Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Trail Lodge Tea
This a Trail Lodge Tea Blend. It combines strawberries, mangos, and green tea. It makes a refreshing and fruity iced tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
This Strawberry Mango Green Tea from Trail Lodge Tea smells INSANELY good! From the moment I opened the pouch, I can’t seem to stop smelling it. The dry leaf smells sweet and fruity and fresh … reminding me of fruit candy. And as the tea brewed, it filled my kitchen with the luscious aroma of strawberry and mango. The brewed tea smells much less like “candy” and more like fruit. Still very sweet, but not quite as sugary sweet as the dry leaf. (Hey, I’m not even complaining about the sugary sweetness … I’ve got a sweet tooth that was trying to convince me to just start munching on the dry leaf!)
With as good as the tea smells, I was sure that the tea tasted good too. I mean, if it only tastes half as good as it smells, I knew I’d love this. And fortunately, it does taste as good as it smells. The flavor is sweet strawberry with hints of tartness from the berry … luscious and tropical from the mango, and the green tea tastes sweet and fresh.
The strawberry is the most prominent flavor, but, the mango comes in strong as well. It’s almost an even balance of the two flavors, but I think it’s in the aftertaste where the strawberry ultimately wins out, because I taste that tingly berry note in the aftertaste. You know that sensation you taste and feel on your tongue after you’ve eaten a fresh berry? Yeah, that.
The green tea is a little overpowered by the flavors here, but it can be tasted, and it adds a certain buttery creaminess to the cup that melds well with the fruit flavors. It also adds a light vegetative note that I notice especially toward the finish. There is very little astringency to this cup, and no bitterness. Just wonderfully sweet, delicious, fruity taste.
The flavors are indeed sweet … it is almost too sweet. Some might find cloying, but, as for me, I love the sweetness. But I do recommend trying this one before you add sweetener because I think it’s plenty sweet without any addition. It is a perfect sweet-tooth kind of treat when you’d rather not over-indulge in something fattening!
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!