Another tea that I received a sample of in my Easter themed tasting box from Bird & Blend.
What I find kind of interesting is that I know with 100% certainty that I’ve had a chocolate Digestive cookie before and I can envision the flavour in my head, but I cannot for the life of me remember when I tried them and in what context or visualize what they look like. So that’s kind of weird. They’re probably something that I had at my Grandmother’s house growing up, to be honest – that seems like the kind of thing she would have kept stocked up…
But sure enough, when I opened up the bag of tea for the first time I was flooded with a rich, intense chocolate cookie flavour that perfectly matched up with that I had been envisioning in my head! How strange! Now, when I think actively about what I’m smelling I can break the overall aroma down to its components: chocolate, fennel, cardamom – but if I let myself just smell it in a less active/attentive way it really DOES smell like a chocolate digestive cookie!
Steeped up, the taste mirrors the aroma of the dry leaf almost perfectly; how often does that happen!? The answer, of course, is NOT often. The same thing I said about the smell of the dry leaf is true; when drinking less attentively it very perfectly mirrors what I’m mentally recollecting a Digestive to taste like; but when I think about it even a little bit my mind disassembles all the components and I just taste chocolate, lots of cardamom, a bit of fennel, some licorice root, and a little graham. It’s delicious though, and I’m very pleasantly surprised with how this blend steeped up!