This one’s supposed to be reminiscent of a Hot Cross Bun, and since my acquaintance with that kind of tea is limited to Bluebird’s (or, I should say, the tea company formerly known as), it’ll be interesting to try another.
This one smells so cinnamony, and it’s actually reminding me quite a lot of (I think) Frank-era 52 Teas French Toast. It’s nice, but stronger than I’d typically associate with a Hot Cross Bun.
To taste, it’s a different affair. The initial flavour is bread dough with dried fruit, and I kid you not. It’s almost squishy tasting, like a hot cross bun is when it’s straight out of the packet. Bluebird’s Hot Cross Bun was toasted (which is just how I like them…), with a tiny bit of Lapsang. T2’s is soft and oven-fresh. It’s different, but I feel like there’s room for that.
The cinnamon is really strong, though – it comes out primarily in the mid-sip, and then it lingers forever. It’s so concentrated it almost feels like it’s burning my throat, which is a level of cinnamon I find too intense to be really enjoyable.
I’ll probably resteep this one a couple of times, and maybe eventually the cinnamon will settle down a little. I like the flavour, but the amount of cinnamon does spoils it. Kudos to T2 for nailing “fruit bun” in liquid form, though. It’s a tea worth trying just for that!