Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar – Day 11
I don’t seem to like smoked teas as much as I remember, but I’m usually willing to give them a try. Dry, this one definitely smells meaty – like a barbecue restaurant.
The steeped tea smells earthier, but still reminds me of smoked meat.
I actually quite like this one, which is surprising to me. I guess it’s because it’s rather light-bodied with the oolong included? There’s a nice balance of pleasant earthiness with wood, malt, and a good dose of pine smoke. I’m not really getting meat as much in the taste as I did in the aroma. It’s very smooth, with no bitterness at all after a 3-minute steep.
I’m really digging this one. It’s warm and comforting, making me think of sitting around a campfire with friends, all bundled up in blankets. Lovely!
Flavors: Earth, Meat, Pine, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Wood