Spring Harvest from Sanctuary T

Tea Type:
Green/White Tea Blend

Where To Buy:
Sanctuary T

Product Description:

An amazing blend of green tea, white tea and passionfruit flavor.

Tasters Review:

Well, I know I am ready for Spring!  Are you!?  It’s been an overly trying winter across the United States.  I have always lived in a snow belt area but this year has been the worst I have see in a long time.  The worst part is…I HATE WINTER…I’ve always hated winter…I HATE snow…I will ALWAYS hate snow!

So – needless to say – I can’t wait for Spring!  I can’t wait for nice weather!  I can’t wait to see the blooming of flowers, the sun beating down, green grass, and wildlife again!

In the meantime this tea helps.

Spring Harvest from Sanctuary T is a Fruity Green and White Tea Blend.  Mostly Green tho and I am ok with that.  The green tea is almost buttery and quite smooth going down.  It’s slightly tropical minus the stereotypical coconut tropical flavor.  I suppose that would be one way of describing it anyways.

Yes!  This sure helps me THINK SPRING!!!!

Tea has saved the day again!  Here’s to SPRING!  CHEERS!!!!

Apricot Kernel Tea from Sanctuary T

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Sanctuary T

Product Description:

The first tea in our Autumn Special Edition Tea of the Week Collection makes its presence known with a strong burst of ripe fruit overtones. The apricot mixed with flower petals and whole almonds makes for the perfect rooibos mix!

Tasters Review:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!  I LOVE apricots!  Ever since I was a toddler!  Yes, I was a weird kid…my favorite foods were dried apricots, lima beans, and fresh sprouts.

I actually bought some dried apricots the other day at the herb store, too!

I think almonds go well with Rooibos!

This smells incredible…both of apricot and almonds!  When I saw that there were HUGE WHOLE Almonds I was VERY impressed!

This infuses a little darker than most Rooibos(es)…I’m excited about that as well!  Plus…there is a hint of floral aroma coming thru too!

Just when I think I can taste more almond than apricot – I then taste more apricot than almond. They seem to flip-flop as I continue to sip!

This is a great tasting FUN flavored Rooibos!  It’s Juicy, Sweet, and Slightly floral.  What a LOVELY group of flavors!  This exceeded my expectations!

Autumn Melody from Sanctuary T

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sanctuary T

Product Description:

Feel golden even on a cold and rainy day with this week’s Autumn Melody, a blend of ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and black assam tea leaves!

Tasters Review:

When I saw the dry mix and the list of ingredients the first thought I had was…that’s a whole-lotta-cardamom!

BUT…I still tried it!  I’m a tough cookie!

One thing I will say…I’m glad this didn’t have cinnamon in it!

The aroma isn’t very intense…mostly nutmeg and black tea and I was OK with that!

The color is a nice medium brown.

The Cardamom and Cloves are just about neck and neck taste-wise and the nutmeg is LOVELY!   For me…I think this NOT having Cinnamon and the fact the nutmeg really shined thru is what I LOVED about it!

This one surprised me and in a good way! The Nutmeg was perfect for this!  I was very glad I could taste it with the rest of the ingredients that were present!  The Cardamom wasn’t overpowering – which was a surprise – too – based on the amount my eyes saw in the dry blend!  I’m not complaining – this is just an observation…I ended up REALLY liking this Autumn Melody from Sanctuary T!

White Tea Brownies from Sanctuary T

Product Information:

Where to Buy:  Sanctuary T

Company Description:

If you are in need of a chocolate fix that complements your nice cup of tea, snatch a bag of these decadent, tea-inspired brownies. Loaded with white tea, valhrona chocolate, and bits of walnuts, these brownies are a rich complement to a cup of tea. Each package comes with 3 large, rich brownies!

Taster’s Review:

I have a confession to make.  I am currently working on my second order of these brownies.  I had only planned on ordering one order of them – just to try them – because, even though I thought they’d be good, I figured they couldn’t be as good as my fresh, made from scratch, home-baked brownies.

WRONG!  These brownies easily blow my brownies out of the water.  In fact, they are the best brownies I’ve ever eaten in my life!  And, once upon a time, I worked for a famous cookie/brownie vendor in the mall, back when that vendor still made the cookie and brownie batches fresh instead of from frozen dough.  These brownies are even better than those!

So… needless to say, once my package was empty, I ordered another one, PRONTO!

The flavor is rich and fudge-y and make the perfect tea-time snack.  Maybe not for “High Tea”… because these brownieshave an ooey-gooey factor to them.  It came as a bit of a surprise the first time I tried them.  I mean, you kind of expect that you’ll be licking chocolate off your fingers with a home-baked brownie, but not something you bought off the internet.  With these brownies, prepare for chocolate-y fingertips!

That being said, these brownies are a better “alone tea time” treat.  Pour yourself a cup of tea (I really recommend Carnival Tea with these brownies) and devour!

The brownies are filled with chocolate chips, walnuts and I think I may have even encountered a bit of caramel in my first batch.  In this batch, I haven’t found any caramel yet, BUT… I can taste the white tea a bit better in this batch than in the first.

Yes, it’s true, the white tea does get a little lost in this explosion of chocolate flavor.  That being said, it is doubtful that someone would actually miss the tea after tasting these decadent delights.  In the first batch, I could tell there was something else there… but it wasn’t a distinct white tea taste.  With this batch, though, I can definitely taste white tea.

If you haven’t done so yet, check out the Sanctuary T website.  While you’re there, be sure to join their mailing list, and you’ll receive a coupon code worth 10% off on your first purchase!

Carnival from Sanctuary T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Sanctuary T

Company Description:

A delicious carmel-butter aroma hits your nose when you first smell this tea. Nutty overtones become more pronounced the longer the tea is brewed, and it ends with a smooth, buttery finish.

Taste ~ Caramel,buttery, nutty, and sweet

Color ~ Warm reddish yellow

Ingredients ~ Black tea, pistachios, cumin, almond pieces, coriander, peppercorn

Taster’s Review:

This tea is part of the Sanctuary Sampler Kit.  These kits are pretty nifty, and I must say that I’m quite jealous that I didn’t think of such a thing myself when I was actively selling tea!

The samplers come in a neat little chipboard portfolio, with the five teas affixed to the inside of the portfolio, and includes printed index cards with a brew chart, tea information, and information about Sanctuary T.   Included also are small packages of T-Sacs and small bamboo skewers, making this kit a perfect gift for someone who is new to loose leaf tea.

I am not new to loose leaf tea, so I opted to brew the tea the way I usually brew it, in my Smart Tea Maker.  The amount in the sample package is just enough for my Smart Tea Brewer – I like it when things are all convenient like that!

This is a tea unlike any I’ve tasted before (at least, that I can recall!)  There is a sweetness to it that is very much like caramel: rich and smooth and creamy-ish!   This sweetness is a fantastic contrast to the smoky-spicy note of the cumin (which I love!)

There is also a nutty taste to it from the pistachio, almond and coriander.  The coriander also provides a warmth of its own, as well as a whisper of tangy citrus that sits at the very tip of my tongue.

There is not a lot of astringency to the cup, but there is a slight bitterness to it, but it is not distracting, and I found that a little bit of agave nectar went a long way in sweeping away any bitter notes as well as highlighting the caramel-like undertones to the tea.

When I first read these ingredients, my immediate thought was “this is a chai” – although there aren’t any classic chai ingredients to the blend.  This is because in my own chai blend, I use coriander, cumin and peppercorns.  Because this does have similarities in taste to some chai teas that I’ve tasted, I am going to categorize it as a chai… if for no other reason than that I can!

But I digress!  This tea is fantastic, and I am glad that I tried it!  The creamy caramel-ness of this tea is accented further when I add milk to the cup, so I recommend doing so.

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