I went to get the smallest offering of this tea, but there wasn’t enough left for the full size. So the person working there was nice enough to give this to me as a free sample. I’m not sure if the fact that the tea was sitting at the bottom of the tin affected this blend. I’m probably willing to get it again and try.
First of all, the leaves are very dark and extremely oily looking. This is the oiliest looking tea I have ever seen. It has a lot of nuts in it (pecan?) and brown sugar, and the smell is intoxicating…again. This is the third dessert tea I have had from Petali, and I haven’t been burned yet, so here goes.
The smell comes through as more caramel and nuts than the other dessert teas by Petali. Definitely that caramel pecan cinnamon roll at Cinnabon that will kill you if you so much as look at it. No surprise, but once it’s brewed, it has that oily sheen on top.
It’s sweet to the point where I feel like I put sugar in it myself—maybe a lump and a half. Again, this could be because it was at the bottom of the tin. The tea base is pretty weak, and I brewed it at a pretty strong concentration. The only hints of it I get are a bit of astringency on the back of the palate.
As to the flavorings: personally, I would call this tea Pancake Breakfast. Maple and pecan are pleasant and strong, as is the brown sugar of course. It also tastes buttery and caramely, with splashes of vanilla thrown in. My favorite part is that it doesn’t taste artificial. I mean, it is strong and obviously artificial, as you can’t get tea to taste like that by throwing bits of artisan-made pancake in, but it doesn’t feel like it should have the word “blast” in the title. Know what I mean?
If I’m looking to eat dessert and not eat 3000 calories of cinnamon bun, I’m definitely going for this, I think. It’s great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
If I’m looking to drink tea, I’m staying far away.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Maple Syrup, Nuts, Pecan, Vanilla