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Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe & Berries Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-GREEN-Cantaloupe-and-BerriesTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

This super refreshing and delicious iced tea will definitely get you in the mood for spring. We’ve blended our sweet organic Chinese sencha fannings green tea with organic cantaloupe, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry flavors. Be warned, this will disappear out of your fridge really fast!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

If you’re a frequent reader of our site, then you’ve probably already read a review of this Cantaloupe & Berries Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas!  A few of the sisters are fans of Southern Boy Teas!

I recently acquired a new iced tea jar.  I’ve been looking for either a half gallon or gallon sized glass jar (not a pitcher but a jar) and I’ve finally found one.  This search started several years ago when I was still yearning to make sun tea – before I discovered the joy of cold-brewing tea.

Note:  sun brewing tea is essentially the same thing as cold brewing tea.  The big difference is that with cold-brewing tea, you don’t leave the jar out in the sun, you stash it in the fridge.  This bestows one obvious benefit onto the brewed tea:  it’s COLD when it’s finished brewing.  I don’t think the sun actually ‘brews’ the tea.  The steep in the water brews the tea.  I don’t know that the sun actually does anything to the flavor.  But, I don’t think you could have convinced me of that a few years ago before I actually tried cold-brewing tea.

So I don’t know why it was still important for me to have a jar.  I have an awesome iced tea pitcher that works great for cold-brewing tea.  And to be honest, I prefer my awesome iced tea pitcher over the new tea jar, primarily because this jar has a very annoying lid.  It screws on, the way most jar lids screw on, but the threads don’t line up as easily/nicely as I’d like them to, making it more of a chore to screw on/unscrew the lid than it needs to be.  It’s a minor annoyance, certainly, but, because my awesome tea pitcher doesn’t have this annoyance, it makes it the preferred iced tea vessel.

But one advantage that the new tea jar has over my awesome iced tea pitcher is that the tea jar has a 1 gallon capacity.  Therefore, I could hot-brew a whole GALLON of this tea all at once and didn’t have to stash the tea bag in the fridge to resteep.  I got my full gallon during one brewing session.  (Well, technically, it took four infusions to fill the gallon tea jar.)  Plus, it freed up my iced tea pitcher for another tea so I can have 1 1/2 gallons of iced tea in the fridge for the warm weather ahead.

So, yes, I brewed a gallon of this tea.  I steeped it one quart at a time, bringing the water to 170°F and then allowing the bag to first steep for 1 1/2 minute and adding 30 seconds to each subsequent infusion.

Refreshing!  I like the combination of cantaloupe and berries.  The berries offer the strongest flavor – with strawberry and blackberry dominating, but not by much.  I also get a nice amount of blueberry flavor.  The berries are sweet with that familiar berry tart note.  The cantaloupe offers a sweet, delightful melon note that contrasts nicely with the tart and tangy berries.

The green tea is a little lost in this – but I do get a hint of buttery flavor as well as a hint of that buttery mouthfeel.  I also get just a hint of a fresh, grassy taste.  These notes are subtle and even though I think I’d like the green tea flavors to be a little more distinct, I found this tea very enjoyable overall.

Cantaloupe & Berries Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-GREEN-Cantaloupe-and-BerriesTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

This super refreshing and delicious iced tea will definitely get you in the mood for spring. We’ve blended our sweet organic Chinese sencha fannings green tea with organic cantaloupe, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry flavors. Be warned, this will disappear out of your fridge really fast!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

I love cantaloupe.  At family gatherings, my mom and I fight over the last piece on the fruit plate.  My sons will yell at me if I come home from the grocery store without one.  Thank goodness my grandpa is a farmer.  He supplies us with the most amazing fresh cantaloupe (and other fruits and vegetables) throughout the summer months.  He is 80 years old and still goes out in the fields and hand picks everything while drinking his coffee from the thermos. Even in the crazy hot days of summer!

This tea reminds me of him and hanging out with him in the fields during summer break.  Brings back so many fantastic memories of my childhood.  I love it when a tea gives you what I call “Warm Fuzzies” and takes you back to happy times.

I didn’t brew this up per the packaging.  Since I am the only one that drinks tea in my house, I break the larger pouch into smaller tea bags so I can enjoy them on the go or at my office.  I’ve tried to brew up a pitcher all at once, but I wasn’t able to drink the tea fast enough.  This way works for me and from what I can tell, it doesn’t affect the outcome of the tea at all.

This is a perfect spring/summer tea.  The cantaloupe flavor is the first that hits your taste buds.  The green tea gives the tea a rich buttery feel.  You can taste it more after you’ve had a sip or two, adding in a slight grassy note.  Very slight.  Its more of an after thought.  I’m not picking up any of the berries or even a hint of them.  Which is fine with me.  I’m good with an iced cantaloupe green tea.  Overall, I really dig this one.  I wish I could taste more of the berries and I’m hoping additional steeps will bring those flavors out.

Cantaloupe Watermelon Flavored White Tea from 52Teas

CantaloupeWatermelonTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Cantaloupe is one of my all-time favorite fruits and so is watermelon, so when I had the chance, I just couldn’t resist creating this blend of premium white teas, dried cantaloupe, and organic cantaloupe and watermelon flavors. This is a serious glass of refreshment as an iced tea and I’m sure it’s awesome as a hot tea too. I’m already getting a little anxious for spring. I’ve got this week’s tea and next week’s tea already blended up, and they are both on the fruity end of the spectrum. But that’s all I can tell you for now.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  This Cantaloupe Watermelon Flavored White Tea from 52Teas is YUMMY!  It tastes like summer in tea form!

The overall flavor is sweet and fruity.  I love that the watermelon and cantaloupe come through loud and clear.  There’s no mistaking these two flavors – this definitely taste just as I wanted a tea that promises cantaloupe and watermelon flavors with its name the way this tea does.  It tastes like sweet, luscious cantaloupe and juicy, sweet watermelon.

The white tea is just the right base for these two flavors too, because these are typically two more delicate tasting fruits and I think a stronger tea flavor would have obscured the nuances of the cantaloupe and watermelon flavors (although I think it would be interesting to try these flavors with a buttery Chinese Sencha too).  The white tea has a light, airy kind of taste, and the fruit notes that I often associate with a white tea tend to be melons, so I think that pairing a Shou Mei white tea with watermelon and cantaloupe is ideal.

It tastes great served hot, but it’s even better iced, mostly because these flavors just seem to beg to be served over ice, don’t they?  Cantaloupe and Watermelon sound better cold than hot.  A thin slice of lemon might be nice to serve with this – just a hint of acid to perk up the sweetness a bit!

As I write this review, I see that there are six pouches of this tea left.  This is going to be a tea you WANT to have on hand when summer arrives – it’s so deliciously refreshing and fruity!  So, hurry on over to 52Teas and get yourself a pouch!

A really delightful tea.

White Persian Melon from Golden Moon Tea

White Persian Melon from Golden Moon Tea
White Persian Melon from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: White

Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea 

Tea Description:

First in the world to find flavored white tea, Golden Moon Tea presents rare white tea enlivened with the nectar of succulent melon. This luxurious delicacy is light, refreshing and exotic.

Ingredients: White Bai Mudan Tea Scented with Sweet Melon Nectar

WHY IT’S SPECIAL:

** Persian Melon has a flavor that is a mix between a cantaloupe and a honeydew

** Uses the flavor of the Persian Melon, which is a popular flavor in the Middle East

** Emits a sweet and refreshing aroma of freshly cut melons

** The subtly of the White Tea base allows the Persian Melon to shine

** Fantastic iced

WHAT TO BE CAREFUL OF:

** This tea is only for those who love cantaloupe and/or honeydew

** The Middle Eastern Persian Melon is rarely found in the U.S.

** The melon flavor is assertive, yet balanced

** White Persian Melon has low amounts of caffeine

** Recommended for up to 3 steeps

 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

White Persian Melon from Golden Moon Tea is one of my top five favorites from this company.

There is just such a light and lively flavor to this delicate Bai Mudan. The aroma is sweet and juicy fresh and reminds me of why I am longing for summer.

This tea is so excellent iced but also wonderful hot.

I love cantaloupe but unfortunately eating it gives me a headache every time, but this tea I can drink endless amounts of with no nagging headache. Perhaps this is due to it being Persian melon and not cantaloupe but the flavor profile is very similar and I can get my cantaloupe fix this way. It is a little lighter than cantaloupe though and I see where the description of a mix between cantaloupe and honeydew comes in because honeydew to me was always a bit more watery in flavor.

White Persian Melon also has a tad bit of a wine like flavor to me, almost bordering on a brandy like essence which I really enjoy.

As the tea cools even slightly the sweetness peeks out more. I would not personally add sweeteners to this tea although I could really see the flavors explode with it, especially a sweetened iced tea. I just usually try not to add sugar to my tea and I really do not feel this one needs it. I can see how adding sugar could take it from this light refreshing state to a decedent dessert tea.

Unfortunately I only have a sample of this one, thanks to a Steepster.com friend, but this is one I plan to order for summer time sipping!

Passion Fruit Wulong from Red Leaf Tea

Passion Fruit Wulong from Red Leaf Tea
Passion Fruit Wulong from Red Leaf Tea

Passion Fruit Wulong from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Oolong, Wulong

Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea 

Tea Description:

Wulong tea has become quite popular in recent years, owing mostly to its reputed weight reducing properties. In any case, Wulong offers a brisk, strong flavor and vibrant aftertaste that will make it a delicious choice even if you are not trying to lose weight. This particular blend has added fruity touches courtesy of the passion fruit and other assorted real fruit pieces for a tea that is exceptional in flavor and aroma.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Passion Fruit Wulong from Red Leaf Tea is a gentle, delicate, dainty tea! How perfect that I decided to use my gorgeous pink with golden swirl teacups! I feel dainty drinking this sweet, juicy, fruity tea!

The Wulong aroma is present but it may have needed more steep time to give me that Wulong punch I am used to.

This is so subtle yet enticing with its flavoring. I could see this being the perfect tea for a young girls tea party, to introduce new tea drinkers to finer teas, etc. Brewed double strength I can absolutely see how this would be a wonderful iced tea as well.

Yes, I do like this one quite a bit. I tend to lean toward stronger flavors personally but this tea has really hit its mark with a soft warm gentle glow.

Passion Fruit Wulong has a strong buttery aroma, with fruity notes jumping up for attention. The flavor of passion fruit, and mango, perhaps even some papaya come out to play then to finish there is a  lingering flavor of melon, perhaps honeydew or cantaloupe.

At 4.99 for 1.6 ounce its a steal!

Next time you are picking up some of the amazing matcha from Red Leaf Tea be sure to snag some of this as well!