Category Archives: herbal tea

Review: Bigelow Orange & Spice Herbal Tea

Orange spice

Overall rating:

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

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

Abby says:

Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then some honey

Bigelow Orange & Spice is a great tea for the holiday season. It steeps to a deep cranberry red. Although I don’t have any, it bet it would look wonderfully festive served in a glass tea cup. The flavors in this tea are prefect for the holidays as well, zesty orange and clove. There is no caffeine so break this one out on a cold snowy night. The orange gives it a cheery feel and the spices are warming and festive.

At first, without adding anything to the cup, this tea as too tart for my liking so I added a touch of honey. This reduced the tartness without making it too sweet and helped to bring out the fruity notes from the orange peel.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Orange & Spice

Katie says:

Temperature: About boiling

Steeped: 5 minutes +

Served: with honey

Bias, alert. I LOVE this tea…when I have a cold. This is probably the only time I drink it. Poor Orange Spice is relegated to times of stuffy noses. For a cold, you can’t beat warm & citrus and therefore this is THE BEST. It’s not a fancy or complicated tea, but like chicken soul it’s a trusted staple. As Abby said, it’s good at the holidays too, with all the right festive flavor options.

Note 1: on a 2nd steep there is no bright red color but you can still get some flavor. Use only 1/2 cup water and add honey to bring out flavors.

Note 2: This tea contains soy lecithin. I’m not thrilled about this. It just seems unnecessary. As to why, Bigelow says: “We do have some teas that contain a non-GMO soy lecithin in trace amounts. Soy lecithin helps disperse the flavoring into the tea while brewing to ensure consistent flavor throughout the whole cup.” Read the full reply here: https://www.bigelowtea.com/Special-Pages/Customer-Service/FAQs/Tea-and-Herbal-Tea-Ingredients/Do-you-any-of-your-teas-contain-soy-lecithin

While I really enjoy this tea it gets a lower rating from me due to the odd soy ingredient.

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

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

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Review: The Spice and Tea Exchange Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea

Spice and Tea Exchange

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf tea
Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This tea smells and tastes like my favorite thing about Indian food – complex flavor! The turmeric is savory, earthy, and, of course, reminiscent of curry. The ginger adds a hint of sweet and spice. The spice from the ginger warms the tongue and mouth without being hot. At the end of each sip is an interesting and very sweet after taste. Love this tea for a chilly fall night – it will warm you up and it’s caffeine free!

Give this tea a try if you are looking for something different from what you typically find, especially, if you like the idea of blending savory and sweet.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Spice and Tea Exchange

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf tea
Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With a touch of honey.


I like this tea a lot, but I think it could easily seem medicinal to some. It has a strong yellow color and heavy turmeric and ginger flavor. That being said, turmeric is amazing good for you! Check out this link: 

https://medium.com/forever-young/science-confirms-that-turmeric-as-effective-as-14-drugs-9547edc0073b#.2a4d8stbk

Even if it’s only half as good at the link claims it’s certainly worth a try! I had horrible heartburn while pregnant and this tea really helped.

Like Abby said, if you love Indian foods & spices this is a must try. However, be prepared for a strong Spice taste that it quite different for traditional teas. 

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon *Iced Tea*

Republic of Tea Lemon ChiffonAbby says:

Tea Type: Bagged – used three tea bags for iced tea
Temperature: Iced
Served: Nothing added

‘Tis the season for iced tea! With temperatures around here creeping toward 90 degrees iced tea is the way to go – even for me, the die-hard hot-tea girl! Traditional iced tea is great and I love it on a hot summer day, but this time around I wanted to try something a little different. I’ve had this container of Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon (from the Cuppa Cake Tea line) in my tea cabinet for a little while now and every time I looked at it, I just thought – iced tea! I was right! It makes a great, light iced tea with terrific lemon flavor. It also has a little hint of sweet already in it, so I didn’t even have to worry about whether or not to add anything. I used four tea bags to make about three cups of tea. If you are making a bigger batch add one or two more tea bags. I steeped the tea for about seven minutes, let is sit (covered) in the fridge for about 25 minutes then pour over ice.

I really enjoyed this tea because its different from the typical iced tea. It has nice fruity, lemon notes without being tart or astringent and has a bit of sweet, but nothing like sweet tea. My favorite part is the coconut that you can taste with each sip. It really makes this tea taste like a treat. The lemon chiffon tea is a blend of green rooibos, apple, lemongrass, lemon, vanilla, and coconut. The ingredients don’t list a single sweetener added – love that too!

If you are looking to switch things up in the iced tea dept. or if you are looking for flavorful decaf option try this one out.

Republic of Tea Lemon Chiffon

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

 

Review: Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea

 

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Loose
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then a bit of honey. Finally, iced

Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea is not one you will easily find in stores. So do yourself a favor and click the link to buy some online if you are interested in giving it a try!

This tea is a blend of cranberry, orange peel and herbs. At first I tried this tea hot, but for me it was too tart. Most fruit, herbal teas with cranberry or hibiscus are too tart for my taste. I then added a bit of honey and that didn’t help.

Common Folk Farm  - Cranberry Orange

So, let it cool, then poured it over ice and it was prefect! I could taste the cranberry, but it was overpowering and being cold gave it a refreshing quality. Of course adding ice dilutes the flavor a bit, but not too much if you drink it before the ice melts. For some reason, cold tart drinks are just fine in my book, but hot ones are not. Is this true for any of you?

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

 

 

Review: Yogi Lemon Ginger

Yogi - Lemon Ginger

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @Boiling
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Lotta ginger, not much lemon! Because I let this tea steep as long as I did the ginger was strong. Thankfully it wasn’t too spicy, just the right amount of bite. The scent of lemon is there, but I didn’t taste it. Maybe if it steeped for five minutes or less the lemon might come through a bit more. Though I didn’t get lemon, I still enjoyed this tea. For me it makes just the right cuppa for cuddling up with a good book or movie after a long day. Flavorful and comforting. Also note that it’s made with organic ginger though it is not a certified organic tea like some of other Yogi teas.

Ginger is known to settle the stomach, so it’s nice to have a stash of ginger tea in the box just in case. I prefer loose ginger tea, but this works well in a pinch. Especially if you don’t feel well, and don’t feel like preparing loose tea.

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

Yogi - Lemon Ginger

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @Boiling
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: with honey

If you are looking for a tummy-taming tea this is really fantastic. I may not choose this spicy for my daily morning cuppa but its a medicinal tea that still tastes yummy. I really like the spicy flavor of real ginger that I got from this tea. With the addition of honey it has a similar flavor to ginger candies. Nice flavor and it makes indigestion oh so much better. I’ve tired other teas with blends of chamomile but for me, the predominately ginger tea with a touch of lemon has much nicer taste than more blends of more ingredients. I particularly recommend it to anyone suffering from the many unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy, but (of course) check with your doctor or midwife first!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Republic of Tea Downton Abbey English Rose Tea

Downton Abbey Tea

Overall Rating

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just shy of boiling)
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added

In honor of the Season 4 premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS last Sunday we have decided to review this limited edition tea! This English Rose tea is a blend of hibiscus,  rosehips, apples, stevia with natural raspberry, rose and vanilla flavors with rose petals. For me, the hibiscus, stevia and raspberry were the prominent flavors with hints of rose. For those you you who haven’t been yet been swept up the Downton Abbey Saga, let me just fill you in. The show is a British period drama set in Yorkshire county at the fictional estate of Downton Abbey written by Julian Fellows. Oh the drama!  It just sucks you right in.

This tea is good and I enjoyed drinking it, especially while re-watching season 3 of Downton Abbey. However, I thought it was a little too sweet.  I think it would work better if it didn’t have sweetener added, because for me it was too much.  It is easy enough to add some sweetness after steeping, if needed, but if a tea is too sweet to start out, there isn’t much that can be done to change that. Although, a little too sweet for me, this tea had a delicate quality (the rose?) that I really like and that’s what has kept me drinking it. As an herbal tea, it has no caffeine, so I can drink it every Sunday night as the newest Downton Abbey season rolls on.  BTW, I am also sipping it from my new, English Tea mug from Edgecome Pottery that I got for Christmas. That’s fun, right?  Yeah, it is!

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: boil then cool for a minute
Steeped: left bag in the mug
Served: with a touch of honey

OMG, Downton is back! And this time with a specialty tea? Stop it. Too, much, awesome! Needless to say I was excited to learn about this tea.

Fruit tea isn’t typically my favorite but since I do like many teas from the republic of tea this seemed interesting. Abby gave me this sample and after reading the ingredients the taste makes much more sense. I was wondering how I overdid it on the honey! Now I understand that with the stevia it was sweet to begin with.

Ingredients: Nigerian hibiscus, rosehip peels, apples, stevia, natural raspberry, natural rose and vanilla flavors and rose petals

Overall this has nice flavors, especially if you like herbal teas. Minus points for stevia but I can’t help give bonus points for Downton!

Taste: 3.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Review: Stash Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea

Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their new holiday teas for us to review.* Thank you!

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little honey

Stash has a new line of herbal/caffeine free teas for fall. Now that its October all I want to drink are warm comforting teas. Maple Apple Cider herbal tea hits the mark there. The name is a bit confusing because although you get the sense of apple cider, this tea isn’t apple cider. For me, it seems more like apple herbal tea. That being said, I like it. Because I left the teabag in my cup to get the most flavor from the tea, the fruit notes became a little bitter. However, adding a little honey balanced the apple flavor and helped to bring out more of the sweetness and spices.

Because it is caffeine-free this can be anytime tea. I love having an option for chilly nights here in Maine. I think this tea would work well for most people. Roobios has a very distinct flavor that not everyone loves, but in this tea it is more complimentary with the other flavors and doesn’t stand out too much.

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Maple flavored tea is a popular item in parts of Canada and New England. In sugar shack gift shops it can often be found as a souvenir. The mention of this tea makes me think or growing up in New Hampshire and eating breakfasts at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, NH. Pancakes, french toast & waffles…oh my! 🙂

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Maple tea comes in caffeinated and herbal. Stash’s version has an added twist with apple flavor and hints is cider spice. The strongest flavor in this tea is apple, followed by maple, with a spice finish. The apple and maple flavors work well with the rooibos tea base making this a tasty tea. It is perfect for fall; especially after a visit to a maple sugar house or a trip apple picking. If you want to taste fall in New England just have a sip!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

*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: Stash Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.75 of 5 this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

For me, iced tea needs to be fairly easy to make, refreshing and tasty. Stash hit the mark on all three of these requirements with their Orange Cranberry Herbal iced tea. It comes with directions on the package, but basically you just steep their large teabag in two cups of boiling water, then remove the tea bag and add two cups of cold water. Done. I served it unsweetened, over ice at a BBQ this past weekend. It was a hit! I put out some sweetener (both sugar and honey) but everyone was happy to drink it unsweetened.

This iced tea works because it is easy to drink with the tartness of the cranberry mixed with the citrus of the orange flavor. This will definitely make an appearance at summer time gatherings in the future!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: Cold brewed in fridge overnight
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: with a little sugar (@ 4 teaspoons for 4 cups)

I agree with Abby, this tea is super easy to make! Although I used the fridge method. Just toss the teabag in 4 cups of water, refrigerate overnight, and voila! Tea! Side note: a standard nalgene bottle is 32 ounces and the perfect size to brew your tea and then take it to go!

I like just a touch of sweet in my iced tea and this worked really well with just a little sugar. Be careful not to over sweeten or iced herbal teas can start to taste more like kool-aid than tea! I found the cranberry flavor to be stronger than the orange but still really enjoyed the combination. This tea was also very tasty mixed with plain coconut water. If you like coconut water mixed with juice try mixing it with an herbal iced tea like this for nice flavor with less sugar!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make!

Review: Tazo Passion

Overall Rating:
Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Described on the teabag packet as “A magical blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, rose hips, mango & passion fruit flavors”, this tea has a lot to live up to. When steeped, it turns a vibrant red in the cup with a bright aroma. And, yes, there is a lot flavor packed in as well. I liked that. Typically, I’m not a big fan of herbal tea because I often find that there isn’t enough flavor, or there is too much flavor making it seem artificial. I didn’t find that here. It has good flavor and a nice tartness that paired well with the floral notes.

This would make a great iced tea as well and with is bright red color it would look really good in a big glass iced tea pitcher! For anyone who likes a bold, fruity herbal tea, give this one a try. Tazo Passion makes for worthwhile caffeine-free tea option.

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

Katie says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: with honey

This, for me, is a staple tea. I usually have at least a few bags in my cupboard. My favorite thing about this tea is that it is good in both warm and cold weather. In the winter, especially with a sore throat, the citrus tastes great! Although, I find if steeped too long for drinking as hot tea it can get a tangy bite. For this reason I do a short 2 minute steep. When making this as an iced tea I steep a little longer, or cold brew. Many Starbucks locations carry this as an iced tea in the warmer weather and it makes a great no caffeine and le calorie option.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

#teatime :) 4-9-2013

Dry Tea

It isn’t ‘really’ tea.  It is a fig and rose herbal tea.  So, #herbalinfusiontime is more accurate, but doesn’t have the same lovely ring to it.