Front Porch Peach Iced Black Tea from Teakoe

Front-Porch-PeachTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Teakoe

Tea Description:

Enjoy blissful moments and gather inspiration by drinking this juicy blend of peach, ginger and licorice root. Take time to sit back, reminisce and envision what the future will bring.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

To say this tea was a hit was an understatement for yesterday’s fam get together.

Yesterday my parents came over for dinner.  We rarely seem to have them over for dinner and find ourselves mostly going to their house for any kind of gathering, so I was excited to finally return the favor.

Knowing that my dad was coming, I thought I would make up some iced tea to enjoy with dinner.  I was digging thru my tea and saw this package from Teakoe.  So far  I have enjoyed their Craft Iced Tea line and was excited to sample some of this with my dad and Jason.

This time around, I adhered to the directions on the back of the package instead of just cold brewing the tea overnight like I have before, but I did leave the tea bag in the pitcher and put it in the fridge.

My parents arrived and as I have been taught, I offered them a beverage as soon as they showed up.  I asked Dad if he wanted to some tea and he said, “Well Yah!” I gave him his glass and continued getting mom something to drink.  Before I had finished getting my mom a glass of sparkling water, my dad is already asking me for seconds on the tea.  I couldn’t believe it.  I gave him a pretty full cup. So I refilled his cup and gave him and Jason a cup.  Before I could finish getting my kids their drinks for dinner, Jason and my dad both are asking for refills.  So like I said. . . to say this was a hit would be an understatement.

Jason was out grilling when I handed him his glass and he came in to the kitchen and asked me what I had given him to drink and where would he need to go online to order more.  My dad was too busy downing another glass to really add anything more in.  Before I was even able to try this tea, the two of them had drained the pitcher and I was hoping the tea bag would hold up to a second steeping.  It did.

I was able to try this (I stole a few sips out of Jason’s glass), but I swear this tea tasted like a tea blend with rooibos in it.  It didn’t.  I looked over the ingredients several times over.

After dinner, Jason and I were talking about the tea and he asked me what was in it.  I listed the ingredients on the back of the pouch-peach, ginger, and licorice.  He said that he could taste each and every flavor and that it was the perfect iced  sweet peach tea with a hint of a wow factor in each sip.  I asked him what the wow factor was and he said a hint of a zing with a sweet background.  That made me laugh.  He couldn’t tell me what he thought of the tea base itself, just that all the flavors worked together and it was pretty darn close to being perfect.

Even tho I may not have cared for the tea, the guys certainly did.  To each his own tea I guess and this tea has already been requested as a re-order.   I’m happy to oblige! From what I’m hearing from the cheers and praise for this tea, this tea would be perfect to sit on the front porch and enjoy.

39th Parallel Pear Iced White Tea from Teakoe Tea

Parallel-PearTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White & Green Teas

Where to Buy: Teakoe

Tea Description:

Inhale the fresh air and let your spirit soar while sipping this uplifting infusion of crisp pear, lemongrass & chamomile. Admire America’s scenic landscape, cruising a mile high with a bird’s eye view.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It has been crazy hot these last few days.  Time for iced tea!

I love the idea of throwing a tea bag into a pitcher over night and in the morning you are greeted with a gourmet iced tea to take along with you on the way to work.  This is something I have been doing with my loose leaf tea quite a bit lately, but I love the idea of the tea already being in a bag for me.

Recently, I discovered Teakoe, a company in Colorado that creates their teas in small batches.  I couldn’t wait to try them and this was one I had my eye on from the start.  The packaging is fantastic.  I love the overall look of the pouch.  So very cool.

I followed the instructions on the back of the pouch and away I went.  In the morning, I poured myself two pretty nice sized travel mugs for the start of my day.  I couldn’t wait to try this fun combination of white tea, green tea, chamomile, lemongrass, and pear.  The one ingredient I hadn’t counted on was stevia.

Unfortunately, my first go around with this tea, the stevia was the first flavor that popped and really dominated the cup.  But fortunately for me, I brought along the tea bag, so I just finished what I had brought with me while I was steeping the tea bag again in a pitcher I keep at work.

The second infusion was a lot better.  I think a lot of the stevia poured it’s little heart and soul into the first infusion so there were just traces of it in the second.  This infusion was full of flavor.  Bright crisp pear, vibrant lemongrass, a delightful herbal note of chamomile, a rich buttery green tea with a sweet white tea to finish off the sip.  You can’t get much better than that.  I ended up getting two more infusions out of the tea bag.  The next infusion was just as good as the second one where I was able to really pull out those bright flavors.  By the fourth infusion, I knew I had tried my luck one too many times.  The flavors were weak and barely there.  But hey, I was on my fourth infusion. I was expecting this sort of flavor from the 3rd infusion.

I am quite happy with this tea even with the stevia issue.  I found myself wanting more  of the tea the next day so the stevia must not have darkened my opinion of this tea too much.  I think this was a great first experience with a new tea company (to me at least).  I hope all my experiences are this great with Teakoe!