Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas

smokyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Majesteas

Tea Description:

Our own special blend of fine black tea will delight the single-malt whiskey lover. This tea combines peaty smokiness with a hint of citrus.

Region: China, India, Sri Lanka

Leaf: Black, full leaf mixed with cut pieces

Water Temperature: 212F

Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

Preparation: Makes a good afternoon or morning tea, can be milked and sugared

Flavor Profile: Medium strength, smoky, peaty and smooth

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas is a heavy-duty tea for sure!  If you are a fan of Lapsang Souchong this tea will most likely intrigue you!  What makes this tea different from your average every day Lapsang Souchong is that this Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas is a blend of their fine black teas with a hint of citrus.  It is VERY smoky and quite ‘peaty’ as well.  Majestea says this tea will delight ‘the single-malt whiskey love’ and that it is ‘perfect after a meal.’

It’s nothing short of a ‘slap you in the face’ morning wake-up tea but if you are afraid of smoky teas you have been warned.

The citrus notes are moreso in the front of the sip and the malt finishes everything off.  Personally I enjoy this tea after the appropriate brew/infusion times and at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.  It seems to bring more of the citrus notes out.

This is an oldie-but-a-goody from my stash that I am not sadly out of.  Perhaps this is a smokey tea that you will enjoy!  If you do be sure to let us know in comments!

Whiskey & Cola Flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

whiskycolaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said before, I don’t drink a lot of alcohol.  There was a time though, that I drank my fair share (some might suggest it was more than my fair share), and one of my favorite beverages back then was Jack Daniels and Pepsi.  So, I was excited to try this Whiskey & Cola Flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas.

When I opened the package, I could definitely smell the cola notes.  They were strong.  The whisky was not quite as apparent, but I could pick up on softer whisky notes.

The same proved true once the tea was brewed and chilled.  I can certainly taste the cola aspect here but I found the whisky notes a little more difficult to discern from the first couple of sips.  Once I had consumed about half a glass of this iced tea, though, I started to pick up on the flavor of the Whisky. 

The black tea is smooth and mellow, and melds really well with these flavors.  It’s as if the three flavors are made for each other.  The aftertaste I can definitely taste the flavor of Whisky and Cola.  This is actually tastier than I remember my Jack Daniels and Pepsi from my younger days.

Overall, this is tasty and refreshing.  Not my favorite from SBT, but certainly one I’d enjoy now and again.

Branson’s Private Blend from Tea For All Reasons

BransonsTea Type:
Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Tea For All Reasons

Product Descriptions:

This custom blend is another addition to our Downton Abbey Collection. Branson’s loyalty to Ireland extends to his love of a good, strong cuppa tea. We’ve given it unique character, just like his rebellious streak. In this case, his private blend is an Irish Cream tea with a hint of chocolate and whiskey taste (though, no worries, there is no alcohol content in this tea).

Tasters Review:


I’ve been wanting to start watching Downton Abbey for a while and still haven’t.  All I know is – this specialty blend smells AWESOME!!!!  Creamy Chocolate Whiskey?  YES PLEASE!


I’m so grateful to be sipping on this! I’m so excited to have received a package in the mail from Tea For All Reasons!  I’ve always admired their blending ability and lovely themes and names for teas!  They truly live up to their name – TEA FOR ALL REASONS!

The post-infusion color of this tea is a bit lighter in color than I thought it would be.  It’s a orange-ish brown about medium in color.  The black tea base is a gentle medium flavor, too.  It doesn’t taste like cream, persay, but it has a creamy texture.  If you have ever had those chocolate covered whiskey shots (candies) before that is what this tastes like.  It’s pretty awesome, I must say!  Very yummy!

This is a MUST TRY Tea!

Whisky White Tea from David’s Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Product Description:

Love unwinding with a glass of whisky after a long work day? Here’s a version you can sip at the office all day long. With white Bai Mu Dan, sweet pieces of peach, macadamia nuts, and a big hit of smoky whisky flavour, this rich blend might just replace the bottle of bourbon you have stashed in the back of your desk. Of course, spiking it with an extra splash of whisky wouldn’t hurt.

Taster’s Review:

I am not a big fan of liquor in general, but, I do find myself rather fascinated with liquor flavored teas like this Whisky White Tea from David’s Tea.

The scent of the brewed tea has a very strong whisky scent and the flavor is remarkably smooth.  Overall, it’s a very delicate cuppa, from the soft Bai Mu Dan base, to the hint of whisky flavor, and a whisper of peach and sweet nutty undertones.  I like that I can taste each of these components distinctly, and yet everything is very light and refreshing and nicely balanced.

This is really delicious served hot or on the rocks.  This is an excellent way to unwind after a hard day at work … even while you’re still at work!