For my birthday, I actually got the Carnival Collection box which has packs of all 5 teas from the collection -
Cherry Snowcone, Caramel Corn, Cotton Candy, Pink Lemonade, and Root Beer Float. Collection boxes are perfect for gifts and perfect for someone to sample all the flavours in one collection. And the reality was, I wanted to try all the flavours, so it was a wonderful gift.
But these were my initial reactions and opinions of the flavours:
Cherry Snowcone - iced, without sweetener
Initially all I could smell was sour cherries, before and after I added the hot water. Once I drank it, I wasn't super impressed. I just found the flavour very subtle and not very 'cherry'. I think when I make it next, I'll add a bit more tea and some rock sugar to it. Hopefully that will pump up the taste.
Caramel Corn - iced, without sweetener
It's kind of crazy how much this tea smells exactly like caramel corn. It also tastes exactly like popcorn. It wasn't very caramely but it reminded me of pink candy popcorn - the one with the elephant on the box. I enjoyed it.
Cotton Candy, hot, without sweetener
I was the most excited for this tea which is why I drank it hot. I didn't want to wait to have it cold. It smells very sweet and the initial taste is exactly cotton candy. I really liked the tea. It was sweet, but not overly. I'll be trying it iced with some sweetener soon.
Pink Lemonade - iced, without sweetener
By far this was my favourite of the collection. It has a lovely lemon smell and taste, but I wouldn't say it's Pink Lemonade. But that's ok. It actually really reminded me of these candies my Mom bought me when I was younger - Love Hearts, which is very alright with me. I really want to buy more of this one.
Root Beer Float - iced, with rock sugar
The tea definitely has a smell of root beer and so does the taste. But I'm such a huge fan of actual root beer, that the tea just didn't live up to it. I expected it sweeter and more of a strong flavour. I'll definitely try making this again iced with some different tea and rock sugar amounts.
Along with buying all the Pink Lemonade tea, I'm still eyeing up a few other things from this collection - their gradient mugs which look like cotton candy, and their honey sticks.
I'm really happy I got this collection and I get to play around with the teas. I'll be trying all of them iced, hot, sweetened and unsweetened.
Have you tried any of the Carnival flavours?