Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: 52Teas
The traditional Mai tai is made with rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice. Curaçao is a liqueur made from the peel of the laraha citrus fruit, which was developed from the Valencia orange. The liqueur is naturally colorless but is often given artificial color, commonly blue. Our Mai Tai is a blend of Yun Wu, Chun Mee and Young Hyson green teas, orange peel and organic flavors. It’s sure to put you in mind of tropical breezes. See if you can drink it without wanting to put a little umbrella in it.
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From the moment I opened the pouch of this Mai Tai Flavored Green Tea from 52Teas, my olfactory nerves have been overcome by the strong fragrance of the dry leaf of this tea. It smells like a very STRONG Mai Tai! I can smell the notes of rum and the powerful citrus notes. In fact, it smells so powerful, one might become intoxicated just by taking in the aroma!
OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. But it does smell very much like what the name suggests. It smells like a Mai Tai cocktail. Once brewed, the bouquet is a little more subdued, but it still smells very much like a concoction of rum and citrus fruit … with a distinct tropical flair to it.
And it is really tasty. I like that even though the flavors are strong, the green tea is not overpowered by the flavors of rum, liqueur, and citrus fruit. I can taste the smooth, fresh notes of the green tea. There is a buttery note to the tea that melds quite nicely with the rum flavors. The citrus notes lend a nice, tangy quality to the tea. It is sweet and a little tart. It tastes as though the bartender accidentally poured green tea into my Mai Tai!
It is very refreshing. I enjoyed this hot … but I liked it even better as it cooled. I refrigerated the remaining tea and let it chill a while, and that’s really the best way to enjoy this tea – iced! It’s oh-so-yummy!