Feeling pretty pretty this evening, and didn’t want to pull out any of the usual suspects, so I dug deep and found this hiding in my Summer Collection box. (It isn’t part of the Summer Collection, but I drank most of those teas down to nothing and the box makes for good storage.)
The tea itself smells like those containers of sugared dried fruit that I can eat in one sitting. (Yeah, we’re talking the enormous 2L Archer Farms container. I loves me some sugared dried fruit.) And in the BREWED tea, I usually don’t smell much of anything but the fruit, but tonight I’m getting an amazing push of marzipan! It’s so potent that I can feel the grainy, clutching texture of the almond paste in my empty mouth. It is really quite nice.
I’m worried I’m going to be disappointed by the flavour. I dumped in a little bit of whole milk (it’s so nice having a toddler around; you have a great excues to buy the 2L boxes of whole milk!), but no sugar. UNFORTUNATELY, while it was steeping I also dumped two freshly-made peanut crisp cookies in my mouth. Those cookies involve 1 cup of flour and 1.25 cups of brown sugar, so all of the sweetness of the tea might be spoiled by the sweetness already in my mouth. We’ll see. Fingers crossed.
Mmmmm, no. No, it’s good.
The lack of sugar lets me taste the actual TEA in this tea. It just tastes like a really excellent, lightly sweet black tea. The ingredients list just says “black tea”, so I don’t know what kind of black tea this is, but more disturbingly, I can’t find this tea on the David’s Tea website.
What the living will? WAS THIS TEA DISCONTINUED??
Well, nuts to soup. Now I’ll have to hoard it.
I took advice from earlier and used stright-up boiling water. My mug is almost too hot to touch, but I can certainly smell the peppercorns, pistachios and almonds this time around. I quite like it. Won’t be able to touch my lips to it for a few more minutes, but so far it’s even better than I remember.
The fruitiness hits you at the sides of the tongue, and the pepperiness kind of dances along the edges of the middle and launches spikes into your soft palate. It’s reeeeally nice. I get the nuttiness more as a kind of matte aftertaste than an actual taste, which is disappointing after the lovely smell.
I keep not choosing this tea whenever I make tea, and I don’t know why. It’s lovely! (And will hopefully stop me from falling asleep while I’m working late into the night!)