High risk. High reward. You'll find a vanguard on the battlefield by following the trail of destruction they leave in their wake.
They have a reputation, vanguards - terrifying, volatile, unstoppable like a raging firestorm.
This tea is no different. At first sniff, there's the almost overwhelming aroma of a forest fire- heady, smoky, thick. But there's something else under it, thin and bright and clean.
Steep for three minutes, and the mint starts to blossom under the smoke.
Treat a vanguard gently, sweetly, and you might find something surprising underneath.
A touch of sweetener, a splash of your favourite milk (or milk substitute), and the smoke mellows, warms, and eye of the storm, the heart of the vanguard, shines through.
A potent brew of lapsang souchon, toasted mate and spearmint, Vanguard is not for the faint of heart.