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Today, I’m sampling a new tea called Citrus Kiss from Tetley’s signature series. Citrus Kiss is a green tea with lemon and grapefruit.

Now, I am not a big fan of green tea. I find they all tend to taste the same – like straw…and as it cools, like bitter straw.  Yummy? I think not! But I saw this on the shelf and thought I’d give it a try! Bonus: it has a drawstring tea design that promises the opportunity to “squeeze out more flavour and remove the tea bag without any mess”.

Green Lemon Grapefruit (800x556)

First, I didn’t let my kettle come to a roiling boil. Green tea is better when steeped at a lower temperature. Second, I removed the bag after 2 minutes to avoid over steeping. This can help reduce the bitter the bitter flavour I was getting by the end of the pot.

The colour was a rich honey brown. The bouquet of this tea was light and lemony, with only a hint of the “grassiness” of green tea. The flavour, however, was disappointing. The green tea flavour overpowered the lemon, and I didn’t really catch any notes of grapefruit. That was, until it cooled. Once the tea had cooled (because let’s face it, who has time to sit and drink a whole pot of tea these days), the grapefruit and lemon were much stronger. It might be a tasty option for iced tea!

As for the unique drawstring tea bag, it’s gimmicky. I didn’t find it enhanced my experience any. I had to read the instructions on the side of a box more than once to figure out what to do, I didn’t have to worry about nicking a dripping bag from the pot. Some tea experts also agree that squeezing the bag releases more tanins in the tea, which can contribute to a bitter flavour.

But I must say, a smooch of Green Citrus Kiss tea paired with a homemade coconut lime muffin is a tasty treat when you’re feeling peckish!

Next week in What’s In My Cup, we’re Going Green!

It’s time to put the kettle on. Happy Monday!