Continuing the Scottish theme! I usually try and stop drinking black teas around 7pm, but it’s light so late here that I’m finding that time creeping backwards. It was still light at 11.20pm last night, and I’m finding I’m tempted to drink black tea as late as 10pm as a consequence. It just doesn’t feel like bedtime! Of course I’m going to blame the long daylight hours, though. What else could it be?
Anyway, this is another black breakfast-style tea. It doesn’t say exactly what the blend is, but I’m willing to bet it includes Assam, Darjeeling, and possibly (probably) Ceylon also. It’s malty, for sure, and fairly hearty, but it has a floral-ish background flavour and a hint of something that reminds me of whisky. Maybe oak? Peat? Something resonant and “heavy” tasting – deep, dark, and a nice contrast with the sweet, malty backbone of this blend.
It’s a pleasing breakfast tea, a little different from the usual run of things. I’d buy it again if I ever came across it, although I think things at Jenier have changed a bit since I last ordered from them. It does make me wonder how old some of the teas from my Varieteas box are, although they’re mostly all foil-sealed so I’m not too worried.
This one was a good one, and would be just the thing on a cold winter night. Particularly if you were sitting by a log fire…