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!

 

Cranberry Rose from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

Sencha green tea delicately flavored with delicate rosebuds, fresh cranberries and sweet raspberries. An enchanting rhythm of flavors.

Tasters Review:

I love the look of this dry mix as well as the aroma both dry and post infusion! I think it’s just Beautiful!

I will saw when I first start getting into flavored teas I wasn’t NOT a fan of floral teas but they have grown on me.  I think way-back-when I was basing the floral taste on lavender and jasmine.  I think Rose is probably one of the ones I do enjoy most times.  Which is ironic because I am not much of a flower-person outside of tea either.  I mean yeah, I like them, appreciate them, and take photographs of them, but I am not one of those girlie-girls that just NEED flowers, ya know!?  This Cranberry Rose Tea from Praise Tea intrigued me!

As for Cranberries…I LOVE THEM!  Again – my history with cranberries is a bit “odd” since I was led to believe the only thing cranberries were used for was cranberry sauce.  I’m not really a fan of Cranberry Sauce but since have found all sorts of things to do with Cranberries.  My favorite is to put dried cranberries in salads!  Easy-enough, eh!?  I have found I really enjoy Cranberry-Flavored Tea…but the tea actually HAS to have cranberries IN it!  Lucky for me…Praise Tea’s Cranberry Rose DOES!  Nice, large, plump cranberries!  YUM!

The green tea has a very ‘clean’ green tea taste.  The Cranberry is the flavor that pops thru the most of the 3 flavors. Then there is the raspberry!  It comes in 2nd and seems to tone down the natural bitter cranberry flavor…they meet in the middle nicely.  The rose is hanging out in the background and gives it just enough floral hints that make everything come full circle.  This is very unique and creative and I think it’s just terrific!  I must say I really like the addition of the Raspberry as well!  Lovely!

 

Holiday Fruit & Spice Blend from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Mark T. Wendell

Product Description:

A blend of select black tea leaves with orange pieces, bits of cranberry, ginger and cinnamon. A winter season favorite that is now available year-round.

Tasters Review:

 

I know Anne already reviewed this one about 2 weeks ago but I figured since the timing is right – being the holidays and all – and because this exceeded my expectations – I thought I would write about it as well!

Holiday Fruit & Spice Blend from Mark T. Wendell is better than I thought it would be!   Sure, it smells just like you assume it would but this is a tasty flavored black tea…juicy cran and the spices are just-right!  The draw for me on this one – is that the spices seemed to have been Taylor-made just for me!  Okay…maybe not…JUST FOR ME…but the spice is done nicely and not over the top and the cranberry flavors are exceptional!

Autumn Cranberry from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy:  Mark T. Wendell

Company Description:

A rich, whole-leaf black tea with cranberry pieces and flavoring. It is an exotic twist on your favorite beverage. Easy to make into your favorite iced tea.

Taster’s Review:

When I first received this tea, I thought it would be like a lot of other autumnal cranberry teas that I’ve tasted in the past.  Now, mind you, that wouldn’t be a bad thing, because I have quite enjoyed them.  But, I wasn’t prepared for something different!

And this is different – deliciously different!

The black tea is delicious and strong without being overpowering or bitter.  It has a very smooth, well-rounded flavor that is very satisfying.  It is full-bodied with a very pleasing taste and a light, drying astringency.  The tea is definitely the star of this show.

The cranberry, on the other hand, is more like the supporting actor.  It has a very nice berry taste that is neither too sweet nor too tart. Delicious!

But what makes this tea so surprisingly different is the floral notes!  When I saw some rose petals tossed in the blend, I suspected that they were there merely for aesthetics, but, I can taste the rose, and it is very nice!  It adds a very enjoyable charm to this already delicious tea.  I also like that the sharp, sweet tones of the rose curb the sometimes too tart taste of the cranberry.  It’s a very harmonious union.

This is really a delicious tea.  If you like cranberries I would recommend trying this one.  I would also recommend this to the rose tea enthusiasts out there!

While this is delicious hot or cold, I recommend it hot – especially for this time of year.  It’s so comforting!

 

Cranberry Rose from Praise Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Praise Tea

Company Description:

Sencha green tea delicately flavored with delicate rosebuds, fresh cranberries and sweet raspberries. An enchanting rhythm of flavors.  Delectable both hot and cold. Try some with white crystal sugar. Indulge your taste buds.

Taster’s Review:

This green tea blend is FABULOUS!  Cranberries aren’t really my favorite fruit, but I really love how they enhance this blend.  The flavor is sweet, a little tart, floral, and berry-licious!

The first thing you’ll notice when you open a package of this tea is how beautiful it is.  HUGE, whole pink rosebuds, little bits of dried raspberry and dried cranberry halves with long, elegant spears of Sencha green tea.  And it smells just as lovely as it looks!  Lightly floral, sweet, and fruity!

But, it really wouldn’t matter how beautiful the tea looks or smells if it didn’t taste good – this one DOES.  The green Sencha is fresh and has a light, creamy buttery taste to it.  The grassy tones are faint. There is no bitterness, and only a very slight astringency to this – it is very pleasant and relaxing to sip.

The added flavors of this tea are a little lighter than the green tea flavor, but all of the flavor components co-exist in perfect harmony.  The cranberry is lightly sweet with a nice, tart, cranberry taste that lingers long after the sip.  It’s quite delicious!

The raspberry offers a pleasing sweetness that curbs some of the tarty flavors of the cranberry just enough so that it isn’t pucker-y.  The rose flavor is very soft, but distinctive.  It adds a nice contrast to the berries.

This is a WINNER from Praise tea!

Skala from da.u.de

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: da.u.de

Product Description:

The aroma on this tisane is undeniably sweet. Medium bodied blend inspired by the berry colors of my room at Dar Skala in Asilah.

Green Rooibos, Cranberry, Apple, Rhubarb, Red Currant, Hibiscus, Blue Mallow Blossoms.

Herbal

Steeping Time: 7 minutes

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Tasters Review:

The dry ingredients smell Marvelous!

Most of these ingredients I wouldn’t normally choose in an herbal because I usually don’t care for full flavor tarty herbals…but…this one was so much different than the others I have tried!

Based on the ingredients and being able to see everything obviously when looking at it…and the powerful smell I really thought this would be tart, but, altho it’s quite juicy and fruity it’s more of a smooth and pleasant herbal and it just maybe because of the green rooibos pairing!?

Not sure…but what ever da.u.de did with this blend I sure do like it! So much so that I might just have to say this is my FAVORITE Fruity Herbal I have ever had…and guess what…it has hibiscus in it! BUT…it doesn’t seem to be bothering me!

I’m so surprised with this one!  They really did a great job on this!  It’s great both HOT and COLD!

Again…I just can’t get over how much I like this one (based on the ingredients and my previous attempts with other brands and ended up being not so good).

2 Thumbs Up!

Cranberry Peach Black from Georgia Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Georgia Tea Company

Company Description:

A Chinese black tea with dried cranberries and peach flavoring. For those cranberry lovers!

Taster’s Review:

This is a different flavor combination – I don’t typically see the flavors of cranberry and peach blended together, but, they work together quite well.  The tartness of the cranberry is curbed just enough by the sweet, juicy flavor of the peach to make this a slightly tart, pleasantly sweet taste.

The black tea base is strong and tannic in this blend, and is just a little too astringent in my opinion.  Not bitter, but, very dry – almost to the point of being what I would describe as starchy.  It is not off-putting, though, and I am still quite enjoying this cup, but, if I were to change anything to make it MORE enjoyable, I would soften the astringency here.

The cranberry-peach combination is this tea’s saving grace.  The cranberry is bright and bursting with flavor, and offers just a hint of berry tanginess complete with a pleasing berry tingle on the tongue.  The peach is smooth and sweet, and hits the palate right up front, and lingers until the finish.

This tea is enjoyable served hot or cold – and perhaps it’s just today’s warm weather talking here, but I found it especially refreshing iced.  All things considered, this is a very tasty tea.

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