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Hibiscus. Hibiscus everywhere. Yes, I am one of those people who absolutely cannot stand hibiscus in tea. This tea is overwhelmingly promising. I just want to love it so much. It smells intoxicating dry and punch you in the face delicious once steeped. It does not smell like hibiscus at all. It just smells like thick, sweet, syrupy strawberry goodness. It smells creamy and it is thick in the mouth. It steeps a gorgeous colour as well, akin to Forever Nuts. It’s just a beautiful concoction. And sadly, a little overrated.
I can taste the strawberry, I can taste the thick, buttery goodness you would expect from a pastry. But that hibiscus. It has no place here. As the tea cools, the tartness from the hibiscus (and rhubarb I guess) becomes even more pronounced, which makes it even less drinkable for me, and this is a sad thing indeed. I have enough for one cup left over and I’m still unsure whether I want to cold brew it or just try it hot again and steeped for less time. I think I might add some soy creamer to it to see if it’ll tone down the tartness. This one is so, SO close to being a keeper for me but it just doesn’t quite get there.

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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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