I got samples of the rest of the summer teas when I ordered Tropicalia and Luscious Watermelon (though I already have a bag of Swampwater but who wouldn’t accept more) and this one had intrigued me so I am finally trying it. Yesterday I had no time for tea, we went to this animal rehabilitation center called Noah’s Ark, which is well known for a tiger, lion, and bear that live together. They were all kind of relaxing on their own but it was still amusing because the bear had the best napping position. We stopped at this state farmers market (which is MASSIVE) on the way and bought the animals a big watermelon, some blackberries, and also brought some marshmallows for the bears and the lady at the visitors center was so amazed. I can’t figure out if it was because the blackberries were so big and gorgeous or because we brought donations, which makes me sad if most people come there with nothing (it’s free to visit).
I would have fought animals for those blackberries though. At least I got some peaches that are AMAZING but I was sad that I missed strawberry season I guess. Not that it matters, I have a few berries growing outside but I really was in the mood for them! But I had this sample with me today so I decided to try it out iced.
When I opened the bag, it really smelled like granola bars. I steeped it hot for about 3 or 4 minutes since 5-7 sounds a bit too much, then I put it in the fridge for later.
I love the strawberry flavor but the brittle to me just doesn’t make me think shortcake. I still get granola bar. It’s a bit caramel tasting but for the most part just isn’t coming off as creamy to me. And I’m glad I stopped steeping it when I did because the brittle definitely sweetens the tea up. In any case, it’s still tasty once I can get beyond the granola similarities, and it’s quite good iced. I wasn’t expecting much since it seemed like an odd choice for a cold tea.
Now I can’t decide if I should try the other half of the sample hot or cold brew it.