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This review is for the loose leaf. It’s a bit different from the teabag version, but not so very different that it seemed worthwhile to create a separate page for it.
The leaves are absolutely lovely – decent sized green tea leaves with bits of dried strawberry and citrus. They steep up a pale yellow brew. The flavor is quite nice. Predominantly strawberry with a strong-but-not-overwhelming citrus presence. The underlying tea is sort of grassy and very smooth.
The biggest difference between this version and the bagged is that it tastes much more natural. The strawberry flavor is still assertively sweet, but the citrus provides more balance and the taste is more strawberry preserves than strawberry candy.
Overall, I can see myself enjoying this from time to time as a dessert tea. Or picking out the fruit pieces and blending them with a bread-y tea to try for a toast-and-jam flavor :)
UPDATE: Neither the bagged nor the loose leaf of this tea tastes good cold. Just… blegh.
I’m on a strawberry kick tonight. This tea isn’t too shabby. The strawberry flavoring is very candy-like, but I’m enjoying that right now. The underlying green tea is rather grassy and slightly dry. There’s a slightly roasted aftertaste that’s rather pleasant.
I wouldn’t really consider this a dessert tea, even though it’s sweet. It’s more like a good candy substitute when you’re having a sugar craving.
This is the teabag version. I also have the loose leaf, which is much, much nicer looking than the fannings in the teabag. I’ll try to have that next so I can compare.
This is the last Tess Tea I had yet to try, til this morning. It’s not horrible, but not great either.
Green teas rarely float my boat but after tasting the other two tess’s I had high hopes for this one… so I am rather disappointed.
It doesn’t irritate my throat atleast. There, I said SOMETHING good about this tea.
The green part is rather mild and grassy but the fruity note takes over. It tastes like artificial strawberry additive.
I should not have added any sugar but it wouldn’t have made that much of a difference anyhow.
Well… I’ll drink this again, though I’m not overly excited about it.
Onwards with the hunt for a green tea I love!
Tess Tea #2
Another score for the bagged teas!! I begrudgingly concede this… I hate to see my beloved loosleaves challenged :(
but this tea is all around goodness. The black part is present but not overly so. The orange aroma is enticing. It tastes like burnt citrus orange… backed by the apple and currant, finishing with a slight lychee aftertaste. I had to add sugar though, at least the first time. I tried some with milk as well, that was tasty though dampened somewhat.
There is something slightly dusty about it, which I think is the nature of bagged teas but I am more than willing to forgive that in this case.
Also, I made Mum try a sip and she absolutely fell in love with it (which pains me since she despises my looseleaf teas, and I didn’t mention that it was bagged beforehand)
This will make an excellent on-the-go tea. Mmmmmmmm
Wowsa, this is some tart tea!! In my citron oolong review I lamented the lack of tart, but this tea certainly makes up for it
The fruit is all blended together, but I can taste apple, strawberry… and hey there it is, the orange comes through in the aftertaste!
If you let it steep too long, and then cool, it starts to taste like juice, but I don’t mind. However, I think if one were to try this iced, it might take some time to get the mixture just right. That said, this will definitely be on my list of iced teas this summer.
Best gift ever!!! I still have two more tess teas to review, one of them is green (which worries me a touch, they tend to jitterbug me) and the other black. I LOVE trying new foods/beverages so to say I am looking forward to it would be an understatement.
((oh and this is bagged! yes, I am giving a non loose-leaf tea this rating! from their website it seems that they don’t process it much, so maybe loose-leaf principles are applied?))
One thing that has me curious… is the “sparkles of hibiscus”— what exactly does that mean?? is it steeped separately in carbonated water? processed in some special way? Yes, I get that there is something extra zingy in here, but what is it??? probably a gimmick for tea lushes like me…