I used to love baklava. I worked around the corner from a middle eastern grocery store that sold all sorts of strange and intriguing things, including small trays of the most delicious fresh flaky honey soaked baklava. By the time the store closed down, I had probably made myself ill several times by way of too much baklava consumption and haven’t been able to truly enjoy it since. It is either that or no other baklava has come close to comparing.
The scent of this tea when dry is both over powering and delicious. It mellows out a lot once steeped. The sips are starting out with tiny bitter edge (rose?) then morphing to a more honey/pastry flavor with pistachio in the aftertaste. I just peeked in my steeping basket and saw that some dried rose buds and stained rose leaves have come to life that I hadn’t notices in the dry tea! I added some sugar and it makes the whole cup awaken! The pistachio is noticeable throughout the whole sip, the rose is present at the beginning of the sip and the honeyed pastry taste comes in towards the end of the sip. My mouth is a little dry after each sip, which I could also see blaming on the rose. It seems to loose some of it’s magic as the cup cools. Adding cream is also working for me in this cup. It is reminding me a little of Teavana’s My Morning Mate and Tiramisu Treviso at the end of the sip! I really liked those teas. Must be the similar nutty aftertaste. I’m liking this cup!