Stressed and tired, so not up for a magnum opus tonight. Tomorrow maybe. It’s work at home Wednesday and I think my big project may finally be done, so my stress level should go down and I may actually get to enjoy some tea instead of gulping it down while distracted. But after my earlier yucky face experience, I wanted to end the evening on a higher note.
This is a surprisingly nice fruit blend. It has chunky pieces in a nicely harmonized color combo/continuum of very dark purple to light brown. Its variations would be nice in one of those eye shadow palette compacts. It smells like tart strawberry in the sample packet. I brewed it double strength in about 16 oz of water, and it made a pretty, hibiscus-influenced magenta-like liquor.
In taste, it is not at all tart or bitter. In fact, it is sweet, undoubtedly from the strawberry. Apple notes poke through every now and then, and neither the rose hips nor the hibiscus seem to have much influence on the taste. The kiwi is tricky, but I do notice a sort of cooling flavor that comes after the strawberry and doesn’t seem to be the strawberry simply morphing into another variant. I think this is the kiwi. I’ll focus on it more when I next try the rest of the sample and see if I can tease it out a bit more.
I haven’t had that many straight mixed fruit blends, but I like this one better than the Teavana Lemon Youkou because it doesn’t require sweetening.