|"The flavor is strong and fruity, but the citrus and hibiscus makes this a bolder sharper flavor than most tropical teas I've had."|
I am a huge fan of tropical fruit flavored teas. They are one of my favorite afternoon treats. When I was offered a sample of Zest Tea Blue Lady Black Tea and saw that the main flavor is passion fruit, I knew I had to try it.
I was able to sample 2 teabags. They are very nice pyramid silk bags, and the tea is dark, sprinkled with blue cornflowers. The picture on the website is very precise and a good example of the product I received.
Zest Tea was started as a personal endeavor by Rickey and James. They wanted to create energizing (highly caffeinated) tea blends instead of drinking coffee. Of course this spread quickly amongst their friends and soon turned into the business they have today. You can find a variety of energy infused tea blends on their website.
Blue Lady Black Tea begins with a beautiful dark black Indian Tea. It is flavored with passion fruit a variety of citrus peels, and hibiscus.
The first cup of tea I made was OK, but I left the teabag in 6 (or more) minutes and this was too long. The tea was quite bitter. Being a strong black tea (which I enjoy) it took sugar and even milk pretty well and this toned down the bitterness. But I was more careful with the second cup. I brewed it in a smaller cup and for only 4.5 minutes. This was perfect!
The flavor of passion fruit is one of my favorites. You can smell and taste it immediately. The citrus is a little more in the background and blends really well with the passion fruit. I am not a big fan of hibiscus. I find it just brings a sour note to tea and I tend to avoid hibiscus based teas. But it actually blends pretty well with the passion fruit as well. The flavor is strong and fruity, but the citrus and hibiscus makes this a bolder sharper flavor than most tropical teas I’ve had.
I enjoyed this tea quite a lot. Even though I didn’t brew the first cup quite right, the next afternoon, I was craving another cup of this tea. Is it the infusion of caffeine already drawing me? Well, probably not, though it was a nice pick me up!
It’s a really unique tea that I think everyone who enjoys tropical flavors should try. If I was blending it for myself, I would probably leave out the hibiscus because it I like my black tea with milk and the sour note of hibiscus doesn’t quite couple with milk well. But overall, I enjoyed this tea quite a lot!
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