Product Review: Golden Amber Teadrops

goldenamberAbout Teadrops:

Elaborate tea ceremonies have a time and place. However, if you desire high quality tea and are short on time and tea props, then meet Teadrops. 

Each Teadrop is a portable morsel comprised of finely sourced tea from India, natural sugar, and aromatic spices creating a blissful tea blend that can be enjoyed any time, any place, with just hot water. No special tools, no steeping time, no tea expertise necessary. 

About Golden Amber Teadrops:

Imagine yourself immersed in a tropical valley of vanilla orchids, watching the amber sun as it magically dances across the distant mountain peaks. This beautiful image is what Golden Amber Teadrops evokes when one drinks it. A simple vanilla white tea, that is gentle to the senses, soothing, and sweet. White tea is the mildest of all tea varieties and subtly blends with pure vanilla in perfect harmony. 

Learn more about Teadrops here.

Taster’s Review:

After tasting the Cardamom Spice Teadrops, I was very excited to try the other flavors that this company has available.  The next teadrop in my teacup?  Golden Amber!  It’s made with white tea leaves and vanilla.

When I opened the little cellophane wrapper of the Golden Amber Teadrop, I could smell the vanilla.  It smells so good!

This is really quite tasty.  The white tea base tastes like a fine quality white tea.  I taste white tea:  sweet, crisp, light, refreshing, with notes of hay and a slight earthiness.  I also note hints of melon which is complemented nicely with the sweet, creamy vanilla flavor.

The vanilla is soft and this accentuates the soft, subtle notes of the white tea in a really lovely way.  There seems to be just the right amount of vanilla in this tea for me – enough to provide that luscious, sweet flavor of vanilla that I love but not so much that it overwhelms the delicate quality of the white tea.  A really delightful balance has been achieved with this product.

As with the Cardamom Spice Teadrops, these are also sweetened.  I wished there wasn’t sugar added to the Cardamom Spice, and I wish there wasn’t sugar added to these Golden Amber Teadrops.  However, they aren’t too sweet.  That is usually my big complaint with pre-sweetened products:  they’re too sweet.  Like RTD teas.  Way too sweet.  But this … isn’t.  This is sweet but not cloyingly so, and I like the way that the light sweetener here highlights the vanilla notes.

This product also does have the sediment at the bottom of the teacup.  But as I mentioned with the other teadrops I tried, none of that sediment affects the sip until I get to about 1/2 inch to the bottom of the cup.  Once you reach that point, stop drinking and you won’t get floaters in your sip.

teadroprefillAs you may remember in my review of the Cardamom Spice Teadrops (you can check out that review by clicking on this link), I mentioned that I felt that this company should consider developing a “refill” box option for their teadrops.  The beautiful wooden “slide” box is amazing, but, I felt that for those customers who wanted to buy teadrops again … well, they might not need another wooden box, you know?  So, why not offer a refill option at a lower price for those returning customers.

Well, they listened to me!  (I love it when that happens.  Occasionally, I do have good ideas.)  They now offer a refill option for their three tea flavors.  Nice!  They also offer free shipping on all their orders:  more niceness.  And these Golden Amber Teadrops … are also very nice!

I am really happy with this product.  These would make a really nice gift for a tea drinker who is a frequent traveler, or someone who needs some convenience with their cuppa!

Rain Drop from Kaleisia Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Kaleisia Tea

Tea Description:

Chase the rain away with the sweet bright flavor of this fruity blend of green tea, orange peels, Everlasting flowers and strawberries.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It just started raining outside (I do live in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s been known to rain here from time to time), and I thought that this would be a perfect time to try this Rain Drop tea from Kaleisia.

This tea is really tasty.  The strawberry flavor is good and strong, with a sweet berry flavor with that tingly-tart aftertaste – just like the real thing!  The orange notes accent the strawberry nicely, giving the cup a nice depth and contrast.  The flowers here lend a very faint floral tone to the cup, I think that they are added more for appearances than for actual flavor, though … and with that in mind they do certainly make the dry leaf look very appealing.

The green tea tastes lightly buttery, just very slightly creamy, with a hint of vegetative taste that tastes a bit more grassy than vegetable-like.  It is a very fresh sort of grass taste though, and I find that it lends itself well to the overall “fresh” taste of the cup.  It tastes like springtime!

A very nice cuppa.  This one tastes really good iced too!

Lemon Drop from California Tea House

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  California Tea House

Company Description:

Chamomile Lemon Drop is a smooth blend of very healthy Sencha green tea with fresh-cut ginger root, lemon myrtle, a few citrus peels, lemon grass, orange preserves and English chamomile.  This is a very refreshing green tea that we like to drink in the early afternoon.

Taster’s Review:

I reviewed this tea previously, but, it’s so good that I feel like writing about it again!

This is a really delicious blend.  The flavors are very well balanced.  Nothing overpowering or competing with anything else.  Just a refreshingly light tea experience that is pleasantly sweet.

The Sencha is light and offers a hint of buttery taste to the cup which is further complimented by the lemongrass.  This tastes lemony, but it isn’t sour.  It is lightly tart, and leaves a citrus-y tingle on the tip of tongue in the finish.

The chamomile is delicate in this blend, as is the ginger.  It is incredibly relaxing to sip, and it is one that I’d recommend for early evening when you’re at that point in your day that you want to wind down but aren’t quite ready to pack it in yet.