This tea is confusing. Delicious but confusing.
The dry leaf is very pretty, speckled with pink peppercorn, pistachio and almond slices. Both the name and the picture drew me in and tempted me to try this one. The leaf smells sweet, of almonds and a hint of cumin.
Steeped, the cumin and pink peppercorn take the lead on the nose, which is weird and interesting.
I drank this with a teaspoon of sugar, and again confusing. Because I really taste the cumin a lot, which makes it feel very savoury, but there’s also this melange of flavours that really does give the impression of butter tart. But then cumin. But then I don’t think the butter tart flavour would be there if the cumin wasn’t! It’s not really buttery but there’s the sensation of eating pie crust and the rich sweetness of the butter tart filling. But cumin! And then raisin on the finish which is perfect.
I dunno. I think I like this quite a lot, even if it’s confusing. It actually kind of reminds me of cumin shortbread cookies that I bought once. I was kind of weirded out and bothered by the presence of the cumin, but also, I couldn’t stop shoving them in my face.
I think this is a tea that’s definitely worth a try for its uniqueness and complex flavour, but it’s probably also a tea that a lot of people won’t like.
Flavors: Almond, Pastries, Peppercorn, Raisins, Sweet