Citrus Green from Adagio Teas. . . . .

With the birds chirping, flowers blooming, and in general, the weather getting warmer, I’ve found that my hot tea drinking days are few and far between.  I’ve been craving cold brew tea and when I say crave, I mean I am gulping and sipping down cold brew tea with reckless abandonment.   All I do is set up either my Libre Tea Infuser with a healthy dose of ice and water with either my loose leaf/tea sachet  or I set up a giant mason jar I have with ice, water, and a larger ice tea pouch/reusable muslin tea bag with lots of loose leaf.   Both produce amazing results and are quick for this mom on the go.

The other day I was wanting more of a citrus tea but wasn’t finding one that really sounded like it would hit the spot. Hence where Citrus Green from Adagio Teas enters the scene.  As soon as I saw this lonely tea sachet in the midst of my loose leaf tea stash, I knew this was the tea for me.

I promptly filled my Libre Tea with ice, freshly filtered water and popped the tea sachet into the infuser.  Waited about 30 minutes and took my first sip.  Refreshing citrus green tea happily greeted me.

Refreshing green tea with a hint of a citrus note eagerly greeted me.  With only cold brewing the tea for a short span of time, the flavors were not allowed to really settle and develop.  But what I had, I did like. Crisp Green tea with hints here and there of a combination of orange, lime, and lemon.  I think with this being a citrus flavored tea, an addition of  a dash of mint would really escalate the tea and I plan to do just that the next time I find myself with this particular tea blend.  Even with the more subtle tea flavors, this tea hit the spot and I would have no problem picking some more up to properly cold brew and yield the fullest flavor I can.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description

Green tea from China with the delicate flavors of lemon and lime. A happy marriage of great taste and proven health benefits. Just the right touch of citrus flavors to liven up the cup. Makes a light and refreshing drink that’s popular both hot and iced. If you are new to green tea, this lightly flavored tea may be a good place to start. Full-leaf tea in portable, individually wrapped bags – superior taste and maximum convenience.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Green Lemonade from The Love Tea Company

I’m going to admit something to you…citrus teas scare me. When I see teas that feature lemon or berry in their name, I tend to skip over them in my shopping. So, when I got Green Lemonade as a tea to try in my current box, I was a little hesitant. It is honestly one of the last teas I tried – I wish it had been the first! For the Love of Tea has created a blend that has a fresh aroma and a hint of citrus. From the aroma alone, I was confident that this tea would not be one who overused citrus in its blending process. The large leaves presented in this blend allow for a variety of brewing methods from sachet to brewing directly in your tea pot.

Once brewed, this blend presents a classic green tea color and provides a light citrus flavor at the end which masks and diminishes the typical earth undertones of a green tea. Green tea is easy to burn through prolonged brew times, and this blend is no exception. You will need to watch it so that you do not over-steep it! Since green tea is so easy to burn, I often add citrus and a little sugar to the cup in order to minimize the strong earthy undertones that begin once over brewed. With the Green Lemonade blend from For the Love of Tea, I did not have to add anything and their addition of citrus was a refreshing mix to this light tea. This would be great for your mid-afternoon cuppa!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  The Love Tea Company
Description

This Brilliant Blend is a fan favorite.  It combines the best of green tea with the best of a lemon, with lemon bits and wedges you’ll get the full “lemon-y” affect.  Low in caffeine and easy on the pallet, it goes down like a smooth summer day (without the humidity).  Brew a pot of this fine blend and serve hot or cold year ’round.   It never hurts to add a fresh lemon slice to anything!  Be sure to #sharethelove on this one.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Ginger and Citrus Green Tea from Palais des Thés. . . .

My thoughts when I checked my next sample to review…”Argh! Ginger is the first word!”

The anguished scream is because ginger and I have a strange relationship. I like a hint of ginger adding sparkle to tea or cookies or food. But when there is a lot of ginger, it makes me cry a little. It can be so hot! And when you add to that the fact that I have to carry spicy ginger candy to help with my lifelong stomach issues, you can see where I don’t excited to see it in my tea.

My fears were unfounded with this one, however. There was a lovely slice of dried orange mixed with the flat green leaves and lots of white bits of dried ginger floating around.

The tea is so mild! The green tea dominates the cup and there is just enough citrus and ginger – in that order, to me – to give a nice, interesting flavor without the ginger singeing my tongue and making me regret having hot tea when it is 90 degrees F outside. Speaking of which, the next batch of this is going to be served as iced tea, and I think it will do swimmingly well with a little sugar and a stack of ice cubes, condensation beading all over the glass so I can press it against my forehead and cool off.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy: Palais des Thés
Description

Delicately flavoured with citrus and ginger, Vive Le Thé ! is the perfect green tea to induce a good mood and joie de vivre! With pieces of orange, it is delicious served hot or iced.
A tea with a delicious fresh aroma and very harmonious zesty and ginger notes.

In the mouth there is a perfect balance between the fresh, spicy note of ginger, the lively, zesty notes of lemon and grapefruit, and the sweeter orange notes.
A delightful citrus bouquet!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Tropical Sunrise from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Of course since it is summertime anything that sounds summery I am willing to try! Tropical Sunrise is about as summery as it gets. It’s a green tea with goji berries, coconut, and mango! The dry leaf smells very citrusy and I think this would taste best iced, but instead of truly icing it I just let it cool at room temperature for a little while. Once it cooled I gave it a try and it is very refreshing!

Whenever I see mango or goji berries or citrus in a tea’s description I wonder if it is going to be too tart or citrusy. This tea may have smelled citrusy, but it actually was well balanced between all of the ingredients. The green tea adds a fresh, cool, and vegetal flair. The mango, citrus, and goji berries do stick out but not overly so.

The creamy coconut gives it even more of a sweet and summery feel and definitely creates a great blend that I approve of, even though it includes ingredients that I don’t normally gravitate towards. I enjoyed this and feel like it would be a delicious and refreshing iced tea this summer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

A creamy coconut tea with hints of mango and citrus accented with goji berries.

Excellent iced or cold brewed

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orange and Papaya from Tea Shirt

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Tea Shirt

Tea Description:

Orange and Papaya from Tea Shirt

Flavoured Green Tea

Ingredients: green tea (60%), lemon grass, apple pieces, freeze-dried apple pieces, orange slices, mango flakes, papaya flakes, flavouring.

Preparation: Use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Orange and Papaya flavored green tea from Tea Shirt had my interest right away. I mean orange, papaya, and green tea? How could this blend be anything but amazing?

When I received the tea, I was surprised by how big the fruit chunks are in it.The picture is exactly what you get.  Huge chunks of mango, papaya, and orange peel along with apple pieces. Really lovely to look at and amazing to smell. Very rich in citrus and tropical notes.

I scooped a few heap fulls into my infuser and cold brewed this tea. With how muggy the summer has been lately, I wanted this tea to be a nice iced cold brew.

I let the tea cold brew overnight and tried it in the morning. I was hoping that those gorgeous chunks of fruit and lovely green tea leaves would produce an amazing treat for my taste buds. And it did just that!

The green tea gives a lovely buttery base that the orange and papaya flavors compliment nicely.  Each flavor takes its time in the spotlight and there isn’t one flavor that overwhelms. Simple yet lovely.  Lush Orange notes mingling with the tropical hints from the mango and papaya.  A really nice refreshing take on a citrus tropical iced tea for the summer or really for anytime!

Well done Tea Shirt!