Another share from VariaTEA – and definitely something that interests me!
I really love the idea of bubble gum teas but have yet to find one that I’ve really been happy with. I find that they often are too tart/hibiscus forward or apple forward without enough bubblegum pay off, or they have the gumballs blended in for visual but the taste is flat and doesn’t reflect the impactful visual…
I was pretty into this one, though it definitely has a sharper hibiscus note that does fall into that first bucket of disappointing aspects about bubble gum blends. I always wonder if people use hibiscus in blending bubble gum teas for the colour of it or if it’s more for body – surely people don’t actually believe that bubble gum is tart like that!? After the hibiscus top note kind of subsides, there is a quality about the main body of the sip that does remind me of bubble gum though – very sweet, sugary and slightly fruity. It’s so close to being what I want, but doesn’t quite land on the right flavour. However, as the tea cooled I did think that flavour element was getting a bit more strong and noticeable, and the tartness that the sip begins with seemed to be mellowing slightly.
It was an overall enjoyable cup, and not a half bad attempt at a bubble gum tea! However, it still doesn’t get me where I want to go – but at least it took me part of the way. Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!