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Review: Tebella Tea Company White Coconut Dulce

 

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

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Nothing added

I’ve only tried this tea hot, but I bet it would make a great iced tea too! When you open the container you are instantly brought to a tropical place. The smell of the big pieces of coconut give the aroma an unmistakably tropical scent. I love how well the delicate white tea blends together with the coconut to give this tea both sweet and savory notes. Though the coconut pieces are big and the flavor is prominent, it doesn’t over power the subtle white tea. The two elements blend together for something even better. This tea has just the right amount of both to make each sip interesting. That makes for a fast cup of tea! Don’t worry, this tea can be steeped more than once. Just keep in mind, the balance of coconut to white tea flavor will change with each steep. I found that the coconut became more mild with each steep, therefore the earthy tea flavor was more noticeable.

This tea is a great choice for any white tea lover and anyone looking for a lighter tea with hints of sweetness. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling & also tried iced.
Steeped: 3mins
Served: With a touch of honey

I agree with Abby, this tea is amazing! The tropical coconut flavor is delicious mixed with the delicate whit tea. Maybe it’s the hot weather, but I thought it was even better iced! I love green and white teas iced because the light flavor and low caffiene content seems to make them extra refreshing. Steep a strong pot in the morning & drink the rest iced!

Iced tea tip: when brewing iced tea you’ll want twice as much loose tea as you’d use hot. Don’t steep longer! Longer steeping will just result in bitter tea not stronger tea! Also, if you like a bit of sweetener, add it while the tea is still hot so it will dissolve easily.

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

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

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Review: Tebella Tea Company Madagascar Vanilla

TeBella Madagascar Vanilla

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Nothing to start, then with a splash of eggnog

Vanilla!  Who doesn’t love it? TeBella Tea Company Madagascar Vanilla is a luxurious blend of rich black tea and fragrant vanilla. Though the smell and taste of vanilla is strong, it doesn’t overwhelm the tea, nor does it become perfume like. The earthy, malty flavors from the black tea mesh well with the scent of vanilla. This tea is not at all sweet, which I love! I found it very tasty by itself, but adding a touch of sweetness may intensify the vanilla flavors.

To up the festive factor, because that’s what the first 24 days of December are for (right?!), I added some eggnog in place of milk and sugar. Let me tell ya, it was Christmasy! Think Christmas cookies! Yum. Don’t get me wrong, you can enjoy this tea all year-long, but the addition of eggnog makes it a great seasonal treat!

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: About boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Milk & honey, then with a teaspoon of cocoa powder

This is a very yummy black tea with nice authentic vanilla flavor. If you like your black tea with milk & honey the vanilla flavor is a nice addition. Also, maybe it’s because we just reviewed a tea with chocolate but I decided this would be tasty mixed with cocoa. I actually used unsweetened baking powder with honey and it was nice and chocolatey. The vanilla & cocoa were delicious together — highly recommended!

I though the flavor was really nice and well balanced. Then, I remembered that we’ve reviewed this brand before! Check out our review of their key lime tea as well. With two successes, we’ll have to keep trying more of their teas!

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

Strawbery Iced Tea

Attending a 4th of July party? Bring iced tea! You can brew hot and pour over ice or refrigerator brew your tea. When it’s cooled add sliced strawberries. The berries will make the tea sweet so you may not want to add any extra sugar. Try adding strawberries AND blueberries for an extra festive pitcher of tea!

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I used half TeBella Key Lime Sublime Tea and half Republic of Tea English Breakfast for a strawberry-lime tea that was to die for!

Review: Tebella Tea Company Key Lime Sublime Iced 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:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 3mins at about 200 degrees, then poured over ice
Served: Honey added while still hot after steeping

Tebella Tea Company Key Lime Sublime is a unique take on a citrus blend tea. This blend is very different from what I’m used to with black tea blends, that at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but after a few sips I was hooked! Instead of the traditional lemon or orange added to black tea, this tea has key limes and pineapple. Switching up the citrus gives this tea a margarita flavor that I love!  It works so well for an iced tea because it’s both festive and refreshing. Typically, I don’t add much sweetener to my tea, but some honey balances the sourness of the limes.

Our friends over at Tebella also recommend using this tea mixed with vodka for a tasty summer cocktail.  Sounds good to me!

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

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 3mins at about 200 degrees, then poured over ice
Served: Honey added while still hot after steeping

I really enjoyed this quirky little iced tea! As Abby said, at first glance & sip it seemed a bit odd but it really grew on me! Thus is a great alternative to pricier bottled iced teas. Plus, it’s nice to be able to control the sweetness to my own taste. Which is, ahem, considerably sweeter than Abby likes her teas! 😉 Our different tastes, however, are what makes us a great reviewing pair!

I didn’t see the tea cocktail recommendation until I read Abby’s part of the review. You BET I’ll be trying that this weekend!

 

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

*Iced tea hint. If you like sweetened iced tea but are cold brewing add honey or agave nectar as a sweetener. They dissolve much better in the cold tea than granulated sugar.

TeBella Tea Company

TeBella Tea Co

On a recent trip to Tampa, FL I stopped at a terrific tea shop, TeBella Tea Company in Davis Islands. The main street that TeBella sits on is just the cutest thing. There are shops, bars and restaurants all of which are well maintained to give you a unique neighborhood feeling as you take it all in. We also stopped at Yeoman’s Road Pub for a pint, but that’s a story for another day. Now… more about the tea!

TeBella Tea Co

Look at all that tea! A dream come true. There were tons of beautiful teas to choose from and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the teas they had to offer. They were also very patient and let me see and smell many, MANY teas before I settled on my favorites. Thank you friendly tea folks!

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One of the teas that I took home with me is their White Coconut Dulce (pictured above). A beautiful tea with bright white coconut shavings mixed it.  It smelled and looked amazing.  Hopefully you will find a review of it posted here soon. Spoiler alert: it was delicious.

Chocolates

They also had the gorgeous chocolate made by locally by William Dean Chocolates.  For some of these chocolates TeBella tea is used. Almost too lovely to eat, but not quite.

Chocolates

After drooling over the tea and chocolate offerings we finally made our selections. Opting for hot and iced teas. BTW, Tampa has wonky weather in February. Then we made out way into the pouring rain and quickly flooding streets, off to our next adventure in Tampa. Cheers!

Tea Cold and Hot