Papaya & Passion Fruit Black Tea from The Tea Nation

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Tea Nation

Product Description:

Black tea is most commonly produced in South Asia and Africa. It has a stronger flavor than most other teas and also has higher caffeine content. Black tea is prepared from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis and it is the most fermented of all teas. Black tea from Ceylon Tea is primarily produced using the orthodox method, where tea leaves are first harvested and then rolled to small pieces and fermented. The fermented tea leaves are dried using fire kilns. This process gives black tea its characteristic strong, full-bodied flavor and deep brown color.


Papaya is a tropical fruit that originally grew in southern Mexico. Passion fruit, also a tropical fruit was originally frown in Central America. Both are now cultivated in most countries with a tropical climate, such as Brazil, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. While papaya is an excellent and refreshing end to any meal, the distinct taste of passion fruit makes it an essential ingredient for cocktails. We have mixed these two contrasting, but complimentary flavors in a secret blend and mixed it with Pure Ceylon high grown tea to produce an exciting and refreshing drink.

Taster’s Review:

As I sit here, it is cold outside.  Really cold.  Frost forming on the windows kind of cold.  Not exactly a tropical climate.

But, my teacup thinks it’s on an island getaway, thanks to this Papaya & Passion Fruit Black Tea.  The tropical fruit flavors in this tea are sweet and delicious, while the black tea edges in just enough of its flavor to keep the sweeter tastes from becoming too cloying.

The black tea is a Ceylon base, and perhaps it’s just the combination of flavors, but I’m finding this to be quite a strong tea for a Ceylon.  There are hints of bitterness in the background too, but not from over-steeping (I steeped just 3 minutes).  It is more of a savory kind of bitterness that does its part to keep the cup complex and interesting, and cutting through some of the sweeter notes of the fruit flavors so they don’t overpower the cup.

A nice balance between tea and fruit flavor here where the tea flavor wins out over the fruit – but not by much.

This is a good summertime tea (yeah, I know it’s not summer), one that should be brewed by the gallon and kept in the icebox.  It would be great as a sun tea too!  This is a delicious black tea blend – one that is nice served hot, but I think it’s even better chilled.  It is very refreshing and the tropical taste lends itself so well to a cool glass of iced tea.

Elf Help from David’s Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Product Description:

Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.

Ingredients

Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, freeze-dried cranberries, coconut, natural flavouring.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!!!  This is so tasty.

One quick glance at the ingredient list might lead someone to believe that this is going to be a very fruity tea – and it is – but, it isn’t SO fruity that it overwhelms the flavor of the green tea.

The green tea is light-bodied and light in flavor, but it adds a crisp, fresh taste to the fruit that is distinct.  It isn’t very grassy or vegetative to taste; if you’re one that doesn’t care for green tea because it does come off as too grassy or vegetative, this is an excellent choice for you!

There is a lot of different fruit tastes here.  I can taste hints of each fruit, but the two that stand out the most definitively to me are the orange and the cranberry.  There is also a certain “tropical-y” taste to this, like the Elves on holiday!

It is sweet (almost candy like!) and there is a hint of tartness toward the end of the sip.  Due to the sweetness of this cup, it is one that I recommend tasting before you add additional sweetener – you may find this one to be just right without it.

I can see why David’s Tea decided to make this a holiday-ish blend – it definitely reminds me of Christmas with its delicious flavor.  It does remind me a bit of a fruitcake (which I happen to like although sometimes I think I’m the only one who does!)

It is sweet, fruity and delicious.  A tea that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored green teas – this one is one I could enjoy again and again!  Love it!

 

Elf Help Tea from David’s Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: David’s Tea

Product Description:

Productively festive
Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.

Tasters Review:

This is such a FUN tea!  Elf Help Green Tea has VERY colorful ingredients and is highly scented!

I can taste the green tea, sure, but there is a fruit salad type quality to it that I just can’t shake!   I’m SO THANKFUL there isn’t Hibiscus in this!  Thanks for that, DavidsTea!

OH YEAH…and check out these ingredients:
Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, freeze-dried cranberries, coconut!

The more I drink this the more I enjoy it!  It’s fruity without being TOO fruity on the tongue!   This is a GREAT offering from DavidsTea!  I have this one listed in my mid to upper 90 percentile on my personal rating scale!

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!

 

Pineapple Papaya Green Tea from Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Monterey Bay Spice Company

Product Description:

Exotic tastes and colors create a tea that is delightful to brew and delicious to drink! Pineapple Papaya Green uses Chinese Sencha as its base, a green tea with slender leaves that produces a yellow cup and a naturally sweet flavor. The Sencha is followed by pineapple pieces and blue malva flowers, which deliver soothing and healing vitamins and enzymes. Delight in this sensational tea with health benefits to boot!

Ingredients- Sencha green tea, pineapple pieces, blue malva flowers, and fruit flavor.

Contains Caffeine

Tasters Review:

Dry Loose Leaf Scent is very nice – it’s mostly Papaya & Flowers where as the Wet Loose Leaf Scent smells more like Green Tea, Papaya, and Pineapple.  After infusion is complete – the Liquid Aroma is VERY slight mixture of all of the above.

The Color has a typical medium Green Tea look to it.

This has a Sweeter Green Tea Taste with hints of Pineapple and Papaya…more Pineapple than Papaya.  The floral notes sneak in towards the end of the sip and throughout the aftertaste.  I have really enjoyed the cups I have had of this flavored green tea!

 

Burgundy Blast from Simpson & Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail

Company Description:

This refreshing blend brews to a bright cherry red color with a sweet, tart taste. Comprised of hibiscus flowers, mango, papaya, lemongrass, safflower, mallow blossoms and acai and pomegranate flavors, this tea is fabulous both hot and iced.

Taster’s Review:

I’ll be honest, this tea scared me a little bit… a quick look at the ingredients made me think that this would be just a little too sour for my taste buds.  So I put off trying it until now…

Yes, it IS a bit tart … BUT… it is also very tasty!  It has enough sweet fruit flavor to it that it smooths out the tart edge just enough so that it’s agreeable.

The key, I think, is to not allow it to steep too long.   I steeped it for just 5 minutes.  This is enough time to extract flavor from the herbs and fruit without allowing the hibiscus to offset the delicate balance of this cup.  Another important factor is that I served it iced.  The chill allows the flavors to mellow out without dulling them too much.  When it is hot, the flavor is much more potent.

But… let’s get on to how this tastes, because it is really quite tasty.  I can taste mango and papaya, pomegranate and açaí.  The lemongrass offers just a hint lemony taste, and it is just the right touch to the sweet-tart blend of fruits.

The hibiscus offers some body to this blend – but because I only steeped it for 5 minutes, it isn’t a thick, syrupy consistency.  It is also not overwhelmingly sour.  It offers just the right level of tart to create a very delicate balance between tart and sweet. 

Simpson & Vail has a very intriguing recipe for this tea – Burgundy Blast Fizzy Drink – which can be found here.  It looks absolutely delicious!

I enjoyed this tea very much and it was just the right tea for today, because even though the calendar says it’s autumn, the weather is very summer-like.  It was HOT today!  Drinking this as an iced tea was very refreshing!

Sencha Passion from Drink T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Drink T

Company Description:

Here’s an intriguing blend. Our Sencha Passion takes the fresh grassy and highly aromatic character of this fine Chinese green tea, blending it with tropical papaya and lemon grass. The result is a tangy, fruity beverage with a wonderfully unique character.

Taster’s Review:

I know I say this a lot – but this tea is really good!

The green tea base is smooth.  There is a rich, soft texture to the tea that seems to glide over the palate like velvet.  It feels very luxurious.

The papaya is sweet and gives this tea a very tropical tone, while the lemongrass offers just enough tart flavor to cut through the sweetness and adds a unique depth to the cup.

This is definitely one of my favorites from Drink T!

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