Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait/Davids Tea. . .

My vegan friend gave this to me because it has traces of yogurt in it. SUCKER. IT’S MINE NOW.

I made this today and spent a chunk of the day wandering around the office showing people what a beautiful pink it was iced.

Three of us drank from the same mug, and thought the same thing: delicious. There’s a lot of hibiscus here, and a bit of strawberry, and some cream on the end notes. Yum. The sweet and the tart and the cream all balance each other out like a gymnast on a pommel horse.

I love this and I’m sad my friend drank most of it before going vegan.

If Canada were in the World Cup, this blend from America’s Hat would inspire me to root for them. Alas, they are not, so I will have to root for England instead. Tea people love England, right?


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Davids Tea

Description

Love rhubarb and strawberries? Try this sweet and tart caffeine-free infusion. It blends all the bright and juicy flavour of fresh-picked berries with a tart rhubarb punch and a hint of yogurt creaminess. Refreshingly fruity, it steeps up a satisfying deep red and is equally amazing hot or iced. Now that’s a beautiful thing.

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Roasted Vanilla/Perkse. . . .

This tea comes in cute little twisty balls that remind me of armadillos curled up. As the tea steeps, they charmingly stretch out. (I’ve probably mentioned this in previous posts, but I’d like to mention for the record that UNFURLING TEA IS A BLESSING UPON THE EARTH. Thanks for the fun, meditative watch, tea!)

This tea has a beautiful vanilla/white chocolate flavor. Tasting it is the equivalent of listening to a harp. It’s delicate. It’s ethereal. It’s pale and sweet and floaty.

The green is a subtle counterpoint, so if you do want the benefits of green tea without that “green” flavor, try hitting this up!


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Perkse Tea

Description

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

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I Will Not Faint/Adagio Teas

Before I get started on this review, I have to disclose that I designed this Miss-Davenport-from-Space-Cases-themed tea myself. I don’t get any proceeds from it. Those go to a charity I think the character would have supported.

ANYWAY.

Making this tea was an adventure. I don’t know how to design or proportion a good tea. Adagio doesn’t really give guidance; it just lets you jump in there and throw stuff in the pot in whatever ratio you’d like.

I just put some stuff in this blend that felt appropriate to the character. She’s English (Earl Grey) and obsessed with waffles (caramel rooibos) and strawberries (strawberry tisane). This is a low-caffeine tea because the character is stressed out pretty much all the time. The last thing she needs is more zing in her fret.

The result smells like CRACK. You should smell this thing. Creamy and Earl-y and rich with berries.

The taste, however… is okay… but not great. I think that all the strawberry I hurled in there might have too much hibiscus lurking in it.

The flavor is, like, tangy? And not in the best way?

When I swallow, it’s great. But when it’s actively being sipped and in my mouth, it’s both bland and a bit much.

This might actually be good iced. Hot, it’s meh.

I feel like I might have messed this up a little bit, but you live, you learn. Feel free to try it, though, and all of the other Space Cases themed teas I made. Every single one has proceeds that go to charity. I am not taking your money, which is for the best, because I can’t promise any of them are good.

Ah, Adagio. You are the tea world’s Willie Wonka factory, and I appreciate you.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

This tea is a signature blend.

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Empress Rajini/Simple Loose Leaf

“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground,” Cersei famously said in the first season of Game of Thrones.

If you think fighting for dominance isn’t for you, try Empress Rajini. She seems to have her tea game on point. Think of all the tea you could have if you were in charge. Delicious, delicious tea.

I steeped this cup to go along with a donut I procured from the break room. (Why are there never, say, apples in there?)

The blend looked flowery and rich and dark, a perfect compliment to my chocolate-frosted confection.

And BOOM, I was right. This rose-lavender-fruit confection was the perfect counterpoint to the black tea in the blend and the chocolate from the donut. The whole thing was an IMMACULATE pick-me-up. Delicious. Wonderfully balanced, sweet, and ladylike.

I suspect Rajini is a fair and beloved empress.

If you don’t want to risk your life to rule, you could just buy the tea from Real Simple Loose Leaf, I guess.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf

Description

Black tea, lavender, and rose petals with mango and peach flavor

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Tea Rex/Adagio Teas. . .

This tea is designed to “help you roar louder, roam wider and grow up big and strong, just like a real T. Rex.” WOW, GUYS. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY GREAT PLAN.

You’d think that a tea named “tea rex” would be caffeinated, but nope, which means you can enjoy your transformation to King of the Upper Cretaceous Period at ANY TIME OF DAY. The sweetness of the honeybush mingles nicely with the tea’s chocolate & berry notes. It also, for the record, goes nicely with the donut I enjoyed this morning.

If you get a chance, you should go to Adagio Teas’ listing for this. It’s part of a decaf 3-set that also includes “Rocket Fuel” and “Monster Brew.” The packaging for all three of these tins is SO cute. There are tins with lovely, bright illustrations. This would make a great gift for a friend with kids. They can feel like they’re having tea like their parents, but without the caffeine. (The only thing scarier than a little T-Rex is a little T-Rex full of energy.) (Is it obvious I don’t have children?)

Wishing you all a lovely day full of roaring and conquering!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal/Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas

Description

A delicious tea to help you roar louder, roam wider and grow up big and strong, just like a real T. Rex.

blended with honeybush tea, apple pieces, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips (contains soy lecithin), raspberries, natural chocolate flavor, dried cherries, natural wild cherry flavor & safflower

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