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!

Wild Forest Black Tea from Choice Organic

Tea Type:
Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Choice Organic Tea

Product Description:

Awaken your senses with this rare tea, rich in flavor and history, from ancient tea trees growing deep in the forests of Southeast Asia. Generations of local people have climbed these wild tea trees to pluck their leaves. Now you can enjoy this refreshing cup that’s smooth, yet hearty. Drink in its enduring energy.

An energizing rare wild tea with a smooth, yet hearty flavor. Leaves are plucked from ancient tea trees (500 years old or more) growing deep in the forests of Southeast Asia. Only recently have these teas been made available to the rest of the world due to recent efforts by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to develop a positive alternative economy for the region as a solution to the illegal drug market.

Tasters Review:

I think this is a great way to start your day if you are short on time or on-the-go!  This is a bold and burly black tea in a bag!  It’s pretty strong, fairly malty, rich and robust!  It has hints of that bakey or crusty type tea that I so much love, too!

Wild Forest Black Tea is a winner in my book!  And I really like that Choice Organic Teas support the Jane Goodall Institute!

About Choice Organic’s GOOD FOR ALL Campaign and Efforts:

Choice Organic Teas is delighted to present five extraordinary teas – Oothu Garden Green, Wild Forest Black, Decaffeinated English Breakfast, Yerba Maté Mint and Rooibos Superfruit. This well-rounded collection of flavorful teas sourced from four different continents celebrates the universal passion for tea while supporting the Jane Goodall Institute and our continued leadership and commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

Sales from each purchase benefit the Jane Goodall Institute, a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is also recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation programs in Africa, as well as Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, its international environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Choice Organic Teas is proud to support the Jane Goodall Institute as we share its commitment to conservation, sustainability, and being responsible stewards of the earth. Since 1989, our mission has been to improve the world one cup of tea at a time. As the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States, the first to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea in the United States, and most recently, the first tea company to acquire Non-GMO Verification, we craft all of our teas the with conservation of the planet and its creatures in mind. www.janegoodall.org

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, is world renowned for her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral research—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Founded in 1977, JGI is a global leader in the effort to protect endangered chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute and its iconic founder are also committed to empowering people to make a difference for all living things. Consistent with this mission, JGI created the “Good for All” brand to recognize companies and environmentally conscious products that reflect Dr. Goodall’s core values.

Wise Man’s Caravan from Indie Tea

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy: Indie Tea

Product Description:

Wise Man’s Caravan
Wisdom May Be The Road Less Traveled, But It Beats The Road That Leads To The Unexpected Swamp Filled With Hungry Alligators.

Steeping Instructions: Measure 1.5 teaspoons of tea to 8 oz of water. Heat water to boiling 212 degrees, pour over the tea leaves, and steep tea leaves for four to five minutes. Add milk or soy, sugar or honey to taste.

5 oz. Organic and Fair Trade Ingredients: Organic Assam Black Tea, Organic Cloves, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cardamom, Organic White Peppercorn, Organic Allspice, Organic Ginger, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Myrrh, Organic Frankincense

Tasters Review:

After the hectic week I have been having and a major case of ‘too much info on the brain overload” I thought this would be the tea to review tonight.  This is a chai I have really been enjoying the last couple of months!

I thought it would be too full of spice – but everything works awesomely well together!  This is VERY good!

Frankincense & Myrrh…kind of make me a little nervous at first but it ended up being a unique, bold, and flavorful cup!  This has interesting spices and a slight smoke!  Plus I LOVE the names, containers, and labels Indie Tea has on their offerings…so fun!

Spice with Green Tea from Chai-Wallah’s

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Chai-Wallah’s

Product Description:

A blend of our organic chai spice and Fair Trade Organic Green Tea from Korakundah Estate in Nilgiri, South India . Korakundah was the first certified organic Nilgiri tea estate. Established in 1922, the garden has become one of India’s premier organic tea estates. Tigers, panthers and elephant herds are spotted regularly in the dense jungle surrounding the pristine garden. This chai is smooth and mellow unlike its Assam stablemate! The chai should not be boiled or simmered but steeped otherwise it will reduce the beneficial properties of the tea.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  This is GOOD!  The spice is strong and zesty!   The pepper and ginger are the most prominent of the spices, but, they do not overpower the balance of spicy tastes.

The green tea base is a bit lighter in flavor than you’d experience with a black tea chai, but then, that’s to be expected.  It has a fresh, lightly vegetative taste to it, and I think that the tea is nicely complimented in this blend of vibrant spices.

I have tried this chai a couple of times now.  The first time, I tasted it without milk and I liked it a lot that way.  The spices were very lively.  The second time, I decided to go latte, and it is also very good as a latte.  The spices are muted a little by the milk, but the peppery kick can still be tasted.  The green tea’s vegetative qualities are enhanced a little by the addition of milk, which I found interesting.

Both ways are tasty, but I do think I prefer it non-latte, just because more of the spices are highlighted that way.  Which ever way you choose to serve it, this is a chai I would highly recommend to those who enjoy spicy chai teas!  It’s yummy and makes me happy!  And the fact that it’s 100% Organic and Fair Trade – well that’s something to really smile about!

Grand Earl Grey from mhai diva

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: mhai diva

Product Description:

Black Tea and Bergamot

More About Mhaidiva:

Mhaidiva, the Lady of Tea, is the personification of everything that makes life worth living. She is the muse giving everyone who drinks her tea the gift of beauty, health, peace, harmony and creative thinking. She speaks to you in haiku, seventeen syllable poems written in three lines of 5-7-5. She shares philosophy, or lessons of life, expressed in one breath. She uses images of tea, evoking a mysterious solitude and meditative presence with romantic images of austere beauty.

The symbol for Mhaidiva is derived from the letters “Aaw” and is created from the gesture of “opening lips invitingly”. An obvious choice for the design of our Mhaidiva logo.

Tasters Review:

I recently discovered mhai diva.  I am very impressed with their dedication to Fair Trade and Sustainability.   I will touch more on that after writing a bit more about this tea.

I was super excited to receive a box full of boxed teas from The Netherlands not too long ago.  Inside was this nifty little number.  It’s mhai diva’s Grand Earl Grey.  It’s a nice bagged Earl Grey.  The Black Tea is strong but the Bergamot isn’t overly strong.  It doesn’t taste like it’s in a bag!  And I like that!  This is a flavorful and convenient EG.

As I mentioned above – mhai diva – is both Fair Trade and Organic.

Mhaidiva is proud to present a range of both Fairtrade and Organic certified tea. The premium quality tea is sustainable and for this reason selected and produced with respect for people and the planet.

The various tea blends originate from the highlands of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and the rooibos tea is from South Africa. The teas are packed in environmental-friendly envelopes. They are available in boxes of 100 pieces.

We flavoured the tea with only natural, liquid flavours to establish a maximum tea-tasting pleasure.

View our Fairtrade and Organic certified tea assortment here.

99% of the Mhaidiva tea is picked by women at the tea plantations, the women control the picking of the tea leafs with the fingertips in perfection. Mhaidiva is made by 100% Orthodox picked tea, qualitative the best way of picking.

In addition to having some really good bagged teas that are both organic and fair trade mhai diva also supports Net4Kids

To fulfil a socio-economic programme that creates development opportunities in developing countries is part of our mission. Therefore, we have established a strategic alliance with the international welfare organisation Net4Kids to ensure we can fulfil our obligation.

Our annual contribution is 1.5% of our net profit and this contribution will be allocated to projects for fresh drinking water, food programmes and the improvement of education facilities.

We believe that our social responsibility has no borders. For this reason we value our social responsibility by supporting welfare work aimed at creating a better future for underprivileged children.

Not only will you enjoy the cup you are drinking you can feel good about supporting a company that really cares!  This is a special tea from a special company!

Decaffeinated English Breakfast Tea from Choice Organic Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea (Decaf)

Where To Buy: Choice Organic Teas

Product Description:

A traditional British blend of Indian teas decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. The taste of this tea is hearty and satisfying, yet bold and brisk.

Tasters Review:

If you are looking for a nice English Breakfast that is Decaf and in a tea bag – Choice Organic Teas is a Must Try!

This is a decent bagged decaf English Breakfast!  It’s organic, fair trade, Non-GMO Verified, a Wind Power Company (http://choiceorganicteas.com/certifications.htm#wind), and Kosher!  And I think that is WONDERFUL!

It’s not overly strong in taste – I would say a more mild English Breakfast but that taste is good and doesn’t leave an aftertaste.

I, personally, prefer this one ICED but it’s very satisfying both hot and cold!

 

Organic Earl Grey Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Buy:  Arbor Teas

Product Description:

This organic, Fair Trade Certified version of the classic Earl Grey does not disappoint. It has a correct balance of flavoring which results in a piquant and refreshing true Earl Grey taste. Made fashionable by the Prime Minister of England Earl Grey (1830-1834), Earl Grey is traditionally a blend of Chinese and Indian teas flavored with the oil from the citrus bergamot fruit.

The legends of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Chinese citizen, and as a gift of gratitude was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, this diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story claims that it was the Prime Minister himself who was awarded the recipe.

Ingredients: organic black tea and natural bergamot flavor

Taster’s Review:

I am crazy about Earl Grey tea.  Let me rephrase that:  I am crazy about GOOD Earl Grey tea.  And this is GOOD Earl Grey tea!

What do I like about Earl Grey?  So many things!

I like that breathtaking aroma that overcomes me when I first open a package of Earl Grey.  The scent of bergamot is amazing, and when it comes to that first aromatic impression, I like them to be strong and even a bit overwhelming.  Just as important is the scent of the brewed liquor, it doesn’t have to be as strong as the dry leaf, but, I want it to smell every bit as inviting.

Yep… this Earl Grey has a fantastic fragrance!

I love the flavor of a good Earl Grey.  The black tea base should be bracing enough to stand out amid the rather assertive flavor of the bergamot, but it shouldn’t be bitter nor should it be so strong that it overwhelms the nuances of the bergamot.

The bergamot should be crisp and flavorful without tasting artificial or soapy.  It should be strong enough to express itself without coming across like Auntie Matilda’s perfume.

Yep… this Earl Grey has an outstanding black tea base and a bright, tart bergamot orange taste.

This Earl Grey has everything that I look for in a good Earl Grey Tea – and then some!   It is certified organic (that’s also very important to me) and Arbor Teas’ packaging is compostable (another very important factor).

Yep… I’m crazy for Arbor Teas’ Earl Grey Black Tea!

And here is something else to go crazy over:  In celebration of National Hot Tea Month, Earl Grey Black Tea is 15% off for the remainder of January!

Peach Apple Crisp Tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

 

Tea Type:
Black Tea & Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy:
The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
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Product Description:

  • Ingredients

    Bio-Dynamic Black Tea, Organic Nilgiri Tea, Organic Assam Black Tea, Organic Orange Peel, Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Roses, Organic Hibiscus, Safflower, Natural Flavors

    Characteristics: Energizing, Fair Trade, Organic
    Flavors: Fruity, Floral
    Caffeine Content: Medium

Tasters Review:

Peach Apple Crisp was the very first tea I tried from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company and I must say I am impressed!

DRY this smells like various black teas, peaches, apples, flowers, spices, and a little hibiscusy.  It’s  FULL of aroma and I like that!Post infusion… this smells mostly of peaches, apples, flowers, and cinnamon. Different than the pre-infusion but still very nice and very aromatic!  Another PLUS in my book!

It infuses to a nice medium golden brown color.

The flavor is absolutely delightful!  I can taste individually the peach, the apple, the cinnamon, and the flowers…but they all jive well together!

The stereotypical Rooibos taste wasn’t really there as much so I would suggest this blend to ANYONE who thinks Rooibos is NOT for them…this just may change your mind!

The more I sip on this the more I like it! My first cup I had HOT but assume it would be tremendous cold, too!  I am going to have to put that to the test very soon!

Simply put…I LOVE THIS blend!  I have officially put it in my upper 95+ percentile of teas I LOVE.  Stay tuned to SororiTEA Sisters for more tea reviews from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company!

Mint Chai from The Chai Cart

Tea Type: Chai

Where To Buy: The Chai Cart

Product Description:

Mint Chai is an herbal blend of fine black Assam tea, mint, ginger and lemongrass. This unique blend makes this tea bold and refreshing at the same time. The soothing aroma of the mint lingers as you slowly sip this tea.
Enjoy with or without milk.

How is Chai Cart Different from other Chai Companies?
Make sure you Read The Story HERE!!!

Tasters Review:

I just received this one today and tore it open right away.  This isn’t uncommon for me to do, mind you, I’m so eager to try new teas…I usually can’t stand waiting!

Many of you know my trials and tribulations with chai.  Either the spices are too strong, not strong enough, one or more ingredient is stronger over the others and distracts me from fully enjoying my cuppa…the list goes on and on!

I swear this specific chai was made especially for me.  Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it, anyways!  The spices are PERFECTLY done to my liking and it has MINT…lovely, lovely MINT!  You know how I LOVE mint!  It’s not over the top mint…it’s JUST RIGHT!

Many of you know I drink all of my teas plain including chai.  This is perfect plain but the company states it’s great with or without additions.

I love the fact that it’s organic and Fair Trade!  I LOVE the concept of this company!  Their customer service is wonderful!  Their website is very nice!  I wish I lived near San Fran…I would be a daily customer to the cart!  In the meantime, I am completely enjoying this CHAI piece of art!  YUM!

I’m declaring this my FAVORITE Chai to date!

Organic Rembeng Assam Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Arbor Teas

Product Description:

A classic black tea produced at the Rembeng estate in India’s state of Assam in northeastern India, near the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The Rembeng estate is credited with pioneering organic tea production in Assam. This organic and Fair Trade Certified tea is composed of finely twisted leaves with occasional golden, downy tips. Its full-bodied red-brown infusion does not disappoint, exemplifying the character of a high-quality Assam tea – very flavorful with rich maltiness and a good coppery finish.

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

Tasters Review:

Organic Rembeng Assam Black Tea from Arbor Teas has a slight bakey smell to it and the color of the liquid is lovely.  It’s a dark reddish-brown-copper type color…at least that is the best way I can describe it.

The taste is WONDERFUL!  I didn’t get any astringency at all from this and found it to be quite smooth but also a little malty!   I really like this tea and I would rate it in my own-personal upper 90’s percentile for Assams!

Indian Tea Fair Trade Organic FOP from Starwest Botanicals

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Starwest Botanicals

Company Description:

An organic black tea from the mountains of southern India. This tea has a mild, bright flavor and fresh finish.

Taster’s Review:

This tea has really surprised me.  I really like it a lot.

When I first brewed this tea; I didn’t know what to expect.  But I certainly wasn’t expected to be as impressed with it as I am.

It has a fairly mellow flavor – and yet there is a very pleasing underlying note of spice to it that is a little peppery and vaguely reminiscent of toasted cumin.  It isn’t exactly what I’d call spicy yet it has these little hints of flavor that entice and excite the palate.

This is a very impressive black tea!  I drank it hot, although it has a such refreshingly different, bright flavor that would also be very good iced – perhaps with a thin slice of lemon?  I added just a drizzle of agave nectar to my cup which highlighted some of the unique notes of this tea very nicely, but it is quite good without sweetener.

However you choose to serve this tea – it is sure to be a winner!  I highly recommend it!

Darjeeling Goomtee from LeafSpa

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  LeafSpa

Company Description:

This Darjeeling from the organic tea division of the Goomtee estate is a fine-looking classic of chestnut leaves with golden accented tips. A light honey muscatel flavor and a balanced nutty briskness linger as a delightful aftertaste.

Origin of Primary Ingredient: India
Certified Organic Tea: Yes

Taster’s Review:

I enjoy a good cup of Darjeeling.  The problem is that it’s not always easy to find a good cup of Darjeeling.

Actually, there are a lot of *good* Darjeeling teas out there, there just aren’t a lot of Darjeeling teas that stand out above and beyond what I would call an ordinary Darjeeling.  And I guess that is always what I’m looking for – an outstanding Darjeeling tea.

I guess that is always what I’m looking for – an outstanding Darjeeling tea.

This Darjeeling is outstanding.

It has a delightful honey-like taste to it that comes off as sweet but not sickeningly so.  Very clean and crisp tasting with a strong, exhilarating astringency.  The nutty quality that the above description eludes to is a very pleasant contrast to the somewhat wine-like muscatel taste of this Darjeeling.  One of the more complex Darjeeling teas that I’ve encountered – and as Darjeeling teas are usually complex – that says something!

LeafSpa’s teas are all organic.  While that isn’t always the deciding factor for me of where I buy a tea, I do prefer to buy organic and I’m glad that LeafSpa is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic teas available.

If you like Darjeeling tea, you should really give this one a try.  You can thank me later!

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