So, much to my surprise, I received another Tea Sparrow subscription box in the mail today from the lovely VariaTEA! Surprise mail is really just the best mail; especially when it’s tea mail!
Everything in this month’s box looks so good, so of course I brought one of the pouches with me to work so I could try one of them right away! I do think this tea was probably intended to be drank iced, but it’s REALLY snowy in town right now and I wasn’t in an iced tea mood at all, so I made my cup of this one hot.
It brews up a nice ‘cherry’ red colour with some impressive clarity. For me, the colour was beautiful, but also the first sign that this was going to be a tart tea. I wasn’t wrong either; the bulk of flavour here is hibiscus – straight and strong. Some sour/tangy pineapple notes do cut the straight hibiscus flavour a little bit, but it does wind up being a pretty strong sour/tart note overall despite the duo tone of the flavour.
I wish I could have tasted more mango/papaya because I think they COULD have offered a really interesting flavour combination overall, sadly they were lost in the infusion. Raisin is another ingredient that is pretty unique/interesting and that I feel could have contributed something more unique to the flavour profile but it too was pretty drowned out.
I will definitely revisit this one iced, mostly to see if that results in more balanced flavour.