Watermelon Lime Green Tea from The Tea Guys

watermelonlimebasilTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea

Where to Buy:  The Tea Guys

Tea Description:

Sweet-as-candy watermelon is paired with the subtle peppery-sweet flavor of basil, and the spice of cracked pink peppercorns, all folded into a base of smoky green tea. The result is a sophisticated and refreshing cup that will surprise and delight you.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really thought that Watermelon Lime and Basil Green Tea was an herbal that I was shocked  when I looked up the product page for this tea that it is actually a green. I saw nary a leaf in my sample package when brewing up this tea iced. I would feel bad that I used boiling water for my brews, but all I could see was chunks of dried fruit.

The chunks of fruit smelled absolutely yummy, though. It was like a lime popsicle married a fresh watermelon. It’s been getting hotter and hotter as summer begins to actually set in the rocky mountains. This tea is perfect for the oncoming heat wave. Tossing the big ‘ole chunks into my infuser, I came across something I have yet to encounter in any tea, seeds! Like, legit dried watermelon or pumpkin seeds. I have yet to see the merit of these seeds in the taste of the infusion, but I may be missing something subtle that my tastes buds just cannot catch.

When the tea cools, I taste a pool party in my mouth. The lime popsicle is joined by a watermelon Jolly Rancher that takes me back to the playground. Some people may be put off by the candy like flavor that dominates this tea, but I am all for it. I love iced teas that taste like candy. It’s pretty much Kool-aid without the calories. Sometimes a person just needs juice tea!

Despite being mislabeled as a true tea and not delivering, I enjoyed this icy cold brew a lot more than I thought I would. The seeds did not deter me from relishing in the watermelon-y goodness.

Persistence of Memory Green Tea Blend from Hari Tea

PersistenceOfMemoryTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Hari Tea

Tisane Description:

Sometimes it feels like the drawer is open and the file is right there, but the printing is in some other language. It is the persistence of memory that we count on.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yeah, I held off trying this one for a little while.  I’m not a big fan of ginkgo, and since it’s one of the main ingredients in this Persistence of Memory Green Tea Blend from Hari Tea, I was hesitant to try it.  But, this is alright!  I like it.

Perhaps it’s the other ingredients in this tea – lemon grass, pepper and basil – together with the Sencha green tea that elevates this tea for me.  I taste subtle notes of pepper and hints of citrus.  I also taste the rose.  The herbs together with the floral tones really turn this tea into something tasty.

The aroma of the dry leaf is herbaceous and sweet with floral tones.  The brewed tea doesn’t have a strong aroma … it smells like Sencha green tea … but it’s a soft scent.  There are whispers of herbal tones along with the green tea fragrance.

An enjoyable and soothing drink.  A really good way to add ginkgo to your diet if you’re like me and don’t find it to be particularly enjoyable … this is a good way to get your ginkgo and enjoy it too!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Tomato Basil Green Tea Infused Sipping Broth from Millie’s Savory Teas


Product Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

About Millie’s Savory Teas:

Our first-of-its-kind sipping broth is a blend of savory herbs and spices infused with loose leaf green tea. Excellent as an alternative to coffee or plain tea. Each tin comes with 15 tea bags that make 8 oz cups each. Just boil water, pour into a cup then add a tea bag and let steep for 2 minutes, stir and enjoy. Let the bag steep longer for a more intense flavor.

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Taster’s Review:

I received this product – a tea bag of this Tomato Basil Green Tea Infused Sipping Broth from Millie’s Savory Teas – in my February Love with Food Box.  I subscribe to these boxes and review many of the samples of food that I receive from them on my foodie blog, which you can read here.

I was very curious about this “tea” because, as many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of 52Teas and after months of bugging Frank of 52Teas, he finally relented and created a blend for me:  LiberTEAS Tomato, Basil, and Black Pepper Tea.  And I loved the stuff!  And to be honest, when I had originally suggested the tomato, basil, and black pepper blend, I had a green tea base in mind rather than a black tea base.  Frank thought that a black tea base with a hint of Lapsang Souchong in it would be better, and I do think that the black tea base was a good choice.  However, I remained curious about the green tea base, so when I received this Tomato Basil green tea infused sipping broth, I was excited to finally try a green tea with the flavors of tomato and basil.

The aroma of the bag when I opened the pouch was similar to the smell that I get when I open a tin of dried basil from my pantry.  The aroma had a very strong herbaceous scent to it.  The bag was kind of … hard.  that is to say that it didn’t really seem very “loose” or “leafy” inside the tea bag, it seemed to be more like a bit of bouillon that was dried in the bag.  Since this was called a “sipping broth” I didn’t find this objectionable, but, I can see how tea purists might find it a bit off.

Let me say that the “infused” part of the Tomato Basil Green Tea Infused Sipping Broth is the key word to the name of this product.  Because the green tea flavor is nearly indistinguishable.  I taste hints of an earthy, vegetative greenness to this “tea” which turns out to be more like broth than tea, and the hints are not really enough for me.  I found myself wishing that this was more like a tea and less like a broth.   That said, I do like that this is not quite as salty as I find the typical commercially produced broth or bouillon would be.

As a broth, it’s tasty.  As a tea … it leaves quite a bit to be desired.  Not bad, and it would be nice to maybe have on hand for when you might be feeling a tad under the weather and want a cup of broth to soothe and comfort you.  Especially nice if you’re at the office.    And that’s what I’d recommend it as:  a soothing, comfort food for when you’re away from home.  If you’re looking for a tea with the flavors of tomato and basil … I’d suggest looking somewhere else.

Strawberry Lemon Basil from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos (red), Tisane

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium 

Tea Description:

Only the best for the spoiled berry, the queen amongst the gourmets … A hint of lemon, just the perfect helping of basil and a carpet of red roses with fanfares! Take this “state visit” home with you and you’ll soon win all votes.

Ingredients: Rooibos tea, basil, flavoring, freeze-dried strawberry pieces and lemon granules (fruit (lemon juice), malt dextrin, natural lemon oil, gelling agent: sodium alginate), red rose petals.

Serving Size: 1-2 level tsp./6oz serving

Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F

Brew Time: 8 to 10 Minutes

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love it when someone wants to do a tea trade and asks me for a tea I have not had myself in ages. It is a nice reminder to dig something out and enjoy it all over again! This is what happened with this lovely red rooibos tisane!

As I have said in other reviews – I’m not big on red rooibos, but once in awhile there is one that grabs my attention. I have had this in my stash for quite awhile now and it is overdue time to savor it again.

Speaking of savoring something – this is quite the savory tea – although it is also quite sweet. It may even be a little too sweet for some but the lemon and basil do a wonderful job of aiding in it becoming cloying.

Upon first sip, the ripe sweet strawberry flavor is most present, then followed nicely by the basil, with lemon not far behind to give a nice cleansing of the palate and taking away the initial sweetness of the sip. I appreciate that the lemon is not too tart as well.

This tea is good cold but I prefer it hot, although I have read where most others prefer it iced. You can let your own taste buds decide how you like it but the fact that it is a versatile tisane is nice.

Roses take only a minor role in the cup so if you are not a fan of the more floral teas I would not shy away from giving this one a try. The rose comes though not in the aroma but in the flavor and only a slight bit yet I find personally I have to really swish the tea around in my mouth to get that flavor. The rose is also present in the aftertaste for only a few moments – as if they bloom quickly and then the petals delicately blow away into thin air.

Another thing I love about this tea is in my opinion red rooibos is a difficult tea to work with. Too many times the rooibos flavor takes over and the other flavors become hidden elements or are not complimentary. This blend works perfectly with the natural flavor of the rooibos, which is why it is still in my cupboard.

One could say this is a lovely summer brew but I am finding it will be a nice tea to sip on in colder weather. Between its savory appeal and the strawberry, lemon, and rose, it will be a nice reminder of the warmer days as well.

A big thank you to my tea trade parter for reminding me to appreciate this good tea hiding in my stash!

Summer Sunrise from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Description:

Like a refreshing dessert with a touch of something special – a very trendy finale to the perfect dinner.  An elegant decoration of fine marigold blossoms simply adds to the beautiful image of this blend.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I brewed this tea without looking it up (yep, I did it again!) and I brewed this Oolong blend as a black tea, using boiling water and steeping for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch.

Dry, the leaf looks very much like a black tea, as the tea leaves are quite dark, so I thought it was a black tea and brewed it the way I would most black teas.  Also, I must admit that the name tricked me a little bit.  With the dark leaves and a name like Summer Sunrise, my thought was:  this must be a black tea!

However, Joy’s Teaspoon has it categorized as an Oolong, and after first looking for the tea under “Flavored Blacks” and then finally finding it under “Flavored Oolongs” I started to worry that I might have scorched the leaves with the high temperature.

However, one taste tells me that the Oolong leaves did not suffer from the exposure to the boiling water, nor did the flavor suffer.  This is a really delightful cuppa!

This is one of the more unique flavored teas I’ve tried, with its slightly spicy, basil overtones and a hint of lemon in the background.  The basil gives it a peppery taste, with a hint of menthol and a slight sweetness.  The lemon is more prominent at the start of the sip, like a quick “how-do-you-do?” and then quickly subsides into the background, giving it a bright, sunny flavor without tasting like a strong, distinct lemon note.

Despite these strong flavors, the tea is not overwhelmed.  The Oolong tastes sweet with notes of peach in the background.  The mouthfeel is quite smooth and silky.

Unique – yes!  Delicious – definitely!  If you’re one who enjoys unusual tea blends, you should add this one to your must try list!