White Berry from Naked Teas Galore. . .

I keep calling this tea Berry White, perhaps because I think it should be named for the singer or just a fun pun. However, its White Berry which is more descriptive than anything given this is a tea made up of White Peony, Silver Needles, rosehips, blue cornflowers, flavoring.

I had just enough in my sample pulled from a traveling teabox to try this both hot and iced. Both methods were steeped for 4 minutes in 175F water, as per the company’s recommendation.

I started with the hot tea since that is the more standard brewing method and thus my control for flavor. Though it is a pretty smooth, summery tea, it lacks the berry flavor I hoped for. Instead this, to me at least, tastes vaguely floral.

Iced, this is even more floral and that I attribute to the white peony base. In fact, if I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was drinking a glass of iced white peony tea as opposed to a flavored white tea. Though that might not seem like a bad thing for those who enjoy this type of tea, it is not what I have been promised and so I find myself disappointed.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Naked Teas Galore

Smooth, light & refreshing berry tea!

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Berry Maple Waffles from Naked Teas Galore. . .

Everything about the name of this tea made my mouth water. Berries? Yes! Maple? Oh boy! Waffles! GET IN MAH BELLY!

The directions call for steeping it for three to five minutes and I kept it on the light side at three and a half because I saw the word in the ingredients that makes me cringe a little. Okay, sometimes I cringe a lot. Hibiscus.

There can’t be much hibiscus in here though, because even a minuscule amount can turn a tea bright red instantly, and this really doesn’t have a pink hue. Between the hibiscus, cranberries, and blueberries, this is a little tart if you are drinking it solo. I bet some milk would smooth it out a little but it is a really sweet tasting blend and for me sugar would be a bit much with it. To each his own.

With pastry and cookies, however, the tartness subsided and took a back seat, making it much more enjoyable. I smell maple flavoring in the dry leaf but I don’t get a lot of it in the taste.

It is great to see more and more available in organic options! If you like tart berry flavor without the wang of artificial flavors, this might be right up your alley.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Naked Teas Galore

Cup Characteristics:  Loaded with berries & maple flavour with a hint of cream.

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Black Forest Tea Blend from Naked Teas Galore

Black-ForestTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Naked Teas Galore

Tea Description:

This tea shares aromatic notes with merlot wine – chocolate, cherries, dried fruit and flowers. To taste, this blend is classic chocolate and cherries. Ceylon makes for a light black tea base – the backdrop for a fudge-y chocolate start and cherry on the finish. Add a splash of milk and a little sugar to mimic the whipped cream topping.

Learn more about this blend here.

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Taster’s Review:

When I read the name of this tea:  Black Forest Tea Blend from Naked Teas Galore, I got excited.  Black Forest to me means the cake – you know what I’m talking about, right?  The dark chocolate cake that’s topped with a glazed cherry topping and whipped cream.  YUM.

But then I read the ingredients.  Carob?  Ick.  Why carob?  Why not cacao shells?  Such an amazing chocolate flavor can be extracted from cacao shells.  I’m a chocoholic and I don’t like carob because carob DOES NOT taste like chocolate … at least not a good chocolate.  It tastes like carob.  It tastes like a poor man’s chocolate.  It tastes like imitation chocolate.  Ugh.

So, now my expectations are not all that high when it comes to this tea.  I’ll still try it and hope for the best.  Let’s see what happens.

OK … so this isn’t too bad.  It’s actually kind of tasty.  The chocolate flavor is a little weak (then again, this is a usual complaint of mine when it comes to chocolate teas, right?)  The cherry flavors come through nicely.  It’s not a super strong flavor, but, it’s enough to let you know it’s there.

The juniper berries offer a sharpness to the cup, again – not an overly strong flavor, but it does add some “focus” that I think this tea would lack if it wasn’t there.  I am also enjoying the rose notes that I taste.  Not something I’d normally expect in a Black Forest cake, but, I enjoyed it in the tea.

The black tea base is smooth and flavorful.  There is a sort of creaminess to the cup that develops as the tea cools, and I find this particular aspect of the tea quite enjoyable.  It is a medium-bodied black tea, so there’s not a lot of gusto to it, but, the flavors and tea meld well together to create a palate pleasing taste.

Overall, it’s not a bad tea.  I taste cherry, I taste a creaminess, I taste black tea.  I even taste a hint of something that could be chocolate if you don’t try to hone in on that particular note.  It’s certainly not as terrible as I thought it might be given that it’s flavored with carob rather than chocolate; I was able to finish the cup without grumbling.

I do still wish that Naked Teas Galore chose to employ cacao shells or nibs rather than carob, but, this tastes alright.  Not something I’d buy again, but I’d drink it again if it were offered to me.

Detox Tea from Naked Teas Galore

Detox-TeaTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Functional Tisane

Where to Buy:  Naked Teas Galore

Tisane Description:

This is crafted ever so carefully to ensure that no one ingredient overpowers another. Wow! What a blend. Balanced spice, herbaceous nettle and a subtle apple-like flavour brought by the chamomile. Soothing mint and sweet liquorice to finish.

Learn more about this tisane here.

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Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t all that excited to try this Detox Tea from Naked Teas Galore.  For one thing, it’s an herbal tisane, and for another it’s a functional herbal tisane.  Two strikes against it right from the start, and then it’s a chamomile blend too.  Yikes!

But I tried to remain positive and give it a try.  After all, Amoda Tea has been pretty good at selecting teas and even tisanes that make me happy that I’m a subscriber.  I mean, hey, if I wasn’t happy as a subscriber, I would have cancelled the subscription a long time ago.  (Speaking of subscribing, I highly recommend signing up for December’s box … it sounds like it’s going to be a winner!)

But, let’s get back to this Detox Tea, shall we?

This is actually a lot tastier than I thought it would be.  Normally, when I think “Detox Tea” or even “Functional Tisane,” I think that I’m in for a medicinal, herbaceous tasting drink.  Fortunately, this tastes neither medicinal or herbaceous to me.  The spices here are in the foreground, tasting more like cinnamon, cardamom, cinnamon and licorice than it does nettle or chamomile.

Oh sure, I can taste notes of the chamomile, and even hints of the herbaceous character of nettle and peppermint and dandelion root.  I taste notes of citrus from the lemongrass.  And all the flavors meld together in a way that is very tasty and not at all medicinal.

I like that the apple-y notes of the chamomile marry with the citrus tones of the lemongrass and the bright goji berry to create more of a “fruity” quality than distinct individual notes of each of these.  The same is true of the spices.  It doesn’t taste too much like any one of the spices, instead, I taste a medley of warm, zesty spice.

One of the nicer Detox tisanes that I’ve tasted … this is a detox I can stand behind, because this tastes really nice!

Nutty Enough Tisane from Naked Teas Galore


Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit/Herbal/Spice Melange (And a lot of nuts!)

Where to Buy:  Amoda Tea

Tisane Description:

We taste the brazil nuts upfront and the almond/marzipan near the end. It finishes with apple that is mouthwatering and nicely tart. Similar to opening a can of mixed nuts and snacking, this cup of tea is hard to put down.

Learn more about this tisane here.

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Taster’s Review:

This is the third tea/tisane from my April Amoda Tea Tasting Box.  And as you can see from the above information, Nutty Enough is a tisane from Naked Teas Galore.  The dry leaf looks a lot like (and smells a lot like!) what you might experience if you were to open a jar of mixed nuts.  Sure, there are some other components to this as well, like dried apple bits and cinnamon and cacao nibs … but it still looks like a bunch of nuts … and it smells like it too.

I taste the brazil nut right off the bat.  Then the cinnamon starts to come through as well as notes of apple.  I taste a hint of honey.  The cacao flavor is a little less distinct and I find that this is better experienced if you slurp the tea, which allows for maximum aeration of the tea and the palate can pick up those subtle notes of cocoa.

Now that I’m about halfway through my cup, this tastes a lot like what I’d imagine a cup of apple cider that’s been simmered with a handful of nuts instead of a bunch of spices.  The cinnamon is mild, and just enough to really accentuate the apple in a very pleasant way.  It’s really quite tasty – different, certainly! – but I like it.

As I am finishing this cup, I look forward to what teas Amoda Tea will be putting in my mailbox this month!  Have you subscribed yet?  Why not?  Click here to learn more.