Discover Joy – Lemon Vanilla Green Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicate and bright with just a hint of vanilla.

Ingredients Yunwu Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Lemongrass, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle, Oatstraw, Lavender, Ashwagandha, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is truly a joyous tea!

The green tea flavor is light and smooth.  I don’t get a strong “grassy” or “vegetable” taste to this, although there is an overall herbaceous background to this cup.  The green rooibos add just enough “sparkle” and lightness to the cup to keep it from being too overwhelmingly creamy.

As you can probably ascertain from my previous comment, this is a very creamy cup of tea.  The vanilla tones are sweet and undeniably creamy, but I think that the presence of the lemony tones help to cut through some of the sweetness so that it doesn’t come across as cloying.  The result is a flavor that is quite decadent and dessert-like without being too sweet.

The ingredients list ginger as one of the ingredients, but I must tell you that I really don’t taste much from the ginger except for possibly the faintest hint of spice in the distance.  It is barely noticeable, and had I not read the ingredient list, it is not something I would have commented on because it is that faint.  The same is true of the lavender and the ashwagandha (aka Indian Ginsing).

That being said, I can’t say that this blend would taste quite the same with these ingredients omitted from the blend.  Their role in this blend may have a bit more to do with the motto of Teamotions:  “Teas for emotional well-being.”

There is absolutely no bitterness to this tea, and no real sign of astringency either.  It is sweet and luscious and a bit like what I’d imagine it would taste like if I were to put a slice of lemon meringue pie in the blender with some green tea.

I really enjoyed this tea – much more than I thought I would.  It’s one of the better lemon/vanilla or lemon meringue type teas I’ve encountered.  It’s so  yummy, that I’d recommend this tea based on flavor alone … consider the health/emotional wellness benefits a bonus!

Sunset in Seattle Tea from Market Spice

Tea Type: Herba;

Where To Buy: Market Spice

Product Description:

One of our sweetest and most popular herbal teas, Sunset in Seattle is a blend utilizing a myriad of herbs that are soothing and mellow. Ingredients: Rosehips, Vanilla, Chamomile, Spearmint, Raspberry, Lemon Grass, Hyssop and herbs. Contains no sugar and is caffeine free.

Tasters Review:

Sunset in Seattle Tea from Market Spice looked much like the picture above  thru the see-thru bag it came in but there was white powder heavily throughout the blend.  For me not knowing too much about this tisane before trying it I was confused by the powder ingredient but quickly released it was the vanilla within the mix.
The vanilla ‘powder’ is powerful and very nice smelling.  The overall aroma consists of Chamomile, Mint, and Vanilla.  The color post-infusion is a cloudy gray-orange-yellow type color.  The taste is minty but floral…Herbally yet smooth…lemony yet vanilla….this is odd but lovely.  It’s interesting and surprising!  I ended up REALLY liking this one!  The aftertaste is minty yet sweet! Opposites completely attract in this case…and it makes me grin from ear to ear!

I especially liked the vanilla and minty notes!

Vanilla Haze from Tea, Oh!

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea, Oh!

Product Description:

Get lost in this sweet, nutty hazelnut vanilla tea.

Taster’s Review:

This is nice!

The black tea base is brisk and strong.  Its assertive flavor does not get lost amid the flavors of vanilla and hazelnut – this is definitely TEA!

The vanilla flavor is creamy and smooth and helps to curb some of the sharper edges to the black tea.  The hazelnut tastes nutty and slightly sweet and is really delicious with the vanilla.  There is also a background note that is slightly earthy to this cup.

This is a tea that you want to keep an eye on while brewing as it can become bitter if over steeped.  I steeped it for 2 minutes 45 seconds and I can taste hints of bitterness; fortunately it is not off-putting.  However, I think that a longer steep time would have resulted in a rather bitter cup.

Vanilla Haze from Tea, Oh! is so lovely and complex!  A very contemplative cup – one that you want to brew on one of those “take it easy” kind of afternoons so that you can just sit and enjoy all the pleasures this tea has to offer.  Particularly nice with a drizzle of honey and a splash of milk to bring out the creamier aspects of this cup.   YUM!

ConfeTEA from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

The perfect Tea for putting a smile on your face. Let’s get the party started with our Indian Black Tea blend that will remind you of vanilla cupcakes with candy sprinkles.

Tasters Review:

I’m a sucker for teas with sprinkles in them!  So I was SUPER excited to try this tea from White August Tea Company.  It’s called ConfeTEA.

This one is wonderfully creamy!  Silky-Smooth!  Awesomely velvety!  The description of Vanilla Cupcakes with Sprinkles is VERY accurate!

This is tremendous!  One that would appear on my favorites list time and time again!

 

ConfeTea from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust Tea Company

Product Description:

The perfect Tea for putting a smile on your face.  Let’s get the party started with our Indian Black Tea blend that will remind you of vanilla cupcakes with candy sprinkles.

Taster’s Review:

What a fun tea!  And it really does smell like vanilla cupcakes!

I love cupcakes – I go positively giddy every time I see something cupcake (especially if I see a cupcake bakery!  haha!)  So I was really excited about this tea.  The cute little candy sprinkles add such life to what might otherwise be an ordinary-looking black tea.

The candy sprinkles melt during steeping, and add just a tiny bit of sweetness to the cup.  (If you like your teas sweet, you might want to add just a little more)  The black tea is brisk but not overbearing, and has a pleasant, inviting taste (and aroma!)  There is a light astringency to this cup.  It is not bitter, though, even after five minutes of steeping.

This tea has a light vanilla taste to it.  Like the black tea base, it is not an overwhelming vanilla taste.

This would be a great tea to serve to guests (a great party tea!) because it has a fairly mellow tone to it, it is not overly astringent.  It is not cloying nor bitter… a very friendly sort of tea!

Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos from Domo

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Domo

Product Description:

For hundreds of years the Khoisan people of South Africa have enjoyed rooibos tea, not just for its sweet, delicate taste but for its medicinal value. Now Domo has captured the spirit of the wild with a subtle blend of red rooibos and natural vanilla. Domo Flavour-Infused Rooibos is a whole new way to enjoy tea, and thanks to a high antioxidant count and no caffeine, it’s also one of the healthiest teas you can buy. Try Domo Vanilla-Enhanced Rooibos and rediscover the spirit of Africa.

Taster’s Review:

This is completely and utterly YUM!  Like dessert-treat yum!

This rooibos comes as a powder similar to green tea Matcha (only it is a reddish-terra-cotta color).  I prepared it the same way I would green tea Matcha except that I used hotter water (almost boiling) as rooibos tends to respond better to hotter water, but I used the same Matcha tools to prepare the Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos.

The result is a rich and creamy chawan full of sweet goodness!  But, be warned, this IS sweet.  And it tastes so creamy and vanilla-y that I almost feel like I should be eating it (like eating ice cream) rather than sipping on it.

The rooibos is not extraordinarily distinct in this – I can taste notes of nut and wood but not a lot of rooibos aftertaste (which is good!)  The dominate flavor is the vanilla – and it tastes like it was sweetened with vanilla sugar!  Yes, it is that sweet … if you don’t care for sweet drinks, this may not be the ideal beverage for you.  But for the rest of us – this is so deliciously decadent that it will help curb any sweet craving you might have!

I love this!

Mint Chocolate Chip from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy:
The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct Link to the product at their store…CLICK HERE.

Product Description:

Ingredients Organic Rooibos, Vanilla, Mint, Chocolate Pieces * Characteristics Energizing, Organic, Caffeine-Free * Flavors Sweet, Minty * Caffeine Content None * Steep Temperature 200˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

I’m always interested in Mint Chocolate Chip Flavored stuff!  I have to admit…I just think chocolate and mint are genius together…generally speaking!

BUT…when it comes to this flavored rooibos…it doesn’t let me down!  It’s intensely flavored and smells AWESOMELY AWESOME! I know that is redundant and not the most creative phrasing for an official tea/tisane review but it DOES fit the bill…trust me!

I can see all of the ingredients and something that looks like dried apple but I don’t see that in the list of ingredients so maybe what I am seeing is a vanilla bean or something.

The taste is a nice, bold, strong Chocolate and Mint Mix.  It does hide quite a bit of the Rooibos taste but paired with the vanilla makes for a milky-smooth ending and aftertaste.

This is very good!  I like this a lot!  And I mean A LOT!

As it cools the chocolate becomes more malty…almost like a chocolate milk shake type malty…this aspect of the taste interests me as I don’t recall having that happen to me in other tea/tisanes.

This without a doubt made it to my mid 90 percentile of favorites!

 

 

Yin Yang Maté from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Yerba maté, cacao nibs, and vanilla flavoring. Get yourself going with this yerba maté chocolate treat! These leaves are believed to stimulate the immune system, decrease inflammation, and increase metabolism.

With the addition of cacao nibs, a myriad of vitamins as well as a natural anti-depressant “sweeten” the pot. Cacao is also thought to encourage mental alertness and clarity of mind. Try adding a touch of milk to make your cup of smooth and chocolaty Yin Yang Maté extra special!

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this Yerba Maté blend.

The fragrance of the dry leaf is quite tempting – it smells like chocolate!  YUM!  The brewed liquor maintains the chocolate scent which now combines with a slightly toasty scent, a hint of vanilla and an earthy quality.

The flavor is a little surprising!  There is a toasty/smoky/woodsy taste to the cup that I hadn’t expected.  Usually, I do expect a light roasted flavor along with an earthy note and a vegetative quality, but not so much of a smoky wood flavor.  It is not an off-putting flavor, just different.

As the cup cools, I find that the smoky wood flavor subsides as more of the earthy/vegetative quality emerges.  The vegetative note is much less noticeable in these roasted Yerba Maté leaves, which trade in some of the vegetal taste for a more caramelized earth note, which plays off especially well with the cacao and vanilla flavors.

The cacao is more savory than sweet, but the addition of the vanilla gives it a sweet, creaminess that almost intimates at a milk chocolate note in the distance.  You can enhance that flavor by the simple addition of a splash of milk, if you wish.  I find this to be rather delightful without the milk – but I do recommend a dollop of honey or agave nectar to smooth out some of the bitter taste of the Yerba Maté.

This is the first that I’m trying from Tea Addiction – and I’m quite happy with it, and the company!  They are incredibly nice, and as a tin collector I can’t overlook the sleek tins!  I just love it when I find a new tea company!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Vanilla Cappuccino Green Tea from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros

Product Review:
Green Tea Based Product

Product Description:

Humor is contagious.Chilly Morning. Crackling Fire. Cashmere Soft. Simple Expectation. Unexpected Laughter. Joy.

One box of Vanilla Cappuccino contains 60 pixies of MOCHA GreenTeaHP. For best results drink a minimum of two pixies every day, one during breakfast and the other during lunch. Mix each pixie in 12 – 16 ounces of cold water.

The ultimate Anti-Aging Antixodant Alliance
GreenTeaHP contains a proprietary formulation of complementary antioxidants designed to work together to boost bioavailability and maximize EGCG and other antioxidant absorption and benefits.

EGCG: a powerful antioxidant exclusive to green tea clinically proven to help reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve overall wellness, and promote weight loss

Açaí: Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, açaí has been prized for centuries for its healthful properties

Noni Juice: Polynesian cultures have used noni for ages for vitality, strength and general health

Pomegranate Juice: Contains potent antioxidants linked to cardiovascular health and mental clarity

Resveratrol: One of the most promising anti-aging ingredients, resveratrol is the antioxidant found in the skin of grapes

Trace Minerals: Derived from sea water, trace minerals provide key nutrition to facilitate proper cellular function

Plus: Polyphenols( flavonoids), l-theanine, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, fibers, and more

Use: GreenTeaHP comes in convenient single serving pixies that you can take on the go. Open a pixie and pour it into 12-16 ounces of water then shake it up. We recommend using one pixie with breakfast and one pixie with lunch.

Difference between GreenTeaHP and other teas? GreenTeaHP contains the right amount of green tea antioxidants in each pixie which contains 1250mg of green tea extract and 200mg of EGCG. GreenTeaHP comes in the right form which provides convenience and the best delivery system. The optimal way to harness the power of green tea antioxidants is to mix them with water to allow for maximal absorption. GreenTeaHP also contains the right blend of complimentary antioxidants. GreenTeaHP provides the right taste which makes it a great fit for any healthy lifestyle.

Other Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Noni Juice, Açaí, Resveratrol, Pomegranate Extract, L-Theanine, Bioperine, Orange Fruit Powder, Cherry Powder, Mango Powder, Lemon Powder, Peach Powder, Pineapple Powder, Strawberry Powder, Fructose, Citric Acid, Beet Root Powder, Matcha, Natural and Artificial Fruit Flavors, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Beta Carotene, Tumeric Powder, Roboflavin-5-Phosphate, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, Ace K, Silicon Dioxide, & Sucralose. Mocha flavor contains fat fee dry milk.

Tasters Review:

I’ve enjoyed the other Green Tea Pros Products that I have had and have recently tried another one of their powders!  This time it was their Vanilla Cappuccino!

The Color was a Yellowish-Grayish-Light Brown…much like a Latte or Lighter Colored Mocha would look!

It smells a little like Cappuccino and a little like Vanilla…neither scent is very strong tho.

And the taste…well, I was skeptical on this one…but…it DOES taste like Cappuccino!!  I was shocked!  The vanilla IS noticeable, too!  I really did feel like I was drinking an ICED Vanilla Cappuccino!  There’s no doubt about that!

What an interesting green tea based product and flavor!

If you are a fan of flavored cappuccino’s try this!  It’s very unique!  I think it’s another great offering from GreenTeaHP/Green Tea Pros!

 

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!

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!

On the 11th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Today is Christmas Eve… and I still haven’t finished all the holiday preparations.  I still have presents to buy!

Yeah… I’m not the most organized individual you’re likely to meet.  That’s putting it mildly!

It may not appear so by just reading these words, but … I’m about to have a panic attack!  Good thing I have some tea to help soothe my nerves!

And the tea that I’m enjoying today is …

NEAPOLITAN HONEYBUSH

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

Our caffeine-free African Honeybush (If you are still not familiar with honeybush, it is very similar to Rooibos, but a bit sweeter and without the woody aftertaste that rooibos frequently has) blended with organic vanilla beans, organic cacao nibs, freeze-dried strawberry pieces and all natural flavors. This is a real treat hot or iced!

Taster’s Review:

I can’t believe that I haven’t yet written a review for this tea!

Well, no time like the present, eh?  This is a tea that I’ve had on hand for some time now.  I am not going to say its my favorite tisane from 52Teas, because it isn’t, but, I do like it quite a bit!  I think I like it even more now than I did when I first tasted it.

For those of you that have one, I recommend brewing this in a Libre Tea Glass (or similar type vessel).  I put the leaf into the main chamber of the glass, screw on the straining lid, and sip the tisane through the strainer.  This enables me to keep the honeybush in the liquid as I sip it, and the flavor continues to intensify.  This tea just keeps getting better and better the longer it steeps!

After steeping just six minutes, my first few sips were delicious.  I could taste a good combination of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, together with the somewhat nutty/honey sweet taste of the honeybush.  But now, after continuing to steep some additional 15 or 20 minutes after those first couple of sips, the flavor is even better.  The chocolate – RICH!  The strawberry – SWEET!  The vanilla – CREAMY!  I think I actually like this tisane better than the ice cream after which it was created!

The flavor is really smooth and creamy, just like ice cream.  The only real difference is the temperature and the slightly nutty taste that comes from the honeybush.  I have tasted this tea hot and iced, and it is really tasty either way.  I found it to be very refreshing this past summer when I iced it.  Right now, I’m finding it to be particularly soothing on the nervous tension I’m experiencing due to my shopping dilemma.

This tea is such a wonderful treat!

White Christmas from Harney & Sons

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Product Description:

Recline in front of a glowing fire while the snow drifts, and the tree lights twinkle. A sip from this warm and nutty blend completes the perfect winter wonderland. Hand-picked white tea blended with almonds, vanilla and cardamom, accented by white chamomile flowers.

Taster’s Review:

I really like this tea.  It was part of the Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea Gift 2010 (which is, at the time of this writing, out of stock), but to be honest, I was less interested in the tea than I was the chocolate covered almonds in the cool firecracker wrapping.  Yeah, I’m a sucker for things like that.

So, it’s really awesome that I’m enjoying the tea too!  The white tea is delicately flavored (which is normal for white tea), but it is not so soft that it can’t be tasted. It has a very fresh, smooth taste with a light mouthfeel.  No bitterness and no astringency.  Just sweet, delicate white tea flavor.

The flavor of the vanilla is creamy and rich.  It is flavored “just right” here – I like that the flavor is strong, however it does not overpower the white tea.  Very well blended, this tea.

The almond flavor lends a light, nutty character to the tea and is accented nicely with the cardamom.  Together these flavors are in keeping with the delicate quality of the white tea, nothing is overwhelming.  The combination of flavors makes for a very cozy White Christmas, indeed!

OK, so I had to end this review with this, because every time I sip on this tea I can’t help but hear this song play in my head.  I realize that some of you traditionalists out there might think that the only person out there that can do this song justice is Bing Crosby or someone like that, but, I’m not so much into Bing Crosby… so I did a search on You Tube and came up with this one…

Strawberry Pie from My Sweet Honeybush

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  My Sweet Honeybush

Company Description:

Why should apple, cherry and blueberry get all the attention? Here’s our strawberry pie flavored honeybush with real freeze dried strawberries, organic vanilla bean bits, cinnamon and all natural flavors including strawberry, vanilla and hints of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon!

Taster’s Review:

YUMMMMM!  If you like strawberry – you really must try this honeybush blend.  It’s fantastic!

The strawberry flavor is very authentic – it tastes like sweet, juicy strawberries.  There is very little tart to this berry flavor.  It is like the strawberries you might pick up at a strawberry field – fresh and ripe!  And with the naturally honey-esque sweetness of the honeybush, the fruit flavor really intensifies.

The cinnamon and vanilla add a nice dimension to this blend too.  But what really makes this blend so amazing is the buttery “pie” like flavor.  With the butter flavor in there, it gives it a butter-rich shortbread crust kind of taste.

Now, I haven’t ever really had strawberry pie other than Marie Callender’s type of strawberry pie, and I’m not terribly fond of that syrupy gunk they put in their strawberry pie.  But… I have had a lot of strawberry shortcake!  My gramma used to make strawberry shortcake using her pie crust dough which was sprinkled with cinnamon.  And that is what this tastes like!

Thank you, My Sweet Honeybush, for this lovely, very memorable tea that evokes such fond memories!

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond Tea from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond black loose leaf tea leaves are mixed with almond pieces and vanilla flavoring. The brewed liquor offers a pleasant flavor of bergamot mixed with the nutty tones of almond and creamy undercurrents of vanilla. This loose leaf black tea is perfect for desserts or for just a pure indulgence.

Tasters Review:

This is unlike anything I have EVER smelled in my life!  It’s powerful and has attitude!  And I like that!

The DRY Aroma – I can smell Almond right off the bat!  Right after that scent follows the Earl Grey!  I can smell both – both together and separately!  It’s very intense!  And VERY Unique!

After infusing – the almond tones down quite a bit and the Earl Grey comes thru even more.

The color of the infused liquid is that of a medium brown.

The taste is out of this world!

I can taste the bold black tea wonderfully!  Then I can taste the nicely done Earl Grey flavors and THEN the Almond barges thru!   The vanilla slides in towards the end of the sip and smooths it out pleasantly.

This is such a FUN tea!  I think it’s just GREAT!  I’m very impressed with the aroma, flavors, and creativity of both!   This is a REAL winner!

Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TeaFrog

Company Description:

This version of Earl Grey will suit the tastes of both traditional EG drinkers, and those who find bergamot to be too overpowering. Vanilla overtones and a smooth, creamy taste are in the forefront of the flavours of this tea, and while the bergamot is there, it takes a backup role in this fine flavoured black tea. Whether you are a fan of Earl Grey Tea or not, this tea will suit the palate of any discerning tea drinker, and serves well as an after dinner finishing drink or a mid-afternoon “snack”.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Cornflower petals, Natural Flavours

Taster’s Review:

I love Earl Grey tea.  But, I have to tell you that my fondness for Earl Grey started out with a Cream Earl Grey such as this one.  The first time I tasted an Earl Grey tea, I found that the bergamot was a bit overpowering for me – to the point of tasting a bit like perfume (or at least what I imagined perfume would taste like).  After that unpleasant experience, I was quite hesitant to try another Earl Grey.

Then I discovered Cream Earl Grey tea and I quickly fell in love.  So much so that I began blending my own Earl Grey Creme… but that’s another story!

This Cream Earl Grey from TeaFrog is quite good.  I love the way the vanilla flavoring (the “Cream”) mingles with the bergamot and black tea.  Together they create an almost caramel-y taste that lingers well into the finish.

The black tea base is a solid black tea:  strong but not overwhelming, smooth with a bold, bright taste.  It has a medium astringency to it that is somewhat dry.  No bitterness to this tea, though (unless it’s over-steeped that is!)  Just a delicious, well-rounded tea.

The bergamot is significantly softer than you would find in most Earl Grey teas, but that’s because the vanilla cream taste softens it.  I like that it curbs the sharp notes of the bergamot, thereby eliminating that tendency to taste a bit soapy or perfume-ish.  Instead, you just get delicious Earl Grey flavor with a sweet, creamy high note.

This is a really delicious Cream Earl Grey – if you’re like me and rather fond of Earl Grey (or Cream Earl Grey) – this is one you should definitely try.

Noël à Vienne from Dammann Frères

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Dammann Frères

Company Description:

A blend of non smoked teas from China and Ceylon with chocolate, apricot and vanilla, fruit bits and orange peels.

Taster’s Review:

Noël à Vienne – translation – Christmas is coming!

Wow!  You know, every time I taste a tea from Dammann Frères – I can’t help but fall in love with it and proclaim it my new favorite from this company.  Their teas are just spectacular, and I’ve yet to find one that I’ve not absolutely loved!

The black tea used in this blend has a brisk, deep flavor to it that reminds me a bit of freshly baked cookies.  It is not a strong “cookie” essence – but when it is combined with the apricot, chocolate and vanilla flavors of this blend, it really seems to come alive and remind me quite a bit of the apricot cookies my grandmother used to bake.

There is no one real strong flavor in this tea for me, they all seem to come together in a harmonious, seamless flavor that tastes and even smells a bit like Christmas.  Not the peppermint candy kind of Christmas, but the gathering of family around a warm hearth and eating fresh baked cookies kind of Christmas.

This is the kind of tea that evokes happy memories.  This is that kind of tea.

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!

Premium Gourmet Tea Sachets Set from Talbott Teas

Type: Gift Set/Tea Product

Where To Buy: Talbott Teas

Product Description:

Our top 4 luxury blends are now available in sachets. Just drop one in your cup, and you’re good to go. Plus, Talbott Teas sachets are made of eco-friendly Soilon, which is 100% biodegradable.

Tasters Review:

One of the first things I tried from Talbott Teas was their Sachets.  I received one of their Premium Gourmet Tea Sachets Sets – more specifically their Orange Creme Dreams Sachet Set.  We should have an Orange Creme Dreams tea review coming up within the next few weeks so stay tuned for that!  In the meantime, I would love to show you this set!

What’s neat about this set from Talbott Teas is that you can choose from their top sellers and they only cost $12!  That AND they are eco-friendly!  That’s always a PLUS!

Again, I really love how simple yet stylish these gift boxes are!  And when you open it up it smells heavenly!

You close your eyes and let the heavenly aroma of real orange peel and vanilla carry you away. In this dream, you can be anyone. But you choose to be you.

And as a teaser for the Orange Creme Dreams, specifically – check out these ingredients: All natural premium ingredients: rooibos, orange peels, apple pieces, rosehips, hibiscus, calendula petals, safflowers, natural orange and vanilla flavors.

Just another look at why I think Talbott Teas made the Oprah’s Favorite Things list this past week!  Quality, Style, Taste, Fun, and Great Customer Service…Talbott Teas!

 

 

Thai Tea Blend from Teavana

Tea Type: Black Tea/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Teavana

Product Description:

A delightful Thai restaurant blend of black and red teas, Hawaiian coconut pieces, almonds, and authentic Madagascar vanilla beans. Enjoy this delicious tea chilled with milk and Rock Cane Sugar. This tea contains nuts.

How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees and steep for 2-3 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Ingredients:
Black tea, red Rooibos tea, coconut bits, vanilla pieces and almond bits.

Tasters Review:

It’s been a while since I have been able to try a new (or new to me) Teavana Tea and this past week I was able to thanks to a fellow tea lover and tea swapper!  I don’t know if the name Thai Tea Blend would be the first name that would pop into my head to title this tea but here IS what I do know…

I could taste the Rooibos more than the Black Tea and I could taste the Almond more than the Coconut.  I did find that the vanilla was a good pairing with the coconut but more of an afterthought or aftertaste, actually.

Overall I did enjoy this blend.  It had a pleasant aroma and a satisfying taste.

 

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