Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, September 8th: National Ampersand Day Tea #1
I had to check my “next-cup-a-sipdown” list but no, I had no Ampersand teas over there. So it seemed the perfect rainy day for the first time to try this blend, which I was hoping was comfort in a cup. Can’t really go wrong with hazelnut, chocolate and strawberry on a black tea. I went with a very short steep to finagle as much of the added flavor as possible out of this blend. Not too much noticeable hazelnut… Mastress Alita mentioned dark chocolate which I was hoping for, but the first steep seems like lighter chocolate to my tastebuds. The brew color is light as well, but there is definite strawberry here, which is awesome (plenty of little strawberry bits floated to the top of my infuser while it was steeping). It’s definitely chocolate and strawberry (yay, cocoa shells forever) but I wouldn’t call it a nutella blend. I wonder what adding some to a mug of tea would do… though I don’t have any nutella on hand anyhow… The second steep had more chocolate than strawberry on the long steep but it didn’t get brisk, and I really do love a good chocolate black tea. And definitely the actual pancake in the name doesn’t make sense, unless you’re just thinking about toppings of a pancake.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 min