I keep hoping for summer to really kick in, but in my neck of the woods we have been subjected to near-endless rain. Apologies to those in drought-afflicted areas–the grass is quite literally greener over here, I know.
In lieu of any true sense of summer I have decided to make my own. I purchased a couple new teas to try iced as something a bit different for this week. If iced tea isn’t your jam that’s okay too; these can both be enjoyed hot though that island feel is somewhat lost.
I would also like to note that after last week’s foray back into the world of bagged tea, I am on a quest. You’ll see some significant variation between loose leaf and bags or sachets for a good long while as I attempt to find the holy grail of bagged tea–that tea which captures (almost) all of the beauty and complexity that is loose leaf tea.
Once more unto the breach…
Flavor: Mojito Mint – zhena’s gypsy tea
Blended with: fair trade green tea, lemon grass, spearmint, peppermint, lemon myrtle, stevia, natural rum flavor
Steep: at 160° for 2-3 minutes
Caffeine level: low
Zhena’s has a whole line of teas inspired by tropical cocktails. I am a big fan of anything with citrus or mint, so this tropical green tea inspired by the freshness of the mojito was the most attractive to me.
It brewed up a lovely light golden color that definitely looked reminiscent of a summer-adjacent adult beverage. While the mix of spearmint and peppermint was refreshing, I feel the combination almost overpowered any other flavors this tea might have had. I got the barest hint of lemon grass every few sips–though, I wish it had been more prevalent. The stevia already contained in the blend provided enough sweetness that I did not have to add any additional sweetener while drinking.
This was pleasant, but definitely not what I was expecting from the initial flavor punch I received when opening the tin. I did double the amount of tea bags as the instructions suggested for enjoying iced, but may experiment with using even more for future brewing.
Flavor: Thai Iced Tea – Wang Derm
Blended with: Thai black tea, vanilla
Steep: at 185° for 2-3 minutes
Caffeine level: high
I wanted to get two shots of this tea to show the difference in coloring from the brilliant orange during brewing to the final preparation after I poured it over ice and mixed with coconut milk. Such a beautiful color–though there is dye added to this tea so, much like my hair color we can’t exactly refer to it as natural.
This actually ended up being just as fantastic as I hoped it would be. I read several reviews online before purchasing, which alleged that the vanilla tasted artificial and ruined the whole cup. I did not find this to be the case, and I brewed at double strength, as I prefer my tea that way.
Overall a very smooth and traditional black tea, made creamy by both the vanilla and the addition of the coconut milk. Wang Derm’s Thai Iced Tea definitely fulfilled my desire for a beverage that brought me closer to the reality of summer.
Next week I’ll be spreading the Adagio love again with a gorgeous themed collection called Story Time. Make sure to check it out and as always, give me a shout in the comments if there’s anything you’d like me to review in future.