Last night, reliving an old tradition, I went to see Desolation of Smaug, to celebrate I am reviewing a thematic tea! I am not going to talk about the movie though, my reasoning is I could write several blog posts analyzing the ins and outs of what I did and did not like about it. Yes, I am one of those people, a Tolkien scholar that reads the Silmarillion for fun and has an entire bookshelf devoted to Tolkien themed books. So to save you all the pain and suffering of my Middle Earth ranting, here is some tea reviewing!
Smaug Tea by 52Teas is a blend of Dragonwell, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and a hint of Lapsang Souchong, a fiery dedication to the last of the great Winged Fire Drakes. The aroma of this tea is intense, it actually made me sneeze. The tea is spicy and strong, with intense notes of cinnamon and cayenne pepper ending with a very delicate hint of smokiness. I did not notice any vegetal aroma from the Dragonwell, it is all power and fury. I think a mere sniff of this tea would turn a Cold Drake into a Fire Drake in no time.
The brewed leaves are still incredibly spicy and potent but now with a sweet undertone. There are vegetal notes present now as well that are faint but do blend nicely with the heat from the spice. The aroma of the liquid is much milder but still pleasantly spiced with sweet cinnamon fading to hot cayenne pepper. There is a buttery vegetal tone and a slight smoky hint as well.
Oh My Glaurung that is an intense tea! First there is a sweet vegetal taste mixing spinach and artichoke, as you swallow the midtaste becomes cinnamon warmth and then fades into hot cayenne fire in the back of your throat. It burns like dragon's fire, though not unpleasantly so. There is a slight aftertaste of smoke and sweetness, I wish there would have been a touch more smoke (a personal preference since I love smoky teas) but as it usually is with dragons there is no room for smoke, only fire. This tea is a fitting tribute to Smaug, it is powerful while still being enjoyable, I do not reccomend any dwarves sip this tea though, it could end badly.