Ceylon Emerald is one of those tea names that just sounds so regal and yet exotic at the same time. This tea was perfectly named and one of my favourites from the Teakruthi collection. It’s sweet, refreshing and exactly what I need to wash down an Indian takeaway (but maybe that’s just me).
Armed with a good tea infuser and a 10g sample of this Teakruthi Ceylon Emerald blend, I sat down to review this tea thoroughly over the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Teakruthi Ceylon Emerald at a Glance
- Blend: Ceylon Green Tea from the Radella Estate combined with dried fruit pieces
- Flavour: Smooth green tea with exotic fruity sweetness
A very light, pleasant green tea that’s great if you’ve got a sweet tooth for tropical fruits. It works well as a palate cleanser after large meals but unfortunately doesn’t do too well when re-steeped.
Full Review – Teakruthi Green Tea with Exotic Fruit
- Type: Loose leaf
- Tea: Pure Ceylon Green Tea (GPSP)
- Additives: Pineapple, strawberry, mango, peach
- Flavour Notes: Smooth, green tea, fruity sweetness, tropical mango, lush, juicy
- Aroma: Strawberry laces, mango syrup, tropical punch squash, jelly
- Milk or Lemon: Neither
- Where to Buy: Teakruthi Official Website (international shipping)
Opening the packet is like an Herbal Essences TV advert. Lush tropical fruit aromas burst out into song and suddenly I’m halfway around the world washing my hair under a waterfall.
Back down to Earth for a moment. The aroma is quite strong and concentrated, reminding me of strawberry laces, mango syrup, and tropical punch squash. There’s no hint of green tea. But it’s still early.
It brews into a very light butter-yellow colour that’s incredibly inviting, smooth and clear. The aroma has blended the fruity notes more and reminds me of fruit jelly at the bottom of a trifle. Very yum. Not very real.
My first sip is delicate. Smooth green tea forms a gentle body with a rush of fruity sweetness swooping in afterwards. It’s very tropical, lush and juicy. I do wish there was more green tea present in this blend. The fruits tend to dominate it and I think a little green tea bitterness would go a long way.
How to Brew Teakruthi Ceylon Emerald
Instructions from Teakruthi are 1tsp (2.3g) per 180ml of water, brewed at 85°C to 90°C for 3 to 4 minutes.
180ml is a little odd. Most of my teacups fall in the 200ml to 250ml range, with mugs ranging from 300ml to 600ml.
I settled on 3.5g for a 200ml teacup as this tea is quite weak. I also cherry-picked the fruit pieces to make sure I got a little of everything in my scoop, and brew at the higher 90°C temperature for 4 minutes.
As mentioned, I drank this tea with a hearty, family-favourite curry from the beloved Indian takeaway. It cut through the spices and lifted the meal. The second and third steeps of the same tea leaves were disappointing. All the flavour is in the first cup!
No milk, lemon, sugar or any sweetener is needed.
Why Teakruthi Ceylon Tea?
Teakruthi is a growing brand offering a selection of teas from Ceylon. I like that they source the tea fresh and blend it to match orders. It doesn’t sit around in warehouses for ages and it also prevents excess waste.
And of course, the tea quality is excellent. You can see from my picture that all tea leaves and fruit pieces are in perfect condition. There’s no tea dust or fragments in the bag indicating rough handling, low-quality tea or just added flavouring.
It’s all-natural and all-delicious. There’s international shipping available and I still haven’t gotten over how low the fresh hold is for free shipping.
They aren’t perfect, however. I would like the packaging to be a bit more exciting. I’m not a fan of the plain black resealable packs.
Yes, I’d recommend Teakruthi Ceylon Emerald tea. It’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s easy to drink. Start with a sample pouch in case you don’t like it, then go all-in. You can order up to 220g at a time!
I love the tropical vibes of this tea but sometimes I want something that works well in the cool seasons too. So, I recommend checking out my Eloments Summer Orange tea review, which combines orange and green tea with lemongrass and fennel. It’s a refreshing and fruity tea.