I’ve had this tea on my wishlist for a while. It sounded amazing. When it showed up in the TTBC, I was super excited.
The dry leaf smelled heavenly. I love brioche bread. Two of my favorite burger joints use brioche for their buns (no cinnamon, etc.) and I love plain brioche as much as with cinnamon. (I hate when they throw raisins in it. Who does that? Why ruin a perfectly wonderful baked good with icky, nasty raisins?) I wasn’t getting a bready scent from the dry leaf, but that seemed okay to me at the time.
Steeped, it smelled nice and cinnamon. Sip. I’m not getting bread. Where’s the bread? Everyone else talked about bread. Is mine broken?
I’m at work, so I replied to a few emails, tracked down a file, sipped again. As it cooled (by no means cold at this point) I was definitely finally starting to get the bready I was looking for. I did some more work, more sips, more heavenly brioche. Yes, this is a cinnamony brioche, but I’m okay with that. Had what was supposed to be a 1 minute conversation with the team lead turn into a 20 minute conversation, and since my mug was almost empty, I now had pretty much cold tea. This tasted like cinnamon toast that has been sitting on the counter long enough to not be warm, but still delicious. Yes. This is exactly what I was looking for. The cooler the tea got, the more bready it got, and the happier Cheri was.
I admit it, at first I was super disappointed with this tea. By the end of the mug, I was very happy. I don’t know how I want to rate it, though, because while I ended happy, I didn’t start there. I’m not sure how I feel about it when I think about it that way. So I’m not going to rate this. I initially removed it from my wishlist, but I think I’ll add it back on. Maybe this tea was older and had been sitting a while, which is why it didn’t have that bread kick at the beginning? Maybe it’s just me. Who knows?
This is why I’m glad I’m participating in these traveling tea boxes.