Happy October! 😀 It’s TEA SEASON, FOLKS! Rachel and I freaking love fall, and one of the big reasons is that the days are starting to get cool enough for us to drink hot tea all the time. In the summer, Rachel drinks a lot of iced tea and since I’m not as much of a fan of it cold, I tend to limit my hot tea consumption to 1) weekly Writing Nights at our freezing-but-otherwise-wonderful Starbucks and 2) when I’m sick. But once the leaves start to change and the temperatures drop, we delight in turning on the kettle every night!
“Tales & Tea Leaves” is a Lord of the Rings-themed tea sampler that Rachel bought me for Christmas last year. All of the teas are delicious, and they’re perfect for fall.
Second Breakfast is a blend labeled “green chai – apple – cream”. The unbrewed tea has some flattened, dark green leaves and some shriveled, heavily oxidized black leaves. There are also apple chunks, cloves, and small pieces of spices I can’t identify. It smells very spicy, with an additional scent of dried apple and an undertone of crunchy autumn leaves.
I brewed mine for maybe two minutes and the liquor is a nice yellow-to-orangeish. Brewed, it smells like sweet fresh apples and the spicy smell is gentler. The cloves come through well. There’s also a distinct smell of… vanilla? Cream? Sugar? I’m not sure how it smells creamy, but it does.
The green tea doesn’t come through in the smell, but it takes center stage in the taste! It’s a nice gentle green tea, a little grassy. The spice is somehow more of a sensation on my tongue rather than a taste, if that makes sense. I can’t taste any apple at all, but since it smells so apple-y, that certainly adds to the experience.
I would imagine that a hobbit’s second breakfast might be a bit lighter than the first, though still, of course, rich and sustaining 🙂 With that in mind, this tea was given the perfect name.