Rum Raisin from Lupicia

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

Black tea with rum-soaked raisins. Sweet rum flavor perfectly goes well with milk.

Taster’s Review:

OK, so you’re probably wondering about the featured photo, right?  Well, Lupicia only had a tiny thumbnail of this photo available on their website, so I chose to improvise a little bit … and since the name of this tea made me think of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow (“Why is the rum gone?”) I decided that I should post a photo of him in character.  I suppose I could have taken a photo of the tea itself, but, personally, I’d rather look at Captain Jack Sparrow (I mean, really, is there a better pirate?)

This is a remarkably smooth and well-balanced black tea.  The base is robust and bright flavored without being overly assertive.  The flavors of rum and raisin lend a pleasing sweet flavor to the cup without being overwhelming.

I like how this tea plays upon the palate.  It is full-bodied and has a delightful flavor.   It reminds me a lot of bread pudding – sans the custard and cake-y bread flavor.  To heighten the flavors, I suggest adding a small amount of sweetener.  It brings out some of the sweeter qualities of both the rum and the raisin, as well as highlight some of the caramel-y undertones of the black tea.

A splash of milk or cream will give this tea a creaminess that is similar to the custard-creamy taste of bread pudding.  Pair the tea latte with a shortbread cookie, and you’ll have a yummy, deconstructed bread pudding!

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On the 9th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

This isn’t the only “12 Days” type of thing that I’ve chosen to become involved with this holiday season.  I am also in a 12 Days of Christmas art swap through a Yahoo! art group that I’m in.  You can learn more about that swap here and see some of the art pieces that I’ve received in that swap, as well as the art piece that I made for the swap.

Both of these 12 Days “thingies” have been a lot of fun for me … and there is a part of me that is just a little sad that they are both almost over.

But rather than think about when it will end… I think it is much better to focus on the here and now.  And right here and now, it is time to unveil the tea of the day for today!

BUTTERED CINNAMON RAISIN TOAST

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

So, a raisin flavored tea is pretty unique in and of itself; cinnamon-raisin tea: a bit cooler, but at 52teas, we don’t just push the envelope, we shove. So, I’m happy to present our tea of the week for the week of January 4, 2010: Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast flavored black tea.

We started with our premium Indian black teas base, added just a touch of smoked Assam teas for a tiny bit of toastiness, then we added real golden raisins, cinnamon stick bits and natural raisin and cinnamon flavors. We topped it all off with just a hint of natural butter flavoring. The result: Well, you will have to try it to believe it.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little surprised to find this tea in this 12 Teas of Christmas box.  Pleasantly surprised, but surprised nonetheless; mostly because this tea is not one of 52Teas permanent collection teas.

However, I think it SHOULD be in their permanent collection, because it is so good.  I tried this tea when it was first introduced (and you can read my first review of this tea here), I mean, how could I resist?  It just sounded too unusual and interesting to pass up.

One thing that I really like about this tea is that it is a little different each time I brew it.  When I first reviewed it, the cinnamon flavor was a little subtle, this time, as I sip it, the cinnamon is front and center.  The butter is a little lighter this time around, but still present.  The raisin flavor is a little stronger, and I am getting a little more of a smoked/toasty taste too.  The overall cup is still sweet, but it is a little more spiced with a stronger cinnamon note.

One thing that I did say in the previous review that remains true today – this is definitely one of 52Teas most interesting blends!  I am so happy that I got to revisit it!

Super Fruit Tea from TeaPigs

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: TeaPigs

Product Description:

We can’t get enough of our blueberries and cranberries since we were told they’re packed full of super powers. To get more of your daily antioxidants, try this blend of real berry pieces, which deliver a punchy, fruity taste unlike any fruit tea you’ve tasted before. Again, we’ve looked after the berries, not crushed them.

Compare our whole berries in our tea temples to the crushed up bits in your regular tea bag; whole is best.

Taste:
Super fruity, this cheeky drink is a little tart.

Try it:
With honey, if you like your fruit sweeter. Or cream.

Good if you’re feeling:
Slow and lifeless. The antioxidants in our super fruits will help stave off “Squashed Hedgehog Syndrome” (i.e. “feeling run down” – get it? Sorry).

To buy our super fruit herbal tea packed with berries online, select the quantity of loose leaf tea, temple teas or sample tins you would like and then add to basket.

Ingredients:
Hibiscus, elderberry, blackcurrant, raisin, flavouring, lingonberry, blueberry.

Brewing Instructions:
One tea temple per person, infused in boiling water for at least 3 minutes. Don’t rush – just relax and watch the berries swirl.

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Tasters Review:

Well, Colored Me Surprised!

I’m not sure what made me think of that phrase…maybe it was me reminiscing of a friends cat the other day…her name was COLOR ME RAINBOW…anyhow…on to the tea review, eh!?

I really thought this was going to be pure hibiscus! I’m glad I was wrong!

I could taste mostly elderberries and currants and then the blueberries sneaked their way in! THEN there was the slightest hint of cranberries towards the end of the sip!  VERY interesting!

The website said this has raisins in it but the wrapping doesn’t mention it…just for the record I cannot taste raisins. The Hibiscus is accompanying the berries but really isn’t much of a tangy and/or tart factor in the taste.  It’s more fruity and berry like than hibiscus…thankfully!

This was very good!  And it totally surprised me!  Nicely done TeaPigs!

Westchester Tea from Trump Tea

Tea Type: Herbal Tea

Where To Buy: Trump Tea

Product Description:

Antioxidant-rich organic blueberries bring priceless elegance
to this assortment of soothing herbs and delectable fruits.
The delicate flavors of rosehips, hibiscus and elderberry add
depth and character to this wonderfully luxurious blend. (caffeine-free)

Ingredients: Organic hibiscus, raisin, elderberry, blueberry, strawberry, mango, raspberry, natural organic extracts of strawberry, vanilla and cherry.

Tasters Review:

This is my 3rd Trump Tea and I must say I am overly pleased with Trump Tea as a whole!  As for Westchester Tea from Trump Tea the aroma of the dry blend – prior to steep smells like Blueberry, Strawberry, and Raspberry.  Once steeped I can smell the Elderberry, Mango, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry – in that order as I sniff.  From a distance (across the room as a matter of fact) this smells like a fruity candy!  The color – once steeped – is a Purple/Red and very vibrant!

I can taste the flavors in this order – Blueberry then Strawberry followed by Raspberry and Cherry and the Hibiscus jumps in and then jumps out (just enough to say HELLO) and then moves on to Elderberry and Mango…the Vanilla and Raisin flavors are subtle and add more to the aftertaste than anything else.

This bagged tea is jam-packed with ingredients and they all seem to mesh well!  There is so much going on it thankfully overpowers the hibiscus and makes it tolerable. Many of you know how Hibiscus is usually a turn off in teas for me but NOT in this! It works and it works VERY well!

I do prefer this one hot but here is what I found trying it iced…

The Strawberry and Hibiscus pops out more in the ICED Version. I like the Strawberry notes but think overall I like the HOT over the ICED because of the lesser Hibiscus flavors in the HOT…regardless this is still pretty darned yummy!

I’m very pleased with this one and very surprised I like it as much as I do! 3 for 3 for me on Trump Teas!

Hong Jing Luo from thepuriTea

Leaf Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: thepuriTea

Product Description:

If you’re a fan of Golden Yunnan then you’ll be a fan of her little cousin Hong Jing Luo. The name loosely translates into the golden soft downy feathers, its young loosely rolled black tea with golden tips is reminiscent of the finest Chinese black teas. Great morning tea to get you started with your day, goes well with milk or try it with brown sugar.

Tasters Review:

When I first read the product description on this one – it ‘had me at’ “If You’re A Fan Of Golden Yunnan…”

It just so happens that I am so I was excited to try this tea!  I did two infusions while trying Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea and here are my findings…

For the 1st infusion it tasted a little like cocoa and a rich-semi sugary. It reminded me of a Raisin-taste…almost like the raisins in a sugar cookie and CRISP.  It has a very nice scent!

For the 2nd Infusion…

I smell…sweet potatoes, YES, Sweet Potatoes! It’s an interesting taste, indeed! Maybe more like sweet potatoes with brown sugar.   And it’s still crisp and sweet!  After the 2nd infusion cools for a few minutes (at room temperature) I can taste a slight woodsy yet sweet taste at the end of the sip and into the after taste.

This is a very unique cup of tea!  That gets points in my book!  And it tastes good too!  VERY Memorable!

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