White Christmas from Harney & Sons

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Product Description:

Recline in front of a glowing fire while the snow drifts, and the tree lights twinkle. A sip from this warm and nutty blend completes the perfect winter wonderland. Hand-picked white tea blended with almonds, vanilla and cardamom, accented by white chamomile flowers.

Taster’s Review:

I really like this tea.  It was part of the Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea Gift 2010 (which is, at the time of this writing, out of stock), but to be honest, I was less interested in the tea than I was the chocolate covered almonds in the cool firecracker wrapping.  Yeah, I’m a sucker for things like that.

So, it’s really awesome that I’m enjoying the tea too!  The white tea is delicately flavored (which is normal for white tea), but it is not so soft that it can’t be tasted. It has a very fresh, smooth taste with a light mouthfeel.  No bitterness and no astringency.  Just sweet, delicate white tea flavor.

The flavor of the vanilla is creamy and rich.  It is flavored “just right” here – I like that the flavor is strong, however it does not overpower the white tea.  Very well blended, this tea.

The almond flavor lends a light, nutty character to the tea and is accented nicely with the cardamom.  Together these flavors are in keeping with the delicate quality of the white tea, nothing is overwhelming.  The combination of flavors makes for a very cozy White Christmas, indeed!

OK, so I had to end this review with this, because every time I sip on this tea I can’t help but hear this song play in my head.  I realize that some of you traditionalists out there might think that the only person out there that can do this song justice is Bing Crosby or someone like that, but, I’m not so much into Bing Crosby… so I did a search on You Tube and came up with this one…

Toasted Almond Creme (Signature Blend) from Adagio Teas

Almond Blossom Photo from Wikipedia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Sorry, this blend is no longer available.

Company Description:

As this blend has been discontinued by Adagio Teas, there is no description available.

Taster’s Review:

I know that this tea is no longer available, but I really like it so I want to share my thoughts about it with you.

Adagio Teas offers a rather unique and cool service to their customers.  Customers can design their own “Signature Blends” using Adagio’s teas.  I have tried several of these Signature Blends from various blenders, but my favorite blender thus far is Adagio customer Rachana Carter.

Now, I have to tell you, I am not a huge fan of Adagio’s black tea base.  I find it to be rather harsh and astringent.  That being said, I have found that when their flavored black teas are blended (like with the Signature Blends), the black tea doesn’t taste as harsh.  I don’t know why that is, I mean, it’s still the same black tea base.  So while I don’t really like many of Adagio Teas flavored teas, I have enjoyed quite a few of the Signature Blends.

This blend is very flavorful.  The black tea base is not harsh at all, in fact, I have a hard time believing that it is made with the same black tea base as the Adagio Teas flavored black teas.  It is very smooth tasting with barely a hint of astringency.  Very pleasant.

The flavoring of this one doesn’t really remind me so much of “toasted almond” as much as it reminds me of almond extract.  What it tastes like to me is a cookie that’s been flavored with almond extract… and that has been dunked in milk!

The combination of flavors is very nice.  The tea is sweet and creamy, with a pleasingly robust black tea background.  I am finding it to be exceptionally comforting on this chilly day.  Thank you, Rachana Carter, for all of your fantastic blends!

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond Tea from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond black loose leaf tea leaves are mixed with almond pieces and vanilla flavoring. The brewed liquor offers a pleasant flavor of bergamot mixed with the nutty tones of almond and creamy undercurrents of vanilla. This loose leaf black tea is perfect for desserts or for just a pure indulgence.

Tasters Review:

This is unlike anything I have EVER smelled in my life!  It’s powerful and has attitude!  And I like that!

The DRY Aroma – I can smell Almond right off the bat!  Right after that scent follows the Earl Grey!  I can smell both – both together and separately!  It’s very intense!  And VERY Unique!

After infusing – the almond tones down quite a bit and the Earl Grey comes thru even more.

The color of the infused liquid is that of a medium brown.

The taste is out of this world!

I can taste the bold black tea wonderfully!  Then I can taste the nicely done Earl Grey flavors and THEN the Almond barges thru!   The vanilla slides in towards the end of the sip and smooths it out pleasantly.

This is such a FUN tea!  I think it’s just GREAT!  I’m very impressed with the aroma, flavors, and creativity of both!   This is a REAL winner!

Cocoa Cardamom Seduction Tea from Talbott Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Product Description: Real chocolate draws your eye. The scent of exotic spices pulls you closer. By the time you taste this rich and complex black tea, you’ve already fallen in love.

All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, cacao nibs, cinnamon, cardamom, almonds, natural chocolate, almond and cinnamon flavors.

Tasters Review:

If any of you are Oprah Fans then you may have seen Talbott Teas featured on today’s Oprah Show.  It was a Very Special SURPRISE Day Two of Oprah’s Favorite Things and our friends over at Talbott Teas were featured smack-dab in the middle of the show!

Here at SororiTEA Sisters we have posted many Talbott Tea Reviews and we have more on tap this week to celebrate their teas being featured on Oprah!

Today I would like to share one of my favorites from Talbott Teas called Cocoa Cardamom Seduction!

The name of this drives me wild!  Mission Accomplished, I suppose!

I can clearly see ALL of the described ingredients!  I can’t stop sniffing this!  It’s AWESOME…It’s like a Chocolate Peanut Butter type smell.  I have been smelling it over and over again.

The first sip I really did notice the cardamom but I think that was the idea of the whole thing, right!? I mean, hence – the name!?  Anyhow…I continued to sip and certainly picked up on both the Almond and the Cocoa.  The cinnamon and cardamom pair together as they should and the pairing jumps up in front of the line but the Chocolate/Almond taste isn’t too far behind.  The color of the tea liquid is a light-medium brown.

I’ve had this tea several times and each cup is a tad different.  I have tried picking out more almonds some times and less cardamom other times just to taste the difference.  Each cup is a wonderful adventure, regardless!

If you are a new reader of our blog you may or may not know that I drink all of my teas plain with no additives.  If you are the type of person who enjoys sweetener or cream in their tea I will have you know that a good online friend of mine who also happens to be a tea freak says that by adding cream and sugar to this it is much more dessert-like and is a “very rich, cocoa-flavored tea with a taste of cardamom and a light hint of cinnamon.”

So which ever way you enjoy your tea – make sure you make room for Cocoa Cardamom Seduction from Talbott Teas…as seen on Oprah’s Favorite Things earlier today!

Congrats to Talbott Teas for making it to Oprah’s Favorite Things!  And two thumbs up to Oprah for highlighting TEA on her show!

Stay tuned for more Talbott Tea Reviews this week right here at SororiTEAsisters.com!

Wuyi Rock Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

One of the purest teas available on the world market.

Organic Wuyi Rock Oolong is one of the purest teas available on the world market. This rare oolong hails from Mount Wuyi in Nanping Prefecture, Fujian, up along the border of Jiangxi Province. In 1999, UNESCO listed the mountain as a World Heritage Site in part owing to its outstanding biodiversity. According to the UN, Mount Wuyi is one of the world’s finest, intact, subtropical forests. Further complimenting the region’s reputation, Mount Wuyi is registered with the Chinese government as a biodiversity conservation zone. The climate of the region is relatively humid due to the fact that the mountain prevents cool air from entering the valley, and the presence of the 9 Bend River meandering through its valleys. Living with this subtropical paradise is an almost unaccountable number of species of flora and fauna. Many of the plan species living on the mountain are considered relics of a bygone age, no longer found anywhere else on the planet. In amongst this jewel of biodiversity grows the world famous organic rock tea. The tea bushes, like many other plant species, are ancient, having grown amongst the mountain’s rocky outcroppings for generations. Cultivation of the plants is almost impossible given the topography, so exceptional care is taken when handling and plucking the fresh tea shoots. The harvesters typically wear light cotton gloves when handling the leaves, which are harvested in small quantities so as not to tire the bushes. The fresh leaf is then allowed to naturally semi-ferment. The resulting flavor is at once rich, delicate, and laden with floral nuance.

Tasters Review:

Right out of the envelop this smells nutty to me…much like almond, actually!  As if infuses it starts smelling more woodsy almost like a damp twig.

As for the taste…this is a hearty brew!  It’s quite masculine, woodsy, slightly peppery, and a little like roasted or toasted nuts!  It has a gentle-semi-sweet after taste to it too!

This is interesting, different, and pretty good!  Certainly a conversation piece – no matter which way you look at it.  As for me…I look at it with a smiling face!  This Oolong is very nice!

Thai Tea Blend from Teavana

Tea Type: Black Tea/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Teavana

Product Description:

A delightful Thai restaurant blend of black and red teas, Hawaiian coconut pieces, almonds, and authentic Madagascar vanilla beans. Enjoy this delicious tea chilled with milk and Rock Cane Sugar. This tea contains nuts.

How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees and steep for 2-3 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Ingredients:
Black tea, red Rooibos tea, coconut bits, vanilla pieces and almond bits.

Tasters Review:

It’s been a while since I have been able to try a new (or new to me) Teavana Tea and this past week I was able to thanks to a fellow tea lover and tea swapper!  I don’t know if the name Thai Tea Blend would be the first name that would pop into my head to title this tea but here IS what I do know…

I could taste the Rooibos more than the Black Tea and I could taste the Almond more than the Coconut.  I did find that the vanilla was a good pairing with the coconut but more of an afterthought or aftertaste, actually.

Overall I did enjoy this blend.  It had a pleasant aroma and a satisfying taste.

 

Almond Rooibos from TeaSpree

Almond Tree

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  TeaSpree

Company Description:

A decidedly sublime sweet, it’s the perfect dessert.

Ingredients:  Organic Rooibos, Almonds, Solomon’s Seal, and Almond Essential Oil.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of the dry leaf is very pleasant – the nutty-sweet scent of the almonds together with the woodsy note of the rooibos creates a very pleasing fragrance.  The brewed liquor smells a bit more of rooibos than it does of almonds, but it is still quite nice.

The flavor is surprisingly complex for a rooibos, which I generally would categorize as a thin or light tasting beverage.  Here the tisane is a bit richer and even a little thicker on the palate and it presents interesting layers of flavor.  This is not at all what I was expecting from this rooibos… a very happy surprise, indeed!

I can taste the woodsy note of the rooibos, it’s a little earthy but not overwhelmingly so.  The almond flavor is sweet, toasty, and enhances that earthy quality of the rooibos a little bit, making it a deeper, richer taste.  I normally don’t like “earthy” flavors but when paired with the sweet, nutty depth of the almond it is not only agreeable but quite tasty.

Solomon's Seal

I wasn’t quite sure what Solomon’s Seal was, so I sent off an email to Tea Spree to learn more.  They responded promptly and informed me that it is a plant which belongs to the Lily family, and referred me to this website for more information.  It seems to be a very valuable and healthy herb, although, as I am quite unfamiliar with it, I can’t tell you how it contributes to the flavor of this particular tisane.

Regardless, Tea Spree definitely has a way with rooibos!  This blend is fabulous (as is their Vanilla Rooibos, one of my faves!)

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