Was hoping to try this in-store today, but as usual arrived too late. Oh well! Just bought some of it (and all the other new teas) instead… ugggh I didn’t need to spend more money there! (I need to make a space in my budget for ‘tea’ and make sure I don’t exceed that monthly… probably already at nearly $50 and it’s March 7…)
Anyways, onto the tea! First impression smelling the dry tea was ginger. Ginger backed by some fruitiness, and a bit of an odd smell I couldn’t place. Steeped, I’m getting a similar impression. Ginger is definitely the dominant note, at least in this cup. I can smell the strawberry, but would not have picked that out on my own. No strange scent, however, which is good!
Tasting it, I’m having a bit of trouble distinguishing things. It’s not really sweet, and I think there’s ginger, but either it’s too late for me to be drinking tea and my tastebuds are already asleep, or the re-heating (yeah I forgot about it and let it completely cool) did something to it. Unfortunately I am getting a bit of a fakey-strange aftertaste, which I don’t particularly like. Possible that it’s ginger, though.
Anyways, I wasn’t completely dumb and did try the cooled tea before I reheated it, and although I don’t remember specifics, I recall liking it, but was feeling chilly at the time and wanted something warm, not cold. So I will try again, and try it iced, as has been recommended. Perhaps tomorrow will be a good day for iced tea… we’re forecast to hit 12 degrees Celsius, which is ABSURD in my mind, considering that my hometown (Saskatoon) just had a blizzard! I never did end up getting my winter…. huff
Overall I’m pretty sure this will be fairly tasty the next time I drink it, so am looking forward to it! Rating will be reserved until that time, however.
(Side note: this tea smells awful if left to cool and then accidently microwaved to boiling. Like, seriously AWFUL! It goes away once it cools again though.)