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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!

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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: Stash Coconut Mango Oolong

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea blended with coconut flavors is one of my favorite things right now! I just love how the sweet and creamy flavor of balances and enhances the earthy flavors in black and green tea. Stash coconut mango oolong goes a step further adding fruit to the mix! I really like this combination because it is smooth, creamy and soothing to drink, but isn’t something that will put you to sleep. Its interesting! The oolong gives you mild earthy tea notes and the coconut and mango add interesting fruit and cream notes without adding too much sweetness. Altogether you get a relaxing tropical feel from drinking this tea. What could be better in the last few days of summer?!

Give this one a try, hot or iced, if you are looking for a something different and interesting to try. Or, if you’re looking for a little tropical vacation in a cup!

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

Stash Tea - Coconut Mango Oolong

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Iced with a touch of honey

OMG this tea! I had a sip hot, and then forgot about it. oops. Hot it was pretty good but since it had cooled off I decided to try it iced. Iced this was amazing! I love tropical flavors for iced tea, especially mango. The lightness of the oolong tea is the perfect base for this tea. You get nice oolong flavor but it allows the coconut and mango to come through. Seriously, while its still nice and warm out, make this delicious iced tea!

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

Review: Tebella Tea Company White Coconut Dulce

 

 Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Nothing added

I’ve only tried this tea hot, but I bet it would make a great iced tea too! When you open the container you are instantly brought to a tropical place. The smell of the big pieces of coconut give the aroma an unmistakably tropical scent. I love how well the delicate white tea blends together with the coconut to give this tea both sweet and savory notes. Though the coconut pieces are big and the flavor is prominent, it doesn’t over power the subtle white tea. The two elements blend together for something even better. This tea has just the right amount of both to make each sip interesting. That makes for a fast cup of tea! Don’t worry, this tea can be steeped more than once. Just keep in mind, the balance of coconut to white tea flavor will change with each steep. I found that the coconut became more mild with each steep, therefore the earthy tea flavor was more noticeable.

This tea is a great choice for any white tea lover and anyone looking for a lighter tea with hints of sweetness. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

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

 

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling & also tried iced.
Steeped: 3mins
Served: With a touch of honey

I agree with Abby, this tea is amazing! The tropical coconut flavor is delicious mixed with the delicate whit tea. Maybe it’s the hot weather, but I thought it was even better iced! I love green and white teas iced because the light flavor and low caffiene content seems to make them extra refreshing. Steep a strong pot in the morning & drink the rest iced!

Iced tea tip: when brewing iced tea you’ll want twice as much loose tea as you’d use hot. Don’t steep longer! Longer steeping will just result in bitter tea not stronger tea! Also, if you like a bit of sweetener, add it while the tea is still hot so it will dissolve easily.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

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

Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

 

Abby says:

Tea Type:
Temperature: @ 195 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here’s a twist on one of our favorite bagged teas! You may remember that we have reviewed and even hosted a giveaway for Zhena’s Coconut Chai (black tea). We love that tea for its bold flavors and interesting blend of coconut and chai flavors. Well, now there’s even more to talk about in this version. It’s green tea folks! Green tea with chai spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves) and coconut flavors. Switching from black tea to green tea means the flavor is lightened up a lot and the coconut is able to shine. It also mean less caffeine and more other good stuff that people are always spouting off about: antioxidants, anti-aging, super food etc, etc.

Though certainly a non-traditional chai, this tea still tastes really good! I didn’t taste much of the chai flavors, but the coconut flavor is pretty strong. If you like the taste of coconut, you’ll like this tea. If you are looking for a chai tea, you many want to try the black tea version. Personally, I think coconut is the bee’s knees, so I loved this tea. It is really easy to drink because the slight sweetness from the coconut blends with the grassy green tea and is more forgiving if the tea is over-steeped.

Other good news about this tea is that it is both USDA certified organic AND fair trade! You have to love that, a tea that tastes good and feels good to drink!

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

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

*Pro tip: This also makes a great iced tea!

 

Review: Harney & Sons SOHO

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.9 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

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

We have already posted about Katie’s sampling tea from our trip to Harney & Sons in Manhattan this past spring and now we are going to talk about mine! When I saw that they had created a special blend to celebrate the opening of the store we were standing it at the time, how could I have chosen anything else? The wonderful aroma of black tea, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and amaranth flower petals didn’t hurt either. The bright pink petals give striking contrast to the rich black tea. The blend creates an interesting and complex scent and as the tea steeps it changes slightly so that the different elements shine.

The flavor is nice too. It isn’t too sweet, which is my favorite part. Sometimes with blends like this the sweetness can overwhelm the tea. Not so, for this tea. There is a hint of sweetness but you are still clearly drinking tea! Instead of the tea flavor getting lost, it adds balance to the other sweet ingredients. Tea with hints of chocolate, coconut and vanilla from one of our favorite tea makers? Delicious! This very tasty tea is certainly worth a try if you are looking for something a little different.

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

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

Sometimes I buy things because they are pretty. I can admit that! As a commercial photographer, I’ve decided that gives me a free pass to be influenced by beautiful products, photos & packaging. Abby and I sampled this tea, along with many others, at Harney & Sons in SOHO so I knew it was beautiful inside that gorgeous tin. With flower petals mixed in this is one of the prettiest teas that I’ve ever seen! How could you not love the little pink petals inside? Seriously. LOVE!

Oh, by the way, it tastes great too. This a black tea with hints of chocolate & coconut. I like that it is still a black tea and gives you a caffeine boost. The chocolate and coconut flavors are present but not overpowering. I like tea that tastes like traditional black tea. This doesn’t taste like an herbal tea; you get the richness of black tea accented with some wonderful flavors. And it’s pretty & pink. Bonus!

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

Since this is Harney & Son’s SOHO store namesake tea, we’re thinking about our friends in NYC today. We hope that you are all safe & sound and weathering the storm. From the photos that we’re seeing up here in ME & MA it must be a crazy few days in New York City! We’re hoping for the best and that life in the city will return to normal sooner rather than later. Be safe everyone!