Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

The Skinny from DavidsTea

Tea Type:
Oolong Tea/Pu-erh Tea Blend

Where To Buy:

DavidsTea

Product Description:

Did you just eat and eat and eat? And then eat some more? 2000 years of ancient Chinese wisdom suggest you try this organic blend. It contains oolong and pu’erh teas, both reputed to speed your metabolism and block fat absorption after a heavy meal. Plus it’s got ginger and ginseng, two more traditional metabolism uppers. So go ahead, drink up. The only thing you’ll gain is wisdom.

Tasters Review:

The Skinny from DavidsTea really took me by surprise!  I ended up really liking it!  Here’s the SKINNY on this tea from DavidsTea…

This tea takes a while to infuse before the true color appears.  Dry…I thought this first smelled like Orange Cream and then I thought it was more of a Fruit loops/Orange aroma. Post infusion – it smells more like a woodsy/orange. The taste is flatter than I thought it would be.  I would say more Oolong than anything else and then a share of orange taste.  I can’t really taste the Pu-erh, Ginseng, or Ginger much…which is ok with me but maybe not-so-good for those specifically looking for those ingredients, I suppose.

Overall the taste of this one is pretty good!  As far as me liking this tea – I do enjoy it – much more than I expected!  It’s a goodie!

 

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!

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!

Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TeaFrog

Company Description:

This version of Earl Grey will suit the tastes of both traditional EG drinkers, and those who find bergamot to be too overpowering. Vanilla overtones and a smooth, creamy taste are in the forefront of the flavours of this tea, and while the bergamot is there, it takes a backup role in this fine flavoured black tea. Whether you are a fan of Earl Grey Tea or not, this tea will suit the palate of any discerning tea drinker, and serves well as an after dinner finishing drink or a mid-afternoon “snack”.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Cornflower petals, Natural Flavours

Taster’s Review:

I love Earl Grey tea.  But, I have to tell you that my fondness for Earl Grey started out with a Cream Earl Grey such as this one.  The first time I tasted an Earl Grey tea, I found that the bergamot was a bit overpowering for me – to the point of tasting a bit like perfume (or at least what I imagined perfume would taste like).  After that unpleasant experience, I was quite hesitant to try another Earl Grey.

Then I discovered Cream Earl Grey tea and I quickly fell in love.  So much so that I began blending my own Earl Grey Creme… but that’s another story!

This Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog is quite good.  I love the way the vanilla flavoring (the “Cream”) mingles with the bergamot and black tea.  Together they create an almost caramel-y taste that lingers well into the finish.

The black tea base is a solid black tea:  strong but not overwhelming, smooth with a bold, bright taste.  It has a medium astringency to it that is somewhat dry.  No bitterness to this tea, though (unless it’s over-steeped that is!)  Just a delicious, well-rounded tea.

The bergamot is significantly softer than you would find in most Earl Grey teas, but that’s because the vanilla cream taste softens it.  I like that it curbs the sharp notes of the bergamot, thereby eliminating that tendency to taste a bit soapy or perfume-ish.  Instead, you just get delicious Earl Grey flavor with a sweet, creamy high note.

This is a really delicious Cream Earl Grey – if you’re like me and rather fond of Earl Grey (or Cream Earl Grey) – this is one you should definitely try.

Orange Creme Dreams from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to buy:  Talbott Teas

Company Description:

South African rooibos with orange peel and vanilla creme.

Taster’s Review:

This is really quite good… much better than I was expecting!

The dry leaf smells very orange – vibrantly orange!  There isn’t a lot of “cream” scent or vanilla scent to the dry leaf aroma, and even less when the tea is brewed.  But, the orange smells so sunny and delicious, that I’m finding it difficult to find fault with the lack of vanilla fragrance.

The flavor offers a good balance between sweet and tart.  I really thought that this would end up too sweet, what with the sweet flavors of orange and vanilla, not to mention the natural sweetness of the rooibos.  Then I read the ingredient list for this tisane, and I realized why it’s well balanced – the hibiscus!

In this instance, I think that hibiscus is a smart addition.  I mean, I am a sweet tooth and I therefore have a great appreciation for things that are sweet, but, sometimes… it can be too sweet.  And that was my worry for this blend.  But thanks to the hibiscus, it isn’t.

And thankfully, the hibiscus is not overdone in this blend.  It offers just the right amount of tartness to the blend while adding a palate-pleasing body to the cup, but the flavor is NOT hibiscus.  Nor is the tea thick or syrupy.  Just right!

The combination of the orange and the vanilla creme give this a creamsicle kind of taste.  If I were to change anything about this particular blend, I would want the vanilla flavor to be a bit stronger, mostly because I’m really digging the way the creamy taste accents this blend.

The rooibos taste is light and nutty with faint wood notes.  The flavor of the rooibos is significantly softer than that of the orange and the vanilla, but, I like it just fine like that.

This caffeine free blend would make a great treat any time of the day, and it’s bright, sweet taste is sure to be a hit with kids as well as adults.  It’s easy to see why Talbott Teas are one of Oprah’s Favorite Things – this is fabulous!

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!

Smooth Sophistication from Adagio – Signature Blend by Rachana Carter

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Adagio

Product Description:

All the feel and vibe of a coffee house with none of the coffee. The Cream and Vanilla combined with the Earl Grey Bravo will have your IQ feeling a few points higher. The Earl Grey Bravo will have just the right amount of strength and the cream and vanilla will help soften the finish of the tea. Enjoy!

Created by: Rachana Carter
Contains: earl grey bravo, cream, vanilla

Tasters Review:

Rachana sent me a few of her blends to try a while back and this one was one of my favorites!

The Dry Leaf Smell is a creamy black flavored tea aroma and the smell while infusing smells of Cream, Black Tea, and a slight hint of Earl Grey.  The post infusion smell is a mild Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla or Cream.  The Wet Leaves Smell like Earl Grey sort of but also Lavender.  It’s Medium Brown in color – a very nice medium brown, indeed!

My first sip was FULL of smoothness right away! My 2nd sip was relaxing and still velvety on the tongue.  Mild Black Tea Taste and Mild Earl Grey…my first time around but I have had other attempts since – with this tea – that have been quite bold…either way it’s a great cup!

Creamy Peppermint from Compass Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Compass Teas

Product Description:

Delicious creamy peppermint tea that is sure to put you in a jolly spirit! We highly recommend trying it with our Sugar Gems and a dash of milk.

Ingredients:
Black tea- Antioxidant rich, helps keep body hydrated, may help reduce your daily calorie intake which can lead to weight loss
Peppermint- Refreshing cool mint taste
Cream flavoring- Comforting, mellowing flavor
Chrysanthemum petals – Accenting feature

Tasters Review:

The first time I had this tea the dry leaf mixture smelled JUST LIKE York Peppermint Patties! Post Infusion it smelled like Black Tea, Peppermint, Cream. I remembered this ‘brewed up’ quick and dark! It tasted like black tea, mint, and vanilla.  I remember saying that I LOVED the out-of the-bag aroma better than the actual taste of the tea…but the more I sipped the more I enjoyed it!

The 2nd time I sampled this I found it to be much more memorable!  Much more minty and creamy, too!  I really like this!  I mean really like this!  Many of you know my love for minty things!

I still think this smells like a Peppermint Patty but I love the fact that I can taste the Black Tea, The Mint, The Creaminess…all in one!  This is very aromatic, very bold, very flavorful, and very tasty.

I think I will have another cup today and many more days to come!

 

Strawberry Zabaglione Tea from 52 Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: 52 Teas

Product Description:

This was a suggestion from one of our customers, and I spent an hour digging through my email folders and searching our facebook page, but I couldn’t find the original suggestion anywhere, so I couldn’t put his or her name on the blend.

Anyway, when I first got the suggestion, I realized I was going to have to MAKE some Zabaglione to try, because not only had I not tried it before, but I had never HEARD of it before. Well after trying it (for those of you who never have, I would say it is something like a custardy (flavor, not texture) whipped cream with a hint of wine. After trying it, I was not at all sure that we would be able to make a tea that hinted of the complexity of Zabaglione, but after some trial and error, we now have…

Our Tea of the Week for the week of May 31, 2010

Tasters Review:

I’ve now had two separate tries with this tea and here is what I have found…

For my first attempt…

I found this to be very VERY nice!  It’s very creamy and a lovely Strawberry taste without being tart or fake tasting!  There is a a bit of fruit, a bit of wine, and lots of cream! Ahhhhhh!

My second go-around was just as pleasing!  Yes, the strawberry is still there and is juicy and plump in flavor but this time around I picked up more on the wine-likeness and it was a beautiful thing!  And the cream was perfect and more towards the end of the sip!  Truly unique!

All good things must come to an end – and so has this tea in my stash.  I’m officially putting this one on my re-order list because it’s a goodie!!!

Raspberries & Cream from Urban Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Urban Tea

Company Description:

A bowl of Raspberries and cream is a crowd pleaser for an after dinner dessert.  This delightful black tea blended with raspberries and creamy flavoring will not disappoint.  Also makes an excellent iced tea.  Enjoy this black tea from morning till night.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is delightful.

I really like that the black tea base is an Assam rather than a Ceylon (as is typically used in flavored teas) – the Assam gives this tea a stronger presence, it is bold and brisk!  It has a malty note to it that really compliments the cream flavor.

This Assam base has a richness and depth of flavor that most Ceylon teas just seem to lack.  However, it is not so strong that it overpowers the flavors, but that being said – this is TEA and tea is the most prominent flavor of this cup.

The raspberry flavor is light, sweet and juicy.  It has that gentle berry tartness at the finish that tickles the tongue.  Delicious!

The cream flavor is soft and sweet – not at all cloying – and I think that it gives just enough softness to the overall cup to cut through some of the harsher notes of the Assam – making this an extraordinarily palatable tea.  It’s a pleasure to drink!

Birthday Tea from Adagio (Signature Blend)

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Adagio Tea

Product Description:

A treat for any day of the year! A tasty blend of vanilla, cream, and a touch of caramel. The inclusion of rainbow sugar sprinkles adds a festive note and makes this tea perfect for celebrating your special day.

Created by: Christine Rillo
Contains: vanilla, cream, caramel

Tasters Review:

I LOVE Novelty Teas.  Teas that have a theme or purchase.  You know – ones that think outside of the box – or should I say Tea Cup.

I like this tea just for that reason.  I wouldn’t say it would make my top 100 favorite tasting teas but it’s a nice treat and enjoyable!

This definitely smells like the FROSTING of a cupcake or cake.

It’s a medium strength type black tea taste with a vanilla/cream taste to it.  As it cools a bit I am liking it better.  Not necessarily iced, or cold, but cooling for a few minutes at room temperature, that is.

I think the sprinkles are a brilliant touch in this.  They give it a slight sugar taste to pair with the vanilla and cream flavors.  The caramel is very subtle.

Overall – this tea makes me smile.  I find myself sipping on it from time to time.  If you are looking for something different or a novelTEA…try this out!

Earls and Pearls from Tea Oh

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Tea Oh

Company Description:

A classic Earl Grey white tea all dressed up with a rich, pearly cream finish.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of the more unusual Earl Grey teas that I’ve encountered, and not just because it’s made with a white tea base instead of the standard black tea base.

This tea has the most amazing creamy finish that is sweet and delicious and quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before.  On Steepster, I compared the flavor to a creamsicle – you know those fantastic ice cream confections that are made with vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet?  But, instead of the orange sherbet, imagine one being made with sherbet made of bergamot orange!

That comparison ALMOST describes this flavor, but not quite.  The creamy flavor … I think is appropriately described by Tea Oh as “pearly” because it seems to taste almost regal – like something royalty would enjoy.

The flavor here is rich and delightful, and yet does not overwhelm the delicate white tea.  It is a very interesting and unusual combination of flavors that I’m enjoying quite a bit.  I do recommend just a little sweetener (I used raw agave nectar) because it really adds some definition to the creamy sweet notes that are just so delicious here.

I would recommend this tea to just about anyone – even those that dislike Earl Grey teas!  The sweet, creamy finish offsets the bergamot in this blend enough so that even the most finicky Earl Grey detractors would probably find this enjoyable.  This is really, really GOOD!

Smooth Earl from Compass Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Compass Teas

Product Description:

This classic black Earl Grey tea is accented with warm cream and vanilla notes.
Serving Suggestion: Perfect as is, but also delicious with Sugar Gems (and possibly a dash of milk if you like).

3 oz = approximately 40 cups of Gourmet Tea

Ingredients:

Black tea- Antioxidant rich, helps keep body hydrated, can help reduce your daily calorie intake which leads to weight loss
Blue mallow blossoms- Beautiful accent color
Bergamot flavoring- Delicious citrusy flavor usually associated with the popular Earl Grey tea blend
Cream & Vanilla flavoring- Soothing, mellowing flavor

Tasters Review:

Earl…you are one SMOOTH dude!  Has anyone ever told you that?  Well, I’ll say it right here and right now…you ARE smooth and live up to your name!

This is a very creamy/vanilla-scented Earl Grey. I always look for twists on earl greys because I like to see how different they can be but still be classified as an earl grey. I know there are some people out there that stand by the phrase “Leave My Earl Alone” but not me…I love the variety, love the creativeness, and love the uniqueness!

The aroma is delightful! I can smell the Black tea, bergamot, creame, vanilla – in that order!

The taste is VERY creamy! The cream and vanilla both tone down the bergamot and I really like this.  I have had a lot of Earl Grey’s that overdue it with the bergamot or use a really funky bergamot flavoring and it tends to be bitter or leave a strange or bitter or even chemical aftertaste. Not this one! This is pretty darn good right here! VERY smooth…darn near the smoothest tea I have ever had. Some may say the bergamot isn’t strong enough – if you are ‘the more the merrier’ type – but I really like the way this one plays out!

If Smooth Earl isn’t the talk of the town in your neck of the woods – it should be – spread the word!

Love Flavored Rooibos from TeaFrog

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: TeaFrog

Product Description:

Our most popular Rooibos blend, the Love blend is an aromatic delight that you will not be able to resist! This tea is so good, we sample it at every show, and sell out at every show! The scent and flavor are simply to die for!

Tasters Review:

Love Flavored Rooibos from TeaFrog smells like Orange Juice and Rooibos! And it tastes like it too! I must say this is delightful!

I try and have at least one rooibos a day and a while back I declared this my ROOIBOS OF THE DAY!

It has a real rich brown/reddish color to it and even tho I have been drinking this hot I am sure it’s just as good cold!!!

This is a highly flavored Rooibos!

TeaFrog did a GREAT job with this one and I totally understand why they sell out of it at every show!

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