Spiced Cucumber Melon Green Tea from 52Teas. . . .

Usually I am right on top of 52 Teas’ offerings as they make some of the best and most unique flavored blends out there. However, with a new flavor each week, sometimes some slip by before I get a chance to find them. This is one of those teas but luckily for me a tea friend was kind enough to share.

I had enough to brew it up both hot and cold, both steeping for 2 minutes in 175 F water.

I started with the hot tea which is a nice smooth drink. Nothing jumps out at me but that makes sense given both cucumber and melon are softer flavors. I was surprised it’s not more distinctively “spiced” but between the spices and the fuller flavor of the green tea base, this is more robust than a plain cucumber melon tea would be. Those fresh and cooling flavors I usually identify with summer but this tea would work year round because it is a full flavor that would be nice in the colder weather but is still gentle and refreshing enough to not be overwhelming in the summer heat.

As an iced tea, the melon comes out more. The flavors are a bit more conflicted when iced as the sweet cucumber melon stands separately from the more roasty base. The spice definitely kicks in at the tailend of the sip, lingering above the green tea while a bubble-gum like melon starts things off. It is not bad perse but the contrast between the two makes for a startling flavor change midsip that you do not get with the hot tea.

Though this is a nice tea overall, I definitely preferred the more harmoniously blended hot tea. It is one I think I would explore more should it be reblended in the future as it is not currently available on the 52 Teas website as of now.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

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Cucumber Melon from Culinary Teas. . . . . .

Today is my birthday so I’m taking over SororiTea Sisters with reviews today of some teas I’ve recently enjoyed and experienced.

First one up is Cucumber Melon from Culinary Teas.  This one had me at cucumber but the added touch of melon and the fact this tea has a green tea base. . .I’m all in!

Brewed up with water right around 190F and allowed to steep for 3 minutes, this tea blend had this wonderfully summery aroma that I couldn’t wait to dive in.  The dry leaf really displayed the name of the tea.  You could smell, cucumber . . .you could smell melon. . .and the green tea base had this vegetal aroma that made my tea drinking heart happy.

Once I took my first sip, I didn’t stop.  As simple as this tea is, the flavors are on point. Fresh crisp cucumbers, lush melon notes that do not come across as artificial all on a bed of this vegetal green base that compliments all the flavors wonderfully. I can’t get enough.  Even sitting here with my tea cup across the room, I can still smell this wonderful brew and I’m not going to lie, my mouth is starting to water.

With this combination of flavors, this tea does scream to be cold brewed. Can’t wait for that session tomorrow.

Sometimes the simplest of blends really are the best.  This one would be perfect to welcome in the spring or even enjoy on a dreary day when you are wanting some sunshine.  That may be what I rename this tea-Sunshine in a Cuppa!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Culinary Tea
Description
Smooth, sweet fresh watermelon notes fill the cup. Light cucumber finish. Very nice tea, not heavy.
Luxury Ingredients: Green tea, Cucumber slices, Natural flavors.

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