On reflection, I chose a bad day to try a new SBT. I was fine in the early evening when I brewed this up, but I inexplicably delevoped a cold and a REALLY sore throat overnight, and now I can’t really taste much of all. Admittedly, I’ve probably ruined my own tastebuds with strepsils and lemsip, but I’m such a wimp when it comes to colds. Still, it’s done now, and I’m at work so I can’t be feeling that awful. Yet.
I first tried 52 Teas Root Beer Float in last year’s 12 Teas of Christmas box, albeit the black, “normal” tea version rather than the SBT. I was pretty impressed, and I actually have a full pouch in my cupboard now, so I have high hopes for this one. I gave it the standard SBT treatment — 3 minutes in 1/4 pint of boiling water, topped off with cold to 2 litres and into the fridge overnight. Brewing, I could smell mostly sweet, creamy vanilla and not much in the way of root beer. I like a root beer float tea where the “ice cream” element comes out strongly, but that’s not all I want it to be. Fortunately, I needn’t have worried with this one. It’s fair to say that the ice cream flavour is what I get first — it’s creamy, it’s smooth, it’s sweet, and it tastes strongly of vanilla. I also get root beer, though, although it’s pretty mild in comparison with the “float” aspect. It’s a little bit medicinal, a little bit reminiscent of chicory. Root beer is one of those flavours I always have a hard time describing, but it’s there.
It’s nice to have something cool to sip on today. I usually run straight to hot drinks when I have a sore throat, but this is pretty soothing too. Another great SBT!