Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
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.
I tasted this tea back in January, but I saved the review for it until May because Emerald is the birthstone for May (and my birthday is in May), so I thought it was appropriate. Also, because this tea is outstanding as an iced tea, I thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the better iced tea options.
The aroma of the brewed tea smells amazing with notes of flower, tropical fruit and ginger. It is so delightful! When I first smelled this tea, I thought back to the Hawaiian Ginger plant that my gramma had in her back yard. I don’t remember if it smells like this or not – but the tropical/gingery/flowery scent made me think of the Hawaiian Ginger… and warm memories of my gramma are always welcome!
The flavor is just as delightful (if not more so!) The green tea is the dominant flavor, but, not by much. It is a nicely balanced set of flavors. The green tea tastes light and fresh and has a moderate astringency. It has a unique “green” tea taste in that it doesn’t taste grassy or vegetative, exactly. Nor does it have a buttery taste that is sometimes associated with green teas. It falls somewhere in between butter and vegetable, without tasting like either one, if that makes sense. It is delicious though, and melds well with the flavors.
The jasmine is the next flavor I detect, followed by the ginger. The ginger doesn’t have that peppery taste, it is more of a mellow spice that nicely compliments the bright flavors of tropical fruit. In the background rests the tropical fruit flavors. I taste pineapple distinctly, but I am finding the other flavors difficult to specifically discern… mango perhaps? Papaya? It tastes sweet and juicy and delicious. The jasmine lingers throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.
The unique and delicious combination of flavors in this tea makes it one of my favorites from WhiteAugust! It is delicious hot, but even better iced! Refreshing and exhilarating!