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Raspberry Lemonade from Because UR Priceless

This is the second tea I’ve tried from Because UR Priceless and I have to say I’m impressed.  I loved their take on an earl grey and vanilla blend so I was quite excited to steep up some of this Raspberry Lemonade.

Raspberry Lemonade is a blend of organic ingredients:  green tea, huge chunks of raspberries, hibiscus, lemon peel, spearmint, and licorice root. The idea of a raspberry lemonade green tea blend just makes me happy.  First note impression of this tea was that the blend lends itself to a cheery note. Bright pops of red on a bed of green and peach toned ingredients. Quite striking actually.

I set about steeping the tea and loved watching the brew turn to a gorgeous pink color.  Allowed the tea to steep for about 3 minutes and then cool for another minute or two. Took my first sip and was greeted with sunshine!

Bright vibrant and slightly tart notes of raspberries with a hint of lemon and mint followed up with a smooth buttery green tea love. This is one of those teas that you just want to indulge in all afternoon! I love the combination of fresh raspberries and green tea. This smooth slightly tart duo really works well with the mint allowing a refreshing tone.

Very well done and all of the flavors are balanced perfectly.  Couldn’t really ask for more from a flavored green tea blend! This one shines happiness!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Because UR Priceless

isla_280x280.16536979_nil04b3tDescription:

RASPBERRY LEMONADE brings together the wonderful antioxidant properties* of green tea with the tart sweetness of raspberries. Add in a touch of sour lemon and the unmistakable sweetness of licorice, and you have the perfect amount of tang without making your mouth get stuck in a pucker.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Jamaica from DaveandSolomonsTea (An Etsy Store)

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CuppaGeek’s Review:

Hibiscus blends are ones that tea enthusiasts either love or hate. The hibiscus can make the most wonderful tea tart and overwhelm or it can heighten the flavors of the tea and take the blend to the next level.

And that is exactly what hibiscus does in this amazing herbal blend from DaveandSolomonsTea, an Etsy store. Packed full of gorgeous jasmine flowers and rose petals, the picture really doesn’t do this blend justice.  And yes, those gorgeous floral components are on a bed of hibiscus but stick with me on this one.

Since these are our last days of summer, I wanted to cold brew this tea to really develop the flavors. So I grabbed my travel tumbler, scooped a bit of the blend into the steeper and added ice and cold water. Allowed the tea to steep for a bit (30 minutes or so), and poured the tea over fresh ice. The color of the brew was a gorgeous pink-purple color with hints of peach. Really gorgeous to look at. But again, the color says “Hibiscus Alert!”. . . .keep sticking me with my friends. . .

First sip in and you are greeted with a lovely sweet floral profile with a tang of citrus.  Notice I didn’t mention tartness yet? That is because this tea isn’t tart! With the amount of gorgeous flower buds and petals in this tea, the sweet floral notes control the tartness and bring it to what I would consider is a tang.  I don’t pick up any resounding notes of hibiscus. Maybe subtle reminders here and there.

The star of this tea is the amazing sweet floral flavor that you get. I can’t stop drinking this tea-well balanced and full of flavor!  My tea tumbler has a continuous supply of cold water poured into it so I can keep enjoying this tea. Fresh, crisp, sweet, refreshing and good for the soul, you can’t get a better cold brew experience.

Eventually I’ll have to try some of this blend brewed hot, but I’m crazy with what I’ve having now.


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: DaveandSolomonsTea 

Tea Description:

Absolutely Delish!!! A Blend of Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Rose Petals and natural flavors…. Not only is this loose tea beautiful & fragrant…it’s delicious!

Enjoy Hot or Iced!!!

Learn even more about this tea here.

1001 Nights from Three Teas (an Etsy Store)

1001NightsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Three Teas

Tea Description:

From the site:  I finally have this tea back!! I sold out over Christmas. Whenever I got some more it was only a few packages at a time and they sold before I had time to post them. So get this while you can! This flavored tea is a wonderful addition to any tea connoisseurs collection.

This tea is made of Jasmine & Roses which gives this loose leaf Green Tea a memorable fragrance and flavor. The best of both worlds.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been addicted to floral teas this summer.  To the point where I was craving them and digging thru my stash looking for  any teas with rose petals or jasmine flowers.  I will admit.  I may have had a problem.

This tea actually ranks up there with the best floral teas I’ve tried so far.  I love it!

Brewed this tea up with my Breville One Touch this morning for my travel companion for my way to work on the medium green tea setting. The packaging says to steep this for up to 5 minutes.  I would be hesitant to steep this tea that long.  I would start with 3 minutes on the first infusion to play it safe.

First sip in- I was insanely impressed.  This version of a jasmine green tea not only gives you the best of the jasmine green tea world but with the addition of the rose petals there is an added sweetness.  There are also notes of plums in each sip giving this floral tea a bit more depth than what I’ve had in the past.  The green tea is lovely and is quite smooth and adds a touch of buttery creaminess to the tea. What a gorgeous tea! I’m very happy with how this tea turned out.

To be honest-I am hooked! I am sitting here at happy that I did bring the rest of the tea I have with me to work so I can make up another cuppa.  I’m excited to try this tea as an iced tea and as a cold brew.  I think I have enough to try this tea a few different ways.

This tea is truly a memorable one and will be on my radar to purchase more once I sipdown more teas.

This will be a sipdown by the end of the day.  Woot! Woot! #26!

Sweet Cocoa Genmaicha from Liquid Proust

CocoaGenmaichaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Liquid Proust

Tea Description:

Ingredients: Genmaicha (second flush sencha, roasted rice, popcorn), hojicha bancha (bought in Tokyo), caramel cocoa (pure cane sugar used)

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

See those ingredients under tea description? You taste each and every one of these flavors.  Maybe this tea should be re-named- Coco Pebbles.

This tea is from the amazing Liquid Proust’s tea shop, a Steepster friend who I was very glad to support when he opened up his Etsy store.  The Sweet Cocoa Genmaicha was the first tea that went directly into my cart when I was placing my order.

The instructions for this tea (that Andrew so graciously added into the package) said one scoop of tea but I would recommend using two scoops when prepping this tea with 1 cup of water and brew this like you would any green tea (175F-90sec).

I continued prepping this tea anxiously awaiting for the 90 sec timer to go off.  When it did, I don’t think I could pour the tea into my cup fast enough.  I took a deep breath of the hot steam and was greeted with a sweet green tea like aroma.  Took one giant gulp (yep-gulp) and my taste buds were greeted with this delicious roasted dark chocolate sweet dessert flavor.  Wow was this ever good and just the right amount of chocolate and the right amount of roasted rice like flavor.  The chocolate is so rich but not overwhelming and the caramel flavoring is there but very light almost delicate like.  The base of the genmaicha really delivers the roasted bright flavor I have grown to adore and love.

I love my genmaicha but the flavored ones are either hit or a mess.  This one is a hit for sure and being the green tea fan I am, I love how this tea satisifies my sweet tooth by delivering a natural tasting flavor with roasted notes as well.

I’m a big fan.  Great job Liquid Proust’s Teas.  I can’t wait to see what else is down the line for this aspiring tea entrepreneur.