So while out on a tea run with my mother, we stopped in at a David’s to pick up some matcha. And while browsing and picking out refills of teas I still like from David’s, one of the workers recommended me some of this (apparently they’re one of the only stores in the city that still has it in stock).
It smelled? Amazing. Absolutely so, so amazing. I had to get some. This might just be the solution to my conundrum between loving the scent of coffee shops but hating coffee.
Dry, it smells very strongly like vanilla; think a vanilla bean latte. When brewed it’s not as strongly vanilla, but still sweet and aromatic and pleasing. I’ve never had a straight-up chicory tea before and Idefinitely noticed the bitter aftertaste drinking it straight. I used one teaspoon and 6 oz of water and set it to steep for 7 minutes, but I was a bit lax with watching my timer so I’m sure it steeped longer, which is why I’ve selected 8 minutes or more. I definitely see it as not being very forgiving, though, if the bitterness I’m getting is any indication.
With a little bit of milk and brown sugar it is delicious, and even with brown sugar on its own. I wish I had some almond milk to try it with, because I’m sure that would be even better. If it is being phased out of David’s I’d be sad, but I might go back to the same location and stock up on this to have it over the winter. I think it’s a new-found love.