Sneaky new advent tea!
As people likely saw ages ago in DT’s regular advent calendar – this is a new white tea blend! I know it was the advent tea for day nine this year, but I’m not actually sure what day it launched on the website. It’s been a chaotic last few months, and I may have just missed writing a tasting note for it when it came out? I’m… not sure…
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of this tea but I do think that it has a flavour profile that speaks to a lot of people. If I had to quickly elevator pitch/summary the blend I feel like you can kind of capture all of its essence by describing it as the “lovechild of Pomegrateful and Sleigh Ride”. It really does feel like those teas mashed together to me. Sweet and tart red fruit, in this case largely cranberry, with punchy hibiscus and warming cinnamon along with a hint of crisp cider-like apple.
As y’all know I feel ambivalent towards Pomegrateful and Sleigh Ride is one of those blends I personally feel is a bit overhyped and that I get sick of when I have it too frequently. Makes sense that this one isn’t for me. If you’re looking for something that’s a fruity break from holiday sweetness or that makes a solid iceable tea during the winter, then Merry Mistletoe has your back.
I also think it’s cool that there’s actually Mistletoe in the blend. I’ve been drinking the Korean Mistletoe from Soocha a lot recently and I love that profile so much; it’s like a toasty pumpkin with hints of grilled nuts and cinnamon. You don’t taste it too much here but some of those cinnamon-ish flavour elements to add to the undertone of warmth in the blend.
Aside from being in the advent, there’s a very limited amount of this blend this year so if you had it in the advent and liked it, I don’t believe that this blend will likely be on the website for a prolonged period…
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