PLEASE NOTE: one of the flavours in this tea has been discontinued, so it’s recently been reformulated with elements to best approximate the original flavour profile, but I bought mine when the original was still available, so it’s probably slightly different now to the tea I’m reviewing here. Still:
Where do I begin to describe the Brigadier? The fragrance of the tea leaves is rich and complex, and sort of hits you in stages: first, the honeyed sweetness of the fruit, which is then underscored by a layer of rich chocolate, followed a lingering trace of caramel that mostly hits you about a minute later. When brewed, the flavours come together perfectly. Chocolate floats over brisk, slightly fruity black tea with a caramel finish and it’s all surprisingly harmonious. It works really well with milk and sugar. It’s bright and comforting all at once. I think it’s single-handedly diffused the social anxiety attack I was having earlier.
Also, one of the lads at my regular comedy night has officially told me I can add baker to my CV, as I bring experimental cakes to share with the guests and punters every week. Somebody tweeted about how good tonight’s cake was! beams with pride