June 30, 2011

Review: Celestial Seasonings Sweet Tropical Breeze White Iced Tea K-Cups

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Summer is quickly approaching, so we decided to start reviewing some Brew-Over-Ice K-Cups we didn’t get a chance to check out last time around. Today, we’re reviewing one of last year’s new flavors: Celestial Seasonings Sweet Tropical Breeze White Iced Tea K-Cups. We love the subtle nuances & light flavor of white tea, so we were really interested to see how well this paired with tropical flavors in an iced tea format.

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in rich tropical scents of passion fruit & papaya along with faint hints of pineapple & mango lurking in the background which had us dreaming of a nice tropical beach (somewhere we wish we could have been a few months ago).

Flavor was much on-par with the aroma as we immediately noticed sweet bursts of passion fruit & papaya. We didn’t taste much mango but there was a faint note of pineapple in the finish. Overall, one of the best iced tea K-Cups we’ve had to date. We were floored at how well the balance of flavors mixed with the sweetness of the Rebiana (Stevia). It allowed for full flavor without making things overbearingly sweet. Nicely done.

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Acidity was mostly comprised of the tea’s natural tannins and while it wasn’t overly strong, it did provide enough of a bite in the aftertaste to keep things lively. Body was a nice lively peach/tangerine color which ironically, matched the lid of the iced tea/coffee tumbler we decided to use. Since one of the predominant flavors was papaya, the color was a perfect match. Mouth feel was surprisingly well balanced despite having dumped more than half an ice tray in the cup beforehand. It was smooth and not too watered down.

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  • Aroma – 10 – Wonderful bursts of papaya & passion fruit quickly fill the cup along with faint hints of pineapple & mango in the background. Couldn’t get any more tropical than that!
  • Acidity – 8 – The natural tannins from the tea aren’t strong, but they did provide enough of a bite to keep things lively. Really well balanced overall.
  • Body – 10 – Bright shades of peach-tangerine are present throughout. Since the main flavor is papaya, it’s a perfect match.
  • Flavor – 10 – One of the best iced tea K-Cups we’ve had yet. Strong flavors of passion fruit & papaya blend with faint notes of pineapple on the finish. Deliciously refreshing & on-par with the aroma.
  • Mouth Feel – 8 – Despite dumping almost an entire ice tray in the cup, mouth feel was surprisingly smooth and didn’t seem too watered down.
  • Coffee Drinker – While obviously not a coffee (duh!), we feel this K-Cup is well suited for regular iced tea drinkers and those who enjoy most of Snapple’s bottled iced tea flavors (that’s the closest thing we can compare it to)

Overall Rating: 96 - Excellent

When stacked up against some of the older Celestial Seasonings iced tea K-Cups, we’d have to say we really like the changes introduced with these new flavors. Gone are the bitter sour notes & overly strong acidity of the tea tannins only to be replaced by stronger flavors and more balanced used of natural sweeteners. This is how things should have been the first time around and we feel that Celestial Seasonings learned to tone down the tea flavor to a point where it didn’t interfere with the main namesake flavorings anymore.

As we noted earlier, out of the batch of iced tea K-Cups we’ve tried within the past year, this is (so far) our favorite. We’ve yet to try the Sweet Berry Lime Green Iced Tea K-Cups, but if they’re anything like these, we can’t wait to get our hands on some. This K-Cup is well suited for iced tea fans and if you like some of Snapple’s bottled iced tea flavors, you’re going to enjoy this.

Celestial Seasonings Sweet Tropical Breeze White Iced Tea K-Cups will work in all Keurig models and are available in 22-pack boxes for $16.45 USD at Brew Over Ice K-Cups.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note Green Mountain provided samples of these K-Cups to review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 30, 2011 7:43 AM

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