Review: Culinary Teas Long Island Strawberry Sencha

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Thumbs up!" The aroma was strangely tropical, sweet, and enticing. I guessed that the papaya had something to do with the "islander" aspect of this Long Island-monikered tea's scent."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7/10
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culinaryteasstrawberrysomethingnotherWhen I think of Long Island, I don't think of strawberries. I'm reminded - stereotypically, I'll admit - of a certain special "iced tea" that knocks the imbiber on their hindquarters. But according to the rather extensive bio on the Culinary Teas site, Long Island has a history of farming strawberries; famously even. Perhaps I'm a bit nativist, but I wonder how they'd compare to strawberries grown in the Northwest. So far, none have surpassed them. Someday, I should compare, but that's for another day/writing.

Freeze-dried strawberries, papayas, Chinese-grown sencha-style green tea were used for this blend, along with "natural flavors" to bring about the coveted strawberry strength. By whiff alone, I knew subtlety wasn't a strong point for this blend. Chinese sencha, by itself, imparts berry-ish notes if brewed lightly, and one would think the strawberry-papaya sucker-punch would be enough. I've steeped freeze-dried strawberries, they pack a wallop if paired right. No matter, this stuff had potential.

Culinary Teas recommended a max infusion time/temp of 180F water for a three-minute steep. That didn't sound right. I kept the three-minute steep - due to the berry blending - but only infused at 165F, 1 teaspoon-worth.

The liquor infused to a pale green, par for non-Japanese sencha. The aroma was strangely tropical, sweet, and enticing. I guessed that the papaya had something to do with the "islander" aspect of this Long Island-monikered tea's scent. Taste-wise, it was a bit understated. Like with a lot of flavored teas, the scent is stronger than the taste. Something is lost on splashdown. That was definitely the case here. It had its berry taste but muted. The green tea grassiness - on a positive note - was also on the light side.

It's good enough for the summer months. I'll bet it'd even ice well. Yet it was lacking on the strawberry front. That said, at least it rounds out well as a bold, fruity green tea blend. Long Island attitude or no.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Long Island Strawberry Sencha, 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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