New month, new sipdown prompts!
It is with a sad heart that I pulled this tea out and stuck it over in the “Sipdown Corner” because it is one of my favorite Bird & Blend teas, but I haven’t seen them reblend it since the days they were still called Bluebird Tea Co. (which is still on the packaging). I may never see it again, once it is gone… but it isn’t getting any younger, so I know I should just bit the bullet and sip it down while it still has flavor. I’m using it for the prompt “a caramel tea” (though it could also fit "tea from a British company, but I undoubtedly have other too-old B&B teas that I should get through…)
The smell of this tea, both in the leaf and brewed, is intoxicating. I may have never had Treacle Sponge, but the pastry-like aroma that is a little buttery, a little caramelly, a little almondy, and a little cherry is so nice. Like gmathis’ Chocolate Orange cup this morning, this is a tea that leaves the empty cup still smelling like magic.
The brewed flavor is sweet, a bit of a buttery backbone with a caramel/vanilla flavor, and a hint of nuttiness and fruitiness. It is better after it has cooled; too warm, the base sencha is a little overly vegetal. That calms down and the sweetness shines once the cup cools down.
I will enjoy this bag for its final days!
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Caramel, Cherry, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla