Honey Gold from East Pacific Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Product Description:

Travel far away to the Fujian Province of China. Our Honey Gold Tea steeps a nice amber color and releases a captivating orchid scent. Serves great chilled, and will impress any connoisseur.

Taster’s Review:

A lovely Oolong.

Just as the description above suggests, the aroma is indeed captivating with its flowery notes.  I can also detect a somewhat woody fragrance to it, with notes of earth lingering in the background.

The sip begins with a woody flavor – oak, perhaps? – and finishes with a sweet, honey-esque smoothness.  There are faint hints of smoke that weave in and out throughout the sip, and a stronger fruit note that is somewhat peach-like.  There is also the slightest whisper of flower in the sip that reminds me of the air in my gramma’s backyard when the honeysuckles were in bloom.

I have come to expect exceptional quality when it comes to East Pacific Tea Company and this Oolong is certainly exceptional.  The flavor is deliciously complex and contemplative, with an aroma that enchants the spirit.  And the best part when it comes to East Pacific Tea’s high-quality Oolong teas?  They product multiple infusions – stretching the value of this fine tea.  What a delight!

Honey Orchid Black Tea from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Product Description:

One of the best teas we have tasted. It is so rare that it is actually its own varietal without any flavorings or scenting. The honey flavor literally explodes on your front palate with a subtle finish of fresh orchids.

Tasters Review:

Marcus over at Golden Moon Tea contacted us recently to try their new and improved Honey Orchid and I will say they NAILED IT!  LiberTEAs previously reviewed this and it’s one of the very few 100’s I’ve seen her rate on her steepster log!  I agree with her saying this is pretty awesome – that’s for sure!

The aroma of the dry leaves smell like a honey-buttered whole wheat bagel I often have from my local coffee shop here.

The color of the liquor after infusing is quite light for a black!   It’s surprising! BUT…it’s NOT light on flavor!

I guess the honey comparison comes into play because it IS smooth like honey and it has that natural sweetness of REAL honey…not that fake stuff! I really like the smoothness of this.

There is a chewiness to this tea as well…I  REALLY like that little characteristic!

I would say the Orchid/floral connection would be just as you move the sip from the front of your mouth to the back of your mouth right before it ‘goes down the trap’…so to speak!  The floral notes are subtle and refreshing in a way I have never tasted before!

As this cools it seems to become juicer – I think this is an interesting touch – as well!

This tea is more complex than I was expecting and I LOVE that!

Another thing I noticed with this tea is that the leaves are screaming for a 2nd infusion…here is what I found with the 2nd infusion…

This time around it’s still sweet and silky-smooth but more woodsy but in a good way. It’s smells chewier but tastes a little less chewier.

YUMMO!

My favorite Golden Moon Tea thus far!  WOW!

Honey Orchid Black Tea from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Product Description:

One of the best teas we have tasted. It is so rare that it is actually its own varietal without any flavorings or scenting. The honey flavor literally explodes on your front palate with a subtle finish of fresh orchids.

Taster’s Review:

I feel very honored to be able to try this tea from Golden Moon Tea.  It is one of the exclusive rare teas offered to the Single Leaf Club and after having sampled this, I am planning on joining the club so that I can enjoy other great teas such as this!  This is phenomenal!

The flavor is so amazing.  Just as the description suggests, there is a strong “explosion” of honey flavor as well as a floral finish.  I also taste an undercurrent of savory cocoa notes which adds such a luxuriousness to this experience.  This tea has a strong presence – with a toothsome, biscuit-y type quality to it.  One of the best teas I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste – ever!

I absolutely love this tea.  If I were forced to choose just one black tea that I could drink for the rest of my life, I would most likely choose this one, and I would be quite content with that choice.  Yes, it’s that good.

In fact, this tea is so amazing that it has left me at a loss for words, because I really don’t know what else to add here – this is a tea for true tea connoisseurs.  I highly recommend joining the Single Leaf Club so that you might experience this tea for yourself.  I have not tried any other teas from the Single Leaf Club – but I think that this tea alone is worth the membership!  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed by this one!

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!

 

Green Tea and Honey – Bob’s Mellow Mood from Marley’s Beverage Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To By: Marley’s Beverage Company

Product Description:

Marley Beverages have developed a special blend of ingredients that will calm your soul and ease your mind. Marley Mellow Mood is not an energy drink but a relaxation drink. With all the chaos around the world we feel that it is important for everyone to be able to relax, whether your stressed or wanting to mellow down, Marley Mellow Mood is your premium relaxation drink.

Marley Beverage Company has launched a premium line of natural and healthful beverage products to coincide with the iconic cultural image and universal recognition of Bob Marley. MBC first launched 100% all natural relaxation beverages followed by high quality teas, carbonated beverages, and soon we will have juices and coffee drinks. MBC is currently has supplied products in select North American geographic regions and plans to launch additional international markets in Fall 2010.

Ingredients: Green Tea, Valerian Root Extract, Lemon Balm, Chamomile Flower Extract, Hops Extract, Passionflower Extract, Melatonin, pure cane sugar, honey

Tasters Review:

It’s rare that I review a Bottled Tea but this one was just too interesting to pass up!

I want to start of by saying…I’m a fan of his music and his family’s charity work.  I have been to the Bob Marley Cafe in Orlando.  I have over 14 of his CDs.  Yeah…I guess you could say I’m a Bob Marley fan.

My parents recently surprised me with a groovy lil glass bottle of Bob Marley Iced Tea waiting.

I’m not going to lie…I was a little skeptical.  BUT…this iced tea was REALLY GOOD.   I mean REALLY GOOD.  Sure, it was sweet from the pure cane sugar and honey but it was mellow or what I like to call a “more pale type of sweet”.  It wasn’t overly sweet nor was it artificial tasting like many bottled iced teas can be.  I might say this is my new favorite bottled sweetened iced tea!  I am looking forward to trying the other 3.

This was a mellower juicy green tea that was sugary-sweet and didn’t leave a weird aftertaste, thankfully.  I ended up REALLY liking this and was very surprised!

Because this is a MELLOW MOOD tea – I will say that it lives up to its name.  It’s not often anything makes me drowsy but this actually did.  I will say that on the back of the bottle it does say not to exceed more than 2 bottles in one day and to space them out so they aren’t back-to-back.

I’ll leave you this morning with ONE LOVE by Bob Marley…

Carolina Honey from Argo Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Argo Tea

Company Description:

A black tea blend featuring honey and lemon for the perfect combination of sweet and tart.

Taster’s Review:

I couldn’t find this tea on the Argo website, thank goodness for  Steepster!  I received a sampling of this tea from one of my Steepster friends.

The aroma of this tea is quite pleasant – when I opened the package I could smell the honey fragrance with light notes of lemon.  The honey is very strong!  The scent of the brewed liquor is a bit softer than the dry leaf, but, it is still very rewarding.

The black tea base is a strong, bold tea.  I am not getting much in the way of astringency from this tea, just a very bright, crisp flavor.  It is not bitter (although, as with any tea, I wouldn’t try to over-steep it).  It holds its own among the strong honey flavor.

The honey flavor takes a few sips to really develop on the palate.  The first sip was a little bit of a disappointment because I wasn’t getting much honey flavor or lemon flavor, but as I continued to sip it, I found the honey flavor becoming more pronounced.  It is sweet and sumptuous.

The lemon notes are quite delicate, yet provide a very pleasing contrast to the sweetness of the honey.

This is a tea that would be very comforting when feeling under the weather.  I found it really enjoyable as a hot tea on this chilly autumn day, but, I think it would also make a very refreshing iced tea.

This is the first tea that I’ve tried from Argo, and based upon this really positive experience, it makes me eager to try more!  I’m off to explore the Argo Tea website!

Orchid Tea from Lahloo

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Lahloo

Product Description:

OOLONG TEA » ORCHID

PHOENIX MOUNTAIN, GUANDONG, CHINA

The story:
This spectacular fragrant Mi Lan Xiang oolong tea is the work of a true tea master! The beautifully twisted leaves make a fragrant and delicious afternoon tea.

♥ Sensationally sophisticated rejuvenation!
♥ Orange blossom honey, apricot, grapefruit

Tasters Review:

This is my first time trying Lahloo and I am pretty excited.  I never take for granted a new tea…whether it’s new to the market or just new to me!

The smells of this is a little nutty and a little blossomy.

I didn’t really pick up on the apricot notes hinted at in the description but I did the grapefruit and it was an awesome natural flavor.  I also picked up on the honey hints, too, and they were lovely!

All-in-All I like this Oolong!  Looking forward to trying more offerings from Lahloo!

Wuyi Shan Lapsang Tea from Harney & Sons

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Harney & Sons

Product Description:
Mike visited this secret spot on his last trip to China. It was difficult to get in and no, he did not get to see the smoking process. This organic tea is much more subtle and elegant than other Lapsangs.

Tasters Review:

I recently received this from a TEA Friend of mine and enjoyed it VERY MUCH!  Wuyi Shan Lapsang Tea from Harney & Sons DOES smell interesting yet good! It’s a smoky-chewy-honey like smell.

And oddly…it tastes much like it smells!  Maybe not as smoky which is fine with me! There IS a bit of smoke there but there is so much else going on with this tea that the SMOKE isn’t isn’t the flavor that pushes to front of the over all taste!

It’s CHEWY and yummy….it seems I really REALLY like chewy teas! There is a honey-like taste to it and it has a sweeter finish.

I noticed as the tea had time to sit at room temperature – maybe 2 to 3 minutes – the honey tones seems to pop out more.

This is fairly complex and interesting and I like it very much!

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!

Noël en Provence from Dammann Frères

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:

Dammann Frères

Company Description:

A blend of non smoked teas from China and Ceylon with fig, strawberry and honey, cornflower and sunflower petals, lavender granulates.

Taster’s Review:

This tea smells amazing.  It possesses a very fruity bouquet:  I can smell both the strawberry and the fig, with the strawberry fragrance being the most prominent.  The aroma also captures the essence of the lavender in this blend, creating a lovely melange of fruit and flower that is simply a delight to experience.

And that’s just the dry leaf!  The aroma of the brewed tea is even more enchanting than the dry leaf.  Some of the notes of the black tea emerge as the tea brews, giving off a warm, biscuit-y scent, and when introduced with the fragrances of fruit and flower, it becomes truly irresistible!

But as I’ve said before, it’s the flavor that really matters most, and this tea delivers on flavor too.  The flavor of the lavender is very pleasantly pronounced.  It is very floral in taste, but somehow, the lavender in this tea tastes quite unlike any other lavender tea (or even just lavender), that I’ve encountered from here in the United States.  The lavender from France is magnificent!

A pleasant sweetness washes over the palate with this tea also courtesy of the honey.  The honey is not super strong, and therefore is not overly sweet, but, it is just enough to help bring out the sweetness of the fruit and flower of this blend.   In contrast, there is a slight sharpness to the tea which I accredit to the sunflower petals.  It makes for a unique experience for the palate.

The strawberry is also well-defined in this blend.  And I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted strawberry and lavender together in a tea before… but, here, in this cup… it’s divine!  The fig is also there, it is somewhat softer than the other flavors, but definitely adds its own flair to the cup.  The black tea base is a very enjoyable, non-aggressive black tea, with a slight “baked bread” kind of quality to it that compliments the other flavors in this tea so well.   Delicious!

This is a tea that would be quite delicious served iced, but, I think I prefer it hot.  Because of the honey present in the blend, no sweetener is necessary with this tea – it has quite a lovely sweetness on its own.  However, I did try it with just a sprinkling (about 1/4 of a teaspoon) of raw sugar, and found that this encouraged some of the softer flavors to reveal themselves – especially that of the fig.

A very bright, flavorful tea that would be enjoyable any time of day – another winner from Dammann Frères!

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