Honey Red Jade from Golden Leaf. . . .

One morning I was feeling a little groggy and needed a quick pick-me-up. Instead of messing with loose leaf tea I decided it was time to try out this tea. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant because oolongs are very hit or miss for me. I tend to gravitate towards the sweeter varieties though, so I had high hopes for this.

I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the flavor profile. It was warm, rich and almost nutty with a sweet finish. I love honey notes in tea, and I was not disappointed here. This was such an enjoyable cup and I was shocked that I could get so much flavor from a tea in a sachet. (It is worth noting that this tea is also available loose).

I did steep this tea a second time as well. I again was pleased when the second steep was still very flavorful, though just a bit more mild and sweet, in my opinion. I absolutely loved this tea. I thought it was incredibly smooth. I also thought that it did extremely well on its second steep, considering it was bagged. I think this would be a great tea for long work days when you need something strong but are short on time.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Golden Leaf
Description

Third Place Award Winner at the North American Tea Championship 2015.  Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhoppers interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a black tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this unique black tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Vanilla Maple Cinnamon from Steeped Tea. . .

When I saw this tea in my review box, I had to try it right away. Any black tea blend with vanilla is usually a winner in my book. This blend by Steeped Tea is no exception. The dry leaf smells sweet, as to be expected with notes of cinnamon and maple. Once brewed, the tea is light amber in color.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to think. I couldn’t figure out what I was tasting. None of the flavors really stood out. To be honest, at first, I was a bit disappointed. As I continued to sip on this tea though, I realized that it was actually one of the smoothest flavored black teas that I’ve ever had. It’s a sweet blend but subtle in flavor. That said, the flavors come together to take any possible bitterness out of the black tea base.

If you’re looking for a tea with a strong taste of maple or vanilla, you might be let down by this. However, if you are a fan of black teas with a bit of sweetness, this is perfect. It doesn’t need an additive like cream or sugar.

All and all, I liked this tea very much. It has been discontinued by Steeped Tea, but if you can get your hands on some, I recommend that you do!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:Steeped Tea
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below their site.

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Birthday Tea from Adagio Teas. . . .

Just looking at this tea makes me happy. The sprinkles bring in a touch of festive fun that drew me to this blend. Cream, caramel, and vanilla flavored black teas accompany the sprinkles to create a tooth-ache worthy blend. Yum!

Both dry and steeped, this tea smells sweet! Just as if you had added some sugar to your cup. Upon taking a sip I was greeted with a taste that made me feel nostalgic. It was as if I was eating frosting straight from the spoon. This blend is delightful. I never knew a tea could taste so much like cake.

The one thing that I will say is that I find that this tea’s flavors may not be very well balanced. The black tea comes in as a sharp flavor right behind that sweetness. It quickly cuts through. It’s worth noting that I generally don’t add any cream or sugar to my teas. I think that this blend may benefit from some sugar or honey to help the sweetness last all the way through the sip.

Having said that, I will be happy to finish up the rest of this sweet sample! It’s a perfect treat for your birthday (or any time of year, for that matter)!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description

A treat for any day of the year! A tasty blend of vanilla, cream, and a touch of caramel. The inclusion of rainbow sugar sprinkles adds a festive note and makes this tea perfect for celebrating your special day.

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Warming from Balcony Tea. . . .

This herbal tea is one that I wouldn’t normally try, but (spoiler alert), I’m so glad that I did.

This blend includes ginger, lemon balm, lemon verbena, orange blossom, orange peel and cinnamon. It is truly “warming”, just like the name. The word “bright” comes to mind when smelling the dry blend. The thing I appreciate, though is that it isn’t overwhelming. In my opinion, the herbs and spices are very well balanced. Upon stepping it up, a light citrus scent is a bit more prominent.

I find that the spicy ginger and cinnamon notes come first, followed by a touch of citrus. To be honest, most of the ingredients in this blend are usually very touch and go for me. I either love them or find them totally vile. If you don’t find citrus teas to be your favorite, I recommend that you try this. It includes just the right amount of citrus to be pleasant, without becoming bitter or sour. Same thing with the spices. I found them to be just right.

It’s very rare these days that I find a tea that I truly don’t have any criticism for. I guess this tea is a bit of a unicorn. All I know for sure is that it’s comforting and very tasty! I wanted more the moment I finished my cup.

This tea is available from Balcony Tea now and I highly suggest that you pick it up! It’s a versatile blend that is good for any time of day, but with its slight spice kick, can give you a boost.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Balcony Teas
Description

Escape long rainy days on our “Warming Balcony” with sun-kissed citrus flavour and a hint of spice.

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My Peeps from The NecessiTeas. . . .

Two of our Sisters recently reviewed My Peeps from The NecessiTeas. . .here is the second one!

Peeps are a beloved springtime treat, and I have to say that I was very excited to try a tea inspired by them. This blend of honeybush, marshmallows, pink sugar crystals and brown sugar sounded like the perfect cup to soothe a sweet tooth.

Upon opening the package, I was pleasantly surprised. The tea did in fact, smell extremely sweet. Artificial in the best possible way. This blend is beautiful and fun to look at, too. Upon stepping it up, some of the sugary aroma faded. It was still there, but as the marshmallows and sugar melted into the boiling water, the smell of the honeybush came out a lot more. The end result was a tea that was a light, honey-like color with just a touch of pink. (Likely from the colored sugar).

When it came time to take a sip, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The tea IS sweet, but that sweetness seems to sit at the back of the sip. When you first start sipping this tea down, it doesn’t really taste like much. Then, those sugary flavors come out as you continue to drink it. That said, I’m not one to add sweetener to my tea but for this one, I would. Based on the ingredients and the smell of the dry blend, I was expecting a little more. Adding some sugar or honey to this would make it an amazing dessert tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Honeybush
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Easter just would’t be the same without peeps. In fact, you could say that peeps are to food what ugly Christmas sweaters are to clothing. You know whether you prefer chicks to bunnies, fresh to stale, or plain to chocolate-covered. I personally prefer slightly stale pink bunnies! When it comes to peeps, you either love them or you hate them. Their sugary, marshmallowy sweetness is enough to make your teeth ache, and I’m ok with that! I decided to make a healthier version of my favorite Easter treat by blending naturally sweet honeybush with mini marshmallows, pink sugar crystals and organic flavors. The outcome? Same sweet, marshmallowy goodness, minus the toothache!

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