Putting together a package for albertocanfly reminded me to try this one again. Opening the package I’m reminded of why I bought it – it smells absolutely amazing. Sweet and just bursting with tropical fruit fragrances. I would wear perfume that smelled like this.
Steeped, the liquor is a clear golden colour and smells almost as strong as the dry leaf, with a vegetal note that makes it even more fresh and summery, like freshly cut stems.
At 5 minutes it’s a little weak. A couple extra minutes helps it along. The sip itself is a little bland – I want it stronger and to not have that hot water taste, and there’s a hint of a metallic flavour that might be the tea or might be my water. However, the finish is fantastic. Long and fruity, there’s notes of star fruit and apple skins, maybe some mango too. A touch sweet and a touch tart. There’s some vegetal tanginess on the finish that comes and goes pretty quick, but the fruit flavours stick around for a nice, long time.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea that I wanted to hurry up and swallow so I could get to the finish, but that’s where this one really shines. That and the fragrance, my god!
Thankfully, the more it cools, the more the whole sip improves. Cold is probably the way to go with this one.
Edit: OMG. I ate the steeped leaf instead of throwing it in the trash. Best decision ever. It’s like a beautiful fruit salad dessert.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Fruity, Mango, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Vegetal