Bought: From Imperial Tea Court in February of this year.
Brewed: 203 degrees F. 1 serving teaspoon of tea in about 10 ounces of water for 4 minutes.
Leaf Qualities: Nice, long, dark leaves when dry with a faint whiff of smoke to it. When spent and wet, the smoke dominates everything, so I'd suspect a good, healthy dose of Lapsong Suchong to it.
It tasted smokey, too. But supported by a full-bodied Keemen and something cirtusy from, maybe a Ceylon tea. Citrus aftertaste, too, and a pretty good body for the whole thing. Definitely good wake-up tea and it could probably hold up against milk and sugar if you have to do it to it. It's bold and strong enough to not lose too much to the additions. Nearly the exact opposite of the Heirloom flowers, and even a bit stronger than most breakfast teas. This actually reminded me, significantly, of Uptons Baker Street Blend, with that same mild smoke against a good, strong blend of breakfast teas.
Good, complex breakfast tea at a pretty high price. Docked it for the price and for not really being that much more than the smoke.
Rating: 7 of 10