Notes on Beyond Blueberry/Akova -skysamurai-

I’m taking a leap out of my purist comfort zone to taste some cuppas by a new tea company.

The smell immediately pulsates up your nose when you open the bag. The blueberry aroma is like a club playing EDM.

Makes me wonder if we’ll ever see clubbing again…

This wonderful smell prepares you for something amazing in the flavor. Which unfortunately isn’t there.

It is tepid blueberry in flavor. To be honest, the flavor is very bland. Even the black leaf uninspiring.

My suggestion would be to add real blueberries to the blend (freeze dried if possible). Out of curiosity I’ve also steeped it cold to see if that would reveal better flavors. At five minutes it is still bland but something seems to be trying to peek out.

After 10 minutes there is a bit of cream and a bit more fruity. Which makes me wonder if this would be a good overnight iced tea. .


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Akova Teas

Description

Intoxicating black tea with the aroma of wild blueberries.

Ingredients: Black tea*, Elderberry* + Currant pieces*, Hibiscus petals*, Natural flavors (organic compliant)

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Notes on Gyokuro Superior/Sorate -skysamurai-

Lush, deep green.

These leaves are a fantastic color. If you are going to call it superior it better be a green like this.

The liquid is a clear, light amber. The mouthfeel is very smooth. Barely any astringency. Wet leaf smells of umami.

Not sure of how to explain that smell besides umami. It is warming and reminds me of soft Japanese udon. The flavor is slight grassy with vegetal notes. Garden veggies.

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Sorate

Description

Gyokuro was developed in Uji, Kyoto, home of our beloved farm.

The deep ties to Gyokuro’s homeland and production, making it the finest grade of Japanese Tea. It contains an elegant aroma and taste with soft tones presented in a light green color.

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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.


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Leaf Type:  Herbal/Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy: Hey Bestea

Description

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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Rose Moscato Green/Tielka Tea -CuppaGeek-

Sometimes when you receive tea mail, a tea instantly catches your eye.  That is exactly what happened when we recently received a lovely box of tea to review from Tielka Tea, an Australian tea company with one of the prettiest websites I’ve seen in a while.  Their tea blends are gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to steep this delight up.

First off, this tea is a green tea and with a name like Rose Moscato, I knew I was in for a treat!

Brewed up with water at 190F and allowed to steep for right around 3 minutes, this tea delivered on aroma and taste.  Beautiful rose notes fill the air long with that floral sweetness I’ve grown to really love and enjoy.  After having a long day, this blend exactly what I need to unwind and start to decompress.

First sip in, I have to say this tea is very simple but all of the flavors work- and work lovely. The green tea that is used in this blend is heavenly and I am a sucker for all things rose.  The tea itself has this romantic air about it and I’m thoroughly feeling indulged. I do have to note that there is a touch of tartness in the blend from the hibiscus and schisandra berries that adds this pop of tartness to counter act the sweetness from the rose petals and buttery richness of the green tea.

All in all, this tea captured this green tea lovin’ gal’s heart and I’m excited to dive into other teas from Tielka Tea and hope to make a purchase with them soon.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tielka Tea

Description

Wulu green tea, schisandra berries, hibiscus, and rose petals.

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Masala Chai Organic Black Tea/Rishi -TeaEqualsBliss

I’m doing my own personal sipdown during COVID that’s for sure! I’m flying thru a lot of the teas I have had on hand for a good-long-while including Masala Chai Organic Black Tea from Rishi Tea.

To be honest, I thought I already reviewed this one, but apparently I did NOT.

I drink chai like I drink tea…plain…straight-up…with nothing else in them. The spices are BOLD in this chai. The ingredients consist of Organic Black Tea, Organic Cardamom, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Black Pepper, and Organic Cloves. I almost typed GLOVES. Now…THAT would have been a tea I have never tried – hahaha!

As you can see – the ORGANIC theme runs thru this offering. It is certified USDA Organic and also Certified Kosher and both labels are clearly shown.

This is a bold chai and it reaches high standards. It’s a GOODIE!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Rishi Tea

Description

Tasting Notes
A robust, full-bodied black tea blended with aromatic traditional Indian masala spices
organic black tea, organic cinnamon, organic cardamom, organic ginger root, organic black pepper, organic clove

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