Lime Green Tea from Hampstead Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Product Description:

The tropical floral zest of lime is a sophisticated complement to our green tea. The classic citrus overtones are reminiscent of beachside evenings.

Ingredients: Fairtrade green tea, lime zest

Taster’s Review:

I am always just a little surprised when I come across a bagged tea that tastes great.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve tasted quite a few great tasting bagged teas, but, there is always some part of me with very low expectations when it comes to bagged tea.

This is definitely a great tasting bagged tea!  The lime flavor is abundant but does not overwhelm the taste of the green tea.  The green tea base is a light-bodied, fresh-tasting green tea with very little vegetative taste to it.  It has a natural sweetness to it that offers a nice contrast to the tart and tangy flavor of lime.

The lime flavor is vibrant and refreshing.  Very clean and bright in citrus flavor with a hint of floral note in the background.  The flavor of this tea evokes images of walking through a citrus grove when its in bloom.

This is a delicious bagged tea that is just as convenient as it is tasty.  And its organic and fair trade.  Just one more thing to feel good about with Hampstead Tea!

Product Review: Elixo from Domo

Product Information:

Where to Buy:  Domo

Product Description:

Domo Elixo is a tea-based drink that dissolves instantly in hot or cold water.

Got a cold?
Sorry, there’s no cure, but if you drink Elixo you’ll get rid of the stuffy cold feeling in your throat and the hint of cayenne will clear your sinuses right up.

Big night last night?
Rejuvinate your senses, shake off that groggy feeling and start your day with a burst of honey, vitamin C and organic tea to bring you back from zombie land.

It’s all good
Elixo is made with organic tea, organic honey crystals and cayenne pepper (great for the sinuses). Elixo also contains Camu Camu, an Amazonian fruit with extraordinarily high levels of all-natural Vitamin C, much more effective and better for you than the synthetic kind found in many similar drinks.

Taster’s Review:

I am just getting over a cold, so I am tasting this at the right time!  It really does help clear the throat and the sinuses, and I do feel rejuvenated and less groggy!  It works!

Before I opened it, I did as the instructions suggested and I shook it first to equally distribute the ingredients.  But beware when you open the package – the shaking leads to some of the dustier particles to hit you – right up the nose!

Dry, it smells very much like vitamins – like a children’s chewable vitamins!  I prepared this like a Matcha, using my Chawan (Matcha bowl) and my Chasen (bamboo Matcha whisk), and I used just under boiling water to dissolve the granular powdery mix.  It behaves very much like Matcha – it even has a bit of froth after whisking!  And, I noticed as I made my way to the bottom of the bowl that it tends to separate, so keep your whisk handy.

This is actually quite a tasty drink.  Very citrus-y, with a bit of tartness, but an ample amount of sweetness (don’t add any additional sweetener – it’s pre-sweetened with honey crystals).  It is one that is sweet enough to appeal to children so it would be a good remedy for them when they’re feeling out of sorts too.

The cayenne pepper does not lend a lot of flavor to the cup, but there is a peppery bite at the finish which is further enhanced by the ginger.  It is not an overwhelmingly spicy taste though, and I find it quite a refreshing taste especially when feeling sick – it seems to really rev up the palate and energize the senses.

The rooibos also does not lend a lot of flavor to the cup, in fact, I have a hard time detecting much flavor from the rooibos at all, the citrus and spice seems to mask those flavors and I’m fine with that.

This is a very pleasant tasting rooibos drink, one I’d like to keep on hand for when someone in the family is feeling down-and-out, because this will perk them right up again!

Ginger Fresh from Herbal Republic

Ginger Diagram from Wikipedia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Herbal Republic

Product Description:

A great ginger tea that’s an original ayurveda blend.

Contains lemongrass, ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, peppermint and pepper.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that scared me a little at first.  I love all the ingredients individually, and I love many of them in blends, but having tried at least one licorice and peppermint blend that I didn’t like (and, in fairness, I should mention that there is at least one that I can recall that I did enjoy), seeing that these two ingredients were on the list worried me a little.  I mean, I love licorice.  I love peppermint.  But together in one tisane?  I was skeptical.

The flavors here are all so very assertive, and yet the cup itself is not off-putting or overwhelming.  It is a strong yet tasty tisane.  I think that it is the assertiveness of the ingredients that really makes this flavor combination work!  I think that if there was an ingredient here that was a little less than assertive, it would be overwhelmed.  As it is, the flavors here are bright, strong and vibrant.

The ginger is the first flavor I taste, and I don’t know if that is because it’s the first flavor that I expect.  The ginger is nicely accented with the black pepper, and these two warm ingredients really spice things up nicely here.  The lemongrass seems to soften the edge of the ginger, giving the cup a sweet and somewhat creamy taste.  The citrus peels seem to enhance the lemon-y taste of the lemongrass just enough to make this a very pleasing, citrus-y tasting tisane.

Because of the strength of the ginger, citrus and black pepper, the licorice and peppermint don’t really have much of a chance to come off as repellent (and that is a VERY good thing!)  Instead, they act as highlight flavors, offering just enough of their distinctively zesty flavor to the cup when needed without overwhelming the balance of the cup.

This is a tisane I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.  It is smooth but with a lively, zippy flavor that really grabs my attention.  It is delicious and sweet and quite soothing after a spicy meal (I had some rather spicy tacos tonight!)  I am finding that this cup is just what I needed after that!

Citrus Appeal from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

All natural premium ingredients: Full leaf Japanese Sencha green tea, hibiscus, grapefruit peel, pineapple pieces, calendula petals, lemon and natural grapefruit flavor.

Taster’s Review:

When I first approached this tea, I didn’t have high expectations.  To be honest, I was like, “Oh, another citrus tea.”  But this tea blows me away!  It is really delicious.

The flavor of the Japanese Sencha is gentle and unassuming, with a pleasing buttery backnote.  Not grassy, not vegetative, just soft and fresh-tasting tea.  The green tea base allows the flavors of this tea to become the main focus while still maintaining its presence in the cup.

There is such a unique and delicious combination of flavors.  All at once, I can taste the flavors of grapefruit, lemon and pineapple swirling on my palate.  I can taste the hibiscus, but it is so very gentle that if I were not focusing intently on trying to pinpoint the various flavor notes, I think I probably would miss the hibiscus.  Probably the place where the hibiscus is most prominent would be in the color of the tea – because it brewed up to a pretty – albeit unusual – pink-ish green color.

I think what I like best about this particular tea is the grapefruit!  For those of you familiar with my tea reviews in the past, you know about how I’ve been searching for the ideal grapefruit green tea, and even though this one has other flavors in it, I do believe I have FOUND my grapefruit green!  I think it is the presence of these other flavors that makes the grapefruit flavor so incredibly delicious for me.

This is THE BEST grapefruit green tea that I’ve tasted, and I think that may even go for the grapefruit green tea that started me on this quest!  This is YUM!

Health Juice from Shui Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Shui Tea

Product Description:

Herbal blend of freeze-dried orange, grapefruit, tangerine, apple, blackberry and carrot, mixed with lemongrass, hibiscus, eucalyptus, and beetroot. This blend is a harmony of sweet and tart flavors. A poet would describe this blend as a “mélange of fruit ecstasy”. We stick with delicious. Great hot or iced.

Taster’s Review:

Now that the holiday season is pretty much over, it’s about the time that most of us are starting to think “healthy” to compensate for our holiday indulgences.  Well, this tisane will get you on your way!

And you know what?  This is a tisane you’ll want to drink not because it’s healthy, but because it tastes good!

When I first opened the package, I could smell eucalyptus which can come off either as a pleasant smell to some and medicinal to others.  I happen to like the smell of eucalyptus so long as it’s not an overpowering scent, and while this tea smells primarily of eucalyptus, it doesn’t overwhelm the nostrils.

I had planned on steeping this for 5 minutes, but, at 4 minutes, I noticed that the tisane had taken on a very deep red color, and I feared that this would be a strong hibiscus-y tea.  Since I’m not terribly fond of hibiscus, I stopped brewing at this point.

And at 4 minutes, the results of the steeping is quite pleasant.  The hibiscus notes are very faint, the liquor is not thick or syrupy, and only the occasional tart note.

This tisane is citrus-y with a pleasing background of smooth, sweet apple, beetroot and carrot.  These ingredients lend more to the surface of the tea than they do to the flavor – giving it a little bit of sweetness and body so that the citrus tones do not come off as too acidic.  The overall effect is that of a refined, pulp-free juice like you might enjoy at a juice bar.

The eucalyptus is not as strong in the flavor as the aroma would suggest, but I do get the sharp, fresh taste of eucalyptus trying to peek through the citrus notes.

Overall, a very pleasant beverage – that is is healthy is just a bonus!

Little Black Dress Citrus from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea, Green Tea & Green Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Little Black Dress Citrus is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and exotic bergamot delicious hot and especially refreshing iced. Think poolside or beach with a lemon wedge in a tall frosty glass. The added green tea and green rooibos will give an extra boost of calm energy to this uplifting blend.

So go ahead, have a cup and put on that little black dress!

ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this blend.  I tasted it before I read the ingredient list, and I was happy to see that I could discern them without having read the list.

The Oolong tastes nutty and buttery and has a nice mouthfeel – rich and supple.  The green tea accentuates the buttery taste and lends a certain fresh taste to the cup, as does the green rooibos.  The combination of the Oolong, green tea and green rooibos creates a very full flavor for the palate without being overwhelming or too heavy.

I love the light yet satisfying flavor of this cup.  There is a light lemony note that is accentuated with hints of bergamot, and a very light jasmine note that lingers in the background.  Very refreshing!

Jingle Bells from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

A winter holiday black tea blend with yogurt and citrus fruit flavors.

Taster’s Review:

Lupicia is one of my favorite tea companies.  Why?  Well, put simply, they have great teas at reasonable prices, the packages arrive astonishingly fast, and I receive a free monthly “Fresh Tea Magazine” which includes a sample of their tea of the month.  (For the record, you too can receive a 1-year subscription to their Fresh Tea Magazine when you place an order of $30. or more)

Another thing that I like about Lupicia – they march to the beat of their own drummer.  When other tea companies are rolling out their holiday teas comprised of spices, cranberries and pumpkin, Lupicia has their own idea of what holiday teas should be.  The “Carol” tea is strawberry, vanilla and coconut.  The “Joyeux Noel” is chocolate and apricot.  You get the idea, right?

And this… their “Jingle Bells” tea, which is also part of their holiday collection, is black tea blended with the flavors of citrus and yogurt, giving me a creamy, delicious dessert in my teacup!

The black tea base is fairly mellow and very delicious.  It has a rich, smooth character but it doesn’t attempt to protrude onto the flavors of the citrus and yogurt.

The citrus tastes mostly like orange to me.  It is sweet with just enough tartness to keep it interesting without making me pucker.  The yogurt gives it a creamy flavor and texture.  What this tastes like to me is a creamsicle that’s been melted in a cup of Ceylon tea!  Not a bad taste at all!

I like this hot, and perhaps that’s just the cold weather talking (because this time of year, I prefer just about every tea hot), but I find it to be very comforting and relaxing – which is somewhat remarkable to me since this is a black tea.  A really nice tea to sip inside (roaring fire in the fireplace is optional) while it’s cold and wet (or snowy!) outside.


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