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I tried this from Takeya’s iced tea variety pack. This was definitely one of the better teas in the pack. It is very sweet and fruity, with the citrus lime as a primary flavor. The coconut is also prominent, smooth and creamy. At first taste, this blend the flavors of a sweet, tropical rum cocktail (but with no rum). I admit the flavors are a bit artificial tasting, but they are sweet and bright enough to not taste like medicine, which happens with some artificial flavors. This is a green rooibos base, so the smooth, nutty rooibos is mellow and caffeine free. I wouldn’t drink this tea on a regular basis, and can’t recommend it hot, but as an iced treat it can be really delicious. Drink it without milk or sugar (it’s plenty sweet already) and pour it on ice. Maybe add some rum and serve it out of a coconut for the full effect.
Flavors: Coconut, Lemon, Lime, Sweet, Tropical
Amount: 2 packets
Water: 2 QT room temperature
Tool: Takeya flash chill
Steep Time: overnight in fridge
Dry Leaf Smell: green, fruity, sweet, sour finish, citrus, floral
Steeped Tea Smell: very faint floral and fruity
Flavor: sweet, fruity, finish is floral then vegetal
Liquor: translucent orange-yellow-green
Very enjoyable iced tea, bonus for not needing to measuring and being easy to make
Rating: 3/4 leaves
I tried this tea as a full pouch of loose leaf in my Takeya iced tea pitcher. Wow, do these teas brew up fast! The water was deep dark blood magenta after only a minute or two. This is not a typical hibiscus tea, and pomegranate was a pretty good pairing with it. Not sour at all, this blend is very sweet without anything added, with a bit of an artificial cherry candy flavor. I also taste the apple or fruit base, tasting almost juice-like. Probably best when brewed lightly or when mixed with something like lemonade or sangria. It was a bit too sweet and artificial on its own.
Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus
I can’t say I was impressed with this tea the first time around. The leaves arrived in little pre-packaged iced tea portions and they were pretty crushed, not a lot of large leaf pieces. The smell of the dry leaf was off-putting, but I just assumed I don’t drink much sencha so I wasn’t used to it. They said hot water was tends to be too hot for this tea, so I did a 8 hour cold brew in my fridge. I definitely overdid it. The tea was a rich yellow green, almost neon in some light, and the steeping time was far too long. In the bag the tea smelled strongly mineral, with odd vegetal tones. Brewed, it tasted almost like dirty water; more dirt and mineral than grass and earth tones. I assume its bitterness came from my oversteeping, but I just was not a fan of its sour vegetable flavor. I can try again with more careful temperature and time methods, but it might be a while before I get up the courage.
Flavors: Dirt, Mineral, Sour, Vegetables, Vegetal
This tea came with the flashed chilled double pack of pitchers from Costco. I actually liked this tea a lot. I just cold brewed it overnight in the pitcher in the refrigerator. It was a nice amber color and had just enough mango or tropical flavor without tasting artificial. I added a few drops of stevia to my large glass and it was just right. I will make this again and enjoy it even more when the weather is warmer
The first time I made this I followed “Takeya’s” instructions, it turned out badly. So the second time I made it, I followed “Teavana’s” instructions and only steeped the leaves 1 min with 170 degree h2o, it turned out great. So refreshing and light. Has a vegetal or ( I hate to say this it sounds bad) grassy taste, like green tea should. I infused it with a 1 1/2 cups of cut up honey dew melon and left it, in the fridge over night and scooped out the fruit in the AM. SO GOOD, tasted like honey dew!
This tea is slightly bitter, with subtle mango, pineapple and papaya flavor and heavy coconut flavor. Smells So GOOD! I add a few lemon slices with the “German Rock Sugar” from Teavana, just 3 teaspoons for me, I like my tea very lightly sweetened. No, I don’t love it but its good and very refreshing on a hot day. Its a little to much coconut, I think it over powers the rest of the fruit flavor, that’s why I add lemon slices. I have never been a huge coconut fan. My son really likes it and my boyfriend likes it but I don’t make it sweet enough for him, so I will add agave to his personal glass.