Sencha Pina Colada from Souvia Tea. . .

I pulled this Sencha Pina Colada tea out of a traveling teabox and the sample had just enough to try a cold brew and a hot tea. The cold brew sat overnight in the fridge while the hot tea was steeped for two minutes in 175F water.

The hot tea looks quite murky so I was surprised when the taste was rather crisp. The base is only slightly vegetal on the tail-end of the sip but in this case I think it compliments the overall tropical vibe, balancing the other ingredients. The coconut makes this smooth, though not lotiony, which is nice, and the pineapple makes for a touch of bright, juicy flavor.

The cold brew is less murky but has a bit more flavor from the base. It is less vegetal and more of an underlying bitterness. On top of that though is a nutty/coconut flavor that is silky. Pineapple is less distinctive here than in the hot tea but it does contribute fruitiness that I am liking.

Both cups are quite good and definitely tropical. I don’t know if these are truly accurate representations of pina coladas per se but the coconut and pineapple make for a vacation in a cup.


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy: Souvia Tea
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Green Rainbow from Love Some Tea. . . . .

 

Being summer time in the Midwest, cold brew tea is where it’s at.  I love drinking cold brew all day at work.  All I do is take my favorite water bottle, set it up the night before with a few scoops of tea, allow the tea to brew and viola, the next morning I have wonderful fresh cold brew tea to enjoy during the day.  The other day, I thought I’d try this dandy from Love Some Tea as my daily cold brew.

Green Rainbow is a flavored passion fruit green tea that gives so much loving.  When you first open the bag, you are greeted with a gorgeous fruity aroma that demands attention and cries to be cold brewed with loving care.

Cold brewed, this tea is the perfect answer to a hot summer day.  With a green tea base that is light, refreshing, but full of flavor mingled gracefully with the passion fruit flavor, each sip becomes more satisfying than the last.

What really kept me drinking this tea all afternoon was the tangy almost sherbet like flavors this tea yielded.  I was able to keep drinking this tea all day by just continuously adding water and ice to my water bottle.

For my first experience with Love Some Tea, I’m quite pleased with how this tea turned out as a cold brew.  Not sure how I would like this tropical sherbet like tea hot brewed, but it doesn’t matter.  This is one tea that may just become a staple in my tea stash during the summertime to enjoy on days when I need a cold brewed treat.


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Love Some Tea
Description

Our wild picked Green Tea filled with Heavy notes of passionfruit, one of our most aromatic teas.

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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.


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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

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Green Treasures from Gypsy Soul Tea

With having such a stressful work week, I grabbed this tea hoping it would be comforting and soothing.

First thing I noticed was the amazing dry scent the leaves had. Tropical with a hint of strawberry.

Brewed up and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes, this tea yielded a gorgeous brew that was a lovely golden color. I allowed the tea to cool for a few minutes and sat back, holding the cup, enjoying the moment.

My first sip yielded a faintly flavored green tea that left me wanting another sip.  There was also a mouth drying factor as well. What was really nice about this tea blend is the mix of green teas are the star, not the additional flavorings.  The additional inclusions and flavorings are a nice side note that subtly give a sweet factor that heightens the somewhat vegetal notes that the green tea yields. This is an extremely interesting tea that is subtle and typically not one that would grab my attention but I can’t stop drinking the cuppa.

Overall, I think this tea would be a wonderful tea for someone that is looking for that subtle hint of flavor but really looking for a solid green tea. With this tea having a mix of different green teas, a solid green tea flavor is definitely what you get. I could just imagine that this tea would be dynamite as a shaken iced tea with a spring of mint or fruit slice.

So far I’ve had a few Gypsy Soul Tea offerings and they have all been pretty good. This one may be my least favorite so far but I’m liking the sound of this tea as a shaken iced tea. Maybe I just need to experiment a bit more!


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Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Gypsy Soul Tea

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5 types of green tea with a fruity strawberry twist
Green tea is an excellent source of catechins, another type of antioxidant. A subgroup of this compound known as EGCG has been studied for its potential role in preventing cancer and heart disease. One study showed that drinking one cup of green tea per day could decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent.

Ingredients, sencha, gun powder, chun mee, pai mu tan, pi lo chun, pineapple, strawberry, sunflowers, natural flavours 40grams

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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.

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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!