Hibiscus Berry from Rishi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit/Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Rishi Tea

Product Description:

Luscious currants and delicious forest berries complement this fruity and balanced blend with a wonderful scarlet red infusion that refreshes and rejuvenates.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said on several occasions, I’m not a big fan of hibiscus.  Generally speaking, it is too tart for my personal taste.  But, I know that some people out there love the stuff (otherwise, the tea companies wouldn’t be selling it, right?) so when I decided to give this tisane a try, I did so on the premise that I would be fair and objective about the tisane and try not to let my own personal feelings get in the way.

But you know what?  I’m actually enjoying this!  I am surprised that I am actually enjoying it.

I steeped it for just five minutes.  I find that steeping hibiscus-laden tisanes any longer results in a very thick, syrupy, tart cup.  But, five minutes is just long enough to extract flavor and a little bit of body out of the hibiscus without going overboard on the tartness.

And while this IS a tart tisane, it isn’t too tart.  I don’t pucker up when I take a sip, but I do feel that sourness hit the back of my tongue – and its ALMOST a pucker.  I did add a dollop of honey and I am sure that helped to curb the tartness a bit, but it also did something else too; it added definition to the blueberry, currant and mango flavors.

I love that I can taste the sweetness of the mango, and the thickness from the hibiscus makes the mango flavor almost nectar-like!  I can also taste the blueberry peeking through.  It’s a very flavorful, fruity cup and it is one that I am sure kids will LOVE (and this is much better for them than soda pop, even with the honey!)

So, it just goes to show you, don’t let the name of a tea affect your decision to try it.  If I had done that, I wouldn’t be drinking this tea right now, and I am liking it!

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Japanese Quince Green Tea from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

A brightly-coloured infusion, with jade green undertones, this exotic blend balances the sweetness of quince with a delicate base of Japanese green tea. Green tea is prized for its antioxidant constituency and subsequent benefits to health (particularly digestion). The result is a rejuvenating, aromatic and refreshingly palatable tea that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Tasters Review:

I can’t say as I have had too many or any Quince flavored teas YET but after tasting this one from Byron Bay Tea Company I surely want to try more!

The sweet green tea taste is delightful – the quince was MADE for this tea and it’s juicy but not tart in the slightest – and the Jasmine isn’t over the top or even that strong at all but gives it an overall ‘pretty’ factor that completes the cup.

The Quince is the key and it is good!  Overall, it’s a gentle, fruity, sweet, yet pretty flavored green but I like this!   I really like this!

Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

This enchanting oolong is softly flavored by the wonderful union of red aronia berries, bright mango cubes, passion fruit and dark red rose petals. A royal treat for even the finest of palettes.

Origin: Formosa (Taiwan)

Ingredients: Formosa Oolong, Mango, Aronia Berries, Rose Petals

Steeping Guidelines:
Water: 176°- 194°F | Use 1 Tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 2 – 3 minutes

Infusion tips:
Use COLD filtered or spring water, whenever possible
Don’t over boil water, Don’t over steep tea
Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
*Vary time according to taste, & remember that steeping tea leaves beyond 3 minutes does not contribute to flavor, only bitterness.
If you want a stronger taste, use more tea leaves instead of steeping for a longer time

Tasters Review:

DRY – Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea looks like a woodsier Oolong mix.  The aroma is mostly oolong and mango.  I can tell there is a little something else fruity-wise too but it’s not really identifiable as berries or passionfruit.

Once infused the liquor is pretty dark for an oolong- much like a medium-brown colored black tea.  It smells slightly fruity and woodsy.

The taste is DARN GOOD.  It’s a smoother oolong taste with hints of sweeter-wood but the fruit notes pair up beside the oolong very well.  All of the fruit ingredients mesh well with each other and no one ingredient really barges in front of the others.

The rose hides out in the background and if I didn’t take the time to really notice it I probably would miss it.

Plum Proud Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Black tea delightfully married with French plums, cranberries, and raspberries then kissed with just a touch of strawberry essence. The refreshing tea was made to be iced. A lightly fruity way to quench your thirst.

 

Tasters Review:

I’ll admit it…I’m Plum Happy!  For those of you have read many of my past reviews – you may recall my love for plum started when I was a toddler thanks to my Grandmother as did my love of Tea!  She was a remarkable woman!

This tea makes me happy and would make any Tea Company Proud!!!

Here’s why…
It’s a good flavored black tea and the Plum is the first flavor that grabs your attention…but the cranberry isn’t too far behind…nor are the Raspberries…and HECK…you can even taste the strawberry essence!   This is VERY tasty and the flavors all play nice with each other!

AND this is the perfect amount of fruit in a black tea!  It tastes true and it’s terrific!  I LOVE that no hibiscus was used in this!  It proves a great fruit flavored tea can be done without it!

This is almost wine-like…both in aroma and in taste. I sampled the first half of this cup hot and LOVED it and drank the 2nd half of the cup cold and LOVE it just as much.   The more I sip the more in love I fall!

Spring Harvest from Sanctuary T

Tea Type:
Green/White Tea Blend

Where To Buy:
Sanctuary T

Product Description:

An amazing blend of green tea, white tea and passionfruit flavor.

Tasters Review:

Well, I know I am ready for Spring!  Are you!?  It’s been an overly trying winter across the United States.  I have always lived in a snow belt area but this year has been the worst I have see in a long time.  The worst part is…I HATE WINTER…I’ve always hated winter…I HATE snow…I will ALWAYS hate snow!

So – needless to say – I can’t wait for Spring!  I can’t wait for nice weather!  I can’t wait to see the blooming of flowers, the sun beating down, green grass, and wildlife again!

In the meantime this tea helps.

Spring Harvest from Sanctuary T is a Fruity Green and White Tea Blend.  Mostly Green tho and I am ok with that.  The green tea is almost buttery and quite smooth going down.  It’s slightly tropical minus the stereotypical coconut tropical flavor.  I suppose that would be one way of describing it anyways.

Yes!  This sure helps me THINK SPRING!!!!

Tea has saved the day again!  Here’s to SPRING!  CHEERS!!!!

Elf Help from David’s Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Product Description:

Sweet and fruity with a dash of nutty flavour, this green tea is the saviour of elves everywhere. When they’re building to deadline in the workshop, they crave a drink that’s like dessert with a kick of energy. So we made a tea that tastes just like fruitcake in a mug. Add some brandy for the authentic cake experience – those tipsy elves always do.

Ingredients

Sencha green tea, orange peel, apple, papaya, raisins, barberries, freeze-dried cranberries, coconut, natural flavouring.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!!!  This is so tasty.

One quick glance at the ingredient list might lead someone to believe that this is going to be a very fruity tea – and it is – but, it isn’t SO fruity that it overwhelms the flavor of the green tea.

The green tea is light-bodied and light in flavor, but it adds a crisp, fresh taste to the fruit that is distinct.  It isn’t very grassy or vegetative to taste; if you’re one that doesn’t care for green tea because it does come off as too grassy or vegetative, this is an excellent choice for you!

There is a lot of different fruit tastes here.  I can taste hints of each fruit, but the two that stand out the most definitively to me are the orange and the cranberry.  There is also a certain “tropical-y” taste to this, like the Elves on holiday!

It is sweet (almost candy like!) and there is a hint of tartness toward the end of the sip.  Due to the sweetness of this cup, it is one that I recommend tasting before you add additional sweetener – you may find this one to be just right without it.

I can see why David’s Tea decided to make this a holiday-ish blend – it definitely reminds me of Christmas with its delicious flavor.  It does remind me a bit of a fruitcake (which I happen to like although sometimes I think I’m the only one who does!)

It is sweet, fruity and delicious.  A tea that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys flavored green teas – this one is one I could enjoy again and again!  Love it!

 

Emerald Ice Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

All the good stuff. Beautiful green tea, Ginger, Jasmine and tropical fruits. Our beautifully refreshing melody was made for iced tea and packed with antioxidant richness.

Tasters Review:

This smells like Pineapple, Jasmine, and Green Tea!  It has a very lovely aroma!  I especially like the Pineapple but paired with the green tea and Jasmine it makes it very unique and even more likable!

Emerald Ice from White August Tea Company tastes like gentle flowers, tropical fruit, and green tea.   The Green tea is the main flavor and it’s not a grassy green but it’s not super sweet or buttery either…probably inbetween all of those.  The sip starts off smooth and goes into more of the fruit towards the end of the sip…almost like mixed fruit…pineapple, pear, cherry, you know the mixed fruit you would get in a can?

I really like this flavored green tea – it just seems to have the right amount of everything!

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