Juicy Peach from Teajo Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Single Origin Indian Black Tea

Where to Buy:  Teajo Teas

Tea Description:

A delicious black tea made with whole leaf black tea and infused with natural peach flavor! This refreshing tea is great hot or on ice.Tea Type/Origin
The black tea in this blend is single estate and originates from a garden in Northern India known for producing full-bodied tea.
Full leaf black tea, natural peach flavor, rose petals, rose hips and tea flowers.
Brew 1 teaspoon loose tea in hot water (180 – 212˚F) for 3 minutes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

While I would not call this the peachiest tea I have ever had, nor the most complex, it is one of those teas that is well suited for anyone from a person who has never had tea before to the most avid tea lover.

You can get about three solid infusions out of one teaspoon which is nice. The peach flavor is very natural and no cloying sweeteners are added. The rose petals and rose hips make a pretty presence in this tea and make it lovely to look at.

A nice base tea is good, and organically grown which is absolutely a plus in my book. Some information taken from the Teajo Teas website states:

“Our teas meet strict global residue standards and are organically grown without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. In addition, we make every attempt to recycle and reuse as much of our shipping materials as possible. We also ask that our customers join us in helping our environment by reusing or recycling the packaging materials that come with our teas.”

I like this statement!

No, this is not a knock it out of the park flavored tea but I tell you what, the past several days I have not felt up to par and a lot of my favorite teas have not been settling well with me. I kept finding myself reaching for just two teas during this time. This is one of them.

Its a solid peach flavored tea that is very natural in its flavoring and has just a tiny slightly bit of a floral flavor. No flavor is fighting with any other to grandstand, yet meld wonderfully into one easy and mellow blend.

This is for sure one of those teas to keep in your stash for company, for yourself, for people you want to introduce to a good tea, but not one that is terribly complex or overwhelming.

Its great iced, cold steeped, hot, straight, with sweetener, even some milk or cream could be added, its just a stand up quality tea.

I am calling it my “feel good” tea because when I am not up to par the last thing I feel like doing is studying flavor notes, aromas, and complexities in a tea. Granted I also don’t want something dull either. This tea from Teajo Tea was, and will in the future, be my go to cup for when I am feeling less than stellar. And you know what? I am feeling fine today and still enjoying a cup of this Juicy Peach tea from Teajo Teas!

Chai (Full Leaf) from TAZO Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TAZO Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients:  Black Teas, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger Root, Black Pepper, Cloves, Natural Flavors, Star Anise

Taster’s Review:

I bought this tea because of the tin.  I admit it.  I’m a sucker for tins.  I have amassed quite a collection of them, and still they continue to fascinate me.

It took me a while to actually try the tea inside the tin.  I didn’t have high hopes for it.  I think my apprehension is a combination of my bias when it comes chai (I love my own blend!) as well as my preference of loose leaf.  The package calls this a “full leaf” which led me to believe that this would be a loose leaf tea.  Alas,  it is packaged in sachets.  However, unlike conventional tea bags, these sachets are very spacious and offer plenty of room for the expansion of the leaves while they steep.

This chai has a pleasant spice level.  It isn’t too hot or spicy, but it offers enough warmth to perk up the taste buds as well as chase off the chill!  I really love the star anise in this blend – it isn’t an overwhelming presence of star anise, but it delivers a faint yet very pleasant licorice-y note that tickles the fancy of this licorice lover!

The pepper and ginger seem to work very together very harmoniously in this blend to deliver just the right punch of peppery taste right at the finish, while the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves deliver an agreeable base of delicious spice notes.

The black tea is strong but it is willing to stand aside and let the spices deliver most of the flavor here.  It just sits back, in the background, and delivers a steady stream of black tea flavor that is unassuming yet delicious.  I actually think I prefer this chai as a non-latte (that is without steamed, frothed milk), because the milk does tend to mute the effect of the spices just a little and I do like the way the spices taste in this blend.  A little dollop of honey is all I need to enjoy this warm, tasty blend.

And as much as I enjoyed the tea, I can’t help but feel a little disappointment in TAZO.  I wish that TAZO had a stronger devotion to the environment.  It’s a company based in Portland (which is local for me, and a city that prides itself on being GREEN).  I would feel so much better about buying these products if the sachets were made of biodegradable material (rather than nylon) – or better yet, forgo the sachets completely and go loose leaf.  Offer refill packages for the tins so that we can reuse them.

OK… I shall end my rant and step down from my teabox!

Finnigan’s Wakeup from Chad’s Chai and Tea Company

Leaf Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Chad’s Chai and Tea Company

Production Description:

The Irish are known to say that tea should be strong enough to stand you spoon up in it. This Irish breakfast tea is indisputably bold, yet lively with fun flowery undertones. And it will take all the milk and sugar you can give it!

Ingredients: Full leaf Black Tea from India and China.

Tasters Review:

Let’s just say – after tasting Finnigan’s Wake-Up…Finnigan can wake me up any day!  This is a nice, solid black tea!  Perfect for that first cup!

This Irish Breakfast Tea is wonderful! It has a great flavor. It’s very tasty. It’s bold and full and if I really try can pick out the slightest bit of floral taste hiding underneath.

The Product Description from the Company talks a lot about the traditional additives many Irish Tea Lovers may add to their cuppa but I drink ALL of my teas plain and still think this is a great cup!

I do have a lot of Irish in my background but also have a lot of Norwegian as well as some English, French, and German so let’s just say I am ‘well rounded’ with my likings for various morning and breakfast teas.  Or at least I like to think I am.  There are several I like and this is now added to my list of morning or breakfast teas.

Finnigan is my friend!