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This tea features the contrast of both the sweetness and tartness of the oranges and cranberries, with just a touch of hibiscus. (The hibiscus is nowhere near as heavy handed as in the Celestial Seasons Zingers, if that helps.)
Surprisingly, the combination of orange and cranberries do not remind me of the fall or Thanksgiving at all. I’m enjoying this tea quite a bit, both iced and hot, in the middle of the summer heat and it doesn’t seem out of place at all.
I expect this tea to find it’s way into my top 10 or so iced tea rotation.
A simple, medium body black tea with a hint of lemon when hot. It’s not bitter and it’s not sweet, all at the same time.
This tea really shines, however, as a cold brewed iced tea. I tend to think of it as the middle of the road, basic sort of iced tea that you would get at a restaurant, except much better. If you’re looking for a tea to serve to your friends that just want Lipton, but don’t want to go through the hassle of keeping a box of it in your kitchen, this is the tea for you.
I open the pouch and the leaves are curly and it smells somewhere between honey and caramel, both of which are typical of Golden Monkey teas I’ve had before.
The color after brewing is this wonderful coppery color. It’s a slightly malty and sweet tea. Honey seemed prominent with a slight almost raisin flavor in the background. The caramel I smell is nowhere to be found after brewing.
It’s considerably better than the Teavana version, which always seems to sweet for me. Golden Money style teas are typically not my favorite, but so far this is the best of the bunch I’ve had. I’m still not sure if I want any more of it, though.
If Golden Monkeys are your thing, this is one to try out.
A very gentle tasting rooibos creates a neutral backdrop for sweet oranges, tart cranberries and a hint of spice in this tea. Even though all three flavors are distinct and somewhat prominent, the tea seems almost perfectly balanced. It may be one of the most balanced things I have ever tasted.
Against my better judgement since I never like spicy iced tea, I decided to try this tea cold. Luckily I rarely listen to those warning bells in my head, because this tea was great after cold brewing it overnight. Somehow the cold really highlights the sweet and tart flavors and the spiciness complements them perfectly.
While certainly anything with cranberries, orange and spice invokes Thanksgiving celebrations, I can imagine myself enjoying this tea iced on a cool spring day at the beach, as well as enjoying it hot after a fall or winter morning bike ride.
Overall, a very enjoyable, balanced experience. I will be getting more of this tea.
Included as a sample with some other tea I’ve purchased, and I’m so glad it was.
I’ve held a pomegranate, cut one open, smelled it, ate the seeds and have had the juice, but I can’t remember exactly what it tastes like. I’ve never had a dragonfruit that I know of, so there’s that.
This tea smells tropical. Like being back at a BBQ on the beach in Aruba. It smells so good I don’t even want to put it in the water, but I do, because that’s how it works.
The aroma is significantly muted after I brew the tea, but that tropical taste is still there. I really don’t think it has anything to do with the pomegranate, but I could be wrong. There’s a small underlying taste that I associate with green tea that I think most people would call “burnt green tea.” I either don’t know how to brew green tea or I just plain don’t like unflavored green tea. I can’t taste any hint of the white tea.
So, what I’m trying to say is I like this tea quite a bit. I don’t think it tastes too much like pomegranates, if that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s a nice, tasty reminder of good weather and the beach when it’s cold and rainy out.
The base black tea is not too mild and not too strong. It has a slight malty flavor that I can’t quite place. Pumpkin is the primary flavor with background clove and cinnamon notes. A tasty treat for a cool morning that also pairs nicely with desserts.
It tastes more like pumpkin pie filling to me. There is no “crust or cookie” flavor, if that makes any sense.
I finally got brave enough to try this iced. Honestly, it came out better than I thought, but I’m not planning to make any more. I can understand why some people may enjoy it, but the iced tea doesn’t work with the spices for me.
This tea both smells and tastes strongly of apples. The currants and cloves combine to form a certain chai-like quality that I find distracts from the apples and cinnamon, which I feel should be the spotlight flavors. In the end, it is pleasant enough to enjoy, however, I would rather spend my time elsewhere enjoying a tea that highlighted the apples more.
I realize I’m probably trying to make this tea something it’s not meant to be.
The base tea is almost too mild, I feel like it doesn’t add anything.
Be very careful with steep times. This can turn into a big chai mess if left too long.
I really enjoy this tea as a winter warmer kind of tea. It helps me to feel warm and get through the last couple of months of winter after the holidays. The spiciness of the cinnamon is not overpowering at all. It perfectly adds to the flavor of the nuts and the tang of the citrus. Not too spicy and not too sweet. It’s a well balanced winter treat.