I received a free sample of SterlingTea Passion blend from a friend, and enjoyed drinking it iced, last summer. Having tried it as a hot tea since then, I can also recommend it brewed traditionally. The ingredients are: green tea, black tea, pineapple bits, papaya bits, flavoring, marigold blossoms, safflowers, cornflower blossoms. The black and green tea is visible in the un-brewed leaf, as are the fruity bits and flower petals. The tea is a light amber color when brewed, and does well brewed hot or as a cold-brew in the refrigerator, although the flavor is lighter with the cold brew method.
This tea has a lovely floral and tropical fruity aroma and flavor. The green tea is not a prominent flavor, but adds to the light floral aroma; the strongest flavors include the pineapple and papaya. There is also a nice “black tea” strength behind the tropical fruit and flowers, which taste and smell almost rose-like. I drink this tea, as I do most teas, without milk or sugar, but it can handle a little bit of sweetening. Passion blend is also refreshing as an iced tea sweetened with Splenda. I do not recommend adding milk to this blend, as the pineapple and papaya fruit bits would cause the dairy to curdle. A slice of lemon might be a tasty addition, however. This tea is a refreshingly tropical beverage to enjoy in the middle of summer, or winter!
Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.