Organic Teatox Tea from Fit Life Tea Company

teatoxTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Fit Life Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Say goodbye to weight gain, bloating and digestive stress. Two daily cups of Organic Teatox can help burn fat, stimulate weight loss, boost your immune system and cleanse your digestive system.

Our pyramid tea bag extracts maximum flavor to infuse more essential oils and flavor into your cup. Steeping releases purifying dynamic ingredients that can ease bloating and, together with proper diet and exercise, help promote weight loss.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve never been one to go for the whole ‘detox’ or weight loss tea fads that are going around because I basically don’t buy it.  I’ve been drinking tea for years and I simply do not believe that simply drinking tea (or a specially crafted tea blend) will cause significant weight loss.  If you want to lose weight, you need to change your overall diet and you need to exercise.  Drinking tea isn’t going to be your miracle weight loss cure.  If it was, after drinking all the tea I’ve consumed over the last ten years, I’d have a body like Jennifer Aniston.  I don’t.

But, that doesn’t mean that drinking tea doesn’t offer you some great health benefits because I believe that there are health benefits to tea.  I just don’t think it’s the cure-all that some tea companies try to suggest in an effort to sell their product.  But as long as you find a tea that also tastes great, there’s nothing wrong with adding tea to your diet to enjoy some health benefits.

But you’re not going to know if it tastes great until you try it – .so I decided that I’d give this Organic Teatox Tea from Fit Life Tea Company a try

To steep this tea, I placed 1 sachet in an 8 ounce teacup and heated freshly filtered water to 195°F.  Then I poured the heated water over the sachet and let it steep for 6 minutes.  Then I let it cool completely before I poured it into the Fit Life BPA-Free Plastic Bottle (I’ll review that in a few days!) and refrigerated it to get it nice and cold.

Before I let it cool, I did take a sip of the hot tea to determine if I liked it better hot or cold.  (Since they did send me the bottle, I decided that I needed to try it iced!)  And so I’ll start by saying that this tisane is definitely better iced.  The hibiscus loses some of its biting tartness.  Oh, it’s still tart, but, it’s not quite as tart as what I experienced from the hot tea.

Fortunately, the apple in this softens the tartness of the hibiscus just a bit.  And the allspice gives it a nice little hint of spice.  I think hibiscus is much better when it’s in the midst of some spice like it is here.  The contrast between the warm spice and the tart hibiscus works nicely.

Overall, this is actually quite tasty.  The combination of the tart hibiscus, the sweet apple and the warmth of the allspice creates a very palatable taste.  I would recommend to not oversteep this, at 6 minutes, there is a pleasant texture to the drink, but I think if I had steeped it longer, it might have been a tad too syrupy.  If you like that kind of texture from your hibiscus beverages – then go for it!

It surprises me to say this, but I’d drink this again.  That’s not something I’d say often about a tea with hibiscus as the main ingredient, so kudos to Fit Life Tea!

Fit Life Tea Company has this Teatox in two different sizes, a 14 day detox and a 28 day detox.

Serene Herbal Tisane from The Honest Leaf

SereneTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

This tea is available from Amoda Tea.

Tea Description:

This tea does exactly what its name promises – brings serenity to your day. Ingredients like chamomile, jasmine and lavender really do have that affect. We taste the apple-like flavours of chamomile, a perfect lemon squeeze and smooth mint. There’s tart and sweet florals playing off one another and hints of relaxing lavender that come out mid-sip.

Learn more about subscribing to Amoda Tea here.

Taster’s Review:

After my first few sips of this Serene Herbal Tisane from The Honest Leaf, I found myself contemplating whether or not I actually liked it.  I didn’t dislike it but I wasn’t too sure whether or not I was enjoying what I was tasting.

That is to say, it’s quite unlike other teas I’ve tried.

Now that I’m about halfway through the cup, I can say that yes, I do like this.  It’s different, it’s tasty and I like it.

The flavor starts out quite subtle.  I notice a soft lemon-y note from the lemon peel and flavoring.  This flavor develops over the course of the sip – starting off with a delicate whisper of lemon.  The finish is bright with lemon notes and the aftertaste is quite lemon-y, as if I had just taken a sip of lemonade.  The aftertaste lingers a while.

After the subtle introduction of lemon, I pick up on flowery notes of jasmine, lavender and passion flower just before mid-sip.  These floral notes are also quite subdued.  They don’t develop the way the lemon does, but I do pick up on a few more floral notes mingling with the lemon notes in the aftertaste.

Just after mid-sip, I notice the crisp peppermint.  I like that the peppermint follows the example set by the flowers and lemon and is understated.  The cool peppermint is a nice contrast to the lemon-y flavor, but the mint doesn’t slap you in the mouth with it’s minty presence.  It’s just a slight ‘peppy’ sort of flavor that perks up the flavors of the tea without tasting like someone spilled a little bit of mouthwash in my teacup.

I didn’t really notice the chamomile until I reached mid-cup.  The chamomile is more of an undertone, offering a indistinct apple note and hint of honey.  I can smell more chamomile in this than I can taste.  After the mid-cup point, the chamomile notes develop somewhat, but they never become a strong, prominent profile to the cup.

Happily, I notice no hibiscus in this, unless the hibiscus acts as a ‘tart’ agent to help amplify the tartness of the lemon, because the aftertaste does have a tartness to it.  Not too puckery, though, but as I said, I do get a lemonade-y sort of experience in the aftertaste.

Overall, I found this to be a relaxing, enjoyable cup.  It’s certainly different than the typical ‘nighttime’ type of tisanes, and different is good!

Hazelnut Pear Green Tea from Petali Teas

Hazelnut_PearTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

This tea is available from Amoda Tea.

Tea Description:

“Gunpowder” green is a smooth, full-bodied tea that’s perfect for winter. Blended with a surprising ingredient list, we hope you’re curious to try this out! The vanilla cream is a perfect complement to the smoky gunpowder green & its natural nuttiness is accentuated with hazelnuts. “Peared” up with fruit and cinnamon, this is a really tasty blend. 

Learn more about subscribing to Amoda Tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  This Hazelnut Pear Green Tea from Petali Teas is really good.  Then again, I have found that I can count on Amoda to choose some pretty tasty teas for me in their monthly subscription box.  Occasionally, I might find myself a wee bit disappointed with something, but for the most part, the Amoda boxes are a big WIN for me.

I was very intrigued with this tea right from the start.  The idea of pear and hazelnut together sparked my interest.  It sounds yummy and very Pacific Northwest-ish.  It sounds like a great big cup of yum.

And that’s what it is.  The base of this tea is a Gunpowder green tea and it’s a nice choice for this blend.  The green tea is earthy, a little nutty and has a hint of smokiness to it.  It’s not really a vegetative tasting tea although there’s a certain ‘freshness’ to the flavor that plays well to the flavor of the pear.  It has a soft texture and it’s not an overly astringent tea.  It’s really quite nice.

And it melds well with every aspect of this tea:  the nutty flavors and the hint of smoke enhance the hazelnut flavor.  The earthiness melds with the earthy notes of the spices, which are warm but do not overpower this blend.  Instead, they add an accent to the main flavors of hazelnut and pear.

I don’t taste a lot of ‘apple’ in this, I suspect the reason for the apple pieces in this blend is to look ‘pear-like’ because dried pear is a bit more difficult to come by than dried apple.  I also don’t taste a lot from the orange, but it does add a hint of brightness to the cup.  There is no real obvious note of orange, but you can tell that it’s there, perking up the flavors.

A really nice tea.  I’ve enjoyed the teas that I’ve tasted from Petali Teas in the various Amoda Boxes that they’ve been featured in – I’m glad that this is a company that Amoda Tea has chosen to feature regularly!

Christmas Cookie Shou Mei from 52Teas

Christmas-CookieTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

If this tea doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, you might just be the Grinch. With premium shou mei white tea, almonds, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon chips, a few cloves, marshmallow root and organic flavors, combine this tea with a nice crackling fire in the fireplace and someone to snuggle up to on the couch, and you’ll be in holiday heaven.

Learn more about this blend here.

Learn how to subscribe to 52Teas’  Tea of the Week program here.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!  It’s no big surprise to me that this tea is already sold out!  With a name like “Christmas Cookie” – who could resist, right?  And it’s oh so tasty!

The aroma of the dry leaf was a little off for me.  I could smell the spices and those were very pleasant to the nose, but I also picked up on a slight chemical-y note to the dry leaf fragrance.  I hoped that this would disappear after brewing (usually, that flavor oil smell does dissipate in the brewing process).

To brew this, I used my Kati tumbler and added 1 heaping bamboo scoop to the basket and 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 170°F) and let the tea steep for 3 minutes.

The brewed tea smells warm and gently spiced.  I’m not picking up on any of the aforementioned chemical-y notes – a good thing!  It smells like gramma’s kitchen at Christmastime when she’s baking all those magical cookies that she used to bake.  I smell spice cookies and almond cookies.  I smell hints of orange.  My mouth is watering and wishing it was eating cookies right about now!

And the flavor is delightful.  I don’t know that I’m actually tasting cookies as much as I’m smelling them from this tea.  I think that there should be more of the buttery, cake-y, pastry flavors that 52Teas does so well here.  Maybe a tad more marshmallow root to emphasize the cookie aspect rather than the spiced aspect of this tea.  As it is, it tastes like a mild chai made with a white tea base rather than a cookie.

I find that as it cools, the flavor improves a bit and the baked goods flavor seems to develop a little.  However, it never becomes fully realized.  I find myself wanting to taste something more “bake-y” – brown sugar?  Buttery cookie?  Pastry/cake flavors?  Even a hint of icing might help bring the “Christmas Cookie” to life just a little more.

The white tea has a smooth and silky texture.  It’s not bitter or overly astringent.  It’s sweet and has a delicate flavor that is lightly vegetal (more like hay than grass or steamed veggies).  I appreciate that I distinctly taste TEA here and those flavors have not been overpowered by the presence of the strong spice and other flavors.

Since this is a white tea, I decided to resteep it and see how it turns out.  YES!  There it is!  That cookie flavor!  This tea MUST be resteeped to get to that yummy cookie flavor.  I even taste a hint of frosting!

As I said before, it’s clear to me why this flavor has sold out – not only is the name of the tea tempting but the taste is delightful!

North Pole Estate Tea from Tippy’s Tea

NorthPoleTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tippy’s Tea

Tea Description:

A magical tea. Reindeer bitten and handpicked by elves in their off season, this tea is beloved by Santa Claus himself! 

Our North Pole estate is a dark, malty black tea blend with hints of cinnamon, gingerbread, cloves, and a touch of chocolate. A delicious holiday tea to keep you warm. Recommended to slightly sweeten. Adding milk or brewing as a latte will add an extra dreamy creaminess.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yeah, I know that the holiday has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still be enjoying holiday tea blends!  I, for one, love the warm, spicy flavors that seem to be a consistent theme for the holiday teas and I think they’re perfectly relevant to be sipping any time you want to feel that warm, cozy feeling!

newteacupThis is the first tea from this new-to-me company that I’ve tried and I’m trying it in a brand new teacup!  Last year, I broke my beloved Starry Night (Van Gogh) teacup and I’ve been using others that I have but I really needed a new big mug teacup that I loved as much as that Starry Night because I love tea – you know I do!  But tea tastes so much better when it’s served in something you love to drink out of!

And yes … I’m a Harry Potter nerd.  And while there are many parts of the books/movies that bring tears to my eyes, no five words from the Harry Potter world bring tears to my eyes more effectively than these:

“After all this time?” “Always.”

Yep, I’m tearing up right now.

So, let’s talk about this tea.

My initial couple of sips were not quite as spiced as I expected them to be.  I let the cup cool for a few minutes, hoping that some time would help bring the flavors forward.

And it does!  I am tasting more spice now.  I taste subtle notes of cinnamon.  The clove is even more subtle.  I taste a background note of gingerbread and a hint of chocolate.  The spices are not strong here – this isn’t a chai! – it’s an “estate” tea.  A North Pole Estate.

Single Estate teas tend to take on the flavors that surround the estate, but usually subtly.  The leaves absorb the essences that fill the air.  In the North Pole, I’d imagine the scent of warm spice, gingerbread and chocolate permeate the air.  And that’s what this cup brings to this cup.

The black tea is a strong blend of black teas from India and China (Assam and Keemun teas).  Bold, malty, rich.  There are wine-like notes to it along with the notes of malt.  The finish is dry.

The cinnamon is the most pronounced of the flavors, with hints of clove dancing in the background.  The chocolate is subtle but every now and again, it weaves its way into the sip in a very pleasing way.  The gingerbread becomes more noticeable when I slurp the sip and aerate the liquid on the palate.

A really interesting cuppa.  I like it.