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!

 

Japanese Cherry from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Joy’s Teaspoon

Product Description:

Cherries play an important role in Japanese culture. The cherry blossom festival which takes place every year is beautiful to look at. The exquisite Sencha base was refined with high-quality sour cherries and a tempting cherry flavor. This blend is doubtless a real classic among the flavored green teas and belongs in every assortment.

Tasters Review:

Japanese Cherry from Joy’s Teaspoon  is really great tasting Sencha and the Cherry is delightful!  I have had Cherry flavored Greens before and many other companies over do it on their flavoring! Either they overdue it or it’s very artificial tasting or in some cases it tastes like medicine…you know…like Pepto or Cough Syrup or something!  This is JUST RIGHT!  I may just say this is my FAVORITE Japanese Cherry to date!  Nicely flavored green!

A little more about Japanese Cherry and Cherry Blossoms:

A cherry blossom is the flower of the cherry trees known as Sakura (桜 or 櫻; さくら?). In English, “sakura” refers to the Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata.[1][2] Cherry fruit (桜んぼ, sakuranbo?) comes from another species of tree. 
Read more HERE.

Bird of Paradise Tea from Alice’s Fine Tea

Tea Type: Flowering Tea/Blooming Tea

Where To Buy: Alice’s Fine Tea

Product Description:

This bloom unfolds into beautiful birds perched in a golden nest surround by green. Not only is it visually surprising, but the taste is surprisingly spicy and reminds one of autumn, like pumpkin pie!. One of the favorites at Alice’s Fine Teas, a delicious, warm, soothing tea. Ingredients: Marigold (believed to help circulation and ease stomach ache), Lily (said to enhance energy and to have a cooling effect) and Silver Needle Tea

Tasters Review:

Surprisingly this DOES taste a lot like pumpkin or maybe more of a butternut squash with yummy spice notes underneath!  As it cools at room temperature it does taste more like pumpkin…not really pumpkin pie, but pumpkin.  It’s almost like a flavored silver needle!  It’s very nice – very surprising!  It’s also slightly peppery in the middle of the sip but finishing somewhat soothing and flatter.

The 2nd infusion…is completely different.  It’s floral from start to finish and a little bitter…but floral bitter, not bad bitter.  I would say more marigold, specifically.

I will say this is one of the more perfectly bloomed Flowering Teas I have had…it had no problem blooming whatsoever!  It was very beautiful and it was very aromatic even before infusing.  This is certainly a tea for special occasions and certainly a piece of art!  I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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!

 

 

Lover’s Lane from Indie Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Indie Tea

Product Description:

Lover’s Lane
Ahhh…Who Can Argue Against Romance?

To Turn An Otherwise Ordinary Occasion Into A Treasured Memory Where If You Play Your Cards Right, You May Even Get To See A Full Moon.

Steeping Instructions: Measure 1.5 teaspoonsof tea to 8 oz of water. Heat water to 180 degrees, pour over the tea leaves, and steep tea leaves for three to four minutes.

2.8 oz.Ingredients: Organic and Fair Trade Dragon Well Green Tea, Organic Rose Buds, Organic Orange Slices, Organic Lavender Buds.

Tasters Review:

I was going to try and only post holiday-related teas this week but I couldn’t resist posting one of the ones I recently received from Indie Teas.  This one is lovely!

With Lover’s Lane from Indie Tea I can mostly smell Lavender prior to infusion.  After the infusion I can smell the orange a little bit, too!

The taste is very nice.  It’s a little on the lighter side but very pleasant and tasty and smooth.   I can taste the orange and the floral ingredients as well as the green tea!

I really like Indie Teas!  They are 100 percent organic!  They have nice labels and packaging that make them unique and the names and descriptions for their tea selections are fun and memorable!  They are also Fair Trade Trades!

They’re very artsy, too!  I LOVE that!  Very colorful and full of personality!  PLUS…they are in Las Vegas and many of you know how much I LOVE Las Vegas!  They’re located on Flamingo Road!

If you ever have the opportunity to try their teas – please do – not only are they memorable but they are tasty, very aromatic,  and of great quality!

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!

Kabuki Tea from American Tea Room

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: American Tea Room

Product Description:

Our Kabuki green tea is as dramatic and colorful as its namesake. Small bright kabuse leaves, blossomy cherry tree flowers and vibrant violet blooms come together for a bold, flowery bouquet with a scent of cherry simple syrup. The brew is bright, clear, electric lime. It has a flowery aroma with a light, vegetal undertone. The flavor is smooth and sweet – the taste of cherry blossoms is heightened with flavors of violet and fresh-cut flower stems.

Harvested in Kyoto April 2 – 4 and air shipped to insure optimal freshness.

Tasters Review:

I really like the selection that American Tea Room offers!  This is the first time I have tried Kabuki tho.  I must admit that I have been intrigued by Cherry Blossom-Type Flavored Teas Lately.  So I am very happy to try this one!  Here is what I found…

The dry blend smells like Cherry Candy and post infusion it smells like cherry blossoms and green tea.  This is a very fun and fruity yet pleasant aroma!

It’s highly flavored – on the tongue – and pretty good hot.  Once it turns cold I find it a bit bitter….not in a bad way – just noticed a flavor change when it cools, that’s all.  I don’t mind it cold but prefer this hot, actually.

All-in-All this is a fairly good flavored green and I’m happy to add it to my personal stash!

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