Ok, so now that the cold is gone, I’ve finally gotten back around to truly tasting this one. Oolongs have been dominating my tea world of late, so this one was just sitting there, waiting for me to notice it.
Firstly, I would like to state that this tea is gorgeous! The little pink flowers, the silver needle – it looks like a delicate bouquet in my pot. If I were on a judge on the Iron Chef (random reference…), I’d give it a perfect score for presentation! ;)
Anyway, this tea smells like a wonderful watermelon upon opening the package, and that makes me so excited. I’ve searched long and hard for a good watermelon tea that actually TASTES like watermelon (who would’ve thought?), and from the smell of this tea, I know I’m in for a treat. I’m also really pleased that it doesn’t smell artificial, which is another problem I’ve encountered with watermelon teas.
Now, onto what really matters – the taste!
This tea, even without the recommended sugar, tastes wonderful to me. The white tea base (gotta love the silver needle) provides a sweetness, and also a nice freshness to the cup (hope that makes sense to people). The watermelon is peeking through nicely, as well. No artificial, candy watermelon here! It tastes as close to the real thing as I’ve gotten in tea form. Fresh, crisp, and delicious. Upon adding the recommended sugar, the watermelon pops a bit more, though it still isn’t artificial tasting. This is one refreshing cuppa, and I’m so happy I found it!
Overall, I don’t really know if I need the sugar for my tastes, but a little bit of sugar doesn’t hurt this tea in the least. Thanks Stacy, for this wonderful creation!
UPDATE: Second steeping of this was just as good! I picked up a light floral taste in this brew, but it works nicely with the watermelon.