Art of Tea Tropical Mate 2QT Iced Tea Pouches

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: mottled mix of browns and greens with bright pink hibiscus visable
Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Green Rooibos, Organic Jasmine Green Tea, Organic Schizandra Berries, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Tulsi, Natural Flavors
Steep time: 10 hours
Water Temperature: room temperature
Preparation Method: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
Liquor: pinkish amber

Since it’s quite hot in New Jersey these days, I’ve been cold steeping all of my iced tea and this one lent itself perfectly. +Art of Tea ‘s biodegradable infuser pouches make it super easy and hassle free. This is what I refer to as a kitchen sink tea because the ingredient list seems to have everything in it but the kitchen sink. I wasn’t sure how much I would like it because hibiscus has ruined many blends for me. I just don’t like it’s tart, astringent flavor. Thankfully the resulting tea was fruity, sweet and incredibly refreshing. I wasn’t able to make out all of the individual components because they melded together perfectly. The hibiscus added a crisp finish but wasn’t a huge part of the flavor profile. No sweetener is necessary here but a touch of agave wouldn’t hurt. I’ll definitely be drinking a lot of this blend in the coming months.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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