3 Tasting Notes
Second Breakfast is a delightful morning tea, and one of my favorites (this statement really deserves an exclamation point, so just pretend that I used one). The cloves and the spice are balanced by the cream, creating a fantastically smooth blend that doesn’t need cream or sugar.
This is a lovely holiday tea, and an acceptable substitute for a roaring fire (in a proper fireplace, of course) and a warm blanket. I’ve never had real chestnuts, so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the taste, but it certainly tastes like some kind of (delicious) nut.
The tin suggests a temperature of 212 degrees with a steeping time of five minutes, which is two minutes longer than the Adagio website suggests.
The extra minutes don’t seem to have hurt anything, but I’ll steep for the shorter time later, just to test.
It’s quite smooth and nutty black, but it shines with milk (not cream) and sugar (NOT Splenda… Splenda adds a sharp edge to this one. It’s still a good cup of tea, but it’s better without).
This tea tastes better than it smells, but it’s ultimately a bit underwhelming. I found it needed milk and sugar to bring out the taste (even leaving the sugar out left the cup a bit bland). The predominant flavor is peppermint, but if I concentrate, I can taste the chocolate. It doesn’t put me in mind of mint chocolate chip, though (as promised… I’m not bitter about it, or anything…).
It’s a nice enough blend, but I don’t feel the need to purchase it again.