This is a super-strength brew this morning. There were really too much leaf left for one pot and in no way enough for two, so I opted for the former. I’d rather have super-strength than weak and watery.
It’s been a while since I had it. This particular tin seems to have had a tendency to hide underneath the others and only come out when one is having a closer look at the collection.
Strong and smooth on the aroma, with a fair layer of smoke on top. There’s a very fruity-sweet note to it, almost sticky-smelling. Or really, if it wasn’t for the smoke it would be sticky smelling. As it is, it’s rather rescued by the smoke.
The tea itself doesn’t seem, at first sip, to have been too damaged by the +50% leaf. I can definitely tell that it’s stronger, but it hasn’t transformed into a cupful of tar or similar. It has a side-note of astringency that wasn’t really there before and I find it a little distracting, but that’s the only real difference I can tell. Or the only difference that I think I can tell, considering it’s been a good while since I had it the last time. I do, however, remember the fruity sweetness in combination with the fruit, and those are still there as they should be.
So goodbye, my Caravan. I really enjoyed both tins I’ve had of you and extend my sincere gratitude to Auggy who first shared a sample of it with me, which prompted me to check out whether or not A&D was actually a company within my reach. (They are, obviously)