Happy Monday morning tea friends! Hope your weekend was a great one. Mine was mainly because my Sipsby Box arrived for February. I’ve been a subscriber to Sipsby for sometime and I have to say, their selections just keep getting better. This month I only received one tea that I know I won’t be able to drink and that is mainly due to medical reasons. I was super happy to see one of my favorite tea companies in my box, The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co.
If you haven’t had tea from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co, I encourage you to check them out. Flavored and Straight Tea drinkers alike can find delicious offerings. This particular blend, Red Hot Hibiscus, was the perfect way to enjoy some subtle Valentine vibes before the big day later this week. Consisting of organic cinnamon, hibiscus, and orange peel, this blend had my name written all over it.
I brewed up with water prep at boiling and allowed to steep for about 5 minutes and cooled for an additional 4. I was slightly nervous this tea would deliver a super tart punch first sip in, but that wasn’t the case at all. The main flavor that really comes across is the cinnamon and this cinnamon isn’t overly spiced. Just a delicious solid flavor. The tartness from the hibiscus and citrus notes from the orange peel really pull together and mingle gorgeously with the cinnamon, providing you almost with this sweetly spiced orange punch tone. A delicious evening treat and a nice change of pace from the traditional chamomile evening blends I usually enjoy.
Overall, an incredibly delicious herbal that is simple and to the point. I ended up drinking my entire pouch of this tea in one night and sadly wish I had saved some to try as a cold brew. Nevertheless, this blend reminds me just how much I do enjoy The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co and appreciate my Sipsby Box.
Can’t wait to dig into the other goodies I received later today!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co.
Sweet cinnamon and tart hibiscus are blended to a perfect balance. Orange zest provides a fruity background. This tea is fantastic hot or iced and actually deserves extra steep time for its full flavor to shine!
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Lost Maples from CatspringYaupon. . . October’s Sips by Box. . . .
A few days ago, my first Sips by box arrived. Included were four unique designed teas curated to my tastes and likes. Sips by is a monthly subscription box that curates teas to a survey/profile that you put together. Each month you receive four teas that you want, which I love. Being one that is picky about their herbal and black teas, I loved the fact that I could say no to certain teas while including tea varieties that I’ve always wanted to try.
My first box was a huge success and so far I’ve loved all of the teas I’ve tried. Lost Maples from Catsprinng Yaupon was the first tea that caught my eye and so far my favorite of the bunch. I’ve tried Catspring Yaupons tea before and was excited to try this medium roast version of Yaupon.
Yaupon is a plant that grows wild in North America. The plant itself is naturally caffeinated and this particular Yaupon is harvested right on the Catspring Ranch and conveniently packaged in tea bag form or loose leaf if you like. The last time I experienced Catspring’s Yaupon Tea, I had the loose leaf option, which I loved. This go around I’m enjoying the tea bag version.
And am I enjoying this tea. If you have never experienced Yaupon tea, I encourage you to do so. With a light vegetal undertone and a roasted flavor, this tea could be compared to an yerba mate tea blend but with a lighter and more airy feel. Through each sip, you can almost get this roasted chicory note that reminds me of coffee.
This is one of those teas that I’ve always meant to pick up more of and just never got around to it. Thanks Sips by for reminding me what a smooth well balanced tea that I’ve been missing in my tea drinking routine!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Yaupon
Where to Buy: Catspring/Sips by
Sips by™ is a startup based in Austin, Texas, founded by a small group of tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized, and affordable.