Holiday Delight from Souvia

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Souvia

Product Description:

Spiced tea with zip! This tea is a great pick me up, nicely spiced in a robust black tea blend.

Ingredients: black tea, apple pcs, cinnamon, cardamom, cardamom pods, coriander, flavoring, orange slices, pink pepper cloves

Product of Germany

Tasters Review:

Happy Holidays from SororiTEA Sisters!  You will hear that a lot from us thru out this month as we continue to feature seasonal and holiday teas as well as new releases from many tea companies!

This Holiday Delight from Souvia sure does live up to it’s name!

It’s Orange Spice…But TRUE Orange Spice!   There is a little bit of the juicy-goodness from the orange but it’s more orange zest than juice if you know what I mean!

I usually like my teas STRONG so I tend to add more loose leaf to my infusion right off the bat.  And that’s what I did with this but I think I am going to try it again with the normal amount because it is VERY strong and I am thinking it will be JUST RIGHT for me with the normal amount instead of the up to double amount I usually use.

The peppercorns really come thru on this.  It smells awesome and it’s very potent in both aroma and taste!

I did enjoy my “double shot” of this but I wanted to mention it isn’t needed to go over board with this loose leaf…a little goes a long way!

Another great tea from our friends at Souvia!

Summer Sunrise Tea from Joy’s Teaspoon

 

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Joy’s Teaspoon

Product Description:

Like a refreshing dessert with a touch of something special – a very trendy finale to the perfect dinner. An elegant decoration of fine marigold blossoms simply adds to the beautiful image of this blend.

Ingredients: tea, basil, lemon granules, flavoring, marigold blossoms

Serving Amount: 1 teaspoon/6 oz. serving

Temperature: 176-194 degrees

Steep Time: 2-3 minutes

Tasters Review:

I want to start this post off by saying I HATE WINTER.  Unfortunately for me…I live in the snow belt.  Sigh.  Yes, I know…it’s ONLY the beginning of December but I am ALREADY sick of winter!  I don’t like being cold and I hate snow!

So, when I received this SUMMER SUNRISE Flavored Black Tea from Joy’s Teaspoon – I was HAPPY for more than one reason!

I was also excited because I found out that Joy’s Teaspoon is from Las Vegas!  I LOVE VEGAS!  I have been there 3 times so far!  PLUS last year The World Tea Expo was in Vegas.  I heard for 2011 the World Tea Expo will be held in Las Vegas yet again!  I haven’t been to the World Tea Expo but I would LOVE to go someday!  In the meantime…I will enjoy one of Las Vegas’s Tea Companies here in my home!

Anyhow…on to this specific tea from Joy’s Teaspoon…

I guess I can make the connection with the name of this because it DOES remind me of a Summer field or meadow!  The pretty aroma and feeling it gives you right off the bat!

The taste is of black tea, basil, and a hint of lemony goodness…but only a hint.  So if you are afraid of lemon – you might like this because it is subtle.  If you are worried about the Basil – don’t be!  It adds to the over all cup but isn’t over powering.

This is nice…if you get the chance…try it!

 

Harvest Moon from Souvia Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Souvia

Product Description:

Green tea with a touch of cinnamon and apple makes this a satisfying cup. A great choice over ice in the summer too!.

Ingredients: green tea, apple bits, cinnamon, flavoring

Tasters Review:

This is really REALLY really GOOD!!! I mean REALLY GOOD!  HEY!  Did I mention this was GOOD!? 🙂

For me…this has the PERFECT amount of both the cinnamon and the apple and they are equally yummy.   The semi-sweet and juicy green tea is the focus of this offering from Souvia and I just think it’s genius!

Tea-riffic! I Well done!

Souvia…I am a fan of your Harvest Moon.  Plain and Simple!  Thank you!

Chai Indienne from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy:
Sands of Thyme
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Sands of Thyme
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Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, ginger bits, cardamom, cloves, flavoring, black pepper, rose blossom leaves, vanilla bits, safflowers

Tasters Review:

I have been seeing SANDS OF THYME mentioned online by a few fellow tea freaks lately so when we were able to try some of the Sands of Thyme Teas I was more than happy!

I LOVE their shop name on Etsy!  I just have to point that out!

So far one of my favorites is their Chai Indienne.

It’s light on aroma but not on taste!   The spices are JUST RIGHT for me!  The cinnamon is a little bit stronger than the ginger.  The cardamom and cloves are in there too – as well as the black pepper.  I appreciate these specific ingredients not being too strong.   I can taste floral notes as well!  The rose petals are a nice touch.  The vanilla is noticeable in the middle of the sip and more-so as it cools.  I applaud the vanilla in this case – it helps with the other spicy spices and really added to the mix of flavors!

This is a good chai, indeed!

Gingerbread House Tea from Souvia

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Souvia

Product Description:

You can imagine the gingerbread baking in the oven. The smooth rooibos base combines witht eh fruit and nuts for totally satisfying cup.

Rooibos, candied pineapple, mango.and papaya bits, roasted almonds, coconut chips, flavoring, walnut bits, peanut bits, and hazelnut bits

Product of Germany

Caffeine Free

Tasters Review:

Gingerbread House Tea from Souvia couldn’t smell more like an actual Gingerbread House!  The taste is so flavorful and complex and jam-packed with ingredients it’s hard not to comment on it or write an entire review!  It’s teas and tisane’s like this that make it fun to have a tea review blog!

This is incredibly sweet and very sugary!   The candied pineapple, mango, and papaya are going NUTS even more than the actual NUTS!  Their are HONKin’ HUGE Walnut halves in there!  (And YES…”Honkin’ Huge” is an official measurement!  At least in my book it is!)  And there are good sized chunks of the other nuts too!   The Coconut chips are fun and are about the same flavor level as the nuts.   The Rooibos takes a back seat to everything else that is going on here and that is ok with me!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I love interesting teas/tisanes and this is certainly one of them!  Whether you like it or not – at least it’s interesting! Eventho this is intensely sweet and sugary without even adding sugar to it – I like it!  The aftertaste is a little funky but I can get past that. Thumbs up for creativity!  This is a FUN Tisane!  Not to mention memorable and something you will surely talk about this holiday season!

Sencha Pina Colada Tea from Souvia

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Souvia

Product Description:

You’ll take a mini vacation as this refreshing blend sweeps you off to a tropical isle. Smooth green tea with coconut and pineapple in the the classic concoction.

Ingredients: Green Tea, pineapple pieces, coconut shreds, flavoring

Product of Germany

Tasters Review:

The sweet and juicy green tea and the super juicy pineapple are in the forefront and the coconut has a great deal of flavor too!  This Sencha Pina Colada Tea from Souvia is one you won’t want to miss!

I had a cup hot and another cup cold and LOVE both! If you like flavored greens and like pineapple you must try this!

This exceeded my expectations and was a wonderful surprise!

 

April Showers from Element Tea

Tea Type: Herbal Tea

Where To Buy: Element Tea

Product Description:

Bring your passion for tea to the table. This bracingly refreshing tea has been hand-selected for your enjoyment, anytime, day or night.

Brew Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients: Apple Bits, Raisins, Carrot Bits, Beetroot Bits, Candied Pineapple Bits (Pineapple, Sugar), Candied Papaya Bits (Papaya, Sugar), Flavoring, Bamboo Leaves, Lemon Fruit Granulate

Tasters Review:

April Showers from Element Tea smells like Raisins, Carrots, and candy…as I first move it from the envelop and put some in my cup.  It’s a bright reddish purple in color.  When I saw the color of the liquid I was so afraid – I was thinking there was Hibiscus in it BUT thankfully…there is NO Hibiscus!  That’s Beet Root I must be seeing!!!!

My first impression and tasting notes I could taste Carrots and Pineapple, then I can taste sugar or a candied-fruit. Then Lemon…and even some raisin. The after taste is that of Lemon and Apple. Nothing is overpowering and everything is playing nice with each other!

As it cools the carrot, lemon, pineapple, papaya, and candied fruit pop thru a bit more.

Honestly…this is most unusual but I am enjoying this much more that I ever thought I would!  If one ingredient is a bit more noticeable than the other ingredients it just might be the carrot but like I said before…nothing is too overpowering.

Watermelon Kiwi Green Tea from Culinary Teas

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Culinary Teas

Product Description:

Our Watermelon Kiwi Green tea has a Sencha tea base, which adds sweetness to wonderful flavor of watermelon and kiwi.

Made with all natural flavorings.

Tasters Review:

I LOVE summer!  I LOVE warm weather!  I LOVE Summer Fruit…especially WATERMELON!  I have been waiting a while to try a nicely flavored watermelon tea and that day is finally here!

This Watermelon Kiwi Green Tea from Culinary Teas smells lovely!  It has a little more watermelon than kiwi and It just intensifies as you infuse. What an awesomely flavorful aroma! It looks like a typical green tea.  The taste is wonderful! It’s incredibly juicy and thirst quenching. I can still taste the mouth-watering green tea but it’s almost equally paired with the watermelon/kiwi duo!  The first time I tried this – I tried it hot…my 2nd infusion was ICED and it was just as nice if not better ICED!!!!

LOVE this…Summer, warm weather, watermelon, kiwi, green tea!  LOVE it!

Peach Passion from Boston Tea Company

Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Boston Tea Company

Product Description:

Let the the luscious scents of this soft-smelling blend rock you gently in your chair on a cool summer’s night in Georgia. It’s more than just peachy; we’ve infused some passion into our juicy, peach flavored blend of Chinese Formosa Oolong tea.
CONTAINS: Contains 226.8g (8oz) of Finest Grade Oolong Tea
SERVINGS PER CONTAINER: Servings per container approximately 110-135 cups of tea (Note: One serving of Full-Leaf Tea can be brewed multiple times.)
HEALTH: Antioxidants found in tea help to burn body fat! Rich in iron, calcium, & numerous minerals, which contain natural properties that help promote digestive enzymes to break down fat substances in the blood, antioxidants make tea tops toward being healthier!
Boston Tea’s loose leaf tea reflects the passion projected in our company’s motto: ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Tea.’ Our full leaf tea embodies natural beauty, rich aromas and the finest quality that our worldly master tea blenders ardently seek. Found in the lush plantations of Sri Lanka and mountainous regions of India and China, Boston Tea blends its tea to create the heartiest, strongest and most flavorful cup.
Double your tea-drinking pleasure; try any of these flavors hot or iced!
Gluten Free: Yes
Ingredients: Ingredients: Chinese Formosa Oolong Tea, Sunflower Petals, Natural Flavors.

Tasters Review:

You know…there’s just something about Peach and Oolong that draws me in every time. It’s like they are perfect for each other!  The PERFECT MATCH!

The more of them I try the more of them I like! Since I have had a lot of luck with Boston Tea Company’s Teas lately I was very excited to try this one too!

This is very true to oolong taste-wise but the peach taste is just right, too. I will say the aroma is tremendous!  Very juicy-peachy-goodness!  This tea will always get a thumbs UP from me!  YUM!

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!

Just Peachy from Compass Teas

Tea Type: Black Oolong White Yerba Maté Blend

Where To Buy: Compass Teas

Product Description:

This refreshing, lightly Peach flavored blend of anti-oxidant rich teas is sure to be the highlight of your summer picnic!

3 oz = approximately 40 cups of Gourmet Tea

Ingredients: Blend of Oolong, White and Black teas, Yerba Mate , and accented with chrysanthemums and natural peach flavoring.

Tasters Review:

What DOESN’T this blend have?  Just Peachy from Compass Teas is a mix of black, white, oolong, yerba mate, peach flavoring, and flowers! Normally that would make me nervous…but whatever mathematician came up with the percentages for this combo is pure genius!  EVERYTHING makes sense in this blend. All of the ingredients jive nicely and smell/taste yummy together!  It’s truly peachy but it’s more than that and with all of the different teas – black, oolong, white, and Yerba Mate it’s LOADED with health benefits!

This tea was a nice surprise and another awesome mix of flavors from Compass Teas!  And there’s LOTS more where this came from!

Assam Jungle Cabernet from Red Leaf Tea

Leaf Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Red Leaf Tea

Product Description:

Wine Infused Tea***

The Assam region of India is well known for its strong, malty black teas and pungent green teas. To the powerful briskness of these teas we have added the sweet and vivid flavor of a bright cabernet wine. Heavily infused prior to drying, the full-bodied cabernet pervades the deep and dark Assam herbs, brightening a black tea that famously stimulates your afternoons!

Ingredients: Assam black tea, licorice root with cinnamon and cabernet flavoring

Tasters Review:

My mother and I used to sell candles in addition to our full-time “day” jobs.  One of our best sellers was CABERNET.  Yes, Cabernet – the wine!  When I saw this wine infused tea from Red Leaf Tea I was very eager to try it!

If you are a Cabernet fan I don’t think there would be any guessing that this is EXACTLY what this tea smells like prior to infusion! The Grape-Cabernet sweetness really comes thru in the bold aroma of this Assam Jungle Cabernet!

Once the infusion is complete I could smell more of the black tea AND the Cabernet smell with undertones of cinnamon…but not a fireball-candy type cinnamon…more like an Indian Spice – the type like in a traditional Indian Meal/Side Dish. I think the licorice tones down the fruitiness of the Cabernet…but not all that much.  It’s dark brown in color and the taste is MUCH different that I expected based on the outstanding aroma. The black tea – Assam – pulls thru and is flavorful BUT bold and the Cabernet taste seems to be too.

I have found I really like wine infused teas.  I have mostly tasted white teas that have been infused with wine.  I think this is my first black tea that has been infused with wine, tho…and I like it very much!

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