This very rare USA-grown organic certified green tea brings the Hawaiian Farmer’s Market right to your doorstep! Cultivated on the misty slopes of the tallest mountain in the Pacific Ocean, this tea is harvested and manufactured in micro-lots on the Mauna Kea Tea Farm in Hawaii. Its namesake, Mauna Kea (pronounced “MOUN-na KAY-a”), means “white mountain” and provides a rich base of volcanic soil for this small, family-owned tea farm tucked away at 2,000 ft above sea level on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
Selectively harvested, processed, and roasted to accentuate its naturally sweet character, the Organic Sweet Roast Green Tea has large, flat, broken leaves. Easy to prepare and easy to drink, the Sweet Roast is a popular drink in Hawaiian Farmer’s Markets and is delicious hot or iced.
Ingredients: Organic USA green tea
Leaf Type: Green
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Serving Size: 1 rounded teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 180°F
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
My first experience with Arbor Teas was back in October during Fair Trade month. I had decided I wanted to share several companies which specialized in organic and fair trade teas. Arbor Teas had been on my radar for quite some due to the large selection of unflavored organic teas they offer. I ordered two samples, their Thai iced tea (which I'm saving it for warmer weather) and their Organic Assam Tonganagoan Estate Black Tea. Arbor Teas reached out to me shortly after my review of the their tea with an offer of review samples and I'll be sharing one of those samples today. It's one of the three Hawaiian-grown teas that they carry, something I've been very curious about.
For the past few years I've been hearing whispers about tea grown in the United States. They're still quite rare and this is my first opportunity to try one. As soon as I opened the package I was struck by how different in appearance the tea was. The organic sweet roast green tea doesn't look like the more familiar green teas from China or Japan. Instead of a full-leaf tea that has been rolled into a distinctive shape, this tea is broken into smaller pieces that more closely resemble the South American grown Yerba Maté.
This flavor of this tea is very delicate and unlike any other green tea I've tried be it from China, Japan, or elsewhere. It has roasted notes that come out stronger when the tea is served hot and sweet notes that I noticed more as the tea cools. While this didn't remind me of a green tea I had tried, it did faintly resemble the corn silk tea one of my friend frequently enjoyed. It has the same roasted, yet sweet flavor that I'm finding in this tea. It is certainly a distinct flavor, one I've found I rather enjoy.
My Rating: 92/100
Would I order this again? Yes. I've been impressed with my first taste of Hawaiian-grown teas. I can't wait to see what else they will produce as time goes by.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Arbor Teas has provided me with tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own.