Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: WhiteAugust Tea Company
All the good stuff. Beautiful green tea, Ginger, Jasmine and tropical fruits. Our beautifully refreshing melody was made for iced tea and packed with antioxidant richness.
I tasted this tea back in January, but I saved the review for it until May because Emerald is the birthstone for May (and my birthday is in May), so I thought it was appropriate. Also, because this tea is outstanding as an iced tea, I thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the better iced tea options.
The aroma of the brewed tea smells amazing with notes of flower, tropical fruit and ginger. It is so delightful! When I first smelled this tea, I thought back to the Hawaiian Ginger plant that my gramma had in her back yard. I don’t remember if it smells like this or not – but the tropical/gingery/flowery scent made me think of the Hawaiian Ginger… and warm memories of my gramma are always welcome!
The flavor is just as delightful (if not more so!) The green tea is the dominant flavor, but, not by much. It is a nicely balanced set of flavors. The green tea tastes light and fresh and has a moderate astringency. It has a unique “green” tea taste in that it doesn’t taste grassy or vegetative, exactly. Nor does it have a buttery taste that is sometimes associated with green teas. It falls somewhere in between butter and vegetable, without tasting like either one, if that makes sense. It is delicious though, and melds well with the flavors.
The jasmine is the next flavor I detect, followed by the ginger. The ginger doesn’t have that peppery taste, it is more of a mellow spice that nicely compliments the bright flavors of tropical fruit. In the background rests the tropical fruit flavors. I taste pineapple distinctly, but I am finding the other flavors difficult to specifically discern… mango perhaps? Papaya? It tastes sweet and juicy and delicious. The jasmine lingers throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.
The unique and delicious combination of flavors in this tea makes it one of my favorites from WhiteAugust! It is delicious hot, but even better iced! Refreshing and exhilarating!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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