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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!

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.

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

 

Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Pumpkin Spice

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Well, this tea isn’t what I expected with a name like Pumpkin Spice. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it or that I wont drink it again. It just isn’t at all what I had expected. I found this tea to be quite mellow, with slightly fruity and mild spice flavors. I would not have been able to identify it as pumpkin spice at all if I hadn’t seen the package. The flavor from the red tea adds some sweet notes and there a certainly hints of spice. I was hoping for something with a little bit more of those fall flavors you think about pumpkin spice.  Next time I try this tea i’ll add two tea bags to my cup.

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

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)

Steeped: 4-5 minutes…then left the bag in to see if it would get stronger.

Served: With milk & honey 

 I’m sorry to say but I found this to be a bit of a pumpkin spice letdown. The tea itself was not strong in flavor. While it had hints of vanilla and cinnamon I didn’t really taste much pumpkin spice. We have loved other teas from this company so I was even more disappointed when this didn’t have a strong fall pumpkin flavor. I like really strong tea. So, I’m not sure I would drink this again unless I was having a cup quite late in the day and looking for something light with less caffeine. My biggest complaint isn’t about the flavor itself but that the strength needed to be improved both in the base tea and in the pumpkin flavoring.

Taste: 2 of 5 leaves – This tea is just OK.

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

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.

Little Red Cup Tea Co. Tasting at Black Cat Coffee

I was hoping to get the posted yesterday, but life.

Anyway, yesterday Black Cat Coffee on Stevens Ave. in Portland, ME hosted a Little Red Cup tea tasting from 11-1. Luckily I heard about it in time to scoot over there for a few tea samples. The Little Red Cup Tea Co. is a family run tea outfit hailing from Brunswick, Maine. Yay, Maine! They offer fair trade and organic Chinese teas. Sounds pretty great, huh?!

Little Red Cup

Today I  sampled an oolong and a gunpowder green tea. Martin, from Little Red Cup had other samples available as well, but I didn’t get a chance to try them. The oolong steeps to a lovely, rich yellow and was very hearty and flavorful. The gunpowder green was actually quite dark for a green tea, but was also good with grass and nutty flavors. In addition to being available at Black Cat Coffee, these teas can be found at the Portland food Co-Op and at most Rosemont markets.

Before leaving Black Cat, the owner offered some of the other tea available in her shop. She carries teas from Montana Tea and Spice and had three herbal blends for me to try:

Evening in Missoula – a blend of chamomile, lemongrass and other flowers and spices. Typically, I’m not a fan of chamomile, but I found this tea to be quite good and the complexity of it was interesting.

Montana Gold – roobios, cinnamon, orange and clove. A perfect tea for the season. The cinnamon is warming and spicy and the sweet roobios flavor is kept in check by the clove.

Purple Mountain Majesty – floral! This tea taste like drinking a cup of flowers. It would make a nice spring tea and would work well iced. It was a little too much for me, but I still enjoyed trying it.

Montana Tea and Spice

Overall, it was a great Sunday afternoon teatime. I’m already looking forward to trying some other teas from Little Red Cup and can see myself stopping in to Black Cat Coffee for more Montana Tea and Spice teas! If you are looking for tea in Deering, head on over and check it out!

Review: Tega Masala Chai Roobios

Overall Rating:

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: Boiling
Steeped: Left in mug
Served: Nothing added, then with unsweetened almond milk

I’m always looking for a good decaf tea. Caffeine takes its tole on me if I drink it too late in the day or evening, but I often want a cup of tea at the end of the day. Typically roobios isn’t my favorite decaf option, but in this case, the Tega roobios blends well with the chai spices. For a chai, the spice level is mild  – I also like this for an evening tea. The addition of almond milk helped to make this tea creamy and relaxing.  The toasty almond flavor paired well with the spicy cinnamon and cardamom in the tea. As Katie, points out below, this tea was initially appealing because it is certified organic and fair trade! We love that and it tastes good too!

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

Katie says:

Tea Type: bagged
Temperature: boiling
Steeped: left in cup
Served: milk & honey

This is a great tea for when you’re craving the taste of chai but want to skip the caffeine. The chai spices are very present but not overwhelming. My favorite way to have tea is with milk & honey and this was delicious served this way! This tea is also Fair trade and organic, double win! Good tea that is also good for the earth? How can you not love that?

Fun fact: Tega is a 10 year old family owned company. All of their teas are fair trade and most are organic too.

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

Review: Stash Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea

Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their new holiday teas for us to review.* Thank you!

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little honey

Stash has a new line of herbal/caffeine free teas for fall. Now that its October all I want to drink are warm comforting teas. Maple Apple Cider herbal tea hits the mark there. The name is a bit confusing because although you get the sense of apple cider, this tea isn’t apple cider. For me, it seems more like apple herbal tea. That being said, I like it. Because I left the teabag in my cup to get the most flavor from the tea, the fruit notes became a little bitter. However, adding a little honey balanced the apple flavor and helped to bring out more of the sweetness and spices.

Because it is caffeine-free this can be anytime tea. I love having an option for chilly nights here in Maine. I think this tea would work well for most people. Roobios has a very distinct flavor that not everyone loves, but in this tea it is more complimentary with the other flavors and doesn’t stand out too much.

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: Left teabag in the cup
Served: Nothing added

Maple flavored tea is a popular item in parts of Canada and New England. In sugar shack gift shops it can often be found as a souvenir. The mention of this tea makes me think or growing up in New Hampshire and eating breakfasts at Parker’s Maple Barn in Mason, NH. Pancakes, french toast & waffles…oh my! 🙂

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Maple tea comes in caffeinated and herbal. Stash’s version has an added twist with apple flavor and hints is cider spice. The strongest flavor in this tea is apple, followed by maple, with a spice finish. The apple and maple flavors work well with the rooibos tea base making this a tasty tea. It is perfect for fall; especially after a visit to a maple sugar house or a trip apple picking. If you want to taste fall in New England just have a sip!

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

*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: Capital Teas Talk of the Town

Capital Teas was kind enough to send us samples of their teas to review.* Thank you!

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (@ boiling point)
Steeped: 3.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

As this tea steeps it starts to smell more and more lovely. Talk of the Town is a blend of Sri Lankan Black Tea, Rooibos, orange, spices, black pepper, vanilla, hawthorn leaves, white peppercorns. This intricate combination becomes more aromatic as the tea steeps. AND it tastes pretty darn good too! It has enough depth to keep it things interesting, yet is simple enough to drink all day. Though it’s named Talk of the Town, I don’t actually have much else to say about it, other than it’s a tasty cup of tea and you should try it. If you like flavorful, yet straight forward black tea, you will like this.

Also keep in mind that it re-steeps well too! For that I let it go for about 5.5 minutes. It wasn’t quite as spicy the second time around, but it still tasted great – another plus for drinking throughout the day.

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

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (@ boiling point)
Steeped: 3.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This is a very nice black tea! As Abby said, some of the unusual ingredients give it lovely aroma as it steeps and just a hint of complex flavor blended with the black tea. I can taste hints of cinnamon and orange, yum! Oranges and cinnamon seem like holiday spices to me so I think this is a great tea for drinking in the week leading up to Christmas. The orange flavor would also come out nicely in an iced tea with lemon. A tea for all seasons!

Some fun facts from the capital tea website:

Black Tea has been shown to reduce cholesterol
Great Source of Antioxidants, which have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease
Has approximately 20% of the caffeine content of coffee

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

*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 Red Strawberry Pomegranate tea

Overall rating:

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

Katie says:

Temperature: Steeped at below boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

When I smell red tea I get a very sweet scent. To be honest, sometimes I find it to almost be too sweet. On it’s own, red tea really isn’t something that I gravitate toward. I first reviewed a flavored red tea when Stash Tea sent us a sample of Red Chai. Abby was worried about me not liking  it,  but it turned out that I loved it! In fact I now choose red chai tea over decaf black chai if I’m in the mood for that taste without the caffeine.  Then funny thing is I’ve come to really enjoy flavored red teas but on it’s own it’s still not my favorite.

Right, I know, on to THIS tea. Well, when I smelled it I wasn’t sure. Again, red teas and fruit teas aren’t my favorite. I took the first sip…and YUM! I really like it! The sweetness of the red tea really brings out the strawberry flavor! This tea is sweet, but not overly so, without any added sugar or sweetener. Abby gave me some of hers to try, but I like enough that I might even buy a box.

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

Abby says:

Temperature: @212  (boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first then a dab of honey

Unlike Katie, I have always had a thing for red tea.  It has stand-out flavor and no caffeine, so in my opinion, what’s not to love?  For this tea Stash has combined the flavorful red tea with strawberry and pomegranate to create a decidedly springy blend.  As the weather warms up and the tree are showing their little green buds this blend goes perfectly with the season.  The rooibos really bring out the lovely light strawberry flavor for a flirty sweet tea.  The slight tartness of the pomegranate is there as well, preventing it from being overly sweet.  The balance of sweet and tart is just right.  I would recommend it to anyone really.  It would work well for traditional tea drinkers and fruity tea lovers because it is such a nice blend of the roobios and fruit flavors.

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

Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Fire Light Chai

Overall Rating:

Taste:4.25 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Fair trade and USDA certified organic, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Fire Light Chai is a great spin-off on traditional Chai tea!  Rooibos is fused with chai spices to create fantastic aromatics, and a wonderfully rich and spicy-sweet tea.  The aroma as this tea steeps is enough to convince anyone to give it a try!

Compared to other Chai tea blends, this one is slightly subdued while still providing the complex flavor from the concoction of spices.  I found that I was able to easily taste the distinctive Chai flavors instantly upon trying it for the first time, but the punchy experience that is commonly found with other Chai tea was pleasantly missing.  Given that this a milder and sweeter Chai, it would be a perfect first cup for anyone looking to try Chai.  This tea is also caffeine free (yay!), so feel free to have as many cups as you want!  I know I will

Taste:4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling point)
Steeped: Just leave the tea bag in the cup
Served: Nothing added at first then milk & honey

This tea is my go-to for when I’m looking for the taste of chai without the caffeine. Does it taste exactly like it’s black sister tea? No. However the red tea flavors blended with chai spices and sweetened with cream and sugar is a delicious combination! While this tea is OK with nothing added, in my opinion it’s far better prepared as a traditional chai with the addition of milk & sugar.

Red tea is the newest to my tea box. I think I stayed away from it because I tend to like flavorful black teas with a touch of cream & sugar or light green teas as they are but I pass on most herbal tea. Red tea is herbal, so I skipped it thinking that it would never be a good substitute for my beloved black tea. I was wrong.  While most herbal teas would be gross with cream and sugar, red tea is delicious with this addition. I’m a convert. If a craving for a cuppa with milk & honey strikes me late in the day I have a cup of this! Or, if I’m out I stop into Starbucks for a red tea latte.

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