1st Place Tea: Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas

Depending on where you live, you may have seen some snowflakes flying on the air this time of year, which would be the perfect time to brew up a cup of Snowflake tea from Aromatica Fine Teas.

This is an award-winning blend, taking 1st place in the North American Tea Championships in 2011.  Thinking about tea championships puts some silly images in my head, like some kind of tea Olympics, with little packs of tea on a snowy downhill ski slope.  Anyway, the story is getting away from me.

Like beautiful, white, creamy snowdrifts, this black tea is blanketed with extra vanilla and creamy flavors.  This tea is somewhere between a breakfast blend and a dessert blend, so that means it can be brewed up just about any time of day.  In addition to the vanilla, there are coconut flakes, which add their usual creamy, buttery taste. Luckily there’s not too much coconut, and this moderation keeps the brew from getting too oily.

What really sets this blend apart are the real slivers of almond.  These stylish blonde slivers go beyond the typical marzipan flavoring, and add real, sweet, nuttiness from actual nuts as ingredients.  With smooth almond and lush coconut shavings, this tea taste a bit more like a coconut cookie than a simple coconut cream tea.

Overall, Snowflake is a really solid vanilla tea blend, super drinkable and smooth.  I drank it black, but it would amazing as a latte or made hot-cocoa-style, topped with marshmallows.  The blend isn’t too sweet, nor too plain.

I know coconut is traditionally a tropical flavor, but with a name like Snowflake, this can be your next favorite winter brew.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Aromatica Fine Teas
Description:

A fabulous almond coconut tea. Brew it in steamed milk for a Tropical Fog. Ceylon and China black tea, coconut rasps, flavour, almond flakes.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Earl Grey Manhattan from Aromatica Fine Teas. . . . . .

This morning’s pick, Earl Grey Manhattan, has won awards, guys. Awards. And not just “whoops!” awards where the award went to them accidentally. (Oscar joke! Timely!) A real “best earl grey” at the North American Tea Championship.

The competition looked like this

(Original Artwork by Super Starling!)

And I can see why it did such a great job. The tea is obviously really high quality — it has deep earth, flower, and chocolate/raisin notes, a complexity that you just can’t get from a cheap-o tea bag off the street. (Or, I guess, in a supermarket. There probably aren’t a lot of black market tea vendors.) The bergamot is more relaxed and less shrill than bergamot can be. The texture is really silky, with a light tongue coating.

Smooth.

If you have a friend or loved one who is a bit of an Earl Grey snob, I recommend sending them this to try. It’s… a winner.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Aromatica Fine Teas
Description

North American Tea Championship: 1st Place – Earl Greys category – 2013 Fall – Hot Teas Division

Also known as “Manhattan Earl Grey” yields a bright taste and extremely fragrant cup.  Black tea, sunflower blossoms, flavour, mallow blossoms.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Chai Sansibar Rooibos from Aromatica Fine Teas. . . . .

Chai Sansibar Rooibos sounds like it came from a far away land, doesn’t it? Chai Sansibar Rooibos from Aromatica Fine Teas is a chai flavored red rooibos tisane.

It’s described on the company’s website as a delightful vanilla rooibos chai. They also mention that its an outstanding alternative when brewed in apple juice or cranberry juice. Now THIS I might have to try in the near future! But first straight-up, stand-alone, as-is, by itself!

Less is more with the ingredients in this one as it only contains Rooibos, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, red pepper, bruised peppercorns, vanilla. As you can see many of your stereotypical chai spices but paired with a naturally caffeine-free red rooibos base making it ideal for evenings!

I would say that the red rooibos is the primary flavor in this one then you can taste the mishmash of spices followed by the sweet, smooth, and creamy vanilla. Overall I did like this chai alternative but it wouldn’t have been the same if it was missing the vanilla. It’s what seemed to make it all come full circle! YUM!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Aromatica Fine Teas
Description

A delightful vanilla rooibos chai.  Outstanding alternative when brewed in apple juice or cranberry juice.  Rooibos, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, red pepper, bruised peppercorns, vanilla.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Walnut Green Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas

This tea is like Winnie the Pooh — everything in it is alive, well-rounded, and sweet. The stately green tea (Wise Owl) is offset with the sweet sugar/hazelnut bits (Pooh), bright candied pineapple bits (Tigger!), coconut rasps (Kanga and Roo), and Walnut/Almond pieces (deep and calm like Eeyore).

You could see yourself packing this up in a travel mug, plunking it into a picnic basket, and going off into a field. It’d be just the right moment in spring. The ground would be a little damp, but you’d be okay with it. You’d sip this as you get whisked into cartoon animal adventures. The sun would be bright and you’d get your first tiny tinge of tan (or sunburn) of the season.

What a nice day.

I wish it were spring instead of winter. I used up this sample too soon!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored Green Tea
Where to Buy: Aromatica Fine Teas
Description

Chinese green tea, sencha, brittle bits (sugar,hazlenuts), coconut rasps, candied pineapple bits, walnut pieces, flavour, almond pieces.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas

Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas is a 1st Place Winner of the North American Tea Championships 2011 and contains black tea, coconut flakes, and almond bits and smells delicious!

Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas is one of the companies best sellers and I can see why! The black tea base is a heftier strength and brews to a reddish brown color while the aroma is heavy on the coconut followed by a good deal of almond.

There are sweet, creamy, nutty, and dark cocoa-type black tea flavors that swirl around as you sip this Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas. If you like coconut you will most likely enjoy this flavored black tea. The slivers of coconut are really potent and tasty and so is this tea! Yum! Double Yum, even!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Aromatica Fine Teas

Description

North American Tea Championship: 1st place – Flavored Black Tea category – 2011 Fall – Hot Teas Division.

A fabulous almond coconut tea.  Brew it in steamed milk for a Tropical Fog.  Ceylon and China black tea, coconut rasps, flavour, almond flakes.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!