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tea desire green pineapple ginger

January 14, 2010

Another Tea Desire product. I live so close to their shop I can’t help myself. When I am off on Mondays and Tuesdays, there’s a good chance I am stopping in! I bought this one purely out of curiousity, and because it smells so delicious. This blend contains green tea, ginger, lemongrass, lemon peel, liquorice, peppermint, pepper, and pineapple bits.

The aroma of the dry leaf is intense. Lots of tropical fruit, candy, citrus… There’s a lot going on in this fragrance. And it is very strong. I don’t detect the green tea at all.

The tea brews a pale honey shade. The perfume of the steeped tea smells similarly intense, but more rounded out and balanced. The aroma consists of tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon. The scent of candied ginger wafts up… There is a very mild green tea flavor, but it definitely takes a back seat to the fruit and spice.

I am tasting a lot of apple and pear in this tea, neither is present in the blend, but it is very apparent to me in the flavor profile. The pineapple adds a nice tropical feel to this tea, and the ginger adds a spicy kick. The green tea is a subtle background flavor, clearly the fruity, spicy flavors are the focus of this blend. I would have preferred for the green tea to make more than just a cameo appearance, but that’s not what this tea is about. It’s a fruit blend with a little green tea. A little natural sweetness on the finish tops it all off.

This is a very easy-drinking tea. It is smooth and flavorful, and although not the most complex of teas, it is very pleasant. This would make an excellent iced tea with a little honey or agave syrup.

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