Mayan Cocoa from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Etsy

or on Artfire

Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea, cocoa bits, barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger bits, cardamom, flavor, black pepper

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Taster’s Review:

As some of you probably are well aware, I am a chocoholic.  Therefore, when it comes to tea, chocolate is one of my favorite flavorings.  As a result, I have tasted a lot of chocolate teas, and I’ve reviewed quite a few of them.

There are a lot of great chocolate teas out there, and some of them … not so great.  This one falls somewhere in between, leaning a little more toward the not so great than the great.  And I confess myself to be a little disappointed, because I was really looking forward to this tea.  I not only love chocolate, I especially love a spiced chocolate, because I love the contrast between sweet and spicy.

Let me start with the chocolate – it is a strong chocolate taste, and I like that.  In fact, the chocolate flavor in this tea is its redeeming quality. It tastes authentic and rich and delicious, and it is what is keeping me sipping this tea.

The black tea base is decent, although it is plagued by the overwhelming flavor of chicory root.  Normally, I enjoy chicory root in a tea – I love the deep, roasted flavor that it offers.  However, with this tea the chicory root is too strong and overwhelms the tea.  This causes the tea to have a funky taste that remains well into the aftertaste.  The funky taste is almost numbing to the taste buds, and making the tea less enjoyable overall.  It just tastes “off” somehow…

This tea is just OK with me.  I liked the chocolate flavor, but its the rest of the blend that sort of ruins the cup for me.  It isn’t my favorite, but I would really love to hear from others who have tried this tea and enjoyed it.  It could be that I just got an “off” batch.  I don’t know… but if you’ve tried it and liked it, please comment!

Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

Manhattan Earl Grey from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sands of Thyme

Product Description:

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Ingredients: black tea, sunflower blossoms, flavor, mallow blossoms

Tasters Review:

I’m always looking for something OTHER than run-of-the-mill Earl Grey and this one fits the bill.  Sure, it’s floral, but that is the draw with this one!  It’s strong but creamy.  The Bergamot isn’t the focus here it’s very much in the background and contributes a little more than a hint of it in the overall taste of the tea.  The stereotypical Earl Grey taste is a bit more subtle that most and the floral notes have stepped up to bat for this one.

This is a nice departure from your stereotypical Earl and I like it!

Snow Flake Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sands of Thyme

Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea -Ceylon, -South India, -China, coconut rasps, flavor, almond flakes

Tasters Review:

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I HATE WINTER.  I don’t like being cold.  I guess that is another reason I love tea…it’s a nice warm-up!  I live in the snow belt and we’ve gotten slammed with snow this week so I thought it was only fitting to post a review about Snow Flake Tea from Sands of Thyme.  Now THIS is a Snow Flake I like!

The Coconut and Almond gives this a neat flavor!  I’ve had a few Snow Flake Blends from other companies before but this one has a mixed drink type taste to it that I am really enjoying!  It also seems to leave a cookie-like aftertaste…this is a treat!

Another winner from Sands of Thyme!

Dark Chocolate Orange from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sands of Thyme

Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea Assam, cocoa bits, orange bits, natural flavor, cardamom, pink pepper

Tasters Review:

I’m always up to try Orange Chocolate ANYTHING!!  I’m originally  from the Buffalo, NY, area and Orange Chocolate is HUGE in Buffalo!  When I moved from that area several years ago many people I spoke to regarding my love of orange chocolate had never even heard of it before! I was AMAZED at this fact!  I still am today!  So…if you have never tried orange chocolate before PLEASE do – at least once in your life!

Anyhow…When I received an assortment of teas from Sands of Thyme I HAD to try this one first!

This smells much like Orange Chocolate right out of the package. Once infused add spices to that aroma and that is what you have here!  It’s medium brown in color – post infusion.

This tastes like Orange Chocolate and cardamom. It’s a really good taste.  It’s not heavy on the dark chocolate aspect but that won’t interrupt me from enjoying this tasty cup of tea!  Ahhhhh!

Chai Indienne from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea Base)

Where To Buy:
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Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, ginger bits, cardamom, cloves, flavoring, black pepper, rose blossom leaves, vanilla bits, safflowers

Tasters Review:

I have been seeing SANDS OF THYME mentioned online by a few fellow tea freaks lately so when we were able to try some of the Sands of Thyme Teas I was more than happy!

I LOVE their shop name on Etsy!  I just have to point that out!

So far one of my favorites is their Chai Indienne.

It’s light on aroma but not on taste!   The spices are JUST RIGHT for me!  The cinnamon is a little bit stronger than the ginger.  The cardamom and cloves are in there too – as well as the black pepper.  I appreciate these specific ingredients not being too strong.   I can taste floral notes as well!  The rose petals are a nice touch.  The vanilla is noticeable in the middle of the sip and more-so as it cools.  I applaud the vanilla in this case – it helps with the other spicy spices and really added to the mix of flavors!

This is a good chai, indeed!

Winter Chocolate Rooibos from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Company Description:

Ingredients: rooibos, cocoa bits, ginger bits, cinnamon, roasted chicory root, barley malt, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, flavor, black pepper

Taster’s Review:

This tisane has a very interesting flavor.  When I ordered it, I had expected it to be a spicy/sweet kind of taste, but, I don’t know that I would classify it as either spicy or sweet.  I would call it savory.

But I consider this a nice surprise as my expectations were based entirely on the name of the tea and list of ingredients – not a lot to go on.

The rooibos offers a mellow woodsy/nutty tone to the cup that is further accentuated by the spices.   The malt adds a certain richness to it, and the chicory adds a savory bitterness to the cup.  The combination of these ingredients plus the spices give the tisane a very well-rounded flavor that I don’t usually experience with rooibos tisanes.

As I said, the spices themselves – the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper – don’t create a very spicy blend – it is spiced, certainly.  It just isn’t spicy as the spices are very much in harmony with one another.  That being said, there is a hint of peppery tingle that hits the tongue in the finish that I find rather enchanting and keeps me sipping.

If I were to change anything about this blend, it would be the level of chocolate flavor.  It is not nearly as chocolate-y as I would like it to be.  That being said, the chocolate flavor does develop a bit as the tisane cools slightly, but it is still more savory spice than it is chocolate.

This is the first of several teas I’ve ordered from Sands of Thyme, and it is a pleasant one.  Maybe not my favorite rooibos blend, but one that I certainly enjoyed and am glad I tried.  It is one that I’d recommend to those who enjoy a savory, full-flavored tisane.

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