Discover Joy – Lemon Vanilla Green Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicate and bright with just a hint of vanilla.

Ingredients Yunwu Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Lemongrass, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle, Oatstraw, Lavender, Ashwagandha, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is truly a joyous tea!

The green tea flavor is light and smooth.  I don’t get a strong “grassy” or “vegetable” taste to this, although there is an overall herbaceous background to this cup.  The green rooibos add just enough “sparkle” and lightness to the cup to keep it from being too overwhelmingly creamy.

As you can probably ascertain from my previous comment, this is a very creamy cup of tea.  The vanilla tones are sweet and undeniably creamy, but I think that the presence of the lemony tones help to cut through some of the sweetness so that it doesn’t come across as cloying.  The result is a flavor that is quite decadent and dessert-like without being too sweet.

The ingredients list ginger as one of the ingredients, but I must tell you that I really don’t taste much from the ginger except for possibly the faintest hint of spice in the distance.  It is barely noticeable, and had I not read the ingredient list, it is not something I would have commented on because it is that faint.  The same is true of the lavender and the ashwagandha (aka Indian Ginsing).

That being said, I can’t say that this blend would taste quite the same with these ingredients omitted from the blend.  Their role in this blend may have a bit more to do with the motto of Teamotions:  “Teas for emotional well-being.”

There is absolutely no bitterness to this tea, and no real sign of astringency either.  It is sweet and luscious and a bit like what I’d imagine it would taste like if I were to put a slice of lemon meringue pie in the blender with some green tea.

I really enjoyed this tea – much more than I thought I would.  It’s one of the better lemon/vanilla or lemon meringue type teas I’ve encountered.  It’s so  yummy, that I’d recommend this tea based on flavor alone … consider the health/emotional wellness benefits a bonus!

Russian Earl Grey from Culinary Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Product Description:

All natural Thai Lemongrass and Spanish orange infuse premium Earl Grey with sultry citrus notes.

Bright, with pleasing citrus overtone and mellow finish.

Ingredients:  Luxury black tea, Natural dried lemon Grass, Natural dried Orange, Cornflower Petals, Natural Flavours.

Taster’s Review:

I admit – this tea frightened me.  It’s an automatic response to teas that are called “Russian” – usually, that means “smoky” tea (at least, that’s what I’ve been conditioned to assume!).  But, this is a happy surprise – no smoke!  Nice!

The flavor is a bit unusual for an Earl Grey – the bergamot taste is there, but as it mingles with the lemongrass and orange flavors, it becomes softer and less distinct.  This smells and tastes much more like a citrus-y tea rather than an Earl Grey.

Yes, I know that bergamot IS an orange, but, a quick trip through the average grocery store produce section will tell you that it is no ordinary orange.  It is not readily available to the average consumer (at least not here in the US).  That’s what makes Earl Grey tea so unique – at least to me – is that it doesn’t taste like a typical orange flavored tea.

But, I digress…

The bergamot is present here, it has just been softened somewhat by the presence of the lemongrass and additional orange flavor.  But that is not to say that this tastes like a typical orange flavored tea either… it has such an interestingly complex fruit taste.

The black tea is smooth and brisk without being too aggressive.  It has a rich taste that compliments the citrus notes.  It is a very pleasing harmony of tastes.

This is truly a rewarding cup of tea – one that presented me with such a lovely and welcome surprise.   Delicious!

Zest Energizing Tea from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Teaquilibrium’s Energizing Sport Tea contains yerba mate, a South American herb known for its plethora of health benefits. A study of yerba mate at The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded that mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” Mate is also a natural source of caffeine, theobromine (dark chocolate’s euphoric stimulant) and theophylline (tea’s soothing stimulant) which stimulate the central nervous system to create calm energy and mental clarity.

Yerba Mate fuels your muscles and nourishes your body with 15 amino acids, 24 vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex. Natural phytochemicals stimulate your immune system and boost your metabolism.

Taster’s Review:

OK, when I first saw the name of this tea, I was immediately reminded of “the other” Zest (you know, the bar of soap?)

But I’d much rather use THIS Zest as my “eye-opener” – and it certainly does do just that.  The lemon-y flavor is bright and clean… and shall I say it?  Zesty!  The delicious, lemon-y flavor curbs the earthy notes of the yerba maté.  This is not overly earthy or grassy tasting, it is quite smooth for a yerba maté, which sometimes can come off as a little bitter.  I’m not getting that with this cup at all!

The lemon-y flavor is not incredibly tart, although there is a faint, tangy note at the finish that lingers a little bit with a tingly sensation on the tongue.  This is something that is almost barely noticeable unless you’re focusing on it, though.  Mostly what I get from the lemon is a smooth, sweet citrus-y taste that reminds me a bit of lemon curd.

The yerba maté is a green maté (that is, it isn’t roasted), so it has a fresher taste to it which is very fitting with the whole concept of “Zest.”  This tastes fresh and bright and lively!  It is certainly enough to get you going even on those days when you feel sort of sluggish.  This will help rid you of those “sleepyzzz!”

I like to steep this energizing drink in a vessel that I can keep the leaves continually steeping as I sip… so I am using my Libre Mug.  I put the loose leaf into the main chamber, and then add the hot water and allow it to steep for five minutes, then I screw on the filter lid and the filter lid strains the tisane as I sip it.  Since yerba maté lacks the tannins of tea leaves, it doesn’t get bitter from lengthy brew times – it just gets more flavorful!

I like this!

Lemongrass Tea from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Common name: Citronella

Used for calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. Also considered as a mild insect repellant.

Used as diuretic for detox as well as antibacterial and antifungal.

Used on dogs to reduce barking and as an aid to retraining

No established contraindications.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Did you know that LEMONGRASS can help dogs bark less?  I guess I never knew that!

Another thing I must point out is that my other Lemongrass herbal teas don’t really look like this.  This one looks like a pale-tannish-yellow color and has lemongrass but also what looks like root and powder in the mix!

It really didn’t have an aroma prior to infusing but afterwards…it was pleasant but not over the top!   It infuses to a VERY clear and clean pale almost completely clear color liquid-wise.  It’s a very gentle lemongrass and a gentle herb type taste.

This isn’t too bad!  I think it would make a nice base for blending!   It does leave a refreshing aftertaste, too!  I give this one a thumbs-up from Supple Skin Boutique!

 

Yerba Maté Mint from Choice Organic Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Choice Organic Teas

Product Description:

Perk up with this refreshing twist on the traditional. Renowned for its natural kick, yerba maté grows in subtropical South America and has been enjoyed by gauchos for generations. We blend ours with peppermint, spearmint and a hint of lemongrass for a bright tea that’s light, cool and exhilarating. [contains caffeine]

Taster’s Review:

Exhilarating is right!  The yerba maté is energizing, while the peppermint and spearmint is crisp and refreshing.  Put these ingredients together and you’ve got one very exhilarating beverage, indeed!

This tisane is nicely balanced.  It is minty, but not too minty.  The yerba maté is slightly earthy but the mint offsets it enough so that it is easy to drink and not too earthy or vegetative.  The lemongrass offers just a hint of citrus tones to the cup and adds an interesting dimension to the cup.  There’s even a light tangy note from the citrus right at the finish that remains in the aftertaste.

And I really like the company.  It is one that I really feel good about supporting, because not only are they organic and committed to the protection of our environment, but they also are involved with really good causes, such as the Jane Goodall Institute, a non-profit organization that is committed to the preservation of the lives and habitat of primates.

It is a very good tea and a tea I can feel good about!

Ginger Fresh from Herbal Republic

Ginger Diagram from Wikipedia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Herbal Republic

Product Description:

A great ginger tea that’s an original ayurveda blend.

Contains lemongrass, ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, peppermint and pepper.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that scared me a little at first.  I love all the ingredients individually, and I love many of them in blends, but having tried at least one licorice and peppermint blend that I didn’t like (and, in fairness, I should mention that there is at least one that I can recall that I did enjoy), seeing that these two ingredients were on the list worried me a little.  I mean, I love licorice.  I love peppermint.  But together in one tisane?  I was skeptical.

The flavors here are all so very assertive, and yet the cup itself is not off-putting or overwhelming.  It is a strong yet tasty tisane.  I think that it is the assertiveness of the ingredients that really makes this flavor combination work!  I think that if there was an ingredient here that was a little less than assertive, it would be overwhelmed.  As it is, the flavors here are bright, strong and vibrant.

The ginger is the first flavor I taste, and I don’t know if that is because it’s the first flavor that I expect.  The ginger is nicely accented with the black pepper, and these two warm ingredients really spice things up nicely here.  The lemongrass seems to soften the edge of the ginger, giving the cup a sweet and somewhat creamy taste.  The citrus peels seem to enhance the lemon-y taste of the lemongrass just enough to make this a very pleasing, citrus-y tasting tisane.

Because of the strength of the ginger, citrus and black pepper, the licorice and peppermint don’t really have much of a chance to come off as repellent (and that is a VERY good thing!)  Instead, they act as highlight flavors, offering just enough of their distinctively zesty flavor to the cup when needed without overwhelming the balance of the cup.

This is a tisane I enjoyed much more than I thought I would.  It is smooth but with a lively, zippy flavor that really grabs my attention.  It is delicious and sweet and quite soothing after a spicy meal (I had some rather spicy tacos tonight!)  I am finding that this cup is just what I needed after that!

Mint Chai from The Chai Cart

Tea Type: Chai

Where To Buy: The Chai Cart

Product Description:

Mint Chai is an herbal blend of fine black Assam tea, mint, ginger and lemongrass. This unique blend makes this tea bold and refreshing at the same time. The soothing aroma of the mint lingers as you slowly sip this tea.
Enjoy with or without milk.

How is Chai Cart Different from other Chai Companies?
Make sure you Read The Story HERE!!!

Tasters Review:

I just received this one today and tore it open right away.  This isn’t uncommon for me to do, mind you, I’m so eager to try new teas…I usually can’t stand waiting!

Many of you know my trials and tribulations with chai.  Either the spices are too strong, not strong enough, one or more ingredient is stronger over the others and distracts me from fully enjoying my cuppa…the list goes on and on!

I swear this specific chai was made especially for me.  Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it, anyways!  The spices are PERFECTLY done to my liking and it has MINT…lovely, lovely MINT!  You know how I LOVE mint!  It’s not over the top mint…it’s JUST RIGHT!

Many of you know I drink all of my teas plain including chai.  This is perfect plain but the company states it’s great with or without additions.

I love the fact that it’s organic and Fair Trade!  I LOVE the concept of this company!  Their customer service is wonderful!  Their website is very nice!  I wish I lived near San Fran…I would be a daily customer to the cart!  In the meantime, I am completely enjoying this CHAI piece of art!  YUM!

I’m declaring this my FAVORITE Chai to date!

Cold Comfort Tea from Karma Blends

Tea Type: Herbal Tea

Where To Buy: Karma Blends

Product Description:

Cold Tea – Spicy Ginger Mint Eucalyptus
For a cold

ONE BOX MAKES 12 TEA BAGS

Caffeine Free
Contains Natural and Organic Ingredients
Daily Use Recommended

» When can I drink it/What is it for?

– Anytime or For Cold, Cough, Allergies, On a cold day, Iced on a warm day.

» What does the tea taste like?

– The Cold Comfort tea is very flavorful with mint and ginger as the prominent flavors. The tea tastes mildly sweet as it contains stevia, the naturally sweet herb. How do the ingredients work in my system?

• Eucalyptus opens the lungs and encourages breathing by increasing oxygen in the cells. Eucalyptol, found in many over-the-counter remedies, loosens phlegm in the chest and helps to open clogged nasal passages.

• Lemongrass is a refreshing herb that helps to relieve exhaustion, clear headaches and combats stress.
Ginger is used to dispel pathogens via its ability to induce sweating.

• Licorice is the best known natural expectorant and anti-inflammatory herb. Licorice helps to soothe the mucus membranes. It also acts as the bodys natural corticosteroid and decreases generation of damaging molecules called free radicals. Licorice is commonly used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Not recommended for people suffering from high blood pressure.

• Peppermint opens up the respiratory passages.

» Are Accompaniments Recommended?

– The taste can be enhanced with lemon and honey. Honey increases the efficacy of the other herbs.

» Is it safe for children?

– Yes, only in a mild or diluted form. For children, the tea can be made using one tea bag in 14oz of water. However, not more than half a cup should be fed to the child in a day.

Tasters Review:
I’ve held off on trying and reviewing this herbal tea from Karma Blends because I haven’t been sick…but I can’t hold off any more!  I NEEDED to try it!

I thought it would be good to have right now because of the astringent tasting tea I just consumed…I thought the mint and eucalyptus would freshen my breath!

I will say this is very minty and refreshing aroma-wise!

Of course the primary taste is mint/eucalyptus but I am getting a good deal of licorice which I normally find distracting in most cases but not this one!  It works well as the 3rd noticeable flavor here!

Then the ginger pops in to say “hello” and again with ginger I am ‘hot and cold’.  I want to say I dislike it in teas more than like it BUT, again, it really works well in this herbal blend!

I can taste the Stevia.  It’s adds a nice natural-sugary undertone to this that I think helps tone down the ginger.

As it cools at room temperature the lemongrass is a little bit noticeable but it’s one of those ingredients I  probably wouldn’t have noticed in a blind taste-test.  Same thing with the Mango.  I can’t really taste the Mango at all.  I think it would be interesting if I could taste more of that.  Maybe more of that and a little less licorice would be the ONLY thing I would change about this one.  BUT…I am NOT complaining because I am really enjoying this.

If you are afraid of medicinal-type herbal teas…and enjoy mint…give this one a whirl!  This one really surprised me!  It’s quite good.

I’m having the bagged  version of this right now and it is very flavorful for a bagged tea!  The box suggested to try with honey and lemon to enhance the flavor.  I didn’t do this but I may try that in the future!

I have to say…this is probably on of my FAVORITE Medicinal-Type Herbal Tea/Tisanes I have had to date!

 

Goji Berry Blue from Praise Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Praise Tea

Product Description:

An antioxidant explosion of sencha green tea, gojiberries, blueberries, lemon grass, and pomegrante seeds.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve professed before, I have somewhat of a ingrained response when it comes to Goji Berry.  That response is a hesitant recoil based upon the first time I tried a tea with Goji Berry.  The tea was incredibly tart – far too tart for me to enjoy it.  Since that time I have been less than enthused to try Goji Berry flavored teas.

And really, that’s an unfair response because since that time, the Goji Berry flavored teas have been quite delicious.  Like this one, for example.  This green tea is flavored with goji berries, blueberries, pomegranate and lemongrass.  And it’s absolutely amazing!

The fruit flavor is sweet with just a hint of tart.  The lemongrass adds a certain citrus-y element that accents the flavor of of the berries without overwhelming them.  There is a buttery note to the cup that I attribute to the green tea base as well as the lemongrass, it is a soft, creamy kind of note that doesn’t impart a strong buttery presence onto the palate – just a smooth sweetness that is quite delectable.

This tea is not what I would classify as “tart” even though there is a hint of tartness that hits the palate in the finish.  It is a pleasant note that sort of completes the overall taste profile.

While this would be absolutely amazing served over ice in the summer, I am finding it quite enjoyable as a hot beverage in the winter.   I found that a tiny bit of agave nectar brings out some of the sweeter qualities of the tea – especially the blueberry notes!

Little Black Dress Citrus from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea, Green Tea & Green Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Little Black Dress Citrus is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and exotic bergamot delicious hot and especially refreshing iced. Think poolside or beach with a lemon wedge in a tall frosty glass. The added green tea and green rooibos will give an extra boost of calm energy to this uplifting blend.

So go ahead, have a cup and put on that little black dress!

ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this blend.  I tasted it before I read the ingredient list, and I was happy to see that I could discern them without having read the list.

The Oolong tastes nutty and buttery and has a nice mouthfeel – rich and supple.  The green tea accentuates the buttery taste and lends a certain fresh taste to the cup, as does the green rooibos.  The combination of the Oolong, green tea and green rooibos creates a very full flavor for the palate without being overwhelming or too heavy.

I love the light yet satisfying flavor of this cup.  There is a light lemony note that is accentuated with hints of bergamot, and a very light jasmine note that lingers in the background.  Very refreshing!

Skin from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Company Description:

Beauty begins on the inside, which makes our SKIN tea the perfect primer. The zesty blend of Lemongrass and Ginger is complemented by a purifying punch of Peppermint. So for a naturally healthy glow, and to sustain your internal vigor, sip BBTC SKIN.

Taster’s Review:

OK, I admit it.  Herbal blends scare me.  Just a little bit.  They do!

That’s because even with the finest ingredients, herbal tisanes can go wrong.  They can taste medicine-y.  Or they can just have some funky off-putting taste.  So, needless to say, I was scared to try this blend from Byron Bay Tea Company.

But, this tastes really terrific!  If this is a skin regime, count me in!  I would be happy to drink this on a daily basis.

This doesn’t taste medicine-y or otherwise off-putting.  The peppermint is strong, but not overpowering… and interestingly enough, this tisane doesn’t come off as “minty” exactly, although it does have a crisp and clean mint aftertaste.

I am also enjoying the way the ginger and lemongrass work together in this blend.  The ginger offers just a hint of peppery flavor, while the sweet citrus-y tones of the lemongrass cancel out some of the spicier notes of the ginger. There is also a nice peppery accent in the finish that I find rather enjoyable.

But, I think my favorite part of this blend is the very subtle taste of rose.  It is a nice touch.  It is so soft and sweet.  Very nice, indeed.

None of the flavors here are overwhelming… instead, they are very harmonious with one another.  It has a pleasant, well-rounded taste.  It is a very soothing, relaxing cup – especially nice at the end of the day!

Fruit Blend Tea from Sahara’s Supplies

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Sahara’s Supplies

Company’s Description:

A pleasantly fruity and minty blend of herbal ingredients. Delicious and caffeine-free!

Description: Fruit Blend Tea
Origin: United States, House Blend
Uses: Tea

Taster’s Review:

This tea presents a challenge to me, because I’m not really crazy about it.  It’s not necessarily a bad tea though – it’s just not my favorite tea.

Let’s start with the obvious (as far as my palate is concerned).  This blend has a lot of hibiscus in it.  Hibiscus is not my favorite herb in teas because it offers a very tart flavor and has a rather thick body, so if there is a lot of hibiscus in an herbal blend, it can brew up to be rather thick and somewhat syrupy.

I know that there are a lot of people out there who love hibiscus.  I’m just not one of them.  That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy some blends with hibiscus in them, but, I am just of the opinion that it needs to be added lightly.  Too much hibiscus is well… just too much.

And for me, this blend has a little too much, and it interferes a little bit with the other flavors.  I can taste the fruit flavors of lemon and orange – and these flavors are quite pleasant, and I think they would be even better if there were less hibiscus in this blend.  The hibiscus tends to highlight the sour qualities of the citrus fruits, and much of the subtle sweetness seems lost.

My favorite part of this tea is the peppermint.  I really do like how it seems to be peeking out of the other herbs in this blend.  It’s like a little tease of peppermint, and it does entice me to keep drinking, if for no other reason than that little hint of peppermint.

This makes a much better iced tea than a hot tea, and I do recommend a drizzle of honey or agave nectar or some sugar to help curb some of the tartness of this unless you really like tart.

As I said at the start, this is not a bad tea, it is just not my favorite tea.  I know that my palate tends to be overly sensitive when it comes to sour/tart flavors.  So, I do encourage you to try it for yourself… and if you like it, please stop by and let us know – I’d love to hear from you!

Little Black Dress – Slimming Tea – Citrus from Teaquilibrium

Tea Type:
Green/Oolong/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Little Black Dress Citrus is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and exotic bergamot delicious hot and especially refreshing iced. Think poolside or beach with a lemon wedge in a tall frosty glass. The added green tea and green rooibos will give an extra boost of calm energy to this uplifting blend.

So go ahead, have a cup and put on that little black dress!

For easy preparation, cold infuse your LBD Citrus with the help of the aladdin travel mug. Always Balanced and Beautiful anywhere you go!

ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.
benefits: speeds metabolism, helps burn fat
how many cups? approximately 40 tsp. per 2.5 oz tin; that’s about 80 eight oz cups at 19 cents per cup*
preparation: heat water: 195 F, scoop: 1.5 tsp/8 oz., steep 3 – 4 min.
naturally caffeinated
*fresh whole leaf teas can be infused at least twice— just steep a little longer the second time.

Tasters Review:

Little Black Dress – Slimming Citrus is an Oolong-Green Tea-Green Rooibos Blend…and I was VERY excited to try it!  It sounded very unique and creative!

It brewed VERY Dark and smelled mostly floral and with a hint of lemon.   I could taste the green tea a bit more than the oolong and green rooibos.  The Jasmine stood out as the floral taste more as it cools.  This had a slight vegetal/earthy taste towards the end of the sip.

I liked the idea of this one and the taste is…well…pretty TASTY!

Misty Morning from Good 4 You

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté & Herbal

Where to Buy:  Good 4 You on Etsy

Company Description:

♥ A lemony yerba mate’ blend to lift the mind’s mist every morning, day or night! For memory, concentration and mental alertness. Recommended for studying & staying focused. There’s feverfew in it too, to possibly help a headache. A tea made for the crown chakra.

Ingredients: yerba mate leaves, lemon grass leaves, lemon balm leaves, gotu kola leaves, gingko leaves, rosemary leaves, stevia leaves, sage leaves & feverfew flowers and leaves. (CAFFEINATED)

Taster’s Review:

I want to start this review by saying that I really like this company.  Good 4 You has a shop on Etsy, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with Etsy, it’s a fantastic venue where artists can sell their wares.  I sold my teas as well as my art on Etsy, and I love it there.  So I was excited to receive hand-blended tea samples from this Etsy store.

The package arrived and it was hand decorated – a nice touch! – and the packaging for each of the teas that I received is very cute and thoughtfully executed.  I have nothing but respect and admiration for this company, and I urge you to support handmade!

OK… now that I’ve said that – this tea is alright.  I am not a big fan of green Yerba Maté, I find it a bit too earthy for me, but, here, the other herbs manage to smooth out some of the earthy qualities for my palate, which I appreciate.

There is quite a bit going on with this blend.   There’s the Yerba Maté, it’s vegetative, it’s earthy, and it provides a richness and depth of flavor to this tea blend.

Then there’s the lemon grass and lemon balm.  These two ingredients provide a nice, lemony sweetness to the blend.  It’s not terribly tart – a bonus – the lemon here tastes smooth.

There is a savory quality to this blend – I can taste the combination of rosemary and sage.  This is a classic culinary combination, and it offers a unique and flavorful contribution to this tea blend.

Then… there is the stevia.  Here’s the thing.  I really wish that tea blenders/artists would not put stevia in their tea blends.  I am not really crazy about stevia as it is, I like it ok sometimes… but most of the time, I detect a funky sort of aftertaste from it that I’m just not wild about.  Basically, the main purpose of stevia is to add sweetness to a tea (it’s sweeter than sugar), but if I want to make my cup sweet, I’d like to do that myself.

The stevia aside, I think that this blend makes a decent cup of tea.  It’s not my favorite blend, but, I like that it is a handcrafted blend.  I like the creativity and thoughtfulness that went into making this blend.  It’s tasty and I like that I feel more alert after having enjoyed a cup of this tea.  It is a FEEL GOOD kind of tea that I can feel good about drinking!

Sencha Passion from Drink T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Drink T

Company Description:

Here’s an intriguing blend. Our Sencha Passion takes the fresh grassy and highly aromatic character of this fine Chinese green tea, blending it with tropical papaya and lemon grass. The result is a tangy, fruity beverage with a wonderfully unique character.

Taster’s Review:

I know I say this a lot – but this tea is really good!

The green tea base is smooth.  There is a rich, soft texture to the tea that seems to glide over the palate like velvet.  It feels very luxurious.

The papaya is sweet and gives this tea a very tropical tone, while the lemongrass offers just enough tart flavor to cut through the sweetness and adds a unique depth to the cup.

This is definitely one of my favorites from Drink T!

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!

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