I finally signed up for a 52Teas subscription box because why the hell not. XD This one came in the June box (which arrived in early July), and then I was on vacation, and I’m only getting around to trying it now.
So, it smells delightful. After being burned (not literally) by the horrifying, cloying nature of that one Strawberry Shortcake tea from Murchie’s, I got a little twitchy when I saw the label. Happily, the scent here is much less “strawberry car freshener someone bought at the dollar store and then ripped completely open and hung up, filling the car with noxious fumes” and more “sweet strawberry candy, but in a good way.”
Steeped, the strawberry loses some of its strength, but that’s OK. I’m still getting a light, buttery creaminess layered over a bit of strawberry, plus the nice toastiness of the rice. The green tea comes in at the end as a gentle grassiness; it’s definitely present, but not overpoweringly bitter or anything.
Overall, it’s very nice and quite fun. I’m not totally sure I’d be able to identify the flavor profile/inspiration if I’d gone in cold, but I’m enjoying it (y’know, judging by the fact that I’m drinking it on a 90˚+ day). Cold-brewing it might be good too.
Flavors: Butter, Candy, Creamy, Grassy, Strawberry, Toasted Rice