Indian Masala Chai from Storehouse Teas. . . .

This black tea is visually stunning! Blended with traditional Indian Masala spices in their whole form, you can see the cinnamon, cardamom, and clove within this blend. In addition to being able to see the spices used to create this blend, you can immediately smell the clove and cardamom as you open the package. It’s recommended to brew this for approximately 5 minutes, and it does brew dark – even for a black tea.

On the palate, this tea has a spicy aftertaste that I would almost describe as peppery. I drank mine hot without sugar or milk, but I think this would be a beautiful blend for an iced Chai tea latte!

Regardless of your opinion about this specific blend, I do encourage you to check out Storehouse Teas. They provide organic, fair-trade teas and assist both refugees and small farmers find employment. Their business model and theory is wonderful, and their teas are priced for everyday enjoyment. With such a large selection, I’m sure you can find something that is perfect for your favorite cuppa.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black/Chai
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Tea
Description

A robust and classic full flavored black tea blended with traditional whole Indian Masala spices, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and clove, this tea is bold and stimulating. Masala Chai should be brewed strong and served sweet with milk when hot or pour it over ice as a chilled Chai tea latte.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Tropical Fruit from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Confession: I’ve written two reviews for this tea. The first review was written longhand in my journal after a party where I made a few non-tea-beverage tactical errors. It said:

“This tea tastes like what’d it be like to receive a Care Bear Stare.”

The rest of it is, basically, incomprehensible, mostly in terms of handwriting. So I’m writing it again.

“Tropical Fruit” ‘s ingredients include organic orange peel, organic apple, organic rose petals, organic calendula, and natural fruit flavors. Apples, oranges, and flowers aren’t really all that tropical, but the result is still sweet and fun anyway. It tastes like very vivid pastels might taste. I’d probably qualify this taste as more of a “spring” than a “summer” (as the tropics might be), but the accuracy of title-to-flavor isn’t one of my major sticking points.

I’ve drank both of these samples iced. It seems fitting to enjoy the tropics with a cool beverage at your hand.

Cold temperatures also seem to bring out the sweetness in a tea, which I especially enjoy doing with rooibos. It brings out a velvety, vanilla-like quality that makes everything taste like a wash of ice cream.

Or, you know, the Care Bear Stare.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Tea
Description

Combines natural exotic tropical fruit flavors with caffeine free, Fair Trade red and green rooibos makes this infusion deliciously refreshing and rich in anti-oxidants. Excellent iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Tropical Fruit from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Confession: I’ve written two reviews for this tea. The first review was written longhand in my journal after a party where I made a few non-tea-beverage tactical errors. It said:

“This tea tastes like what’d it be like to receive a Care Bear Stare.”

The rest of it is, basically, incomprehensible, mostly in terms of handwriting. So I’m writing it again.

“Tropical Fruit” ‘s ingredients include organic orange peel, organic apple, organic rose petals, organic calendula, and natural fruit flavors. Apples, oranges, and flowers aren’t really all that tropical, but the result is still sweet and fun anyway. It tastes like very vivid pastels might taste. I’d probably qualify this taste as more of a “spring” than a “summer” (as the tropics might be), but the accuracy of title-to-flavor isn’t one of my major sticking points.

I’ve drank both of these samples iced. It seems fitting to enjoy the tropics with a cool beverage at your hand.

Cold temperatures also seem to bring out the sweetness in a tea, which I especially enjoy doing with rooibos. It brings out a velvety, vanilla-like quality that makes everything taste like a wash of ice cream.

Or, you know, the Care Bear Stare.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy: Storehouse Tea
Description

Combines natural exotic tropical fruit flavors with caffeine free, Fair Trade red and green rooibos makes this infusion deliciously refreshing and rich in anti-oxidants. Excellent iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Elderberry Blend from Storehouse Teas. . . .

I literally purchased this tea because it was purple.

I also like berries, and I have to cut back on caffeine, so this tea seemed to check off a lot of my boxes. But mostly I will buy anything in purple. I once drove a purple car. She looked precisely like this.

Like the ingredients, Elderberry Blend’s steeped final result is a plum/magenta color. It’s super-appealing in my clear travel container.

But enough about the appearance! WHAT OF THE FLAVOR? YOU ASK.

Elderberry Blend tastes great iced on-the-go. Granted, in today’s case, “on-the-go” means “at my desk,” but I traveled with it to a county fair yesterday. The berries are sweet, but the hibiscus/currants/raisins give it a tart edge that keep the sweetness from being overwhelming.

It tastes like a low-key superhero woman. Like, maybe a lawyer who defends people who have been harmed by evil companies. Kind but NO NONSENSE. She doesn’t flip cars over with her muscles; she flips THE PATRIARCHY over with her MIND. Like, maybe Scully from X-Files would be the fictional equivalent of this tea.

Not JUST because the tea brews up sort of red.

But maybe PARTIALLY because the tea brews up sort of red.

I’m hoping to work my way into other parts of the rainbow in later posts. Stay tuned. 😉


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

This succulent blend of Caffeine Free herbs and fruits imparts a refreshing deep berry flavor, tart with a subtle sweetness creating a satisfying deep dark red infusion. Contains powerful anti-oxidants which may help expel toxins, relieve sore throat, and shorten the flu cycle. Excellent iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Superfruit Goji Berry from Storehouse Teas. . . .

I ordered myself a few samples from Storehouse Tea, and when they arrived, I gleefully told my office tea-mate, “IT’S TEA-TRYING TUESDAY.” She excitedly nodded and took herself a sample.

Guys, it’s Wednesday.

I don’t know if she didn’t notice either, or if she was just being nice.

Anyway, today’s blend, Superfruit Goji Berry, is a green tea with berries (obviously) and lemongrass. I made myself some iced tea with it because it’s summer, even though I had to wear a hoodie to the gym this morning. (What is this? Iceland?) (You don’t know where I’m from, I just realized. It’s Pennsylvania.)

The berries are a little bit tart, which is offset by the lemongrass, which is so sweet it is almost minty. (Usually you’d think it’d be the other way around with those flavors). You can taste the green in there, which gives the affair a wry sass. The green here is like a cool substitute teacher, overseeing everything but not sending you to the principal when you curse.

What is a goji berry, you may be wondering. WELL. According to the Holy Grail of Information (uh, the Internet), it contains “all 8 essential amino acids” and “a surprising amount of protein.”

Goji berries also, horrifyingly, “can cause miscarriage.” The site I went to mentioned the “don’t eat these while pregnant” with a really casual air before going on to say that Goji berries make you stronger, thinner, more resistant to disease, and longer-lived. I was like “so… you’re just going to drop that heavy bomb and walk away, site? SERIOUSLY?”

There are only a few berries in here, and they’re dried and mostly for flavor, but this is a thing that I think my review should mention. I’m not using my body to create other, smaller bodies at this time, so this is irrelevant to me. If, however, you’re pregnant, you might want to look into this detail before purchasing this tea. Talk to a professional. Not me. My degree is in fonts, basically.

Anyway, I’m enjoying this tea. I look forward to this superfruit giving me the power to live forever, save orphans from burning buildings, thwart tyrants, stand for social justice, etc. I hope to be the superfruit superhero you have always wanted.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

Bright red Goji berries blended with rich green sencha, lemongrass, and a fruity pomegranate flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!