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Review: Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 — Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort)

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes, loose in a teapot
Served: Nothing added

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when I’m switching back to hot tea from the iced tea of the summer. These past few days have been even colder than usual for the season and having hot tea has taken my mind away from thinking about when I’ll turn on the heat! That’s sure to be a few weeks away yet, but I’m a back on the hot tea train for sure. It’s also the time of year when everything turns to pumpkin spice and chai. Our first review of the fall will be no exception. We’re talking about Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai today. It’s a blend of rooibos tea, ginger root, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, orange peel and vanilla flavor. Everything you need for fall.

Rooibos isn’t my favorite tea, but I do love chai so I gave it a go. Overall the aroma is nice, but the rooibos adds a sweet scent that I don’t love. Thankfully, for me, the spices in the blend mellow it out quite a bit. Once steeped, the sweetness is completely incorporated into the spice blend and it smells wonderful. The taste is really nice too. Its sweeter than most chai blends, but not overwhelming. The chai spices blend to give you that warm, spicy taste. The only thing missing for me was the vanilla. After each sip I tried to find it and sometimes found hints of vanilla flavor, but not much. That being said, all the ingredients together make for a nice warming cuppa. Give this one a try if you are a chai connoisseur like me, or if you are looking for a tasty, caffeine-free chai.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort) – however I did not find over-steeping to be an issue when I went back for seconds.

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes, loose in a teapot
Served: with milk & honey 

This is one of those rare cases when I like a tea much better than Abby. Usually we agree! I looooved this tea. My suggestion is to brew an entire pot and add honey. Enjoy the first cup hot with milk. Later in the day put your tea over ice with a little almond milk. I think it tasted just like iced chai from a good barista. I find that chai is best with milk and sugar so if you’re not a big fan of sweet drinks this might not be your favorite. However, if you’re looking to brew your own and still get the nice flavor of the cartons of liquid chai give this tea a try. This tea mixes traditional chai spices that are well balanced with vanilla favor for an excellent tea! I usually prefer black to rooibos but in this case I love this “red” tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 a must try!
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort) 

 

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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: 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: Bigelow French Vanilla Tea

Overall Rating:

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

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With a splash of milk and honey

This tea is a nice departure from a traditional black tea. It has nice flavor and isn’t too strong or bitter. This would be a good tea for any beginning tea drinkers, particularly tea drinkers that enjoy French Vanilla coffee & coffee creamers as this has a similar taste. I like a really strong back tea. So, if you’re like me, use a smaller mug or add a 2nd bag when making this tea.

Note: This tea contains soy lecithin. I’m not thrilled about this. It just seems unnecessary. As to why, Bigelow says: “We do have some teas that contain a non-GMO soy lecithin in trace amounts. Soy lecithin helps disperse the flavoring into the tea while brewing to ensure consistent flavor throughout the whole cup.” Read the full reply here: https://www.bigelowtea.com/Special-Pages/Customer-Service/FAQs/Tea-and-Herbal-Tea-Ingredients/Do-you-any-of-your-teas-contain-soy-lecithin

While I enjoyed this tea it gets a lower rating from me due to the odd soy ingredient.

Taste: 3 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: Touch of honey

It’s a good thing that Katie is looking out! I totally missed the added mystery ingredient: soy lecithin. Don’t love that it is in my tea. Why? Is it REALLY need? There are so many yummy teas out there that don’t have the extra stuff, why does this one need it.

In terms of taste and flavor, I like this tea. It’s like my version of drinking coffee. I’m never going to drink real coffee, but this tea has the tastes that remind me of the yummy smell of coffee. Coffee is one of those things that I love the smell of, but really dislike the taste. The black tea flavor is prominent and hints of vanilla. Adding a touch of honey added some sweetness and also helped to pull out the vanilla flavor more.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — 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!

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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: 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.

Review: Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature:  Cold/iced
Steeped: N/A
Served: Over ice, then in a smoothie

Iced chai tea is a must for the summer, right? Who doesn’t love that creamy, spicy flavor? I can’t get enough of it when it is hot out.  However, I can’t be bothered with making it from scratch. For me summer is go, go, go – so I need something quick to take with me.  This typically means stopping at the coffee shop to my iced chai.  That is, until now. Because with Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai I can keep ready-made, pre-mixed chai in my fridge.  I can just grab some ice for my to-go cup, dump in the chai and off I go!

All sounds good, right? It tastes good too! The spice level is certainly mild and I wish it had more of a kick.  Maybe that’s because it has green tea instead of black? The hint of vanilla is nice though. I found this premix to be very creamy, which was somewhat surprising because it has soy milk instead of dairy milk. Overall it has good flavor and is quite satisfying over ice.

But, wait – I didn’t stop there! It turns out that this cold chai makes a great substitute for almond milk in my morning smoothies!  Recently I made a super tasty strawberry and blackberry smoothie using Bolthouse Farms instead of my usual almond milk.  I found that it worked well! I blended a cup of ice, just over a cup of strawberries, a cup of blackberries and 3/4 cup of the Vanilla Chai. It came out creamy a delicious. The chai flavor was lost in the bright fruit flavors, but that’s OK, my smoothie tastes like fresh strawberries and blackberries in cream! No one is complaining about that – it was very good. For smoothies to compare it to the unsweetened almond milk: the Bolthouse Vanilla chai has more calories, fat and sugar and protein.  So, of course, it depends on what you are looking for, but it worked well for me.

 

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Bottled
Temperature:  Cold/iced
Steeped: N/A
Served: straight from the bottle then1/2 boathouse and 1/2 black tea

Bolthouse Chai is a tasty bottled drink. I liked it but I thought it was more of a chai flavored soy milk than a tea. I mixed the boithouse 1/2 and 1/2 with a chilled strong black tea and it was delicious! I really preferred it this way, and mixed thought it made a delicious iced chai! I give the bolthouse drink as is a 3 of 5 but if there was more tea and less milk in the bottle I’d rate it even higher. I do recommend buying this to mix with your own iced tea. The chai spices are great!

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Review: Brewhaha Happiness Super Tea

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(this photo shows the contents of the tea bag so you can see the size of the leaves)

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort. (Because it is green Tea, don’t over steep!)

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Happiness Super Tea is a blend of green tea, vanilla and cherry marigold. (Note: that’s ‘cherry marigold’ not ‘cherry, marigold.’ There is a sweet taste but no actual cherries in this tea) An interesting combination. It says on the tea bag package that “this tea will give you a lovely glow.” Hum. Also, with a name like Happiness Super Tea, you would think that is also implies an elevated level of happiness with drinking this tea as well. Sure, why not.

I noticed right away that it has a cheery, light flavor. You could taste the light green tea with a hint of sweet cherry from the cherry marigold. I didn’t notice the vanilla, but it could have been adding to the sweetness of the tea. Although, typically I’m against cherries in any form, I liked this tea. I especially like that it gave a hint of cherry, instead of a punch in the face of cherry. Thank you for that, Brewhaha. Also for the claims mentioned above. I don’t think this tea made me glow, but it sure did make me happy!

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort. (Because it is green Tea, don’t over steep!)

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(tea steeping on the windowsill)

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

As it steeps this tea smells a bit like candy. That was my first hint that I might not want to add any sweetener. After my fist sip I had to re-check the ingredients; I was curious as to where the sweetness was coming from. “Ingredients: Green Tea, Vanilla and Cherry Marigold.” Cherry Marigold? What the heck is Cherry Marigold?

Google brought me to this website:
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-marigold.html

From herbwisdom.com I read: “Marigold or more commonly Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries. Traditionally, it has been used to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor injuries such as sprains and wounds. … It has a high content of flavonoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body.”

Interesting. As I read on:

“In animal studies, calendula has shown a tightening effect on the uterus. Although no miscarriages have been reported in pregnant women taking calendula, it is advisable to avoid taking calendula by mouth during pregnancy…Very little information is available on how calendula might affect an infant or a small child. Therefore, its use is not recommended while breast-feeding or during early childhood.”

Well, good thing I only had a few sips because I am breast feeding!! So, this is a tasty tea. It has a nice green flavor & sweetness. However, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding make sure to check the ingredients in your herbal teas!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 — This tea requires very little effort. (Because it is green Tea, don’t over steep!)

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Review: Harney & Sons SOHO

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.9 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

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

We have already posted about Katie’s sampling tea from our trip to Harney & Sons in Manhattan this past spring and now we are going to talk about mine! When I saw that they had created a special blend to celebrate the opening of the store we were standing it at the time, how could I have chosen anything else? The wonderful aroma of black tea, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and amaranth flower petals didn’t hurt either. The bright pink petals give striking contrast to the rich black tea. The blend creates an interesting and complex scent and as the tea steeps it changes slightly so that the different elements shine.

The flavor is nice too. It isn’t too sweet, which is my favorite part. Sometimes with blends like this the sweetness can overwhelm the tea. Not so, for this tea. There is a hint of sweetness but you are still clearly drinking tea! Instead of the tea flavor getting lost, it adds balance to the other sweet ingredients. Tea with hints of chocolate, coconut and vanilla from one of our favorite tea makers? Delicious! This very tasty tea is certainly worth a try if you are looking for something a little different.

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

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

Sometimes I buy things because they are pretty. I can admit that! As a commercial photographer, I’ve decided that gives me a free pass to be influenced by beautiful products, photos & packaging. Abby and I sampled this tea, along with many others, at Harney & Sons in SOHO so I knew it was beautiful inside that gorgeous tin. With flower petals mixed in this is one of the prettiest teas that I’ve ever seen! How could you not love the little pink petals inside? Seriously. LOVE!

Oh, by the way, it tastes great too. This a black tea with hints of chocolate & coconut. I like that it is still a black tea and gives you a caffeine boost. The chocolate and coconut flavors are present but not overpowering. I like tea that tastes like traditional black tea. This doesn’t taste like an herbal tea; you get the richness of black tea accented with some wonderful flavors. And it’s pretty & pink. Bonus!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Since this is Harney & Son’s SOHO store namesake tea, we’re thinking about our friends in NYC today. We hope that you are all safe & sound and weathering the storm. From the photos that we’re seeing up here in ME & MA it must be a crazy few days in New York City! We’re hoping for the best and that life in the city will return to normal sooner rather than later. Be safe everyone!