Finally drank the last bag of this! Got this on a whim while petsitting. I was drawn to the goth tin and the promise of a smoky vanilla tea. This tea did not disappoint! The tin gives off a wonderful aroma of caramel, vanilla, and smoked cedar-y goodness, with a slice of acrid alcohol. The blend is alcohol free, but has bourbon flavoring to it. The bourbon element gets a little lost to me, and the majority of flavors I get are a Lapsang Souchong with vanilla caramel flavor. To be honest, i find that much more appealing. The flavors are very kind to the black tea base, with complementary flavor notes of malty earth tones and baked bread. It did not take me long to go through this tea!
Going through the old tasting notes from my old account got me noticing how many beloved tea companies of mine have disappeared! This tea had me craving the vanilla black and various levels of smoked black teas that were a staple blend of the height of my Steepster hayday. Discovering all the brands that i really enjoyed sent me down a rabbit hole of 404 error messages. I’ll be pouring one out for every Tippy’s Tea, Townsend Tea (now that they just do kombucha), Joseph Wesley, and more today.
Flavors: Caramel, Cedar, Malt, Smoke, Soil, Sweet Potatoes, Syrupy, Vanilla