I have absolutely definitely taken this tin this time. I have checked the tin in my hand several times and not put it down between then and scooping out my leaf dosage.
Interesting to see which sort of flavour it’ll have this time. Scent is sweet, fruity and somewhat astringent. Assam-y, although the sweetness isn’t so much a honey note as it is in Assams. There’s a hint there of something that could be slightly smoky, but on aroma alone I can’t really tell if it’s just an aspect of the astringency.
Now for the interesting bit. Are you ready Steepsterites? Has anybody started a pool on this? Will it be fruity? Will it be smoky? Will it be an Assam impersonator? Last chance to lay down your bets!
And the tea is…..
Hmm… What is it, actually?
If anybody did start a pool on this, then I’d say you have all won. It’s sort of fruity, with a touch of Assam-y cardboard and a round of smoke. I’m beginning to think that it has been like this all along, but I have discovered these three things one at a time, and now that I’m aware that they’re around, I’m getting the full picture. Like a sort of jigsaw tea.
It is a very nice cup indeed, this jigsaw tea, and I’ll be sad when it runs out. Every time I have it I consider giving it a few more points. It seems to have been in limited supply because it’s gone from Teaspring’s website. They have one of a different grade still though. I just can never remember if special grade is better than refined grade or if it’s the other way around…