hop_goblin wrote:I don't think there is actual "rubber tea" However, it is known that old plantations planted rubber trees mixed with the tea trees as a natural way of controlling pest. This practice to some extent is still done today. It is most noticeable in younger sheng. I do not know if the XiaGuan factory does this kind of controlling method but for some reason, I taste this in their tuochas.
I don't expect a bold, NASCAR Pit-Stop flavoured Goodyear taste, but what is the taste of rubber in tea that was grown near rubber trees? I imagine it's somewhat subtle and obviously distinctive.
I went to the Topps Bubble Gum factory one day to do a survey for work and I saw a warehouse full of 2' x 2' x 4' blocks of rubber bubble gum base that were all stamped Goodyear. But bubble gum doesn't taste like tires. I'm just not sure what kind of taste it would be? What's rubber flavor in tea? How do I identify whether it's there or not?