Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #45
Thanks Shae for including this tea for me! It was the name of it that really hooked me; the idea of tangerine and marshmallow just sounds amazing (like a Creamsicle, maybe?) but what was really fascinating was a “tangerine cupcake” because you normally see those weirder flavours as the frosting but the name of this makes it explicitly clear that it’s the cupcake itself that is tangerine. That’s such a cool concept!
I’m grateful to Shae for including this so I could try it at all, but I really wish there had been more than one serving of it because I definitely got the impression that this is one of those blends that’s good when you brew it casually but that, with refined and more precise steeping, could potentially be amazing! I will say that all the namesake flavours were present, and for as much of a mouthful as this tea’s name is that’s actually a very impressive feat!
The strongest flavour was unsurprisingly the citrus – it’s a little more generic orange than tangerine, I think to truly be tangerine it needs to have this same sweetness but a “higher” kind of acidic top note instead of the heavier, more rounded orange flavour that carries throughout the entire sip. I did like how weighty it felt on my palate though, especially with this full bodied black tea base and the gentle creaminess and vanilla notes that so smoothly came through!
I would definitely be all over a reblend of this one!