Review: White August Passionate Ice Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The flavor of this tea is well-balanced. I can still taste the black tea base underneath the fruity and floral flavors, which are present but not over-powering."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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Passionate Ice is a black tea blend offered by White August that is specifically designed for iced tea. The tea is described as a mix of passion fruit and mixed berries with black tea, although I also see what I think are blue cornflowers and other flower petals in the mix. My first impression of the tea, based on its aroma, was that I didn't really detect much passion fruit flavor, but instead strong berry and floral notes (note that I have three very productive passion fruit vines growing in my yard, so I am well acquainted with the flavor of this fruit). Anyway, I proceeded with my standard black iced tea preparations by steeping twice the normal amount of leaves in boiling water for three minutes then pouring the brew over a generous amount of ice to double the volume of liquid. I let the tea cool in my fridge for a bit then poured myself a glass over some fresh ice. The tea is a mostly opaque reddish-brown color with an inviting tangy aroma. Again, I am picking up more berry notes than passion fruit, but it's not a total stretch to say that the tangy passion fruit aroma is there too. The flavor of this tea is well-balanced. I can still taste the black tea base underneath the fruity and floral flavors, which are present but not over-powering. The tea does serve to be rather refreshing. I chose to make this tea on a morning when I woke up very thirsty, and while I certainly enjoyed the flavor and found the tea refreshing, I am not sure it actually quenched my thirst because it is a fairly robust brew and has a pretty substantial mouth-feel (but to be fair, most teas are not likely to be considered thirst-quenching). As with the scent, the berry flavors are more prominent than the passion fruit, but both types fo fruit combine to offer a tangy (yet not too tangy) flavor. I suppose sugar could be added to this tea to match the tanginess, but I preferred this one straight up. In all, this is a very decent iced tea offering. I would certainly drink it again, and would recommend this to anyone that loves berry-flavored teas.

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