Picked this one up on a whim while doing some birthday shopping (Hey, it’ll be my birthday too eventually!) I’m rather glad I did.
As an ex-coffee drinker I miss being riddled with caffiene. There’s just something about that energetic, tingly, watch the boyfriend evaluate my crazy eyes and get out of the house as fast as he can, feeling that a nice cup of green or black can’t quite match. This comes the closest yet though.
Honestly, in the store I wasn’t much of a fan of the dry smell. Slightly fruity, very smooth and earthy, but not something I would pick up and sigh over. Since I had decided to buy it before even entering the store to cut down on “sampling” other teas, I just bought and ran.
As this one is an herbal I wasn’t as picky about brewing as usual. Went with 6 minutes but also didn’t strain the teapot so my second cup was a 20 minute infusion, which caused it to darken a lot and gave a touch of a bitter edge.
I agree that it’s smooth, baby bottom smooth, creamy without the cream smooth. Flavour reminded me of when I was young and we’d try to make wheat gum out of green wheat, earthy and heavier though. There was a touch of fruit from the papaya, but more towards the end of the sip.
I’m willing to try this one cold, even though I don’t tend to enjoy my teas chilled. And that caffiene kick I was looking for was very much there, but still not as much as that first cup of coffee used to be.