Raspberry Almond Coffee from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Tart berries combine with sweetness, nuts, and a bit of Slytherin darkness to form this really well-balanced tea. It’s like a date with a mysterious, complex woman.

I’m surprised it’s white tea, actually, because there’s so much flavor flying out of it. White tea is the new Hip Thing To Drink. It’s usually pretty delicate, which makes the punch of this surprising.

What makes white tea white tea? LET ME TELL YOU, KIDS. GATHER ROUND. BRING YOUR BLANKET.

White tea is called white tea because of its color. It is tea leaves plucked very early in the tea’s life, before it unfurls and turns a rich green (green tea). The tea is also not oxidized, which is a process that darkens the leaf (black tea). The leaf, aside from its natural paleness, also still has its white fuzz. These factors combine for a really light, delicate flavor.

Usually. Not here.

This tea is basically the romantic interest in a film noir. She’s pale, dramatic, and has a few tricks up her sleeve.

This tea isn’t currently available, but if you contact A Quarter To Tea, they will often make custom orders of 4oz or more.


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Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Roasty and warming with sweet almonds and a bright fruity finish.

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The Famous Lion Chai /T by Daniel . . . .

Instant tea mixes have always intrigued me.  More or less for the convenience factor. In the mornings, I am rushed.  Even waking up early doesn’t seem to help me get everything done, in place, everybody out the door- with there still time to always be able to make a proper cuppa.  Especially anything I might want to add a touch of frothed milk or creamer too.

So when The Famous Lion Chai from T by Daniel came my way, I was pretty excited to check the concoction out. Without even looking at the ingredients, I added 2 tablespoons of the mix into my frother, added the recommended 8 ounces of milk, hit the button to froth/mix up and away I went finishing up making lunches and making sure homework was in book bags.

A few moments later I heard the ding indicated the tea was ready, poured the mix into my tea cup, and away I went.  After taking my first sip though, I noticed a flavor hanging out in the background that made me wish I would have checked the ingredients. Hazelnut.  I know I know. The majority of the world loves hazelnut, but sadly I am not one of them.  And after taking a few more sips, the resounding flavor I was getting was split between caramel and hazelnut.

Now the good thing about these flavors being so pronounced and in the spotlight-there really isn’t a harsh artificial flavor that I’ve gotten when trying mixes like this one in the past.  For me personally, the best part of this blend is this honeyed cinnamon flavor you can catch here and there.  Really light and sweet with just a hint of a spiced kick.

Overall, well played T by Daniel! Even though I’m not 100% in love with this mix, I know my kiddo would love and eagerly gulp away.  And I would have no problem serving this to him in the mornings instead of the soda he seems to grab. I’m sad to say this just isn’t a blend for me.


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Leaf Type:  Chai

Where to Buy:  T by Daniel

Description

Get ready to make your tastebuds ROAR!

Our most popular tea of all time is now available for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home!

A luxurious smooth blend of premium black tea and exotic spices such as cinnamon and hazelnut, this delicious chai premix can be made with milk or water (or your favourite milk alternatives!)

One sip of our famous Lion Chai will make you understand why its our “MANE” beverage!

 

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Pu-Erh Bordeaux/Socra Tea Detroit. . . .

This tea evokes the flavor of Bordeaux (red) wine by pairing pu’erh with berries, florals, grape skins. When steeped in water, the tea immediately darkens into a lovely red-brown. (The hibiscus petals probably help with that.)

Despite the deep color, the flavor is very mellow. It’s deep earth and fermentation notes, mostly, from the pu’erh, which doesn’t fade to the background as teas often do when they have a flavor profile they’re trying to emulate. The grapes are a little tart and sweet, but not as strong as I might have expected.

I don’t mind this smooth and calming pu’erh, but I think that with so many ingredients, I was expecting something more potent. It’s possible that’s why the tea is no longer available on the site. Not every tea can be a smashing success, but I’m glad I tried it.

 


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Leaf Type: Puerh

Where to Buy:  Socra Tea Detroit

Description

This puerh is no longer available but click below for ones that are.

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Root Down Tisane/SwallowTail Tea

Herbal blends and I love and hate each other.  Sometimes I just want to devour everyone in sight and other days I just can’t even make myself.  I’ve been in the first group lately and have been waiting for the right day to try this blend on for size.  With today being a bit of a cloudy wonder, I thought this blend might brighten up my afternoon a touch.

To get things started, let’s chat about what all is in Root Down Tisane.  This particular tisane is a blend of dandelion root, nettle leaf, cinnamon bark, orange peel, spearmint, and licorice root. I am not a huge fan of licorice root so I am hoping that particular blend stays more in the background.

I went ahead and brewed this up with the traditional parameters for an herbal but decided to go with a lighter steeping time because of the ingredients in this blend- Brewed up with water at 212F and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes, This blend was exactly what I needed to get over these cloudy blues.

The dandelion root, nettle leaf and spearmint are the leaders of the flavor pack with this herbal blend greeting you with an herbaceous, smooth, and refreshing first taste. Towards the middle of the sip you start to see the orange peel and cinnamon bark make its presence known while at the very end and after taste you get the force of the licorice root.    Even not being a fan of the licorice root I don’t so much mind because it literally is the last bit you are tasting.  All of the other flavors truly are dynamite together.

Best part about this blend is that each time you sip, there is this transition of flavors from each of the ingredients.  Not overly herbal but enough so I know what I’m drinking.  I can see this blend being the perfect companion to possibly a touch of honeybush or even chamomile to give the flavors a bit more to go off of.

Regardless, I’m really enjoying this experience and am looking forward to trying this blend iced in a few days!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Swallowtail Tea

Description

Perfect for the Cold Season or an after dinner treat, this signature tisane was artfully crafted as a warming and supportive infusion.
Hand-blended organic nettle, dandelion root, orange peel, licorice, cinnamon, and spearmint.

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Dasher’s Delight from Fava Tea. . . .

Before I get started on this tea, I have to make a quick note: Fava Tea has REALLY GREAT customer service. I ordered a bunch of samples, and later received a SEPARATE HANDWRITTEN NOTE thanking me for my order and asking me if I had any questions.

I cannot recall that EVER happening to me in my LIFE.

So already: soft spot in the heart.

This blend, called Dasher’s Delight, doesn’t really have any Christmas-related inclusions, so I’m not sure why it’s branded in such a way. They could easily market this one as “nutty sugar cookie” year-round. In addition to green tea, this blend includes caramel, hazelnut brittle, almonds, and walnuts.

I like this one as an afternoon mellow-out tea. I don’t think it has the punch for a morning brew, but it’s perfect for that 3pm slump when you’re cranky and you want five candy bars and a soda the side of your head. This gives you some sweet and some caffeine without all the catastrophic health drawbacks of my lesser vices. I wish there was a little MORE to it, even in the afternoon, but it’s still a sweet brew that’s worth a try!


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Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Fava Tea Company
Description

This seasonal tea is a delightful artisan blend of caramel, hazelnut brittle, almonds, and walnuts! Delicious warm-up for the cold winter months!

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