this is very clever. brendan, if your goal is not just to blend a tea then i will state this one an absolute success.
let’s begin however, with what this is not: it is NOT graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate in a tea.
what this is: a snapshot of someone(s) crouched by a campfire, the wind blowing slightly against their favour, trying to pull the roasted marshmallows off their roasting stick without blistering their fingers (they escape mostly unburned, lol).
layers. i really can’t wrap my brain around how you accomplished them.
-i get heat and smoke. they are SEPARATE. and the smoke is not a souchong source. by diagnosis of my tongue it is campfire smoke. the warmth is distinct but seems not to be coming from a spice.
-cinnamon and a cookie qualifier are there… they chime in after the smoke and i would count as layer 2.
-layer 3 is fruit, although very distant and not nameable…. at least not in this first steep.
-4 a softness is beginning to start which i believe will end up as marshmallow.
i don’t know if this is the order that you put them down in, but this is how they manifest for me.
this is an impressive accomplishment. this is less a tea and more a stillframe. and this coming from someone who does NOT particularly favour smoke in tea.
i did amend my methodology given that you are so beautifully purist in your blending brendan: i overleafed (1.5 tbsp) for my 12 oz mug and 2) i used 1 tbsp of coconut sugar. i think the effect is brilliant.
as it cools the warmth is still there, the smoke is SWEETENING, but a charcoal element in also settling in. very, very nicely done.
so if this tea is a memory for you…. let me ask: did your fingers get burned? or was my tongue off? =0)
thanks to MissB for this excellent adventure!