Dragonfruit is an exotic flavor—for me, anyway! I’m not even sure that I know where they grow. (The tropics, I presume?) The flavor is well-represented in this complex fruity concoction from Teavana, Dragonfruit Devotion.
As usual, in preparing the infusion, “I did it my way,” which means using twice as much of the stuff as anyone else. I really dislike insipid brews, and what with the lack of any tea in this blend, I knew that if I did not double up, I’d end up with a hot Vitamin Water-esque beverage, wan and uninspiring.
Brewed double strength, I was pleased with this mixture. The dragonfruit definitely dominates, but there is a lot more going on here. I was sure that there must be ginger or black pepper implicated, because the infusion had a real zing to it! They’ve included just about every fruit under the sun: guava, strawberry, apple, orange, mango, peach… and then there’s a healthy dose of lemon grass and also hibiscus, which calls to mind Tazo Passion (of which I’ve imbibed easily 100 gallons iced during summertime!).
What makes this blend unique is the dragonfruit. Which means that if you know that you do not like dragonfruit, you can be pretty sure that you won’t like this. Dragonfruit aficionados on the other hand (and after all who else would buy a blend by this name?), should be pleased.
second infusion: there was so much fruit involved, and it plumped up so much during the first infusion that I decided to try a second round. Predictably, it was weak, as the vibrant red color had ceded to pink. This infusion was potable but not nearly as good as the first round. Probably this is what it will taste like to everyone who uses a normal amount of the dried blend. Too weak for me.
Flavors: Stewed Fruits