Emerald Ice from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust 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.

Taster’s Review:

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!

Tropical Lime Yerba Maté from Maté Factor

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy: Maté Factor

Product Description:

Tropical Lime Yerba Mate Tea Bags (formerly Hibiscus Lime)
80% Organic Ingredients

Our Tropical Lime tea box contains 20 large tea-bags. All of our tea-bags contain 3.5 grams of tea, DOUBLE the size of most tea-bags on the market, so you can enjoy more of the flavor, nutrition, and energizing effects of Yerba Mate!

Ingredients: Organic Green Yerba Mate, Organic Hibiscus Flowers, Sun-Dried Lime

High in Natural Vitamin C

This amazing, fruity blend is not only refreshing hot or cold, but is an amazing booster to your body’s defense system.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said on numerous occasions, I’m not that fond of hibiscus.  Some hibiscus in blends is OK so long as it’s not overdone – it provides an interesting tart flavor and a little bit of body to a tisane – but, when there is too much hibiscus in a blend, it becomes too tart and too thick and syrupy.

In drinking this tea, I’m not sure if there is too much hibiscus here, or if it is just a tart tisane.  The lime and hibiscus together create a rather sour pair.  Nice if you enjoy sour or tart tastes, I’m not one of those people, though.

That being said, this isn’t thick or syrupy, which leads me to believe that it’s not too much hibiscus, it’s just the combination of lime and hibiscus that creates such a tart experience.  It has a nice body to it.  And I found that a drizzle of agave nectar helped to turn this rather tart cup into something quite good.

Interestingly enough, the earthy quality of  the Yerba Maté in this blend cuts through some of the tart hibiscus taste, so I am getting more lime than I am hibiscus.  Both the hibiscus and lime are still rather strong, but, the earthy nature of Yerba Maté saves this blend.

And who’d have thought I’d ever be happy for the earthy characteristic of Yerba Maté?   Certainly not me, not until now!  But somehow, the blending of earthy and tart work together quite nicely.  The tart cuts through some of the musty flavors of the earthy tones while the earthy flavor smooths out some of the tarter edges.  It works together well.

Now, I am not about to say that this is my favorite Yerba Maté blend, because it isn’t.  But it is quite good and appealing in its own way.  It is one that I would recommend to all you lovers of tart/sour tastes out there.

Black Tea Maracuja from Drink T

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Drink T

Product Description:

Maracuja is the traditional name of passion fruit. Our Black Tea Maracuja is a blend of finest quality black tea with passion fruit, calendula flowers and apricot pulp. This tantalizing blend renders an irresistible tropical aroma and flavor.

Bring water to boil (212)
Steep Time: 3 – 5 Minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Sweetener: Optional
Cream: No
Caffeine: Strong

Tasters Review:

If you LOVE Apricots – I think it’s safe to say you will enjoy this! Lucky for me…I do!  I have always LOVED Apricots!

The aroma 100 percent Apricot right out of the package! Once infused the Apricot and Passion Fruit meet in the middle. The taste is a very flavored black tea…mostly Apricot but I can pick up the Passion Fruit, too! I can’t taste too much a floral notes which is ‘fine by me’ and it’s a tropical fruity taste not really a fruity-floral taste like some tropical blends can be. It’s also not a tarty fruit taste or an artificial fruitiness which I am very grateful for!

I’m very happy with this tea.  Probably one of the better Apricot Flavored teas I have ever had!

Organic Tropical Goji Green Tea from Two Leaves and a Bud

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

Company Description:

Tropical Goji Green is an organic Japanese-style green tea grown in China. We start with traditional Japanese sencha, then add organic Goji berries and natural tropical flavors to make this tea slightly tangy, but also rich and smooth. Great iced!

Taster’s Review:

Yes… yet again, apprehension:  nervous to try this tea – needless hesitation because this tea turned out to be quite delightful.

The dreaded goji berry!  I need to get over my tendency to immediately assume I won’t like a tea with goji berry!  Because, the truth of the matter is, that while I have come across a few that have not been to my liking, MOST of the teas that I’ve tasted with goji berry I’ve enjoyed.  I guess it is because the first goji berry tea that I tried was way too sour and since that time, I’m inclined to think that all goji berry teas are going to be equally as distasteful.

But… not this one!  This tea is delicious.  The combination of the tropical fruit flavor and the goji berry creates a unique tropical/berry flavor that is a very welcome departure from the typical tropical flavor.  Not that I dislike tropical flavor – I quite like it.  But sometimes it seems way too overdone.

This tropical tea is deliciously different.  The berry is not at all sour.  Tangy, yes… but I find it more on the sweet side than tangy or tart.  And smooth.  There is a buttery richness from the Sencha – it is fresh and very slightly vegetal.

A very pleasant tea to drink hot, but, even more enjoyable to drink iced!  Very refreshing and silky smooth!  I like it a lot!

Bamboo Shoots from Tea Frog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tea Frog

Company Description:

Ingredients: Genmaicha, Green Tea, Ginger, Cardamom, Bamboo Shoots, Red Peppercorns, Papaya Pieces, Shredded Coconut, Pineapple Pieces

Taster’s Review:

Tea Frog has a great deal when it comes to samples:  $2.00 per sample.   You can order just a few or a whole bunch!  The samples are generously sized too – enough to brew a couple of pots of tea!

With this deal, I decided to order several different samples that I was anxious to try.  This one was very intriguing!  I love Genmaicha, so I felt fairly confident that I would also love this blend.

The smell of toasty rice wafts out from the teapot as it brews… YUM!

This tea is an interesting balance of sweet rice and tea, warm spices and tropical flair!  The Genmaicha flavor is the strongest component of this blend – it is rich, toasty and sweet.  One big difference between an “ordinary” Genmaicha and this blend is that the grassy tone from the green tea seems to be absent in this cup.  I suspect the other flavors help to conceal the sometimes undesirable vegetative notes of the green tea… I personally enjoy that vegetative flavor in green tea, but sometimes it IS too grassy.  I like this because I can still enjoy the light, sweet flavor of the Genmaicha without the sometimes overwhelming vegetal tone.

The warmth of the spices is also subtle.  There isn’t a strong peppery note from the ginger or peppercorns – it is a gentle warmth.  The same is true of the tropical fruit – sweet, juicy, and yet subtle.  There is a slight tartness to the blend that hits the palate in the aftertaste.  This is also quite delicate and very enjoyable.

Overall, I’m finding this to be an outstanding tea.  It is delicious, refreshing, and works well as both a hot tea and an iced tea.  I like it a lot!

Tropical Tangerine White Tea from Boston Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Boston Tea Company

Company Description:

Deliciously juicy and sweet, tangerines lend a pleasing citrus twist to our gentle Chinese white tea, which is only harvested in early Spring when the Camellia Sinensis plant produces very small buds. Brew this lovely blend to accompany your breakfast or afternoon treat; it’s a flavor to complement whatever you eat!

Taster’s Review:

Let’s face it; there are a lot of tropical flavored teas out there.  Some are good, some not so good.  But, even with the really tasty tropical blends, they can get rather boring after you’ve tasted a few.  So it’s nice when you find one that has something a little extra to make it get noticed amongst the typhoon of tropical teas out there.

This is one such tea.  While it is flavored with some of the ordinary tropical fruits – I can definitely taste pineapple, and maybe orange and even a hint of banana.

But, what makes this tea stand out is the tangerine – which is clearly defined in this tea.  Yes, tangerine can be considered a tropical fruit since it is a citrus; however, what I like about this tea is not that it includes tangerine but that the tangerine really pops in this blend.  It is sweet and juicy and delicious!

A tea blend is only as good as the tea in it – and this blend has big “white” tea leaves in it that are covered in fuzzy white down.  The sweet, fresh flavor of the white tea is prominent in this blend.  And while many white teas are very delicate in taste – this tea is not so delicate that it will lose its flavor when iced.  In fact – and maybe this is just the warm weather talking here – but, I think this tea is even tastier when served chilled than when it’s served hot, because as it cools the tangerine flavor comes to life even more.

This is delightful!

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