Halo Tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type:

Flowering Tea/Blooming Tea (White Tea)

Where To Buy:

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct link to this tea in their store: http://www.persimmontreetea.com/halo-tea.html

Product Description:

A beautifully hand-crafted blooming white tea that displays a ring of jasmine and amaranth flowers, with blueberry and peach essence.

* Characteristics Mild * Flavors Fruity * Steep Temperature 180˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

Halo from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is just outstanding and AMAZING!!!
It perfectly opened/bloomed the first time around without any imperfections whatso-ever and smelled of blueberry and peaches and that’s on top of the floral aroma…how awesome is that for a blooming tea!!??

I could taste the blueberry, peach, and flowers and it’s very yummy!

I tried a 2nd infusion on this and it was still very tasty!  The only notable difference was the 2nd infusion was more floral.  It was still an overall wonderful flavor tho!

This is probably one of my favorite blooming teas or flowering teas I have tried  to date!  This is VERY special!

 

Ebony Wine Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Assam black tea garnished with black currant leaves and sweet berries. We recommend enhancing this tea with a lemon zest or cream for an outstanding smooth and lightly fruity morning beverage.

Tasters Review:

Ebony Wine Tea is another outstanding offering from White August Tea Company!

The aroma reminds me of a cross between ice(d) wine and Cabernet!  It’s a nicely flavored black tea.  The currant leaves and berries are perfectly in tune with my palate!  This is juicy and has a nice evenness to the sweet-berry verses the sour-berry.  I think it’s just lovely!

I have looking into more iced wine teas lately.  I must say my personal tea stash is a little low on iced wine teas at the moment so this was a perfect ‘stand-in” for it.

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!

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!

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!

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.

Green Tea Heaven from Talbott Teas

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Recharge, rejoice and sing the praises of Japanese Sencha green tea. This immaculate blend of strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb is one earthly pleasure not to be missed.

Ingredients
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf Japanese Sencha green tea, raspberry pieces, strawberry pieces, natural strawberry and blueberry flavors.

Tasters Review:

This is the darkest infused green I have ever seen! I think it’s because of all the darker fruits in the blend…notably the blueberries! I can clearly see all of the ingredients and they are fresh, plump, and lovely!  The Post infused liquid color is truly unique and memorable!

Green Tea Heaven from Talbott Teas smells…well…HEAVENLY! The naturally sweet, juicy, and fruity taste PROVES to me that a fruit flavored tea can be done DAMN well without having to throw in Hibiscus to make it juicy and fruity! This is a Hibiscus-Free Zone and it’s awesome!

This is AWESOME hot and just as AWESOME if not a tad more so iced.  I currently have this rated at a 98 in my personal tea-log file but am highly considering changing it to a 100!  I LOVE THIS flavored green!

Raspberry Earl Grey from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Product Description:

The floral aroma of juicy raspberries is perhaps the perfect complement to the sweet citrus and full-bodied flavor of Earl Grey. This more exceptional version of this classic tea is artisan hand-crafted in small batches and infused with only top-grade essential oils of real fruit to brew a sweet, succulent cup.

Ingredients: Ceylon & Indian Black tea, with Italian Bergamot, Freeze-Dried Raspberries & organic Raspberry flavor.

Tasters Review:

I like Earl Grey’s that think outside the box and this one certainly does!

Raspberry Earl Grey from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is a medium-dark brown/Black Colored Tea. It has next to no scent once steeped. Prior to the steep it’s very pleasant…both raspberry and Earl Grey aroma circle the cup – waiting to be steeped.  I used the bagged version of this tea.  It’s an average Black Tea taste with nifty raspberry and orange undertones. I have enjoyed it in the past and still enjoy and like this tea for what it is…pleasant and not pushy.

Plum Flavored Black Tea from McNulty’s

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: McNulty’s

Product Description:
(There isn’t a detailed description of this tea on their website so below you will find some info about McNulty’s and their history)

Since 1895, McNulty’s has been this country’s leading purveyor of choice coffees and rare teas. Our tradition of careful selection of only the finest is still true today.

A visit to our store is like a journey into another age. Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, the aura of a century long gone is timelessly preserved. Immediately upon entering the shop, one’s senses are delighted by the many aromas of coffees and teas from around the world. Sacks of coffee and chests of tea with obscure markings from far away lands are visible everywhere. Even the bins, chests, and scales, with which these products are stored and handled, date back to the previous century.

Tasters Review:

When I was young…I had a Great Aunt Francis.  I remember my mother, sister, and I visiting her often.  Every time we stopped by Aunt Francis would ask me if I wanted a FRESH PLUM.  I almost always said YES.  While we visited with her there I sat with my plum and black tea enjoying every minute of it!

This Plum flavored black tea sure does bring me back to the Aunt Francis visits!  This tea is awesomely juicy…fragrant, sweet, fruity but not tart – and VERY YUMMY!!!! It’s a nicely flavored black tea.  I have yet to try it iced but I know it will be good!

Tie Guan Ying (Iron Buddha) from Canton Tea Company

Leaf Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Canton Tea Co

Product Description:

This classic Tie Guan Yin produces a delicious, light-coloured, medium-bodied liquor. The first infusion combines toasty, floral notes with a touch of honey and becomes more fruity with successive infusions.

The dark, lightly oxidised green leaves are rolled into small tight fists. The liquor is amber-green with a smooth, heavy texture on the tongue. The flowery and fruity profile of this tea has a touch of honey and at first releases the pleasant orchid notes – after a couple of brews it yields the soft fruitier notes and has a sweet long lasting after taste.

Tasters Review:

There are few teas that have made me say “WOW” and at the same time have FUN with my cup.  This is one of those teas.  The reason this tea was fun for me was because the tastes seem to change – almost like a twist here and a twirl there – maybe a tea roller-coaster of sorts…with a surprise at each turn and a rush of excitement when you realize you are having more fun that you should!

At first it has a Buttery Vegetable type smell and the taste is buttery THEN fruity and almost nutty. It has a sweet and buttery aftertaste and is VERY smooth.

As it cools a little I can taste the ever so slight bit of natural-salt-likeness…it seems to fit in quite nicely!

This tea is fun because it makes you think – there is so much more than the eye can see BUT more importantly…it’s darn-tasty!

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