For my first cup of the day, I’m digging into the teas I got from Dinosara.
Opening the bag, I was struck by just how floral and perfumey this tea is. Rose was pretty much the only noticeable fragrance and it was powerful. This is an unflattering comparison, but it really reminded me of the air freshener my grandma always had in her bathroom when I was a kid. The dry leaf is quite pretty with the pink peppercorn scattered throughout.
The liquor is a clear, reddish brown, and has the same fragrance as the dry leaf.
Steeped for three minutes, it’s flavourful but light. There’s a touch of bitterness, a touch of fruitiness (that I honestly couldn’t identify as raspberry) and lots and lots of rose flavour. The mouth feel is pretty smooth, though a bit of astringency builds up as I sip.
This is a pleasant tea for sure, but I wish it tasted more like its inspiration.
I didn’t realize that the base tea was a Darjeeling when I made this, so I’ll have to give it a shot again, with more Darjeeling specific steeping parameters.
Edit: Bah! I had a few cold drops of this left in a tiny cup that I was using to sample it, and I sipped those down before starting on my next tea. There were all the raspberry and pastry notes, even some coconut, that I just couldn’t detect at all in my cup! So they’re there, but now to figure out how to draw them out in a full cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Coconut, Fruity, Pastries, Raspberry, Rose