Friday, September 10, 2021

I'm on a Tea-Kick Lately (Master Kong Tropical Iced Tea)

Master Kong Tropical Fruit Iced Tea - Hung Vuong

Colorful packaging always wins me over, and this features every color in the rainbow PLUS a bunch of appealing fruity imagery. Other than it being labeled "Iced tea" and having tons of fruit on it, I know absolutely nothing about this product but...

Technology is really amazing you guys. I have a Pixel phone, so I took a photo and ran it through Google lens, and not only did it translate some of the bottle for me instantly, but it reverse image searched and found out that this is Master Kong brand tropical fruit iced tea. (And you can scan the code on the cap for...something. Prizes I presume?) We're living in the future.

 Now that I know what it is, let's see how it tastes. 

When opened, the liquid inside smells incredibly sweet, and appealing, like liquid candy. The first fruit that I detect is muscat (green grapes) because it smells exactly like the muscat flavored gummies from Kasugai and other Asian sweets I have had over the years. Along with the muscat, there's something tart and tangy, maybe passion fruit? It's pictured on the bottle, so I'm guessing it's in there, but you never know. The other fruits pictured are pineapple, peach, mango, and apple, but I don't really smell any of them specifically. And, to be fair, Apple is a filler fruit and it's in pretty much everything ever. So it's easy to miss.   

Taking a sip, it's sweet, but not as sweet as it smelled. Which is good. It's light, vaguely syrupy, and it tastes exactly like it smells, but with a slight black-tea after taste. I can taste green grape as the boldest most recognizable fruit, followed by maybe a sweet mango, or maybe peach, and the finished is crisp and apple-juice like. Although pineapple is featured in the artwork, and I can detect a whisper of something slightly tart, it's not very bold. 

In the states, tropical flavors tend to lean towards pineapple, like Hawaiian punch, but this is more-so generically fruity to me. And it definitely tastes more like a juice with a bit of tea than the other way around. 

This might sound like I'm complaining, or that I don't like it, but I actually do! It's sweet, bold, and candy-like. Kind of like a more fruity and less lemon Brisk iced tea, which I spent a few summers in Wildwood, NJ obsessively drinking back in my early teens. 

Black tea is actually my favorite type of tea, and though it's rather weak in comparison to all the fruity inclusions, I would definitely buy this again. If you like Snapple, or Brisk, you'd probably like this too. Let me know if you give it a try! 

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