I decided to dig my hand into the traveling tea box and select randomly this morning, and this is (supposedly) what I came up with. I’m not entirely sure this is actually the tea its label says it is. From the description and other reviews, this tea doesn’t even LOOK like what it’s supposed to, much less taste like it. There are no fruit pieces, just very dark tea leaves and a few flakes of something olive green, perhaps a dried herb??
Anyway, I steeped it for about a minute and a half, and sweetened it with a scoop and a half of sugar. The first sip was very smoky, with a big hit of astringency. At first, I thought I’’d over steeped it, which means one of either two things: it’s got lapsang souchong in it, or it’s a poor quality tea, to have become astringent so quickly. Blech. I added some milk and a little more sugar, and that masked the astringency to a degree where I could drink it. The smokiness was still there, but I could handle that, as long as it didn’t taste like metal anymore. There’s definitely no fruit in this, and no cream flavor. I really think it was mislabeled, but I don’t know how that could have happened.
I checked the little journal that was included in the tea box to see who put it in, and it turns out this was in there from the beginning, put there by momo. Maybe she would know more than I do about it.