After the debacle that was Golden Moon’s Tippy Earl Grey (where instead of “blergamot” like Sil, I went “lavenblerg”), I needed to feel some love. I’d had this sitting in my cupboard for a while since I received it in a swap from Aimee Popovacki, so it was time to take a look.
Dry, there’s definitely a smell of apple, but there’s also something else that’s flaky or pastry-like. Apple turnover? Apple Jack cereal? Those Passion Flakie pastries with the fruit jelly and sweetened whipped cream? Something like that. Not quite vanilla, not quite cream, not quite nutmeg, but definitely something sweet and tempting.
I followed the steeping instructions on the package, and unlike many others, I didn’t encounter much bitterness. A little bit, but it wasn’t a horrible, astringent mess. I probably would turn the steep temperature down a bit (I think 75-80°C sounds about right) and maybe add some agave nectar to it to make it even better – otherwise, the flavour was very true to the scent.
I may still prefer Movie Night over this, but I’m glad I got to try some. Now I just have to figure what exactly this tea reminds me so much of.