Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Cameron’s Coffee
japanese sencha garnished with pinapple bits, blue malva flowers and natural flavoring is wonderful hot or as an iced tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
In general, I tend to be somewhat skeptical of teas from a coffee purveyor. Although they are both beverages and there are some similarities between them, I still consider them to be worlds apart. And to be honest, I like to get my tea from someone who knows their tea, and I just don’t feel like a coffee purveyor puts tea first. Maybe it’s my own narrow-mindedness speaking, but, that’s how I feel.
So, when approaching this tea, I tried my best to be as open-minded as possible. And while this isn’t the best flavored green tea I’ve ever encountered, it is still quite good.
The green tea is the strongest note here, and that is a big plus in my book. Yes, I enjoy the flavors and I like it when the flavors are strong … but I still think that the tea should play a key role in the flavor and here, it does. The green tea is a Japanese Sencha, and it is vegetal with a light creaminess to it – not an overly buttery feel and taste but it’s there. It is a smooth, deliciously medium-bodied Sencha, and it melds beautifully with these tropical flavors.
So often in tropical fruit flavored teas such as this, the tropical flavors are overwhelming and even a little cloying, but, I don’t find that to be true with this cup. The green tea prevails, as I mentioned, and the pineapple and papaya play background notes, offering a sweet, fruity note without overpowering the cup. There is just enough of a tangy note at the tail to keep things interesting, and the aftertaste tastes very pineapple-y.
I found this to be good served hot, but even better iced. As I said, this isn’t the very best flavored green tea I’ve tasted but it is good enough for me to not only finish the cup, but also be eager to try more of Cameron’s tea offerings. Not bad for a coffee shop!
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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