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!

The Skinny from DavidsTea

Tea Type:
Oolong Tea/Pu-erh Tea Blend

Where To Buy:

DavidsTea

Product Description:

Did you just eat and eat and eat? And then eat some more? 2000 years of ancient Chinese wisdom suggest you try this organic blend. It contains oolong and pu’erh teas, both reputed to speed your metabolism and block fat absorption after a heavy meal. Plus it’s got ginger and ginseng, two more traditional metabolism uppers. So go ahead, drink up. The only thing you’ll gain is wisdom.

Tasters Review:

The Skinny from DavidsTea really took me by surprise!  I ended up really liking it!  Here’s the SKINNY on this tea from DavidsTea…

This tea takes a while to infuse before the true color appears.  Dry…I thought this first smelled like Orange Cream and then I thought it was more of a Fruit loops/Orange aroma. Post infusion – it smells more like a woodsy/orange. The taste is flatter than I thought it would be.  I would say more Oolong than anything else and then a share of orange taste.  I can’t really taste the Pu-erh, Ginseng, or Ginger much…which is ok with me but maybe not-so-good for those specifically looking for those ingredients, I suppose.

Overall the taste of this one is pretty good!  As far as me liking this tea – I do enjoy it – much more than I expected!  It’s a goodie!

 

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!

 

Wild Grey Green Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Product Description:

Earl Grey is the most popular flavored tea. This classic has been known for ages as a black tea, and green tea lovers have long waited for the Sencha variation. But now, your waiting has come to an end. We introduced this blend very successfully some years ago. Our exquisite Sencha base was flavored with high-quality bergamot flavor and richly decorated with lemon peel and orange blossoms. Earl Grey friends can now finally discover green tea – and vice versa.

Taster’s Review:

As many of you are well aware, I love Earl Grey black tea.  However, I’m not always so keen on Earl Grey green teas.  Sometimes, I find that the bergamot and green tea just don’t jive, but, occasionally, I’ll find one that gets it right.  Well, ESP Emporium got it right!

I suspect that it is the addition of the lemon peel and the orange blossoms that make the difference here, as well as the lightened flavor of the bergamot.  ESP Emporium didn’t go heavy on the bergamot with this blend.  It is light and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus flavor.  The taste is clean and delicate enough to let the sweet, fresh taste of the Sencha tea to come through.

The Sencha tastes refreshing, with nutty notes and a hint of butter.  There is a faint astringency that doesn’t completely dry the palate, but, cleans it enough so that the buttery sensation doesn’t linger and allow the tongue to become sodden with a buttery taste that muddles the other flavors of the tea.

I really like this Earl Grey variation.  It is a delicious twist on a familiar taste for me.   It is a tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced, and if you like a little sweetener in your Earl Grey this one would take well to that addition (but be light-handed with it, or you may overwhelm the cup), but I don’t recommend adding milk to it.  This tea is far too delicate for such an addition.

I would recommend this to all Earl Grey fans out there!  It’s a winner!

Steamy Cinnamon Rose from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Full-leaf black tea with cinnamon, orange peel and rose petals.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This one is a keeper!  Definitely one of the best ones I’ve tried from Talbott thus far.

The balance of flavors here is so nice.  When I first received a sampling of it I thought “Oh, cinnamon and rose.  OK.”  Because, well, I have a similar blend of my own (which is rose, vanilla and cinnamon), so I thought this would taste very familiar to me.  I was wrong!

The orange and clove is a nice addition.  The orange perks up the overall flavor without overwhelming the other flavors, and I like the way the orange and the rose work together – it’s not a flavor combination I would have thought of, but they really taste great together.  The cloves enhance the flavor of the cinnamon so that the cup doesn’t come across as too “spicy-hot” cinnamon-y.

But what would a tea be without the tea?  The black tea base here is a smooth, bright black tea that is not overly aggressive.  It has a very even taste to it and a medium astringency that lightly “pats” the palate dry in the finish.  The aftertaste leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and rose and a faint citrus tang.

A very pleasant tea to sip.  One that would make a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for the tea lover in your life!

MarketSpice Tea from MarketSpice

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  MarketSpice

Product Description:

Our signature MarketSpice cinnamon-orange tea in a 4oz glass jar. This unique spicy, naturally sweet flavor has become world famous, originating in the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle. We recommend storing this glass jar in the refrigerator to keep the flavorings fresh and moist. Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon and orange flavorings and spices. Contains no sugar.

Taster’s Review:

There are a lot of cinnamon-orange teas out there, but really, it doesn’t get any better than this.  I tried MarketSpice Tea several years ago when a friend from Seattle sent me some.  I fell in love with it.  Since that time, I’ve tried many cinnamon-orange teas, but all have fallen shy of the mark – that high standard that this tea set for me.

When it comes to this tea, most people either love it or hate it.  I guess it’s pretty obvious which side of the spectrum I’m on, right?  And honestly, when I get analytical about this tea, I really shouldn’t like it.  But I do.  Somehow, this tea is just… fantastic.

But I really shouldn’t like it.  It is very strongly flavored.  So strongly flavored, in fact, that when I first opened my pouch, I could see the moisture on the leaves from the flavoring.  The spicy-hot cinnamon here nearly overpowers everything else.

That being said, I still love it.  It’s like liquefied red hot candies with a splash of orange.   This tea makes me giddy with excitement and brings out the kid in me.

As I said before, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Vanilla Cinnamon Bun from Compass Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos & Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Compass Teas

Product Description:

Our most popular tea by far!  Exclusively unique to Compass Tea Company.  Slip on your fuzzy robe and slippers and warm up with this yummy tea version of your favorite dessert.  We suggest sweetening it with Amber Sugar Gems.

A great tasting and natural alternative to drinking decaf tea or coffee.  (Could also be used as a low calorie,  fat free alternative to desserts late at night.)  *Naturally  CAFFEINE FREE

Taster’s Review:

When I first opened the package of this tisane, I was blown away with how good it smelled.  The cinnamon was strong, as was the vanilla, and the combination of these two aromas was postively breathtaking!  It really does smell like cinnamon buns!  YUM!

That’s why I was just a little disappointed by the flavor.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite tasty!  But, I am sitting here, wishing that the flavor was more like the fragrance.  More cinnamon and vanilla, and a little less in the orange flavor.

The flavor of the red and green rooibos together with the honeybush creates a very pleasant tasting base that is honey-sweet with a nice nutty flavor that lends itself well to a baked kind of taste.  It compliments the cinnamon and vanilla flavors and overall, there is a cinnamon bun flavor going on in this cup.

But… why the orange?  It is as though the orange washes away some of the flavor rather than enhances it.

This is a very tasty blend … and yet, disappointing.  I do like the flavors as they are in this tisane, but… I think this tisane could have been so much more that what it is!  It could be a Vanilla Cinnamon Bun flavored tisane, and instead I have a creamy orange spice tisane.  Tasty, but just not what I expected!

Orange Spice Tea from The Tea Nation

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: The Tea Nation

Product Description:
Oranges originated in Southeast Asia and are widely grown in warm climates worldwide. The fruit is commonly peeled and eaten fresh, or squeezed for its juice. We have mixed a refined orange extract with a secret blend of a variety of aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to create this exciting taste. As with all our tea we have used only Pure Ceylon high grown teas that have a full bodied aroma to create a pleasurable cup of tea

Tasters Review:

Orange Spice Tea from The Tea Nation is a bagged flavored green tea and it smells like orange and green tea.

It also tastes like grassy green tea, a little orange, and almost like a gingery type spice.   The orange is subtle yet pleasant.  I think I would like it better without the spices in it and it just being orange flavored green tea.  I do like this one better that most of the Tea Nation Teas overall…so far.

I did find that as it cools – the spices come out more and if over steeped the spices overpower the other flavors.  It’s the other flavors that I enjoyed…so…I will just have to remember NOT to over infuse and continue to drink this HOT.  If I do that…all will be well in my own personal tea world.

This is a nicely flavored green tea in a bag when done to your preference.

Organic Holiday Spice Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Arbor Teas

Product Description:

A perennial favorite for the holiday season, our organic and Fair Trade Certified Holiday Spice Black Tea pairs bold North Indian black tea with generous doses of orange, cinnamon and clove flavor! Despite the generous flavoring, the brisk and coppery qualities of the black tea really come through. Like all of our flavored blends, our Holiday Spice Black Tea uses only the highest quality teas, essential oils and botanical ingredients, insuring an excellent cup every time!

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

Tasters Review:

Organic Holiday Spice Black Tea from Arbor Teas smells wonderful!  Black Tea, Orange, and Spice! ALL VERY NICE!

The taste is great!  The orange is more prominent than the other flavors which I LOVE.   The Black Tea and the spices are about equal in strength and they are perfect together!

Even with the spices this has a lovely smoothness to it which surprised yet delighted me!

I REALLY enjoy this tea from Arbor Teas…maybe a little TOO MUCH. This one made it in my upper 90 percentile!  YUM!

Continued Seasons Greetings from the SororiTEA Sisters!

Jingle Bells from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

A winter holiday black tea blend with yogurt and citrus fruit flavors.

Taster’s Review:

Lupicia is one of my favorite tea companies.  Why?  Well, put simply, they have great teas at reasonable prices, the packages arrive astonishingly fast, and I receive a free monthly “Fresh Tea Magazine” which includes a sample of their tea of the month.  (For the record, you too can receive a 1-year subscription to their Fresh Tea Magazine when you place an order of $30. or more)

Another thing that I like about Lupicia – they march to the beat of their own drummer.  When other tea companies are rolling out their holiday teas comprised of spices, cranberries and pumpkin, Lupicia has their own idea of what holiday teas should be.  The “Carol” tea is strawberry, vanilla and coconut.  The “Joyeux Noel” is chocolate and apricot.  You get the idea, right?

And this… their “Jingle Bells” tea, which is also part of their holiday collection, is black tea blended with the flavors of citrus and yogurt, giving me a creamy, delicious dessert in my teacup!

The black tea base is fairly mellow and very delicious.  It has a rich, smooth character but it doesn’t attempt to protrude onto the flavors of the citrus and yogurt.

The citrus tastes mostly like orange to me.  It is sweet with just enough tartness to keep it interesting without making me pucker.  The yogurt gives it a creamy flavor and texture.  What this tastes like to me is a creamsicle that’s been melted in a cup of Ceylon tea!  Not a bad taste at all!

I like this hot, and perhaps that’s just the cold weather talking (because this time of year, I prefer just about every tea hot), but I find it to be very comforting and relaxing – which is somewhat remarkable to me since this is a black tea.  A really nice tea to sip inside (roaring fire in the fireplace is optional) while it’s cold and wet (or snowy!) outside.

 

Signature Positiv-A-Tea Blend from Positiv-A-Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Positiv-A-Tea

Product Description:

100% Organic
Hand-Blended
USDA Approved
Naturally Decaffeinated

Ingredients:
Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, Rose Petals,
Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Lavender

Taster’s Review:

I was a little confused when I read the packaging – the list of ingredients on the card that came with this sample of tea doesn’t include cinnamon, but I was certain it was in there.  I could smell it and taste it.  I was a little worried that somehow my olfactory nerve and taste buds were off.  After visiting the website I see that there is, indeed, cinnamon in the blend.

So at least my nose and tongue aren’t so off after all.  But I still worried that this tisane would be very hibiscus-y since it was the first ingredient listed.  But really, the hibiscus isn’t very dominant here.  It adds some much needed body (without it, I think this would be a dismally thin cuppa) and color, as well as just a hint of flavor that enhances the citrus-y tones of the cup.

That being said, as this tisane cools the hibiscus flavor does start to become more aggressive – so if you like the taste of hibiscus, drink this iced.  If you’re not a fan of hibiscus, I suggest drinking it hot!

The primary flavors of this cup are the citrus-y tones (most notably, orange) and the cinnamon, and it makes for a very nice, warmly spiced orange-y tisane.  I can taste the rose and the lavender also, but, these are not particularly strong in this cup.  The lemon balm adds just a hint of lemon-y flavor, but without lemon-y pucker.  It is a very charming balance of tastes.

A beautiful herbal blend that is just as good for you as it is delicious to drink!  Cheers!

 

Orange Creme Dreams from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to buy:  Talbott Teas

Company Description:

South African rooibos with orange peel and vanilla creme.

Taster’s Review:

This is really quite good… much better than I was expecting!

The dry leaf smells very orange – vibrantly orange!  There isn’t a lot of “cream” scent or vanilla scent to the dry leaf aroma, and even less when the tea is brewed.  But, the orange smells so sunny and delicious, that I’m finding it difficult to find fault with the lack of vanilla fragrance.

The flavor offers a good balance between sweet and tart.  I really thought that this would end up too sweet, what with the sweet flavors of orange and vanilla, not to mention the natural sweetness of the rooibos.  Then I read the ingredient list for this tisane, and I realized why it’s well balanced – the hibiscus!

In this instance, I think that hibiscus is a smart addition.  I mean, I am a sweet tooth and I therefore have a great appreciation for things that are sweet, but, sometimes… it can be too sweet.  And that was my worry for this blend.  But thanks to the hibiscus, it isn’t.

And thankfully, the hibiscus is not overdone in this blend.  It offers just the right amount of tartness to the blend while adding a palate-pleasing body to the cup, but the flavor is NOT hibiscus.  Nor is the tea thick or syrupy.  Just right!

The combination of the orange and the vanilla creme give this a creamsicle kind of taste.  If I were to change anything about this particular blend, I would want the vanilla flavor to be a bit stronger, mostly because I’m really digging the way the creamy taste accents this blend.

The rooibos taste is light and nutty with faint wood notes.  The flavor of the rooibos is significantly softer than that of the orange and the vanilla, but, I like it just fine like that.

This caffeine free blend would make a great treat any time of the day, and it’s bright, sweet taste is sure to be a hit with kids as well as adults.  It’s easy to see why Talbott Teas are one of Oprah’s Favorite Things – this is fabulous!

Sweet Orange Spice from Tea Forté

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Buy:  Tea Forté

Company Description:

An enticing black tea, with rich cinnamon notes and sweet orange zest.

Taster’s Review:

Having previously reviewed this tea and liking it, I embraced the opportunity to enjoy more when I received the Petite Winter Collection from Tea Forté.  I really love this collection – it’s beautifully packaged, filled with delicious, limited edition teas and perfect for gift giving.   Sweet Orange Spice is one of the five different teas featured in the Petite Winter Collection (there are two of each of the five teas in the box).

This tea is really delicious and perfect for cold weather enjoyment.  It has a very warming and comforting quality to it.  The orange flavor is sweet, just as the name of the tea implies; however, because of the spicy notes from the cinnamon and cloves, it isn’t cloying.

The cinnamon is the dominant spice in this cup, but I like the light accent that the cloves adds to the tea.  It gives a well-rounded taste to the cup.  The black tea base is mellow yet I find that the overall cup is quite rejuvenating with the combination of spices, tea and orange flavor.

There are quite a few citrus spiced teas out there, but this is one of my favorites.  It isn’t like those red-hot candy teas (I do like those too, don’t get me wrong) but it isn’t a citrus tea with a little bit of spice, either.  It is somewhere in between the two extremes, and I guess that is what I like best about it.  Not too hot, not too sweet – just right!

Garden of Eden Tea from Praise Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

Black tea with apple, mango, peach, papaya, orange peel and tropical fruit. Stunningly energetic tea, combines the lush tropical richness & colors of summer fruits. A superb iced tea. Indulge your taste buds.

Tasters Review:

I know you shouldn’t judge a tea by it’s name but I at least get excited about a tea and trying a tea based on the name, sometimes, I’m not going to lie!  This is one of those teas!

The INTENSE Aroma of Garden of Eden Tea from Praise Tea is what hits  you as soon as you open the bag!  It’s mostly mango scented but you can tell there are other smells IN there too!  But that Mango really hit me!  Good for me – I adore mango!

The taste is great!  Although it tastes much different than it smells.  ALL the fruit flavors blend together nicely and nothing really steps in front of the other flavors by too much.

For the 2nd infusion I could taste the peach more tho!  Both infusions the black tea was bold and and flavors were wonderful!

Delicious!

 

Sassy Green Tea with Açaí from Village Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Village Tea

Company Description:

Ingredients: chinese green tea, ginger, flavor, orange peel, peach pieces, chilies, cloves, safflower, acai

Our Sassy Green Tea with Acai combines top-quality green tea with peach, ginger, acai, and orange for a sweet and subtle spice.

Taster’s Review:

This is really good!  I love the sweet and spicy in this cup – the sweet is just a little stronger than the spicy, and they enhance each other very well.  It is really quite a palate pleaser!

That being said, I’m finding it a little difficult to discern the different fruits and spices being represented here.  They seem to merge very well – almost too well – so I can only taste wee little notes of each ingredient.

The green tea base is subtle here, it has a nice smoothness and offers a nice richness to the blend.  It doesn’t taste very vegetative or grassy to me at all, and this may be because of the type of green tea used in the blend, or it could be that those sometimes undesirable flavors tend to be overwhelmed by the other flavors in the blend.  (While I do have an appreciation for the vegetative/grassy notes of some green teas, I know that there are quite a few of you out there who do not)

I can taste a sweet smoothness brought on by the peach flavor, along with a delicate note of orange.  There is a light tartness from the açaí berry.  A subtle warmth comes through from the cloves and the ginger, and just at the end of the sip, the chili sort of SNAPS on the tongue, it isn’t really powerful or overwhelming… but it does let you know it’s there.

It’s really quite an enchanting blend – and I can see why Village Tea calls this their Sassy Green Tea!

Sweet Orange Maté from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

The popular fresh taste of fruity, sweet oranges goes well with the moderately strong, spicy, slightly smoky Mate tea. The strikingly decorated, delicious specialty is a high-grade offer for the rising demand for Mate tea. The well-balanced addition of pleasant licorice gives the necessary sweetness to this fresh and slightly tangy blend. Similarly to black tea, mate tea is stimulating with a short brewing time (5 minutes); this effect diminishes with longer brewing times (10 minutes).

Taster’s Review:

This is a perfect tea for Halloween!

But, first, I have a confession to make.  The first time I tried this tea (about a year or so ago), I didn’t like it.  Today I am trying it again for the first time and … I don’t know if it is because my palate is acquiring a taste for Yerba Maté, or if the blend has been changed a little bit since the last time I tasted it, but, as I sit here writing this, I am finding more to enjoy about this tea than I did with my previous sampling.  I guess it just goes to show that one should not judge something based on first impressions alone!  Things change, including our tastes!

Now, I’m not saying that this is my favorite tea.  But I am enjoying it right now.  And as I said, it reminds me of Halloween.  The licorice flavor is stronger here than I remember.  I like the sharp yet sweet flavor of the licorice that reveals itself mid-sip.  The sip begins with a smooth, earthy note from the Maté that is mellowed just slightly by the sweet, juicy orange.  This is followed immediately by the sharp note of licorice, and the finish is orange-y and licorice sweet.

I remember when tasting this tea previously, I found the maté to be quite harsh and too earthy for my palate.  Now, I am finding the maté flavor to be fresher and smoother in taste.

I consumed this tea hot with a drizzle of raw honey.  The honey highlighted some of the sweet orange notes as well as curbed the licorice sharpness just enough.  A very enjoyable cuppa!

California Chai from Drink T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Drink T

Company Description:

Chai simply means “tea” in many parts of the world. However, for others it means tea with Indian spices, enjoyed with milk and honey. Our California Chai goes its own way, using aromatic black tea, flavored with eastern spices plus a touch of citrus and vanilla. It’s a most relaxing and satisfying beverage.

Bring water to boil (212)
Steep Time: 3 – 5 Minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Sweetener: Optional
Cream: No
Caffeine: Strong

Taster’s Review:

I have been drinking a lot of chai teas lately, because the weather has gotten considerably cooler over the last month or so, and I find the warmth of chai tea – not just the temperature of the tea, but also the warmth of the spices – to be extraordinarily comforting when autumn comes.

But this chai – really surprised me!  It is different, but I really like it.

The first time I brewed some of this tea, I somehow went into “auto-pilot” mode and I steamed and frothed some milk and served it “latte” before reading the information on this tea.  In particular, the part that says “Cream:  No.”

I will say that this tea, as a latte, is really good.  It has a kind of creamsicle-y taste to it, like a spiced creamsicle.  And I quite enjoyed it. 

But now that I sit here, with a cup brewed according to the above brewing parameters – and no cream – I can tell you that it is so much better without the steamed milk. 

This is a deliciously different chai blend.  The citrus (it tastes like orange) adds a unique twist to the chai spices.  It really wakes up the flavor on what might otherwise be just another ordinary chai blend.  The flavor is bright and juicy!

Together with the vanilla, there is still some of that “creamsicle-y” kind of taste, but it is not nearly as strong as it was with the steamed milk.  With the steamed milk, that creamsicle taste is at the forefront of the flavor profile, without it, it becomes a charming background note that really enhances the chai spices.

The black tea is a smooth, even tasting black tea, not particularly outstanding in its own right, but, what it does do – quite well – is allow these other flavors to take the starring role without being washed out completely by them.  It stands on its own, without being overwhelmed, but, it doesn’t attempt to overpower the other flavors in this cup, either.

The chai spices are warm, but, again, they aren’t overpowering.  They seem perfectly content in sharing the cup with the sunny orange and creamy vanilla essences, creating a cup that is not as spicy as some chai teas, but, is every bit as flavorful in its own way.

Organic Mountain High Chai Tea from Two Leaves And A Bud

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Two Leaves And A Bud

Product Description:

A traditional chai that starts with true Assam tea (not cheap “blending tea”) and adds only the true ingredients of chai: Cinnamon, Clove, and Cardamom. Fabulous with milk and honey!

Tasters Review:

I waited a while to try this one.  Not sure why.  Maybe because I have been tasting a lot of Chai lately.  Many of them seem to be over-spiced and/or all seemed the same.  After my first sip of this I knew it was different.  The flavors were wonderful and I could have sworn I tasted a lovely orange flavor to it eventho it doesn’t mention citrus in the product description but I could have sworn it was there!  The spices are just right for my palate and there was a bit of juicy-sweet with the spices tossed in.

In short…I really like this! The Chai flavors are subtle and the orange is just 1 step ahead of the spices! This was very nice!

Orange Flower Oolong Tea by Octavia Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

The sensuous flavor of the French Riviera captured in a cup of tea. Refreshing orange, soothing blossoms and an exquisite oolong tea combine to create this fragrant blend. An Octavia Tea favorite!

Oolong tea is prized for its anti-aging properties and body-slimming effects.

  • 100% organic oolong tea
  • Jasmine flowers
  • 100% organic lemon myrtle
  • Pure essential oil of orange

This tea is made from 100% natural ingredients.

Tasters Review:

Orange Flower Oolong from Octavia Tea is a tremendously scented and beautiful tea with orange, blossoms, and sweeter oolong and it’s a delight!

The taste reminds me of Orange Fruit Loops Cereal. I had a cup HOT and a cup COLD and determined that I LOVE both!

I’ve had wonderful luck with Octavia Teas and the success streak continues!  YUM!

Celebrate from Urban Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Urban Tea

Company Description:

A festive, master blend of premium black tea, fruits, warm spices and garden flowers.  Celebrate produces an irresistible bold aroma and flavor that is seductive and satisfying.  One cup won’t be enough!  Try this hot or iced, it’s a winner any way you drink it!

Ingredients

  • Black tea, orange peel, rose petals, apple, almond, cornflower, cinnamon, papaya, peach, cranberry, rosehips, natural flavoring.
  • Origin: Sourced from the finest ingredients from India and the USA

Taster’s Review:

This is a very flavorful cup of tea.  It reminds me a bit of a hot & spicy cinnamon/orange tea, but with a delightful fruit-flavored twist.

The cinnamon dominates this cup, and it is on the warm side!  It’s a bit like those sweet-hot cinnamon hearts.  YUM!

Of the fruit flavors featured in this tea, the orange is the most prominent.  It adds a lovely sweetness to the cup, and the cinnamon accents it so well.  It’s very autumnal.  I can also taste the peach, apple and papaya flavors.  The cranberry is very faint, but I can taste a hint of the tartness from the cranberry in the finish.

The black tea base is not real strong in this blend, and I feel like the flavor of the black tea gets a little lost here.  The same is true for the almonds.  In fact, had I not read the ingredients, I wouldn’t have known that there were almonds in this blend.

That being said, this is still a very tasty blend, and one I would recommend to those that really enjoy those spicy cinnamon teas.  I really like this.  It does have a lot going on, but, I can’t really hold that against this tea because it is so fun and flavorful.

This tea is delicious hot or iced – and the flavors do change a little as the tea cools.   It becomes a little smoother and softer in taste, and this seems to awaken some of the black tea flavor.  Because it is such a “warm” tea (and by warm, I mean the spicy-hot kind of warm) – this tea is perfect now that the air grows cooler!  A fantastic tea for autumn!

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