Summertime, and the living is easy… when you have an iced tea. I’m sipping Whittard Tropical Punch green tea today, cold brewed in the fridge the night before. When the weather is this stifling, you need a good iced tea to make it even slightly bearable.
This tea, iced, and an icecream, double scoop, is all you need on a summer’s day.
In my full review of Whittard Tropical Punch tea, find out what this tea tastes like, how to brew it hot and cold, and where it’s available to buy as part of Whittard’s summer collection. It comes in super cute mini tea tins!
Whittard Tropical Punch at a Glance
- Blend: Green tea with fruit and flavourings
- Flavour: Mango tropical sweetness and smooth green tea with honey
This is a really pleasant tea. Mango dominates the aroma but the flavour is nicely balanced with a tropical fruit note, smooth green tea, and a honeyed sweetness.
Full Review – Tropical Punch Summer Iced Tea
- Type: Loose leaf
- Tea: Green tea and matcha
- Additives: Apple, beetroot, roasted chicory root, mango pieces, sunflower petals, flavouring
- Flavour Notes: Light green tea, honey, soft tropical fruits
- Aroma: Mango, pineapple, peach, grass
- Milk or Lemon: Honey, if desired
- Where to Buy: Whittard Official Website
The great thing about Whittard’s recyclable plastic-free packaging is that it’s also airtight. Every time you open this mini tea caddy it’s like the first time all over again. Sweet notes of pineapple, mango and peaches reach your nose, mixed with grassy green tea balancing out the fruity sweetness.
It brews into a slightly dusty (but not too bad) orange amber tea colour that hints at a warm-flavoured Chinese green tea.
As for the wet aroma of the brewed tea, the mango overpowers everything. As a mango-lover, I don’t mind this at all.
But don’t worry if you aren’t a massive fan of mango. The flavour is much more balanced and presents a mild, mixed tropical fruit aroma. Add the light green tea notes, and this tea is a lovely summer delight. It’s sweet, but not overpoweringly so and the smooth texture is slightly drying in the aftertaste.
Overall, the flavour combinations and smooth drying texture make this very refreshing, whether you drink it hot or iced.
How to Brew Whittard Tropical Punch Tea
I weighed out 2g of the tea blend, but you can simply use 1 heaped teaspoon instead – that’s enough for a 250ml cup. If you want to brew a larger mug, use 3g (a teaspoon and a half). However much you brew, make sure your water is no hotter than 80°C or it will taste bitter.
I brewed this tea for 2 minutes, but if you like a stronger tea you can brew it for 3 minutes. It’s delicious served hot. You can also instantly ice it by pouring the hot brewed tea over ice – I recommend dissolving a spoonful of honey in the hot tea first, however. Icing it reduces the sweetness otherwise.
For cold brewing this tea, use 6g of leaf for a large single serving and let it brew in the fridge for 12 hours. Then strain out the Whittard Tropical Punch tea leaves and serve with a slice of lemon.
Why Whittard of Chelsea Summer Tea?
Whittard of Chelsea is a quintessentially British tea company and their range of summer teas are on my shopping list every year. They often release a set of three summer blends, along with iced tea equipment and cold brew blends, annually.
Tropical Punch is decent quality but not the best I’ve had from Whittard. There’s a fair amount of dust and broken leaf in the tiny tea caddy it’s sold in. Compared to their loose leaf jasmine, for example, it’s not up to scratch.
Nonetheless, the majority of the ingredients are natural. I love knowing there are chunks of apple and mango in there! The flavouring added is minimal and the packaging is plastic free. This is a tea that’s good for you and the planet.
Whittard Tropical Punch tea is definitely worth trying, especially if you’re loving fruity green teas in the summer months. It’s versatile and has a natural, refreshing flavour. If you want to try this tea, you’d better cross your fingers. Whittard often releases seasonal flavours as one-time goodies. Check Whittard’s official website using the button below to check if it’s still available.
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