Adagio Teas’ Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea

Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea by Adagio Teas
Herbal Infusion / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 6 pouches (2.1oz)

Adagio Teas has provided me with Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

It’s still summer, tea friends! So I’m happy to have a nice glass of iced tea right now; Adagio Teas was happy to send me Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea – an herbal tisane that came in portioned pouches for making up pitchers of iced teas. Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea comes in a sealed, resealable coloured bag with printed information across the front.

While the blend comes in pouches, I did rip one apart to take a look at it. It has a great fruity aroma that reminds me of a berry jam. Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea consists of: hibiscus, apple pieces, butterfly pea flower, rose hips, orange, papaya flavour, strawberries, blueberries, and natural blackberry flavour. It really is quite pretty to look at! Such bright colours – like a little happy rainbow in a cup.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends preparing Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea with 1 pouch per 1 quart of water, and to place in the fridge overnight. I followed the instructions to steep overnight in the fridge.

First Taste

Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea steeps to a brilliant purple-red colour. There’s a bright berry, fruity aroma to this tisane. The flavour is lightly fruity, and reminds me a bit of a thinned fruit punch – which given the nature of steeping the ingredients, isn’t unexpected. It’s quite refreshing, and it does a good job of quenching the thirst. Given that this blend does contain butterfly pea flower, you can add some lemon juice to change the colour.

I did top off the glass with some sparkling water, to add a bit of oomph – and it really hits the spot (so I would recommend adding some sparkling water a bit of refinement).

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea, and found the colouring to be quite thinned compared to the initial steep. The aroma and flavour is lacking in comparison to the initial steep. I would recommend Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea for just the one steep with the leaves.

My Overall Impression

I liked Adagio Teas’ Purple Papayaberry Iced Tea. I found it easy to steep, a beautiful colour, and has a good flavour. I do wish that the aroma, which was stronger than the flavour that I got from the drink itself. That said, it has a refreshing quality to it, and I think it’s a great iced tea option for those who want something light with a berry flavour to it.

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Lavender Matcha Lemonade

When life provides you with lemonades in the form of a sale at the grocery store, you buy them and then decide what to do with them! There’s just something bright and refreshing about the scent of lemons, or any citrus really, and while I greatly enjoy lemonade plainly, I have been known to couple it with tea in the past. That and the surplus of lavender buds that I have in my possession in the form of a lavender simple syrup, I decide to combine the two together… plus some matcha.

Lavender Matcha Lemonade – Serves 2

Lemonade
2 tablespoons Lavender Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups water

4 teaspoons matcha
½ cup water
Ice cubes
Lemon wedge for garnish
Lavender buds for garnish

Mix Lavender Simple Syrup, water, and lemon juice.
Sift matcha and prepare with water (use a whisk & bowl, shaker bottle, mason jar, etc.)
Add ice cubes to each glass.
Add half the lavender lemonade to each glass.
Add half the prepared matcha to each glass.
Garnish with lemon wedge and lavender buds, as desired.

Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe & Directions

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons lavender buds

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
Allow mixture to come to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow the simple syrup to cool.
Pour simple syrup into a jar or container, use a sieve to strain out lavender buds.

Store Lavender Simple Syrup in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Dessert by Deb’s Banana Breakfast Muffins

Banana Breakfast Muffins by Dessert by Deb
Type of tea / Straight/Flavoured
$16.00 for 75g

Banana Breakfast Muffins came as part of my bimonthly Subscription Box from Dessert by deb, and is a Tea Society Subscriber exclusive blend.

First Impressions

Banana Breakfast Muffins came to me in a sealed, resealable pouch as part of Subscription Box from Dessert by Deb. I should give a bit of a disclaimer to begin this review by saying that while I enjoy bananas as the fruit (fresh), I’m not a big fan of artificial banana flavouring or banana chips with that concentrated banana flavour or aroma. Banana Breakfast Muffins is part of the Sweet Winter Brunch Collection.

This green tea blend has a strong banana aroma with cinnamon lingering in the background – it reminds me a lot of a loaf of banana bread (just needs some chocolate chips). Banana Breakfast Muffins consists of: green tea, bananas, cinnamon, and calendula petals.

Preparation

Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Banana Breakfast Muffins in 200°F (93°C) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 4 minutes.

First Taste

Banana Breakfast Muffins steeps to a remarkably bright yellow colour – reminds me of liquid sunshine. It has a very strong banana aroma, and the cinnamon really tickles the nose when I go to take a sniff of the tea. On first sip, I primarily taste a blend of cinnamon and banana. The taste of the banana is prominent, and the cinnamon hangs out on the tongue. The green tea flavour is more in the background, and there’s a subtle umami note to it that makes this green tea blend almost savoury in nature.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Banana Breakfast Muffins once, but found that the flavour of banana and cinnamon doesn’t come through nearly as much as with the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Dessert by Deb’s Banana Breakfast Muffins was just okay. While the banana and cinnamon really shines through, and reminds me a lot of banana bread – I’m just not a fan of the banana flavouring in my cup of tea.  It does well to mimic the idea of banana bread, which is a favourite for a lot of people. I think for those who enjoy banana chips and banana bread, you’d enjoy this blend.

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