My A&D Series 1 and 2 teas have been kicking around in my cupboard for awhile, but I haven’t really touched them since I didn’t want to open a new tin while I had so many teas already on the go. It says something that LiberTeas got to try my tea before I did, lol!
Cool and unique-looking tins aside the dry tea itself is quite pretty to look at – black twists of leaves with a mixture of silver-white, golden, and light brown streaks. The steeped leaves turn a uniform light reddish-brown colour, which is very close to the colour of the liquor itself.
The tea has a lot of superficial similarities to a Darjeeling tea – not surprising I suppose since the Darjeeling region of India is near Nepal. However it isn’t as astringent and while there are some muscatel-wine notes initially, the tea fades into a flavour that strongly reminds me more of a light beer. The tea also gains a sweetness as it cools off, much in the same way an oolong does, interestingly enough.