A new-to-me tea company, yaaaaay! I heard about Old Barrel from TeaTuber “As The Tea Brews” (highly recommend her channel if you’re not familiar). She kept raving about their teas and they looked and sounded so interesting and yummy, so I decided to make them my monthly tea order for February. They’re based in the Southwest (New Mexico originally) and they have a lot of teas that reflect those flavors, based on things like horchata, green chile, empanadas, etc. But interestingly, they also have quite a few puerh blends, which I find to be unusual. I figured for my first order I would pick up their New Mexico sampler, and then added on a few more teas that I was most interested in, which brings us to this tea!
This is one of several teas they have that use coffee from local businesses (love it), and I tend to like coffee in teas so I was excited for this blend. Plus banana, yum! I have to say, I’m really enjoying this cup. The coffee beans and the cinnamon take center stage, with the banana mostly in the background until toward the end of the sip, where it becomes a bit more obvious. I like that it isn’t really sweet-tasting, despite being a dessert-ish tea. And the coffee isn’t bitter or acidic. The puerh base gives a nice richness, while the coffee adds yummy toasty notes which are so cozy with the warming cinnamon. For me, the banana keeps it from being a bit too “dark” and one-note, it’s such an interesting flavor and really makes the finish IMO.
Anyway, so far so good! I hope I like their other blends as much as this one. Oh, and this would probably make an amazing latte, I might have to try it that way soon…
Flavors: Banana, Candy, Cinnamon, Coffee, Creamy, Earthy, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Toasty, Woody