Summer Kiss from Red Leaf Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Red Leaf Tea Company

Product Description:

This tea is blends organically grow black tea leaves with flowery accents. It will enable you to rise up on the hottest day of the year with a body filled with a clear and cool spirit. Our blend creates a unique and powerful mix of sweetness and tartness, adding a bright morning alertness to our brews. To create this special jumble of lightness and vigor, we have added red rosebud, purple mountain rose hips and hibiscus to the basic leaves of our black tea. Sweet flavors require expert handling, and we have the skills to offer you the greatest morning tea in the nation.

Tasters Review:

I, for one, am overly ready to KISS SUMMER hello!  So when I saw this Summer Kiss tea from Red Leaf Tea Company I was very happy.  I know you aren’t supposed to judge a tea by it’s name – but I couldn’t resist!

This black tea had large rose buds in it and shouted SUMMER!  It was highly scented and the taste was pleasing – that is for sure!  The product description mentioned hibiscus – to be honest I didn’t notice it – and that is coming from someone who doesn’t favor hibiscus.  I know of the healthy benefits of hibiscus and really wished I did LOVE it but I usually find it too tart or too sweet or distracting for me.  I will say – whatever Red Leaf did with it in flavoring the black tea here – is PERFECT!  At least for my personal preferences!

The black tea taste is a little weaker of the black teas I have had but  that is ok…I don’t think a big, bold, black would work here with this blend…so again…Red Leaf is “right on”.  Then there is the rose.  The roses are beautiful and very flavorful!  I recently found this nutritional info about infusing rose buds and petals and thought I would share it with you…

Rose hips are consumed in tea in part for their nutritional value. According to, a single ounce of rose hips contains 24 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, 5 percent of calcium, and a whopping 199 percent of vitamin C. Native Americans used rose hips in teas, and then, rather than discarding the remaining hips, added them to soups and stews because they were too nutritious to waste. Rose petals have also been used to make tea, but their nutritional content has not been studied.

This is a healthy, fun, summery tea!  I sure did put a smile on my face!  I think it will put one on yours, too!

Soothing Lemon Wellness from Teas & Tapestries

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Teas & Tapestries

Product Description:

(Organic Caffeine Free Rooibos Tea) This tea blend has a sparkling-like lemon flavor which gives this blend a fresh and lively character – terrific served hot and sensational served iced! This tea is very soothing when served hot with a little honey, perfect for those winter sore throats! Rooibos is an ultra fine, delicate tea and once brewed it will produce a hearty red color with a warm scent. Rooibos holds a superior, natural sweetness that is unsurpassed with a smooth and aromatic after taste!

Modern medical institutes and, most notably Japan have taken quick notice of the medical benefits of consuming this beverage and have amassed findings on Rooibos including anti-viral, anti-spasmodic and anti-allergic properties. They have also found that Rooibos is over 50 times more active in anti-oxidant properties then green tea!

Rooibos is caffeine free, rich in naturally occurring trace elements, and contains healthy amounts of Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Fluoride, Manganese, Zinc, Calcium, and Vitamin C. It also contains fair amounts of alpha-hydroxy acid, which is known to promote healthy skin. This is truly an amazing plant that is just starting to make its way into western culture from its mountain peak home of South Africa.

This tea is not a commercial blend, but I personally hand mix it in small batches to ensure quality and uniformity of each and every custom tea tin.

Brew: Steep 1 teaspoon in 8 oz water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 5-7 minutes. This particular blend is excellent iced and I recommend brewing 5-6 teaspoons of loose tea to make a mild 1 gallon of sun tea that is phenomenal served over ice! This will make your tea tin produce almost 5 gallons of iced tea and it is an excellent way to welcome company into your home 🙂

Organic Ingredients: Red Rooibos, Lemon Peel, Lemon grass

Taste: Sparkling-like lemon flavor, fresh & lively. Excellent hot or cold!

Each tin contains 1/2 cup of loose tea and will make approximately 20 cups of brewed tea.

Tasters Review:

Soothing Lemon Wellness is very nice. I like lemon…usually LOTS and LOTS of lemon in types of tisanes like this…but the lemon is more mellow than I thought it would be and I do like it quite a bit still.

Maybe that is what they mean by SOOTHING.  Regardless this is a satisfying cup.

This seems like it would be the perfect ending to a stressful day.  I assume, but have yet to try, that it would be lovely iced, as well.