Adventaggedon Day One – 5/5
Fandom themed advent!? How could I possibly resist. I’m way too nerdy to pass on this shit. I think what I’m most looking forward to is less the flavours of the teas (though obviously I care about that too) and, more so, the fun of seeing what fandoms are selected. I can’t wait for the first day where I don’t know the fandom at all and I get to go on a nerdy little deep dive to understand the reference!
This was my second pumpkin tea of the day but, unlike the Adagio one, I can’t get over how clever this inclusion is. I mean, it’s perfectly on theme. Of all my teas today this somehow felt the most festive – and at the same time I felt a sense of relief that the pumpkin tea was not only early in the advent but day one. Because as much as this would have been “on theme” all month it would have begun feeling a little out of place if it had been near the end. Pumpkin spice only has so much place within December.
That said, in terms of taste, I think it was my least favourite today. It certainly wasn’t bad though – not a single tea today was one I wouldn’t drink again or that I’d pass up if offered a cup. I just felt like it had the most muddied tasting flavours and the ingredients list is a little bizarre to me. I mean, what are the hibiscus and sumac doing here? Do they really need to have been included?
It’s supposed to be like a pumpkin spice cookie, and I do taste pumpkin spices but they’re just a little bit dull and lacking clarity of flavour. The most clear was cardamom, but even that was soft. I think the biggest thing was just that it tasted a bit bakey. Not, like, “baked goods” bakey but more bakey in the sense of being an over fired black tea base. I think milk and just a bit of sugar would have really helped, though I wasn’t confident enough to add milk because of the hibiscus. I didn’t really want to deal with any accidental curdling today.
Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClpC3C9OZ7i/
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2IVn0wiYXs
I mean, was there really any choice for a different song? This one was just too perfect.