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Sunrise

Tropical Sunrise from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Of course since it is summertime anything that sounds summery I am willing to try! Tropical Sunrise is about as summery as it gets. It’s a green tea with goji berries, coconut, and mango! The dry leaf smells very citrusy and I think this would taste best iced, but instead of truly icing it I just let it cool at room temperature for a little while. Once it cooled I gave it a try and it is very refreshing!

Whenever I see mango or goji berries or citrus in a tea’s description I wonder if it is going to be too tart or citrusy. This tea may have smelled citrusy, but it actually was well balanced between all of the ingredients. The green tea adds a fresh, cool, and vegetal flair. The mango, citrus, and goji berries do stick out but not overly so.

The creamy coconut gives it even more of a sweet and summery feel and definitely creates a great blend that I approve of, even though it includes ingredients that I don’t normally gravitate towards. I enjoyed this and feel like it would be a delicious and refreshing iced tea this summer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

A creamy coconut tea with hints of mango and citrus accented with goji berries.

Excellent iced or cold brewed

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Tequila Sunrise Iced Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-GREEN-Tequila-SunriseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Tequila-, orange- and cherry organic flavors blended with our awesome organic Chinese sencha fannings make this iced tea bliss. Blow your guests away with this awesome iced tea!

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

As I mentioned in my review of 52Teas Tequila Sunrise Black Tea – it’s been quite a while since I’ve had the cocktail.  To be honest, tequila isn’t my favorite alcoholic beverage – but as far as cocktail inspired iced teas go, this Tequila Sunrise Iced Green Tea from Southern Boy Teas is a refreshing drink.

I don’t really taste ‘Tequila Sunrise’ here.  Then again – it HAS been a long time since I’ve had one, so don’t rely upon my memory of what a tequila sunrise should taste like.

During the sip, I taste green tea with hints of citrus.  In the aftertaste, I taste cherry and orange more distinctly and occasionally, a flavor crosses my palate that reminds me of tequila.  But that doesn’t arrive until the aftertaste.  During the sip, I taste green tea and notes of bright, sunny citrus flavors.

What I do like about this particular iced tea is that it’s refreshing and it’s quenching my thirst without tasting overly sweet.  I’m enjoying that I taste more green tea than flavor.

It’s a pleasant iced tea.  Not my favorite from SBT, but they can’t all be my favorite.  Even so, I like it enough to say that I might buy it again.

Tequila Sunrise Black Tea from 52Teas

52teasTequila-SunriseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

A double dose of Tequila Sunrise this week. I couldn’t decide whether I liked it best as a black tea or a green tea, so I did both! Here’s our premium Pettaiagala Extra Long Leaf OP from Sri Lanka blended with freeze-dried oranges and cherries; and organic tequila-, orange- and cherry flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s been a mighty long time since I’ve had a Tequila Sunrise (longer than I care to admit to!) so I don’t have any recent memories to compare the flavoring of this black tea blend from 52Teas to.

And I have to say that this tastes a lot better than I remember a Tequila Sunrise tasting.  Hey, I liked them alright.  They just weren’t my favorite cocktail.  I preferred rum-based cocktails over tequila-based cocktails.

But this is really tasty!

I taste all the elements here:  I taste the orange, I taste the cherry and I even taste notes of tequila.  And, most importantly, I taste the black tea.  I really like the way the Pettaiagala tea goes with these flavors – it’s very smooth!  No bitterness and no astringency.

I’m not always really crazy about the cocktail inspired tea blends, but this one is really nice.  And the best part?  I can drink a couple cups of this without feeling hung over tomorrow.

Florida Sunrise Herbal Tea from Because UR Priceless

floridasunriseTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos/Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Because UR Priceless on Etsy

Tisane Description:

FLORIDA SUNRISE Herbal Tea Blend reminds me of all the things I love about summer. The aroma of orange and the tang of hibiscus draw me in, and I can almost feel the warmth of the sun. Add in the antioxidant rich, good for you combination of green rooibos*, rose hips, and red raspberry leaf and you have awesomeness in a mug.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I gotta tell you, I wasn’t really looking forward to trying this tisane.  Hibiscus!  UGH!

However, the hibiscus isn’t a strong flavor in this.  There is a certain tangy ‘hibiscus-ness’ to this but it’s not overpowering the cup.  Instead, it seems to accent the orange notes in a really pleasant way.

The raspberry leaf together with the hibiscus gives the cup a berry-ish sort of taste that nicely complements the orange notes.  The green rooibos has a light, fruity note that melds well with these flavors.

It’s a refreshing beverage. Sweet, fruity and pleasant to sip.  I appreciate that the hibiscus hasn’t been overdone.  I don’t get that heavy hibiscus texture nor do I get a strong flavor from it, and what flavor I do taste from the hibiscus marries well with the other flavors of the cup.

I enjoyed this.

Summer Sunrise from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Description:

Like a refreshing dessert with a touch of something special – a very trendy finale to the perfect dinner.  An elegant decoration of fine marigold blossoms simply adds to the beautiful image of this blend.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I brewed this tea without looking it up (yep, I did it again!) and I brewed this Oolong blend as a black tea, using boiling water and steeping for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch.

Dry, the leaf looks very much like a black tea, as the tea leaves are quite dark, so I thought it was a black tea and brewed it the way I would most black teas.  Also, I must admit that the name tricked me a little bit.  With the dark leaves and a name like Summer Sunrise, my thought was:  this must be a black tea!

However, Joy’s Teaspoon has it categorized as an Oolong, and after first looking for the tea under “Flavored Blacks” and then finally finding it under “Flavored Oolongs” I started to worry that I might have scorched the leaves with the high temperature.

However, one taste tells me that the Oolong leaves did not suffer from the exposure to the boiling water, nor did the flavor suffer.  This is a really delightful cuppa!

This is one of the more unique flavored teas I’ve tried, with its slightly spicy, basil overtones and a hint of lemon in the background.  The basil gives it a peppery taste, with a hint of menthol and a slight sweetness.  The lemon is more prominent at the start of the sip, like a quick “how-do-you-do?” and then quickly subsides into the background, giving it a bright, sunny flavor without tasting like a strong, distinct lemon note.

Despite these strong flavors, the tea is not overwhelmed.  The Oolong tastes sweet with notes of peach in the background.  The mouthfeel is quite smooth and silky.

Unique – yes!  Delicious – definitely!  If you’re one who enjoys unusual tea blends, you should add this one to your must try list!