This is a backlog from last night. In my attempt to try all of DT’s spring teas in a reasonable timeframe, I tore into this one last night because it was caffeine-free. I first tried this as a soy latte to go while I was at the store last Wednesday, and somehow much prefer it that way. I steeped for five minutes, and although I could finish the cup, I can’t say I’m dying to rush out and replenish my supply.
As usual, the dry leaf smells fantastic. There does appear to be some sort of artificial element to the smell—some people have identified it as alcohol or play-dough-but either way, I don’t actually find it entirely unpleasant—it sort of reminded me of childhood arts and crafts or something (glue maybe? either way, I actually liked it). I added some milk and sugar so as to mimic the latte concept, and somehow this time around I got this sickly, slightly too ripened fruit element that I wasn’t a fan of. This time, instead of being the gentle rounded fuzzy peach flavour I picked up on last Wednesday, this peach was slightly sharp, a bit over-ripe, and almost verged on citrus. Oh, and whoever said this should probably be a bagged tea was correct-it leaves a whole slew of stuff behind in the cup, which given that the drink fell short for me, was kind of a nasty finale to the whole ordeal.
Again, this was delicious in-store as a latte, and I imagine it would be delicious iced, so I’m not discounting it entirely. I just wouldn’t stock a tea that I couldn’t enjoy hot though, as that’s my preferred way of drinking it.