I have one thing to say: I’m sorry.
I’m sorry I under-estimated this tea; I’m sorry I didn’t give it a real chance until today.
This morning, I brewed this up as per my own typical parameters: steep a few minutes longer than the recommended steep time, and add in my usual rock sugar and cream. I always try to steep things as suggested, at least on my first go, just in case. But I’m coming to realize that tinkering makes a huge difference, and that parameters are just that—a suggestion as to how to make the tea, and by no means a conclusive how-to…indeed, it’s only the beginning.
When I made it this morning, it was as if last week didn’t even happen. It smelled buttery and caramelly as it brewed (I nearly burned my nose because i got really close), and I let it steep for five minutes instead of three. My first sip confirmed that I’d been wrong last week (somehow), and it’s true when reviewers say that the flavours of the caramel and vanilla are very wedded to the assam base, so you wouldn’t necessarily feel as though you were drinking a flavoured tea. I should have known I’d fall hard for this one, and i’m excited that I’ve got more left. i can definitely see this working its way into my work rotation.