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tropical fruit

Tropical Fruit from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Confession: I’ve written two reviews for this tea. The first review was written longhand in my journal after a party where I made a few non-tea-beverage tactical errors. It said:

“This tea tastes like what’d it be like to receive a Care Bear Stare.”

The rest of it is, basically, incomprehensible, mostly in terms of handwriting. So I’m writing it again.

“Tropical Fruit” ‘s ingredients include organic orange peel, organic apple, organic rose petals, organic calendula, and natural fruit flavors. Apples, oranges, and flowers aren’t really all that tropical, but the result is still sweet and fun anyway. It tastes like very vivid pastels might taste. I’d probably qualify this taste as more of a “spring” than a “summer” (as the tropics might be), but the accuracy of title-to-flavor isn’t one of my major sticking points.

I’ve drank both of these samples iced. It seems fitting to enjoy the tropics with a cool beverage at your hand.

Cold temperatures also seem to bring out the sweetness in a tea, which I especially enjoy doing with rooibos. It brings out a velvety, vanilla-like quality that makes everything taste like a wash of ice cream.

Or, you know, the Care Bear Stare.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Tea
Description

Combines natural exotic tropical fruit flavors with caffeine free, Fair Trade red and green rooibos makes this infusion deliciously refreshing and rich in anti-oxidants. Excellent iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Iced Tea Series II (Tropical Fruit Series) from 52Teas, Part 5: Papaya Flavored Black Tea

Tea Information: 

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

About this series:

Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea.

Taster’s Review:

Deeee-lish!

With my first couple of sips of this iced tea, I was a little unsure how I felt about it.  But now that I’m halfway finished with my second glass, I can say with complete certainty that I love it!

It does take a little time for the sweet flavor of the papaya to develop.  Those first couple of sips were a little “off” – I could taste the black tea but little else.  Now the flavor of the papaya is about even with the black tea.  The strong Nilgiri is a bit more prevalent but not by much.  It has a brisk flavor and a moderate astringency that at first came across as slightly bitter rather than tangy, but now that the papaya flavor has developed the astringency has tapered off a bit.

The papaya is sweet and flavorful.  It definitely inspires a tropical feel – mentally transporting me to a hammock on a sunny tropical island.  Now, if only I could get Johnny Depp to refill my glass of tea . . .

 

Iced Tea Series II (Tropical Fruit Series) from 52Teas, Part 4: Lychee Flavored Black Tea

Tea Information: 

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

About this series:

Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea.

Taster’s Review:

Tasty!

Lychee isn’t what I’d consider a favorite fruit flavor.  Hey, I like it alright, but there are many fruits I’d prefer.  You probably wouldn’t catch me putting a lychee-flavored tea on my shopping list.  There are just so many other flavors out there that I prefer over lychee.  So, I was not really excited about this tea being part of this series.  I mean, why lychee?  Of all the tropical fruits out there, why lychee?  Why not banana or pineapple or passion fruit?

Anyway, I still decided to order the full series, and you know what?  I like this.  It is really tasty.

The lychee fruit is sweet and pungent.  It has a somewhat sharp, tart flavor that is especially noticeable in the aftertaste.  It is a little bit floral and it tastes… well, it tastes like a lychee fruit.  It’s one of those fruits that is truly it’s own distinct taste.

The black tea is the same, strong Nilgiri tea that is used in the other iced tea blends, and it works really well with the lychee flavor.  It is bold enough to hold its own with the rather intense flavor that is lychee.  The astringency of the tea melds well with the lychee, cutting through some of the more pungent tones.

I like this much better than I thought I would.  It is very refreshing.

Emerald Ice Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

All the good stuff. Beautiful green tea, Ginger, Jasmine and tropical fruits. Our beautifully refreshing melody was made for iced tea and packed with antioxidant richness.

Tasters Review:

This smells like Pineapple, Jasmine, and Green Tea!  It has a very lovely aroma!  I especially like the Pineapple but paired with the green tea and Jasmine it makes it very unique and even more likable!

Emerald Ice from White August Tea Company tastes like gentle flowers, tropical fruit, and green tea.   The Green tea is the main flavor and it’s not a grassy green but it’s not super sweet or buttery either…probably inbetween all of those.  The sip starts off smooth and goes into more of the fruit towards the end of the sip…almost like mixed fruit…pineapple, pear, cherry, you know the mixed fruit you would get in a can?

I really like this flavored green tea – it just seems to have the right amount of everything!

Garden of Eden Tea from Praise Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

Black tea with apple, mango, peach, papaya, orange peel and tropical fruit. Stunningly energetic tea, combines the lush tropical richness & colors of summer fruits. A superb iced tea. Indulge your taste buds.

Tasters Review:

I know you shouldn’t judge a tea by it’s name but I at least get excited about a tea and trying a tea based on the name, sometimes, I’m not going to lie!  This is one of those teas!

The INTENSE Aroma of Garden of Eden Tea from Praise Tea is what hits  you as soon as you open the bag!  It’s mostly mango scented but you can tell there are other smells IN there too!  But that Mango really hit me!  Good for me – I adore mango!

The taste is great!  Although it tastes much different than it smells.  ALL the fruit flavors blend together nicely and nothing really steps in front of the other flavors by too much.

For the 2nd infusion I could taste the peach more tho!  Both infusions the black tea was bold and and flavors were wonderful!

Delicious!