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Since our clocks went back yesterday and we gained an extra hour (for those of us in the UK) it meant that this morning I thought I was up late when in actual fact I awoke at a fairly reasonable time. So that gives me the perfect advantage to try this well acclaimed tea.

The smell of this whilst raw is that of dark syrup (like maple syrup) and it has a bit of sweetness to note. Not much more to it than the sweet syrup fragrance, just a slight bitterness and strength of the black tea.

Now this has been brewed it smells much sweeter and much more maple syrup like. The bitterness has gone which could be due to the splash of milk I have added.

I had to drink half a cup of this to determine it’s flavours truly, again the maple syrup is there which is darkly sweet and the milk adds a creaminess to it which I could mistake for something perhaps slightly bready (like pancakes). It’s extremely subtle in the pancake factor and if anything else this is more maple syrup tea than pancake tea but I suppose when people have maple syrup they think of pancakes. I will try this next time with half a spoon of sugar and see if that changes the flavours.

This is nice and it is the sort of thing I could drink every morning for a nice ‘pick me up’ but as far as it goes I had to really stretch to find the pancake in both smell and taste.

So to sum it all up: Pancake tea = no. Maple syrup tea = yes. Tasty? = Yes.

EDIT: I have tried a second cup this morning and added a sweetener to see what difference if any it would make. There is admittedly more of a pancake flavour now with a touch of butter. The maple syrup is much sweeter now but still manageable (as I prefer things to be not overly sweet). It’s still more syrup tea than pancake but this is still a lovely blend.

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

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A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

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