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I am on a quest to find the perfect grapefruit tea, so of course I had to ask for this blend when I got my samples from Zen Tea! Anything with grapefruit, I’ll get. Orange grapefruit usually isn’t my favorite combo though, I find that the orange is often used to mask the grapefruit and in the end it tastes just like, well, an orange blend. I decided to be brave and cold brew this one: cold brewing anything with hibiscus makes me nervous since it tends to overwhelm everything when made that way. And when I strained this one, wow, it’s bright red. Like… Kool-aid red, fruit punch red. BUT there’s beet in this used to get that lovely ruby tone, so I wasn’t too worried about the tartness.

This blend is hibiscus done right! It’s so mild and really only comes in at the very very end of the sip, a little tartness which goes well with grapefruit and kind of mimics/adds to the grapefruit taste. And the grapefruit… wow! It’s really present! The orange doesn’t take away from it but just adds another layer of citrusy goodness, a little sweetness as well. Kind of like if you mixed grapefruit juice and orange-ade.

Halfway through my glass and I’m convinced something magical is going on in here. You can taste all the components: citrus from grapefruit, orange & lemongrass, fruity sweetness from the carrot & beet, a slight tartness from the hibiscus and a really nice, brisk herbaceous tone from the eucalyptus. But together.. it’s magic! SO GOOD! The eucalyptus is what does it I think, I’d swear it was juniper berry but it just ties everything together and elevates it into what I honestly think is the best herbal tisane I’ve ever had. I am so so impressed by these samples, and sad I only have one left to try! Definitely placing an order soon, hopefully with a ton of this beauty.

I totally forgot to mention it, but this blend is stunning! Whole orange slices, gorgeous whole herbs, bits of carrot and beet! Just lovely, everything about this cuppa is perfection.

Nik

I think I might possibly be more in love with your tasting note than the idea of this tea. Still, adding to the shopping list—you sure make it sound luscious. =)

Alphakitty

Thank you!~ I think if you like citrus this is a must-try tea. I’ve already decided that I am gonna get 200g when I have the money to order from them.

Nik

I love citrus, and citrus in my tea. But I don’t love grapefruit. In fact, I pretty actively dislike grapefruit. BUT a friend and I are into hoity toity, natural sodas, and he brought me a few for my birthday last month, and my favourite of the bunch was…the grapefruit soda! Go figure. So now I’m tempted to try this in spite of my preconceived notions.

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Nik

I think I might possibly be more in love with your tasting note than the idea of this tea. Still, adding to the shopping list—you sure make it sound luscious. =)

Alphakitty

Thank you!~ I think if you like citrus this is a must-try tea. I’ve already decided that I am gonna get 200g when I have the money to order from them.

Nik

I love citrus, and citrus in my tea. But I don’t love grapefruit. In fact, I pretty actively dislike grapefruit. BUT a friend and I are into hoity toity, natural sodas, and he brought me a few for my birthday last month, and my favourite of the bunch was…the grapefruit soda! Go figure. So now I’m tempted to try this in spite of my preconceived notions.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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