I am both leery about grapefruit tisanes, and enthusiastic to try them all. I love grapefruit but it’s easy to do it wrong, and just have it end up tasting like a cup of sour water. So I tried this with both a bit of excitement and trepidation.
The dry leaf is chunky and smells of grapefruit and oranges. It has that really intense, distinctive grapefruit smell that’s a bit bitter, a bit sweet and a lot tart. So far so good.
I used a heaping teaspoon for 8oz of boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes. It came out a little weak, so back it went to steep for a few more. I didn’t time it the second time around, but it probably got about 8 min of steeping total.
With a nice long steep, this doesn’t disappoint. I think it’s got a bit more sweetness and a wee bit less back of the mouth kick than Tea Story’s Pink Grapefruit (which is one of my all time favourite tisanes), and this one has orange notes on the nose which are different, but they are very similar and this measures up very well.
I suspect this would be awesome iced. It’s very fresh and juicy, and as it cools the grapefruit gets a bit more intense, with that slight tongue numbing/tingling that comes from fresh grapefruit.
Thank you to Tiffany at Secret Garden for the sample!
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange, Sweet, Tangy, Tart