24 Days of Tea Holiday Countdown – Day 8 from Teanzo 1856

Hello, tea lovers!  Today is day eight of this holiday countdown, which means there are seventeen days until the big day, sixteen days to shop before the big day gets here and there have been eight wonderful days of tea!

Day5Today’s artwork was created by artist Liane Ceglar for one of the 12 Days of Christmas swaps that I was involved in.

I’m quite proud of my Christmas tree.  Well, not the tree itself (I’m actually in need of a new artificial tree as the one we have now is quite old and has had better days), but what I’m proud of is that every single ornament is different, and I’d estimate that 85 – 90% of the ornaments on the tree are handmade and of those handmade ornaments.  I grew up in a household that had a very boring tree with boring round, glass bulb type ornaments.  You know, the kind that you buy in the store and they all look the same?

One thing about my tree – it’s not boring!  I love that every year when it comes time to put up the tree, that I’m not only putting up decorations but little works of art.  Like this piece from Liane.  This is one of my favorite ornaments because I love how the crystal bead reflects the light.

Let’s find out what tea Teanzo sent me on this, the eighth day of our holiday countdown!

Acai Berry Green Tea

Acai-Berry-GreenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Teanzo 1856

Tea Description:

Reminiscent of juicy berries, this healthy loose leaf green tea is full of antioxidants.  Acai Berry Green Tea has a sweet finish without using any added sweeteners, so you can drink this luscious green tea guilt-free.  Acai berry is also known as the youth berry.  You will love this berry tea!  Drink it as a hot tea or serve this berrylicious tea over ice.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

Acai berry tends to be a tart berry, so I usually am just a bit apprehensive when it comes to trying an acai berry tea.  I’m not big on tarty flavors in tea, however, I do appreciate a tart taste when the overall tea offers a balance of both sweet and tart notes.  I like there to be a contrast.

And with this tea, there is a nice contrast between sweet and tart.  The sweet, fresh flavors of the green tea offer a pleasing counter note to the tart berry.

The sip starts out sweet with light grassy notes and a buttery taste and texture from the green tea.  The description of the tea does not indicate the type of green tea used in this blend but based on the taste and appearance of the tea, I would guess that it’s a Chinese Sencha.  It has that smooth, buttery flavor of a Chinese Sencha, and I like the way these flavors mingle with the tart of the Acai.

By mid-sip, my palate is introduced to the notes of berry.  These notes start out gentle and sweet and as the sip approaches the finish, the tart notes begin to develop.  And then there is that berry, tarty tingle at the finish.

To brew this tea, I used my Kati Tumbler again and poured the fragrant sample into the basket, and added 12 ounces of water heated to 175°F.  I let the tea steep for 2 minutes.  The brewed liquid is a golden green color and has a delicate berry aroma.

I enjoyed the tea served hot, but I stopped drinking it hot after I had finished about half the cup so that I could try it cold.  I think this is even better as it cools!  The flavors become smoother and more unified.  This would make a very refreshing iced tea when the weather is warm!

It’s good hot, even better iced!

Acai Green Tea from Sarabeth’s

sarabethsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Sarabeth’s

Tea Description:

Green Tea is one of the most natural of all teas and contains many of the natural compounds which make teas a healthy drink.  The preference to green teas lies in their light, delicate and refreshing taste.  It is meant to be consumed without milk or sugar and is a pleasant accompaniment to a meal thanks to its digestive properties.

Learn more about Sarabeth’s teas here.

Taster’s Review:

My youngest daughter has become more health conscious, and one of the things that she’s wanting to incorporate in her diet is more green tea.  OK, I’ve got no problem with that!  So, now, every time I’m preparing green tea, she asks me to make a cup for her.  (Unless it’s too late in the day for her to consume caffeine.)

So, when I was making myself a cup of this Acai Green Tea from Sarabeth’s to review, I made her a cup of it too.  Her thoughts:  It’s good!

Unfortunately, “It’s good!” all by itself doesn’t make for a very good review, does it?  I mean, it tells you what you might want to know:  it tells you that the tea tastes good.  But, you might want a few more specific details so let’s see if I can provide some of those . . .

The aroma of the dry leaf is very berry.  I’ve only tasted acai berries as a dried/dehydrated fruit, so, I only have that to compare it to, but, the smell of the dry tea reminds me of the smell that I experienced when I opened a package of dehydrated acai berries.  The brewed tea has very little fragrance:  mere hints of the berry notes I could smell with this tea in dry form.

The flavor is indeed “good” as my daughter said.  It is quite tart (not surprising as that tends to be my overall experience with acai berries), but, there is a hint of sweetness in there too, and I find that the soft, buttery taste of the green tea curbs some of those tarty notes a little bit, making it more palatable for me.  (I’m not big on really tart flavors.)

It’s an easy to drink tea.  It tastes refreshing.  The tart notes seem to have an awakening effect on the palate – this is the cup of tea to drink if you need to enliven the taste buds!  But even though it’s invigorating like that, it tastes really smooth, sweet and buttery so it seems to glide over the palate.

A pleasant cup of tea to share with my sweet daughter.

PRODUCT REVIEW: White Tea Acai Squeeze from Argo Tea

AcaiSqueezeProduct Description:

Ready to Drink Tisane from Argo Tea.

Argo Tea’s White Tea Açai Squeeze® is youthful white tea from the Fujian province of China, vitamin-rich açai from Amazon rainforests of Brazil and fresh-squeezed lemonade. 

Learn more about this product here.

Taster’s Review:

This White Tea Acai Squeeze from Argo Tea is actually pretty tasty.  As some of you might be aware, I’m not always crazy about ready-to-drink teas because they usually taste more like sugar/sweetener than they do tea.  But, I can taste tea here.

Yeah, it’s still sweet, but this is actually more tart than it is sweet!  The lemonade notes are especially profound in this tea.  The white tea adds a crisp, airy sort of background note with a hint of vegetative flavor.  The acai berry is also a strong flavor, but it unites with the lemon-y notes quite nicely.

I guess if I were to offer any complaint about this, it would be that I wished there was a little less lemonade and acai berry and a little more tea, but I still found this beverage refreshing and not too sweet and it didn’t leave behind that syrupy feel on my tongue after I finished drinking it – you know, that sort of cloying, sickeningly sweet sensation that seems to coat the palate when one drinks those overly sweetened RTD beverages that they call tea?  I didn’t get that with this, and I’m glad.  This is not too sweet and I can taste the tea – these get big PLUS points from me when it comes to RTD teas.

Argo is currently promoting their Scratch and Win promotion on Facebook – you can win a free bottle of their tea from their website!  Good luck!

Acai Matetini Mate Tisane from Teavana

MatetiniTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate

Where to Buy:  Teavana

Tisane Description:

The newest craze in cocktails inspired the infusion of real fruit, herbs, and flowers with mate tea. Our mock martini is a classy notch up, first blending acai, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. We added to the mix crisp apples and sweet pineapple, brightened with the zesty citrus notes of orange, lemongrass, and hibiscus. Cheers! SUPERFRUIT ENHANCED 

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

My very first impression of this Acai Matetini Mate Tisane from Teavana, based only on the appearance of the dry leaf, is that this tisane has a whole lot going on it it … maybe too much going on.  I mean, seriously … this tisane looks a whole lot more like a fruit/herbal tisane than a yerba mate blend.

I can see some yerba mate in this, but, mostly what I see is HUGE chunks of dried fruit.  Big pieces of assorted berries as well as apple and orange.  I see some lemongrass as well as some hibiscus.  Not a fan of hibiscus.  You probably already knew that about me!

But, I decided to brew it up anyway.  And it’s not too bad.  It is very fruity, with lots of sweet and tart flavors going on to tantalize my taste buds.  I don’t taste a lot of yerba mate – which shouldn’t be too surprising to me because I didn’t see a whole lot of yerba mate leaves in the dry blend.

I taste a lot of berry flavors, but the sweetness from the apple seems to curb some of the tarty flavors that I’d might normally experience from all those berries.  It’s tart … but this is more sweet than it is tart.  This tastes a lot more like a fruit drink than it does a tea.

In fact, what comes to mind as I sip this tea is my marinara sauce.  Why?  Because when my kids were younger, I used to puree zucchini and carrots in my marinara to add vegetables to my kids diet without them knowing it.  I kind of feel like that’s what’s being done with this tisane.  It’s like someone added all this fruit to the yerba mate to disguise the flavor of the yerba mate, because had I not known there was yerba mate in this blend (based on the name), I wouldn’t have guessed it by the flavor.

Overall, it’s tasty, but it’s not really my cup of tea.  If you’re looking for a cup of energizing yerba mate … this is NOT the tisane for you.  If you want a sweet, fruity drink that’s more fruit punch than it is tea … this might be right up your alley.

Acai Green Tea from Revolution Tea

Acai SenchaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Revolution Tea

Tea Description:

Sencha, the finest Japanese green tea, is blended with the rich, zingy taste of berries for a light, refreshing brew. The flavor of raspberries, black currants and acai, a Brazilian berry bursting with antioxidants, provide a memorable medley.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I received a sachet of this Acai Green Tea from Revolution Tea in my Love with Food Box in March!  I always get excited when I receive a tea in one of my foodie tasting boxes … even if it is a sachet!  And I’ve had pretty good luck with Revolution Tea’s sachets.  One drawback though, it’s Acai Berry flavored … and I’ve not always had the best luck with Acai Berry.

It’s not terrible … but, I can’t say that this is my favorite tea that I’ve tried from Revolution Tea either.  (I think my favorite would be the Tangerine White tea that I tasted when I went to PF Chang’s … at least, it was the most memorable tea I’ve tried from them!)

The overall flavor is delicate and sweet.  There is a hint of bitterness from either the berry or the Sencha … but, it isn’t a distracting, off-putting bitterness, it actually contrasts in a very favorable way with the sweeter notes of the tea.  And then there is the tart notes from the Acai Berry … and I’m glad to say that the tartness isn’t overpowering.  It keeps in balance with the overall tone of the cup with its subtle approach.

It’s a gentle cup of tea – not quite as strongly flavored as I had anticipated, but, I like that.  I like that I taste the sweet, grassy tones of the Japanese Sencha here, with hints of buttery notes in the background.  The Acai Berry offers a compelling deviance to the brothy tea notes.

This one is nice as it cools too … I think I actually like it better cool than hot – making it a nice choice for iced tea.