SO’s request this morning was something to help her wake up, and she often drinks coffee as well as tea most days, so I figured now was a good time to try this. LP threw this in with our last order, so thanks to him, as always!
This is my first time having tea blended with coffee. The dry blend smells like coffee, but I can also smell the nuttiness of the tea leaves. Poured 14 grams into my Ingenuitea and nearly filled it with 90C water. I’ve basically just been using the thing for waste water, so it’s a thing I decided to scrub the tea stains out of the thing last night. It’s all nice and clean and fresh for us today.
It’s interesting watching the leaves unfurl since I use a gaiwan most days now. The liquor of the first steep is quite light, which initially makes me wonder if it needs more time.
According to the SO, who is the coffee drinker between us, this smells like a medium roast coffee. It also smells nutty and roasty, not surprisingly, and it has a creamy texture.
It tastes “like tea and coffee had a baby.” With milk. Overall it’s quite light and quite enjoyable.
The second steep actually ends up split, as SO isn’t ready for it yet, so I take some first. It comes out darker and the flavors come through with a bit more strength and I get some earthiness and a stronger sense of the tea and the coffee being blended together. So doesn’t take hers until a few minutes later, so it’s even darker, and I take a sip of it and it’s stronger, as well. I feel the caffeine really hard after this steep, and now my head is swimming, so I don’t know that this is one I can physically drink much of.
All-in-all, I enjoyed this one and it was a unique experience, but I will have to drink it in much smaller amounts it seems!
Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Milk, Nutty, Roasted