Sunshine Cottage from Sunshine Cottage

sunshinecottageTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Sunshine Cottage

Tea Description:

Good Morning Sunshine! Start every morning off with this bright and happy, citrus and tropical fruit blend, and you’ll start every day with a smile. Lovely as is, with a drizzle of honey, even a splash of milk. Great iced when the weather heats up!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Good morning sunshine is right! This tea starts your morning off right!

This lovely tea is from the amazing Sunshine Cottage Etsy store, a store for all those flavored black tea fans out there.  Sunshine Cottage tea is a take on a tropical tea and a happy way to wake up in the morning with a bright colored tea to add to your tea spot.

I brewed this tea up with boiling water and let it steep for about 4 minutes.  Allowed it to cool for a moment and then indulged myself in the tropical citrus aroma that was delighting me.

First sip and yes! This tea is a tropical citrus tea for sure.  The citrus is almost like a juicy tangerine flavor while the tropical flavors are more subtle in the background.  There are hints of this tea becoming astringent but I’m not picking that up right away.  It is more of a lingering aftertaste from drinking the tea for a few moments.

On the package of the tea there was also a note about jasmine being in the blend and I’m sad that I’m not picking up those notes.  I can’t say what a jasmine tropical citrus tea would taste like and honestly it may not go well together but I kind of want to try it.

As the tea sits now it was a delight and one that I would have no probably making up for the family to enjoy.  I bet this would make an incredible iced tea and I have plans to try this as a cold brew to enjoy in the morning.

Peaceful Pineapple from Treehouse Teas

PeacefulPineappleTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Treehouse Teas

Tea Description:

Peaceful Pineapple Organic Green Loose Leaf Tea

Relax, unwind and find your inner peace. Organic Blue Mallow Flowers, Organic Chinese Green Tea, Natural Mango Flavor, Organic Marigold Petals, Natural Papaya Flavor, and Natural Pineapple Flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Peaceful Pineapple. That name kind of struck me as a bit odd only because when I think of pineapple, I think of parities and fruit trays.  Not relaxing and unwinding.  But hey, I’m nothing but one to take in all experiences.  So if this tea will help me unwind, I’m good with it!

This green flavored tea was quite lovely to look at.  I enjoyed the pop of purple amongst the green tea leaves.  I steeped this up with the green tea setting on my Breville and was excited to try a pineapple flavored tea.  In the past these have been hit or miss with me. A lot more times than not, the pineapple flavor either doesn’t come across as being true pineapple-more of a tropical papaya flavor.

First sip and I’m a bit confused by the tea.  All I am really getting is a green tea flavor and a confusing one at that.  I’m not really getting the mango, papaya, or pineapple flavors.  More of just this more or less bland green tea. No real flavor is singing to me or even one flavor I can discern from another.  I’m wondering if there is too much going on or if I need to try cold brewing this pineapple tea to make the flavors pop.  As it sits, the flavors just aren’t there for me so I’m going to dump this cuppa out and try experimenting with this tea a bit more down the road.  I was hoping I would have a nice tropical flavor to drink this afternoon.  Looks like I need to keep looking or need to keep experimenting!