I recently placed a very large order with Magic Hour which arrived on Thursday, so I’ve been having fun diving into all the different teas! It’s quite expensive to order from them here in Canada – not just because the tea is very expensive, but the international shipping is absurd. Also I got hit with some gnarly import fees this time, so that especially sucks. Still, the different tea concepts (and the packaging) are so cool that I needed to try them anyway…
Honestly, of the teas I ordered, this is one of the least “exciting” from a concept perspective to me. I’ve just tried a lot of versions of this profile. It’s from their Cosmic Garden Iced Tea collection from this past summer, and the collection as a whole looks pretty sick so I just got the sampler which included almost all the teas. I wish I’d caught that it was missing the Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Vanilla, and Mango Jasmine blends because I would have added sample bags of all of them too – but too late now. And, since the shipping is so batshit, by the time they have enough new teas for me to justify an order the three I missed on will probably be gone. Whomp whomp.
Anyway, I started with this one because even if I didn’t find it exciting I figured it would probably be pretty safe and enjoyable. Also, I made it in the afternoon after a morning spent practically running around the office across different meetings/tastings. I needed to hydrate and cool down – fast.
Honestly, I was REALLY pleasantly surprised by this blend! I’d say that pretty much every watermelon mint tea I’ve had is mostly melon and just a bit of mint. Like 70-80% melon. I found this tea to be the reverse, which immediately made it more interesting. to me. I don’t know that this is the balance of flavours that most people would want but I just found the intense menthol and peppermint flavour exhilarating and it immediately provided that hit of cooling refreshment I had been looking for. The finish was where most of the watermelon was packed in – very much like a watermelon juice. I felt like the intensity of the mint really made the watermelon pop and those flavours seem quite a bit more sweet and saturated even though they’re a much smaller part of the overall sip. Just a little bit of a slight acidity/tartness (hibiscus?) too.
Anyway, loved this.