Simpson & Vail Advent Calendar – Day 7
(originally written November 7th)
Interesting, a smoked tea. I’m surprised they included this in the advent box, since smokey teas are often very divisive, and I would expect many people wouldn’t enjoy this because of that. Personally, I can go either way with smoked teas – it all depends on the tea and how strong the smoke element is.
This one is fairly smokey, but it’s not harsh. It reminds me of smoked meat, which is a bit odd for tea but there you are. Some smoked teas can be rather earthy and mineral, but this one is lighter with some maltiness. Perhaps that’s because it’s only partially Lapsang in the blend. I will say, I don’t think I can taste the bergamot at all, which is disappointing.
So to me, it’s just a fairly light but savory smoked tea.
Flavors: Malt, Meat, Smoke, Smooth