I love brewing up tea with fresh herbs from the garden or from the kitchen. With all the turkey and holiday meals in the wintertime, I feel like sage is an especially appropriate herb to be brewing this time of year, so I ordered a bag of Sage Wellness tea from Plum Deluxe.
This is a tea with a green rooibos base, which provides the perfect, gentle background for the other herbs and flavors. In the dry leaf, there are plenty of fuzzy, grey-green leaves from the sage, a pleasure to touch and smell. Rose petals and lemon peel add to the dreamy fragrance.
Beyond the rooibos and sage, this blend also features fruit pieces like strawberry and rosehips, and fruit flavoring from strawberries and peaches. The sage feels like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, but the strawberry feels like a summer harvest. With the two fragrant, flavorful factors of sage and strawberry, the whole blend is reminiscent of a fresh, blooming herb garden.
Not too sweet and not too savory, the fruit and herbs come together to make an atypical take on familiar flavors. With a blend so beautiful to look at and so tasty to brew, I like to pretend that I was wandering in a fantasy garden, plucking bits of sage and picking perfect strawberries to add to my perfect cup of tea.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe
Nourish body + soul with the wisdom and healing of fresh herbs and fruits! Our sage + green rooibos herbal tea artfully blends lemon and orange with a pinch of strawberry and peach to make a delightfully refreshing, flavorful tonic wonderful for when you have those emotional blues or just want a cup of something calm and restorative.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
Apricot Fantasy Black Tea from Tea Temptations
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Temptations
A blend of Ceylon teas, diced Apricots and Apricot flavor.
Learn more about this tea here.
When I opened the package of this Apricot Fantasy Black Tea from Tea Temptations I could smell the apricots! It was such a strong and distinct aroma that it evoked memories of late summer when my gramma’s apricot tree in her back yard would start yielding it’s bounty of golden, juicy, delicious fruit.
The black tea base of Ceylon teas offers a mild, even-toned flavor that works well with the apricot notes. The apricot flavor is sweet but not too overpowering and I appreciate that there is a balance between the flavoring and the black tea.
The tea is fairly smooth but there is some astringency toward the tail. I’m also noticing just a hint of citrus at the finish from the Ceylon. I like how this whisper of citrus-like flavor melds with the apricot, the bright note of the tea offers a nice contrast to the sweetness of the apricot flavoring.
This is good served hot. I drank it straight up and I enjoyed the subtly of the apricot flavor. If you want to punch up the apricot notes, add a little sugar and this will encourage the flavors to emerge. If you want a real treat, try it with a dollop of honey. I like the way the honey and apricot notes play together.
As good as it was hot, I liked it even better as it cooled. This is one that would make a stunning pitcher of iced tea that everyone in the family will enjoy.