I’m always a little scared to try a beloved steepster favourite the for the first time, because I get my hopes up and keep reading reviews, get my package, and then read reviews all over again just to get myself excited, and it can be a bit intense haha.
I could smell this through the tin; there was no denying that this was Boston: there were no two ways about it. I wasn’t actually going to have this, but decided (after I screwed up something at work and then fixed it in a blaze of glory) that today called for a new tea!
So I brewed it up using a heaping tsp for 8 oz of water, usual cream and sugar. The smell of the dry leaf definitely had cranberry, and its tartness was evident.
When I tasted it, the first thing I noticed was the creamy vanilla-almond mix that seems to underpin the cranberry. It’s a relatively light vanilla, in that it isn’t like a full vanilla bean flavour, but rather a more mild vanilla so as, I suspect, to allow the cranberry to shine its brightest. And shine it does. Married pretty harmoniously to the vanilla almond, and even with milk and sugar, the tartness of the cranberry holds its own, and even provides a slightly tangy sharpness at the tail end of the sip, that I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. There was something a wee bit underwhelming about this cup, even though I liked the tea very much. It may just be that it’s following in the footsteps of The Queen, and let’s be real now, there’s no competing with that caliber of royalty. Definitely a wonderful, wonderful cup, and I actually think it might be a good candidate to take to work!
A great afternoon tea, and I am still very happy that I have 4 oz of it! mmm.