Pineapple Orange Cooler from Steeped Tea. . . .

There’s something about a fruity tea that just can’t be beat in the summertime. When this bright blend popped up in my sample stash, I knew it was going to the be the perfect leaf to cold brew this summer.

Almost immediately in the water, this one turns bright orange– though I can’t confirm, I’m sure it’s from hibiscus.

Brewed cold, this one turns into the perfect summer treat– fruity, a little tart, citrusy. I can’t detect specifically orange or pineapple (and it’s surprisingly pink for its namesake), but it is definitely fruity, sweet, and delicious. If you were making iced tea for a little one, this would be the perfect caffeine- free choice.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Steeped Tea
Description

Ingredients: Apple pieces, Rosehip, Orange pieces, Hibiscus petals, Natural flavors.

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Sparkling Pineapple from Fava Tea. . . . . .

Later last year, my husband and I took an INCREDIBLE honeymoon to Costa Rica. We saw sloths. We hiked through the cloud forest. We slept on a hammock in a rainforest canopy. It. Was. Awesome. But one thing that will stick out in my mind forever and ever til the end of time? THE PINEAPPLE. It was fresh and sweet and abundant every morning, and better than any pineapple I’ve ever had.

So you can imagine since returning, I’ve been on the hunt for any pineapple even remotely as good as our honeymoon treat. I haven’t totally succeeded yet, but it’s been a delicious pursuit. This sweet and fresh herbal tea from Fava makes a great, pineapple-y iced tea. It leans more generically-fruity than specifically pineapple to me, but it has depth of flavor that almost mimics a sweet wine– perfect for a non-alcoholic summery treat. I don’t pick up on anything sparkling, but their name suggestion has got me thinking that this would make an incredible mixer for some plain sparkling water.

Now, sipping this at home? Awesome. Sipping this on a hammock overlooking a beach in Central America? Get me on a plane, stat!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Fava Tea
Description

Our Sparkling Pineapple Herbal is like nothing you have ever tasted before! This light, fruity and elegant herbal tea is a delicious pineapple overload! We blend white cornflower blossoms and yellow marigold blossoms which undertone the sweet pineapple with a floral compliment. Delicious hot or iced this is one you’ll want on hand all year long!

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Sunset from Salt Sisters Online.. . . .

Sunset is a herbal tisane from Salt Sisters Online. My family located it at a little shop in Bemus Point, New York, where they sold some of the Salt Sisters products. I have to say I have only ever tried two teas/tisanes from this company and I enjoy both of them. With SUNSET – I’m sure it had something to do with the LOVELY MINTINESS!

The herbal blend is made up of Balm, Peppermint, Blackberry, Lemongrass, Chamomile, and a variety of flowers.

It’s a fantastic calming offering that is for sure. They said to sip the tea that calms the mind and lets the day drift away. I think this is perfect for evenings and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.

I can’t wait to try more of the Salt Sisters offerings. I hope when I go back to the little shop in Bemus Point that I can find them there still.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy:  Salt Sisters Online
Description

Sip the tea that calms the mind and lets the day drift away. This relaxing herbal tea with a blend of peppermint, blackberry leaves, lemongrass, chamomile and floral scents is a perfect way to unwind in preparation of a peaceful night’s sleep.

Ingredients:
Balm, peppermint, blackberry leaves, lemongrass, chamomile, lavender flowers, rose petals, orange blossoms and heath flowers

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Lavender Ginger Mint from Yerba Buena Tea. . . . .

Well, friends, the plague has hit our home. It feels like we’ve been sick for a thousand years, but it’s probably closer to three weeks. After having no taste for tea (WHO AM I) for the first two weeks, and drowning my coughing sorrows in all the throat coat tea in the tri-city area, I was finally feeling like branching out. This herbal blend from Yerba Buena was everything I was craving.

While all three of these particular herbals have a tendency to be overpowering, in this blend, they work PERFECTLY. Maybe it’s the softer, sweeter spearmint, or the gentle hint of lavender and ginger in the background, this cuppa is just as appropriate for an omg-get-me-some-sick-day tea variety as it would be for a bedtime wind-down. Mmm. Just the ticket.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Yerba Buena Tea
Description

You’re a butterfly, floating gently above the French countryside, hills of purple lavender rolling for miles in the sun. The minty fresh ginger goodness from a cup of steeping herbal brew wafts up and wakes you from a daydream so joyful you can hardly believe it’s true. Could it be that this is only tea?

 

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Antivirus from TeaTaxi. . . . .

One thing I never realized until I started drinking tea is that when I get sick, my tastebuds stop working. Sometimes when I’m sick, my food still tastes the same but with tea there is almost a void in my tastebuds. It is like some of my tastebuds work and some are muted so everything is just off and it is all too clear that something is missing. It’s at these times I either try to drink teas I didn’t really love to being with or sick teas such as this Antivirus tea by TeaTaxi.

Made with peppermint, spearmint, rosehips, almonds, apples, ginger, rose, sunflower, calendula, osmanthus, hibiscus, and natural flavors, this is not something I would ever care to drink under normal circumstances. However, the collection of ingredients is tolerable and even nice when sick.

I brewed this both hot and iced, steeping both for 7 minutes in 200F degree water. Then I got suckered into going grocery shopping with my mother so both teas were left on the counter in their respective thermoses for a couple hours.

Starting with the iced tea, I am getting mint…mint and maybe ginger. That void is still present so the flavors are all lost for the most part but the tea feels good on my throat as I sip. Hot (well…warm), this tea has a lot more mint flavor. While the iced tea was more smooth and peppermint-like, hot it is more medicinal/spearmint tasting. Ginger is also more noticeable in the hot tea but as a soothing ginger tingle at the back of my throat. Other than that, everything else is M.I.A.

I don’t mind the lack of flavor because the tea is doing what I want and that’s soothing my sore throat and cough and hydrating me when I am not feeling 100%, especially the hot tea. If I am being honest, my preferred cold tea is probably Cold 911 by DAVIDsTEA but this is not a bad alternative.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tea Taxi
Description

An infusion of peppermint, spearmint, apples and ginger to help you make it through the winter. It’ll warm you from the inside out.

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