Back before this blend was still in the development stage, Stacy tried it with a Dragonwell before deciding on a white. I placed an order around that time and asked for a sample of the original blend—I tasted it months ago, but never wrote a tasting note (because I’m a spazz). However, when scrounging through my samples the other night I found that I had just enough for one more cup!
The silver needle version of this blend really is quite different oddly enough, even though the watermelon flavoring is presumably the same. While Watermelon Xylophone is candy-sweet without and sugar and bursting with juicy flavor, the dragonwell is not nearly as in your face. The watermelon is a bit softer, more subdued and not overly sweet. The base is more buttery and crisp, so it’s a much different tea than you’d think! Honestly, I think most tea blenders would have stuck with this and not experimented any more since it’s so delicious. I prefer the final blend though! I really appreciate getting the chance to try an “in progress” blend, thanks Stacy!