Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #21
I recognize this company from the list of Black Owned tea companies, so I wanted to make sure to try it – though I was a little skeptical because passionfruit flavours and I have a somewhat love/hate relationship and this smelled really familiar to me but not in a particularly fond kind of way…
Steeped up, I’ll admit that it’s not my favourite.
There isn’t anything really off or wrong to the flavour, but the black tea base is super malty and bread-y to me and the passionfruit flavour reads a bit more “generic tropical” versus tart/sour or sweet/juicy passionfruit. It’s medium bodied, and doesn’t overshadow the base or get buried by it. However, I also don’t think that the base flavours and this tropical note particularly compliment one another.
It also took me a while, but I finally figured out what tea it was reminding me of – DT’s Green Passionfruit! It’s the same sort of “passionfruit leaning generic tropical” kind of flavour, and almost at the exact same level of flavour – but just sans currant and with a different tea base. I don’t hate that blend, but I also don’t really like it – which is probably why this one is sort of “meh” to me as well.
I’m very happy to have tried it though!