Sarsaparilla Float Honeybush Blend from 52Teas

Sarsaparilla-Float-HoneybushTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

This here is some stunningly good stuff! We’ve blended organic honeybush with sarsaparilla root (who knew it was spelled that way? I mean, really, how do we get the common pronunciation from THAT spelling?), marshmallow root and organic flavors. This is delicious and refreshing. I dare you to get some and tell me I’m wrong.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

After I brewed this Sarsaparilla Float Honeybush Blend from 52Teas and started sipping, I tried to figure out what I thought about it.  Did I like it?  I didn’t really have an immediate answer for that.  But now, the cup is nearly finished and I’ve not even written a whole paragraph.  So, I’m guessing that yeah … I do like it.

I’ve had the root beer blends that 52Teas has created in the past and quite enjoyed them.  And when I think “sarsaparilla” – I think “root beer.”  But this tastes different than the root beer blends I’ve had.  It certainly has some similarities to the root beer teas of the past but this tastes somewhat earthier than the 52Teas I’ve had before.  This almost tastes like  something I might buy off one of those old-time medicine wagons or perhaps something I ordered at an old tavern filled with cowboys.

Not that I’ve ever bought anything off of one of those old-time medicine wagons or had anything to drink at an old tavern.  I’ve never even seen an old-time medicine wagon except for on television and the only thing that would resemble an old tavern is the Western bar photography props at Knott’s Berry Farm.  I spent a lot of time there as a kid growing up in California.

But let’s get back to this tisane.  I’m definitely tasting a root beer like flavor here, although it is more earthy, as I said.  I taste a woodsy note and a hint of the nutty, honey-esque notes from the honeybush.  At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the way the root beer-y, sarsaparilla notes played with the honeybush, but now, I think I do.

As the tea cools somewhat, the float-ish type flavors start to emerge more, I can taste the fluffy, creamy vanilla notes and it’s quite yummy.

So getting back to my original question.  Yeah.  Yeah I like this.  It’s different than I was expecting, but I like it … and as I sip it, I kind of feel like I should be wearing a cowboy hat and boots with spurs on ’em.  And knowing me, I’d trip over the spurs and hurt myself.  So maybe I should just stick to my Vans.  What can I say?  I’ll always be a California girl at heart.  And by feet, too, I guess.

Be sure to stay tuned for an announcement concerning 52Teas.  My previous Kickstarter didn’t get fully funded, so I’ll be launching another Kickstarter soon!  I hope you’ll help me take over 52Teas!

Seven Seas Herbal Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Seven_Seas_HerbalTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos & Herbal

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here.

Tisane Description:

This healthy and harmonious herbal tea blends peppermint, ginseng, cinnamon, echinacea, sarsaparilla, licorice, and organic South African rooibos. The cooling peppermint and warm cinnamon notes pair perfectly with the sweet, soothing finish provided by the other herbs. This special blend is an ideal and tasty way to stimulate your immune system.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Co-Op program here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not usually a big fan of ginseng, but this blend has enough going on that I barely notice that the ginseng is there!  I’m too busy enjoying the contrast between crisp, cool peppermint and zesty cinnamon and snappy licorice to focus on the ginseng.  The peppermint, cinnamon and licorice are the three strongest components of this cup.

This is a delightful tisane to sip on this cold winter’s night.  The combination of cinnamon and licorice are warming me from the inside out, while the peppermint adds a refreshing element.  As I said, I don’t taste much from the ginseng.  I also don’t taste a lot from the rooibos or the echinacea.

At first, I had trouble locating the sarsaparilla in this, but if I slurp the sip, I do pick up on a light root beer-ish flavor in the distance, and it’s quite an interesting note to be tasting along with the cinnamon.  Peppermint and licorice are both profiles that I’ve occasionally noticed in gourmet root beers, but not cinnamon.  The cinnamon and sarsaparilla are quite intriguing and this combination is keeping me sipping.

This is a tisane that was a sample in my last box from Simple Loose Leaf (when they switched from the selection club to the co-op plan), and I held on to it for a while because … well, because it’s a tisane.  That’s why.  I have admitted before that I’m often skittish when it comes to tisanes and this just goes to show what I mean by that.

But I’m glad I finally decided to try it because I enjoyed this.  It’s a wonderful medley of contrasts, and there’s a lot of health benefits in this too!

Toasta Rica from Mad Pots of Tea

ToastaRicaMadPotsofTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong, Black, Yerba Mate & Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Mad Pots of Tea

Tea Description:

Rainforest, Autumn, Rich spice scents, Costa Rica, Full-Bodied, Meditative  Toasty, Aromatic, Fruity, Spicy, Exotic, Intense, Earth Tones.

Learn more about getting a tea designed according to your PersonaliTEA here.

Taster’s Description:

This Toasta Rica from Mad Pots of Tea is a PersonaliTEA that was created for my SororiTea Sister, Azzrian!  And it is really delicious.  I love that I’m tasting all the components here … with the exception of the Stevia … of which I taste very little!  Perfect!

As I sit here and sip and peruse the words of inspiration list (which I’ve included as the “Tea Description” above), I realize that this tea really does fit every single one of these words to a TEA!  This tea evokes thoughts of the rainforest with its earthy notes and warm, woodsy tones.  The spices speak of autumn to me.  It is indeed a meditative, toasty, aromatic, fruity, spicy, exotic, intense, Earthy, full-bodied blend of flavors!

I love that I’m tasting the ginger, the allspice, the coriander and the cardamom.  I taste a warm, peppery taste to this cup.  There are notes of fruit that taste as though they have been baked in spices … like a baked apple that has been liberally spiced.  It is toasty and warm … and definitely exotic.

But the best part of this tea for me is the Sarsaparilla.  I love it!  It adds just a hint of root beer-ish flavor to the cup … and the spices and sweetness of this cup seem to enhance the root-beer-y taste … like one of those gourmet root beers you might pick up in one of the expensive grocery stores.

If you haven’t yet filled out your own PersonaliTEA questionnaire to order your own custom tea … what are you waiting for?  It’s fun … and it really is a delight to receive a package from Mrs. Potts!  I need to be reordering my own Personalized blend (Anne’s Creative Cup!) because I’ve been out of it for a while now and I miss it!

Toasta Rica from Mad Pots of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong, Mate, Ceylon, Rooibos Blend

Where to Buy:  Mad Pots of Tea

Tea Description:

If You Were a Tea, What Would You Taste Like?

I’m sure this is a question you find yourself pondering almost daily…. If you want your own Custom Blend or “PersonaliTEA” Make My Blend!


Taster’s Review:

Mad Pots of Tea has a few select blends for sale on their site, but what is more important is that they make your custom blend for you based on a short but interesting survey that you take prior to their master blender Madam Potts taking over and mixing up your specialized tea!

It is all based on your likes, personality, and a answers to the survey. Its as if she profiles you!

My blend is called Toasta Rica because I love Costa Rica, and I like toasty teas. My tea came in a nice resealable brown paper bag which I believe is from recycled paper (love it) and a lovely card personalized by Madam Potts which reads:

Words of Inspiration from your form:

Rainforest, Autumn, Rich spice scents, Costa Rica, Full-Bodied, Mediative, Toasty, Aromatic, Fruity, Spicy, Exotic, Intense, Earth Tones.

Which basically means keywords I had put into the questionnaire I filled out when I began my journey on her site.

Also there is a note that my blend has never been created and will never be created for anyone else! It is a unique tea – just like me.

Of course I have big cheesy smiles all around now!

The ingredients of my blend include: Imperial Oolong, Mango Ceylon, Yerba Mate, Rooibos, Ginger Root, Sarsaparilla, Damiana, Allspice, Coriander, Cardamon, and Stevia.

I do love a good chai and this tea has a true chai flavor to it but one thing I notice when sipping this tea is a wonderful black pepper note that just dances on the tip of my tongue – I LOVE black pepper! It is a sweet tea that has just the right amount of fruit notes to it without being too fruity and cutting through the intense tones of what I call my renaissance tea!

While you can’t get my exact blend, of course without asking me for it, I just want to say how in love I am with my tea blend from Mad Pots of Tea and I want to encourage any tea lover to give her method of finding the perfect blend for you a try!

Turn around on your blend is not fast. I waited five weeks from the time of order to receiving it but I am fine with that as it seems there was time allowed for the flavors to meld and the true beauty of this tea to develop.

I am thrilled with my blend even though my head was not thinking chai-esque the fact is chai is one of my first tea loves! Not only is this a chai tea but an extremely excellent chai at that! I have several chai teas from many companies here but this one is supreme!

Somehow Madame Pots hit the nail on the head with this blend not forgetting I needed something a tad bit fruity to break the monotony of the chai spices! I love that oolong was used as a base, I am an oolong lover through and though but I also love that some mate was added as I always need to get my energy flowing! I do not feel that any of these flavor components, although there are many strong elements in this tea, take over. Each flavor is getting its time in the Toasta Rica sun! Oh yeah!

Thank you Madame Potts!

Daily Beauty Tea from BijaBody Health + Beauty

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong, Pu-erh & Herbal

Where to Buy:  BijaBody Health + Beauty

Tea Description:

Daily Beauty Tea’s blend of fair-trade, organic Oolong and Pu-erh Tea with beautifying herbs and spices -including cacao nibs, burdock, a dash of cayenne, and so much more- supports a fiery metabolism, internal ph balance, natural detox and digestion, and your skin’s exquisite function*.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said many times before, I’m quite hesitant when it comes to herbal blends, but since I’ve recently tried their Nightly Beauty tea and enjoying it, I felt much more at ease while preparing this tea.

BijaBody seems to know what they’re doing.  They select the ingredients based not only on their positive benefits, but, also for their contributions to the flavor.

The two blends that I’ve tried thus far – Nightly Beauty and now Daily Beauty – have many similar ingredients.  Most notable are the  Pu-erh, cacao nibs and sarsaparilla.  Some of the other ingredients are the same as well, but, these are the most prominent flavor-wise.  But even though they have many similar ingreidents, this tastes quite a bit different from the Nightly Beauty.

I can taste the Oolong tea’s contribution to the cup.  It tastes lighter, smoother and a little on the creamy side.  I can also taste the cayenne pepper in this, it isn’t a spicy-hot flavor, but, it is certainly warming.  I can feel its heat on my palate, but, it doesn’t get to a level where I feel like I need something to cool it down.  It’s quite enjoyable, really.

I do taste the Pu-erh, but of the two tea types, the Oolong stands out.  The Pu-erh gives a light earthiness to the cup that mingles quite nicely with the other ingredients.  I also taste the sarsaparilla and the cacao nib … although neither are as prominent as they are with the Nightly Beauty blend.

While the Nightly Beauty blend tastes more herbaceous, I find that this blend tastes more like tea, albeit a tea blend that I don’t think I’ve ever tried before.  But there’s nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I like how different this tastes.

A very enjoyable tea, and if it has health and beauty benefits, that’s a bonus!