Picked this one up due to the odd list of ingredients and if it fails to sip well, they recommend using it in a good sauce or as a rub. Hell! I am up for that! Waste not want not, right?
Out of the bag it is a confused sort of tea. I smell tea, earth and a vegetal melange dusted over in what looks like rose petals but one website states peony.
Now as a first sip, I have ruined it perhaps. I was so craving a tea for milk and honey and this could be it but the flavors have been adulterated. I get the pepper but not as in “whoa, what the hell!” It’s a pleasant punch along with a tomato or a random drive by veggie. This is a savory tea fit for a rustic loaf and excellent local cheeses!
I like it for it’s oddity and perhaps its predisposed nature to be a tea fated for other and better things, a roast. It isn’t something I would purchase again and might not even be the next tea I reach for when bored. This is a tea that makes me go, “Hummm?”