Have Hope – Citrus Strawberry White Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicately sweet with bright notes of mandarin, tangerine, and strawberry.

Ingredients White Tea, Oatstraw, Schizandra Berry, Ginger, Safflower Petals, Strawberry, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is such a deliciously unique tea!

The fragrance of the dry leaf is amazing – I can smell the citrus tones, a light amount of spice from the ginger, and the strawberry!  Together, these scents create a mesmerizing aroma.

The flavor is light and crisp.  The white tea base has a delicate vegetative taste.  It is clean and fresh.  There is a soft, barely-there mouthfeel and a light astringency.

The fruit flavors are nicely balanced and appeal to the palate with sweet, tangy and tart notes.  The ginger is not overwhelming here and adds just a hint of zesty spice.  I don’t remember having tasted oatstraw in a tea before, so I don’t know if I’m tasting it now or not, but, oatstraw is very beneficial to health and I’m glad it’s there!

As I sip, I can feel the stresses of the day melt away.  I can even feel the tension in my shoulders lighten a little!  This is an amazing tea, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Strawberry Pickin’ from Tea, Oh!

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Tea, Oh!

Product Description:

Fruity, smooth green tea ripe with sweet strawberry pieces.

Taster’s Review:

This hardly seems like the right time of year to be sipping on a strawberry tea as it is something that simply SCREAMS summertime to me, but it IS a nice way to enjoy a taste of summer without actually experiencing the warmer weather (and to be perfectly honest, I prefer the cooler weather – it makes hot tea all that more enjoyable).

This is a well-blended strawberry green tea.  It is extremely well-balanced, with the green tea flavor only slightly edging out the strawberry taste.  That is to say, it’s a little more green tea than it is strawberry.  But, I think that it should be like that, since this is a tea!

The green tea tastes lush and fresh!  It is only lightly grassy, but not in a bitter-tasting grassy sort of way.  Just lightly vegetal with a soft buttery taste.  There isn’t a lot of mouthfeel to this tea, but what little there is feels pleasant to the palate.  It finishes with a hint of astringency and a very nice sweet berry taste.

The strawberry is (as I’ve already mentioned) sweet and delicious.  It reminds me very much of the taste that I experience when I bite into a ripe, juicy berry.  No real tartness here either – just plump, delicious strawberry taste.  YUM!

This tea would be fabulous iced!  It’s definitely a tea that you should stock up on for the summertime – it’s bound to be an iced tea favorite!  I’m finding it to be equally as tasty as a hot tea, so keep it on hand all year ’round!  You won’t be disappointed!

Chocolate Strawberry Tempation from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Juicy red strawberries with a kiss of dark coca -this black tea is all about you. Bursting with luxurious flavor, it’s decadence dipped in excess with a side of unbridled joy.

All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, strawberry pieces, cacao nibs, strawberry leaf, chocolate and strawberry flavors.

Taster’s Review:

I tried this tea back in December, but I held off on publishing the review until just before Valentines Day, because when I think of chocolate and strawberries, I think of Valentine’s Day.

The fragrance of the tea that sits before me is delicious – it is making my mouth water!  I can smell notes of chocolate and strawberry, as well as a very pleasant-smelling black tea.  The combination of these scents is fantastic.

The black tea base tastes like a Ceylon tea to me, it has a brisk flavor but a fairly even-toned taste to it.  It has a smooth, clean taste with a light astringency that lightly dries the palate in the finish.

The strawberry flavor hits strongest in the aftertaste.  I can taste the strawberry throughout the sip, but it is in the aftertaste where I taste the sweet yet tart tingle that is very strawberry-esque.  It reminds me of a fresh, delicious strawberry.

This is a tea that should be served hot… but, should not be consumed until it has had a few moments to cool.  The slight cooling will allow the flavors to develop a little bit, and I found that this tea was much more satisfying when it was still hot, but not directly-from-the-teapot-hot.  The chocolate flavor is the reason I mention this about allowing the tea to cool slightly… I find that when the tea is still piping hot, the chocolate flavor seems almost… absent.  But, as it cools a little (I’d say its now an easily sip-able temperature.  That is, it is not so hot that it scalds my tongue) the chocolate flavor develops nicely.

Overall, this is a very pleasant cuppa.  I would probably find it even more satisfying with a little more chocolate, but then, I’m a chocoholic, and I’m of the belief that more chocolate is always better.  As it is, though, it’s quite delicious.

 

Strawberry Oolong from Butiki Teas

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Strawberry Oolong
This sweet high altitude oolong is infused with strawberry and originates from Taiwan. Strawberry Oolong is a refreshingly sweet and natural flavored tea. Very refreshing and light.

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

Tasters Review:

I’ll get straight to the point…I LOVE THIS FLAVORED OOLONG!  Strawberry Oolong from Butiki Teas is certainly a winner in my book!

It has the tiny pearls I have seen in some Cherry Blossom Green Teas – that I have tried in the past – and I think they are lovely and a nice touch to this Strawberry Flavored Oolong!

The aroma is excellent! The Oolong Leaves are screaming multiple infusions!   I did put this to the test and it holds up very well to multiple infusions!  This is also wonderful hot or cold!

The strawberry tastes are spectacular!  They are sweet without ANY trace of sour or bitterness. This is very sweet and very nice!

I’m totally diggin’ Butiki Teas Flavored Oolongs!

So far every tea/tisane I have had of theirs is wonderful! I really like this company!!!

 

 

Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong & Green Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a field of fresh strawberries– breathe in the intoxicating scent, pick a plump berry and let the flavor burst in your mouth. Teaquilibrium’s organically grown Strawberry Vanilla is delightful and gently energizing. The distinct flavor of green yerba mate magically blends with the smooth toasty cocoa aroma of the oolong, organically grown strawberries and topped with a hint of vanilla. As with all of our Little Black Dress teas, Strawberry Vanilla is an exclusive Teaquilibrium blend.

Try Strawberry Vanilla hot or chilled. For a delicious and refreshing pick me up, cold infuse Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla and serve in a pitcher with fresh strawberries.

Taster’s Review:

Happy New Year!

I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a blend quite like this one.  Oolong and Green Yerba Maté?  I certainly had my doubts going in to this but, I am glad I finally decided to try it, because it is really quite tasty!

The combination of Oolong and Yerba Maté make for a truly interesting blend.  The Oolong has a rich, roasted and somewhat buttery quality to it, and the Yerba Maté seems to pick up where the Oolong leaves off to create a very full-flavored experience – one that neither Oolong nor Yerba Maté could accomplish on their own.

The flavors are a bit lighter than I was anticipating, although the flavors do intensify as I make my way toward the bottom of the cup.  I like the way the sweet, ripe strawberry flavor sort of pops in and out of the sip, while the vanilla adds a creaminess that completes the flavor.  This is a pleasantly smooth and sweet cup – but not too sweet.

This is a very well-rounded cup that I really enjoyed!  Bravo to Teaquilibrium for a tea well done!

Champagne Rose from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

Black tea flavored with sweet strawberries and champagne. Perfect as a festive gift.

Taster’s Review:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am very pleasantly surprised by this tea.  Until now, most of the champagne flavored teas I’ve tasted has been with a white tea base and because white tea is so light and delicate in flavor, I thought it was a perfect match with the sparklingly light taste of champagne.  I was skeptical about how well the champagne flavor would translate in a black tea.

But, I am very impressed!  Not only does the champagne flavor sparkle through but it is so nicely infused with the strawberry flavor.  This is so delicious – like a New Year’s celebration in a teacup!

The black tea base is robust and bright.  There is a slight (very slight) bitterness at the tail end of the sip, but I find that it is a very intriguing contrast to the sweetness of the strawberry and champagne flavor and lends a certain savory element to this otherwise sweet tea.

The strawberry tastes sweet and offers a hint of tartness, while the champagne tastes like … well, champagne!  This is tea and not a sparkling wine, so it doesn’t have the bubbly aspect of champagne, but it does have a certain grape-like taste to it with a clean, almost tannic quality that is very representative of my limited experience with tasting champagne.  (err… that is to say, I don’t drink champagne very often!)  It is not strongly astringent, but there is a hint of that wine-like characteristic that expresses itself as champagne-like.  This is also really good iced!

This is one of the best teas that I’ve tasted from Lupicia – and I’ve tasted quite a few.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say this one is my favorite from Lupicia, but it is probably in the top 5.  VERY GOOD!

Strawberry White Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

This tea combines the soft flavour of white tea with a hint of strawberry. White tea is loaded with antioxidants and is also said to strengthen the circulatory and immune systems. A treat for nose and palette.

Story

Strawberries have grown wild for millennia in temperature regions throughout the world. They were highly prized by many ancient Romans. In the Middle Ages, they were prized again, more so for their medicinal qualities than delicious flavour. Today, the strawberry is the most popular type of berry fruit in the world. While there are more than 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in flavor, size and texture.

Tasters Review:

I tend to add more loose leaf than suggested because I usually like a strong flavor with most or all of my teas.  The first time I tried this one I used what I would call my normal amount of loose leaf.  I was completely shocked at the flavor it was almost too much of the sour and puckery taste to handle.

I promised myself I would then try the suggested amount…and that’s exactly what I did!  It was MUCH better!  A little goes a long way here, folks!  This flavored white is packed with flavor and personality!

At first I thought this had hibiscus in it but I cannot tell – for sure – based on the description – I guess it could just be the strawberries in the dry mix.  It’s a tarty/puckery type strawberry.  In this case, I personally, prefer less as well.  I am not really into tarty teas – so less is more with me!  This one worked out really well when I did what they suggested with the loose leaf amount.  The Strawberry flavor was amazing!  I also LOVE that Shanti Teas did a Strawberry WHITE tea!

Another thing I would like to mention in this review is the aroma!

I will say I LOVE the way this one smells and it reminds me of a strawberry chapstick I used to LOVE as a kid…the 80s RULE…I miss them when it comes to certain stuff like strawberry chapstick!  I know there are other strawberry chapsticks out there but not like the one I specifically remember the aroma to from the 80s!

I just LOVE creative flavored teas and lately flavored WHITES is something I have been extremely interested in.  This is one of Shanti’s newer offerings and I think it’s a treat!

 

 

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