Not a true sipdown; there’s still a cup worth but I’ve set it aside to share with my tea twin VariaTEA. I’d really love to drink it myself; but I also really want to share it with her because it was so good and it was her suggestion for me to get a sample of it in the first place!
Firstly, this smells amazing dry! There is a familiar hibby sour smell but the melon does a very good job competing with it which I find impressive because hibby is such a dominating flavour. Steeped up; the first taste is like a sour peaches/light hibiscus tartness but not in an over the top way where all you’re getting is the hibiscus. There’s a nice balance here; though I can see how the hibiscus might get to be too much if you oversteeped. This fades into a very spectacular and strong melon flavour.
But man this melon flavour; I’m really impressed because to me it tastes distinctly like sweet green honeydew melon with sugar sprinkled on top! There aren’t a lot of Honeydew blends that really deliver a strong juicy honeydew flavour because it’s such a subtle flavour, but this one manages to do it an a way that can compete with hibiscus of all things.
So this is already back on my shopping list! It’s probably going to be a while since I do another RiverTea order because I literally just got this one today but I imagine this’ll find a place in that order whenever it happens. Definitely going to be a long while down the road though. I look forward to having this again, though! It really impressed me and I very much hope that VariaTEA finds something special in it too!
VariaTEA, I’m just going to compile samples of things for you until my most recent Butiki order gets here and then I’ll add the Tamarind Pop into whatever else I’d gathered and send it off! So it’ll likely be several weeks but I’ll make sure you get the RiverTea blends we decided on, and probably samples of each 52Teas blend I got in my most recent order…
Flavors: Apple, Green Melons, Hibiscus, Melon, Peach, Tangy