Leaf Type: Green
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I’ve had quite a few orange spice flavored black teas, but not quite so many orange spice green teas. At least, I’m not able to immediately recall very many. But as I sip this Orange Spice flavored Green Tea from Tea of Life, I find myself wondering why, because this is quite nice!
Sure, it’s a bagged tea and yeah, I’d rather have loose leaf teas as opposed to bagged teas. But many of the bagged teas that I’ve tried from Tea of Life have been enjoyable and this Orange Spice is one of my favorites that I’ve had thus far.
To brew it, I started with freshly filtered water and I heated it to 175°F in my Breville One-Touch. (It doubles as a variable temperature tea kettle! Bonus!) I grabbed my favorite tea cup and let the teabag steep for 2 minutes. Say what you will about bagged teas – they are convenient, and sometimes that convenience is important. Taste is equally as important, so it’s good to find a bagged tea that is also tasty. That’s what I’ve found with this tea from Tea of Life!
The green tea is sweet and buttery. It has a nice, soft texture. It isn’t bitter or astringent. It isn’t overly “grassy” or vegetal either. Just smooth and sweet. It’s a great base for the flavors of orange and spice.
The orange is bright! Sweet and juicy tasting! The spices are gently warm. I taste subtle notes of cinnamon and a hint of clove. It’s not an overly spicy tasting tea – if you’re one who doesn’t like a spicy tea, you’ll find the level of spices in this tea to be to your liking.
I like that this isn’t overly sweet the way some orange spice teas can be. Usually they’re all about the cinnamon and you get that “red-hot” cinnamon taste. And hey, I like those teas too, but something like that would overpower the green tea and the flavoring here doesn’t do that. It lets the green tea come through nicely, and offers a warm, cozy spice and sunny citrus flavor. It’s something that works nicely as an afternoon tea when you want something to perk you up and would work equally as well as something that you curl up to in the early evening, especially on a cold autumn day like this!
Yeah, this’ll do!