hints. All played on a truly enjoyable smoked base.
Unexpected: It isn’t so smoked as shown from its scent; the situation is more complex. At the beginning there is a soft bitterness which recalls dark chocolate; then, gradually, also the smokiness arises – really enjoyable-
showing some salty hints, giving such an “extremely ingenious texture” to this tea. It continues along woody notes – charcoal- with a sweet background close to honey. It leave a clean, slightly astringent, smoked aftertaste.
A smoked tea which is able to exalts the black tea texture used in it as base, rather than to cover it. The smokiness is strongly persistent, but it’s perfectly balanced giving sustain to all the other flavours.