We have another sample sipdown here. For some reason, the people at Simpson & Vail always send a sample of a flavored tea when I order from them. I normally end up stashing them at the back of my tea cabinet and it seems to take me forever to work through them. I think I had this one for at least 3-4 months before I drank it. I’m glad I was in no rush to try this tea. To this point, it is my least favorite tea from Simpson & Vail.
I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 3 minutes. I did not attempt additional infusions. I really did not see the point.
After infusion, the liquor showed a clear amber in the cup. I noted muddled aromas of caramel, toast, cream, malt, coconut, butter, and raspberry. In the mouth, I got a muddy rush of caramel, toast, cream, malt, coconut, butter, floral, and raspberry notes. There really was not anything else to this tea.
I’ll be blunt. I did not like this blend in the least. I did not feel that the flavors on display in this tea worked together at all.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Floral, Malt, Raspberry, Toast