The founder of Handmade Tea had me at “whiskey oak-smoked” with this one. The yerba mate base is given that very treatment. Peppermint and cinnamon round out the rest. The introduction is smoky, while mint dominates the middle. The aftertaste reminded me a bit of Keemun. Even with my prejudice against peppermint, this was a heckuva holiday blend.
Hark! starts with a Yerba Maté base which has been hand-smoked with whisky barrel oak for over 4 hours. This brings a woody, nutty and delicate smoke flavor. The blend is then complimented with a loose peppermint to add cooling honey-like notes. Lastly, the Saigon cinnamon from Vietnam brings a clove and subtle citrus-like wave across the entire palate.