Happy Tea Tuesday! Today’s review comes courtesy of a grocery store find from several months back. To this day, my knowledge of Rishi Tea is still very limited, which is why I made it a point to bring some of their tea home to try. I don’t know about you, but there’s always going to be something so exciting about discovering a new type of tea or tea brand while out and about. Organic Tropical Green from Rishi Tea combines tropical fruits with citrus and spices on top of a base of Chinese green tea, and I’ll be honest, I gravitated to this one, because of the turmeric… But overall, I’m interested to see how all the ingredients come together once brewed.
Rishi’s Organic Tropical Green comes packaged in a green cube shaped box that contains 15 tea sachets that are individually wrapped. For the purposes of this review, I cut open a couple of the mesh sachets to get a closer look at the dry leaf. The first thing I noticed upon examining the loose leaf is the amount of needle thin pieces of lemongrass. That, and the bright pops of colour from the turmeric root, contrasting against the darker green tea leaves. The listed ingredients are: (organic) mango, green tea, turmeric root, lemongrass, orange peel, ginger root, natural pineapple, macaroon, and passionfruit flavours. The aroma of the dry leaf has a strong earthiness from the turmeric, with some real tropical flair from the mango.
Rishi Tea suggests steeping their Organic Tropical Green for 3 minutes in water heated to 180°F. Using the green tea setting on my variable kettle (175°F), I steeped this green tea for a full three minutes.
Only two words could really describe the colour of liquor that has filled my cup after 3 minutes, and those words are: liquid sunshine. Such a bright, lemon-like yellow. The scent is predominantly turmeric, followed by the mango. The same culprits prior to steeping are being represented from start to finish. Frankly, upon tasting, I can’t taste very much of the green tea base. Not only does this tea go down super smooth, it is void of any bitterness. The overall flavour of Rishi’s Organic Tropical Green is reminiscent of other tea blends that I’ve had before, with a similar combination of ingredients. As much as it is fruity, it is also rounded out with a “spicy” kick of ginger.
Rishi’s Organic Tropical Green was an enjoyable cuppa in my opinion. Turmeric is a hit or miss flavour for most, but it is a flavour I personally quite enjoy, this tea blend included. For those who aren’t particularly fans of the grassy, vegetal taste synonymous with green tea, I would definitely recommend trying this tea. Although as a whole, I don’t know that I really get much “tropical” vibes while sipping. I did drink this tea hot, and found the turmeric, mango, and ginger to be the stand out components. I will have to try this one iced to see if it alters my current opinion in any way, but for now, it’s just okay.
What is your favourite tropical fruit? (Mine is pineapple!) Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for a flavoured matcha review in a couple days!
Until we steep again…