Green Pineapple Tea from The Persimmon Tree

GreenPineappleTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where To Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

Enjoy our tasty low-caffeine Green Pineapple tea any time of day. This sweet and refreshing tea mixes organic green loose-leaf tea leaves with tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and papaya. Pour over ice, add a splash of fresh pineapple juice and crushed mint for a deliciously unique summer beverage.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The first thing that I want to say about this Green Pineapple Tea from The Persimmon Tree is that it’s a very forgiving tea!  I brewed this tea in my Kati Tumbler and after I poured in the hot water (180°F), I forgot to set the timer!  Normally, I’d steep this for 2 minutes, but I’m quite sure that it brewed longer than that, probably closer to 3 1/2 to 4 minutes!  But as I sip this tea, I am detecting no bitterness.  It’s sweet and fruity and delicious!

I had expected some bitterness from an oversteeped green tea, but, I’m not getting any.  There is a slight astringency to the cup, but even then, I’m experiencing less astringency than I expected from it.

What I am experiencing is a fresh, vibrant tea with delightful tropical fruit notes.  The green tea is sweet and vegetal.  The vegetal note is somewhere between a grassy taste and steamed spinach.  There is a light creaminess to it too.  Somewhat buttery.

The pineapple offers a sweet-tart flavor and it is complemented with a little more tropical flair with notes of mango and papaya.  It’s a pleasant medley of tropical fruit that sends your taste buds on an exotic getaway!

When served warm, I find this to be very relaxing and soothing.  And it’s especially tasty iced.

Banana Coconut Tisane from The Persimmon Tree

BananaCoconutTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos & Herbal Tisane

Where To Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tisane Description:

Our Banana Coconut herbal tea is a smooth and scrumptious herbal blend of rooibos, chamomile and lemongrass with notes of ripe banana, sweet coconut, graham cracker and a hint of caramel. This caffeine-free tropical blend will put a smile on anyone’s face. Try it iced and lightly sweetened for an extra refreshing summer beverage.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I don’t always say “yummy” when I’m tasting a chamomile blend.  I don’t always say “yummy” when I’m tasting a blend made with rooibos.  So to have a blend with both these herbals in front of me and to have me say “yummy” after taking a sip seems pretty remarkable to me.  But this is indeed yummy!

And that yumminess factor has less to do with the rooibos and chamomile and more to do with the other flavors going on in this cup:  banana, coconut, caramel and even a little bit of graham cracker.

This is an interesting cup because there is a lot going on but it works.  When I read the description and saw the flavors of banana, coconut, graham cracker and caramel” I thought … oh, ok, that sounds like a yummy pie.  But then you see ingredients like lemongrass and chamomile and you think … what?  Why are those ingredients in there?

But somehow, it all works together in a very flavorful way, and without any one flavor or ingredient becoming overwhelmed by any of the others.  I taste each component of the tisane and it all tastes really good together.

The chamomile offers a very light apple-y flavor.  The chamomile works harmoniously with the honey notes of the rooibos, because I taste a hint of pollen-ish flavor from the chamomile and this melds with the rooibos to bring out the nutty, honey sweet flavor of the South African herb.  And the lemongrass is subtle here, offering a smooth, buttery note with a hint of citrus-y brightness.

Each component seems to unite with other components of the cup to bring out the best in each ingredient.  And really, that’s what you want from a tea blend – that’s the thing that makes blends so appealing is the way that each ingredient adds to the combination so that the sum is greater than the individual parts.  And this blend really succeeded in that quest!

This is a naturally caffeine-free (and guilt free!) treat that makes a perfect bedtime treat for those nights when you’re craving something sweet before you tuck in to bed.  Served warm, it’s so soothing, comforting and a delightful sweet-tooth indulgence.  It’s also tasty iced!

Coconut Cacao Tea from The Persimmon Tree

Coconut Cacao from The Persimmon Tree

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Pu-erh

Where to Buy: The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

The Coconut Puerh Tea is a unique blend of organic pu-erh loose-leaf tea, cocoa nibs and coconut provides a smooth, full, slightly sweet flavor with a mild hazelnut finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Coconut Cacao Tea from The Persimmon Tree is really tasty!  If you’ve read many of my reviews, you know that I’m not always “excited” to try a new pu-erh, because I had some bad experiences with pu-erh early in my tea journey. Since then, I have learned better ways to infuse pu-erh, and this has greatly influenced my enjoyment of the beverage, and I can say that I do enjoy pu-erh now.  But that doesn’t stop me from being hesitant when it comes to trying a new pu-erh … there are still some residual effects from those bad memories that play games with my head when it comes to having a cup of pu-erh.

But this Pu-erh blend from The Persimmon Tree captivated my interest because … well, the chocoholic in me couldn’t overlook the word “Cacao” in the name of the tea.  And my love for chocolate overrules my hesitation when it comes to Pu-erh!

The Pu-erh here is indeed earthy … but I think that the other flavors in the blend manage to offset the earthiness enough so that the earthiness is not all that I taste.  It is rich and mellow, and I like how the mild flavor of the pu-erh melds with the chocolate … it seems to enhance the chocolate experience in a very pleasant way.

While this blend is primarily about the chocolate for me, I’m finding the other flavors of this tea to be almost as agreeable as the chocolate.  The coconut, for example, is sweet and creamy … it has that “slickness” that coconut has, and it coats the palate with that deliciousness.  The combination of the chocolate (and how nicely it is enhanced with the pu-erh) and the coconut gives the overall cup a very candy bar-ish like taste.

As the tea cools, the chocolate and coconut really POP and the dessert-like taste really comes to life … this tea is best served when hot … but not piping hot.  Let the tea cool in your teacup for about two or three minutes, and you’ll be rewarded with yumminess!

Another great tea from The Persimmon Tree.  Check them out on Facebook, and don’t for get to “like” them to get updates on what’s new!

Halo Blooming Tea from The Persimmon Tree

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Tea Description:

A beautifully hand-crafted blooming white tea that displays a ring of jasmine and amaranth flowers, with blueberry and peach essence.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

There are those who avoid blooming teas because they think they’re gimmick-y and that the tea they produce does not taste up to par.  I used to be one of them!  But, since that time, I have found quite a few blooming teas that are quite delicious.  This blooming tea – Halo from Persimmon Tree Tea – is one of my newest favorites!

This tea is slow to unfurl; it did not completely open after the first infusion of five minutes.  I infused the partially open bulb again, and after the second infusion of six minutes, I enjoyed a beautiful display.  There was a white floral arch that extended to support a pretty bright pink flower.

In the first infusion, I found the floral tones to be sweet and soft, and they meld quite nicely with blueberry and peach flavors.  The flavor of the white tea lends a delicate creamy note to the cup.  With the second infusion, the floral notes were a bit stronger, but it was still a very delicious cup.

This is a really lovely blooming tea.  I think it would be a perfect tea to serve at a tea party, it would surely make a great conversation starter!

Mint Chocolate Chip from Persimmon Tree Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Persimmon Tree Tea

Product Description:

This naturally caffeine-free infusion comprises organic rooibos, vanilla, rich chocolate and invigorating mint.

Taster’s Review:

As this one brewed, I could smell it from the adjoining room.  That’s how fragrant this one is!  And it smells YUMMY!

From the very first sip, the chocolate dominated the cup.  And that makes me a very happy chocoholic.  The mint maintains its strength throughout the sip as well, but I am glad that it is second to the creamy chocolate flavor.  I like mint, but when it comes to tisanes, it can sometimes overwhelm the cup.  That doesn’t happen here.

What is a little overpowered is the flavor of the rooibos, but I don’t have a problem there.  Rooibos isn’t my favorite flavor … but chocolate is.  This tisane is a win win!

The vanilla comes in very smoothly here providing more of a creamy accent to the flavors of chocolate and mint.  That is to say that the vanilla isn’t a strong flavor on its own but it really enhances the main flavors of mint and chocolate.

I’ll be honest, before I tasted this tea, I thought I was in for just another run-of-the-mill chocolate mint rooibos tisane.  I mean, don’t get me wrong:  I love chocolate mint tisanes (that is to say, I don’t think I’ve tried one that I didn’t enjoy, although I could be wrong on that).  But I’ve tried a LOT of them, and they all pretty much taste the same.  But this one stands out!  This one is EXCELLENT!  This one is a must try for chocolate mint fans!