Review: The Necessiteas Cranberry Autumn Green

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Thumbs up!"The one thing I give The NecessiTeas credit for over anything else is the aroma of their blends. No superlatives necessary, they're wonderful."
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There was a bit of confusion when I looked for information regarding this blend on The NecessiTeas' website. The Cranberry Orange Vanilla listed was a rooibos blend with cranberries, orange pieces and vanilla flavoring. What I got as a review sample was a green tea blend with the same added ingredients. However, a green tea profile with those ingredients went by a different name - Cranberry Autumn. I decided to go with what the website called it; here are my thoughts on Cranberry Autumn. (And, wow, that sounds like the name of a 90s indie girl band.)

The one thing I give The NecessiTeas credit for over anything else is the aroma of their blends. No superlatives necessary, they're wonderful. I always feel like I'm whiffing a dessert topping with every tea I open. And it stays in line with their mission statement that all their teas are meant to be guilt free alternatives to sweet tooth sating. And, boy, do I have a sweet tooth. The aroma for this was predominately cranberry and vanilla with a citrus finish, sort of reminding me of a chocolate orange wedge dunked in Ocean Spray concentrate.

The green tea base looked as I would expect Chinese sencha to look, and I found pieces of dried orange and cranberry very visible in the fray. While it wasn't as overpowering in its desserty bang, I still had a feeling I would enjoy it. Brewing instructions on the bag echoed what I thought was appropriate for a default green tea as well; 1 tsp per 8oz, steeped for three minutes. However, they recommended the use of boiling water. I split the difference and went with 180F. It was still a green tea after all.

The liquor infused to a pale green with a mixed grassy/vanilla nose. Creaminess could be detected on the forefront, but the fruit elements held back on the aroma. I hoped that wasn't the case with taste. Thankfully, those hopes weren't dashed. It was alarmingly crisp on the forefront with a natural fruit lean from the green tea base. In the middle, a lot of the citrus elements came up to bat. The cranberry namesake only made itself faintly known at the start and toward the finish. I was okay with that, but as a result - given the name confusion - I would suggest "Citrus Berry Autumn" as a title. Sounds tropical like this blend.

— To purchase The Necessiteas Cranberry Autumn Green, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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