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!
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!