93 Tasting Notes
This is a very herbaceous tea— aroma is juniper and thyme. Lemon balm helps to balance the flavor, and it really does taste as billed, “a walk in the woods.” Once again a very intellectually interesting tea from AU. What I am realizing is that it doesn’t hit the notes that I am looking for in a black tea— what I am missing is the tea itself. I haven’t found any of the AU teas uninteresting but have only reordered one flavor (Staring at the Sea). I think AU has a great concept and will definitely check out their fall collection, so we’ll see.
Hmmm this is a nice vanilla black, and I haven’t had a tea from DF yet that I don’t like, but it doesn’t stand out as memorable. Other DF flavors, especially those with red fruits and Bourbon (wow so good!), have spoiled me and set a very high bar for DF. I have noticed that I don’t tend to appreciate straight vanilla teas as much but vanilla bean is my favorite ice cream, so I am always surprised.
This is extremely smoky, and I am not a fan of smoke flavor, so while I think this tea hits the notes that LP is trying for I am not going to give a rating. It does become appealing for me on steeps 2 and 3 as the smoke recedes and cinnamon is more prominent— it is a really nice warm cinnamon. I’d be interested to see what else LP could do in another blend with the cinnamon that’s going on here (and is really excellent)without the smoke.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Smoke