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sipdown! so i’ve been really off of “peach” flavoured teas lately but terri sent this my way so of course it had to be tried since i must try ALL THE TEA. Suprisingly enough, this is really tasty. It’s not fuzzy peach flavoured peach – it’s much closer to being more like a real juicy peach. As many of you know…i HATE jasmine…but in this, i’m really not detecting any unless somehow it’s responsible for mellowing out the peach flavour. over all, quite pleased with this one even if it would never be a cupboard staple. Nice to have a peach tea i’m not sick of.
The smell of the dry leaves is sort of generically tropical. Hot, the tea tastes like mango and a touch of pineapple, but very artificial. Maybe a touch of floral flavor as well. Icing the tea yields improvement. The smell is all mango and quite natural. The flavors come out a bit more as well. But it still tastes artificial to me. A lot of other tasting notes indicate that they didn’t find it at all artificial tasting, so I wonder whether there’s some difference in the brewing or I’m just being overly sensitive. Either way, this tea gets a “meh” at best.
The dry leaves of this smell wonderful. Tropical, in fact. It smells heavily of dried mango, even though there’s no actual mango in this. It has some nice overtones of vanilla. The brewed tea loses the mango smell entirely and goes straight to cherry. It’s creamy, even without milk. Unfortunately, I just learned that I don’t like cherry-flavored tea (which shouldn’t be all that surprising, since I don’t really like cherries…). Blah. Into the swap pile with you!
Challenged or inspired by all you sipper-downers; it’s time to follow suit and take back the kitchen. This is perfect for a mild and sunny day. Decent black tea base, sweet, natural-tasting pineapple.
If you’re interested in finding it, previous tracking down of this one led me to believe that it was a privately branded Metropolitan Tea blend. which is still available at several places including Culinary Tea.
Enjoying the last of a sample Nicole shared some months back. Looking at the flavor lineup of Miss Gloria’s Tea House, which I believe used to be Tropical Tea Company, it looks similar to the lineup at Culinary Teas, which sells Metropolitan Tea…so when the dominoes all fall, I’m surmising that this is Metropolitan’s blend. Which is good. Now I know how to find it again.
All that to say that I woke up craving this. It is pineapple-sweet, not pineapple-cloying, and the tea base is very juicy and thirst-quenchy. Pleasant.
This has so many companion ingredients, I’m wondering if “just pineapple” is a bit of a misnomer.
However, the other goodies (calendula just makes a tea happy; I’ve got to pick some up for blending) make it bright and sunshiny tasting. Decent orange pekoe base. This has great chilled/iced potential, but I’m enjoying it warm, too.
Belated thanks to Nicole. This is good!
My taste buds needed a break from the morning norm. This looked like fun, and made me smile because I remember my son pronouncing it “pimento-grates” when he was learning to read.
This is a sweet fruit tea, heavy on the vanilla. Not a bit of tartness or bitterness, and I was sloppy measuring and timing this first cup. Nicole, I couldn’t taste the lemur either :) It is a very close match for the Culinary Teas Monk’s Blend I have bought by the pound in the past. Highly recommended for those of us that want our fruit tea sweet and gentle, not sour and acidic.
Pimento-grateful to try this one!
Honestly, I haven’t had a good experience with a blueberry green tea, but I’m not giving up!
This version came my way in the Traveling Tea Box (A). I’m not as experienced with greens, but this was even more different than my past encounters. The leaves aren’t as green as I’m used to seeing and they’re rolled into oddly shaped balls. I am always a sucker for Cornflower petals in tea – it always looks so pretty!
Upon opening the baggie I can smell the blueberry. I brewed this in the fridge for about 18 hours.
I noticed some bitterness after straining the leaves; not something I was expecting. I probably shouldn’t have, but I added a little simple syrup to mute that. There’s a slight smokiness that I’m detecting now that I’ve killed the bitterness. The blueberry is nice in this.
I’m leaving this in the box for others to try. The quest for the right blueberry green tea continues…
Thank you momo for this sample! It smells good but I learned from Adagio that I just don’t like ceylon types. I like the story behind this tea with the monks and all but I couldn’t finish my cup. My taste buds just don’t agree with it. My boyfriend on the other hand liked it and said it was smooth, citrusy, and light.
Enjoying this one. It’s my favorite sort of fruit tea: sweet-fruity instead of tart-fruity. Enough of a bass line in the black tea to boomp you out the door.
I currently have no unadulterated maple syrup under my roof, but when I get some, I’m thinking this would make a wonderful “pancake breakfast.”
I’ll second Nicole’s comment that this smells amazing. And it’s quite pretty—I love cornflower petals in my tea.
Lots of sweet blueberry flavor, not getting a lot of black tea base, but I was extra cautious on steep time since this was my trial run. I think this will be a good candidate for a let-it-sit-while-you-put-your-morning-makeup-on breakfast choice.
If anyone wants some of this, let me know. I have too much of it.
This smells somewhat artificial, but it tastes better than it smells. I taste the sencha more than anything, it’s more like a green tea with peach undertones. I had it iced, so maybe that makes a difference. It’s definitely a very light flavor and I think flash chilling it ruined it.
So really I have nothing else to say because it just tasted like a light green tea. Now I know. I had gotten it in hopes of having it for iced tea but it’s just not strong enough for it, and I’m not a big fan of hot peach flavors :/
I didn’t expect to like this and thus was not disappointed when I didn’t. No harm done. Also didn’t really see much of the fruit in this, though I did taste it. Good prep for Love Potion #7 though me thinks. Must get the timing right to have it brewed right as the husband comes homes, otherwise I’ll never get him to commit… to the trying the tea that is. Thanks Amanda
Last cup from last night. This one smelled quite lovely, I should have known those were jasmine petals. It smelled of peaches, but the flavor was lighter but still naturally sweet with a soft fruitiness, it reminded me a bit of honeysuckle as well. I steeped this for under a minute and I think I had better result than those below, but toward the end of the cup the green notes tasted a bit off. shrug Ah well, thank you Amanada
omg! My 600th note! And it did not come easy. I’ve just been so tired but it doesn’t help being up all night Saturday night because I couldn’t stop thinking about making my little lip balm project something. Then I fell asleep early last night, before I had a chance to have a cup of tea, and then my boyfriend woke me up for a goodnight phone call…and I couldn’t fall back asleep.
So when I needed to get myself off to class, I put this in a bottle for my steep n go, and…put the regular lid on. I was so thankful when I got to class that the vending machines in the buildings take cards, I was so thirsty!
When I got home, I threw the bottle in the fridge so it’d be cold again, and now finally I’ve been drinking it for the past hour or so. Yeah, 600 wasn’t gonna come easy!
I’m actually quite surprised by how good this tastes. I should probably stop assuming every cheap tea I get is going to be worthless because cold steeping can make anything good it feels.
The tea is pretty sweet on its own, although I imagine if you could handle it sweeter it would bring out the strawberry even more. The strawberry is towards the end of the sip, and it reminds me of strawberry syrup…like the kind you use to make strawberry milk. I tastes like strawberry but it could be more like a real berry, if you know what I mean.
LOL I got so focused on this homework assignment due tomorrow I didn’t even finish my thought.
I’ll have to try this hot soon enough, but it makes a very good iced tea, which is probably my favorite part about flavored teas with a ceylon base!