F is for… Fairytale of NY!
First time trying this tea – I ordered it because the combo of Lapsang and green apple was very intriguing to me, but it really felt like a gamble whether or not I would enjoy this blend because there’s a Chai component to it as well.
Overall though, I’m really pleased with how this steeps out! I think Arthur just has this very magical knack to take flavours that you wouldn’t assume would work together and weave them into something both delicious and with a very interesting narrative perspective. The dry leaf aroma of this is pretty smoky but it also has a sarsaparilla type note to it and a sweet from the green apple – it translates into a delicious and enticing mix that seems fresh. Do you know how hard it is to make something with Lapsang in it come off as fresh!? It’s hard, y’all!!
The taste is so well balanced. The first thing I get in a slow build of smoke and hints of clove and warming spices. The idea of mixing spices and Lapsang makes sense to me and is something I’ve seen done before – but the particular mix of spices that Arthur has chosen is surprisingly enjoyable to me, and as always I find that he’s managed to find the exact right amount of Lapsang to use to get a smoke note across without dominating the cup.
But we can’t forget the green apple – that would be a disservice to this tea. It would be so easy for a bright green apple note to feel disconnected/disjointed from these haunting and lingering notes of smoke and warming, ticklish spices. Instead it feels integrated – the savory elements of the smoke bring out the juiciness of the apple in the body of the sip, and it fleshes out the profile in a distinct and unique way. Nothing is too strong, and nothing is ignored.
Another magical blend, imo!