A Mellow Black Tea/Kaley Tea- CuppaGeek

This year has been something.  Might I even say this might be the worse year I’ve ever experienced at least for my family. . . but I try to always look at the brighter side.  Between all of the nation wide situations going on like COVID 19 and the current political climate here in the States, my family has been hit with a lot of health related hardships that has left a void in our hearts.  But through all of these hardships and what felt like a never ending cycle of bad news and stressful situations, I found solace and peace each and every day within a cuppa tea that was constantly by my side during those hard weeks of September through the present day.  Each day, no matter what else was going on or how I felt- I made sure that I had a cuppa tea at the ready to help soothe my soul and keep me going.  One of those cuppas that I enjoyed was Kaley Teas’s black tea.

The title for this tea really says it all.  No fuss, no complex this or that- this is a lovely black tea that is mellow on flavor but still quite delightful.  Brewed with freshly prepped boiling water and allowed to steep for right around 3 minutes- this tea has a bright note of crisp maltiness with a touch of astringency that really keeps you going sip after sip.  Every once in a while I noted a bread like flavor or a potentially raisin finish.  This black tea stood up to a few steepings and I even think I oversteeped for a moment or two and still enjoyed the cuppa and wanted more.  From the description I found on the tea (after doing some searching on the site), there was some comments about floral and bergamot orange flavors, I’m not so sure my palette picked up on those but I’ll be curious to see if my other SororiTea Sisters do.

Kaley Tea is a company that I’m not 100% familiar with and their website looks like they are still working on bring their story to market.  I’m quite excited to check out their other teas and I just adore how they label each tea with a reassuring title like a mellow black tea or a graceful green tea.  For someone like me who has been finding themseleves looking more for straight tea blends instead of flavored ones, this one is a keeper.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Kaley Teas

Description

Black twiggy twisted tea leaves turn into a light shimmering copper golden liquor with every steep. Floral notes mixed with rice paddy hay provides a distinct base. A finale of bergamot orange and chocolate gives way to bee’s honey, making up a colorful bouquet of delicate & sublimely refined flavours. Bright coppery infused leaves emanate floral perfumes, enmeshed with sugary, citrusy notes.

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Rave Coffee and Tea! -CuppaGeek-

Even though I am a huge tea drinker, I do love my coffee as well.  I actually start each day with coffee.  Being not a morning person, I’ve bumbled tea steepings one too many times and it seems like coffee is just an easier choice for me- plus coffee is just an alluring smell for thing in the morning.

Recently I tried a coffee tea blend where there was actual coffee in the tea blend itself  (not coffee flavorings) and I fell in love with this unique blend.  Around the same time, Rave Coffee reached out to the SororiTea Sisters to see if we would be interested in checking out their coffee and it was like it was meant to be.  When the coffee arrived- I was floored. The coffee smelled amazing, fresh, and vibrant.  Along with the coffee was this really lovely education pack.   I’ve never seen such a cool education guide to help you learn and explore your coffee.  There is so much info on how to brew your coffee, how to taste it, they even included a coffee tea tasting log.  Very very cool and slick in style.

Before I started experimenting with the tea and coffee blend, I decided I wanted to try the coffee on its own and it was amazing.  My particular palette I feel is more set up to tastes the unique properties of tea more than coffee but what I can say is that this tea was divine.  Rich, smooth, without any bitterness and addicting!  I found myself eagerly drinking cup after cup as regular coffee, lattes, cold brews, you name it- I tried it- and always with success.  Just plain delicious and highly recommended.

When it was time to start brewing the coffee up with tea- I decided to go with an blend of Assam to get that right taste.  I also added a few cocoa nibs just to give the coffee and tea a bit more flavor to play off of.  Brewed up the tea with 212F prepped water for right around 2 minutes.  The result- Delicious mix of the two worlds that I adore- coffee and tea.  Each flavor is allowed its own time in the spotlight- you can literally tell the familiar notes of coffee with the familiar notes of tea.  I was assuming there might be a mixing of flavors but there really isn’t.  Which sounds a bit odd, but I’m actually enjoying this and my own little experiment tastes a lot like the coffee tea blend I had not too long ago.  I’m excited to really explore this idea more with different coffee and tea blends.

I’ve had several different coffee subscriptions from a lot of different places but Rave is one I’m really excited to get going to really take a deeper dive into all things coffee and possibly even blend up a puerh coffee blend on my own.  Rave Coffee has so much to learn on their website just in general but it will be fun to really take the time to enjoy their coffee like I do some of my favorite teas and to take the time to really learn about that cup of joe I enjoy so much in the mornings.


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Where to Buy: Rave

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Peach & Apricot Green Tea/Joseph’s Tea -CuppaGeek-

These are incredibly busy days for me and my family.  Besides a family situations we have going on, my 9-5 job is in the political arena so I’m pretty much working from the minute I wake up until the minute I’m heading to bed with emails still coming in.  I do very much love my job but because of the craziness. . . .my tea drinking has fallen to the way side a bit and I’m missing my tea time so very much.

So after lunch the other day, I made it a priority to enjoy tea time (with snacks even) and grabbed a tea we recently relieved from Joseph’s Tea- Peach & Apricot Green Tea. This particular tea was in a tea bag so I knew that even if I had to quickly start working again, I would be able to easily keep drinking this delight.

Brewed with water at 170F and allowed to steep right around 3 minutes, this tea was a delightful surprise.  Really sweet peachy notes with a subtle smoky flavor.   I don’t get the apricot notes as much as I get the peachy notes, but I’ll be honest, I’m ok with that because of how lovely the peach flavor was.

This tea was really simple yet really lovely tea to enjoy and enjoy I did.  This tea was my companion all afternoon.  I found myself really digging the contrast of the sweet peach notes with the gunpowder green tea.

I did try for a few more resteeps and I was again pleasantly surprised. I can see this tea being a dynamite iced tea and something I will be trying  in the future.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Joseph’s Tea

Description

Temple of heaven Gunpowder green tea with peach and Apricot flavoring.  One of our best sellers!

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**gifted for review** 

Yame Ceremonial Blend Matcha/Naoki Matcha -CuppaGeek-

Matcha, oh I love thee but how I have been disappointed in thee.  Matcha is one of those teas that you really get what you pay for.  If you pick up a cheaper priced matcha on say Amazon or in the grocery store, chances are you are going to get a matcha that you are not going to enjoy.  I know. because I’ve done it.  Those matchas aren’t bad in a pinch but once you’ve had the good stuff, you really crave that matcha from that moment on.

That is exactly what happened when I first enjoyed Yame Ceremonial Matcha from Naoki Matcha.  I knew that I would only have the matcha for a short amount of time since I was sending the delight off to another one of the SororiTea Sisters to check out. So I took out my lovely whisk, my favorite bowl to whisk up some matcha in and went to work whisking and frothing up almond milk to add in at a later time.

I was in for a treat! This matcha is delicious and on point.  Lovely notes of sweetness mingle beautifully with a hint of floral here or there along with a richness that I devoured.  I really can’t say that I’ve ever picked up on floral notes in matchas I’ve enjoyed in the past so that was a unique experience. Beyond the floral notes, the smoothness that this matcha offers is just so alluring along with a touch of a buttery finish.

All in all, just lovely.  Once I added in a dollop of frothed almond milk, I had myself a treat that almost seemed to good to be true for a matcha I whipped up at home that was unflavored without any additions beyond the dab of milk.  Spot on, one of my favorite matchas that I’ve had in some time and I plan on picking up more once my current matcha supply runs low.

What is even better is that the matcha seemed to be a finer powder than I usually use and whisking up the matcha took no time. Highly recommend this one and a great matcha that is worth the price.


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Leaf Type:  Matcha

Where to Buy: Naoki Matcha

Description

his blend won a Silver Award in a National Tea Competition. It has a naturally sweet taste with floral notes.

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Hope Rekindled/Thesaurus Tea – CuppaGeek-

While checking over my email, I noticed an email about brain boosting tea and I was intrigued.  More or less, because I’ve seen brain boosting teas more and more on Amazon and the like.  One of the companies listed as having a brain boosting tea was Thesaurus Tea. Since I hadn’t ever heard of this particular company before and there was a picture of T-Rex drinking tea as their logo. . . I had to learn more. So a few minutes on the site and I had already set myself up with a tea of the month club and an order.

This particular tea blend caught my eye right away.  I’ve been finding myself diving deeper into white teas lately and with this blend pairing the white tea with green tea, jasmine petals and bamboo leave- I was super intrigued.

Using the brewing parameters on the back of the sample package- this tea hit the spot on soooo many levels.  I loved how the white and green mingled so beautifully.  Typically with tea blends that use a white tea and a green tea, you can easily identify each of the teas while you enjoy the tea.   But not so much with this blend.  All of the flavors combine to give you a buttery rich floral slightly vegetal with a hint of honey cookie. Yes. Cookie. I’m getting cookie/dessert vibes from this tea blend and I’m 100% loving it.  Each steep is just as good as the last and I’m just so in love with the vibes this blend is giving me.

Sadly, I used all of the tea I had for this first brew and I’m wishing I would have had a bit more to cold brew properly. But on the other hand, I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I can imagine this tea would give off lovely light spring/summer notes as a cold brew.  This wold be a lovely blend to share with others at a tea party.


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Leaf Type: White/Green

Where to Buy:  Thesaurus Tea

Description

White tea, green tea, jasmine petals, bamboo leaves.

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