Happy National Science Fiction Day!
We’ve got a 2021 Sipdown Progress thread going in the forums (check here if you haven’t yet: https://www.steepster.com/discuss/42494-2021-sipdown-progress-thread) and there is a “monthly” theme (January’s is “Out with the Old!”) as well as a small handful of “fun” themed days to work towards drinking/sipping down the tea in your stash! Today’s is to drink a “geeky tea” (interpret as you will… a plain, simple Earl Grey was Picard’s favorite drink on Star Trek: Next Gen after all!)
So I have pulled this sealed packet out of my stash. GoT has never been a fandom I’ve ever gotten into (my sister was crazy about it for many seasons, then hated how it ended, and that is pretty much all I know about it, hahaha). I got this in a Mystery Bag pack, along with the Highgarden one (which I’ve already sipped down). Seems appropo to work towards clearing out the other GoT tea, and a mulled wine/chai sort of flavor sounded really nice this morning… we got dumped on by the white stuff last night! Brewed 3.5g to 350ml 205F water, 3 minute steep.
I’m getting a strong licorice aroma (anise!) from the cooling cup. Also a pithy, citrusy orange aroma; there are some other spices there, but the anise is so distinct on my nose that I can’t pick them out just by sniff. The black tea is malty/bready and tastes mostly like an orange spice black; against the strong orange peel flavor, the taste of cinnamon and, more prominantly, clove are popping in the cup. The end of the sip and aftertaste are still strongly anise, though, which is a flavor I quite enjoy. I am having a hard time picking out the wine essense, but I have been alcohol-free for so many decades now (it’s my main dietary migraine trigger, so I don’t touch the stuff) that I’m uncertain if I’d really notice it or not, especially against more dominant spice and citrus flavors.
I’m getting a warm and pleasant orange spice tea, with the main spice note being anise (at least in this cup!) which is especially pleasant. It’s a smooth sort of spiced tea, not a zesty/burny sort, which are the sort I prefer.
Flavors: Anise, Bread, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Licorice, Malt, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Spices