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Review: Atlantic Spice Company China Black Tea BOP

Overall Rating:

Taste – 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability – 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Looks like coffee. Kinda smells like coffee. Tastes like tea! Just the way I like it. Atlantic Spice Company China Black Tea BOP is one of those teas. Its a loose leaf tea, but the leaves are chopped up into tiny pieces that almost look like coffee grounds. When you smell this tea there are hints of coffee in the earthy aroma, but the flavor is all tea. Although not at rich as I like my black tea to taste this one has a nice hearty, toasty taste.

If you buy this tea in bulk it is quite inexpensive and who doesn’t  love a giant bag a loose leaf tea around to tempt you to make another cuppa? This tea is nothing fancy, but does make a nice everyday tea. Easy to drink and also makes great iced tea.

Taste – 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability –  4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Katie says:

Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: With cream & sugar
I ordered this tea from Atlantic Spice Company, a wholesaler I like quite a bit. I hoped it would be a big hit for me like their BOP Assam that I LOVE (review coming soon) but I found this one wasn’t really my favorite. It’s an OK inexpensive tea but it wasn’t strong enough to hold up to adding cream & sugar the way I like my tea. So I gave it to Abby and luckily she likes it! 🙂

Taste – 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just OK

Steepability – 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Review: Tea Forte Vanilla Pear – Loose Leaf White Tea

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

If you are looking for a bright, slightly fruity loose leaf tea for the summer, we’ve got you covered! I’ve only tried this tea hot so far, but I think it would like a lovely iced tea too! As a hot tea, it has a floral aroma with a blend of light white tea and fruit taste. There is no sweetness, so a bit of honey added would be nice. I’m going to try that next time, for sure.

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

Katie says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)

Steeped: 3 minutes

Served: A teaspoon of creamed honey (see below)

A pretty and yummy tea! I love the cornflowers that give this loose tea lovley blue specks. The lightly fruity taste is very good both hot and iced. I started with a hot cup but when I got busy and let it get cool I poured it over ice. I liked it iced a bit better. I almost always add a hint of sweetness and this tea way lovely with a little local creamed honey that I got at the Natick Farmers’ Market.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

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

Review: *ICED TEA* Honey Ginger by Impeach Tea

Overall Rating:

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


Abby says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

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

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

As a northerner “sweet tea” is quite foreign  to me, and frankly, something I just don’t understand. This being said I was nervous to try something with honey in the title. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this tea is perfectly sweet.  Just a touch of sweetness.

For steeping I used two heaping tablespoons of tea in three cups of water. Let it steep for five minutes then added two cups of cold water and one cup of ice and let it chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes. This yielded some really tasty iced tea! There is some sweetness, but mild enough to be suitable for a Maine lady. The ginger also adds an interesting flavor and blended well with the black tea and honey flavors. Will def. be adding this to the summer iced tea rotation!


Katie says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf

Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: A little honey 

 Unlike Abby, this New England Girl likes her tea sweet and almost always adds a touch of honey. I like to add honey to the warm tea and then store in the fridge for later. (Unless Abby is visiting, then I leave some plain!) Even though this tea has peach ginger and honey I find peach to dominate the flavor. I do get tiny hints of ginger and I played up the honey taste by adding more. Be careful, this tea will get bitter if you oversteap, so be sure to remove the tea after 5-6 minutes. 

For a sweeter tea, mix in a teaspoon of lemonade mix. This is a summertime favorite of mine! *This will make the tea a bit cloudy, see the photo above.

Pro-tip: store in a mason jar on your countertop. Even though this tea comes in a nice tin I’d suggest sorting it in glass to see the pretty blue and orange petals!

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

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we simply choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.

Review: Tiesta Tea Lean Green Machine

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here’s another one from Tiesta Tea! This time it’s a zesty green tea in their slenderizer line of teas. Lean Green Machine is a blend of green tea, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, bergamot oil and natural flavors. Isn’t it so pretty, too?! I love all the big chunky pieces.

As this tea steeps it looks and smells very vegetal. The tea leaves and other pieces expand, taking up a lot of room in the teapot! The smell is very fresh, of lemons a grass. As far as taste, for me, the most prominent flavor is the bergamot. Maybe because I’m used to tasting it in black tea? Or maybe because the orange peel and lemon peel act to accentuate the flavor? No mater, it tastes good – flavorful without being flowery. On second steep I found the lemongrass much more noticeable than in my first cup. So, that was fun!

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

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Just a touch of honey

This is a delicious green tea. It has a clean, crisp, and just slightly green/earthy taste. For me the bergamot, lemon, and orange notes rounded out the green tea and softened the sometimes harsh taste of typical green teas. It’s a pretty tea that opened up to reveal big full leaves! I love when the steeped tea looks almost like fresh-picked picked leaves! This is a good choice to keep in the cupboard as a solid stand-by solid green tea.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Photos: katiering.com

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.

Review: Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: below boiling point
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

It seems like the flavor of lemongrass is one of those things that either you love it or you hate it. I love it! In this tea, i found the lemongrass flavor to be subtle rather than punch-you-in-the face. This might be because I didn’t steep it for long, trying not to end up with bitter green tea. The result was a light and fragrant tea, prefect for looking towards spring. I often drink green tea in the afternoon, because I like the way it tastes and it has less caffeine. Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea made a nice afternoon treat!

Give this tea a try if you like green tea, like me! Be warned, however, if you are looking for a lot of lemongrass, you wont find it here. This tea would be better suited for those who like a hint of lemongrass or are just trying it out. Also, lemongrass is supposed to repel mosquitoes, so that’s a bonus – bring it with you into the back yard!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 tea leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 tea leaves – This tea requires very little effort.

Review: Presidential Peach by Impeach Tea

Overall Rating:

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

Abby says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Looks like there’s a subtle, or not so subtle political message here. Impeach tea. What do you guys think? Yeah, I’m pretty sure this company is trying to say something. All I know for sure is that I love trying new teas! Presidential Peach is a blend of black tea, flower petals (red, white, and blue, of course) and peach flavor. This tea really is beautiful with little flecks of color sitting among the dark black tea leaves.

The taste is pretty good too! The primary flavor is certainly of strong black tea. Then there are notes of peach as well, not so subtle either. The peach flavor tastes good, not artificial. This tea is easy to drink and it a fun addition to the mix. Up north, we don’t drink peach tea the way they do in the the south. The caffeine in this flavored tea is enough that it could easily become part of the morning routine.

It’s still cold here, although everyone else in the country seems to be in this funny 4th season called spring, here in Maine we are still in winter. So, I haven’t tried this tea iced yet, but I’m looking forward to it. This is going to make a great summertime tea for sure!

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

 

Katie says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 mins, extra strong (~3t to 10oz water)
Served: with honey

I tried this tea hot first, then iced. It was nice hot. Hot I got a strong but still natural tasting peach flavor and lovely peach aroma. I really liked the sweetness that came from the flower petals and just a touch of honey. Plus, petals make this loose tea gorgeous! I tend to drink my hot tea at double strength, similar to how you would make your tea when you try it iced. That being said, if you like a strong tea go ahead and double. Even when made strong it still tastes nice and not bitter but make sure to not oversteep. (Keep it at or under 5 mins)  If you like iced tea then definitely double using 2 teaspoons per 6 ounces of water and cool before pouring over ice.

As often happens to me, time got away and my hot tea was lukewarm. I poured it over homemade tea ice cubes (made from freezing leftover tea) and it was great. Pro tip: if there’s tea left in the bottom of your teapot always freeze it and save for iced tea. When you use tea ice cubes it doesn’t matter if your tea is lukewarm when you pour it over ice. When the tea ice melts it just melts into tea flavor instead of watered down flavor.

Also, note this is called “impeach tea.” Abby and I don’t tend to offer political statements on the blog…but you can guess that we’re a touch liberal from this posting, Huh?

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

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we simply choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.

Review: Adagio #HarryPotter Fandom Polyjuice Tea by Robert Pirlot

Abby’s Thoughts…

Tea type: Loose left
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

You wont get it from the name, so I’ll break it to you right away – this is a chai blend! I LOVE chai! I also LOVE all things Harry Potter! Soooo, yeah, I’m in love. This tea comes from the Adagio Harry Potter fandom sampler set I got from my husband awhile ago. The little tins the teas came in are just the cutest things.  With all this hype the tea better be good, right?

Don’t worry kids! It takes great! It isn’t strong and spicy like a typical chai tea, but it has plenty of flavor. The Polyjuice tea is a blend of black tea, rooibos tea, cinnamon, ginger root, cardamom, coconut, lemongrass, orange peel, cocoa nibs and vanilla. That’s a lot of stuff – just like the arduous potion in the Harry Potter books for which it’s named. This tea blends together for a light and sweet flavorful tea. Its fun to drink because all the different flavors shine in their own way. I love the addition of coconut and cocoa to the more traditional chai ingredients.

So give this brew a try if you love Harry Potter, if you love trying never versions of chai teas, and if you love the flavor of vanilla and coconut in tour tea!

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

Review: Bigelow French Vanilla Tea

Overall Rating:

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

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With a splash of milk and honey

This tea is a nice departure from a traditional black tea. It has nice flavor and isn’t too strong or bitter. This would be a good tea for any beginning tea drinkers, particularly tea drinkers that enjoy French Vanilla coffee & coffee creamers as this has a similar taste. I like a really strong back tea. So, if you’re like me, use a smaller mug or add a 2nd bag when making this tea.

Note: 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 enjoyed this tea it gets a lower rating from me due to the odd soy ingredient.

Taste: 3 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: 5 minutes
Served: Touch of honey

It’s a good thing that Katie is looking out! I totally missed the added mystery ingredient: soy lecithin. Don’t love that it is in my tea. Why? Is it REALLY need? There are so many yummy teas out there that don’t have the extra stuff, why does this one need it.

In terms of taste and flavor, I like this tea. It’s like my version of drinking coffee. I’m never going to drink real coffee, but this tea has the tastes that remind me of the yummy smell of coffee. Coffee is one of those things that I love the smell of, but really dislike the taste. The black tea flavor is prominent and hints of vanilla. Adding a touch of honey added some sweetness and also helped to pull out the vanilla flavor more.

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

Review: Republic of Tea Milk Oolong

 

Sorry folks, I was so busy drinking this tea that I forgot a photo!

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This Republic of Tea Milk Oolong is just so interesting to drink! Don’t worry, it is definitely interesting in a good way! It comes in beautiful little rolled balls of green tea leaves that almost bounce when dropped into the tea strainer of my teapot. As the hot water pours over them the leaves slowly start to unroll themselves as they steep. For a tea nerd, that’s fun to watch!

The presentation of it isn’t the only interesting part about this tea either. The taste is quite something too. It is unlike most teas in that it has a fruity essence with a milky, smooth feel. The tea drinks in a very silky, creamy way and the flavor is bright and complex with hints of fruit and earth. It you are looking for something a little different, give this one a try.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort

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.