Alpine Strawberry from Mountain Witch Tea Company. . . . .

Around this time every year, I get a craving for berries. Fresh, bright, juicy and sweet– I don’t know if it’s subliminal marketing towards pinks and reds from all the Valentine’s Day goodness floating around in the month of February or the sheer ferocity of Midwestern cabin fever (let me eat a plant that doesn’t taste like water just once, PLEASE), but the craving just keeps getting stronger and stronger. So when I noticed this tea sitting in my stash, I was almost surprised that something promising bright, juicy berry flavors had even lasted this long into the winter!

The dry leaf is pretty innocuous, mostly homogenous leaves with a fairly traditional black tea scent. When brewed, it’s a nice dark and roasty golden that takes nicely to honey. I can’t say that I’m picking out too much of the vibrancy of fruit flavors that I was hoping for, but rather a more mellow, subdued freshness to balance the black that is pretty pleasant. Maybe my desire for magical flavors to transport me right back to summer had my hopes a little too high, but for a flavored black, it’s got some interesting notes with light and fresh notes coming out as I sip further. A lovely one to sip as we count down the days until spring (41, but who’s counting?!) (Me. I’m totally counting.)!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Mountain Witch Tea Company

It’s so hard to find strawberry tea! So we made our own. Our Alpine Strawberry tea is a sweet, tart delight made with black tea, strawberry leaves and our special Alpine strawberry flavor. Great hot or iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Passion Dragon Green Tea from Mountain Witch Tea Co.

passiondragonTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Mountain Witch Tea Company

Tea Description:

Passion Dragon Green Tea is one of our bestsellers at the farmer’s market. Green tea flavored with passion fruit, lemon and a pop of spice. Especially great as an iced tea. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Being such a fan of Mountain Witch Tea Company, I couldn’t wait to try another green tea of theirs.  I have had a couple in the past but have found that I tend to like their flavored black teas better than their flavored green teas.

First off, I love the logo for this tea.  The beautiful artwork is so fun and really eye catching. The loose leaf tea is the same way.  The gorgeous green tea looks amazing along side the giant chrysanthemum that was in my sample.

Brewed up like a green tea, this tea sent a lovely tropical green tea aroma thru my desk.  I really loved how this tea smelled. First taste and sadly this tea is not for me.

This tea delivers on a nice bright green tea flavor but there is an odd taste in there that makes this tea tart and not taste right to me.  I’m not getting lovely buttery notes or any of the berry/passion flavors.  I pick up the lemon and the cardamom and something else I can’t really put my finger on.  What I can really pick up on is how very astringent this tea is.  This tea may be one that needs to be cold brewed or enjoyed more as an iced tea to get those flavors to mingle together and give that passion fruit a chance to pop.  Another one that I might need to go back and experiment with.

As much as I adore Mountain Witch Tea Company, I know this tea can be dynamite.  Just need to figure out the best way to get those flavors to work for me.

Colonial Cranberrry from Mountain Witch Tea Co

colonialcranberryTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mountain Witch Tea Co

Tea Description:

This holiday favorite is a delightful blend of our finest black tea, dried cranberries, tart cranberry flavor and other berry essences. A perfect holiday treat to warm your spirit. This 4 oz. bag makes 50-60 cups. Enjoy hot or iced.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Ever want to have a tart tea?  I think I have found the as- close-to- perfect tart tea to make an amazingly tart iced tea that I have come across so far.

Mountain Witch Tea Co has some of the best flavored black teas that I have had in a long time.  I can’t say enough about Kelly’s Blood Orange and Mojave Desert Prickly Pear blends.   No matter how I brew them, they are simply amazing and not finicky.  The easiest flavored black teas I have ever brewed up.

So I knew that I would like this one.  I was actually surprised tho.  Brewed up hot, I didn’t care for this one.  The black tea is still delicious but the cranberry tartness is a bit overwhelming.  I think if there was a touch or two of vanilla to mellow out the tart this tea would be out of this world.  Without it, it just seems like the tea is lacking. Hmm . . that sounds amazing.  A cranberry vanilla black tea.

When I brewed this one cold- Oh my! That is what I was hoping for.  The tartness pops and isn’t overwhelming and doesn’t dominate and takeover the brew.  It is like this tea was made to be an iced tea. The cranberry flavor is delightful and really rounds out the cup.   I don’t feel the need to add any sugar or sweeteners.  Exactly what I was looking for and needing.

This isn’t my favorite offering from Kelly’s line of teas, but it is good. I can’t wait to brew up a pitcher of this for those hot summer days that are rapidly approaching! This one would also be awesome to serve up during the holidays with maybe some mulling spices added in or some vanilla beans.  Oh! I can see it now.  We are going to get “fancy” this holiday!