Chalmun’s CanTeana from Geeky Teas

ChalmunsTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Geeky Teas

Tea Description:

Beware: you may find yourself buying the death star steeper and watching your boyfriend drink your entire stash in his Darth Vader mug before you’ve had your third cup.

What little I’ve managed to steal back from him has been excellent. Any tea with rose gets a high five, and the inclusion of apple pieces is a rare (delightful) find.

Taster’s Review:

Geeky Teas is one of my favorite places to go on the internet.  I am so sad that I live so far away from Donna’s actual store.  I swear I would be there all the time.  But at least I get to visit online and enjoy the fandom geeky love that is being offered to geeks like myself in the form of tea blends.

I’ve reviewed Geeky Teas before both on SororiTea Sisters and CuppaGeek.  The teas are either hit or miss for me, but when they hit they are marvelous and typically when they miss, with a bit of tweaking they would be superstars. But let’s start by saying this- Donna’s love of tea and of her clients makes her one of my favorite companies to purchase products from.  I can’t get over how much she has listened to my comments and made slight changes here and there.  She has really taken what I’ve said (& others) to heart and made huge improvements.  You can’t ask for a better company to work with than Geeky Teas.

Let’s chat about the blend.  I love my Star Wars.  Anything with Star Wars I’m all over.  When my son told me he wanted to be Jango Fett (yes Jango!) I felt I had done well as a parent.  (Ha!) So when I came across this blend, I couldn’t wait to pick up a sample and see what it was all about.

Brewed up like an herbal tea, this herbal concoction has quite an array of inclusions.  The dry mixture didn’t have much of an aroma to it.  I steeped the tea in my Death Star Infuser (yep, told you.  Love Star Wars).   I allowed the tea to steep for about 6 minutes in fresh boiled water. As I was about to take my first sip, I was hoping I would get a marvelous herbal aroma from the fresh brewed tea, but I still didn’t really pick any one particular note.

Took that first sip and sad to say, this blend just doesn’t do it for me.  I really didn’t pick up any one particular flavor profile or not.  I mainly noted a muddy like herbal flavor.  I could get a hint of a flavor here or there but by the time I noted it, the flavor has faded.  Sadly this blend may not be for me, but to be fair- I did get a sample of this and the pieces looked to be pretty small.  I’m wondering if maybe my tea sample was crushed by being in my tea stash, which could explain the muddy flavor.  I have a feeling that is what happened.  I would be more than willingly to try the tea again. I think it has the promise to be fabulous. Just need to work thru a few more teas before I can make an order.

If you haven’t checked out Geeky Teas and you are a fandom sort of person, I encourage you to check out Geeky Teas’s offerings of over 40 different fandom teas!

Chew-brew from Adagio Teas (Signature Blend)

chewbrewTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Red Rooibos/Mate

Where to Buy: Adagio Teas

Tea Description:

Warm and fuzzy or strong and bold? Either way Chewy always has your back.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

So lets start this off with saying I am a huge science fiction/fantasy/horror nerd.  The horror genre is my favorite but after having kids you learn that watching a good ol fashioned movie like Halloween or Aliens doesn’t fit into your schedule.  I learned to adjust and started watching more science fiction movies with my kids.  My boys love Star Wars.  Especially my nine year old.  It does a mama proud when you hear your son arguing Star Wars with another adult.  Telling them that the best three are 4,5,6 and naming them correctly.  Heart Swells. . .Sigh.

Anyway. . .Today is May the 4th.  So let me say to all “May the 4th Be With You”.  I had this idea to do a Star Wars inspired tea and ran it by liberteas.  Thought it might be fun. So I picked up a tea that I had in my stash for today.  One of my favorite characters is Chewbacca.  I mean, how can you not just fall in love with him? He is just awesome from the very first time you see him on screen.  From the noises and the amazing job done by Peter Mayhew, this character steals the show.

The tea I picked for this awesome day was Chew-Brew by Adagio Teas.  I am going 100% outside my comfort zone with this one.  The artwork is just awesome so I couldn’t resist.  This has the dreaded red rooibos in it.  Ugh.  But I knew that.  Again, the artwork gets me every time with these fandom blends.  Brewed this one up at work so I just used the water spout on the coffee, threw the tea in my teapot, brewed for 5 minutes and poured the brew over ice.

While this was brewing, you could smell the hazelnut and almond flavors.  It was an almost overwhelming smell.  Not bad, but just a bit much for me this morning.  As I took my first sip, cringing and waiting for that first hint of red rooibos to overtake the cup, I was 100% surprised.  I do not taste the red rooibos at all in this blend!!! How can that be?? I almost did a little dance at work but thought better of it.

As I continued to drink my iced tea, I picked up all of the nutty flavors listed.  The almond, the hazelnut, and the mocha nut flavors.  I do really enjoy Adagio’s Mocha Nut Mate.  It has this rich roasted nutty flavor that I adore and I can pick it up in this and it is amazing iced.  The honeybush hazelnut provides a creamy touch.  This would be a nut lovers dream tea.  The whole tea has a flavor profile of rich nuttiness that I can’t say I’ve had too many other times.

I can’t say that I would drink this one again even though I really enjoyed it.  I am just not a huge hazelnut fan.  The red rooibos almond must be a very small percentage of this blend.  So for people like me that really don’t like it, there is still hope for us.

There really is only one way to end this review. . . . . May the 4th be with you. . . . . .