How about another fruit stuffed tea? How about Bitter-melon stuffed with roasted Tie Guan Yin Oolong? Um..... YES!
I don't like melon but I had the feeling when I ordered this, that that small fact wasn't going to get in the way of my experience. How melon-y can it be, right?
And indeed, I AM right. The little ring of melon rind itself is simply gorgeous to me, looks like something hand crafted, something a little unreal, a tiny crown a fairy-king might where. In fact once all the tea had made its way out of the ring of melon, ( and there was a LOT of tea, maybe I should not have used my new 60 ml/2 ounce gaiwan!) I slipped it onto my finger, now a rubbery, but solid little disc of weirdness, and finding it too big for even my fattest digits sadly handed it over to the parrot to nibble on. Yikes! Went right over her head like a collar, that's not good! Get over here, Toriel! ( Yes, 'Toriel' as in the goat-mom figure in 'Undertale' named thus so I could keep the bird. My teen hates birds but loves Undertale, hence the name. Smart, right?)
So anyway readers, the tea itself is a nicely roasted August 2015 Tie Guan Yin, nothing insanely exciting, but quite pleasant nonetheless. If there is a melon flavor accompanying the brews, I did not pick up on it, but in my defense, (or prosecution; I had just eaten Domino's pizza so who knows what the hell subtleties I missed in the tea. Again, brilliant me!)
This came in fabulous little individual packets of green, and once the green packets were opened each little round rind was again wrapped nice and tight in clear wrapping. Love the care. Yunnan Sourcing again is the go-to place for trying odd and fun creations. Want to try some before committing to a whole bags worth? Write me and I'll send the first 4 respondents a sample of it on me!