Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf. . . .

Hello! Can you hear me? I am yelling out from underneath a hoodie and a blanket, weakened by a head cold, slightly discombobulated. If you’re receiving this message, SEND. MORE. TEA.

This morning, I decided to start off with an oolong that I received in my Simple Loose Leaf box this month. Oolongs are my current favorite tea. I like their shape-shifting, not-black-not-green ways. They’re Loki, the Trickster God, of tea.

This one, Qi Lan Oolong, has a great plum/raisin/stone/earth depth. If I didn’t know it was an oolong, I probably would have guessed it was a black, honestly. It’s very rich and earthy. It’s how I imagine that port wines taste.*  *(I have never tried port wine. When I’m at a bar, I inevitably order Captain-and-diet, every time.)

This is probably going to sound odd, but do you remember the California Raisins?

This tea is them. Aged-tasting, deep, jazzy, raisin-y. Possibly ready to croon you a song.

Or a series of songs: it turns out the California Raisins RELEASED 4 ALBUMS. I’m not making this up. There was even a Michael Jackson California Raisin in one ad.

Although this tea can’t be purchased from Simple Loose Leaf individually, they do make monthly blind boxes, and there are other oolongs on offer here: https://www.simplelooseleaf.com/shop/oolong-tea/


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf
Description

Get 4 amazing loose leaf teas monthly or quarterly plus special membership only discounts! All tea boxes ship on the 1st of the month so order before the end of this month to get the next tea box.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Citrus Hibiscus Herbal from Simple Loose Leaf. . . .

This is a hibiscus and rooibos blend with one of my favorite flavors, lemongrass! It also has orange and lemon peels so it definitely packs a citrus punch!

I made this into a big pitcher of iced tea. It’s a really pretty red color, and definitely has a really nice citrus flavor. I enjoy rooibos teas that either have spices or citrus flavors to help with the earthiness of rooibos.

This tea is light and crisp and very refreshing. It’s slightly tart and very citrus-y. I had some on a very warm day last week after doing quite a bit of walking and it helped cool me down right away. Hibiscus is known to be a cooling tea, and can actually help lower blood pressure so it was a perfect choice to sip on. Rooibos and Hibiscus teas both have really amazing health benefits. The more I drink tea and learn of the benefits, the happier I am that I gave up coffee for tea.

This is a great spring and summertime tea. Like I said it’s cooling and very hydrating which is very beneficial on those warm summer days when it’s so easy to get overheated. Even though it has a nice tartness from the hibiscus. it also has a slight sweetness and needs no sweetener in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this tea and plan on it making regular appearances in my iced tea rotation this summer as the temperatures rise.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Rooibos
Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for more information about their tea subscription plan.

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Hazelberry Pu’er from Simple Loose Leaf. . . . . .

Valentine’s Day has come and gone but this tea feels like it would have been a perfect fit  for such a sweet, romantic day. This tea contains cocoa nibs,hazelnut flavor and strawberry flavor. The hazelnut flavor is what I taste the most, with a finish of chocolate and strawberries. It also has a slight roasted, earthy flavor from the pu’er tea itself which goes really really well with the other ingredients. I used to love hazelnut lattes back when I drank coffee, so this tea is a real treat. I tasted it plain before adding anything, and it’s pretty sweet on it’s own. It also has natural cream flavor, so it’s got a little bit of sweet and creamy all on it’s own.

I decided to gild the lilly and add a little coconut sugar and coconut milk and sipped away. It was heaven. This would be an amazing tea to have with breakfast, or even a delicious dessert tea. When I closed my eyes and sipped, I almost felt like I was drinking a chocolate covered strawberry!! This tea really is perfectly balanced, because it would be really easy for these flavors to be cloying, but they so aren’t. They make for a nutty, fruity slightly chocolate-y tea that is pretty dang close to perfection. I loved every last drop of this tea, and can’t wait to have another cup.

Whether you make it for a loved one or yourself, it is a delicious, tasty treat!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Pu’er
Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf
Description

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

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Formosa Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf. . . . .

Most oolongs taste like either greens or blacks to me, but this one’s a perfect in-betweener. It’s got that lighter, vegetal green, but throws in a dash of that sexy deep note that I love about black.

There are also other notes here, some sort of a plum/raisin sugar-tartness that really kicks it up a notch. If I were going to going to assign this tea an aura color, it would be a warm autumn purple.

This is the sort of tea that I would sip while exploring an attic while wearing an oversized woolen sweater. Knowing my luck, that attic would be haunted as EFF. I’d open a yearbook from 1934 and be possessed by some girl who died of — I don’t know — polio? The vapors? What did people die of back then?

I wouldn’t be possessed long. In movies, ghosts LOVE their new bodies, but in reality, a ghost from 1934 wouldn’t know how to use my car, phone, or computer at work. She’d probably go “the hell with this” and bounce of her own accord. If our grandparents are any indication, people of that generation loathe the digital area. She’d cross over.

Back to the tea.

I really enjoy this tea. It’s just the right afternoon lift without making my heart dive-bomb out of my chest.

The outside of the bag says Formosa Oolong is a “perfect introduction to the world of Taiwanese tea.”

Okay, Taiwan. You have me interested. I’m ready for a second date.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf 
Description

This semi-fermented tea from Taiwan, gets its name from the Portuguese explorers who called the island Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful’. The copper-red leaves with tips of silver brew into a beautiful bright golden brisk cup with peach undertones. Delicious hot or cold.

Ingredients: Taiwanese Oolong Tea

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Mint Chamomile Rooibus from Simple Loose Leaf

Mint_Chamomile_RooibusTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Roiboos

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Our Mint Chamomile tea will put a smile on your face regardless of the day you are having.  Brew a cup of this floral, sweet and soothing tea and enjoy a wonderfully fresh finish of this beautiful cup of tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mint and Chamomile seems to be an unusual combination – I think I’ve only ever tried one other similar blend. Based on that experience, I’d say that this surprises me. It sounds a little odd to begin with, for sure, but they’re ingredients that do actually work well together. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it approximately 5 minutes in boiling water. I made no additions. The dry leaf itself is very herbal-looking – there are whole yellow chamomile flowers, green shreds of peppermint, red rooibos leaves, and a smattering of creamy white chamomile petals. The scent is predominantly minty, with an underlying sweetness from the vanilla flavouring.