What do you get when you combine a large red fruit that is chock full of juicy seeds and has a reputation of being difficult to peel/eat, with green tea and a handful of wolfberries (or as they’re more commonly referred to, goji berries)? Not only do you get a green tea blend that tastes good, but is also good FOR you! Today in Toronto, it is bright and it’s sunny, which certainly calls for a huge pitcher of iced tea. I have a pretty good feeling that today’s tea of the day, Pomegranate Goji from Tealish would make an exceptional iced tea! Read on to find out what I thought about it!
Pomegranate Goji comes packaged in a resealable foil pouch that would be pretty plain looking, if it were not for the splash of lime green in the middle of the label. Apart from the pomegranate pieces/seeds, every component of Pomegranate Goji is identifiable almost immediately, especially the gorgeous cornflower blossoms, base of sencha green tea, and lemongrass. The goji berries nearly get lost amongst the other ingredients, but they’re still present also. The listed ingredients are: green tea, goji berries, lemongrass, pomegranate pieces, natural flavouring, and cornflower blossoms. The scent of the dry leaf rushes right out of the bag once open, and I love the overall fruitiness. Pomegranate with a whisper of citrus from the lemongrass.
Tealish suggests steeping Pomegranate Goji for 1-3 minutes in water just below boiling. Using the green tea preset on my variable kettle (175°F), I steeped Pomegranate Goji for 2 minutes.
After just over two minutes, Pomegranate Goji brews to a deeper liquor than typically synonymous with sencha tea. It is like a deep, but slightly cloudy amber colour, with a particularly fruity scent to boot. Upon sipping, I am able to identify the distinct flavour of the pomegranate - fairly tart paired with a natural sweetness. Compared to the other fruit flavours in this green tea blend, the pomegranate evidently is the top dog. Not even the base of sencha green tea is a match for it, which I find myself a bit disappointed by. The only real sign of the actual tea is in the slightly drying finish.
Tealish’s Pomegranate Goji tastes exactly like it’s described on the packaging: fruity, smooth, and fresh. I enjoyed the idea of blending such exotic, antioxidant rich superfoods together, but would have liked for the goji berry to make a stronger appearance than it did. It really didn’t stand much of a chance up against the pomegranate. With that being said, Pomegranate Goji is decent overall; a blend that I would recommend to those who are wary of green tea, but not necessarily a blend that particularly wow’d me.
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Stay tuned for a black tea from Mighty Leaf that combines stone fruit and caramel!
Until we steep again…