Recently I registered the blog on Bloglovin, which is a really neat way to organize the blogs you read. I have learned that they pull the first photo from each post as the representative photo on their site, and the first photo in my blogs is (in my opinion) the least interesting. So, I'm going to have to put the "glamour shot" first even though it sort of interrupts the flow of things. Sorry!
Here's today's glamour shot.
It's always interesting to know a bit about the person who creates what you are consuming. Kat, the owner of Solstice Brews, is as interesting as she is talented. She puts a lot of herself and her interests into the blends that she creates.
I ordered three of her teas to review, and the first one I picked to try was Hobbit Hearthwarmer.
Kat sold me some smaller quantities of the teas than normal, so I don't think this is representative of her normal packaging. However, the plastic was very thick and it kept the tea nicely! I will find out soon when I order more of this tea.
I guess I just ruined the surprise ending. I loved this tea!
The ingredient list was as follows: black tea, allspice, cinnamon and toffee. It was sort of funny when I was taking a picture of it because the allspice balls were rolling all over the place.
I had my husband smell the dry leaf and he thought it smelled like pumpkin pie - that's the allspice talking.
Of course I had to eat a piece of the toffee - you know - for science. It tasted sweet, and a tiny bit nutty and definitely buttery. Super delicious.
The brewing instructions said to use 2t of leaf per cup of water, most likely because of the addition of the toffee chunks and the space the allspice occupies.
The mouthfeel on this brew was incredible - I have a Steepster friend who calls it "pudding mouth" and I don't think it was until today that I fully understood what she meant. It's not that the tea was thick because it wasn't really thicker than any other tea, but it had a wonderful mouth-coating quality that made it seem extremely decadent. If you are a texture person, you will love this tea.
The flavor definitely conveys the description on Kat's site, which says the tea is the "perfect blend to drink on a chill night in a hobbit hole." While I was drinking it I found that I had a cozy feeling just because of the tea's flavors. A bit of toffee, a bit of spice, wonderfully balanced with the black base. I was transported to a place where it was cold outside but I was cozy and warm inside, maybe watching snow fall outside a window. Comfort in a cup.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook