Halo Tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type:

Flowering Tea/Blooming Tea (White Tea)

Where To Buy:

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct link to this tea in their store: http://www.persimmontreetea.com/halo-tea.html

Product Description:

A beautifully hand-crafted blooming white tea that displays a ring of jasmine and amaranth flowers, with blueberry and peach essence.

* Characteristics Mild * Flavors Fruity * Steep Temperature 180˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

Halo from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is just outstanding and AMAZING!!!
It perfectly opened/bloomed the first time around without any imperfections whatso-ever and smelled of blueberry and peaches and that’s on top of the floral aroma…how awesome is that for a blooming tea!!??

I could taste the blueberry, peach, and flowers and it’s very yummy!

I tried a 2nd infusion on this and it was still very tasty!  The only notable difference was the 2nd infusion was more floral.  It was still an overall wonderful flavor tho!

This is probably one of my favorite blooming teas or flowering teas I have tried  to date!  This is VERY special!

 

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Hibiscus Berry from Rishi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit/Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Rishi Tea

Product Description:

Luscious currants and delicious forest berries complement this fruity and balanced blend with a wonderful scarlet red infusion that refreshes and rejuvenates.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said on several occasions, I’m not a big fan of hibiscus.  Generally speaking, it is too tart for my personal taste.  But, I know that some people out there love the stuff (otherwise, the tea companies wouldn’t be selling it, right?) so when I decided to give this tisane a try, I did so on the premise that I would be fair and objective about the tisane and try not to let my own personal feelings get in the way.

But you know what?  I’m actually enjoying this!  I am surprised that I am actually enjoying it.

I steeped it for just five minutes.  I find that steeping hibiscus-laden tisanes any longer results in a very thick, syrupy, tart cup.  But, five minutes is just long enough to extract flavor and a little bit of body out of the hibiscus without going overboard on the tartness.

And while this IS a tart tisane, it isn’t too tart.  I don’t pucker up when I take a sip, but I do feel that sourness hit the back of my tongue – and its ALMOST a pucker.  I did add a dollop of honey and I am sure that helped to curb the tartness a bit, but it also did something else too; it added definition to the blueberry, currant and mango flavors.

I love that I can taste the sweetness of the mango, and the thickness from the hibiscus makes the mango flavor almost nectar-like!  I can also taste the blueberry peeking through.  It’s a very flavorful, fruity cup and it is one that I am sure kids will LOVE (and this is much better for them than soda pop, even with the honey!)

So, it just goes to show you, don’t let the name of a tea affect your decision to try it.  If I had done that, I wouldn’t be drinking this tea right now, and I am liking it!

Kind of Blue from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong / Honeybush / Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Take five to enjoy Kind of Blue, an irresistible blueberry Oolong jazzed up with fennel.  Rooibos and Honeybush give blend a smooth finish while the Oolong gives the energizing boost.  Improvise this tea with any meal or have it solo for an out of this world jam!

Taster’s Review:

This is really tasty.  I was a little unsure about it, because I can’t recall trying an Oolong/Rooibos/Honeybush blend before, and I wasn’t sure how the three leaves would work together – but together they create one groovy vibe!

This blend is unusual, but in a very good way.  The Oolong lends its rich flavor to the cup as well as a smooth texture.  The rooibos adds a little nutty flavor to the cup, as does the honeybush, plus there is an underlying note of honey-esque sweetness to the cup which melds very well with the blueberry flavoring.  And every once in a while, just at the start of the sip, I’ll note a very slight hint of smoke.  Just a hint – ever so slight – and one that can be missed when not paying attention.

The blueberry flavor is not terribly strong here, and I really wouldn’t want it to be.  I think it’s perfectly flavored, because a stronger blueberry essence would overwhelm the interesting balance that exists between Oolong, honeybush and rooibos, and I’m really enjoying the flavor and body of the cup just the way it is.  Similarly, the fennel doesn’t add a lot of flavor to the cup – just a kiss of licorice-like taste that rests in the background – but any stronger and it would overpower the blueberry.

This is a sweet tasting tea, but it is a pleasant sweetness – not at all cloying.  It’s really delicious, and very different!  In fact, this is one of the more difficult teas to describe that I’ve tasted, simply because it is so different.  It has so many interesting flavors and textures throughout the sip that it is one that you need to try yourself to fully comprehend what I’m trying to express.  And you really should try it – if for no other reason than it’s unique approach … but I think it’s worth a try because it’s really good!

Also makes an awesome ICED tea!

A Girl’s Best Friend from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust Tea Company

Product Description:

You’ll be distracted by this bright and shiny Tea.  A luxurious strand of Sri Lankan black tea, faceted with blueberries, elderberries and hibiscus gems.

Taster’s Review:

Some girls consider diamonds to be their best friend; me, I’d much rather have tea!  So this tea from WhiteAugust really interested me.  The name says just the way I feel when it comes to tea!

The dry leaf is quite beautiful and smells strongly of blueberry.  As it brews this berry aroma intensifies – filling the whole kitchen with the delicious scent of blueberries!  Yummy!

The flavor is quite pleasing.  The black tea base is the strongest flavor and it tastes rich and brisk.  Not at all bitter but there is some astringency that leaves the palate feeling clean, dry and ready for another sip.

The berry flavors are tart, but I am not finding it to be an undesirable flavor in this cup.  There is a light sweetness from the blueberry, and the hibiscus does its part by adding a slight reddish hue to the brewed liquor as well as a bit of its signature tartness.   And while I am not one who normally enjoys tart teas, I am finding that the level of tartness is just right for this particular tea.  I actually like the tartness in this tea!

This tea is delicious hot or iced.  I find it to be most delicious, though, when it is warm … not tepid or lukewarm; but at a nice, drinkable temperature that is warm enough to be a “hot” tea but not so hot that it burns the tongue.  At this point, I find that the flavor of the hibiscus has not yet “popped” so it is still at a pleasant tart level, and the flavors of the blueberry really shine through nicely while still allowing the black tea to be the star of the show.

So far, I have tried a few of WhiteAugust’s teas and I must say that I am incredibly impressed with them.  The teas are appealing to the nose and the eye as well as the palate.  They’ve a beautiful, easy-to-navigate website and they are incredibly nice too!  Everything one could want from a top-notch tea company!

The S. S. Blueberry from Compass Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Compass Teas

Product Description:

This Ship is Good!  This naturally Caffeine Free blend is sure to be a favorite!  Amazing hot or iced, it is highly recommended.  We suggest trying it with our Amber Sugar Gems.

Ingredients:

Green Rooibos Aid in digestion, high in antioxidants, rich in vitamins and minerals, Naturally Caffeine Free

Blueberry LeavesContains antioxidants

Natural Flavoring – Enhances the natural goodness of the tea

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  Blueberry!

The taste of this tisane reminds me of warm blueberry pie filling!  It is sweet and loaded with blueberry flavor!

For those who may be wondering what the difference is between red rooibos and green:  green rooibos is the raw version of rooibos, while red rooibos have been oxidized.  Kind of like the difference between black tea and white tea.  As far as taste goes, the green rooibos has more of a fruit-like quality to it, while I find that the red rooibos has sort of a nutty/woody kind of taste.  I personally prefer the green rooibos, especially for fruit blends such as The S. S. Blueberry.

The green rooibos base provides a very crisp and unmuddled taste to the warm blueberry flavoring.  It is sweet and juicy and there is very little tartness to the overall cup (just a bit of tartness at the finish).

I prefer this tisane warm (probably because it tastes more like warm blueberry pie filling when its actually warm).  I steep it in my Libre Mug!  I put the rooibos directly into the mug before screwing on the filter cap, and I allow the tisane to continue to steep as I sip!  The tisane never gets bitter, the flavor just gets better and better!

This is also quite tasty chilled too.  This is a tisane that kids would LOVE – and because it’s naturally caffeine free and loaded with antioxidants, it is one that you’ll feel good giving them.

An awesome rooibos blend from Compass Teas!

Product Review: Super Natural Energy from Dragon Pearl

Product Information:

Where to Buy:  Dragon Pearl

Product Description:

If you drink energy shots, try theine instead of caffeine for an energy lift without jitters or anxiety.

Dragon Pearl’s Super Natural Energy tea shots are made from potent organic Taimu Mountain Mao Feng whole leaves, brewed into a super-powerful fresh green tea concentrate. The equalavent of three big, strong cups of fresh green tea is in each 2-ounce green tea energy shot.

Feel better and stronger every day.

Highly concentrated natural Theine provides healthy, jitter-free energy without anxiety that comes with chemical caffeine or too much coffee.

Directions:

  • Shake
  • Twist Hard (or tear the strip)
  • Sip to savor the flavors
  • Clean the garage

Taster’s Review:

I think that the writers for the Dragon Pearl website must have seen my garage!

I have to admit that I really had my doubts about this energy shot.  I haven’t tried those other energy shots because I feared the nervous, jittery feeling that some have reported after use.  I also feared the crash that would come in a few hours!

But, so far… so good!  I consumed this shot about an hour ago – just before walking to my daughter’s school to pick her up from choir practice.  It’s quite a hike – while the school is only a mile away, the hills between our house and my daughter’s school are quite steep!  Usually, after I get home after this little jaunt, I am wiped out for about a half an hour or so, but, I’m not feeling that way at all today!  I feel like I am at the same energy level that I was before the walk!

Awesome!  Of course, I will have to complete this review in a few hours to see if I “crash.”

These 2 ounce shots of energy are quite tasty.  They taste a lot like grape juice!  There is a little bit of berry taste in the finish that lingers well into the aftertaste.  It’s quite good.

That being said, there really isn’t a lot of green tea flavor to this shot.  I have a feeling that this was created for those who may not find green tea particularly enjoyable but wish to enjoy the beneficial (and energizing) properties of green tea.

There are other benefits to this shot as well because the fruit juices used here are superfruits:  pomegranate, Concord grape juice, blueberry juice and Acai juice.  As I said before, the dominate flavor is the grape, but I can also taste notes from the pomegranate and the berries, especially at the tail.

So not only is it a delicious and energizing drink, but the ingredients are actually good for you!  Let’s see how I feel in a few hours …

Seven and a half hours later…

Well, I had planned on coming back six hours later, but, I got busy doing other things.  (Sorry!)  Anyway, I am here to tell you that I did not experience any “crash-like” feelings.  Not that I would really know what they were like, having not ever experienced the crash from those other energy drinks.  But, I didn’t feel completely drained, if anything, I feel more energetic than I usually do at about this time in the evening!

KUDOS to Dragon Pearl – this Super Natural Energy shot is a winner in my book!

Blueberry White Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Certified Organic White Tea

Tin / Bio-bag: 45g / 50 cups • Sample: 5 to 7 cups

Light and fragrant, the taste is delicate yet satisfying. This organic sensation is of antioxidants. Rather than covering the delicate body of the tea itself, our blend enhances and reveals even more of the natural qualities of the tea. Never bitter or overly strong, you can enjoy this tea any time of the day.

Story

Blueberries are one of the only fruits native to North America. Blueberries are high in vitamin C, a strong antioxidant offering support for the immune system. Blueberries also contain fibre, folate, iron, manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, B vitamins, vitamin E and silicon. All in one little, tiny berry!

Tasters Review:

A few years ago when my good friend’s son was a toddler – I went over one summer afternoon for a visit to find him not only eating but devouring a HUGE bowl of blueberries!  And I don’t mean just part of the bowl…the whole bowl!  Back then…you could only get this kid to eat blueberries and hot dogs!  The Blueberry part is what had me excited!  What a wonderful thing to have a craving and love for, eh?  And especially for a toddler!  I sat beside him and watched him mow down on those Blueberries for at least a half hour!  Another great thing about this blueberry story is that his mom grew the blueberries herself!

Over the past few years the area I currently reside has been promoting “Shop Local-Buy Local” and other Buy Local Produce Programs…which I think it wonderful!  Blueberries always seem to be a favorite and rightfully-so!

If you are anything like me – or my friend’s son – and LOVE blueberries you have to look into this tea from Shanti!  It’s a lovely flavored White Tea.  It’s nice and pleasant and fruity-tasting…naturally!  As far at tea strengths go – this is a milder tea but still very tasty!  I did notice that the white tea as well as the blueberry flavors really start coming out to play after it has the chance to cool at room temperature a bit.

Thanks for reading my Blueberry Ramble!  AND my Tea Ramble!  It’s what we do best here – at SororiTEA Sisters!

Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone!

 

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