Eden from Soleil Tea

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Soleil Tea

Tea Description:

Eden is a premium black tea blend scented with aged Tahitian vanilla extract and Madagascar Ylang Ylang. The liquor is richly floral with warm notes of vanilla beans and sweet spice.

Native to tropical rainforests, Ylang Ylang is known for its intoxicating fragrance akin to jasmine and neroli. Mature blossoms are picked at sunrise and steam distilled to extract the highest quality essential oil. Ylang Ylang has long been used to lower high blood pressure and promote relaxation in aromatherapy.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

 

I’m eager to try this blend from Soleil Tea as I don’t think I’ve tried Ylang Ylang in a tea before. I think I’ve probably tried some kind of a body wash with Ylang Ylang scent of some kind, but I’ve never eaten it. The scent of this tea is really lovely.. quite delicate and sweet. It reminds me of a very floral perfume.

Sipping… I’m really enjoying the floral notes of this tea and the way they blend with the black tea base. Normally I avoid flowers in tea since they can be too strong, but those in this blend are quite mild. It’s a strange because they remind me a little bit of bitter orange peel, but also give off that nectar sweetness I find in most floral teas. One thing that I wish I could taste is the vanilla. It seems to be missing, unfortunately, and the focus is on the Ylang Ylang instead. I also don’t taste much of the Fujian black tea either. It’s mellow, a little watery and slightly boring.

I think this would be a great choice for someone who is just getting into blended teas and who wants to try something floral. The flavors are soft, but present. This is a very unique tea that I’d recommend especially to those who haven’t tried Ylang Ylang yet!

Moonlight Beauty Raw Pu-erh Loose Tea From Teavivre

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Leaf Type:  Raw Pu-Erh Loose Leaf

Where to Buy: Teavivre

Tea Description:

The moonlight beauty tea is developed by the local Yunnan tea makers based on the continuous summarization and deepened understanding of the new trend of pu-erh flavor. It is a new breed of pu-erh tea. Made of the tender buds of large-leaf tea and processed with the method similar to that of Fuding White Tea. Moonlight beauty tea has a rich bouquet and clear yellow soup broth. As for as taste is concerned, this tea has a smooth, pliable, sweet and fresh mouthfeel without any bitter note.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Thank you Angel from Teavivre for sending me this sample to try.

I love the name of this tea, Moonlight Beauty sounds so pure and happy. The website says that though this tea is a raw Pu-Erh it is also similar to a white tea due to the processing of the leaves. You can see the similarity when you inspect the leaves.

In appearance the leaves are long and fairly thin with lots of downy hairs. They are a very pale green, almost white colour and they bare a soft, fresh scent of grass and pepper. Enough to smell like a Pu-Erh but living up to it’s subtle nature. The leaves are also crisp to the touch and could easily be broken into small pieces with fingers.

I will be using 5g of leaf in a 220ml teapot with boiling water. 

First Steep – 1 minute 

After the first steep the leaves now smell malty and wooden, a real contrast to their dry form. The tea also shares hints of wood and malt, with pepper and sweet pine. The liquid is very light yellow.

In flavour this is more subtle than it smells. The first thing I notice is the smoothness of a fresh pine and sweet peony notes. The after taste is dry and slightly nutty. It actually reminds me of a Bai Mu Dan white tea in flavour.

Second Steep – 2 minutes 

More peony and slightly sweeter than the previous steep, though just as mild. More drying in the after taste too. It tastes like spring rain drops that have landed onto flower petals, that imagery is in my mind every time I sip.

Third Steep – 3 minutes

Slightly sour during this steep but with a creamy finish and just as much peony. It has to be said that the dryness is somewhat spoiling it’s subtle elegance.

Overall – I am not a fan of white tea usually and that is exactly what this tea reminds me of. It’s not very Pu-Erh like except for the peppery, wood notes in the leaves once you start to infuse it. That being said it was still a pleasant and non offensive tea. I don’t think I could drink it all the time though, it’s just too mild for my personal taste. I imagine it’s great to keep hydrated with on hot summer days though. I also imagine that the mild nature of this tea would make it rather forgiving should you over steep it. Essentially it remained very similar throughout all three steeps.

Thank you again Angel for the opportunity to try this tea.

Until next time, Happy Steeping Everyone!

Nepal Pearl Oolong Tea from Wha-Cha

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Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Wha-Cha

Tea Description:

An incredibly rare and unusual oolong with a great taste of apricots and nectarine combined with a brilliant aroma. .

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Alright. . .for anybody that has this tea in your stash and don’t want it. . .let me know! This tea is amazing! Amazing pearls of tea loving goodness! If you can’t tell, I’m quite smitten with this tea.

This gorgeous tea is a lovely pearl of oolong tea that gives you a satisfying sense of what good tea is supposed to be like. Each pearl is gorgeous and I loved watching the tea leaves uncurl in front of my eyes in my tea steeper. I used two balls because I want this tea to last as long as possible. I steeped and prepped this up per the instructions on the package.

Once the tea was all prepped and ready to try out, I took my first sip. A gorgeous sip of smooth, sweet, and slightly astringent delicious notes.  This is one of those teas that needs the contrast of the sweet and astringent  notes but the notes are incredibly soft and subtle. Almost like that sweet yet spicy or sweet but somehow sour notes in other foods. The two complimented each other so well.  Seriously, this tea is gorgeous from the very beginning.

The sweet notes are what made me just sigh with happiness. They resemble those of a stone fruit like an apricot. This is one of those teas that tastes exactly how it is described on a website. (And this is one of those teas you hoard for those days when you need some extra tea loving to get you thru the day. ) Those sweet notes of apricot just elevate the tea to a different level.

At one point, I had a meeting at work and came back expecting a cold bitter brew awaiting me and that wasn’t the case at all. I was greeted with a lovely cold oolong that just kept my afternoon going.

I’m now on infusion four and still the tea is giving. I just love it. From the moment I opened the package and saw the pearls to the moment when I first tried the tea, I was in love with this oolong.  One of the best teas I think I’ve tried so far this year. That’s how good it is!

Highly recommend this one!

 

Guangxi Golden Pearls from Tea Shirt

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Tea Shirt

Tea Description:

Premium black tea pearls from Guangxi Province, China.

Handmade pearls of about 1cm in diameter with distinctive golden tips. Fruity and characteristic aroma.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been devouring the teas that I picked up from Tea Shirt and this is another fantastic offering! Little pearls lovely hand rolled.  Who wouldn’t love these?

I have always loved the “pearl” or “ball” like teas. There is something so alluring about watching the tea leaves uncurl in the steeper creating this illusion of the tea leaves dancing in the water.  Just a lovely sight.

I prepped my water per the instructions on the package and grabbed a few of the pearls.  Dropped them into my steeper and poured the water.  I couldn’t wait to watch those leaves uncurl and dance.

Finally the tea was ready and poured myself a huge cuppa and sat down to enjoy. I have to say, this tea was fantastic! Lovely malty notes with a hint of a fruity finish with a slight astringent mouth feel.  Everything you would hope a black pearl like tea would be. The flavors yield such a lovely mix of the right amount of each characteristic.  So much so that I can’t seem to put my cup down.

My favorite flavor note is this lovely malty woodsy like flavor.  It really does mix well with the sweet almost fruity or jam like hint that I’m getting. The fruity notes are very subtle and gentle allowing the black tea flavor to really shine.

Another tea I can’t get enough of from this company. I see a second order on the horizon!

 

Pineapple Angel Food Cake White Tea from 52Teas

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Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

All Organic ingredients:  White Peony, Pineapple Pieces, Vanilla Bean and Natural Flavors 

This particular blend is sold out. Learn what white teas are available here.

Taster’s Review:

Sipdown! Gotta love a sipdown. Sipdowns make me happy and sad. Happy that I’ve enjoyed a tea to the point that I’ve finished it. Sad because if that tea is from 52Teas it means that more than likely that tea is one you can’t get again.

I believe I reviewed this tea on my blog CuppaGeek, but I don’t believe I did here. So I thought with the summer finally upon us, this would be a great tea to try both hot and iced for these upcoming summer months, allowing me to sipdown a tea from my always growing tea stash.

With a tea named Pineapple Angel Food Cake White Tea, there are high expectations of a lush white tea with icing notes and that tropical pineapple feel. A hard goal to hit when it comes to tea, but one that 52Teas did amazingly well!

First I tried the tea hot. Prepped with water at 165F and allowed to steep for about 5 minutes and then allowed to cool for about 3. I took a sip and the flavors exploded. They captured the title of this tea perfectly. Lush notes of a decadent angel food cake with a vanilla icing and pineapple topping. The white tea provides a silky like feel that gives a unique dessert taste.  The flavors are subtle but not so much that you can’t pick them out. They mingle together very well and make me sad that I have sipped this tea down. This is a tea that I should have bought a bigger pouch of.

Then after loving the tea as hot, I tried the tea as iced. I have to say this tea sings as a hot tea but as an iced tea it is pretty tasty as well. You still get all of those same notes but the pineapple flavors seem to be a bit sharper. The cake and vanilla notes were my favorite part when I tried the tea hot.  Still, absolutely delicious and I have already drank two tall tumblers full and I’m going for a third.

Another wonderful offering from 52Teas. They really do dessert teas justice!

 

The Brew Is Out There From Geeky Teas

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Leaf Type:  Green Tea

Where to Buy: Geeky Teas

Tea Description:

Green tea with vanilla, orange peels, natural lemon and orange flavor and sunflower petals, goes great with honey from hybridized bees. Brews up a lovely green color.

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Taster’s Review:

A tea dedicated to the X-Files?? How great is that!?!

This tea is a lovely green tea with vanilla, orange peels, lemon and orange flavors along with sunflower petals. I nice seemingly calm yet citrus blend.  I was actually surprised when I read the description of the tea. I figured a tea dedicated to the X-Files would be more dark or even darker flavors like mocha or hazelnut. But I’m not complaining. This tea sounds fabulous to me. Maybe the green tea represents little green men 🙂

Prepped up my water for this green lovely tea and waited for the tea to steep (about 4 minutes) all the while I enjoyed the lovely dry leave notes from the tin I had received.  The notes are fresh citrus notes that scream summertime.

Finally my tea was ready to try and I poured myself a huge cuppa.  The first notes I noticed was a lovely vegetal one with a touch of sweetness. Then the gorgeous wave of citrus swept thru. Not a complex tea by any means but one that has a fantastic finish with the vegetal green flavors, the sweet creamy notes of the vanilla and the citrus finish.  Each flavor plays nicely with each other and doesn’t dominate by any means. Having that vegetal green tea being the first note you get really elevates the tea. I can almost pick up a hint of an orange dreamsicle.  Really lovely.

I wanted to try this tea as an iced tea, hoping that I could pull out of those citrus and vanilla notes.  As an iced tea, the vegetal notes are more subtle and the vanilla notes really pop.  I think if I make a cold brew out of this, I will get that orange dreamsicle flavor that would be amazing for these summer months.

Overall, loving this tea.  Classic tea combo that the majority of people would enjoy. A great starter tea for those who are just getting into tea but also a delicious simple tea for tea enthusiasts. This is a combo that I’ve had a few different times over but have had mixed results.  Some have too strong of a vanilla flavor, others not enough citrus.  This is a great well blended version!

 

 

Coconut Flan Genmaicha from 52Teas

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Leaf Type: Green

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

Green Tea, Popped Rice, Shredded Coconut, and Natural flavors 

This tea is no longer available but learn more about available blends here.

Taster’s Review:

So today I was finally able to set myself done and try this tea. With having coconut and genmaicha going on with the blend, I thought for sure I would devour this tea. So much so that I ordered an additional taster size for it.

I asked a co-worker is she wanted to try the tea with me and she eagerly grabbed her mug and we set to steeping.

The dry leaf mixture had a lovely and bright coconut fresh smell.  I wouldn’t say sun tan lotion like but there is a resemblance. The coconut smelled amazing and I wanted to bottle up the smell into a candle.

We steeped the tea per the package instructions and waited impatiently for the timer to let us know the tea was ready.  We allowed the tea to cool for a minute and took our first sip.

She loved the tea. She said it was just smooth roasted coconut love.  She was all smiles while drinking it and she barely sat the cup down.

When I took my first sip, I didn’t get a whole lot of flavor so I allowed the tea to cool even more.  After a few more minutes, I took another sip. As much as I wanted to love this tea, it just isn’t one that I am loving hot.  I’m getting a nice toasted flavor but I don’t know if I like it mixed with the coconut and then on top of all of that, with a hot temperature. I’m wondering if this is a tea that needs to be either cold brewed or iced to really get that tropical feel out of it.

Don’t get me wrong the tea is fine and I have no issue with finishing my cup. I just can’t say that I want more of it. This might just be a tea that I need to experiment with.

Off to make some iced tea!

Liquid Luck from Friday Tea

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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Friday Tea

Tea Description:

This golden brew is one of Tea Girl’s finest! A magical tisane that reminds us of a peach orchard at the height of summer. Warm, fruity, herby, and slightly spiced. Definitely a favorite hot or iced!

Ingredients: Peach, apple, orange, cinnamon, chamomile, blue cornflower

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been wanting to try Friday Tea’s offerings for a while. And to my delight the other day I received a box from them thru a gift exchange I recently participated in.

This tea was the first one I had to try.  A lovely herbal blend of peaches, apple, orange cinnamon, chamomile, and blue cornflower. The tea itself was gorgeous to look at and smelled amazingly fruity .  I couldn’t wait to brew the tea up.

Steeped in water that was fresh boiled and allowed to sit for a few minutes, this tea was amazingly fruity, vibrant and delicious.  You first get a lovely base of the peaches with notes of cinnamon giving the tea a bit of a spiced kick, but a gentle kick.  The chamomile comes in next providing the blend with an almost baked dessert feeling and taste.  Each sip finishes off with a lush citrus note that lovingly completes the tea.

What I am trying to say, is this tea is dynamite! One of the better herbal teas I’ve had in a while and one that is impressive from the first sip. I’m on my second infusion and this tea is continuing to give this really bright and vibrant peachy flavor.   I can just imagine making this into a cold brew or as an iced tea.  This is one of those teas that will be amazing (I bet) anyway you prep it.

I’m excited to dig into the rest of the box to see what other lovely teas I have from them. I see a possible order in my future! Friday Tea offers quite a few unique teas that I can’t wait to check out.

Gin & Tonic from Tea Shirt

ginTonicTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Tea Shirt

Tea Description:

Flavoured white tea

Ingredients: White tea, white apple pieces (apple pieces, citric acid), lemon peel, rose flower petals, natural flavouring.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I just recently discovered Tea Shirt on Twitter a few weeks ago. I was instantly intrigued by the name and ended up placing an order. Yesterday the box arrived and I was eager to dive right in. I ordered a variety of different samples but I have to admit this one is the reason I placed the order in the first place. I’ve tried different Gin & Tonic blends but not a white tea version. The others were herbals.

I eagerly steeped the tea and loved the fresh lemon aroma that I was getting from the steeping leaves. The dry leaves were a gorgeous bright vibrant looking blend with pops of rose buds, white tea, and apple pieces.  Such a lovely blend. So far, I’ve got some pretty high expectations out of this tea!

So after one sip I’ve decided that I should nickname this tea “Sweet Tart” tea.  Because that is what it tastes like to me!

This tea is an absolutely vibrant fun tea with notes of a citrus lemon background, floral hints, with a sweetness and tang that yes does resemble gin & tonic slightly but to me it really sings and says, “Hey, I taste like candy!”.  This tea is full of flavor and just keeps giving sip and after.

What I love the most is the acidic notes that give you the tang that reminds me of the tonic water from a gin & tonic.  The lemon flavor hits you next.  Such a great combo.  You could also say this tea reminds me of clear sodas like 7Up or Sprite.  Such a fun tea!

Anyway you look at it, this tea is vibrant, singing with brilliant flavors. I’m absolutely in love with this tea and am hitting the kettle again for my third infusion!

My First Experience with a 52Teas Monthly Box. . .

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Leaf Type:  Variety

Where to Buy: 52Teas

52Teas was named 52Teas because we create a new tea every week:  a new tea, every week, 52 weeks a year.

By subscribing to our Tea of the Week program, you’ll receive a package once a month (at the beginning of the month) that includes all of the teas in our taster size (1/2 ounce pouch) for the following month.

Learn more about subscribing here.

Taster’s Review:

52TeasBoxI’ve reviewed a ton of 52Teas for SororiTea Sisters and CuppaGeek. I love them and highly recommend their teas.  When you purchase from 52Teas, you know you are getting a quality blend that was made with love and care from someone who has a passion for tea and tea blending.

I will admit tho, I have never subscribed to the monthly service. Shame on me! Reason? Well, I am very much against red rooibos. It is one of those ingredients that (for me) once that ingredient is in the blend, it ruins the tea.  No matter what else is in it. There has only been one blend that I have enjoyed red rooibos in.   I also am not the biggest fan of ginger or chai teas so basically what I’m saying is that I’m picking up what I get. I do subscribe to Handmade Tea and Plum Deluxe so I do take a gamble here and there.  After this month’s box that I received.. . . I will more than likely start subscribing.52TeasTeas

Having never rec’d a box from 52Teas before, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I loved opening the box and seeing a special note or the tea menu, outlining all the tea that was in the box and a little description of each flavor.  This is a great way to learn more about what teas are in your box at a glance.

This box featured five different teas- Blackberry Zomba Green Tea, Raspberry Almond Cookie Honeybush, Rose Mango Daiquiri, Bananas Foster Black Tea, and Coconut Flan Genmaicha.  My tea kettle is just itching to start prepping the water for these mouth watering teas!

RaspberryAlmond2My eyes went instantly to the Blackberry Zomba Green Tea. That sounded like heaven to me.   Green tea, blackberries, and other organic flavors. . .sign me up.  I quickly set the kettle to green tea setting and began the prep to check this tea out.  This tea was amazing! Simply fabulous.  Sweet yet vegetal like green tea with a gorgeous blackberry finish.  Like the description says, simple straight forward tea. And wow, is it ever good.  So good that I instantly emailed Anne and said I needed a larger size.

RaspberryAlmond3The next tea I tried was the Raspberry Almond Cookie Honeybush.  Do yourself a favor. Check this tea out right now! I’m surprised there is even some of this left.  This tea is just dynamite! I had talked to Anne about this tea and she told me it was good. I think she underrated it a bit by saying good. This tea has lovely fruity berry notes of raspberry with a solid nutty finish that gives you that baked cookie feel. Holy tea kettles! This tea is a winner and one that I may need a larger size of as well.

RaspberryAlmondI have yet to try the remaining teas due to a crazy work schedule but I will be fixing that soon.  From the experience I’ve had with these teas so far, this is a winning box.  The teas are fresh and each pops with its own unique character and flavor.  I’m crazy impressed with the presentation and the little menu you get in the monthly box as well.  A simple touch that gives the recipient a warm fuzzy and shows that the ladies behind 52Teas care!

After this experience, I’ll be signing up for sure to start receiving this box myself.  A great way to keep getting these unique and fun teas without worrying about ordering them on time and missing out. I’ve missed out on blends before.  By signing up for this box, you don’t have to worry about that!