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Review: Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers *Giveaway*

UPDATE: The giveaway has now ended. A winner will be notified shortly. Thank you!

 
Finest Kind Tea Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers Giveaway! Just comment for a chance to win. (see below)

Mandatory Entry:  (comment to tell us) This tea is a concentrated brewed tea to use hot, iced, or as a mixer 🙂 How would you take your Finest Kind Tea? Hot, iced or in a cocktail? (One Extra Entry for Each, please comment once for each entry to let us know!)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. The winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment. Note this post is set to auto publish at noon on 4/19. The comments will be closed and a winner will be chosen at 9PM EST Tuesday 4/28

*This giveaway is sponsored. We were given enough product to sample & giveaway from Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers.

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Our Review & Overall Rating: 1753 Green Tea, Hibiscus & a Touch of Honey
Overall rating:
Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Abby says:
Tea Type: Bottled 
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: Nothing added

Finest Kind Mixers & Modifiers makes fun, stylish and tasty mixers and modifiers using a tea base. Sounds good, right? Yep. The 1753 is my favorite of the blends we tried. I love it because it isn’t sweet at all. This allows the mixer to lend itself well to a variety of different drink styles. I sampled this one just over ice because I really wanted to be able to taste the blend and all it has to offer. I liked it a lot and found it flavorful, tart and easy to drink. The hibiscus keeps it interesting without being too flowery or tasting like perfume. It compliments the green tea nicely. The honey is very light, thankfully! I didn’t taste it in every sip, but it keeps the mix from being too tart. Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa! Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:
Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature: Over ice
Served: as iced tea at first, added a touch of honey to sweeten more

I liked this tea, the hibiscus gives it a very unique taste. I did want it to be a bit sweeter so I added a touch of honey. The hibiscus flavor was nice, but I felt that it overpowered the green a bit. Like Abby I tried an iced tea version of this drink and found it very refreshing. I think this would make an excellent mixer with an herbal liquor like St. Gremain. Or, if you like cocktails, try it with this Elderflower tonic.

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Since I am currently pregnant I didn’t test out the alcoholic cocktail recipe. If you do try it please let me know how it is!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Finest Kind Tea

Our Review & Overall Rating: 1960 Black Tea, Lemon Juice, Cane Sugar
Overall Rating:
Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Abby says:
Tea Type: Bottled 
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: Nothing added

The 1960 blend from Finest Kind is the most similar to what you would expect to find in an “iced tea” mixer. Don’t worry, it’s much better than what you typically find, but it’s a blend of the traditional black tea, lemon and sugar. After following the directions of 1 part mixer to 7 parts ice water, I found it a little too sweet for me. To even it out I added a touch of fresh lemon juice and it was perfect for me. If you like sweet tea, you’ll love it as is. Again, I sampled it over iced to get the full flavor. it was a bit too sweet for me in that form, but I suspect that the extra sweetness would work well when using this as a mixer for a tasty cocktail! The black tea, lemon and sugar match each other pretty well and a smooth blend of all three. On a side note: I just LOVE the tiny glass bottles our tea samples arrived it and have been trying to think of good ways to repurpose the bottles since all of the tea is long gone. Then I remembered Katie’s post about tiny tea-party flowers and found my use – tiny wild flower vases! Love!

 

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

Katie says:
Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature: Over Ice
Served: As directed, diluted with water over ice

I think this tea is fabulous! I tired it iced, loved it, and must acquire a big bottle ASAP. Since my sample bottle said it makes 2 servings I let my co-worker Justin try some and he also thought it was delicious, no modifications needed! I find the strength of the black tea to be perfect with just the right amount of lemon and sugar. This iced tea is perfectly yummy! Also, do note that Abby and I have very different tastes when it comes to the sweetness of tea. While this is a sweetened iced tea I did not find it to be overly sugary. It’s a New England version of sweetened tea. If southern sweet tea is your thing your thing then you’ll want to add a bit more sugar.

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Review: Kiss Me Organics Matcha & Giveway

***UPDATE*** After much delay (sorry about that folks) we have a winner!!! (Drum roll, please…) And the winner is: Chelle!  Thank you to everyone who entered and Chelle we will be contacting you about receiving your winnings!

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Matcha Green Tea Giveaway! Just comment for a chance to win. (see below)

Mandatory Entry: What is your favorite way to use matcha? Do you drink matcha lattes, add match to smoothies or do you prefer to bake with matcha? (comment to tell us)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random at noon on 4/4. The winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected.Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment.*This giveaway is sponsored. We were given enough product to sample & giveaway from Kiss Me Organics.

Our Review & Overall Rating:
Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.
Abby says:
Served: Matcha latte using Kiss Me Organics recipe (see @ bottom of post)
Tea lesson: matcha is finely ground green tea leaves. To be called matcha the powder should come from high quality green tea.  This yields a beautifully rich, emerald-green powder used in Japanese tea ceremonies and also for matcha lattes and cooking and baking.  In cooking and baking matcha provides a distinct flavor, but also adds color. Because it is ground tea leaves, matcha is more potent that loose leaf tea.
Kiss Me Organics is just what I look for in a high quality matcha.  It has a bright, deep green pigment and a distinct matcha tea aroma when you open the bag. This is strong stuff. It is also USDA certified organic and we LOVE that! My matcha latte turned out to be delicious, and very pretty. It has that classic matcha grassy, earthy flavor and the almond milk I used added a nice nutty and sweet  taste.  My latte was so tasty, that I am looking forward to trying some other recipes using matcha. I’ll be sure to post those experiments too!  In the mean time check out the recipe I used for my match latte (below).

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.

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Katie says:

Served: As a tea latte, I used our Starbucks copycat recipe but doubled the sugar since Kiss me Organics matcha is unsweetened and I used a sweet matcha powder with the original recipe.

Ditto what Abby said about we LOVE that this tea is organic and it is GREEN! It you are drinking this as hot tea I highly reccomend a whisk like this bamboo tea whisk to blend matcha into the hot water.

I really enjoy this particular matcha as an iced tea or in baking. It has a very strong green almost grassy taste. This means it holds it flavor well when blended with milk (I used coconut & almond) or in baked goods! Keep a look out for recipes for matcha biscuits & green tea chocolate truffles later this week.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Kiss Me Organics Green Tea Latte Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 tsp. Matcha powder
¾ cup almond milk (or soy or cow or goat milk)
¼ cup boiling water
1 tsp. agave syrup (I used honey)
Instructions:
1. Place matcha in the bottom of a coffee mug or other heat-proof cup.
2. Bring almond milk to a simmer in a small pot.
3. Whisk boiling water slowly with the matcha powder in the mug, then pour in almond milk. Tip the cup to up the foam factor.
4. Sweeten with agave syrup if desired.

 

One Year Anniversary and Giveaway!

***UPDATE*** After much delay (sorry about that folks) we have a winner!!! (Drum roll, please…) And the winner is: PurpleLarkspur!  Thank you to everyone who entered and PurpleLarkspur we will be contacting you about receiving your winnings!

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 **UPDATE** Thank you so much to those of you who have commented. To give a few more people a chance we’ve extended the giveaway another week. A winner will be chosen on 9/3. Comment for a chance to win.

First of all, happy 8/20! Last August we were just starting the blog and now we’ve been posting for a full year! You may find it odd that we wish you a happy 8/20. Well, in one of our first posts we talked about how in college all of the roommates bought a big basket of tea as our holiday gift to each other. That house was #820 on the street. Our friends at Syracuse would refer to houses by the # instead of saying ‘so and so’s place.’ As college students always looking for a reason to party we’d often celebrate the house’s day. An odd little story, but that’s the truth and why I’ll always have a big smile on August 20th. (And to your guy friends who lived around the corner…happy almost 8/29!)

So, on to the part you’ve been waiting for, right? The giveaway! What can you win? The prize , shown below, is Stash’s 13 iced tea sampler.*

 

Mandatory Entry: Do you have any made-up holidays like 8/20? What are they?  (comment to tell us)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected.
Giveaway ends on Monday August 27th, 2011 at 8 PM EST. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment.
 
This giveaway  prize is provided by Stash Tea. We will notify the winner and put them in touch with Stash Tea to have the prize mailed directly to you!
Want to know more about what you could win?  We’ve already reviewed Stash Decaf American Iced Tea. We’ll also give you some tasting notes on two of the other flavors included in the sampler.  This week is Lime Green and the 3rd tea review will be posted next Monday when we list a winner.

Review: Stash Lime Green Iced Tea

Katie says:

When I was steeping this tea I immediately noticed a strong lime scent. At first I was afraid that it would overpower the green tea. However, once I tasted the tea over ice I found the lime and green flavors to be a nice balance. I didn’t even add any sugar! This iced tea is a great alternative to pre-mixed iced teas because it packs in a lot of flavor without the need for the added calories of sweetener.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

The Stash Lime Green Iced Tea is an interesting twist on the typical green iced tea. Instead of the traditional lemon that is often added to iced tea, this one has lime flavor added for you. It is always fun to try something a little different and with the ease of making this iced tea, why not!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves: This tea is easy to make!

*Sampler includes: American, Decaf American, Lemon Ice Green & Black, Lime Green, Moroccan Mint Green, Orange Spice Black, Peach Black, Tropical Fruit Black, Lemon Blossom Herbal, Mango Passionfruit Herbal, Peach Herbal, Wild Raspberry Herbal, and Orange Cranberry Herbal

Review: Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong and Giveaway

***UPDATE*** Amanda, commenter #2, is our winner!

 

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Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong Giveaway! Just comment for a chance to win. (see below)

Mandatory Entry:  (comment to tell us) Is there a time of day or a type of food that you think is perfect for Oolong tea?

(One Extra Entry for Each – comment once for each entry to let us know!)
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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. The winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment. *This giveaway is sponsored. We were given enough product to sample & giveaway from Temple Road.

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Our Review & Overall Rating:
Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ below boiling
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Oolong is one of my favorite types of tea, simply because it has a distinctive, unmistakable taste. When you are drinking oolong, you know you are drinking oolong! I’ve also found that oolong (maybe not as much as Earl Grey) can be quite polarizing. You love or you hate it.  I love it!

Tiger Monk oolong from Temple Road is a beautiful dry tea, the tea leaves all balled up. After steeping the tea leaves unfurl creating a lovely bourbon colored cuppa. This tea has great flavor with strong earthy and sweet smoke notes with lighter herbal and caramel flavors appearing here and there. The complexity of all these flavors coming together makes this tea interesting and fun to drink. I steeped this tea twice and both cups were good and I could probably have steeped it again for another tasty cup full. I left the tea leaves in hot water for a full six minutes each time.

Because this tea is on the lighter side for oolong, I think it would appeal to both seasoned oolong drinkers looking for a flavorful tea and tea drinkers new to oolong tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort..

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ below boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

As Abby said, the loose tea is very pretty and steeps to a lovely color. I typically like my teas with cream & sugar. However, that’s not really how you prepare oolong. I have added sugar to other oolongs, particularly the greasy-spoon chinese restaurant variety. This one has a really nice earthy taste that is good all on it’s own. No sugar is required; even for the proud owner of a sweet tooth like myself.

They say: “At Temple Road, we firmly believe that tea can improve our daily productivity, as Isaac Newton famously said, ‘A body in motion tends to stay in motion.'” If you are looking for a good afternoon pick me up this would be a great tea to try. It is caffeinated, not as strong as a traditional black tea, but you do feel a nice boost of energy. The malty toasty flavor is nice and satisfying. Sometimes when I have cream & sugar in tea I want a cookie to go with it. This tea, however, is very satisfying all on it’s own.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort..

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai #Giveaway

Update: And the winner is…LIZ! Liz, no need to buy it yet, you just won a tin of this tea!

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Read down to the bottom for a chance to win some for yourself!

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Preparing the Coconut Chai is a pleasure unto itself.  Just opening the tin lid immediately brings a rich aroma of tea and coconut.  Then steeping fills the air with even more enticing scents.  It smells so delicious that it is hard to wait while it steeps!  The flavor of the tea is bold and flavorful, just what you’d expect from the rich aroma.  The coconut flavor is not overpowering in the least and lends itself for a nice smooth finish.  Together with the other spices and the black tea blend, this makes for a delightful cup, prefect for any season.

Another thing I love is that this tea is fair trade certified and  USDA certified organic!  Both of these things are important to me, so not only do I enjoy drinking this tea, but I feel good about it too!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

(Above: we tore open the tea bag to show you what it looks like)

Katie says:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: Just left the bag in the mug
Served: Milk & honey

This is one of my all time favorite teas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. This tea smells amazing, tastes amazing, and is so easy to make because you can toss everything in the mug while still half asleep. There are teas that are picky — green tea can’t steep too long or it will get bitter — with this tea that is not the case! The coconut chai is amazingly forgiving. I love chai and this twist on the classic chai flavor with coconut is oh so tasty. The coconut flavor seems to make it taste even creamier. Since chai is traditionally a sweet drink with cream and sugar boiled right in the kettle I sweetened it up for my taste test. Yup, it is just as amazing as I remembered it to be. The black tea, chai spices, and coconut flavor are well blended so that no one of the three overpowers the others. This is a must try!

Do you want to try it for yourself? Why not win some? Just comment for a chance to win one tin (22 bags) of this tea.

Mandatory Entry: Do you add anything to your tea? Milk, sugar, lemon? Always or just some of the time? (comment to tell us)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected.
Giveaway ends on Monday October 24th, 2011 at 8 PM EST. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment.

*This giveaway is not sponsored. We simply want to get the word out about our new blog and introduce you to some great teas!

Orange Mint Iced Tea Recipe & Giveaway

UPDATE: And the winner is…Jessica Duplisea! Thanks to everyone who entered. Jessica, we will be contacting you about receiving your winnings!


Drawing was out of 22 because we disqualified 2 ping back comments (links on our own blog) and 1 from Stash tea…they have enough tea! 😉

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Yesterday I made this fabulous Orange Mint Iced Tea.

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Many people have heard of sun tea, but have you heard of refrigerator tea? It’s like it sounds…gather all of these ingredients and put in a quart-sized covered container. I used a large nalgene bottle.

4-6 bags of your favorite black tea

1/2 Orange, sliced (use the other half for garnish)

12-14 mint leaves, chopped (I put mine in a T-sac so I could easily remove the mint after steeping but you don’t have to)

Place all of the ingredients in your bottle. Refrigerate at least 6 hours — overnight works well. In the morning you’ll have deliciously fresh iced tea. And…you’ve been warned. This tea is stronger than it tastes! I was described as having hummingbird-like energy today!

Now on to the giveaway. Win samples of three of Abby & my favorite teas! Also, be on the lookout for reviews of these teas soon.

TO ENTER:

Mandatory Entry: How do you prefer your tea? Hot or iced?

(comment to tell us)

(One Extra Entry for Each – comment once for each entry to let us know!)
-Follow @Delecteable on Twitter.
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-Tweet this giveaway. (Once Daily) Feel free to copy/paste:
I entered the @delecTEAble giveaway for a chance to win free tea! You can enter too here: http://bit.ly/rpcjPV #giveaway (Please RT)
Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. Winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected.
Giveaway ends on Monday August 29th, 2011 at 8 PM EST. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment.

*This giveaway is not sponsored. We simply want to get the word out about our new blog and introduce you to some great teas!
Photo thanks to my friend Jess who gave me these amazing straws that she found at Gus & Ruby.