Ladies and gents, I’ve just done one of the craziest things I’ve personally ever done to tea. But before I talk about that, I accidentally oversteeped this tea, so it was extra bold. That said, I’ll give it a more proper review with the last of my sample next time. But for now, it’s a decent Assam, just not as malty as I had hoped.
My cotton candy pink hair inspired me to go out and buy the actual stuff because I haven’t had it since I was a kid, and you know what? I was in the mood for some of that fluffy pink and blue candy floss. Looking at it (and tasting it too!) got me thinking about all the cotton candy blends that have been popping up (David’s, Della Terra, 52teas) and how they don’t taste like the actual thing. To be fair, I haven’t tried Della Terra’s, David’s is the best I’ve had to date but it’s even sweeter than actual cotton candy, and as for 52teas, it just tasted like generically sweetened black tea. It lacked that special something that cotton candy has.
So blah blah blah, I MELTED ACTUAL COTTON CANDY INTO MY TEA. Equal parts blue and pink to be fair. And while it has indeed substantially sweetened up this bold tea, the flavouring from the cotton candy (blue raspberry and bubblegum, respectively) gets lost. If there’s one thing that this experiment has taught me, it’s that the flavours that make cotton candy, well, cotton candy are muchly too delicate and subtle to be accurately captured in a tea. I could see it potentially work better with green rooibos (hence why David’s probably is the most successful, in my humble opinion) but the black bases smack those cutesy flavours down to the pavement and steal their lunch money.
The funny part is my lips are sticky from the liquid cotton candy though. Sticky lips but no cotton candy flavour satisfaction. Ripoff!
I have enough left to try with another cup or two with another base. Maybe I could try it with one of Butiki’s Assams? Or just screw it and eat the rest? Errrrrrrr?