255 Tasting Notes
A delightfully tasty tea! I added a generous dollop of local honey to the pot and it’s balanced wonderfully with the spiciness of the tea. It reminds me a little of the mulled wine mix I use around the holidays – a Tudor recipe that calls for a lot of cardamon and cinnamon. Those two really stand out, and it does leave my tongue feeling a little dry. Other than that, I really enjoy it – the overall experience is worth it!
I admit, I have a horrible sweet tooth. I’m trying to tone down the amount of honey or sugar in the raw I use with my teas, and so far this is the one tea I enjoy without adding anything extra. I know it can be a little (okay, waaay!) too sweet for many, but it’s just about perfect for me. It might be my experiences in Aveda salons, but I cannot help but feel relaxed and pampered when I enjoy a cup of it!
This tea always reminds me of home – I first tried it when I lived near their tearoom in Portland, OR and I’ve kept a supply of it in my cupboard for a couple years now. Part of the reason might be that my husband likes to buy in bulk and it’s taken a while to work our way through the six canisters he bought me one Christmas!
It’s overwhelmingly smoky, and both smells and tastes like a campfire. I like to mix it with other blacks, like a good Earl Gray, to add some different elements to it. Alone it’s a bit of a one-note but still a nice comfort. If you can’t sit around the campfire with your family, at least your tea can taste like it!