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drank Pumping Pomegranate by T2
554 tasting notes

Autumn Harvest! This is another of the ever-dwindling horde of T2 samplers I picked up from their mega-discount last January, when T2 was selling off old holiday stock cheap. I cold-steeped the whole two-serving sampler in 400ml of water overnight and strained the next morning to make a tall, cool glass of iced tea. Even in cool weather, I still prefer fruit teas like this iced, and especially find them a nice accompaniment with warm meals.

This is a very fruit punchy tea, and I do quite like those. It has that strong hibi-hip fruity, punchy base, but I find it hard to pick out a distinct flavor that I’d go, “Oh yes, that is definitely pomegranate!” To me it just sort of tastes like so many other tart and tangy red berry fruit teas I’ve had in the past, the sort that include cranberries and elderberries and have that really crisp and juicy fruity berry finish. But it doesn’t make me think of pomegranates. If I had to place any specific fruit the taste is reminding me of, I’d say cranberries is the most prominent flavor note coming through the fruit punchy base. And since pomegranate seems to be the angle of the tea, that makes me rather unimpressed, even though I’m perfectly fine with tart and tangy red berry fruit teas. But if I want one of those, I can always drink Red Berries by TeaSource, or Cranberry Apple by Metropolitan Tea Co. So, ya, my overall impression is underwhelmed. Even though it’s a perfectly servicable tea, if you want a tangy fruit tea, and aren’t specifically looking for something with a really defined pomegranate flavor.

Flavors: Berries, Cranberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML
TreeGal

Oooh, I’m just happy to now be in the know to keep my eyes open for a January-ish sale! I’m new to these guys, but I’ve really liked the teas I’ve tried so far. And honestly, this sounds like a tea I’d enjoy iced a lot, but I definitely understand the “meh” factor.

Mastress Alita

Ya, last January, right after Christmas, they had sampler packs on sale after Christmas and I bought one of each for like, $5 a piece? And each one had ten teas in them. There was a Fruity, Herbal, Flavored Blacks, Blacks, and Greens one. I’ve been making my way through them all year! I think they were overstock from the holidays.

Cameron B.

I remember that sale, too! They also had some of their limited edition teas in boxes for $5 each. I totally spent like $60, entirely on $5 teas LOL!

Jessica Chambers

In that sale, I’ve spent $40//

Mastress Alita

I just checked my records, and I spent $40 during that sale as well!

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TreeGal

Oooh, I’m just happy to now be in the know to keep my eyes open for a January-ish sale! I’m new to these guys, but I’ve really liked the teas I’ve tried so far. And honestly, this sounds like a tea I’d enjoy iced a lot, but I definitely understand the “meh” factor.

Mastress Alita

Ya, last January, right after Christmas, they had sampler packs on sale after Christmas and I bought one of each for like, $5 a piece? And each one had ten teas in them. There was a Fruity, Herbal, Flavored Blacks, Blacks, and Greens one. I’ve been making my way through them all year! I think they were overstock from the holidays.

Cameron B.

I remember that sale, too! They also had some of their limited edition teas in boxes for $5 each. I totally spent like $60, entirely on $5 teas LOL!

Jessica Chambers

In that sale, I’ve spent $40//

Mastress Alita

I just checked my records, and I spent $40 during that sale as well!

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
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