Beverage: Tra bi dao/Winter melon tea
Ingredients: Water, winter melon, sugar
Aroma: Oooh, nice… Ummm?? What’s this I’m getting? A slice of morning toast, not fresh, a bit cold and a bit stale. The last one in the rack. It’s the scent of a lonely slice of toast. The slice that goes uneaten at a breakfast table where two friends are eating. To be precise it’s the smell of that same sad slice, left alone, uneaten in the presence of two friends who know each other pretty well, but have never had breakfast together before. They don’t yet feel secure enough in each other’s company to pick their noses, discuss masturbation or fart in an amusingly loud manner. Both are too polite to hog the last slice, although one of them would dearly love to.
Taste: That’s rather refreshing. It’s tea-esque with a fruity, sugary backing band. I’m getting overtones of things woody, burnt and smoky. A bonfire. Yes, that’s it. A halloween bonfire, circa 1986, in the garden of a long forgotten friend’s house in Dunchurch, a small village just outside Rugby. Guy Fawkes hatched his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in Dunchurch which gives this drink a rebellious/loser edge. Guy Fawkes was unsuccessful after all. It’s rather pleasant. I might buy this one again. I can see it working with a dose of alcohol and heated slightly. Mulled winter melon tea. Hmm?? I hear an advertising campaign coming on – "Winter melon tea – The discerning drink for Halloween that won’t scare you shitless."
If this drink were a hairstyle it would be… an afro. Sometimes hip. Always cool.
Our survey said… 8.3 points out of a possible 10. A bonus 0.2 points for the almost phallic, if you’re an imaginative type and/or sexually frustrated, picture of a winter melon on the can.