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Spiced Orappangele Green Tea from 52Teas. . . . . .

I woke up feeling my throat was an exploded landmine. What did I need, aside from a mountain of cold medicine? A tea. A GREEN tea. That’s HEALTHY, yeah?

Sure. It’s healthy as heck. I’m going to live forever.

I picked around my work tea basket and this one spoke to me.

“Hello,” Spiced Orappangele Green Tea whispered. “You have taken too much Robitussin. You should not operate machinery or respond to my voice aloud.”

“Why can’t I respond to you aloud?” I asked. Everyone in my office looked at me quizzically.

“Ahhhh,” I said, in my head. “I get it now.”

“Try me. I am the thing. I am TOTES the thing,” it said.

And it IS, guys. This is the citrus-sweet-light-spice concoction of your dreams. It’s a throat soother. It’s a taste sensation. It’s tasty enough to break the barrier of cold-tastelessness, but not so strong as to upset my delicate stomach.

(When I get sick, my stomach gets upset. When I am stressed out, my stomach gets upset. When I eat too much unhealthy food, my stomach gets upset. When I work out too hard, my stomach gets upset. My stomach is also upset by: virtual reality, strong smells, the sight of raw meat, flight turbulence, trying to read in the car, crying, fear, and being hungry too long.)

(I am a delicate flower.)

This flavor is juicy, but not fake. It doesn’t have that weird tart Jolly-Rancher thing that a lot of apple flavors do. The cinnamon/nutmeg also take this high-flying sweetness a little bit more down to earth.

I daresay this tea is sugar, and spice, and everything nice.

This tea isn’t available on 52Teas’ site right now, but I recommend keeping an eye out for apple mixes and spice mixes from them in the future. They seem to be nailing these really well lately.

Stay healthy, Sisters!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: 52Teas

This tea is no longer available but click below for what is currently available.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Focus by BlendBee

focusTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: BlendBee

Tea Description:

Sharpen your mind & stay focused.

This invigorating black tea & yerba mate blend was specifically designed for a tea lover whose favorite tea was discontinued. We recreated it for her, and to our delight, we loved this blend and decided to whole world should have it. It definitely helps you to stay focused and has a great energy. Enjoy!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is named Focus but it is doing anything but making me focus right now. . because right now I’m taking a break from work and seeing what other blends BlendBee offers.

BlendBee is one I’ve had a few blends by but I will have to say, this particular blend has me craving and wanting more of their blends! This tea is giving me those warm tea fuzzies and I can’t seem to get enough.

BlendBee was created in 2014 by Jamah Dacus, a health-crazed tea lover (from the website).  From what I’m seeing, these blends are handmade and seem to be crazy unique and fun.  With teas like Ginger Ninja. . .this site has my attention for sure!

Focus is a gorgeous blend of black tea, yerba mate, rose buds, and other ingredients. The coloring of this tea is beautiful, with the pops of this lovely red mixed in with the black and yerba mate tea base. With those two teas having more of an earthy tone, the rosebuds leap out at you, demanding your attention.

I brewed this tea up per the instructions (boiled fresh water and steep for 5-15 minutes).  I will say, I was worried about my first sip. I started having a conversation with a co-worker and allowed this tea to over steep by about 10 minutes. All I have to say is friends. . . this tea is crazy forgiving!

My first sip of this tea was like an explosion. Bursts of bright lovely flavors swirled, giving me a lovely afternoon beverage. The black tea is a subtle and gentle smoothness that gives way for the yerba mate to give a slightly earthy note. From what I can tell, the cacao nibs provide a dark rich silky touch and the rosebuds provide a sweetness that really becomes the star.  The lemon balm and orange extract are my favorite part of this tea. They give this really lush citrus note that combined with the other ingredients takes this tea up to another level.  There is also a subtle note of a roasted flavored.

I’m literally on my 3 infusion of this tea and I can’t get enough. Sure I’m starting to feel jittery from the yerba mate, but I can’t help it. This tea is that good and demands the attention and love.

BlendBee has impressed me and I will be ordering more of this tea for sure!