Lemon Peel Infused Artisan Sugar from Beach House Teas . . .

Adding sugar to tea is something I do from time to time.  For the most part, I thoroughly enjoy enjoy my tea without sweeteners but every once in a while to shake things up I do like to add in honey or agave.  The other day I was enjoying a lovely white tea that just didn’t have the pizzazz I was looking for.  Then I remembered I had received some amazing sugars in the mail from Beach House Teas and I knew I had the answer to liven this tea up.

Lemon Peel Infused Artisan Sugars is a combination of organic pure sugar cane mixed with organic lemon peel granules.  The smell, well think lemon shake up from your county fair.  This sugar is handcrafted and I might add- handcrafted with love.  The presentation of this sugar is gorgeous too!

Sprinkled into my tea- this sugar completed the white peach tea I was drinking beautifully- adding in a smooth but sweet crisp citrus undertone that gave this tea exactly what it needed. Not too    I also tried my hand at a lemon shake up with using just water, ice, and a spoonful of sugar- I was in heaven!

For someone who drinks tea as plain as possible, I can’t imagine not having this sugar around to add in here or there.  I’m excited to pick up some more and bring to a tea party baby shower I”m throwing in a few weeks. I know my aunts will love adding this sweet treat into their teas and coffee!


Here’s the scoop!

Where to Buy:  Beach House Teas
Description

Flavor-infused sugars make amazing gifts, great for when friends stop by unexpectedly for tea, when you just want to curl up under a blanket and cozy up with a cup of something warm, wow your guests with savory sweetness on the rim of cocktail glass or want to add some amazing flavors to your cooking and baking. These sugars make a dramatic statement on a drink or cocktail. Not only are they beautiful, they taste amazing!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

White Cap Chai from Beach House Teas. . . .

When I see those lovely spiced teas, I always get so jealous.  Being one that just doesn’t care for overly spiced teas or chai blends, I always feel like I’m left out of some cool kid’s tea drinking club.   I look at them longingly and try them on occasion, but always find myself having to add in a ton of agave or cream to help offset the brew.  And yes, I know that is part of the chai tea latte set up, but I want to be able to taste the actual tea itself, not just the add ins.

Enter White Cap Chai from Beach House Teas.

First off, this chai tea doesn’t have your traditional tea base.  Instead of having a black or even green tea base, this blend has a lovely white peony tea base that sets the tone in a more subtle way.  No fear of having a very bitter or astringent brew where you have to add in sweeteners or cream- no, this tea base has an all around lighter feel.

Add in your traditional spices like fennel seed cloves, peppercorns, cardamom pods, star anise, ginger, orange peel and my favorite part- cinnamon chips- not just a dusting of cinnamon but honest to goodness large enough so you can see cinnamon chips.  I should say that about all of the ingredients.  No need to squint your eyes to see that these inclusions are high quality and might I add organic.

The brewing parameters on the package had me a bit scared-1 heaping tsp with 6-8 oz- allow to steep for 6-8 minutes at 212F.  White tea is more delicate so I was worried about brewing at boiling but after timer went off at 6 minutes worth of steeping, I was so very happy I did.  I should have know that Beach House Teas would have my back and not steer me wrong.

Right out of the gate there is this lush slightly floral silky feel and some very bright flavors that provide this wonderful first sip.  I instantly fell in love with the cinnamon flavor that has a soft twist of ginger and a hint of the fennel undertones. As this is still a chai tea, those more noticeable chai flavors like cardamom and clove notes are present but they are more apparent towards the end of each sip.  Towards the end of each sip and after the sip is over, you are left with this spicy peppercorn touch on your tastebuds.

I eagerly sipped down my first cup and went back to brew more.  I’m a huge fan (if you couldn’t tell) of this tea and highly recommend anyone who isn’t a chai or spiced fan to check this tea out.  The flavors are light and crisp and are not heavy like a traditional chai or should I say the chais I’ve experienced in the past.  Heavier chais do have their time and place, but for me- White Cap Chai has stolen my heart.  This may be my new morning tea!

If you are interested in checking out this (and I highly recommend you do!) blend or any others, Beach House Teas is offering a 20% discount for our readers- just enter tealover3 at checkout!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Beach House Teas 
Description

White Cap Chai is a lighter version of the traditional chai making it delicate and unique. This beautiful chai is made with 100% organic white peony tea leaves and organic spices. It’s a modern twist on a sweet and spicy classic. The chai gives you a smooth, mellow taste with subtle layers of flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Woodland Trek by Beach House Tea Company. . . . .

I steeped this tea for 8 minutes at 212 degrees with 1.5 teaspoons of leaf in about 6-8 ounces of water.

After steeping, the tea is an interesting peachy color-pinkish-orangeish-amber. It smells mostly of honeybush and a little of hops. The flavor combinations available here are quite intriguing!

First sip: SUPER sweet. It has a light, airy quality to the flavor. It’s not as “earthy” as I’d expect with so much honeybush in it (honeybush and rooibos usually ground a flavor pretty well in my estimation).

The flavor is also much more complex than the fragrance, rather than being dominated by the honeybush and hops flavors. It has the sweetness and woodiness of honeybush, but also a touch of lemony/citrus flavor (which brightens it considerably), just a hint of minty or piney freshness maybe, and some other difficult-to-describe notes.

After consulting the list of ingredients (it’s a relatively long one for a tea blend, although not super-long like a processed food or something) I’ve worked out that the sweetness is probably boosted by the marshmallow leaf (although honeybush is sweet on its own too) and the licorice; the bee pollen is probably what I see dancing in the tea liquid, giving it this peachy color; and the cedar is probably what I was mistaking for minty/piney freshness. All taken together, these notes make a fascinating flavor that’s worth exploring!

I’m really glad I got to try this tea–the dried leaf didn’t smell nearly as appetizing as the tea liquid turned out to be, and I’m glad I gave it the chance to bloom (figuratively speaking, that is–this wasn’t what they call a “blooming tea”).


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Honeybush/Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Beach House Tea Company
Description

Woodland Trek 100% organic loose leaf tea is crafted with honeybush tea with a rich undertone of licorice and sage and snap of organic Oregon hops and a hint of sweetness from bee pollen. This outdoor-rich blend with organic cedar tips invites you to reminisce memories of evenings spent camping or hiking the cascades.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Rose City Rooibos from Beach House Teas. . . . .

Spring and summer are my favorite time for drinking floral teas, complementing the flowers blooming outside of my teacup.  So this seemed like the perfect time to try a cup of Rose City Rooibos from Beach House Teas.

This is the first tea I’ve tried from Beach House Teas so I took a look at their website.  Family-run business in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on organic and wild ingredients, producing hand-blended teas.  They also have an Etsy shop, if that’s more your style.  They even offer herb-infused sugar for cooking, and herb infused salts and bath bombs for the bath.

Let’s get back to the tea at hand, Rose City Rooibos.  Like many tea blends on Beach House Teas, this blend looks great in the dry leaf with beautiful curled rose blossoms in pink and cream, and the rich russet tones of the red rooibos.

Brewed, this tea is smooth and simple, with the nutty, caramel tones of the red rooibos with gentle floral overtones.  The ingredients list says there is peppermint in this blend as well, but the mint gets lost under all the rooibos taste and rose scent. I wouldn’t mind more peppermint in the next batch to help add more dimension to the flavor set of this blend.  I usually favor teas with a bit more punch to their flavors, so I might not brew this one again.  Overall this was very simple and comforting.

This tea’s description calls this a “liquid spa” and I won’t deny that the floral notes are relaxing, and the rose petals are captivating to look at.  A good tea for when you need some relaxing aromatherapy.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Beach House Teas
Description:

Rose City Rooibos is 100% organic loose leaf tea blended with red rooibos tea, rose petals, peppermint, and pure extract. This floral elixir is all about beauty and what better way to surround yourself in beauty than rose petals and rooibos that’s like a liquid spa?

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Romancing the Beach from Beach House Teas. . . . .

First of all, a name like this– Romancing the Beach? So fancy, you guys. Also maybe a little risqué, no?

Sassy name or not, this one had a lot of promise for me, a blend of red rooibos with strawberry and cacao, a touch of hibiscus and rose. Brewed, it’s a beautiful pink (hello, hibiscus!) and smells like a light, floral rooibos. I’ll admit– I had HIGH hopes for the flavor. Cacao? Strawberries? GIMME. But it fell a tiny bit flat on the complexity for me. It was a great rooibos blend, none of that medicinal ick that sometimes is all too present in a red rooibos. But I think I was expecting something more reminiscent of chocolate-covered-strawberries, but I mostly just got a tart, floral rooibos from this cup.

That being said– if I were to make this one again, I think it would be a STELLAR iced tea. Perfect for sipping on a beach– while romancing the beach, even? I’ll defer to Beach House’s expertise on this one.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Beach House Teas
Description

Romancing the Beach is 100% organic loose leaf tea blended with red rooibos tea, Oregon Hood Strawberries, hibiscus, rose petals, rose hips and cocoa nibs because love is always in the air at the beach! This blissful tea is a profusion of hibiscus, exalted by scrumptious strawberries and enveloped with delicious rose petals notes. A delight you will return to over and over again.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!