More Critical Role themed teas! (This is one I drank pre-fucked up tooth)
At the point of Critical Role that I’m at right now, we don’t know a ton about the character who inspired this blend – Caduceus Clay. However, there’s enough that I feel like I know him well enough to feel like this blend is a bit of a weird character fit. He’s a Cleric and tender of a generational graveyard, who happens to make make tea out of the plants that grow over the decomposing graves – all while being an incredibly wise and gentle soul. So a Hazelnut Strawberry blend!? Idk, doesn’t feel right…
I do like the deeply complex and earthy shou pu’erh tea base though – that seems appropriate for both the character and the environment he hails from. Something fermented/aged and connected to nature in terms of taste/flavour direction. I feel like I probably would have personally gone for more of a herbaceous direction and used things like nettle leaf, assorted roots like chicory, or more calming ingredients like chamomile or jasmine as part of the blend composition if I was making a blend for Caduceus. Also probably a handful of spices – within the group he often takes on the role of party cook and has a penchant for creating flavourful spiced dishes. So an herbal and root forward shou chai!? Idk – he’s a hard character to pin down.
All of that said, I did enjoy this blend a lot. The strawberry is pretty sweet and sticky, with a bit of that “soda style” strawberry syrup flavour, but the hazelnut is rich and compliments the earthiness of the shou pu’erh base very well. Not overly complex, but in that way it seems appropriate for this gentle and wise soul who is, for the most part, satisfied with a simple life.