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Review: Finest Kind Tea Mixers & Modifiers *Giveaway*

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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.

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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!