Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Compass Teas
Enjoy this Watermelon flavored black tea hot or iced.
Learn more about this tea here.
I was excited to try this Watermelon Black Tea from Compass Teas. I mean … watermelon? YUM!
My first sip was a little disappointing, because all I really tasted was black tea. I didn’t taste anything that remotely resembled watermelon. But, I decided to give it a chance … and I let the piping hot cup of tea cool for a couple of minutes (about three minutes) and hooray! Here comes the watermelon!
The black tea base is the strongest flavor of this cup, and really, that’s the way it should be. It is a bold black tea with a fair amount of astringency. It’s slightly bitter (but only slightly) but I suspect that if I had brewed it another half a minute it would have been more than slightly bitter.
The watermelon shines through nicely. It tastes sweet and authentic. It starts out as a gentle flavor (especially if you take your first sip while the tea is VERY hot!) and as I continue to sip the flavor intensifies. I also notice that the slight bitterness that I noticed at the start is beginning to wane a little bit too, perhaps this is because of the sweetness of the watermelon offsetting the slight bitter bite. It is a really nice contrast – the invigorating black tea and the sweet, luscious flavor of watermelon.
Not a bad watermelon tea … I suspect this one would make a really amazing iced tea when summer arrives.
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!