This is a first in a while – I’m actually drinking a tea while writing about it! Which is quite helpful.
Anyways – aroma of the dry leaf of this tea is strongly pineapple, which gave me immediate associations to Butiki and Pineapple Cilantro Cream (even though my bag of that is no longer strongly flavoured). Brewed up, it’s actually not very aromatic at all, maybe just a touch of pineapple. Flavour is, again, heavy on the pineapple with a teensy kick of heat, which might actually be more noticeable as the tea cools, since right now there’s also temperature heat involved. Base tea blend seems to be pretty good, though the mouthfeel is a tad bit drying (brewed at ~200F for ~2min, measured 1.5tsp leaf for 8oz, fairly cautious parameters, so I was hoping to avoid any of that). I’m not sure I’m perceiving any smoke at all, though (I just exhaled and am now waffling on that, though).
This is a very unique tea; I feel like I’ve had pineapple habanero-type teas before, and none ever really tasted so pineappley, so it’s kind of neat to experience it here. I do wish, though, that I was picking up on more mango. The heat level, depending on what it’s like in the cooled tea, could maybe be amped up juuuust slightly, but that could also be the mix of ingredients in the infuser, hard to say. Likewise with the smoke, although maybe it’s just blending in so well that I can’t pick it out – that happens sometimes with ingredients I’m not averse to. However, for a tea made to pay tribute to the Mother of Dragons, I think a bit of both ingredients would be warranted.
Anyhow, not a favourite, but fun to try!