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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: 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: 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: Rishi Pu-erh Ginger Tea Blend

Rishi Ginger

Overall rating:

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

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steep time: 4 minutes
Served with:  Nothing added

This tea has bite!  Rishi Pu-erh Ginger is no weak, sweetened ginger tea. No, Sir. It’s the real deal, with actual ginger pieces mixed with beautiful tea. The blend of pu-erh and real ginger makes for a rich dark chocolate-brown tea, with a light herbal aroma and sharp, strong taste. *Top tip: the longer you brew it the stronger the tea AND ginger flavors will get!

Typically, when tasting tea blends, I like to taste the tea first and the most, with hints of the other blended ingredients to help amplify or extenuate the tea flavors. This is definitely not the case here and I don’t even care! I love the punchy, spicy flavor so much that I don’t mind that the pu-erh tea flavors are pushed to the background. Don’t get me wrong, you can certainly still taste the tea, but it plays second fiddle to the robust ginger.

Give this tea a try if you are looking for bold flavor. I think this is a great tea for any season and would make a terrific iced tea, but for me its best for the fall because the spicy ginger warms you right up!

Rating:

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

Rishi Ginger

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steep time: 4 minutes
Served with: a touch of honey 

This is a DARK tea! I like strong tea but I was surprised by just how dark this was! You could easily mistake this tea for coffee. It’s kind of like the Guiness of tea. Dark, malty & flavorful. The ginger does play the starring  role, but the pu-erh tea base is very nice. I would certainly keep this one in my tea stash. I’d also highly recommend it to anyone trying to make the switch from coffee to teas since this is the darkest I’ve come across! It’s also one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. It would be a great gift for an adventurous tea-lover!

Rating:

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

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

  

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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: 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: Good Earth Organic Apricot Ginger Black Tea

Overall Rating:

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: Left tea bag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

I’m no stranger to Apricot flavored beverages. In fact, my favorite beer is Ithaca Apricot Wheat. So when I saw that Good Earth had an Apricot Ginger black tea AND it was organic, I was all over it! Unlike some of Good Earth’s other teas, I found this one to be more mild in flavor. While it steeped the smell of zesty ginger and sweet apricot was nice, but not strong. I found the taste to be similar. I liked how well the spicy ginger, the sweet apricot and the nutty black tea blended together. It all combined to make an easy to drink and interesting tea.

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

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: Left tea bag in the cup
Served: A bit of sugar

First, let me say, this tea is NOT good with milk. It’s a good thing Abby gave me 2 samples because at first I added milk and, yuck! I’m not sure why I thought milk was a good idea but it wasn’t. My second cup, with just a hint of sugar was much better. I, like Abby, found that the ginger and apricot were a nice combination. It could have been a bit stronger but was still overall a nice tea.

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

Review: Stash Ginger Peach Green Tea

Overall rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: nothing added

This tea is a nice alternative to a traditional green. The peach and ginger add enough flavor that I didn’t add any sweetener. I will say that I can taste the spicy of the ginger much more than the peach flavor. It is a very pleasant tasting blend, but it is more ginger green with a hint of peach than an equal mix of the two flavors.

I happen to love the combination of green and ginger. Since green tea is typically lower in caffeine than black tea this makes a nice choice for an afternoon pick-me-up that won’t keep you up later. Also, ginger helps to cleanse your palate so this would be nice after a meal as well. This particular green tea holds up better with a little extra steeping than other greens. This is due to the matcha powder that is meant to be disolved in the tea not steeped and removed. So instead of deeming this tea fussy, as some greens are, this is still easy to make.

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: nothing added

Lets start out by talking for a minute about how much I love peach anything – the color, the fruit and the flavor. If you put peaches in anything you can bet I’ll be lining up to give it a try. I love eating juice-running-down-your-arm ripe peaches and of course I love peach flavors in my tea! Peach fruit on the bottom yogurt? Yes, please. Peach crumble? Right again! But there is one thing I don’t love about peach – fake peach flavor. No thanks, none for me. So, I am always a little leery when trying things with “peach flavor”. What is that? Real peach stuff or something else? Though, I’m still not sure what it is, in this case, it worked out! This tea is a great blend of the bite of ginger and a sweetness of peach! The peachiness is subtle and blends well with the spiciness of the ginger and the earthy taste of the matcha. If any of these flavors are your thing I would highly recommend this tea.

I haven’t had the chance to try it iced yet, but I bet it would be really refreshing. There goes one more thing added to my “to do” list! Have you tried this tea iced? If so I’d love to hear how it turned out.

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