Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Type:
Oolong Tea

Where To Buy:
Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

This organically grown tea starts with a roasted rice aroma and finishes with a fruity taste, blending beautifully with the warm fresh ginger and refined Turkish rose.

My collection of perfumed teas grew out of my love for oolong tea — its complexity and beauty is like a perfume in itself. Essential oils and absolutes are layered onto this exquisite base of first-quality leaves to create a beautiful, subtle taste and scent experience.

Tasters Review:

This is so PRETTY!!!  You’ll have to see it or SMELL it for yourself to believe it!  Everything about this tea shouts CLASSY! 

Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas is a truly unique sipping experience!  But the fun doesn’t stop there!  This tea awakens ALL of the senses!

The Before Infusion Aroma is very fragrant and beautiful.  The first thing that came to mind was…A Rose is a Rose is a Rose!
The Post Infusion Aroma was that of a Rose and Ginger Combo.
The Taste was a nice flavored oolong!   The rose and ginger flavors seemed to have met in the middle which I really appreciate.
The Aftertaste was even floral!

This was brilliantly done and very enjoyable -not to mention – memorable!  It holds up well to multiple infusions, too!

 

Lilac from Element Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Element Tea

Product Description:

Smells just like the first blossoms of spring. Fresh, yet mild, real lilac petals bring this fragment flower right to your taste buds.

Taster’s Review:

Lilacs remind me of my gramma.  She had a big, beautiful lilac bush in her backyard, and every spring as it came into bloom her yard became such a lovely, fragrant place to spend the afternoon.  Since that time, lilacs have come to mean springtime to me, and the source of many happy memories.

This tea brings those memories to life right here in my teacup!

The dry leaf of this black tea is alive with color, thanks to a generous sprinkling of lilac petals.  They add a beauty and a charm to this tea … not to mention a delightful fragrance!

The black tea base is a brisk, bright tasting black tea.  It isn’t an overly aggressive black tea.  There is a light, drying astringency to the tea.  Overall, the tea is fairly mellow, and adds a smooth tranquility to the overall flavor of the cup, making this a pleasing afternoon tea.

The lilac flavor is rather unexpected!  Of course, I knew that it was a “lilac” tea, but I don’t really recall ever having tasted lilac tea before, so, I didn’t know what to expect from it.  It has an enchanting, sweet floral flavor to it.  In trying to grasp for a way to describe the flavor … the word I come up with is serenity.

It is a very serene, relaxing tea, and I have enjoyed it immensely, as well as the memories it has evoked.  Thank you, Element Tea, for this amazing trip down memory lane!

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!

Chrysanthemum Double Trouble from Butiki Teas

Tea Type: Flowering/Blooming Tea

Where To Buy: Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Chrysanthemum Double Trouble
Chrysanthemum Double Trouble is a display tea that consists of a green tea base and has two chrysanthemum flowers, an amaranth globe, and jasmine flowers. This floral tea has a slight marine flavor.

Recommended Brew Time: 6+ minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 Chrysanthemum piece per teapot Recommended Temperature: 170 F

Tasters Review:

I decided to wind down my day with this flowering/blooming tea last night.

It smells like fresh peas and flowers!  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the aroma of fresh from the garden peas!

This tastes delicate, slightly sweet but floral yet a different floral taste than I am used to or expect from a flowering or blooming tea.  I do like that it is a different floral taste, I might add!  It leaves a half floral – half fresh pea type aftertaste.

Lovely flowering tea! I think this is a goodie!  This tea is certainly for me!

 

 

Raspberry Champagne Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

Lush and inviting, Raspberry Champagne blends the floral, honey-like notes of champagne with fresh, blushing berries. White tea is said to be the healthiest of all teas and is picked only a few days each year.

Tasters Review:

Raspberry Champagne from Octavia Tea smells like Raspberry and Flowers!   The taste is Raspberry and floral but very champagne-like and juicy.  The aftertaste is a sweet floral taste. The berry notes are wonderful!  I can even taste a bit of honey as well!

I tend to over infuse my loose leaf teas.  I infuse more of the actual loose leaf but for a little less time to avoid bitterness or overly grassy or mossy tastes in other teas.

When I over infused the amount of this specific tea here is what I found different from the original infusion…

The aroma was of Honey, Berries, White Tea…it was very nice!  The taste was pretty much the same as before but even more so.  The Raspberry really came out when I attempted this!

I also tried a 2nd infusion when I over infused the amount of loose leaf and the taste is a bit on the lighter-side…but still very tasty and satisfying.  I really enjoyed each attempt!  And I really thought this was a great flavored white tea!

 

Herbal Lush Chamomile from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Herbal Lush tea consists of a bright blend of delicate chamomile and spicy cinnamon with bits of strawberry and rose petals. The brewed tea produces a relaxing combination that has a mild fruity spark. It is a great evening tea to aid with relaxation and end the day with a smile.

Tasters Review:

Over the past week or two I have been REALLY pushing the envelop – I have been purposely forcing myself to taste teas that I usually don’t go for.  Many of them have had Chamomile and/or Hibiscus.

I’m not too fond of Chamomile unless the other ingredients impress me!  With this specific herbal from TeaScapes – the name and the look of the ingredients blended together is what interested me.  It just seemed different.  I had also been very pleased with the other TeaScapes Teas I have tried lately so I thought this one would give me something to write about either way!

The little bit of cinnamon that is coming thru is a nice touch and helps calm down the intense chamomile.  Sure, the chamomile is still present but not as much as I thought it would be.  The strawberry notes are barely there and I would LOVE to taste a little bit more but understand their reasoning for this…it’s not supposed to be about the strawberry!   The rose somewhat works hand-in-hand with the chamomile to bring that floral bouquet type taste.

This is a nice twist on Chamomile and for that I do enjoy this herbal from TeaScapes!

It’s not my preference in flavor combos but a good calming and floral mix that certainly surprised me! This is pretty good, indeed!

Cloud & Mist Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy:  Mark T. Wendell

Product Description:
This tea is a unique find, deriving its name from the high altitude growing areas of the Wu Lu Mountains in the Jiangxi province of China. Grown in the gentle mountain clouds and prevalent mist, this tea consists of single bud and leaf sets that unfurl magnificently when brewed. The brewed liquor has a herbaceous aroma, a smooth and sweet taste and appears a modest yellow-green in the cup.

Tasters Review:

I assumed this would be grassier tasting based on the aroma but it has a wonderful Sweet-Buttery-Almond Type Taste to it-  with a little grassiness is the middle of the sip – but then ends smoother.  Smoother than I expected, too!

This is a good green tea!  For those of you who think green teas are grassy or mossy tasting and leave funky-floral aftertastes…give green another try if that is what turns you off on greens!  Cloud & Mist from Mark T. Wendell is different and very pleasing!

Plus…Cloud Mist Green Tea is one of China’s top ten teas.  Perhaps you’ve seen it by another name from other companies?

They sometimes go by Yun Wu Green Tea, Cloud and Mist Tea, Cloud and Mist Green Tea, Cloud Mist, Yun Wu Lu Cha, Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea, Mount Lu Cloud and Mist.  Regardless this is a nice, clean cuppa.  Very unique and refreshingly-sweet.

 

 

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Rare Darjeeling Green , light, natural aroma and subtle flavor.

This rare Darjeeling green tea is cultivated at about 7000ft in the Himalayas, at the renowned Makaibari Estate, the oldest (est. 1859) and most respected tea estate in the world, and also the world’s first biodynamically cultivated tea garden. This exquisite green tea has a light amber color, a mild, natural aroma and subtle flavor, with delicate floral hints.

Tasters Review:

I haven’t been this excited about a plain green tea in a LONG time!  I swear Shanti made this tea especially for me!  So I will take this time to say THANK YOU Shanti Tea!!

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea is a medium strength green tea but it’s pretty equal in all aspects of grassy, buttery, sweet, juicy, mouth-watering, floral, and it’s VERY smooth.  I guess one could say that this Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea didn’t play any favorites when it comes to one taste over the other and I am fine with that.  Everything works out and plays nice with each other.   There is a pleasant aftertaste which really makes me smile!

This is a really nice tea!

I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS TEA!

HEY!  Did I mention, I like this tea?

Jasmine Silver Needle from Canton Tea Company

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Canton Tea

Product Description:

Entirely hand-made from Fuding Da Bai Hao tips and sun dried, this delicious silver needle white tea is a high quality Yin Zhen with the characteristic white hairs on a pale green leaf. This high quality Silver Needle white tea has been infused only with the freshest hand-picked jasmine blossoms. Unlike many Jasmine teas this is an authentic infusion made by scattering the Jasmine flowers over the tea buds over several nights so the buds absorb the naturally sweet, heady scent of the jasmine.

The liquor is light and bright and the taste is soft and mellow with the notes of Jasmine lifting the flavour and leaving a long and pleasant aftertaste.

Brewing tip : The Chinese brew this skillfully made tea very lightly so a serving of just 2 grams will be enough to give a delicious infusion. Brew at 75c and infuse at least 3 time.

Tasters Review:

This Jasmine Silver Needle is just perfect for me!  It’s weird because I’m not usually drawn to Jasmine nor am I a fanatic of Silver Needle but this is really great!

I don’t know what it is but this specific Jasmine Silver Needle from Canton Tea reminds me of my grandparent’s backyard in Florida…the way it smells…that is.  Very airy…clean, crisp, floral.  A breath of fresh air!

The taste of the tea is super crisp and clean, too!  The Jasmine doesn’t have that funky old floral after taste that some Jasmines seem to have.  Everything is RIGHT with this Jasmine Silver Needle…at least for me it is!  This should have been called Jennifer’s Jasmine Silver Needle!  (Just kidding)

Patriot Tea (Daughters of the American Revolution)

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Local Coffee & Tea (Sip Locally)

Product Description:

This tea perfectly captures the essence of the Sara DeSoto chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This is the oldest non profit organization in the Sarasota located in historic Payne Park.

Early colonists learned about locally grown herbs from the Native Indians. These discoveries played an important role in the protest against taxes the British were placing on tea, which would eventually lead to the Boston Tea Party.

Daughters of the Revolution vowed to “drink tea made from weeds” instead of imported tea. Thankfully they chose herbs, fruits and flowers to make their tea and as a celebration of those early beverages we now present them to you in this beautiful tea!

A CERTIFIED ORGANIC Rooibos blended with lavender the “Herb of Harmony”, rosehip shells, dried red and black currants, rose petals and bilberries. Heady, perfumed lavender notes with a floral, fresh, fruity and mellow flavor. This is a very relaxing tea for consumption any time of day or night. Naturally caffeine-free.

20 to 25 cups of tea can be made from 2 oz of loose leaf rooibos. We also suggest steeping our Rooibos multiple times for even more cups of great tea.

Store in a dry place.

Tasters Review:

This is a juicy flavored rooibos. I can taste the elderberries and currants more than the floral ingredients but I certainly like that. The rosehips and floral notes are subtle and are a nice gentle touch.

This is nice hot but I am going to be trying it ICED soon because I think it will be even better iced!

Another draw to this tisane is the history behind it!  Not only the history – locally – and for their local DAR Chapter but the story behind Sara, herself!  I did some research and found the following about Sara…

The Spanish explorer, Hernando DeSoto, explored this part of Florida in 1539, and according to legend, he had his daughter Sara with him. Sara met and fell in love with a native warrior by the name of Chi Chi Okobe (pronounced Chee Chee Okobee). He was a member of the Calusa tribe, which inhabited this region at that time. Unfortunately, he contracted a fever and was gravely ill. Sara decided to remain with him and nurse him back to health, but she contracted the fever and she died. Chi Chi Okobe was grief-stricken at the loss of his love. He had her body buried out in the bay. He then sent 100 of his best warriors out to the spot where they chopped holes in the bottoms of their canoes and drowned themselves to protect her final resting place. According to the legend, when you see whitecaps on the waves in the bay, they are actually the feather headdresses of those native warriors still guarding her grave.

For more information about Daughters of the American Revolution see THIS Website.

For more info about Sarasota’s Chapter see THIS Website.

And for more information about Local Coffee & Tea’s Sarasota Collection of Teas – check this out!

Pearl of Fruits Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Type: Black/Green Tea Blend

Where to Buy: ESP Emporium

Product Description:

This fruity creation will impress you with its unusual spicy influences. Notes of exotic fruits, berries and creamy soft almond endow this black and green tea blend from China and Ceylon with an exotic, oriental taste experience, and orange peels and various blossoms reflect this in its appearance.

Ingredients: black tea (55 %), green tea (30 %), orange peels, flavoring, rose petals, safflowers, marigold petals. Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving, Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F, Brew Time: 4 to 5 Minutes

Tasters Review:

Pearl of Fruits Tea from ESP Emporium is highly scented and very nice – to the eye, nose, and mouth!

Post infusion…everything seems to come together to create it’s-own aroma which is much different from before infusing but still VERY nice! I can smell the orange and floral tones a bit more than the others but not by much and I can smell a little something that reminds me of candy, too!

It has a very pleasant yet slightly juicy and floral taste to it but it’s certainly GOOD. I am very happy with this tea and so VERY glad I got to try it!

Red Sunset from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Red Leaf Tea

Product Description:

A rare tea from Europe, the Red Sunset Tea uses black tea as base and has a natural fruit flavor that adds a hint of sweetness to the aromatic brew. The tea has light floral notes and vitamin C as well due to the added rose petals. Enjoy this sweet loose leaf black tea hot any time of day for a delicious pick me up.

Tasters Review:

Red Sunset from Red Leaf Tea smells like black tea with fruit and floral notes.  It’s a nice Reddish-dark brown. Taste-wise it is really good and quite flavorful!  It’s a sugary-sweet tasting flavored black. It reminds me of Rose Marzipan from Teavana without the intense Rose…you know that candied-sugar cube in that blend…that is what the sugar-sweet taste remind me of.  There is a floral back-end to it but NOT an intense rose…it’s a delicate type floral and very nice!

The more I drink this the more I like it…and I mean really, really LIKE it!!!!  I have been happy with most – if not all – of the Red Leaf Teas I have tried thus far!  Check them out when you can!

Purple Bamboo from Rishi

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Rishi

Product Description:

This tea is an experimental oolong from an organic-in-conversion farm from Fujian, China. It is harvested from a white tea bush varietal and processed similar to Taiwanese Bai Hao Oolong and Fuding Gong Mei White tea. The dry leaf shows a unique and colorful style with a silvery, white, dark green and tippy appearance. One serving of Purple Bamboo can be infused many times and offers deep, complex fruity flavors and floral aromas. The rich mouth feel and upfront and lingering aroma suggests Darjeeling Muscatel, Lilac, Gardenia, Pit Fruit, Grape and Hops.

Use a porcelain guywan, or a Ho-hin. Add 2-3 tablespoons per 5-6 ounces of water. Infuse with 185°F-190°F water. First infusion is 2-3 minutes, second infusion 2-3 minutes, 3rd thru 5th infusions should be 4-5 minutes. Depending on the amount of tea and the water temperature, you may infuse this tea many more times.

Tasters Review:

This one certainly intrigued me.  And let me tell you…the curiosity didn’t end with my cup!

The dry smell of this before infusion was a floral yet earthy-sweet smell. The post infusion was more of a manly grape or maybe a drier wine type scent for description purposes.  It’s very light brown in color.

The taste is woodsy yet fruity and floral!   To describe the fruit like tastes I would probably say a combination of grape, apricot, maybe a hint of plum.   It’s also floral like Lilac or even lily – if you can imagine that.  And let’s not forget the woodsiness of the taste!  Towards the end of the sip I get a surprisingly semi-chewy taste, too!

This tea is very memorable and made me think. I like that.  And I like this tea  a great deal!

Sicilian Vespers from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Red Leaf Tea

Company Description:

Red Leaf tea’s new special flavor, the Sicilian Vespers, is a perfect delicacy. The essence of the delicate tea is the ability of the straight flavor of the leaf to remain clear and present on the palate, as you measure the brew for heat, spiciness, aftertaste and other factors. The floral taste of osmanthus and chrysanthemum are not overwhelming, but in the measured balance of this tea they stand out beautifully, and, need we add, delicately, against the cabernet wine infusion folded in for sweetness. This is an outstanding and delicious tea, perfect for afternoons or mornings!

Taster’s Review:

This tea took a little while to grow on me, but once it did – I really fell in love with it!  The first couple of times I tasted it, I thought it was alright.  But now, as I’m finishing the last of what I have of it, I am realizing just how good it really is!

Funny how that works out sometimes!

The flavor is crisp and sweet – but not too sweet.  Some of that sweetness is cut with the slightly tannic nature of the cabernet wine, giving it a whisper of astringency. 

But it’s the floral essence that really gives this tea blend its extraordinary flavor.  It is a delicate floral taste – but it is just enough to provide an interesting contrast to the flavor of the wine and white tea. 

The white tea base is soft and fresh.  The lighter body of the white tea is just right for this blend, anything heavier would upset the very pleasing balance in this cup. 

This tea is very good served hot, and even though it is rather delicate in flavor, it manages to retain its flavor nicely as it chills, making this an excellent iced tea as well. 

This may very well be one of the best wine-infused teas that I’ve tasted thus far!  If you’ve been curious to try a wine-infused tea, I suggest starting with this one!

Chocolate Earl Grey (TE13) from Upton Tea Imports

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Upton Tea Imports

Product Description:

Description:
A premium black tea combining the popular tastes of bergamot and chocolate with a hint of lemon. Decorated with flower petals and lemon peel for a delightful presentation.

Ingredients:
black tea, chocolate pieces (sugar, cocoa, soy lecithin), cacao beans, lemongrass, lemon peel, corn flowers, jasmine flowers, sunflower blossoms, natural & artificial flavor
Origin:
Germany

Tasters Review:

My wonderful SororiTEA Sister Anne (AKA LiberTEAs) sent me some of this a while back and I thought I would officially add it to our blog as one of our reviews.

It’s been a while since I posted a review about an Earl Grey and I don’t think I have ever reviewed an Upton Tea on SororiTEA Sisters yet…so I figured I would check two items off of my Tea Review Bucket List today!

Chocolate Earl Grey from Upton Tea Imports – first and foremost – smells AMAZING!  It’s pure chocolate and Earl Grey just like would would think – or HOPED – it would smell!  This sort of takes me back to my obsession with Orange Chocolate as well!  Ahhhh!

The aroma changes completely after infusion is complete. It’s still pleasant but not as awesome…I guess you could say.  Don’t get me wrong – the aroma is still YUMMY but I can’t pick out each flavor like before. This doesn’t bother me too much because this often happens with flavored teas – as you know.

This infuses very dark brown and has a bit of cloudiness to it…I am assuming from the sugary-chocolate bits.

The taste is different but very good. I would say I can taste the cocoa type taste first then it quickly changes into a chocolate…so almost first being hot cocoa taste but then more of a chocolate bar taste. From there you can taste the black tea but then quickly changes into more of a bergamot and chocolate type taste. It ends more of a chocolaty-black tea flavored taste. Thru-out the entire sip it’s very smooth and the flavor changes intrigue me.

This is the first cup in a long time I have had to think about it with each sip (more than just a few sips, that is).  This one kept my attention going strong the entire time.

As it cools at room temp for a few minutes I can taste a chocolate-woodsy-black tea type taste for the after taste more. This certainly isn’t a bad thing (in my book).

Anne told me to try a 2nd infusion with this one and I never pass up a 2nd infusion especially on a great cuppa! So for the 2nd Infusion…it smells like a gentle earl grey and cream.

The taste is still very smooth with a bit of sugary-ness to it and orange, floral, and cocoa hints hiding underneath.

This is a great infusion. Still a lovely tea overall…a nice treat!

Chocolate Earl Grey from Upton is an ADVENTURE in a cup!  A great way to start or end the day!  Wonderful!

Sliver Needle White Tea from eTeaket

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: eTeaket

Product Description:

Silver Needle is the most famous of all white teas, and for good reason. The delicate downy buds (packed with antioxidants and very low in caffeine) give a delicate but complex flavour with a hint of melon, fresh citrus notes and a lingering finish. Forget silver, this tea deserves a gold medal.

Tasters Review:

I can smell the melon in this prior to infusing! Sliver Needle White Tea from eTeaket is very clean and pretty smelling! Once it has time to infuse a little I can pick up more of the floral and sweet grass aromas underneath too!

It’s also VERY Clean and Smooth on the tongue. The aftertaste is sweet-grass, citrus-melon, and fresh spring bouquet all wrapped up into one! This is Nice!  One of the better and more memorable Sliver Needles I have tried!

Field of Purple Flowers from Talbott Teas

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Whether it’s ancient wisdom from the Japanese Sencha or the stopping power of the roses and purple mallow flowers, this peach of a green tea makes it easy to appreciate all that you have.

Ingredients
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf Japanese Sencha green tea, purple mallow flowers, peach bits, rose petals, peach flavor.

Tasters Review:

Field of Purple Flowers from Talbott Tea is a very nicely scented and flavored green! It’s fruity but floral and the post infusion liquor is a vibrant lime green with slightly gray hue.  The taste is peachy and floral but still a true green tea! I really enjoy this flavored green when I am looking for something slightly fruity and floral yet refreshing and flavorful.

Ginger Peach from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

Transport yourself to a fragrant orchard in mid-summer with this mouth-watering blend of peach, ginger and rare white tea. White tea has a delicate, honey-like flavor and contains the highest antioxidant level of all teas.

Our Ginger Peach white tea was a finalist at the World Tea Championships and is one of our best sellers!

Tasters Review:

WOW!  This one knocked my socks off!  WHY!?  Well, I don’t usually like Ginger in most blends…I guess it’s ok in some Ginger Peach pairings but I can usually sample and be satisfied without having to run right out and buy a bunch.  This on is different.  I think it’s because it’s a Ginger Peach WHITE Tea.  The White Tea is lovely in this and the Ginger and Peach couldn’t be more perfectly paired here.  This is nicely scented and flavored.  It makes your mouth water but it’s also thirst-quenching.  Yes, I could taste the Ginger, Peach, and White Tea, but I could also pick up on a honey-like aftertaste.  My iced attempt has an even more honey-like finish than the hot attempt – but I do like BOTH hot and cold of this delightful flavored white tea!  YUM!

Purple Chrysanthemum Wild Flower Tea from JK Tea Shop

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Flower

Where to Buy:  JK Tea Shop

Company Description:

This purple chrysanthemum is an extremely unique variety among the others chrysanthemums. It only grows up in one mountain in China, where it is located in Qiaoban village, Yanjia town, Chunan county, Zhejiang province, and whose altitude is around 1460 meters. This mountain is called Yu San Jian, which means the mountain’s shape is similar to an umbrella shape. So far, there is still no road directly to the tea farmers who make this tea. We need to stop at his village and then climb the mountain road for about 3 kilometers before reaching his house.

This purple chrysanthemum only pluck one time in mid of Oct and have a limited yield per year.

Read more here

Taster’s Review:

This is a truly unique taste unlike any tea that I’ve ever tasted – in fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.  That’s not to say it’s not pleasant, because I am enjoying it.

It brews to a very light color, in fact, the brewed liquor is virtually colorless, with only a hint of a yellowish tint.  Not surprisingly, the aroma is quite floral.

The flavor of the tea is somewhat honey-like… or perhaps pollen-like is a better description?  Is this what bees taste when they fly from flower to flower?  There is a floral note as well as a vegetative quality to it.  I’m also tasting an unusual flavor – it is kind of what I would think that straw or hay would taste like (I’ve never tasted straw nor hay).

It is an interesting taste – and one that I have enjoyed.  It is not something I would drink on a daily basis, but it is something that is nice to drink on occasion when I want something light yet flavorful.

Tai Ju Wang Chrysanthemum from Tea Valley

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Tea Valley

Product Description:

Harvest when the flower is only partially bloomed, the Tia Ju Wang is one of the most excellent chrysanthemum teas available. Made with only the finest Hangzhou white chrysanthemum flowers, the tea’s fresh and sweet aroma never fails to elicit an “Mmmm” reaction. When brewed, the chrysanthemum flowers produce a light-bodied tea that is vibrant yellow in color. The tea has a honey-like sweetness and a heaven-like fragrance. This tea finishes with a delicious aftertaste.

Graceful and pure, you will find this tea incredibly refreshing. Superior all around, the Hangzhou Tai Ju Wang is a truly a king among all chrysanthemum teas.

Tasters Review:

I have been wanting to try Tea Valley’s teas and recently I have been able to try a few of them!  Including Tai Ju Wang Chrysanthemum.  I have several thoughts about this tisane and here are a few of them…

This herbal tisane surprised me.  It started off smelling like Chamomile and then switched gears into something much more pleasing to my nose!  For that I am grateful.  I’m not really into Chamomile.  Perhaps Chrysanthemums are more my style?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one…after all I am looking at the dry mix and thinking to myself…I’m going to drink flower buds!

If anything I was thinking it would taste more like bitter flowers like rose or marigold or something but that wasn’t the case…thankfully!

In the company’s product description it says “Honey-like sweetness” and that is completely right!

This is a pure delight!  It’s a lovely-sweet – almost honey-like after taste but a bit more buttery or slippery than others I have thought to be honey-like. Maybe Buttery-Popcorn covered in honey…Not sure…but there is something more to the aftertaste than just honey-sweetness and sweet-floral notes and I just think it’s darling!

This Herbal is delicate and pretty and flavorful and surprising and I am so happy I was able to try it!  I’m looking forward to my next cup!

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