Review: Tiesta Tea Fruity Pebbles

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Its OK"The first steep smells very tropical as it brews. I was pleased when I tasted it. It was not as "fruity" as the dry tea smelled, and though it was heavily flavored, it did not cover up the green tea. "
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This was my first visit to the Tiesta Tea website. It has a very"pop" look and has a unique design to reach younger generations (my own interpretation). They use a system of "Karma" and have a "Flavor Finder" based on the karma. I find this a bit difficult to navigate as I prefer to search teas by their type and didn't understand the "karma" descriptions. However, once I scrolled down, I found I could search teas based on the type as well.

Here is Tiesta's description of Fruity Pebbles:
The 2008 World Tea Champion is a smooth and sweet blend of flowery fruit and sencha with a fantastic base that no one can resist. The synchronization of pineapple, passion fruit, and strawberry form a perfect fruity triangle.

Ingredients: ( Green tea) China Sencha, Lung Ching, Pai Mu Tan, papaya bits, pineapple bits, rose petals, strawberry bits

I would not have chosen Fruity Pebbles based on it's name, as I equate this with a fake flavored, highly sugared cereal. However, when I read the ingredients, I knew I had to give it a try. I loved the blend of green teas they chose, and I enjoy papaya, pineapple and rose in my tea. Tropical fruits plus rose plus strawberry may sound a bit unusual, but I hoped it would be a nice blend.

When I opened the tea, I was pleased with the look of the green tea. I didn't see many rose petals, but I did see berries, and small squares of dried fruit (presumably the pineapple and papaya). It smelled extremely strong of fruit - the strawberry essence being the strongest smell.

I looked for instructions for brewing, as I always do. They have a page of general instructions for each type of tea - black, green, white etc. Unfortunately, they are very general, so I had to do a little experimenting to find a good steep time for this tea.

I found that the high end of 3 min was perfect for the first steep, and 4 min worked well for a second steep.

The first steep smells very tropical as it brews. I was pleased when I tasted it. It was not as "fruity" as the dry tea smelled, and though it was heavily flavored, it did not cover up the green tea. The tea was smooth and naturally sweet - which helped to round out the fruit flavors. I tasted a general tropical flavor - followed by berry as I swallowed. I didn't smell or taste the rose.

The second steep was just as good, but much less fruity flavored. The tea remained smooth and sweet, but the fruit flavors were all background flavor, rather than forefront flavor as in the first cup.

I think this tea is going to make a very nice iced tea and look forward to drinking it this way too, once the weather warms up a bit. I'm glad to see a website working on good tea blends, reaching out to younger generations. It's not the type of tea website I, personally, would look for, but I suspect it reaches many younger people and introduces them to the wonderful world of tea.

— To purchase Tiesta Tea Fruity Pebbles, 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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