Ok, so writing this tasting note just after finishing my last sip, just so that it’s all fresh in my mind.
I’m so excited to finally be tearing into the package just James sent me; I do what a lot of you do, and “save” my good or excitement-worthy teas for when I’m not stressed out, able to give them my attention, or am feeling celebratory. I really need to stop doing that though, come to think of it. so many teas just sit there, waiting for “the right moment” and that’s not right, yo.
So this was probably the tea i was excited for the most. In the bag, I could smell the sweet toffee, as well as the buttery creamy scent that is slightly reminiscent of Butiki’s caramel vanilla. But of course, they use the same base, and the creamy wonderfulness is Stacy’s signature anyway, so I ought not be surprised.
I tossed some cream and sugar into a cup, and set to work. I brewed for about three and a half minutes, and lifted the basket out and inhaled. The scent was spot on: I could still smell the toffee and butteriness, and if I inhaled deeply enough, a trace of coconut. And then it was just love at first sip and then some. The buttery taste of creamy caramel or assam is there, along with the sweet toffee. And as others described it, the banana makes an appearance but is by no means dominant (but I love banana, so I’ll take what I can get). You know it’s a tea you’ll want again and again when you hesitantly take your last sip because you know there isn’t too too much left. Thank you, thank you, thank you JustJames for this incredibly generous sample. And Stacy, please please say that you’ll be making this available? What will it take to convince you to do it? Please?