Root 66 Tea from Monterey Bay Spice Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane/Spice Melangé

Where to Buy:  Monterey Bay Spice Company

Product Description:

Roasted dandelion, chicory root, and sarsaparilla root get you started towards Root 66 Tea. Creating a robust and dark infusion, this herbal tea exudes a mouth-watering natural earthiness. Good for your liver, Root 66 Tea also twists in a bit of the exotic: the lively sweetness of coconut and the slight chocolate taste of carob. With lingering licorice airiness, this herbal makes a fantastic coffee substitute or a dessert tea!

IngredientsSarsparilla root, chicory root, roasted dandelion root, carob pods, cinnamon, fennel, crystal malt and coconut.

Caffeine Free

Taster’s Review:

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m always a little leery of herbal blends such as this.  I’m always afraid that they’ll taste too medicinal for my personal taste, so I find myself always putting off trying them.

And I am really sorry that I put off trying this one as long as I did, because it’s rather tasty!  It has a sweet, root beer-like taste to it which is enhanced by the spices and malt.  It has a slightly roasted taste to it too, and I like how the coconut and sarsaparilla taste together.  It’s really much better than I imagined it would be.

The Sarsaparilla root gives this tisane its root beer taste.  The licorice-y taste of fennel and the cocoa notes of the carob enhance the sweetness of this cup while the cinnamon gives it a nice warmth in the background.  There is a roasted note to this as well from the chicory and roasted dandelion root which adds depth to the cup.

But what really makes this tisane special is the coconut.  I love the combination of flavors – it’s sort of like a chocolate and coconut flavored spiced root beer!

This tisane has a little bit of an herbal/medicinal aftertaste that I would define as almost peppery – it’s the dandelion!  However, this aftertaste doesn’t linger very long.  And because I enjoy the flavor of the tea so much, I can overlook the aftertaste.

I am sipping this now as a hot beverage – it is cold and wet outside and I am enjoying the warm, cozy comfort of a hot tea, but I think that this blend would be even better iced – it would be a great substitute for soda!  Just a little pinch of sugar will enhance the sweeter notes and make it an irresistible treat for the kids.  It’s naturally caffeine free, so there’s nothing to overstimulate them, either!

This is YUMMY!

Rogue Wave from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Bold Japanese sencha tea, creatively entwined with toasted coconut and ginger to create a cone of a kind experience.

Tasters Review:

The aroma of Rogue Wave from The White August Tea Company before and while infusing reminds me of coconut cookies! It’s a wonderful smell, indeed!

The Green Tea is a powerful one and a tad on the grassier side of things but the coconut brings this to a whole new level!  It’s sweet and tropical and nearly cookie-like it’s a unique taste and glad White August Tea has this one available!

In addition, the ginger is noticeable but very nicely done.  It meshes well with the coconut and green tea!  This is a bold brew and I like it!  This is very tasty both hot and cold!

Bountiful Black Tea from Tea Addiction

Tea Type: Black Tea & Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Black tea, rooibos, cacao nibs, coconut, apple, and vanilla flavoring. A unique blend of coconut scented black tea, smooth rooibos, cacao nibs, vanilla, and apple make Bountiful Black most pleasing to the palate.

The flavor is rich and sumptuous. Trust us when we say you’ll enjoy every delightful sip.

Tea Fact: Because Bountiful Black contains black tea, it also has caffeine. However, if you like the flavor of both black and rooibos tea you’re going to love these two blended together.

Tasters Review:

First I want to say that the name of this company is pure genius!  With the 2nd most popular (only to water) beverage world-wide being tea – we all know there are TEA ADDICTS out there…and two of them are right here at SororiTEA Sisters!

Bountiful Black Tea from Tea Addiction is nice and sweet and smooth and dessert like!  The Chocolate isn’t overly noticeable but this is darned tasty!

The Coconut and Vanilla as well as the apple bits seems to play more of a part here – but I think this tea is just DANDY!

 

 

Strawberry Cascade Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Awe-inspiring bai mu dan white tea, overflowing with strawberries, rose petals and creamy coconut. The perfect compliment to the perfect day.

Tasters Review:

The smell of this is unique…it’s sort of hard to explain but I would try by saying the rose comes thru more than the other ingredients but you can tell there are other ingredients within this mix…something slightly fruity but not very identifiable based on aroma alone…I think that is because the coconut fragrance interrupts the fruit and the rose overpower both the coconut and the strawberry.   But the aroma is lovely, regardless!

The taste is really wonderful!

The white tea flavor hits you and the strawberry is the prominent flavor on the tongue but it’s still somewhat mellow and isn’t tart at all! The rose comes thru a little too and the coconut takes the back seat but seems to step up to the plate a little more as it cools.

What a beautiful, gently flavored, tasty White Tea!  I really like this!
It’s a great cup – both HOT and COLD!!!

I’m a fan of  Strawberry Cascade from White August Tea Company and I must say I haven’t met a White August Tea I haven’t liked so far!  They have a wonderful selection and LOTS of tasty teas!  They are quickly becoming a tea company suggest to many of my friends!

 

Elf Help from David’s Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Product Description:

Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.

Ingredients

Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, freeze-dried cranberries, coconut, natural flavouring.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!!!  This is so tasty.

One quick glance at the ingredient list might lead someone to believe that this is going to be a very fruity tea – and it is – but, it isn’t SO fruity that it overwhelms the flavor of the green tea.

The green tea is light-bodied and light in flavor, but it adds a crisp, fresh taste to the fruit that is distinct.  It isn’t very grassy or vegetative to taste; if you’re one that doesn’t care for green tea because it does come off as too grassy or vegetative, this is an excellent choice for you!

There is a lot of different fruit tastes here.  I can taste hints of each fruit, but the two that stand out the most definitively to me are the orange and the cranberry.  There is also a certain “tropical-y” taste to this, like the Elves on holiday!

It is sweet (almost candy like!) and there is a hint of tartness toward the end of the sip.  Due to the sweetness of this cup, it is one that I recommend tasting before you add additional sweetener – you may find this one to be just right without it.

I can see why David’s Tea decided to make this a holiday-ish blend – it definitely reminds me of Christmas with its delicious flavor.  It does remind me a bit of a fruitcake (which I happen to like although sometimes I think I’m the only one who does!)

It is sweet, fruity and delicious.  A tea that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored green teas – this one is one I could enjoy again and again!  Love it!

 

Rogue Wave from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust Tea Company

Product Description:

Bold Japanese sencha tea, creatively entwined with toasted coconut and ginger to create a one of a kind experience.

Taster’s Review:

This is my first experience with this tea company, and I’m happy to report that it is a positive one!  This is an excellent tea.

I must first mention the aroma because it is remarkable.   As my teacup sits in front of me, the most amazing fragrance is wafting to my olfactory nerves that is divine and yet difficult to describe.  It has a fresh, grassy smell that reminds me of a green meadow in early spring, and the sweet smell of coconut, mingling with a distinctive peppery note of ginger.  These scents combine to create a rather unique and beautiful bouquet.

The flavor is lovely!  The Japanese Sencha base is sweet and grassy but not that bitter-grassy taste that some green teas possess.  There is a smoothness to the tea also and a buttery quality that melds nicely with the flavor of the coconut.

The coconut tastes authentic and I can even feel the slickness from the coconut on my tongue.  It’s rather delightful!  The ginger flavor does not stand out at the start of the cup, but as I continue to sip, I notice the peppery flavor begin to intensify, and is especially noticeable in the aftertaste.  The tea finishes with the silky feeling of coconut gliding over the palate, and a slight kick of ginger just at the tail.  It is just enough to keep my interest and make me want to take another sip.

I really like this tea!  The interplay between ginger, coconut and Sencha is absolutely delicious!  Sweet, but not too sweet.  Gently spiced.  A smooth vegetative quality.  A pleasing balance that I think any tea enthusiast would enjoy.

Coconut Chai from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Product Description:

A robust and full flavored black tea accented with exotic imperial spices. The bold concentrated character of this lush black tea lends itself well to the full notes of cardamom, ginger and clove. The sweet hint of tropical coconut fragrantly fills the cup, offering an inviting taste of paradise to savor from any spot on the map. Delicious with a splash of milk. A bright and flavorful steep. Sunglasses not included.

Ingredients: Indian black tea, organic cinnamon, ginger, cardamom pods, whole cloves, orange peels, nutmeg, org. black pepper, organic cinnamon essential oil, organic coconut flavor.

Taster’s Review:

I guess it’s no big secret – I love chai blends!  Now, when I say “chai” – I am using the word to describe what those of us in the United States have come to know as “chai” – that is, a tea or tisane that is comprised of a combination of warming spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger and/or cardamom … just to name a few.  Some chai blends have fewer spices than those I just listed, some have many more.

I think that’s one of the things that I find so intriguing about chai blends.  I like the warm spiciness of it, and I like how the different variations of spices can lead to totally different tastes… some being more bold, some being lighter; some being more focused on one or two spice ingredients, and some being very even toned – so much so that it’s hard to tell where one spice ends and another begins.

This is an incredibly delicious chai blend from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea.  The coconut lends a sweet, creamy flavor to the chai blend, making it unnecessary to add milk or cream to make this a latte.  No, I’m not saying this is already a latte, but it does already possess some of that creamy, sweet factor that is very much like a latte.  Of course, if you wish to add it, it is perfectly delicious with this addition (and for an unbelievably delicious and decadent chocolate coconut chai latte, try adding some dark chocolate breve crème!)

I have previously reviewed this chai blend, and I enjoy it now just as much as I enjoyed it then.  It has a very pleasing spice level that is not too spicy and not too tame.  The nutmeg is a nice addition and is a spice that I do not see very often in chai blends, but one that I think adds a nice dimension of flavor, especially to this blend, as it enhances the coconut flavor nicely.  The orange is also a nice addition, and rounds out the tropical taste of this chai.

A very nice, comforting chai and one of my favorite teas from Zhena’s!

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai

Tea Type: Green Tea/Chai

Where To Buy: Yogic Chai

Product Description:

Product Details

Herbal Properties:
– Kukicha Tea: Popular among the macrobiotic community. Kukicha is a powerful antioxidant* and is very low in caffeine, in fact the lowest in caffeine of all traditional teas.

– Cardamom: A household spice that is commonly used to support digestion without increasing Heat.* It has expectorant and diaphoretic actions. (sweat inducing)* The mucus forming properties of milk are neutralized when cardamom is added to it.*

– Cinnamon: This warming spice is traditionally used in cold formulas as an expectorant and diaphoretic (sweat inducing).* Due to its warming property, cinnamon is known to promote digestion.*

– Cloves: An energizing herb,* cloves are an effective stimulant and aromatic for the lungs and stomach.* Cloves are used extensively in Ayurvedic herbology.

– Ginger: In Ayurvedic and Chinese herbology, Ginger is known to have heating, cleansing, toning and stimulating properties.* Ginger promotes digestion, relieves abdominal discomfort, dispels chills and it is also useful for relieving respiratory complaints due to phlegm and arthritic conditions due to coldness.*

– Coconut: Coconut, says vaidya Mishra, Director of Maharishi Ayurveda’s Product Research and Development, is considered a divine plant in vedic tradition. Whenever you perform a sacred ceremony like a yagna, havan or puja, a coconut must grace the occasion.

  • This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Coconut Kukicha Masala Chai from Yogic Chai REALLY surprised me!

For one…I never would have thought of flavoring kukicha with these chai ingredients but now that it has been done I am glad it was done and I think it’s genius!

The Cardamom and Cinnamon are NOT overly strong at all…they are wonderfully content sitting in the background!  As are the Ginger and Clove. The primary flavors are the Kukicha and Coconut which are bold!

As for the aroma it’s a coconut-twig-toasty-nutty-slightly coffee bean-type scent that I have never sniffed before!

This is very creative..a unique blend of flavors  and a daring and bold move! And a successful one, I might add!! This exceeded my expectations and was a wondrous surprise!

Coconut Pouchong from Tea Chai Te

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Tea Chai Te

Product Description:

This lightly fermented oolong tea is instilled with young coconut nectar.

Tasters Review:

I found that I really LOVE Pouchongs.  I also happen to LOVE Coconut Pouchongs! It just seems like they are MEANT for each other!  Tea Chai Te makes a great Coconut Pouchong…there is no doubt about it!

It smells like coconut and popcorn.

It’s also incredibly smooth.   It’s crisp, clean, mouth-watering, and velvety smooth.  This is a great quality Pouchong and the Coconut is perfectly done, too…not too little and not too much…but just right!

On the 3rd Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

This sampler package has been so much fun, and I have only just begun!

As you can see by the photo to the left, Santa is being a bit of a meanie and won’t stand for even THINKING about opening the pouches early.  Does that mean that because I did, I’ll be cast upon the naughty list?

But while I did certainly think of opening the package early, I didn’t.  I am finding it to be too much fun to wait until morning and open the package!  I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to open a package of tea in the morning – much less brew it!

Not that I don’t enjoy brewing tea – I LOVE IT.  But, to say I’m not much of a morning person is an understatement!

Anyway, let’s get on with today’s tea, shall we?  Today’s mystery tea is…

COCONUT CREAM PIE

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

Our Coconut Cream Pie flavored black tea has been one of our bestsellers here at Zoomdweebie’s since we opened. In addition to the pouches of this tea that we’ve sold, we sell a LOT of beverages made from this tea, in particular, this is probably our all time bestselling iced tea latte, one sip of which has led people to exclaim, “That’s like coconut cream pie in a glass!” I’ve also been frequently challenged on our assertion that our tea lattes are all fat-free, particularly with this tea.

It is simply so decadent, so wonderfully sweet and satisfying, that people cannot believe that we didn’t just liquefy a slice of coconut cream pie and serve it to them in a glass.

For the 52teas version of this tea, we are adding some honking-big flakes of unsweetened coconut to our premium black tea blend along with coconut and vanilla flavors. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and I promise that next week, we’ll get back to more creative pursuits.

Taster’s Review:

Yay!  This is certainly one of my favorites from 52Teas, and for good reason.  It is very true to its name – it really tastes like coconut cream pie! – and I love coconut cream pie.

As you can probably safely guess by now, I have previously reviewed this tea.  But while it is nice to come across a tea that I’ve not tried yet (like yesterday’s Chocolate Chai), I am loving this opportunity to revisit some of my favorites.

My opinion of this tea hasn’t really changed; I therefore see no need to reconstruct my review of it.  I will simply say that this is delicious!  Sweet, creamy, and smooth.  It makes an incredible latte, although I find it just as nice without the “latte” and served with a shortbread cookie.  The one thing this tea lacks is the pastry crust of the pie, so a shortbread cookie completes the dessert!  It would also be quite nice with a piece of biscotti, if you have it!

However you choose to serve it, this is one tea that I highly recommend.  It is absolutely yum!

On the 1st Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

This year as a special holiday promotion, 52Teas offered a special 12 sampler package which is comprised of 11 of their best-selling teas, and 1 brand new tea (for Christmas day!).  The “rules” are simple:  open one cleverly disguised sample package per day – labeled simply with the day that it should be opened (today’s sample package reminded me that I should only open it on December 14, because “Santa is Watching”).

Inside the sample package includes a new label – the label for the tea – and enough of the tea for several cups.  Today’s special tea is:

Piña Colada Honeybush

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

We create a lot of different blends here on 52teas. It is one of the things I absolutely love most about my job is experimenting with new flavor combinations and creating new and unique blends. I have to admit that some of our experiments are more successful than others. Some of the blends we create are good, some are great, and a few, like this week’s Tea of the Week, are just phenomenal!

Sweet African honeybush appears to be MADE for tropical flavors. Combine it with dried pineapple, unsweetened coconut flakes and a touch of rum flavor, and you’ve got a tea so soothing, relaxing and pleasing to the senses, that, like I wrote on the label, you ought to be required to sip it from a hammock on the beach.

We hope this tea blows you away as much as it did us. I’m seriously thinking this might be one to enter into the World Tea Championships next year. Enjoy!

Taster’s Review:

This is one of 52Teas best.  Although, to say “one of 52Teas best” is a bit vague, not only because I happen to say that quite a bit, but because 52Teas makes a lot of great teas.  It would be difficult to actually pinpoint their “best.”

However, this tisane happens to have the distinction of placing 3rd at the North American Tea Championship.  Not too shabby!

You can read my original review of this tea here.  My opinion of the tea hasn’t changed!  The flavor is excellent.  It is pleasantly sweet from the honeybush base, and the flavors of pinapple, coconut and rum are well-balanced.

I am really glad that this tisane was included – it’s a little walk down memory lane!

Tomorrow, I will be posting about the 2nd Tea of Christmas, which is… well… we will just have to wait to find out tomorrow!

Hazelnut Truffle from Tea Forté

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Forté

Product Description:

A rich black tea with luscious Belgian chocolate, rosebuds, cacao and roasted coconut flakes. Enriched with notes of toasted Hazelnuts.

Taster’s Review:

I was very excited to try this tea.  Chocolate?  Hazelnuts?  Coconut?  and Roses?  Sounds heavenly if you ask me!

The aroma of the dry leaf is hazelnut with hints of chocolate and coconut.  I couldn’t smell much from the rose in the dry leaf, although I can pick up vague floral notes in the liquor.

The black tea base is pretty mild here.  It isn’t very aggressive, but then, I wouldn’t want it to be, because it would spoil the other flavors going on.  I like the smooth, even-tone of the black tea as it is here.

The flavor is creamy and rich.  I am tasting more hazelnut than anything else, but the chocolate is there too.  Speaking as a chocoholic, I think it could use a bit more chocolate (but then, if a little chocolate is good, more chocolate is better, and a lot of chocolate is best.  That’s my motto!)

The creamy flavor that I am getting comes primarily from the coconut, I don’t get a whole lot of specific coconut notes, but I do get that creaminess.  I do get a little bit of coconut in the finish too.

The rose is not very strong in this, but its there if you focus on the sip.  About mid-sip, I get a little bit of flowery sweetness, and in the finish there is a subtle sharpness that is also a distinct rose characteristic.  Both of these notes are very subtle, but they’re there.

A very good cup of tea.  Perhaps one of the best that I’ve tried from Tea Forté.  I think what I’m liking best about it is that it IS a very contemplative cup, one that I am enjoying sipping.

Elf Help Tea from David’s Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: David’s Tea

Product Description:

Productively festive
Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.

Tasters Review:

This is such a FUN tea!  Elf Help Green Tea has VERY colorful ingredients and is highly scented!

I can taste the green tea, sure, but there is a fruit salad type quality to it that I just can’t shake!   I’m SO THANKFUL there isn’t Hibiscus in this!  Thanks for that, DavidsTea!

OH YEAH…and check out these ingredients:
Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, freeze-dried cranberries, coconut!

The more I drink this the more I enjoy it!  It’s fruity without being TOO fruity on the tongue!   This is a GREAT offering from DavidsTea!  I have this one listed in my mid to upper 90 percentile on my personal rating scale!

Coconut Pineapple Black Tea from Design a Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Design a Tea

Company Description:

Design a Tea brings choice to the marketplace. The simple concept of offering choices is the number one difference between Design a Tea and other artisan tea blending companies. Who doesn’t like choices in life? The feeling of creating and personalizing a product you order. We want consumers that deal with us to know they are dealing with a caring company. Caring, in that we hand package each order, and we pride ourselves on customer service. It doesn’t stop there.

Design a Tea even cares about the environmental issues around us. We use recycled paper products, labels, even environmentally friendly inks. We make every attempt to purchase from Fair Trade teas from international growers and suppliers and use only organically grown teas and ingredients when possible with all natural flavorings!!

Taster’s Review:

This is not one of Design a Tea’s signature blends, it is one that you can custom “design” (if you wish) – simply visit their Design a Tea page on their website and select “black tea” as your base, and then choose “coconut” and “pineapple” as your two flavorings… and you will have the same tea that sits before me now.

The black tea base (a delicious blend of black teas from Sri Lanka) is a pleasant one – it is brisk and holds its own with the flavorings.  It is strong enough to not be overpowered by the flavor, while still being mild enough to not overwhelm the cup.

The coconut and pineapple are sweet and deliciously tropical.   Having tried a few teas from Design a Tea and not being disappointed by any of them, it is clear that the flavorings that are used at Design a Tea are of the highest quality.  They do not taste fake or chemical-y.  They taste very authentic.

Design a Tea is a wonderful company that not only offers you the unique service of designing your own tea blend; their customer service is commendable as well.  Two thumbs up!

White Coconut Crème from Element Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Element Tea

Company Description:

With an inviting coconut scent, the first sip will bring a smile to your face. This tea delivers a sweet creamy texture with a light body and a good balance of flavors between tea and sweet coconut.

Taster’s Review:

Over the last couple of years, I’ve grown rather fond of coconut flavored teas.  This one may just be the best one yet!

The flavor is smooth and creamy and rich!

The white peony tea base is very soft and delicate which allows for the coconut flavor to develop fully.  However, I am still able to taste the fresh, light taste of the tea.  It tastes clean and possesses a faint leafy/grassy flavor.  It is not bitter (and I oversteeped it!) and has very little astringency.  It is sweet and very pleasant.

The coconut flavor is sweet and delicious.  It imparts that sort of “slick” coconut feel to the palate, and because this tea has very little astringency, there is nothing that stands in the way from enjoying the aftertaste that the slickness delivers.

I just love the creaminess of this tea.  Truly a delightful treat!  It would make a very good dessert tea, it is sweet and delicious enough that I really wouldn’t miss a more caloric dish.  And this is one that is just as delicious chilled as it is hot!

I highly recommend this tea to every lover of coconut out there!

Buttered Rum Tea from David’s Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: David’s Tea

Product Description:

Yo ho ho-conut
Hot buttered rum is so delicious we want it all day long. Unfortunately, most employers frown on workplace drunkenness, so we came up with this rich and creamy alternative. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans mingle with black tea in a caramelized caress of flavours. Decadent hot or iced, it also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar and a dash of milk – so go ahead and indulge your inner pirate, off the clock.

Tasters Review:

Buttered Rum Tea!?  I’m In!  I should have posted this one on a Friday because it’s just THAT kind of tea!  It’s wild and crazy but also a nice tea to help take your troubles away after a hard day or week, even!

At first sip I could totally taste the rum comparison! After my first sip I started to notice some other things!  I could taste the vanilla as it cooled a bit but found it to be a bit peppery the colder it got, actually.  This wasn’t a bad thing at all! I think it contributes to that warm rum type taste without it actually being warm in temperature…sort of like rum would warm your throat as you swallowed it.

I also LOVE the coconut in this!  It completes the cup!  The buttery notes are wonderful, too!  If you ever have the opportunity to try this…please do!  If you are looking for a company to purchase from – David’s Tea has a nice selection!

 

Rooibos Garden from Urban Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Urban Tea

Company Description:

Handcrafted, naturally caffeine-free, organically grown Rooibos Garden blends South African Rooibos with sweet coconut and sun-kissed lavender.  Nutrient rich, Rooibos is commonly consumed as a cure all for stomach aches, digestion aid, sleep and relaxation aid, promoting healthy skin and providing relief from allergies.

Taster’s Review:

This is an absolutely delicious rooibos blend!

In it’s dry form, the smell is mainly lavender, which I completely adore.  The brewed tisane loses a bit of the intense lavender aroma, or perhaps it is displaced a bit by the distinctive woody/nutty scent of rooibos and the sweet smell of coconut. It still smells lovely, though.

The flavor is delightful.  The blending of coconut and lavender is not one that I see very often but it is quite genius, really.  The two seem made for one another!  The sweet, creamy taste of coconut brings out some of the sweeter notes of the lavender, while curbing some of lavender’s somewhat sharp, soap-ish qualities.

The nutty qualities of the rooibos comes through only slightly.  Mostly what I taste is the union of lavender and coconut – and that’s just fine with me.  I am finding this to be one of the most delightful rooibos blends I’ve encountered in some time.

I highly recommend trying this one for yourself.  And, you don’t have to listen to music while sipping, of course, but I found myself humming this classic tune while sipping on this delightful tisane.  Enjoy:

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.

 

Carribean Flair Tea from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

Black tea with real shredded coconut and milk chocolate chips. Rich and creamy, this low calorie treat won’t go to your waist! Try with some brown crystal sugar. Indulge your taste buds.

Tasters Review:

Carribean Flair from Praise Tea smells REALLY AWESOME!  Very much like chocolate with a sugary likeness but also heavy smells of coconut too! This one really surprised me as far as the aroma goes!  Extremely aromatic!  And the Chocolate/Coconut Combo is really wonderful and tempting!

As for the taste – that’s pretty darned good, too!  It’s equal parts-tasting coconut and chocolate.  It’s very creamy and leaves a slight coconut/creamy aftertaste!

This is one of those flavored teas that you will be thinking about for quite-some-time after the last sip in your cup!  The aroma alone will have you hooked!  Especially if you are into chocolate or coconut or both!  Lucky for me…I am into BOTH!

Chocolate Mate Chai from Rishi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy: Rishi Tea

Company Description:

Velvety, mellow and deep, this chai is an enticing blend of energizing pu-erh tea, shade-grown yerba maté and cacao. Made even more inviting by creamy vanilla, nutty coconut and fruity, pungent and uplifting Ayurvedic long pepper, this is a most sophisticated take on hot cocoa.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that frightened me.  I am not crazy about pu-erh tea (although I think I am acquiring a taste for them).  It’s the earthy quality of pu-erh that puts me off, and in a blend with yerba maté which is also quite earthy, I was afraid this blend would be way too earthy for my palate.

But it isn’t!  This is really very tasty!

The chocolate flavor is very prominent, and it tastes rich and smooth.  It is a somewhat savory chocolate which pairs well with the masala spice blend.  The spices are not over-the-top, I can taste a peppery note though, but it does not overwhelm the cup.  It is actually quite delicate and accents the other flavors very nicely.

But the real star here is the coconut.  It is the most prominent flavor that I’m detecting.  It is sweet and creamy and in perfect harmony with the cocoa flavor and the spices.  This really is quite a bit like a gourmet hot chocolate!

The flavor of the pu-erh tea is not really distinct – and that is just fine with me.  As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not all that crazy about pu-erh.  That being said, there is a pleasant depth to this blend that I attribute to the tea as well as the yerba maté.  There is a hint of earthy quality but it is not off-putting, it’s really very pleasant.

I like this tea very much.  I did not brew it the way that the packaging suggests – with a boiling water and milk combination – I simply used boiling water and steeped for 4 minutes – using about 1 tsp. of tea per 6 ounces of water.  This created a very sumptuous cup that was alive with the flavors of coconut, chocolate, and warm spices.  Delicious!

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