So, this tastes quite different from what I expected and it did take me a moment to really reflect on what I was tasting and how it didn’t mesh with what I had anticipated. The flavour is definitely sweet and there’s a distinct vanilla custard type note that does match up with what I associate with a creme brulee or creme brulee inspired tea. The thing that through me for a bit of a loop is actually in two parts. Part one is that there’s this very fruity kind of undertone to the blend that was really unexpected – and I feel like it might be from the black tea base itself, because it’s a sort of figgy red fruit vibe that does sort of match with flavours I’ve experienced with this leaf style.
The other thing that through me for a loop was more of an absence of flavour – and that’s the kind of bitter burnt sugar note that feels really crucial to me in in order to offset the very rich sweetness and creaminess of a Creme Brulee. A think just a little of something in than vein would have helped a lot because this got to feeling rather cloying for me by the end of the mug.
It’s still a nice tea overall, but I think I really need to try it again with a perception shift and see how I feel about it knowing more what it’s going to taste like going into the mug.