Crème Brûlée from Tea, Oh!

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Tea, Oh!

Product Description:

A sweet symphony of toffee and caramel flavours make this a nice after dinner treat.

Taster’s Review:

Crème brûlée?  Yes, please!

Crème brûlée is my favorite dessert.  I don’t find it often when we dine out – mostly because we can’t often afford to dine in restaurants fancy enough to offer it – but when I see it on the menu, I do try to save room for dessert!

But with this tisane, I can afford to enjoy my favorite dessert any time!  The rooibos base is perfect because it is naturally caffeine-free so it makes for a delightful treat after dinner without worry that I’ll be over-caffeinated.  The rooibos is lightly nutty which mingles very nice with the creamy flavor of crème brûlée.

I can taste the creamy baked custard flavor of the crème brûlée, it tastes smooth and sweet, and it even has a caramel-y sweet taste to it too, just like the crunchy caramelized sugar that is burnt on top of the classic dessert.  All that is missing is the crunch – and while I do love that crunch – the fact that this is calorie free more than makes up for the lack of the crunchy texture.

This is really an awesome treat!  Thank you – Tea, Oh!

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!

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!

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!

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