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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: *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 Passion Berry Jolt

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then touch of honey

Fruity and fun is the best way to describe the latest tea up for review here at DelecTEAble. This week it’s Passion Berry Jolt from Tiesta tea. As you can see from the photo, this is a very pretty tea – a blend of black tea leaves, natural passions fruit flavors, cornflowers, marigold petals and raspberry bits. I didn’t spot any of the raspberry bits in this serving, but the tea still pretty to look at!

I love the idea of combining my favorite elements of fruity herbal tea blends with black tea. Most mornings I need caffeine to get going, but sometimes I like something light and fun to drink. Combining the fruit flavors with strong black tea gives me that option anytime. When tasting it the fruit flavors are the most bold. In fact I can’t really pull out the tea flavors, but can tell its there because this is isn’t just fruity. There is a nice balance, so I know the black tea is there. As per usual with fruity teas I needed to add a touch of honey after the first few sips to mellow out the tartness and bring out the sweetness of the fruit flavors.

So far I’ve only tried this tea hot. Yes, I know its April, but we are in the middle of a snow storm today, so no iced tea around here yet. I am looking forward to trying it iced, I think it will be great!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
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: 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: Harney & Sons Wild Pu-ERH 1998

Harney & Sons Wild Pu-erh 1998

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @210 (boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

While visiting the Harney & Sons tea shop in New York, Katie and I spent some time talking to one of the wonderful tea experts in-house. I told him that I’ve tried a lot of various Harney & Sons teas over the years and was looking for something a little different, out there. I have several go-to Harney & Sons tea that I always keep in stock like Paris, SOHO and Organic Bancha, but on that day I was looking to try something outside the norm. Our tea expert came through for sure! This tea is very different and so delicious!

Pu-erh tea is a type of fermented black tea from China. After processing the tea leaves are then pressed into a cake. I love this because before steeping you break into this pressed cake patty to get the right amount of tea.

The flavor of this tea is unique. There are earthy hints of beets and grass.  There is also hints of something else, that I can’t quite put my finger on. Although the flavors are earthy and vegetal, they remain very clean and crisp. this is not always the case for pu-erh teas and certainly appreciated in this tea.

If you are looking for something try that taste wonderful, but isn’t the traditional black tea we think of here in the USA, give this one a try. Keep in mind that if you are pairing this tea with food, head to the savory side instead of sweet.

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

Harney & Sons Wild Pu-erh 1998

 

 

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: Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey

Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

You all know how much I love earl grey tea! So, of course I was really excited to give this one a try. Overall a traditional earl grey blend of black tea and bergamot oil with the interesting addition of lavender, rose petals, marigolds and cornflowers.

The presentation of this tea is quite pretty, dark black tea with the light flower petals mixed through out. The aroma is also very nice with a decidedly floral scent. Finally, and more importantly, the taste was good too! Not quite the strong citrus burst typical of strong earl grey, but the bergamot still comes through enough. There is also a hint for flowers int he taste as well. The three flavors – the tea, bergamot, and flower petals – blend well together and are well-balanced.

This tea could easily become an everyday tea! It’s easy to drink, yet the taste remains interesting from start to finish.

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

Winter visit to Harney & Sons, New York

Whenever we visit NYC, Katie and I love to visit Harney & Sons. The experience is something that we both look forward to every time. This year we visited on a chilly winter day. The perfect type of day to find yourself is a bright and beautiful tea shop. Harney & Sons is such an inviting place, its smells divine and everything is pretty. The walls of tea will never cease to impress me. I just love looking at all the tea varieties stacked up next to one another, all the way up the wall.

Our tea guide was amazing. He knew his stuff about tea and had some deep and hilarious quips for us. He found the perfect teas for each of us: an espresso of tea for Katie and left of weird tea for me. I loved them both, Katie loved hers and agreed that mine was, in fact, weird.

You will see some reviews of these two teas pop up soon.

We didn’t have time to sit for tea and snacks this time around so we ordered some tea to go from the cafe in the back and browsed all of the lovely tea-things while we waited for them to be steeped. Then we were off, with our Harney tea in hand, for more NYC adventures: tacos, shopping, Santacon, Bryant Park and the most delicious Italian tapas in Brooklyn.

Until next time, thanks for the experience Harney & Sons!

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: Tazo Sultry Strawberry


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: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

The first thing you’ll notice when steeping this tea is the strong scent of strawberry. The sultry strawberry is right there in your face as soon as the water hits the tea. As recommended I steeped this tea for five minutes. While it was steeping in my cup I was talking around getting other things done and it struck me as funny that everywhere I went I was bringing the smell of strawberries with me. The strawberry was only present in the aroma though. I didn’t catch any hints of it in the black tea. This works well for me because I don’t like overly fruity tasting teas. In this tea I got the best of both worlds, the cheery fragrance of strawberries and the taste of strong black tea. Given that I work in the frozen tundra of AC, I drank this tea hot, but I think it would also be tasty iced.

Some other great things about this tea? It’s certified both USDA Organic and Non-GMO verified. Woot!

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

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Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: Iced
Steeped: 5 minutes in 3/4 the usual water then cooled to room temp. Poured over ice.
Served: With a touch of honey

I am not crazy about hot fruit teas, but I like fruit flavors iced so that’s what I did with my sample. The strawberry scent is much stronger than the flavor but it’s very pleasant. I used Blueberry honey and the combination of starwberries and blueberry hints was very tasty.


This would also be delicious with a squeeze of lemon or even made as 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade. If you’re looking for something different this summer is great iced then I highly recommend this tea!

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