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Recent Tasting Notes
Advent from Dustin Day 23
I was so excited to open this! I was even more excited when I looked up the ingredients. I’ve never had sandalwood in tea before. The combination of sandalwood and papaya sounds so intriguing, plus the Monty Python name makes it that much better.
Brewed, this actually smells like sandalwood! The papaya is really just reading as vaguely tropical. But, the combination of earthy sandalwood and tropical fruits is really interesting, and quite nice.
I’ve never tasted sandalwood before, but I think I’m tasting it? There’s a mildly earthy and slightly resinous flavor that definitely seems like it’s sandalwood.
I actually just watched a Taste of History video that included sandalwood as an ingredient in a Renaissance gingerbread recipe…I’m even more curious to try it now.
Picked this up in a fancy grocery store in Dublin. I was looking for local tea companies. I had been to Dublin six years ago and had found several tea shops that sold loose leaf teas, but they all seem to have closed and I was on the search for what the current tea offerings were. This being an Irish company seemed to be a good alternative.
The first thing that caught my attention with this tea was the name: Life of Brian! I can appreciate a good sense of humor, even in tea. Second thing was the ingredients. Sandalwood?! Sandalwood with papaya? I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea with sandalwood in it! I’m a sucker for unique ingredients in tea. Sold.
Unfortunately my initial enthusiasm was muted when I steeped a cup. It’s a light fruity green tea. I get the papaya. It’s not super strong or juicy, but it’s there. I can’t for the life of me (or Brian) pick out the sandalwood! Maybe it’s working behind the scenes and supporting the flavor of the papaya, but it would be quite subtle if it was. I might try this again cold steeped, but if there is no magic in that cup, then I’m done with it. It was a nice dream.