Visually, this tea is stunning! It looks like little balls of two toned silken yarn with little brown sprinkle stars, the occasional silver bead and tan mini chips dispersed with chips of cinnamon bark breaking the mix up into sections. I hope it’s as delicious as it looks! The scent of cinnamon dominates this mix, as it does a few other AQ2T samples that I have. After it is steeped, the leaves unfurl, the sprinkles melt away and it looks like a mass of brown leaves in my steeper. There are little bits of the silver sprinkles drifting in my tea like glitter. It is starting to smell less like cinnamon and more like gingerbread. The first few sips compete with bites of my snack. I’m noticing how well rounded this tea is. Smooth without any bite and a mellow cooked ginger dominating the flavor. I’m not really getting honey or pancake, so I’m adding a little sugar to see if it brings them out. So far the sugar seems to bring the cinnamon back out. There is a sweetness in the aftertaste that is more prominent now too. I think I can pick out honey notes, but the pancake part (like most pastry notes in teas) is still eluding me. This is a really well done tea that I’d like to have again sometime. I really missed trying new teas!

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

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