Hot Lavender/Ruby Lion Teas

Since being sick, I’ve noticed a change in my tastebuds. Flavored teas just haven’t hit the spot for me and I’ve been grabbing and seriously enjoying teas that I never thought I would.  This tea is one of those teas.

Hot Lavender is a tea blend of lavender, black tea, cloves, and chili peppers- all things that have never been in my favorite column.  For some reason last night, the tin for this tea caught my attention and with how weird my taste buds have been- I thought, well let’s give this blend a steep.  I had already (sadly) dumped a few steepings of other teas that just were not agreeing with my taste buds so I wasn’t exactly sure what I expected from this blend.

Steeped up with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for right around 3 minutes- this tea delivers delicious notes and them some with each and every sip.

I’ve never been a lavender fan- but the lavender in this tea is blended perfectly.  The tea comes off slightly floral and sweet.

I’ve never been a clove fan- but the clove adds this hint of spice and almost texture (dare I say) which really mingles with the chili peppers.

I’ve never been much of a black tea fan- but the black tea is brisk, robust, yet mellow and subtle.  I’m not getting any kind of astrigency at all.

I’ve never been a fan of chili peppers in tea- love them in food- but not in tea yet the spicy notes hit the back of your throat gorgeously and really blend well with the rest of the blend.

Tea has always been a huge part of my life but after starting my own tea business- I’ve found that most of my attention has gone more into blending up flavored teas for my customers instead of teas for myself or even taking the time to enjoy a proper cup.  This blend has renewed my tastebuds and I’m eagerly enjoying this tea.  I even woke up this mroning and one of my first thoughts was- yippiee Hot Lavender for breakfast!

Hot Lavender has hit so many notes with me that I’ve pretty much decided that this blend will always be in my tea stash and I’m currently putting together an order.  I’m now eager to check out all of their blends- especially their Earl’s Gone Wild.  I’m curious to see if Ruby Lion will change my mind on earl grey blends as well.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Ruby Lion Blends

Description

In an instant, a red-hot avalanche spilled from a cleft in the mountainside, pouring down toward the sea, where the captain stood, watching from his motionless ship. As the cloud of fire sped towards him, death merely moments away, he calmly drank his tea and snapped the perfect shot with his camera, capturing all the majesty of the volcano in monochrome.

Our blend of spicy chili, lavender and black tea is inspired by this intrepid Victorian photographer, who never let anything stand in his way.

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Gourmet Root Beer/52 Teas. . . .#sipdown

What a weird time we are in right now. .  .The majority of us are in lockdown and are experiencing feelings and situations that are new to us.  Trying to keep sane with working remotely and e learning for our kiddos is starting to become our new normal.  I typically work remotely anyway but not with my stepsons and kiddos e learning and my husband working right beside me as well.  On top of all those new experiences,  I have been sick for literally over a month now with a respitory infection that seems to be lingering so there is currently a me sized imprint in my couch.  I finally have enough energy ( or should say I just made myself get back to) to start getting my routine back which included pulling out my tea stash and making an effort to drink down some delights that I still have.

One of the first delights that caught my eye was Gourmet Root Beer from 52Teas.  This is an older tea but one that I remember enjoying the first go around.  Instead of brewing this tea hot, I decided this would be a perfect tea to cold brew while I work on hot brewing other teas.  And what a great choice I made!

To start, I used a tea straw, my handy tervis, some ice, and cold water.  I emptied the contents of the loose leaf tea into the cup, added the ice and cold water and let the cup sit for a bit.  There was quite a bit of leaf left probably too much for one serving but I wasn’t paying attention and just dumped the contents into my cup. I’ll blame that oops on my current mediciation that is making me a bit loopy.

First sip in and I was reminded of how much I adore 52Teas.  Not just because of the incredible flavors they are able to create but just the love and passion that goes into each blend.  The rootbeer flavor is the front runner for sure witha touch of the anise falling behind.  Fresh and delightful! I can’t say that I taste a whole lot of black tea notes but since I cold brewed the tea and the brewing hasn’t been going long, I think I’m mainly picking up on the extracts and I’m not mad at that.

Fast forward ten minutes and I’ve added a bit more cold water and took another sip.  Again, the root beer and sarsaparilla flavors are the front runners with notes of the black tea starting to lightly drift in.  Again, still not mad at the flavors coming across especially with all of the medicines.  This bright pop of rootbeer flavor is exactly what I have been craving.

Not sure how this tea would be hot brewed but that is the beauty of tea. . .so many different ways to brew and enjoy.  And now after this afternoon ditty, I’m craving 52Teas. . .looks like I know how I am going to be spending my birthday money!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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310 Hibiscus Tea/310 Nutrition

Being a recently turned vegetarian, I’ve been on the look out for great tasting protein shakes and other supplements to make sure I am still getting all of the nutrition I was.  What is really funny is that I was looking at 310 Nutrition when they reached out for the SororiTea Sisters to review their teas.  It was like it was meant to be.

310 Nutrition offers a variety of different products including detox teas.  Now detox teas are quite controversial for tea enthusiasts but we all know that certain herbs are good for helping to reduce bloating and provide someone with a good bump of energy.  That is what I always think about when I try a detox tea.  Not so much am I losing weight but does this blend taste good and do I feel better after enjoying the blend for a few days.

This particular blend is 310’s 310 Hibiscus Tea, which consists of hibiscus, green tea, yerba mate, oolong and a handfull of other ingredients.  unfortunately (for me), red rooibos and stevia are included in the list.  I have never been a fan of either of those ingredients .  But nevertheless, I wanted to give this blend a shot so I prepped my water, steeped the tea and sat down to enjoy.

The blend itself is pretty tasty.  I really enjoy the hibiscus and ginger notes that are coming through.  The tart and spiced tones really work well. I can’t say that I’ve had a hibiscus ginger blend before and never thought those flavors would work together but they are delightful.   The oolong and green tea notes are faint but since I am not a fan of two ingredients in the blend, that could be way they are so faint.  I wish the blend had green roobios instead of red rooibos because I think it would work deliciously.

Overall, this tea is not for me but I had a feeling it wouldn’t be when I saw the ingredient list.  I did take a look at the rest of the tea blends offered by 310 and it does look like the majority of the blends do have red rooibos.  But I’m happy I was able to try this blend regardless and look forward to seeing what a few of the other Sisters think of this blend. I really can’t speak to the detox portion of this tea since I only had one cuppa.  But my interaction with the company has been quite pleasant and I’m thinking about ordering some of their lemonade mixes.


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Leaf Type:   Green/Oolong/Red Rooibos

Where to Buy: 310 Nutrition 

Description

Get a taste of the tropics with 310 Hibiscus Tea. We combine this flower grown in subtropical climates with a blend of herbs to product a premium tea with a naturally sweet flavor and beautiful crimson color.

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Nepal Guranse Estate Organic Oolong Tea/Simpson and Vail

I have been wanting to write this review for quite a few weeks. It was THAT memorable. This Nepal Guranse Estate Oolong from Simpson & Vail is organic and from a pretty neat estate.

When it comes to the leaves of this Oolong they hail from South Asia…bordered by China and India…you guessed it…the leaves are from Nepal! Nepal is home to some of the largest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest which is the highest point anywhere on Earth. Nepal is comprised of 75 districts, one of which is the district of Dhankuta. Dhankuta is located in the Koshi hill Zone in eastern Nepal. It borders the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India, and enjoys the same soil and climatic conditions as Darjeeling.

The Guranse Tea Estate has planted pure young and vibrant clonal plants all selected to make high quality teas. They believe in producing only the best, therefore, their tea goes through a series of careful processes before it is packed and finally ends up in your cup for an entirely new experience of health and vitality.

Guranse is NASAA organic certified, JAS certified, and ISO 22000- 2005 certified. 95 % of the workers are women and the Company pays for several of the worker’s children’s education and pays for the salary of teachers at the village school. How great is that? The company also supports an older people’s home that is nearby, by providing meals, rations, blankets, and more.

When I read on the S&V website that Guranse Tea was more than just a beverage – I knew I had to dig deeper into this estate!

As for the sight, touch, taste, and smell of this tea…he strong brown, twisted, tippy leaves brew into a more mellow amber cup with a sweet, mild taste and a delicate fruity sniff and taste. The oolong itself is lightly rolled, semi fermented, and hand sorted!

This Oolong was pretty wonderful and learning about the estate and people behind it made me enjoy my cup even more!


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Leaf Type: Oolong

Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail

Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea from Umi Tea Sets

First off, my apologizes, this review is long overdue.  Life sort of happened to this admin and I’m slowly  getting back on track.  An additional review is coming for the lovely tea pot they also sent but for this review is for the tea that Umi Tea Sets graciously sent along.

To kick off this review right, let’s just start off by saying how excited we were to receive Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea.  Green tea is my favorite tea and always my go to tea to start any day off right or just to take a moment and enjoy, something I was desperately needing to do.

So to steep this tea up properly,  I found my always amazing Wall Tea Infuser Mug, prepped up some water, added my leaves and set myself up for a proper cuppa.

I allowed the teas to brew for a few moments and took my first sip. One sip instantly turned into a huge gulp of not so lady like tea drinking. I downed my first cuppa with abandonment and eagerly enjoyed every drop.  This green tea is smooth, delicious, simple, yet so alluring and enticing.

The first notes you get are a nutty variety with a hint of a buttery richness.  The tea’s texture is so incredibly smooth that you really do need to sit back and take a moment to really enjoy the tea.   The more and more I drank this tea and allowed the leaves to steep, the more the astringency notes start to come out but I am finding the charm in those notes.  I am adoring how well the astringency, vegetal, and smooth notes combine and provide a fabulous sip-after sip experience.

My next go with this tea is to try the tea as an iced tea and I can’t wait to report back on those details. For my first experience with Umi Tea Sets tea offerings, I’m instantly hooked. Really delicious and teh perfect tea for this green tea loving gal!

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Umi Tea Sets

Description

Longjing/Lung Ching tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, is a famous variety of green tea grown in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This is the source of the irresistible Long Jing (Dragon Well) green tea, the best of which smells and tastes like an essence of chlorophyll and creamed hazelnuts. The leaves of Dragon Well are broad and flat, no longer than the average finger nail, and is very similar to the Japanese green tea, “Sencha”. When steeped, the leaves open up revealing a very clean taste. Since ancient times, scene of West Lake and Longjing tea have long been described in quotes of famous literati. Su Dongpo said that “Good Tea as Pretty Lady”, a high praise of West Lake Longjing. It is green in color, fragrant, and sweet with beautiful shape, and due to these four splendiferous characters, known in China and other countries.

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