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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: 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: David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning

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 Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

My life has been pretty hectic lately with March Madness just wrapping up, weddings, and the PBA tour being in town, so I was feeling really run down this morning. Then I remembered that I had some David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning in my cupboard. Just the pick-me-up I needed. First off, this tea is organic. Love that. Secondly, it contains a blend of green tea, orange peel, lemongrass, dandelion root, some berries I’ve never heard of and orange oil. This makes for a very tasty cuppa! The green tea and lemongrass make this tea soft and velvety (hence the name?) to drink, and the orange peel and oil add a bright citrus quality to wake you up. I also find this tea mild and very easy to drink. It may get strong if steeped longer and I’ll try that on my second steep, but in this case its mild nature works well for me.

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Overall, I LOVE this tea! It’s organic, so I feel good about drinking it. Then the ingredients blend to make a soothing, yet bright tea that goes down easy. In fact, I think I’m feeling better already and I can see pilates workout in my future.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate, but well worth the effort.

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Review: Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea

 

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Loose
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then a bit of honey. Finally, iced

Common Folk Farm Cranberry Orange Herbal Tea is not one you will easily find in stores. So do yourself a favor and click the link to buy some online if you are interested in giving it a try!

This tea is a blend of cranberry, orange peel and herbs. At first I tried this tea hot, but for me it was too tart. Most fruit, herbal teas with cranberry or hibiscus are too tart for my taste. I then added a bit of honey and that didn’t help.

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So, let it cool, then poured it over ice and it was prefect! I could taste the cranberry, but it was overpowering and being cold gave it a refreshing quality. Of course adding ice dilutes the flavor a bit, but not too much if you drink it before the ice melts. For some reason, cold tart drinks are just fine in my book, but hot ones are not. Is this true for any of you?

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

Common Folk Farm - Cranberry Orange

 

 

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.

Review: Stash Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.75 of 5 this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

For me, iced tea needs to be fairly easy to make, refreshing and tasty. Stash hit the mark on all three of these requirements with their Orange Cranberry Herbal iced tea. It comes with directions on the package, but basically you just steep their large teabag in two cups of boiling water, then remove the tea bag and add two cups of cold water. Done. I served it unsweetened, over ice at a BBQ this past weekend. It was a hit! I put out some sweetener (both sugar and honey) but everyone was happy to drink it unsweetened.

This iced tea works because it is easy to drink with the tartness of the cranberry mixed with the citrus of the orange flavor. This will definitely make an appearance at summer time gatherings in the future!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Herbal, Oversized tea bag for iced tea
Temperature: Cold brewed in fridge overnight
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: with a little sugar (@ 4 teaspoons for 4 cups)

I agree with Abby, this tea is super easy to make! Although I used the fridge method. Just toss the teabag in 4 cups of water, refrigerate overnight, and voila! Tea! Side note: a standard nalgene bottle is 32 ounces and the perfect size to brew your tea and then take it to go!

I like just a touch of sweet in my iced tea and this worked really well with just a little sugar. Be careful not to over sweeten or iced herbal teas can start to taste more like kool-aid than tea! I found the cranberry flavor to be stronger than the orange but still really enjoyed the combination. This tea was also very tasty mixed with plain coconut water. If you like coconut water mixed with juice try mixing it with an herbal iced tea like this for nice flavor with less sugar!

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

Review: Lipton Herbal Orange

Overall Rating:

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

Katie says:

Once again Abby & I agree! This is a decent tasty tea that is very nice iced in the summer. I was glad that it was tasty iced because I actually bought this in the spring when I had a terrible sinus infection. I thought orange…vitamin c maybe? And when my nose is stuffed I like to constantly drink tea because the heat seems to be the only thing that keeps me able to breathe through my nose! Anyway, back to summer.  Since that IS the season. Brew this tea in a large batch and keep it in the freezer with a few slices of lemon or orange. It is tasty & won’t keep you up at night! And…if you buy a box to make iced tea now we’ll be sure to use it up (if there is any left) during cold season!

Temperature: @212 boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in my mug
Served: Nothing added at first, the a little honey

Taste: 3 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
Steeped: Left teabag in my mug
Served: Nothing added

I’m happy to be reviewing this one in the summer because it makes decent iced tea. When the weather is hot I am always looking for tea that I normally drink hot that translates well into iced versions. Most of these have caffeine, so I for one, need to be careful of how much I drink and at what time of day. This tea is decent as both a hot and cold beverage and it is caffeine free! This isn’t my favorite tea for either category, but it isn’t unpleasant either. It has a nice a-little-bit sweet and a-little-bit spicy flavor, which I like, but for me is a little too weak.

Mild tea drinkers, this might be just what you need, for hot or cold weather, any time of the day.

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