Tasting note number two! I should probably add as a side note, I don’t really know how many of these is normal to do. Do I do it once for each tea, or every time I have a cup? (That would take a HELL of a lot of time, as I have like maybe 5 cups per day…
Anyway, on with the tea! This is the second cup of Martha I’ve had today, and I’m feeling a third coming on pretty soon. Martha was the first I tried from the Doctor Who sampler, mainly because she was the first tin in the box, and oh my goodness I had like 5 cups in a row. Not too strong in flavour, but a perfect mellow tea for when you want to relax. Steeping, the tea smells EXACTLY like maple syrup, so much so that I had to double check the ingredients to be sure it wasn’t actually maple flavoured. When drinking, I found the flavours to be quite similar to Nine, so I guess that when you add caramel and sesame it kinda tastes like chestnut? I’m not complaining, anyway, because Nine is probably my favourite of the entire set.
Plain – lovely and caramelly (definitely a word) and cosy and just yummy. Definitely more caramel flavour than anything else, although the sesame adds an interesting note. Sweet enough to have plain, even if you prefer your teas with sugar.
With Sugar – the flavour of the sesame is heightened a little, but the flavour is mainly the same, just even sweeter.
With honey – because of the maple scent/flavour, I thought honey would be good. Boy was I wrong. SO much better with sugar than honey, if you like it sweet. It was like my tongue was confused, wondering why I had honey and maple syrup at the same time. Does taste more of maple than caramel, though.
Sugar and milk – pretty much exactly the same as just sugar, but really good if you want something creamy. Kind of reminded me of a really good caramel muffin I get from Costa sometimes. Sesame comes out pretty strong, but as I said above tastes sort of like maple syrupy.
So… Um, yeah. That’s about it.