Tropical Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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38

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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76

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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61

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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71

Tea #9 from the ’Here’s Hoping’ teabox.

This tea is a bit bland to me. There’s a faint peach flavor, but I’m not getting anything from the sencha or the jasmine. I made sure my steeping parameters were appropriate, so I’m thinking this is not the tea for me. However, I love the idea of peach and sencha together, so I’ll have to see what other options are out there.

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81

Mum is leaving for Florida today. Without me. So I needed something that reminded me that there are warmer days ahead!
I’m shocked to discover that this is really hitting the spot. At first sip, I noticed an icky plastic taste… So I added a 3/4 tsp of sugar and pow! deeeelicious. Resteep will be iced.
That said, I’ll leave the rating as is, because a) I don’t crave this type of flavour often (err given my love n hate thing I have going on with coconut) and b)in this first infusion I’m not getting any white tea flavour at all. Bah. I’m loving the cup right now, and that is all that really matters right! slurrrrrrrp

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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81

I taste coconut!! and pineapple. The white tea part hovers around the edges. Not bad. Reminds me of pina colada, and now that I’ve read the other reviews… sun tan lotion. ha!
This would likely do well iced, I imagine. Maybe I’ll save it for summer. With a splash of rum or vodka… oh my goodness yes that will be good. I just hope I remember!
Many thanks to Sil for the most generous sample!

Sil

Hey I’m just glad you liked it. Happy when tea finds a good home :)

Indigobloom

Hehhe thanks Sil! no surprise you didn’t like the coconut blend :P

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70

Smells strongly of chocolate after steeping. Doesn’t have a strong chocolate taste, though. I mainly get cinnamon and some cloves. It wasn’t bad but not as strong as I like my chais. Probably won’t reorder but it was fine for afternoon tea club at work, and the price was right. :)

Made in our usual way at work: half water, half 2% milk, sugar. Steeped in water, left infuser basket in after adding hot milk and sugar until tea was gone.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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35

Tea #6 of iceday sipdown

I think I got this one from Jackie

This tea is weird. I get the chocolate scent in the dry notes, but once its steeped it tastes floral like. Definetly no chocolate & no cream.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank House Blend by Tropical Tea Company
4923 tasting notes

Figured I’d try this one even though i wasn’t expecting much with the coconut in it. The initial sips are quite nice but then it turns into a mildly bitter cup with a strange after taste. It might be worth checking out if you enjoy coconut but overall, no thanks from me! Thanks to Nicole for letting me try this!

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84

Hey I made a GungFu in Gravity Gaiwan. the first infusion being 3 minutes at 85C. Therein the tastes are remarkable and only slight hibiscus oil present, a plus. The pomegranate starts out mild and then goes away almost completely. The second press through the GGW yields a golden color liquor where the tea is very much like a gunpowder I might have ordered at dim sum. Fabulous and intensely tart.

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51

The scent of the tea was very promising, dark and nutty. After pouring and steep the coconut flavor was nice against the black tea. I may have let it steep too long as when it began to cool the coconut flavor was overwhelmed by the black tea taste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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83

Thanks to Momo! I received this in out Christmas swap. The smell of the dry leaves is just lovely. It kind of reminds me of Green Goddess from Tea Grotto with the hints of fruit. The flavor is just as lovely. The peach is very light but it works well with the sencha and jasmine. It’s very light and crisp with soft fruity, sweet notes. Thanks again Amanda!

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I’m weeding out my tea right now and trying to drink my way through my samples and choose the favorites that I want to keep as a staple tea. I decided to go for a sample Nicole sent me. I made a pot of this tea and wanted to like it. How could a black tea with coconut go wrong? There was something off with the flavor and I couldn’t stomach it.

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74

I don’t taste any maple…just a really really slight hint of some sort of nutty flavor. It’s good if you just think of it as a plain black tea, but I wouldn’t run out and pick this up if you love dessert teas and fun flavors. Honestly, you pay $3 for 2oz of tea, so you get what you pay for. It’s a little almondy, which is pleasant.

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