Magic Moon from Tealyra. . . .

Black green blends, such as this tea, Magic Moon by Tealyra, are always a bit perplexing to me. Should I brew them more aggressively like I would a black? Or would it be better to let cooler waters prevail as they would when making a green? Do I split the difference? Well with this particular tea I decided to steep it in 185F water for 2.5 minutes.

This one is interesting. No bitterness from the green or black but also not much flavor. It does have a fuller body than a green tea alone would and yet not as full as a straight black would be. Flavorwise it is mild and fruity, though not the typical fruit flavors of apple, orange, berries, etc. Instead it has a slight tropical fruit/passion fruit vibe which is quite nice. Also, thankfully, the rose hips don’t make this tart at all.

This is gentle and sweet but in the big scheme of things, maybe not one I will remember. Plus, for my personal preferences and though I can appreciate the benefits of a blend, I think I would prefer either a green tea or a black tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black/Green Tea Blend
Where to Buy: Tealyra
Description

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Tealyra. . . .

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is one of many Tealyra teas shared with me by a friend. It is also the first Tealyra tea I am ever trying. Comprised of apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peels, white chocolate chips, flavoring, freeze-dried yoghurt and rhubarb pieces, I decided this might be best as an iced tea. I steeped the tea per the recommended steeping parameters, brewing this for 4 minutes in 200F water and topping it with ice.

In light of the hibiscus and rosehips, I expected some of that familiar tartness but there is none of that here. None at all. If I am being honest, in a strawberry RHUBARB pie tea, you would expect some tart so this is one instance where the absence of hibiscus is not really desirable. Without any tart component, the sweet of the apple takes over. I get some semblance of what could be strawberry flavor if I put my mind to it but more than anything it is a generic apple/fruity flavor. Between the sweet and the creaminess from the white chocolate, this does have a dessert vibe but not pie per se.

Drinking this tea, I have to say it is a bit of a miss for me, at least when prepared as an iced tea. That doesn’t mean that it is bad because it isn’t but it does fail to deliver on what’s promised by the name. If I stretch my imagination, I can taste a fruit and whipped cream dessert or maybe even a strawberry and white chocolate mousse but nothing says baked goods here and rhubarb is missing entirely. It’s a fun tea to try and I would be interested to see if this is more reminiscent of its namesake when brewed as a hot tea. One thing’s for sure…despite not being what I expected, it does have me excited to try the other Tealyra teas in my stash.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal/Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tealyra
Description

Classic flavors of home baked strawberry rhubarb pie! Reminiscent of summer harvested rhubarb baking extravaganzas, our Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has real rhubarb pieces blended together with a touch of hibiscus and apple, giving it the authentic sweet and tart taste of summer’s harvest. Garden fresh, light and comforting, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie herbal tea is naturally sweet and will convert any rhubarb naysayer with its deliciously mouth-watering flavor and appeal

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Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra

cherry-fantasy-792Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black, Green, Roiboos, Etc.

Where to Buy: TeaLyra

Tea Description:

Imagine bowls full of juicy plump cherries, a summer breeze and easy living, ahh, a Cherry Fantasy! Top quality black tea provides the perfect base to our favourite cherry black tea! We think our blend has the best combination of both sour cherries, and sweet acerola cherries, offering a truly balanced cherry flavour! This brews a robust black cup, with bright cherry notes and a subtle ginger flavour.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra is the tea of the day filling my cup!  Right off the bat I will tell you that I am overjoyed this doesn’t have hibiscus in it!  I find that hibiscus is overdone in fruity teas like cherry for example and often power the rest of the flavor.  So…thumbs up…already!

Black tea, sour cherries, freeze-dried Acerola cherries, freeze-dried fig pieces, and freeze-dried sour cherry pieces are the ingredients of this tea.  I love that they used freeze-dried fruit in this, too!

Cherry Fantasy Tea from TeaLyra is nicely done and can be enjoyed hot or cold as-is.  The Cherry Trio is at the prefect flavor intensity.  I have to say that this is one of the best (if not THE best) cherry flavored black teas I have had to date!  This one really surprised me and I am very happy about that!  If you are a fan of natural cherry give this tea a try!

 

Butterscotch Potion White Tea Blend by Tealyra

ButterscotchTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White blend.

Where to Buy: Tealyra

Tea Description:

The delicious sweet creaminess of butterscotch that is popular the world over now melts seamlessly into your favourite tea! Exclusively blended by Tealux’s expert tea artisans and not available to buy from anywhere else, Butterscotch Potion is certified organic.

Light and delicate organic white tea forms the base of the blend, melting into mid-notes of spicy pink peppercorn and cinnamon and balancing out the sweet, creamy top notes of marigold and natural butterscotch flavoring. The natural sweetness of butterscotch is perfectly complemented by the deep but never overpowering spiciness of pepper and cinnamon. Producing a light gold-coloured infusion when steeped in hot water, Butterscotch potion is the perfect naturally sweet treat for any time of the day.

Ingredients: Organic White Tea, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Pink Peppercorn, Organic Marigolds, Natural Flavors

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Let me start by clearing something up from what I understand. Originally I bought this tea from Tealux which is a well known tea company across Europe and America and for good reason. However, when I went to get the information and links for this review I found that they have since changed their name. So Tealux does not exist any more and is instead replaced by Tealyra as of the start of October 2015. We are ensured that the company itself is remaining the same in regards to suppliers and blends for what it has to offer, but that the head office has decided to change their name which in turn changes the name of the company and ergo the website. This means that even though my bag says Tealux on it that any orders under the new name of Tealyra will contain the same blend but in a different bag. With this new information dealt with lets get down to the review.

Butterscotch is a pudding I remember well from my school days and thinking about it again has put a smile on my face. For anyone that has not tried butterscotch before the best way I can describe it’s flavour is a mixture of toffee, caramel, treacle and cream all in one delicious goo. A tall order for a tea but I’m excited to try it non the less.

Upon opening the packet I am met with a large leaf and floral blend, which was not quite as I imagined it somehow. I was expecting pieces of butterscotch in the blend to create the flavour, instead we have ‘natural flavours’ in their place to create a synthetic version. With that in mind I give it a sniff, and while it’s sweet (and again floral) it just is not butterscotch like. It does smell creamy and well it’s still a pleasant scent but not quite right.

This will be interesting! I put two teaspoons of leaf (as it’s large leaf) into my steeping mug with 90C water for roughly 3-4 minutes.

The resulting tea liquid is golden brown in colour and bares a sweet scent that actually does resemble butterscotch rather well. Less floral than it’s raw blend form but not as creamy or thick as actual butterscotch.

In terms of flavour this is very pleasant, a dark, toffee and treacle mix (without a lot of sweetness) with some creamy, floral undertones that linger in the after taste. It’s not bitter but I think the flavours would be enhanced a bit better with some sugar or honey, just to make it more butterscotch like. Even without anything extra it still does have a butterscotch essence and though it may not be perfect it’s still very well created.

As it cools it becomes creamier and a little thicker in the after taste, particularly the floral tones. At this point I can taste the white tea a little better and it’s also becoming increasingly dry.

Overall I would say this blend lives up to it’s name. It’s butterscotch enough to please the nostalgia of my youth for little to no calories in the process. Both of those facts make this blend a winner.

Citron Potion Oolong Tea from Tealyra

CitronPotionTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tealyra

Tea Description:

One of our most popular flavored teas, Citron Potion is a special blend of supreme jasmine scented oolong that has been cured with rare jasmine blossoms, a unique blend of herbs and a combination of refreshing citrus fruits.  This organic oolong tea will quickly become a favorite with the pick me up natural orange oil, hint of organic lemon myrtle and the unmistakable rare flavor and aroma of the jasmine flower.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little worried about the tea leaf to ‘other stuff ratio when I opened the package of Citron Potion Oolong from Tealyra. I saw nary a leaf compared to the intense amount of jasmine flowers. The package smelled amazing though, and I made to pick out enough loosely rolled oolong leaves as possible. The style of oolong looked to be a baozhong. Those are among my favorite types of oolong, so I was hopeful about this brew.

Wanting to allow the leaves to do some crazy expansion, I loading 5g of tea into my gravity steeper, and doused it with 190 degree water. To my surprise, I watched the seemingly small amount of tea leaf expand to fill over half of the gravity steeper. The leaves were large and entirely uncut. Huh. Happy to see the expansion of the leaf, I got excited to try the brew. Phew!

The steeped leaf is quite fleshing and light. Tasting the tea, I can easily recognize the bouquet of floral notes that the oolong lays out for me. Roses, peony, and lilies. They are complimented by the sweetness of the orange oil, which probably takes the cake for the topmost note in this tea. I am having a had time finding the jasmine flower essence in this tea. Perhaps the flowers are just a carrier for the orange flavoring. Either way, I am pretty happy with how this tea came out.

I tried this tea two ways, brewed hot, and cold brewed in a large jug. Both methods produce a silky mouthfeel and really great and strong oolong-y flavors and citrus. This is going to be a great summer tea to get me through the dog days of summer! That is, if it ever gets warm again, it’s been so cold and rainy in the Mile High City lately! I’m wearing gloves to type this review, my fingers are freezing. This tea makes me wistful for summer, one day it will come, right? Right??