Lemon Ginger from Voce Fruit Tea. . . .

Even though I am a 10-15 daily cuppa tea drinker kinda gal, sometimes I just want something else.  Something a bit different and that is normally when I find myself drawn to herbals or fruit tisanes.  That is where Voce Fruit Tea comes into play.

I was looking for some kind of dried fruit or inclusions that I could easily throw into my water bottle to help me drink more water.  I’m not a fan of the powdered kool aid style drinks or the liquid equivalent.  I wanted something a bit healthier that would last at least a day without having a huge impact in the terms of waste and without me having to cut up a ton of fruit every morning.  I had seen a few other types of single serving dried fruit packs where you can toss a few pieces into water, but I didn’t like all of the waste that accompanied them.  So when Voce Fruit Tea popped up in my search, I was super excited to see what they had to offer.

Voce Fruit Tea was founded in the hopes of finding a way to create a healthy hot fruit beverage that adults and children alike would enjoy (along with a few other reasons) that didn’t require a ton of sugar or honey added to the beverage.  Instead of using tea leaves, Voce Tea uses huge pieces of dried fruit to create their flavor combos. So instead of having a bag full of tea leaves, you have a bag full of organic fruit and spices.    The tea bags they use are environmentally friendly to boot.   Exactly what I was looking for.

So finally the time came to try the first flavor that caught my eye, Lemon Ginger.  With all of the sick ick going around my house lately, Lemon Ginger blends have been my go to.  This tea bag contained huge pieces of ginger and a lemon slice. What I love was seeing regular ginger pieces instead of crystallized ginger.

Brewed with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for 7 minutes, fresh notes of lemon were quickly filling the air.

I allowed the tea to cool for a few moments and took my first sip- and I AM IN LOVE.  For all of my lemon ginger fans, check this fruit tea out.  You will not be disappointed.  What to know why? Because this fruit tea tastes exactly like what it is supposed to. Lemon and Ginger. Gorgeous fresh lemon citrus notes play off of the spiced ginger so beautifully. What you see is literally what you get. No added sugar or added preservatives.

I eagerly sipped this tea down and begun to prep another cuppa.  And then another, and then another.  I think I had at least five or six steepings of the tea last night and wanted to see how far I could draw out the flavor so I tossed the tea bag into a glass of ice water and still am getting that wonderful lemon ginger flavor, though less in strength of course- and I’ve refilled my glass at least four times today.

After having just one of their offerings, I know I’m going to be a daily Voce Fruit Tea drinker.  Such an easy way to incorporate more water into my life.  I’m so excited to try out the other flavors. . . .Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon and Cherry Lemon Apple. . . I’m looking at you!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Fruit/Tisane
Where to Buy:  Voce Fruit Teas
Description

After we started Voće, we had a close friend, Quentin, who told us that he really liked lemon ginger teas. Not wanting to disappoint, we started this flavor just for him. We have designated it Brew #17 because Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet.

And we’re so glad we did because few flavors go together as well as lemon and ginger. In our blend, we don’t skimp on either. Voće lemon and ginger tea features whole slices of lemon and big chunks of ginger, for a refreshing taste that is out of this world! Like many of our teas, one bag of lemon ginger can be used to brew several cups of Voće.

Ingredients: Organic dried lemon slices, organic dried ginger.  Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Watermelon from Fox Tea Club. . . .

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I don’t really like watermelon.

GASP. Don’t tell summer. But for real– I am a fruit fiend, but something about melon (cantaloupe and honeydew included) just doesn’t really do it for me. In fact, I’ve even been known to scoff at a bowl of “filler fruit” alongside my omelet at breakfast. Bring me berries, or nothing at all!

That said– a little sub-quirk of this particular quirk is that I really love watermelon-flavored things. (I know, I don’t get it either.) Something about the concentrated, bright tanginess is spectacular to my palate– especially when it’s in iced tea form! Which, of course, is exactly how I brewed up this tea sample. Immediately, it turned a gorgeous, bright berry red. After a night in the fridge, this one was fully steeped. Fascinatingly enough, this brew boasts ZERO watermelon or watermelon flavoring, and yet, this blend totally hits all those familiar watermelon flavors.

My only tiny gripe is that the hibiscus in this blend is… overpowering. It is SUPER tart, and almost distractingly hibiscus-y. I want more of that yummy, watermelon-y goodness, but all my brain can process of the end notes of each sip is “hibiscus! hibiscus!”– kind of a bummer. That said, I can totally forsee this blend making for perfect, summery sun tea. In fact, you melon-lovers unlike myself could totally throw a few slices of your melon of choice inside a cold glass for a refreshing summery treat. Mmm– summer in a glass.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Fox Tea Club
Description

The remarkable blend of red hibiscus, tart cherries, red bilberry, aromatic rose petals, and rose hips combine sweetly in this remarkable “watermelony” summer tea. It is especially refreshing as served iced on a summer afternoon. Add a touch of sugar or honey to bring out the fruitiness of the brew.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Maui Mango from Tiesta Tea. . . .

Friends, grab your grass skirts and sunscreen– we’re going to Hawaii.

JUST KIDDING. I wish I weren’t, of course– but a few sips of this delightful fruit infusion and we may as well be on a tropical island. Filled with chunks of dried and sweetened fruit, bits of electric-yellow and orange safflower, you don’t even have to smell this tea to feel its summery vibes. I’ll admit– I’ve only ever made this one cold-brew-style– while I’m certain that it would be delightful hot, if I’m going to be channeling my inner vacation vibes, I want a cold beverage.

If you’re worried that these flavors won’t translate without hot water to wake them up, fear not. This cold brew is full of bright, tropical, sweet and fruit flavors. Mango, of course, is prominent, but a delightful array of varied citrus notes backs it up pretty prominently. This one is abundantly sweet on its own, which can sometimes be a little overwhelming– but served half and half with some plain sparkling water, you’ve got yourself a mocktail worthy of any island vacation.

Now, if someone could just point me to the beach…


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea
Description

This incredible citrus fusion of mangos, pineapple and oranges brings a mouthwatering tropical vacation right to your lips.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Organic Athena’s Lemon Olive Leaf Blend from Simpson and Vail’s Monthly Subscription Box. . .

Who doesn’t love a subscription box? I know I love them – especially tea subscription boxes.   For a while I was getting 52Teas, BlendBee, and Plum Deluxe subscription boxes (which I loved) but I wanted to try out a few different companies this go around. So last week I decided I would give our friends at Simpson and Vail’s subscription box a go.  Simpson and Vail have a lot of different offerings when it comes to teas so I was hoping by signing up, I would be able to experience some of their teas that I haven’t gotten around to picking up.  Athena’s Lemon Olive Leaf Blend was one of those blends and I was so excited to see it in my first box.

Athena’s Lemon Olive Leaf Blend is a blend of olive leaf, lemongrass, and ginger root.  So think of your traditional lemon ginger tea with a slight twist.  Brewed with water at boiling and allowed to steep for 5 minutes plus (I actually got a phone call and couldn’t get to the tea right away), this tea hits the spot on this cold midwestern blustery day.  Solid lemon notes, that sweet and spicy hint of ginger, along with this almost herbaceous olive oil finish delivers a solid soothing and comforting cuppa.  (Yep.  There is a slight hint of an olive oil flavor in my cuppa.  And you know what I love it.  )

Smooth crisp spiced lemony goodness . One of those blends where the ginger and lemon are balanced out perfectly and gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling.

This tea is giving me all the loving I need while still battling this awful cold I’ve had for the last few days. One of the better herbal blends I’ve had in a while.  Really digging it and am on my fourth cup as I write this review up.  Can’t wait to enjoy this as a cold brew!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail
Description

The aroma of fresh lemon greets your nose as you sip this delightful blend. The golden cup explodes with a lemony goodness that lingers on the palate refreshingly. This all organic brew is great hot or iced.

Ingredients: Organic olive leaf, organic ginger root, organic lemon mytle, organic lemon peel, organic lemongrass

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Blood Orange Herbal from Simple Loose Leaf. . . .

I purchased myself a subscription to Simple Loose Leaf because I simply did not have enough tea in my house. *

* (Full disclosure: this is a filthy, no-holds-barred lie).

My most recent package had an Earl Grey tea, a genmaicha, an oolong, and this herbal tea, which I think is a nice, well-rounded mix. Lots of flavor profiles. Great intro, especially to someone who perhaps doesn’t know tea very well.

The Blood Orange Herbal contains “Rooibos, Orange peel, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple pieces, Safflowers, and Rose petals with Orange, vanilla, and lemon flavor.” Simple Loose Leaf says this is a summery blend, which I totally agree with, so I decided to ice it to accompany my dinner.

I’m glad I did! The sweetness of the rooibos and apple play nicely against the tang of the orange and hibiscus. A velvety sweet lemon balances gallantly atop the tableau, almost an afterthought, a kiss.

This tea is essentially a maypole dance of flavors. It has me looking forward to when the spring/summer finally comes.  This tea gives me hope that sunshine is around the corner!


Here’s the scoop!

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

Blood Orange is a melody of orange and apple with the earthy flavor of rooibos as the backdrop. It will remind you of summer no matter the time of year.

Ingredients: Rooibos, Orange peel, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple pieces, Safflowers, and Rose petals with Orange, vanilla, and lemon flavor

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!