This was our tea of the week for the week of May 25. The base here is robust – it’s a blend of two Yunnan Black teas (Golden Monkey & Imperial) plus an Assamica grown in the Yunnan province – so the first few sips are strong black tea. I still get honeyed tones with hints of cookie but those first few sips are dominated by the black tea notes. As I continue to sip, though, the honey notes emerge as do the buttery cookie notes – and just a hint of orange zest.
My inspiration here was not a butter cookie that is sweetened with honey – but instead a cookie that tastes like honey butter – like gramma used to make. Her honey butter had little bits of orange zest in it (which is why I included orange peel in this) but there was never a strong orange flavor to the honey butter – it was more like a soft whisper of orange that did more to perk up the flavors of honey and butter rather than provide a sense of orange to the honey butter. I feel that I managed to accomplish that pretty well with the addition of the orange peel here – there’s a vague hint of something there – but it isn’t a distinct sense of orange.
Overall, I’m pleased with this tea.