This is a blend that I held off on for quite some time – in fact, I hadn’t planned on buying it at all. The thought of another tropical-esque green tea just didn’t appeal to me. Finally, after hearing so much praise about this blend, I decided I had to try it. I’m really glad that I did.
This is a FANTASTIC blend and certainly not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill tropical green tea.
But I’m getting a little ahead of myself, because first I want to address the aroma of this tea. It smells absolutely incredible – like I’d expect a tropical paradise to smell. Sweet notes of fruit, together with a fresh, light fragrance of green tea – it’s absolutely irresistible!
The green tea base that 52Teas uses for most (if not all) of their flavored green teas is a Chinese Sencha base. I really like this base, because it is buttery and rich. Very smooth, with mere hints of a vegetative taste to it. It isn’t grassy; it isn’t bitter. There is a very soft astringency to it – so soft, that unless you’re really focusing on the sip, you’ll miss it!
The tropical flavor of papaya is sweet and tastes a bit like a melon. But then, that is how papaya ususally tastes to me: like a sweet, ripe melon. The tart flavor of the black currant offers a nice contrast to the sweet papaya taste, making an interesting balance between sweet and tart – with the scales tipping just slightly in favor of the sweet… which is just fine with me! I like the way the black currant leaves a sort of berry flavor on the palate in the finish.
52Teas describes this tea as
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got a serious case of the winter blues. I’m ready for springtime and iced tea. So I decided maybe I could fool myself with a nice tropical blend for our tea of the week.
Sweet papaya with tart black currant and our amazing naturally buttery-sweet Chinese sencha. Give me a big glass of this with lots of ice and let me pretend it’s springtime already.
This blend has REAL dried black currants and freeze-dried papaya pieces!
See? As you can tell by reading the above description, this blend was created in the middle of winter (January 2010, to be exact), but I only just recently acquired it. That’s how long it took for me to finally break down and buy it! I missed out on this yummy blend for a long time, but I’m really glad that I’m no longer missing out, because this blend is outstanding. It makes a deliciously refreshing iced tea, and is quite good as a hot tea too. If you decide to break down and buy some (and I strongly suggest you do!), prepare yourself for a serious YUM experience!