Thursday, June 23, 2011

Zhi Tea Tropical Green

This tea is organic and fair trade certified. The ingredients of this blend include sencha green tea, pineapple pieces, papaya pieces, rose petals, calendula, safflowers, and natural pineapple and passionfruit flavors. The dry tea smelled absolutely delicious. The tea leaves were dark green and needle shaped in appearance. The fruit pieces and flower petals added a nice punch of color. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 185 degree water for three minutes.

This tea had a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and gentle greenness. The pineapple and papaya were the dominant flavors but the sencha was still able to shine through. The flowers provided a sweet background for all of the other ingredients. There was no astringency, even when made with hotter temperature water than recommended. It was just as tasty, if not even more so, as an iced tea. I would definitely recommend this tea.