Picnic in the Park Oolong from 52Teas

Picnic-in-the-Park-OolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:  

This week has been crazy.  I can’t believe it’s Friday night and I’m just posting the Tea of the Week.  Well, better Nate than lever… Here’s a fun new blend inspired by a suggestion from my wife.  It’s a nice Fujian oolong with freeze-dried strawberries and watermelon, strawberry and champagne flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Every year when my birthday comes around, I send a message out to Frank that I expect a really exciting tea for my birthday.  Unfortunately, I don’t think ahead enough to give him enough time to really THINK about the exciting tea that he’s going to create for my birthday.

So the tea that ended up being released during the week of my birthday was the Strawberry Banana black tea … and while I ended up really enjoying that, I wasn’t all that excited about that tea, so when this tea was announced for the week following, I considered THIS to be my birthday tea.

Next year for my birthday, I hope that Frank will be releasing a new tomato tea.  Right, Frank?

This tea is simply YUM!  And … it really does taste like a picnic in the park!  I taste the strawberry and the watermelon and the champagne notes, as well as the soft, creamy notes of the green Oolong tea.  There is a really good balance of flavors – the Oolong isn’t overpowered, and I taste about equal parts of strawberry and watermelon while there is just a hint of champagne “bubbly” dancing around on my palate.  Nice!

It tastes really good hot … but I like it even better as an iced tea.  And because it’s an Oolong, a little bit of the tea goes a long way – a couple of teaspoons produced a half gallon pitcher of delicious, flavorful iced tea!  Seriously yummy refreshment!

Before I forget … Frank (the chief Zoomdweebie at 52Teas and Southern Boy Teas!) is trying to raise funds to attend the ASD Trade Show in Las Vegas in a matter of weeks.  This will boost his visibility and potentially put his product into the hands of those who can get his business off the ground!  Please consider helping fund his Kickstarter campaign so that he can set up a display at the retail trade show!

Peach Picnic Green Rooibos Blend from The Persimmon Tree


Tisane Information:

Leaf Type: Green Rooibos

Where to Buy: The Persimmon Tree

Tisane Description:

Peach Picnic is a colorful, summer fruit-inspired blend of green rooibos tea, strawberries, peaches, and citrus flavors. This incredibly refreshing, nectar-like peach rooibos blend tastes great with a touch of honey, hot or iced. 

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

Tasty!  I generally prefer green rooibos over the oxidized, red variety of rooibos, so when I saw that this Peach Picnic Green Rooibos Blend from The Persimmon Tree was a blend of green rooibos, as well as peach, strawberry and citrus flavors, I was happy to try it.

The cup has a light, refreshing taste. The strawberry and peach notes are sweet and juicy, with just a hint of tartness from the berry.  The citrus notes give the cup a tangy, vibrant flavor that brightens the cup.  The green rooibos adds a light, sweet taste that is a little nutty and a little woody.

All these flavors come together in a very interesting way.  It’s sweet, fruity, and  enjoyable.  It makes a tasty enough hot drink, but I found that I preferred it iced.  It’s very juicy and thirst-quenching!

This is one of those tisanes that you’ll want for the upcoming iced tea season … especially if you’ve got kids!  This is a great alternative to over-sweetened sodas!  It’s a definite crowd pleaser from The Persimmon Tree.  Be sure to  “like” them out on Facebook!