Last of the samples provided by teakruthi that I tried this week.
So, when I saw this in my provided samples I sort of had this inner “groan” type of reaction, because mixed tea base blends are sort of fun conceptually and have this neat novelty factor to them but rarely taste all that good. You’re usually having a slightly lesser version of whatever the tea bases would have tasted like on their own…
However, I was absolutely delighted to be proven wrong when I tried this one out! I noticed that the leaf is still majority black tea (though the white tea in this blend is DAMN pretty) so I steeped it Western style exactly like how I would any other black tea. Boil or bust mentality in a way, I suppose. As soon as the water hit the leaves I was hit with a hint of sweetness that I wasn’t expecting, and it just got better from there.
This was an easy tea to just slurp back because of how smooth it was. I personally enjoy sweet teas a lot, and this tea had a really nice and overall sweet profile. I felt like I was getting this mix of creamed honey notes from the black tea and fresher honeysuckle from the white tea, along with a more sweet and nutty body flavour that still had a rich undertone of creaminess to it. I see now, reading the company description more thoroughly, that they compare it to cashews? I’d say that feels sort of correct; though in the moment I was almost more thinking macadamia nuts and this sort of macadamia nut sugar cookie type thing dipped in milk and honey.
I am so delighted that this tea shocked me so much – and it’s a great example of why I love when other people pick samples out for me. Were I ordering for myself, I would have skipped over this tea and I think I’d have been missing out. We’ll see how I feel about it when I finish off the sample, but right now this tea and Lemon Kandy are both two that I would want to order again.