This is another one that Wombatgirl sent to me. It’s one of those things that I didn’t even know that I was interested in trying until I actually had it in my hand. But now that I do, I’m very very curious!
I like strawberries in tea (and otherwise), I liked the rhubarb sencha I had once from TeaEqualsBliss (I think) and the Dragonwell/Sencha combination is really very interesting, but not one I had even considered for a moment before.
I only had enough leaf for one pot, so I used all of them in my small favourite farm animals pot. I forgot to smell the dry leaves, though, but after steeping it smells very Dragonwell-y. There is that cat breath note that is fairly easy to find. It’s very sweet too in a kind of creamy way, so I’m guessing that must be due to the strawberries and mallow flowers. The rhubarb is coming through with a sharp stap of acid. Very rhubarb-like.
It has a funny multi-layered flavour. For a flavoured tea blend, I’m not sure how well I think they got away with it when I’m getting the flavours one at the time with clear distinctions in between. First, strawberry and Dragonwell. Then sharp rhubarb tangyness. Last a sencha finish.
If this had been a more fluently developing flavour it would have been awesome, but it doesn’t really flow for me like that. Still, I’m very pleasantly surprised by this one. Had the flavour been more rounded off and fluent, I’d have given it a few more points and I’m still not sure I’d have wanted to own it in larger quantities, but it was definitely intersting to try it and a pleasant cup.