Nicole Relax Raspberry/Hey Bestea -CuppaGeek-

Who doesn’t love a lovely raspberry herbal tea?

Nicole Relax Raspberry is a lovely blend of raspberry pieces, lemongrass, and what looks to be either rose or hibiscus pieces.  The ingredients are not listed on the package but I do see they are listed on the website.

Brewed up with water at boiling and allowed to steep for about 5 minutes, this tea blend really hit the spot. Tart raspberry and hibiscus notes mingled and softened by the lemongrass with a sweet finish.  What I loved was this tea is described as being relaxing and most relaxing blends have chamomile.  For being a non traditional relaxing blend, this tea really hit the spot.

With ingredients like raspberry, hibiscus, and lemongrass- this blend really called for a solid cold brew.  Set up in a mason jar with cold water and allowed to brew overnight, this tea may have actually been a bit better iced.  I really loved how the tart raspberry notes really popped with the citrus lemongrass finish.  This is definitely a blend for those lovers of all things hibiscus.

Overall, this blend though simple, is really top notch for a fruit tisane.  Lovely, simple, but really on point.  A great tea to enjoy any time of the day but one I think would be perfectly paired with a good book on a rainy day.

All in all, a great first cuppa from a new company to me.

Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy: Hey Bestea


Our bestea Nicole is all about living a life of leisure and relaxation. So take five minutes, brew yourself a cup of Nicole relax raspberry tea to relax your body and soul. Since this refreshing tea blend is packed with vitamins, your body is going to say “ I love you” with every sip.

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Lemongrass and Ginger. . . .Empa-Tea/Miss TeaSmith

Things have been unique as of late with my family.  We are currently experiencing some life changing news and are working on addressing and processing all of this new info we’ve been given.  Except for me- who has decided to go on this mad teaware and tea buying spree, which is not necessarily a bad thing- I just have not had the mind set to sit down and actually enjoy what I’ve been buying as of late.

Until this beauty showed up at my door.  Empa-Tea is a simple blend of ginger and lemongrass that we’ve seen a few different versions of.  Sometimes there is a bit of rose or lavender in the blend but an herbal ginger lemongrass blend is pretty common.  This particular blend only has ginger and lemongrass listed in the ingredients on the label (on the website the ingredients also list lime peel, lemon verbena, lime leaves, red peppercorns and sunflower petals)  but I am spying some peppercorn along with possibly some citrus peel as well.  The name struck me and it seemed like the perfect time to check this blend out.

I prepped this blend a few different ways but my absolute favorite way was to cold brew this blend over night in sparkling water from my Soda Stream. I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Bright pops of the ginger and lemongrass really blend well with the citrus undertones and the fresh bubbles of the sparkling water.  Our lovely VariaTea creates unique tea concoctions all the time and I thought I’d try my hand with this blend.  And so happy I did.  Bubbly sweet, spicy, with a citrus note. . .you can’t go wrong.  Completely puts the sparkling water flavors you can pick up at the local grocery store to shame or at least a bit.

I did try this blend as both a regular cold brew and brewed hot and all were lovely.  The prominent notes that came across with each brewing was the ginger and the lemongrass.  The citrus notes were more muted when hot brewed but cold brewed you were able to pick up on those.

Versatile blend and classic flavors, you really can’t go wrong with a solid fresh ginger lemongrass blend like Empa-Tea no matter how you prep it.

Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Miss TeaSmith


ingredients – Ginger, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lemon peel, Lime Leaves, Red Peppercorns, Sunflower Petals

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**This tea was sent to the SororiTea Sisters in exchange for a review**

Peppermint Lemongrass from Old Barrel Tea Co. . . .

The more tea-drinking years I get under my belt, the more difficult it is to find a flavor like I’ve never had before, especially when it comes to herbals. Now, don’t get me wrong, tea friends– I have lots of excellent, interesting blends filling my cabinets. But when something is as simple as this peppermint lemongrass blend from Old Barrel Tea Co, I don’t necessarily expect for it to knock my socks off.

Consider me proven wrong.

As far as I can tell, this herbal from Old Barrel isn’t chemical, nothing added or artificial, just herbs in all their glory– but it is jam-packed with flavor. The mint is tingly and fresh, the lemongrass bright and sweet. Blended together, it’s the perfect cup to settle your stomach after a heavy dinner, to wake you up in the afternoon slump, or just to sip when spring feels oh-so-far away (just me?! Cabin fever is SO REAL, you guys). Sometimes, simpler really IS better– and in this case, that definitely holds true!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Old Barrel Tea Co

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Ginger Lemongrass from Tea Forte. . . . . .

I was gifted this adorable box of Tea Forte silken infusers tea. There are several flavors but I just can’t stop drinking the ginger lemongrass. Ginger and lemongrass are two of my favorite flavors. I’ve also been a fan of drinking ginger tea for awhile now.

Combining the two flavors is absolutely brilliant in my opinion. Everything is balanced in this blend. I can taste and smell both the ginger and the lemongrass. The ingredients include lemon peel, which complements the lemongrass. It also has spearmint leaves, so it has a very, very subtle taste of mint.

Everything about this tea is soothing. The smell is invigorating and calming, and the taste is fresh, soothing, and very calming. This is a tea you drink when you have a little bit of a stomach ache as ginger and mint are very helpful for that.

I also should mention the adorable tea bags are actually cylinders, and there is a little leaf at the end of the string that happily bobs around as your tea is brewing.

Everything about this tea is absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to try the other flavors, maybe once I’ve had all the ginger lemongrass!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Tea Forte

Ginger Lemongrass is a soothing, multi-layered blend radiating with sunny citrus notes enlivened with the tingle of ginger. A fruity, bright cup with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

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39th Parallel Pear Iced White Tea from Teakoe Tea

Parallel-PearTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White & Green Teas

Where to Buy: Teakoe

Tea Description:

Inhale the fresh air and let your spirit soar while sipping this uplifting infusion of crisp pear, lemongrass & chamomile. Admire America’s scenic landscape, cruising a mile high with a bird’s eye view.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It has been crazy hot these last few days.  Time for iced tea!

I love the idea of throwing a tea bag into a pitcher over night and in the morning you are greeted with a gourmet iced tea to take along with you on the way to work.  This is something I have been doing with my loose leaf tea quite a bit lately, but I love the idea of the tea already being in a bag for me.

Recently, I discovered Teakoe, a company in Colorado that creates their teas in small batches.  I couldn’t wait to try them and this was one I had my eye on from the start.  The packaging is fantastic.  I love the overall look of the pouch.  So very cool.

I followed the instructions on the back of the pouch and away I went.  In the morning, I poured myself two pretty nice sized travel mugs for the start of my day.  I couldn’t wait to try this fun combination of white tea, green tea, chamomile, lemongrass, and pear.  The one ingredient I hadn’t counted on was stevia.

Unfortunately, my first go around with this tea, the stevia was the first flavor that popped and really dominated the cup.  But fortunately for me, I brought along the tea bag, so I just finished what I had brought with me while I was steeping the tea bag again in a pitcher I keep at work.

The second infusion was a lot better.  I think a lot of the stevia poured it’s little heart and soul into the first infusion so there were just traces of it in the second.  This infusion was full of flavor.  Bright crisp pear, vibrant lemongrass, a delightful herbal note of chamomile, a rich buttery green tea with a sweet white tea to finish off the sip.  You can’t get much better than that.  I ended up getting two more infusions out of the tea bag.  The next infusion was just as good as the second one where I was able to really pull out those bright flavors.  By the fourth infusion, I knew I had tried my luck one too many times.  The flavors were weak and barely there.  But hey, I was on my fourth infusion. I was expecting this sort of flavor from the 3rd infusion.

I am quite happy with this tea even with the stevia issue.  I found myself wanting more  of the tea the next day so the stevia must not have darkened my opinion of this tea too much.  I think this was a great first experience with a new tea company (to me at least).  I hope all my experiences are this great with Teakoe!