Steamed Honey Green from Embrew. . .Sweetener and Tea All in One!

A few weeks ago, Embrew contacted the SororiTea Sisters to see if we were interested in reviewing their tea bags. I for one was intrigued but also curious on how I would like their teas. Let me explain.

Embrew offers tea in a unique way- in a tea bag with a sweetener already in. So there is no need to add any additional sugar or honey, unless you want to. Being one that typically only adds cream to my tea, I wondered how much I would enjoy their teas or if I thought they would be way too sugary.

Steamed Honey Green had my name written all over it. I’m a huge green tea fan and if I’m going to sweeten a tea, I’d prefer to have honey added in instead of stevia.  I did find out later that there is also refiners sugar in this blend as well.

Prepped up like a green tea, I allowed this tea to steep for 3 minutes. There are caution notes of oversteeping this tea so I made sure to pay attention.

After allowing the tea to cool for a few moments, I took my first sip and was greeted with this really lush smooth honey green tea flavor that wasn’t too sweet but just right. I was surprised by how much I actually liked this tea spiked with sweetness. The honey really provided the much needed contrast to the green tea.  And the green tea was just delicious and one that I would love to try without the added sweetness.

I can see this tea being one that you use in the afternoon for that sweet tooth craving instead of heading for a sugary snack.  I was able to get a couple infusions out of the tea and the longer the tea steeped (yes, I broke their 3 minute steeping rule the second infusion. oops!) the sweeter the tea became. I was expecting more of a bitter note to come through but that wasn’t the case at all.

Before I decided I was completely done with this tea bag, I threw the bag into a cup of ice water and allowed the tea to brew for a bit.  The green tea definitely played second fiddle to the sweeteners when prepared like this, but this was also the third infusion so I can see how that happened.

All in all, this is an interesting way to enjoy tea. With the different flavors Embrew offers like Creamy Honey Oolong, Amber Black Maple, Bourbon Smoked White, and Lavender Chamomile Kick, there is enough teas to keep my interests for some time. The price tag is a bit higher on these teas. For example the Steamed Honey Green is about $14 for 10 tea bags, but if you are able to take into consideration the fact that this is something different and can be infused  few times over, the price doesn’t seem too bad.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy: Embrew

This is a steamed green tea which gives a smooth, velvety texture with a soft aftertaste and little bitterness. We’ve blended it with a rich granulated honey.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Green Tea and Honey – Bob’s Mellow Mood from Marley’s Beverage Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To By: Marley’s Beverage Company

Product Description:

Marley Beverages have developed a special blend of ingredients that will calm your soul and ease your mind. Marley Mellow Mood is not an energy drink but a relaxation drink. With all the chaos around the world we feel that it is important for everyone to be able to relax, whether your stressed or wanting to mellow down, Marley Mellow Mood is your premium relaxation drink.

Marley Beverage Company has launched a premium line of natural and healthful beverage products to coincide with the iconic cultural image and universal recognition of Bob Marley. MBC first launched 100% all natural relaxation beverages followed by high quality teas, carbonated beverages, and soon we will have juices and coffee drinks. MBC is currently has supplied products in select North American geographic regions and plans to launch additional international markets in Fall 2010.

Ingredients: Green Tea, Valerian Root Extract, Lemon Balm, Chamomile Flower Extract, Hops Extract, Passionflower Extract, Melatonin, pure cane sugar, honey

Tasters Review:

It’s rare that I review a Bottled Tea but this one was just too interesting to pass up!

I want to start of by saying…I’m a fan of his music and his family’s charity work.  I have been to the Bob Marley Cafe in Orlando.  I have over 14 of his CDs.  Yeah…I guess you could say I’m a Bob Marley fan.

My parents recently surprised me with a groovy lil glass bottle of Bob Marley Iced Tea waiting.

I’m not going to lie…I was a little skeptical.  BUT…this iced tea was REALLY GOOD.   I mean REALLY GOOD.  Sure, it was sweet from the pure cane sugar and honey but it was mellow or what I like to call a “more pale type of sweet”.  It wasn’t overly sweet nor was it artificial tasting like many bottled iced teas can be.  I might say this is my new favorite bottled sweetened iced tea!  I am looking forward to trying the other 3.

This was a mellower juicy green tea that was sugary-sweet and didn’t leave a weird aftertaste, thankfully.  I ended up REALLY liking this and was very surprised!

Because this is a MELLOW MOOD tea – I will say that it lives up to its name.  It’s not often anything makes me drowsy but this actually did.  I will say that on the back of the bottle it does say not to exceed more than 2 bottles in one day and to space them out so they aren’t back-to-back.

I’ll leave you this morning with ONE LOVE by Bob Marley…