Many thanks to Ricky for sending me some of this extremely limited tea! I’ve been holding off reviewing this one for a while because I wanted to make sure I’d have ample time to give it my complete, undivided attention as it deserves. Unflavored blacks are my favorites, and from what I hear, this is quite good!
This is a very dark tea. One could easily mistake it for a cup of coffee if their nose wasn’t working right. It doesn’t smell anything like coffee, though. It smells sweet and smokey, almost like a BBQ but without the meaty-ness (I’m a vegetarian and I’ve never had BBQ’d anything, so my description might be a bit off – forgive me!).
The fist sip was very smokey and it had a slight honey taste to it. As I take other sips and hold them in my mouth longer, I can taste some caramel – wonderful, wonderful caramel. This is a very bold tea, no doubt about it. It’s not for the faint of heart. This could certainly stand up to some cream and sugar and I imagine it’d taste divine.
This was my first A&D tea, and it was quite yummy. Thanks again, Ricky!