I really wanted to love this tea. In fact I was sure I was going to. I have always had a special place in my heart for cotton candy. It is so delicious and brings back so many memories from being a kid. I had to order it… Taking advantage of the fact that I was ordering a pound of Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, I added this on to my order.
The scent was initially a shock of cotton candy. A shock as in it hit me hard and almost had me wondering where the real cotton candy was hiding, it smelled so much like the real thing! The black leaves were dotted with yellow and blue flowers that made it fun to sniff and stare at.
Once brewed, I lost the scent of the cotton candy. Instead I found some generic sweet smell and a hint of something plastic (the smell almost reminded me of the smell of a brand new toy when you just open the box… wow… all childhood memories with this tea!) It wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
Unsweetened it tasted surprisingly smooth and a tad bit (only very slightly) sweet. Sweetened I found a problem. The upfront cotton candy flavor was there, but there was a plastic aftertaste that lingered on my tongue after each sip. Once I finished my cup, I had to drink some water because the taste was so strong. I drank the cup, but I don’t think I want another for a while.
I am going to hold off and try it iced before I actually rate it. The dry leaves smell so good that I am beginning to think that I might have messed up my brew somehow… Will try again in the near future and have my fingers crossed and my hopes high!
As for the new tea base, which I believe is also the same one I received with my pound of blueberry danish tea, I like it but I feel that the flavor is a bit harsher. It is definitely less bitter than the previous, but it has a tiny hint of smokiness that makes it a bit rougher in taste (if that makes any sense). It has grown on me. Initially it was a shock, but the more I drink it, the more I like it. I am ready to give the new tea base a thumbs up Frank! I think it is an improvement (not that an improvement was really needed, your teas were already marvelous!) :)