Smores from Citizen Tea. . . .

I have had this tea for quite sometime and though I had it before and enjoyed it, I kept looking over it when trying to pick something to drink. Well today I decided that it was about time I get to drinking this and I am certainly glad I did.

I had just enough leaf left to make a small latte. I steeped the tea for 3 minutes at 200F as per the recommendations on the package. I topped that with frothed milk and the end result is one tasty treat.

First and foremost is the gooey marshmallow flavor that takes over, boosted by the creaminess of the latte preparation. It could be in my head but I swear there is a wisp of smoke dancing on top of the marshmallow. Lingering at the bottom, and nearing the end of the sip is just a touch of chocolate nuttiness which brings back memories of the chocolate and graham crackers one would expect in a smores tea. If I had a complaint, it would be I want a bit more of the other smore components but as this is, it hits marshmallow right on the head.

I am not sure why I ignored this for so long. It certainly is a good tea, especially when prepared as a latte. I would call it more a marshmallow tea than a smores tea but there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, at least not in my books.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black/White/Oolong
Where to Buy:  Citizen Tea

Nothing triggers our nostalgia more than Smores! Our favourite nighttime treat and the smoky smell of campfire are sure to bring back the fondest of childhood memories (like that time you flung a flaming marshmallow at the back of Uncle Bob’s head. No? Just us?) A black tea with sweet chocolate drops and toasted marshmallow make for the perfect campfire favourite. Take a walk down memory lane with our Smores blend.

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White Strawberry from CitizenTEA. . . Simply Strawberry!

I have had this tea a few times now and each time I readied myself to write a review. However, that never really panned out…until now. Unfortunately, seeing as I am on the last of the leaf, it seems there is not the usual balance of ingredients. This is actually most notable in the color of the tea which usually looks as if it has two layers: the more clear white tea on top with the purplish-pink liquid beneath. Today I am guessing my leaf lacked the hibiscus needed to give the purplish-pink hue and so it looks like mug of plain white tea.

Luckily, the flavor doesn’t seem too affected. There is a candied strawberry flavor faintly floating in the mug that I noticed first, probably because I worried it would not be there given the lack of color. However, more prominent is the buttery hay notes of the white tea base. The apple and melon play off the base tea and create a rounder mouthfeel and velvety fruit flavor that helps sell the concept of a strawberry tea. One thing I will say is the hibiscus usually helps to create a more natural strawberry taste by providing just a little bit of tart and without it, the strawberry is more muted and reminiscent of strawberry flavoring as opposed to the fruit itself.

Ultimately I think White Strawberry is a pretty accurate name. It’s white tea. It’s strawberry. Just a simple name for a simple, yet enjoyable tea.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored White Tea
Where to Buy:  CitizenTEA

Sweet and juicy. Antioxidant-rich and nutrient-packed. Burns fat and boosts short term memory. Say what? That’s right. Topping the charts as one of the tastiest superfoods around is strawberry. So the reasons why you can find strawberry paired with almost any food is obvious. And our favourite pair of all? Strawberries and tea. Crisp, light, and extraordinarily strawberry, our Strawberry White is blended with fresh apple, sweet currant and a bright white tea. The perfect combination for a fresh-from-the-garden taste.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!