Green Rooibos from M&K’s Tea Co

greenrooibosTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal.

Where to Buy: M&K’s Tea Co

Tea Description:

The non-oxidized, green counterpart to the redbush rooibos you may have heard everyone talking about! Less red, more green, less autumn, more spring! Green rooibos tastes much more vegetal and refreshing and less robust than regular rooibos. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The weather is getting warmer and the spring bug is starting to set in.  I’ve noticed that my iced tea intake has gone way up.  My kids have the bug too.  Everyday they ask me if they HAVE to go to school.  My five year old who goes to a pre-K program has already declared himself as being done with learning and school.  I had to inform him that he has many years ahead of him and that next year he will be going all day next year versus the half day he currently goes now.

This tea reminds me of springtime.  The dry leaves smell very vegetal and have a hay/grass like smell to them.  Brewed up (212F-3tbsp-5 minutes in my Breville-then poured into a tumbler of ice) this is honey goodness.

Beautifully done. Smooth and honey like. A well done yet simple tea.  I’m not picking up any kind of vegetal flavor like the description had said.  That is fine with me.  This hit the spot.  Just wish I would have brought more along with me. I could drink this all day. Yum!

Dark Roast Gunpowder from M&K’s Tea Co.


Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: M&K’s Tea Co.

Tea Description:

An M&K’s exclusive! Simply made, we take the famous gunpowder tea of China and roast it in our own quarters, creating a truly unique green tea that is very nutty and reminiscent of a lighter cup of coffee if brewed correctly. This is a great tea if you want something stronger or if you enjoy roasted oolong teas, smokey teas, dark teas (pu-erh tea), or even roasted yerba mate!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I had never had anything like this Dark Roast Gunpowder so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I really like the teas that I have had previously from M&K’s Tea Co.  They are one of my favorite companies to order from.  They have even added honey to their site that are flavored.  They sound fantastic.  One or two bottles might find their way into my next order.

On to the tea. . . I am glad I took a chance on this one.  Nutty, rich, smooth, malty with a side note of honey and smoke?  This is a very  unique tasting tea! I’m digging this one.  This reminds me of a dark roasted coffee without that bitter after taste you sometimes get.  I can see this one replacing my daily cup of joe I do enjoy each morning.  The roasted nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness really works.  The more I drink it, the more I am reminded of a sweet and salty snack where  you get the best of both worlds so to speak.  Dark roasted sweet goodness.

Highly recommend this one if you enjoy coffee or roasted teas.

Morningtime Black Tea from M&K’s Tea Company

morningtimeteaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  M&K’s Tea Company on Etsy

Tea Description:

We don’t have a catchy intro for this tea. But it’s smooth, jolting, and flavorful. We consider this tea to be our flagship blend, perfect for the morning. Extra-strong Ceylon tea, Chinese Dianhong Gong Fu and Keemun tea, and Indian Assam tea: three continents in your cup! This blend is part of the Original 20 M&K’s Blends.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  The above description suggests that this is a jolting blend, and let me tell you, they got that right!

I was happy to find that the sample from M&K’s of this tea is just the right amount to brew 500ml of tea in my Breville One Touch!  I poured the sample into the basket of the tea maker and added the water and then set the parameters for 212°F and 2 1/2 minutes.

The result delighted my taste buds!  This Morningtime Blend is a great wake-me-up tea.  It’s a bold, rich tasting black tea.  Full-flavored and well-rounded.  The sip starts out sweet yet bold.  I notice notes of caramel and molasses mingling with malty tones, earthy notes and flavors of stone fruit and flower.  There’s a lot of complexity beneath that robust, jarring flavor of WAKE UP!

Toward the tail, I pick up on light citrus tones and there is some dry astringency at the finish.  The tea isn’t bitter, however, I suspect that it could very well become bitter if the tea were oversteeped, so don’t do that.  I recommend no longer than 3 minutes brew time for this tea and from there, experiment a bit and find that right time for you and your particular tastes.

Another thing that I’m appreciating about the blend is that it really is a blend.  A culmination of the four teas used to create the blend:  I can taste notes of malt from the Assam, a wine-like flavor and hints of smoke from the Keemun, citrus-like flavors from the Ceylon and a rich Chinese DianHong rounds everything out with its rich, satisfying flavor.  I can taste each of the components but they unite in this blend so well that it becomes almost seamless.

A really lovely breakfast blend type tea.  It would take the additions of milk and honey well, but I like it straight up!  It’s got just a little bit of edge to it that I like, but it isn’t too aggressive.  It gives me the alertness I need and the smooth, rich, roundness I love from a well-crafted tea.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve tried from this new-to-me company.  They have excellent customer service – they promptly reply to questions and my order arrived very quickly.  And I love these samplers!

Sweet Violet Tea from M&K’s Tea Company

SweetVioletTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Flower

Where to Buy:  M&K’s Tea Company on Etsy

Tea Description:

Sweet Chinese violets, creamy and sweet with just a hint of floral flavor! If you enjoy the lighter side of life (chamomile, rose buds, green tea) you will love this tea. Just throw a couple of flowers in some boiling water, and–viola! You have some sweet violet tea. Although this isn’t a rare flower, it is a difficult tea to locate, which makes us extra happy to offer it to our customers.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

Every once in a while, I’ll shop around on Etsy.  As an artist myself, I like supporting other artists.  And also, every once in a while, I’ll come across a new-to-me tea company whose offerings are too enticing to pass up.  Such is the case last week when I was looking around on Etsy and I found M&K’s Tea Company.

I was thrilled with the prices of their samplers.  The one I ultimately decided upon was just $4.99 for a custom five tea sampler, but there are several other samplers to choose from as well.   The order turnaround time is speedy:  I placed the order and the next business day, my order was already in transit!

I really like the packaging of the samples from M&K’s Tea Company.  The outer “sleeve” is a small Kraft envelope that is about the size of a coin envelope.  it has a “window” cut out of it to offer a visual of the tea which has been sealed in a small zipper pouch that’s been sealed inside the Kraft envelope.  The front outer label has the M&K’s logo and the name of the tea.  The back outer label offers brewing parameters, ingredients and harvest information.

Under the sealed flap of the Kraft envelope is “Your Lucky Tea Symbol.”  For this particular tea, my symbol is The Fox.  I’m not sure exactly what that means.  But it adds a little whimsy to the whole thing.

A lot of thought has gone into packaging and I like that.  I like that it has a certain “small company” type feel to it but some time and effort was invested in it to give it a quality appearance while also providing the customer with the information needed to properly brew a cup of tea!

So, this Sweet Violet Tea is the first of the teas that I’ll be trying from this new to me company!  Not actually a “tea” because it contains no camellia sinensis, this flower tisane is crafted from Sweet Violets.  The flowers are gorgeous, colorful, whole and beautifully fragrant.

To brew this, I emptied the sample into the basket of my Kati Tumbler.  The other samples from M&K’s hold enough for 500ml in my Breville One-Touch, but because these flowers are so large and bulky, the sample envelope looks like it’s just the right size for my tumbler.  There are four whole flowers in the sample package, which seems about right for the size of the tumbler.  Maybe one flower too many, but I’d rather go a little more on the leaf than a little less.

I filled the tumbler with water heated to 195°F and steeped the flowers for 8 minutes.  (Incidentally, I didn’t follow the parameters as suggested on the packet, which called for 2 whole flowers per cup of boiling water, steeped for 2 – 5 minutes.)

Viola odarata aka Sweet Violets. Photo from Wikipedia. Click on the pic to go there.

Wow!  I like this!  I can’t think of another time that I’ve consumed a “pure Sweet Violet” tea/tisane such as this.  I’ve had other flower teas, of course, but no Sweet Violets.  I like this a lot.

The above description compares it to “the lighter side”  and uses Chamomile, Rose Buds and Green Tea as examples.  I think I like this better than chamomile.  I like green tea better, but I think this would make a really good blend with green tea, I think.  Perhaps a Dragon Well.  As for rosebuds, this reminds me a bit of a rosebud tisane.  The floral notes of a rosebud tea are maybe a little sharper – here, they’re soft and … well, the word I want to use is “fluffy.”  There is a creaminess to this that I don’t experience with a rosebud tisane and that’s what’s giving it the fluffy taste.

So, I think I might actually like this better than a rosebud tisane.  Or at least just as much.

The flowery notes are not sharp, they’re soft and sweet.  And like the description above suggests, the floral notes are delicate.  They don’t taste perfume-y or soapy at all.  And the cup has a barely there floral aroma which kind of surprised me (I did, after all, steep flowers!)  There really isn’t much aroma to the liquid at all.  But the flavor is really enjoyable.  I don’t generally get all excited over tisanes – I prefer my camellia sinensis – but this is actually one that I could see myself wanting to keep in my pantry.  It’s really quite lovely!

And as it represent my first tea experience with M&K’s Tea Company, I’d say that we’re off to a really good start!