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Review: Tea Forte Vanilla Pear – Loose Leaf White Tea

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

If you are looking for a bright, slightly fruity loose leaf tea for the summer, we’ve got you covered! I’ve only tried this tea hot so far, but I think it would like a lovely iced tea too! As a hot tea, it has a floral aroma with a blend of light white tea and fruit taste. There is no sweetness, so a bit of honey added would be nice. I’m going to try that next time, for sure.

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

Katie says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)

Steeped: 3 minutes

Served: A teaspoon of creamed honey (see below)

A pretty and yummy tea! I love the cornflowers that give this loose tea lovley blue specks. The lightly fruity taste is very good both hot and iced. I started with a hot cup but when I got busy and let it get cool I poured it over ice. I liked it iced a bit better. I almost always add a hint of sweetness and this tea way lovely with a little local creamed honey that I got at the Natick Farmers’ Market.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

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

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!

Review: Honest Tea Peach Iced Tea

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Abby says:

Tea type: Bottled
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: Ready made
Served: Nothing added to start, then blended with unsweetened iced tea

As the weather warms up, the search for the perfect ready-made iced tea begins. This year we are starting off with Organic Peach Tea from Honest Tea. First things first, this is a tea you can feel good about drinking. It contains only organic and fair trade ingredients. That’s always a plus. Sadly the first thing I noticed when tasting this tea is that it is just too sweet. Weighing in with a whopping 25g of sugar, that’s just too much for me. Excessive sugar and sweetness aside, I really like the bright peach flavor in this tea. It simply reminded me of summer.

To make this tea work better for me I mixed it 50/50 with some unsweetened Darjeeling iced tea I happened to have in the fridge, made the old-fashioned way. Doing this makes this tea drinkable for me. Of course, some of the fruity peach flavor was lost, but the level of sweetness was much better.

Do you have any bottled iced teas or iced tea concentrates to recommend? Unsweetened or just a hint of sweet would be more my speed.

 

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just ok, just too sweet for me
Steepability: This tea is bottled!

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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.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

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.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

Review: Tazo Chai Organic

Tazo Chai Organic

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes, then left in mug for the second steep
Served: Nothing added

Organic tea! Hooray! As the battle of the GMO’s  continues on, it is becoming more and more important that we, as consumers, take it upon ourselves to be aware of what we choose to buy and put in out bodies. This is one of the reasons I like this tea so much: Tazo is available all over the place, making it easier to choose organic on the go. Tazo chai organic is a blend of black tea, cardamom, black pepper, ginger and cinnamon, similar to traditional chai tea blends. I like the spice level a lot. Unlike most chai that you find here it the States, you can actually taste the spice flavors in this tea! Yum. The only reason I didn’t give this tea a higher rating is that I wish it have even more spice. A girl can hope…

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

 

 Review: Stash Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea

 

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes for the first steap and one extra minute for each use after.
Served: with a touch of honey

What a nice, strong, green tea! It has a very classic and pure green tea taste: mostly grassy, a bit earthy. This tea does get bitter quickly, but when done right it has a very clean taste and can be reused again & again! I also love that if this tea gets cold just toss in some ice because this makes a delicious iced green tea! For the 1st steep I’d recommend morning but you could reuse all day since after the first steep most of the caffeine is gone. Yum. I’ll keep this in my pantry for sure!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

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

 

 Abby says:

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

Organic? Check. Fair trade? Check. Beautiful gunpowder tea? Check! What more could you ask for? Stash’s rolled greed tea has tons of strong, earthy tea flavor. It gets bitter quickly, because it’s a delicate tea, so don’t over steep. For the first steep 1-2 minutes should be enough. For resteeps add another 15-30 seconds each time. You will get a beautiful golden yellow cuppa full of grassy flavors and antioxidants!

This tea resteeps for days! I resteeped it fours times and still got good, albeit, light, flavor! If you enjoy potent green tea, give this one a try.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Get yourself some of this tea here:

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Review: Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea

 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: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here we are again, reviewing another Stash Tea. We’ve enjoyed reviewing Stash tea in the past and jumped at the chance to do it again! This time we’re talking about Stash Organic Earl Grey Black and Green Tea. It is as it sounds, a blend of black and green tea with a hint of bergamot to give it the classic Earl Grey flavor.

For me this tea is decidedly black, but lighter… I can clearly taste the nutty black tea flavors, but I don’t taste the typical green tea flavors of earth and vegetation. But, somehow, I can still tell that the green tea is there. Maybe it comes through in the mouth feel or the aroma? The citrus bergamot flavor is also light, presumably to allow you to taste the blend of the two tea types. In terms of Earl Grey tea alone, this is not my favorite. I usually like a strong black tea with a lot of bergamot when I drink Earl Grey. But, this tea is able to stand out because it’s a unique take on Earl Grey and I can appreciate that for sure!

I love to see tea companies embrace the organic food movement. I’ll admit that I don’t always eat organic food, but when given the choice because and non-organic option and one the is organic, usually I choose organic. Giving people choices about what the put in their bodies is so important and I love that Stash gives people that choice.

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

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: with a touch of honey

For Halloween Abby and I certainly got treats and not tricks with a box full of stash tea! I really enjoyed this black and green blend. This is still a black tea, but a lighter version. In a string black tea I like a splash of milk and honey. However, this tea is really nice with just a touch of sweet. I like to bring my own tea when I travel and I’d consider traveling with this so I can have a tasty miring cuppa without needing to find milk.

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

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.

  

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: Joseph Wesley Black Tea T2 White Tail Blend

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged

Temperature: @ 195 (just below boiling)

Steeped: 2.5 minutes

Served: Nothing added

Once again, Joseph Wesley Black tea has impressed me with great tea. This time we are talking about T2 White Tail Blend, a chinese black tea from the province of Hunan. In the past we have reviewed several Joseph Wesley loose leaf teas, but the T2 comes bagged. Don’t worry the tea bagged holds whole leaves that unroll as they steep, so the tea flavor is nice and strong. Another fun surprise – this tea is certified organic! Love! This White Tail Blend as all the features I look for in black tea. It steeps to a rich chocolate-brown with a nutty aroma. The taste provides the typical black tea flavors with nut and chocolate and cinnamon hints with bright fruit notes as well. Each sip leaves your mouth slightly dry, in a good way. This tea is easy to drink, yet is each sip is interesting. If you enjoy black loose leaf tea and are looking for something more portable give this one a try. That being said, if you typically drink bagged black tea and want to trying something more flavorful and interesting T2 White Tail Blend is the way to go!

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

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

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged

Temperature: @ 195 (just below boiling)

Steeped: 2.5 minutes

Served: With a touch of honey

Joseph Wesley does it again with another delicious tea. If you haven’t tired his teas you really must, he has quickly become one of our favorite tea suppliers. All of his teas are black tea based, and there is something for every tea drinker’s palette. While I am usually a drinker of super strong black tea (the kind that can stand up to milk & honey) I very much enjoyed this lighter black tea. While lighter in color, this tea isn’t light on taste. I liked it with just a hint of sweet and found that really brought out the nutty earthy flavors of the unique black blend. This chinese-sourced tea is like a fancy version of what you might get a a Chinese restaurant. I also loved that with this tea you get the convince of a bagged tea without skipping on quality. Inside the bag are nice big leaves!  After steeping you’ll see the the bag looks fuller because the leaves have unrolled. Make sure to save the bag, this tea can hold up to one or two re-steeps. White Tail Blend is a limited edition tea, so be sure to check the Joseph Wesley website for more unique flavors in the future!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

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

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