The first time I tried this I really didn’t like it. The astringency it had was more than I was willing to allow in a cup. There was also a flavor I can’t name that I didn’t enjoy. While I was drinking, I thought I may have prepared the tea wrong, after all I am a tea newb. So I changed a few things and here we sit today with a cup that is totally enjoyable if not a tea staple. Some vanilla sugar and creamer, and my cup of tea was good! Honestly at the price I got this for, I can’t go wrong.
With the above additives, I no longer find the astringency I had before. I think that brings out the other flavors better. Vanilla, ginger, and cardamom present right off the bat. I get a hint of pepper late, almost an aftertaste. A pleasant floral after taste finishing this tea off.
This feels almost like a morning cup of coffee. I take cream and sugar in my coffee. Maybe I should say, “I like my coffee like my women, sweet and blonde?” Heh, I can’t even remember who used to say that. I do remember that they liked their coffee plain. Not a bad tea as long as you remember cream and sugar.