A good friend brought this "tea" over for me to investigate. We were not quite sure what it was at first.
The dry leaves smelled wonderful actually.
A hint of apricot.
The brew itself....
Bitter. Very bitter. Spicy bitter. Made me a little sick.
I kept trying to give it a chance, but I could not do it.
It was awful.
We found out later, after the internet investigation, that it was Kuding tea.
I recall hearing some horror stories about this vile drink.
I would not recommend this tea to anyone except for health reasons.
It is not tea either, it is from a different plant.
So, hence, Kuding Infusion.
A Japanese tea ceremony (Omotesenke school)
9 hours ago