I have to admit, I sort of ignored much of David’s Winter and Christmas teas. I had found fall slightly less than inspiring and when I saw how (overly) complicated a lot of the winter blends seemed to be, I just wasn’t enthused. Combine that with a trip to the mall on a busy day and a harried sales person as well as a personal overstock of both Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret, and, aside from the enthusiastic purchase of much Cocomint Cream, this was a pass for me. Since I have been much more in love with the Spring Collection and these are showing up in sets on the web specials, I have been reinvestigating my initial pass on several of the teas.
J and I are at complete odds on this particular blend. I think if you brew it right and don’t let it over steep it is buttery and amazing, J thinks it is water and then gets overbalanced by the apple. Nevertheless, I do have a small tin of it now to play with. I like some notes in it a lot, I dislike others intensely. For me, really watching the four minute steep yields a brew that is intriguing enough that I enjoy sipping on a cup, but not so engaging that I need to have it absolutely every day. I don’t think I need to have this tea forever, but I am glad I have some to play around with.
Flavors: Apple, Butter