Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
About this series:
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.
With my first couple of sips of this iced tea, I was a little unsure how I felt about it. But now that I’m halfway finished with my second glass, I can say with complete certainty that I love it!
It does take a little time for the sweet flavor of the papaya to develop. Those first couple of sips were a little “off” – I could taste the black tea but little else. Now the flavor of the papaya is about even with the black tea. The strong Nilgiri is a bit more prevalent but not by much. It has a brisk flavor and a moderate astringency that at first came across as slightly bitter rather than tangy, but now that the papaya flavor has developed the astringency has tapered off a bit.
The papaya is sweet and flavorful. It definitely inspires a tropical feel – mentally transporting me to a hammock on a sunny tropical island. Now, if only I could get Johnny Depp to refill my glass of tea . . .
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!