Tropical Tea Company

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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.

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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.

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drank Blue Mango by Tropical Tea Company
381 tasting notes

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.

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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.

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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!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
1251 tasting notes

I seem to like this one more than most of the other reviewers, once again. I don’t even like pineapple, so go figure. I forgot this was a white tea. The water was a little hotter than I would have used if I had remembered. The coconut and pineapple blend so nicely, yet each is clearly tasted on its own. It would get an even higher rating if I could separate out the white tea in the sip.

Rabbit trail ahead: This is the first cup I prepared in my new den (the wife’s former junk room – she moved her stuff upstairs). I went to Walmart and bought a unit made of 4 stacking plastic drawer type bins. You have probably seen them, they stands about two feet tall (abt 2/3 m). Two drawers are about 8" tall and two are about 4". I put it in the den and filled it with my tea. I had to leave the tea bags and decaf out so it would fit. I also left out the teas that are two aromatic to be trusted with other teas. Oh, and like Bonnie, I have hardly bought anything in six months. I think maybe $10/month and that includes the stacking drawers.

Anyway, so I now have my main station with my kettle in the den. I also have a smaller station set up in the corner of the living room with all the bagged and evening decaf teas. I have a press and a Finum basket at each station. Pretty awesome.

gmathis

We won’t worry until you own up to stashing some under your mattress.

K S

Under the bed sure, but not under the mattress – it might hurt their tiny little tender leaves.

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I’ve been enjoying this tea a lot recently. I’m not much of a chocolate tea person — I love caramels and hazelnuts in my teas but all of the heavier dessert teas taste uniformly like tootsie rolls and it’s a little (and sometimes a lot) off putting.

This tea is different. It has a deeper, chocolatey taste, but it’s on the back side of the flavor. When you take a sip, it’s all hot and delicious black tea flavor, and the finish is all Oreo cookie. I’ve been turning to it a lot in the late evening as it’s that perfect sweet fix.

Usually I steep at boiling for 5 minutes. This morning I forgot about it and left it for at least 15…and I’m happy to report that it’s still divine, though it does taste better after dinner rather than with breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Mint by Tropical Tea Company
1104 tasting notes

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TTB-A sample! I accidentally put too much leaf in this, but it’s a rooibos, so can you really overleaf it?

I realized why the mint rooibos appealed to me, because this has a medicinal almost minty smell of the dry leaf, and it appears in the taste as well. It works ok in this because this is chocolate so mint it errs on the minty side instead of the medicine side (like some fruity rooibos blends). I mean it isn’t super chocolate but it’s enough, and it kind of reminds me of a minty white chocolate truffle, sure. Pretty decent overall but having tried this and the mint one I think I prefer the mint since it really owns the mint flavor. Maybe I’m just suggestible but my throat is getting a bit of scratchiness in the back like Kittena described after drinking this, so that’s a bit unpleasant. Eh, rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I cold-brewed this yesterday, and was surprised to find that I like it more this way (I usually stick to fruity teas and tisanes for cold brewing). It brought out more of the flavor, and one of the things that bugs me the most about this tea is how bland it usually is.

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This is another tea that I really wanted to like because it just smelled so good when I opened the package. I’m not sure what it is about Tropical Tea Company, but the tea always seems a little off to me and it is more noticeable as the tea cools. My first sip was bitter, almost enough for me to put the cup down and walk away. I knew going in this was a white tea base and paid close attention to the time and temperature so that wasn’t the problem. I kept going and got a very creamy coconut taste and more bitter. The coconut managed to not be totally off putting, which is a plus, but I never tasted the pineapple.

This is the first cup of tea I’ve dumped out because it was just that bad and no amount of sugar was going to make it drinkable.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I really wanted to like this, I adore Sencha and I absolutely love peach, but this was a bit of a let down. I think I enjoyed the smell of this one more than the taste. It started out with a strong grassy smell and taste that I always associate with Sencha, but as it cooled off I found it very weak and off tasting. This didn’t have a strong peach taste to it, but it does taste slightly sweeter than any other Sencha that I’ve had.

Part of my problem could be that I am pretty sure what little bit I had of this was pretty old. This week I’ve been clearing out any tea that I have no idea where it came from. I also didn’t have any directions with it. I ended up using 1 heaping teaspoon to 8oz of water, but if I had more of this I would have gone with only 6oz.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging a few cups of this, too, I have been starting many days with this – just because it’s handy and hardy!

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Well, upon first blush, this smells kind of but not strongly apple-y. It’s still very hot so perhaps the smell will come out more when it cools down. I’m not sure why there is the word ‘crunch’ in the title because it is not a word I think of when I think of tea, but according to the other tasting notes, this will taste of apples and cream.

Tasting it now, there’s definitely an apple flavour to it, which is nice. The apple flavour is what gets noticed first and it is the strongest flavour. I don’t pick up much ‘cream’ but I’ve never been good with that concept and I add milk to most of my black teas anyway so that might be part of it. This seems like a very ‘thin’ tea to my feeling. Not much substance to it. I like it okay, but I wouldn’t make a purchase.

Thanks to Jackie T for trading this to me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Got this trade from Jackie T Thanks Jackie!

This is very chocolatey and floral. I did as other tasting notes suggested and didn’t raise my expectations too high and didn’t actually expect it to taste like the name suggests and it’s not bad. Since Jackie had trouble at 3 minutes with bitterness, I dropped the temperature and only steeped for 2.5 minutes and I’m not having a bitterness issue at all. Of course, I also add milk and sugar to my black teas, so that might be part of it also, but I’m very sensitive to bitterness so I can usually taste it anyway.

I’m not really sure how I feel about the floral aspects of this. The flowery tastes mingle strangely with the chocolate ones and it doesn’t feel melded well, or ‘together’ enough for me, like they’re competing and the floral is winning. I would rather the chocolate to win.

All in all, this is okay. Someone would probably like it better than me if they like floral aspects more than me. I’m glad I got to try this, but I won’t be drinking the…1/2-1 tsp left in my sample. Now what to do with it! My heart hurts when I throw tea in the trash.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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