Wide awake at 1:30 am after going to bed at 10. It’s going to be a long work day.
The aroma is overwhelmingly herbaceous-cooling spearmint, spicy cinnamon and ginger, floral-perfumey rose reminiscent of little molded soaps with barely detectable sweet clove. I do not notice the pink peppercorn, maybe it’s hidden by the rose florality and cinnamon-ginger spiciness.
The taste is spearmint-herbaceous-earthy-brassy, cooling-mellow and warming-sharp at the same time. I do not like the aftertaste. Is it slightly bitter ginger-spearmint?
The steam coming from the cup really penetrates my senses. Spearmint and cinnamon combinations are very difficult to get right for me. The rose is really throwing me. Instead of feeling centered, my sense of smell is being pulled in an elemental, multi-directional tug-o-war. I just don’t understand the purpose of combining mint with spicier, warmer ingredients without providing a base to tie together what on my palate are entirely disparate flavor profiles. For an example of successfully marrying many elemental attributes in a similar mint-cinnamon-floral heavy (albeit caffeinated) blend, see Chroma Tea’s Aquamarine.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Earth, Floral, Ginger, Herbaceous, Metallic, Perfume, Rose, Spearmint, Spicy