Passion Berry Jolt from Tiesta Tea. . . .

Sometimes I just get a period of several days where I am constantly tired. Don’t know why that is but I just feel like I am dragging myself out of bed when all I want to do is sleep. Usually this occurs following periods of time when a lot has been going on so I think it is my body making up for lost rest. So when these tired periods roll around, I reach for teas that are supposed to wake you up and that is why I am sipping on Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea.

Passion Berry Jolt is a raspberry passion fruit black tea made with black tea, pineapple bis, natural passion fruit flavors, passion fruit bits, cornflowers, marigold flowers, and raspberry bits. However, I do wonder if this is a complete list of ingredients considering the package also notes that Tiesta Tea’s Energizer blends, which this is, contain black tea AND mate tea. It also provides brewing instructions for both black tea and mate tea so I can’t help but think this may have some mate in it, which would explain the high caffeine content but also make me a little less excited about trying this since mate can have a real earthy flavor that I don’t love.

Since mate is not explicitly stated in the ingredient list, I brewed this per the recommended steeping instructions for a black tea, steeping the leaves in 190F water for 3 minutes. I made both a hot and iced tea this way.

At first sip, the hot tea definitely has a lot of passion fruit flavor. It is coming off like a very tropical black tea. Not much raspberry. There is a sort of concentrated fruity sourness that hits you in the back of the throat and then dissolves into a black tea aftertaste that is brisk and ever so slightly metallic. The passion fruit is nice but I am just not loving the other flavors going on in this hot cup. I am perking up though so I guess the big bold letters reading “Energizer” are telling the truth.

A lot of the time when I ice black teas, they tend to get this thick mouthfeel. This is no exception. I am not sure why that happens and if I am being honest I don’t love it. As for the flavor, this is more of that same passion fruit flavor that I enjoyed in the hot tea, without the sourness at the back of your throat. However, that slightly metallic essence that came in in the aftertaste of the hot tea sort of lingers under the entire sip in the iced tea. Again, I am not getting much raspberry.

This tea, both hot and iced, has one of the better passion fruit flavors I have tried. I think I enjoyed the iced tea more but it was nice both ways if you don’t mind a brisk black tea and that metallic note. Personally, this is not my favorite but I could see it being enjoyed by many. Plus, it is an effective wake up tea for those needing that extra little boost in the morning.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea

Packed with passion fruit and raspberry, this black tea blend gives you a jolt of pineapple energy to keep you charged.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Passion Fruit Na Pali from Hawaiian Islands Tea Company. . . .

Hello from the ISLANDS, friends! It’s me! Sipping delicious passionfruit tea from under a flowering palm! Attractive, tattooed men are fanning me! I’m going to ride a dolphin later!

Oh wait, I’m in Pennsylvania, and it’s raining.

Sad but true: I’ve been sitting on this sample for, like, a month. I haven’t reviewed it because the word “Hawaii” makes me sad. One of my best friends moved to Hawaii half a decade ago and basically disappeared from my life altogether. I miss them so much that, like, seeing a reference to Lilo and Stitch feels like a laceration to my spirit.

But hey — YOU don’t have a weird thing about Hawaii! It didn’t steal any of YOUR pals! You probably like Hawaii (on principle — who can afford to fly there?).

And oh gosh, this tea really is tasty. No joke. It’s juicy and ripe and fruity and has a very robust black base. Wow. It genuinely is one of those beefy beach boys showing up with a platter of fruit. Thanks, Mr. Muscles, for this lovely dish. SAVORY.

This tea is so delicious it’s ALMOST making me forgive the entire state.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Hawaiian Islands Tea Company

Anyone who’s traveled to the Na Pali coast of Kauai understands the majesty of the mountains standing against the pounding of the sea. It is this boldness that inspired the name of our bold and practically perfect passion fruit tea.Made with classic Camellia Sinensis tea leaves and natural flavoring. Rich in polyphenols (antioxidant), our Passion Fruit Tea has lasting flavor, even after prolonged storage.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Passion Fruit de la Crème from 52Teas. . .

I iced this blend with dinner tonight. It was the perfect accompaniment to a summer salad. The vanilla and white hold hands as the background to a lovely fruity top layer. It’s a chilly, sweet cream flavor that sparkles.

This berry-and-sugar-tasting blend is the Wonder Woman of teas: quiet yet tough, feminine yet sturdy. And, like Wonder Woman, it’s a summer blockbuster that’s stolen my heart.

I realize that calling a tea “feminine” might turn people away from it, which isn’t a result I want. There’s a weird bias against men liking “girly” things that doesn’t apply to women liking “manly” things. Which I think is a bunch of hooey.

So implore the dudes out there: try this tea. Get in touch with your Softer Side. Let the creamy, fruity deliciousness wash over you.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  52Teas

I’ve not done a passion fruit tea before – so I thought it was about time to change that! Because passion fruit tends to be a tart fruit, I thought the perfect tea base would be a sweet Bai Mu Dan from the Yunnan Province. Then I added some vanilla bean for some extra sweetness and a touch of creaminess.

This is really quite nice, I love the way the sweeter components soften the tart fruit just enough so I’m not puckering – but not so much that it obscures the flavor of the fruit. It’s going to make a really lovely summertime refresher!

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Passion & PuriTEA from Cup of Love #VeganMoFo2016

So many memories and tea associations are going thru my head as I sample Passion & PuriTEA from Cup of Love, which is perfect because today’s Vegan MoFo topic is all about memories. Now the official post is about food memories, but we are going to put our own twist on the post again and make this just about memories.

Let me explain…my Grandmother…the Grandmother who started me on tea at the tender age of 3…LOVED Marigolds. She would line her garden with them. It was her trick to keep the bunnies out or put a natural fence of sorts between them and the other flowers and herbs.

8df0a3_6c34a79f646e4a9d9474b30f78dca326-mv2My Aunt Francis who treasured plums got me hooked on those at a very young age by handing me one every time I visited her.

Those are just two of the reasons, ingredients, and back stories as to why I was excited about trying this flavored green tea.

That’s right! Passion & PuriTEA from Cup of Love contains Pan Fried Green Tea, Marigolds, Safflowers, Plum, and Pear! Just when I think I can taste more plum than pear I then think I taste more pear than plum! Now that is what I call great flavor ratios! Plus there are undertones of floral flavors but they aren’t overpowering and I appreciate that!

The green tea itself is just the right intensity, too! It’s a nice even-steven medium green tea base perfect for this blend of flavors! I have to say I’m a fan of Passion & PuriTEA from Cup of Love! It’s a delight hot or cold!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Cup of Love

A flavorful Green Tea with delicious, delicate notes of organic Plum & Pear.  Light and sun shining yellow in the cup, this is a tea that you can drink all day.  Its soothing, floral blend of lightly pan-fried Sencha green tea leaves delivers a rich aromatic and fruity fragrance with real chunks of goodness!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!