Hello friends! I am so sorry for the lengthy, unexpected tea review hiatus. So, in honor of reviving this practice, I offer the latest new review: the Destiel blend by Cara McGee. (This may be in direct relation to the fact that I just watched the season 10 finale of Supernatural.)
Official Description from Adagio:
ingredients & lore
blended with assam melody, black tea, natural spice flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peels, natural caramel flavor, ginger root, cloves, cardamom, cocoa nibs, natural chocolate flavor, natural vanilla flavor
teas: oriental spice, assam melody,tiger eye
accented with cinnamon and cocoa nibs
steep at 212° for 3 mins
this tea contains a high level of caffeine
Of course this tea has a high level of caffeine – are you aware of this ship?
So. This is a hearty yet smooth tea. The oriental spice and cinnamon provide the initial spicy punch when you first open the bag, and indeed, the scents stay strong even while steeping.
The assam melody brings a bit of earthiness to the aroma, and the cocoa nibs a bit of richly dark sweetness. I steeped a heaping teaspoon of tea for 4 minutes in 212-degree water (as I usually do with black teas). After sitting in my cup for a few minutes, the scents decrease dramatically. the rounded black tea of the assam melody rising to the forefront, the spice light and chocolatey. The first taste (without burning the tongue) is a bit heavy but without the heft of a smokier tea like lapsang souchong, and almost oily in its lingering feel in the back of the throat, with a slightly spiced aftertaste. That cinnamon kick is a welcome, somewhat refreshing leftover.
I’ll need to try a few more cups of this tea, and probably with a little milk, to see if I can’t make the tea just that little bit richer in mouthfeel. Thanks to the spice and cinnamon, this is a tea that you should consume sooner rather than later, although if you store it in an airtight container and away from heat and direct sunlight, it should last quite a while.
In all, I give this blend 3 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.