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White Cherry from Tea and Absinthe

logoTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Tea and Absinthe

Tea Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, cherries, coconut  chips (coconut, coconut fat, sugar), flavor, rose buds

Learn more about this tea here. 

Taster’s Review:

A couple weekends ago, my hubby and I had an amazing experience at St Louis’s Wizard World. My hubby had bought me a Doctor Who VIP package where I had my picture take with and met David Tennant and Billie Piper. I was crazy excited since they are two of my favorite Doctor Who characters and arguable the most iconic.  While wondering around the convention, I stumbled upon a tea shop. I couldn’t believe it.  Not going to lie, I think I squealed a little. It was a pretty neat set up and I couldn’t wait to check all of the teas out. I picked up a few and have started to finally dive into them.

Let’s start off with saying this tea is gorgeous to look at. Huge roses, cherries, gorgeous tea leaves. . .everything you would want to see in a tea, this has it.  The dry leaf mixture has a lovely sweet floral smell. One that I couldn’t want to steep up.

While steeping this tea, I could definitely still smell the same sweet smell with a hint of an almost kool aid smell as well.  Not offensive at all. Almost made this tea a bit more appealing. I was in the mood for a sweeter fruity tea.

I brewed this up per the package instructions, and about 4 minutes later, I was pouring the tea into my Doctor Who mug.  The smell of the tea had a lovely almost bakery smell to it with a fruity sweetness.  This is one of those smells that actually makes you hungry!

I allowed the tea to cool for a few and took my first sip. In the words of Doctor Who “Hello Sweetie”! This tea is incredible and a taste profile/experience I can’t say I’ve ever had before. And that is pretty crazy to say. I drink a crazy variety of teas each and every day and am always looking for something new. I can’t believe I have never came across a tea like this before.

Each flavor comes thru.  You can pick up the flora white notes, the distinct Darjeeling touches, a rich buttery green tea base, with a lovely jasmine hint here and there.  Throw in the sweet robust cherry (almost Kool-Aid like) flavor with hints of coconut all surrounding by again another sweet floral touch and you have yourself one amazingly complex tea. The tea isn’t so sweet that it is overpowering. I think the green tea and Darjeeling go a long way to tame the crazy sweet flavors down and bring a bit more vegetal feel to the tea.  In just about every other sip you get a nice tart almost wine like flavor.

I am insanely impressed with this tea and can not wait to see how many infusions this tea will provide. I’m also excited to try this as a lovely cold brew tea.  Especially for the summertime. I bet this tea will make a marvelous iced tea!

Really well done! If you haven’t checked out this tea company before, I encourage you too. So far I have had two of the 5 blends that I picked up from them and I’m impressed with both.

 

Pear Green White from Mahamosa

Pear Green White from Mahamosa
Pear Green White from Mahamosa

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:

Where to Buy: Mahamosa

Tea Description:

This noble blend of different green and white teas captivates the senses with the typical, attractive Pai Mu Tan and a Yunnan which is dominated by light, fluffy tips. Yellow rosebuds, pineapple flakes and mango cubes enhance the delicate yet significant freshness of this aromatic variety. The tea leaves dominate the overall taste with their typically delicate, slightly bitter notes. A touch of juicy pear and creamy sweet exotic flavors envelop the characteristic flavor of green tea. Ingredients: China Sencha, Lung Ching, green Yunnan and Pai Mu Tan, flavoring, mango cubes (mango,sugar), pineapple flakes, rosebuds.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I opened my bag of Pear Green White from Mahamosa my first impression was peach rather than pear but then again I really was not thinking much about the name of the tea nor that it should smell like pear, so peach was my initial reaction. Then on second sniff I smelled circus peanuts…you know those strange little peanut shaped orange candies (love them).

The tea is pretty with rosebuds in it. When steeped my initial reaction upon first sip was KAPOWZA! This tea is not lacking in the flavor department and is nothing close to subtle. This tea reminds me of a southern lady, full of robust flavors, personality to boot, and not afraid to state its opinions. You can’t say that this tea is lacking in anything here! Another thing about this tea that reminds me of a southern lady is that it is sweet, very sweet, and although the southern ladies I know can be tricky, witty, and even a little sassy deep down they are all quite sweet as well. Yes, this is one that I will be cold steeping just to see if it is what I think it will be for me this summer, a daily sipper!

So we have our floral, we have our pear flavor which yes it does come out shinning bright and strong in the cup, we have a lovely white and green base which you just can’t beat for the health benefits, and we have several other tropical fruit notes playing around in the cup. There is a lot going on in here but it works magically well together.

This is that tea you serve at the tea party, or to the kids who refuse to drink tea – trust me they won’t even know that it is tea and will think it is some fruit juice!

Is this tea for the sake of tea in and of itself? No, it is not – purists may really shun this one, but its so nice to have a tea that packs such a punch of flavor because honestly now and then I do want something different – something more fruity and just all out fun!

The base teas are lovely providing a creamy backdrop for all the fruity playful flavors yet still remains bright and cheery not becoming too heavily laden with creaminess.

Oh I could probably go on and on about this one but its time for me to just sit back and enjoy the cup!

Also be sure to check out Mahamosa’s dedication to our earth here.

Earl Grey Cream Black Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Etsy or Sands of Thyme on Artfire

Product Description:

Ingredients; black tea Assam, lemon bits flavoring, rosebuds

Taster’s Review:

I received this tea as a free sample with my order that I placed a while back – I always appreciate it when companies are generous with their teas and send free samples with orders!  It’s like getting the bonus prize in a box of Cracker Jacks – only better, because this is TEA!

The dry leaf is quite beautiful.  Big chunks of dried lemon and whole, red rosebuds are scattered throughout the Assam black tea leaves.  It smells quite good too – I can smell the lemon, the bergamot and even a hint of vanilla.

Taste wise, this is a very unusual Earl Grey Cream.  It’s the lemon in this that makes it so different.  The lemon is a very strong component, and it aggressively attempts to take over.  The bergamot is there, but it is hidden beneath the strong lemony notes.  I think that this tea would be more appropriately named a lemon cream tea or a citrus cream tea rather than an Earl Grey Cream.

The Assam in this tea is also quite dominating in this blend – I steeped it for just three minutes and there is quite a bit of bitterness to the tea.  Much more than I typically would get from an Assam for such a short steep time.  The Assam does have some redeeming qualities, though.  It is bold and malty.  It would be much more enjoyable, however, if it weren’t so bitter and astringent.

As it cools, some of the stronger flavors temper somewhat, and it becomes a smoother tasting tea, but it still has that bitter tone that is a difficult obstacle to overcome with this tea.  I don’t think I would classify this as a horrible or undrinkable tea, and I don’t want to dissuade anyone from trying it.  I would love to hear from you if you have tried it and experienced something different.  And while I doubt I will ever order this tea for myself, I am glad that I had the opportunity to try it.

Chocolate Cake Honeybush Tea from Fusion Tea Room

Tea Type: Honeybush

Where To Buy: Fusion Tea Room

Product Description:

Don’t we all love a piece of chocolate cake now and again? This creation is a must for all chocolate fans with its lively, sweet, chocolaty cake aroma and the beautiful decoration of rosebuds.

Ingredients: Honeybush, chocolate chips, caramel cream pieces, flavoring, rosebuds

Tasters Review:

Pardon me if I get giddy every time I try a tea or tisane with chocolate/chips in it!  YUM!

Once I opened the bag of this I could smell Caramel and Chocolate…more Caramel than Chocolate but the aroma was terrifically-awesome!

Once infused I could smell the chocolate more and the caramel a little less.

This is very sweet and I can taste both the caramel and the chocolate. This is a medium-flavored honeybush and very pleasing and very much a comfort tisane!

This is very tasty and a great offering from Fusion Tea Room!

Chilli Rooibos from Eteaket

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: eTeaket

Product Description:

Chilli Tea
Chilli Rooibos Tea
Handle our Chilli Rooibos with care! The chilli highlights are built on a base of classic Rooibos tea and vivid wild cherries, rosebuds, safflower petals, peony petals and carrot flakes. This tea has serious attitude.

To Enjoy: Use 1 tsp per cup, add freshly boiled water and brew for 3-4 mins. We recommend holding off on the milk, but whatever floats your boat.

Tasters Review:

I tried this one mostly for the uniqueness of it.  I guess it intrigued me.

This smells like cherries and chilli!  And orange-ish brown color is pretty neat, indeed!  I under infused…on purpose because I was a little worried about the Chili.  I have had Chili Teas before BUT haven’t had the best luck with them.  This one surprised me!

My first impression was that I could taste carrots first with a little bit of chili followed by a lingering cherry. WOW…this one is VERY unusual but oddly pleasant. As it cools I could taste more floral notes at the beginning of the sip and then it morphs into a carrot and cherry combo – not so much chili – but like I said I under infused. I am thinking the chili will get stronger as you infuse but I kind of like it under infused.