I love love love lemon but I’m not a fan of hibiscus at all, so it was a gamble on whether this would appeal to me.
The dry leaf smells amazing, sweet and lemony, almost like candy. Always a good sign.
I made a pot of this to share with a friend, 3tsp in my 26oz Bee House pot, 96C water steeped for a long time.
The liquor is a really intense red, from the hibiscus, and there’s a lot of hibiscus tartness, but fortunately, the lemon notes are strong, which shifts the tart from hibiscus bleh to lemony deliciousness. There’s also a hint of grapefruit and orange. The grapefruit, particularly that tangy bitterness of grapefruit, makes a subtle appearance on the finish. I’m not sure that I’m detecting any mango here, but I’m not too disappointed, because this is very tasty. I had my first couple of cups hot, and now the pot is mostly cold and it holds up very well at any temperature.
So yay for reconnecting with old friends and fruit tisanes that don’t get overwhelmed by hibiscus.
Flavors: Candy, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Sweet, Tart