Iced Tea Series from 52Teas, Part 2: Prickly Pear Flavored Black Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

About this Iced Tea Series:

As the days get warmer, I know our sales start to slump. I don’t know why specialty teas don’t sell as well in the warmer months–it’s like no one has ever heard of iced tea. Maybe it’s psychologically more appealing to buy a pouch of tea for $8 that you will get 20-25 cups of hot tea out of than it is to buy one considering it will make about two gallons of iced tea? Maybe making a pitcher of iced tea doesn’t have the same intimate charm as making a cup of hot tea for yourself? Or maybe (perish the thought!) people think iced tea doesn’t need to be special and can be made from store-brand teabags?

Whatever the reasons, 52teas is here to change the status quo. Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea. We’ve packaged them in one ounce pouches, which is just enough for one gallon of iced tea (more if you re-steep) so you can just rip them open, dump them out and steep. No measuring required!

Taster’s Review:

For part two of this series, I decided to brew some of the Prickly Pear tea.   I brewed this batch using the same method I used for the Watermelon Iced Tea.  It worked fantastically last time, so I decided to stick with this method of brewing iced tea.  I mean, hey, don’t try and fix it if it isn’t broken, right?

This is delicious.  I think that I like this even better than I liked the watermelon!  The prickly pear is all at once sweet, a little sour, and savory.  It is so delightful.

But the flavor of the prickly pear is not the only flavor at play here.  The black tea tastes strong and manages to hold its own against the strong flavors added.  Not a wimpy tea in any way, it still manages to allow the flavor of the prickly pear to come through.

This is an incredibly refreshing iced tea.  It doesn’t need sweetening because it has a lovely flavor on its own, but if you’re one who likes a sweet iced tea, a drizzle of agave nectar will help highlight the sweeter tones of the cactus fruit.  If you want to bring out some of the tart notes of the prickly pear, try a squeeze of lemon!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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