Adventaggedon Day Two – 5/5
Saved my favourite tea of the day for my last tasting note. I’m getting my notes up a little late today because I went to the Japanese Holiday market with my friend John tonight – hopefully late tasting notes doesn’t become too much of a habit.
When I first saw the ingredients list for this Alice In Wonderland inspired tea, my first thought was “Wow, five tea bases? Clearly needs a little bit of editing…” and I have a gut feeling that may become a reoccurring thought with some of these teas. Based on my own experience with Thesaurus’ other blends, the owner’s blending style is very busy and that doesn’t always come together cohesively.
In this case, I think I was too judgmental. The dry leaf aroma was really nice. Deep purple berry notes with a hint of florals. Really jammy but also bright and snappy! Steeped up, I was pretty much in love from sip one. I’m not totally sure what the flavouring in the blend is supposed to be, but to me it read as a really lovely black currant/cassis note with a deep syrupy sweetness and just a little top note acidity. It was supported beautifully by a really full bodied and pleasantly brisk and astringent mix of bases. If I was blind guessing what that base was, without knowing it was five different bases, I think I’d probably say black tea but that’s almost entirely just because it had the robust feel of a black tea less than it had the taste of one. Finally, there was a hint of florals in the undertone (sort of jasmine meets elderflower) that was the last ribbon tying the blend together. I liked how they lingered on the tip of the tongue after each sip, as well.
It just felt super appropriate as a Alice In Wonderland inspired tea with those punchy purple berry notes, and the playful qualities matched with darker elements. I think I maybe would actually buy this tea for myself, if I knew for certain that it would steeped this consistently each time around.
Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Clrnn5vOcag/
I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I gave myself an extra challenge today of using only teaware with golden accent colours. It was a fun extra layer to the normal challenge of advents.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjiEDhF2FG4