As an avid tea drinker I like to enjoy my tea hot. I have personally struggled with the fact it can be drunk as a cold drink. Don’t get me wrong I have tried iced tea on a couple of occasions whilst on holiday in America. I found it bland and quiet frankly unpalatable. Since taking the plunge into the world of blogging I have tried to extend my tea palate as I like to call it. Not only with hot tea but also iced teas. So when I was lucky to be approached by Tg Green Tea to try their green tea pyramids and iced teas how could I say no.
Firstly, the tea pyramids. I received two packets, one original tea and one green tea with jujube & osmanthus. I was immediately drawn to the tea pyramids packaging. I loved the bold black background with the Tg logo and cascading tea leaves. What I liked about the packaging of the tea was the easy to reseal foil packaging allowing the tea to stay fresh and maintain its flavour. The tea has no added flavourings. For the green tea, this is the only ingredient and for the jujube & osmanthus its green tea 70%, jujube fruit 25% and osmanthus flower 5%. This was a huge positive as several teas I have tried just state flavouring on the ingredients but never list what it actually is.
On opening the green tea I was hit by a subtle bitter earthy aroma coming from the tea pyramids. I followed the instructions on the back of the packet on how to make the perfect cup of tea and let the tea infuse for three minutes. What I noticed was again the same subtle aroma that I did on opening the packet but slightly weaker. On sipping the tea I got a slightly bitter grassy taste from the tea, Despite how this sounds it was very nice and highly refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised and preferred this to many black teas that I have tried. Onto the jujube & osmanthus tea. On opening the tea I was immediately greeted by a sweet aroma which I can only describe as a cross between plums and dates. Again I followed I followed the brewing instructions. To be fair the aroma of the tea was pretty much the same with a fruity undertone noted. On sipping the tea I initially got the slight hint of grassy bitterness followed by hint of fruitiness which I would describe as plummy. Again a nice refreshing tea.
Onto the iced teas. I liked the design of these with the simple swirls to the front in different colours for each tea. It is clearly labelled as green tea with the flavour of the tea at the bottom of bottle. They also clearly labelled as a low calorie drink at 30 calories per drink. The drinks are also clearly labelled as containing no preservatives or colours. Each of the drinks main ingredient is water with a green tea fusion being 4% with the relevant natural ingredients added for each flavour tea.
I am not sure why but I was immediately drawn to the ginseng flavoured tea first. On opening the bottle the I got a subtle earthy aroma. Not being familiar with ginseng it was the only On sipping the tea I got the taste of the green tea with a slightly smokey undertone. I found this tea to be refreshing yet comforting at the same time.
The next tea I tried was the jujube and ginseng tea. The tea itself contained 0.4% jujube and 0.2% gingsing extract. On opening this tea it had a sweet subtle plummy aroma like the tea bags. On sipping this tea I could predominately taste the jujube. The sweetness from the jujube and the slight bitter warmth from the ginseng worked well together.
Finally onto the mandarin tea. If am honest I left this one to last only because I am not a fan of oranges. It contains 0.8% mandarin and 0.2% gingsing flavouring. On opening the bottle there was a subtle aroma of mandarin noted. This to me seemed stronger than the jujube aroma. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the mandarin this was slightly sweet yet tart at the same time. I could also taste the gingsing in the background but this was overpowered by the mandarin. This was my favourite of the iced teas, which surprised me.
So would I recommend Tg green tea definitely. My favourite was the green tea pyramids it was one of the nicest teas that I have tried. As for the iced tea I found all three cold tea drinks to be refreshing and a great alternative drink to have as a treat instead of my usual water. They have definitely changed my mind about the concept of cold tea and I will be getting some more for the warmer summer months to enjoy.
Disclaimer: Tg Green Tea sent me samples of their tea to try. All of the opinions included in this post are my own and are not influenced by this.