Full disclosure: I don’t like Buttered Rum. I just don’t. So my entire opinion of this tea is skewed by the fact that its flavoured with a flavouring I don’t like.
So it should come as no surprise that I really don’t like this tea. And not because it doesn’t taste how I think it should, but quite the opposite. It tastes just like you would think it would.
One thing I really noticed this time was the woody characteristics. It really did taste as though the tea had been aged in a barrel like a fancy scotch. And I happen to really enjoy scotch, just not when it’s piping hot. That said, the description says to try it iced and I’d be interested to see how it holds up as an iced tea. It also suggest brown sugar and a touch of milk which might make it a bit more palatable.
It also didn’t seem as sweet as last year, much more “woody”. This is a good thing as it made it more enjoyable (well, relatively).
All in all not a terrible tea, especially if you like buttered rum flavour, but I really wish we had started with something I enjoyed a bit more.