Black Currant Papaya from 52Teas

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 {en: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!

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