SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #6 backlog from 12/19
I’m really banking this is a herbal blend as I’m saving it for nighttime. (Not that caffeine affects me at this point, probably.) But visually it looks very different than anything else I have tried! A rainbow of herbally ingredients. (It COULD have yerba mate in it?) The scent is like catnip or mustard. The flavor seems the same! Definitely not mint – seems savory and mustard. The brew is almost clear! I don’t think I’ve had this before… whatever it is. It does seem slightly like that Viking moxie blend. Some odd sweetness happening. Possibly blackberry leaf? Maybe linden blossom? I’ve only had linden blossom in one tea before. The second steep is almost unbearably too strong… can’t say I like it, so I’m intrigued to find out what this blend actually consists of. Watch this be the one time I’m allergic to a food…. My guess: a herbal something or other. Was I correct? Yes? It’s an herbal but I can’t say I would have guessed any of these ingredients. I’ve never heard of this shop and it looks like their inventory actually burned, which is terrible. However, NONE of the ingredients in the Viking Moxie blend are involved in this one. The ingredients list sounds like the result should be better than what I’m actually tasting though.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 22 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 8 minutes after boiling // 3-4 minute steep