Nefertiti from Tay Tea- Review by Two Sisters, Not Just One!

We thought it would be fine to start getting multiple Sisters’ thoughts going for one tea. We hope you enjoy!

TeaEqualsBliss:  My husband is a bit obsessed with Egyptology and I have to admit I had little to no knowledge of the history until I met him. Now that I have been around him and his love of everything Egypt for years I feel I can I have a fairly decent and somewhat intelligent conversation about a few of their historical figures. When I came across Nefertiti from Tay Tea I knew we had to try it!

CuppaGeek: I am right there with you. I’ve always been intrigued by the gorgeous appeal and fascinating stories that concern all things Egypt. Especially the history behind figures like Nefertiti.

TeaEqualsBliss:  Nefertiti from Tay Tea contains organic black tea blends pomegranate, vanilla, blackberry leaves and calendula petals. The dry mix smells amazing! I can smell black tea, a bit of pom pep, and creamy, sweet vanilla.

CuppaGeek:  The  aroma notes I really feel come through is the black tea base. This has one of those black tea bases that demands attention with a sweet underlying berry aroma. Quite nice for this afternoon’s tea.

TeaEqualsBliss:  I don’t know about you CuppaGeek, but once I brewed up this tea I was surprised by how dark the liquor was!  The black tea base is more sturdy than I anticipated and for that I am grateful as I am a fan of strong black teas in general! Perhaps that was done on purpose because of Nefertiti being a STRONG woman figure. She has been depicted as a powerful and independent woman in history. So I guess that makes sense that this tea symbolizes her strength in the form of a sturdy tea!

CuppaGeek:  Absolutely! This tea does translate into a very strong black tea with a light flavoring.  I think you are more fond of those types of tea than I am, but as a “I need perked up” sort of tea, this works. The notes that come across the strongest are those malty black astringent flavors that are slightly sweetened with a light layer of vanilla. I almost wish that the tea wasn’t so heavy in the base but on the other hand, like you said, Nefertiti was a very strong female presence.

TeaEqualsBliss:  Many people have said that Nefertiti was also looked at as a sensual goddess. Maybe I am reading to much into this tribute of this tea or maybe that is what Tay Tea had in mind while blending these flavors together.

CuppaGeek: I have a feeling this tea is a fitting tribute to Nefertiti!  Strong with a slightly sweet twist.

TeaEqualsBliss; I can’t wait to dive into another offering by Tay Tea. This one is hitting all the right notes. Off to brew up another cuppa!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:
Where to Buy: Tay Tea
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This exotic and luxurious organic black tea blends pomegranate, vanilla, blackberry leaves and calendula petals to create a mellow yet memorable tea experience fit for a Queen!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lemon and Ginger from Harlow Tea Co.

 

Harlow Tea Co is one of my favorite tea companies that I discovered this year.  I just love the subtle yet solid flavors their tea yields.  They have a wonderful slogan for their shop.

Tea is for everyone, every time, and every place

I think I’ve tried about half of their offerings and there have only been a few that haven’t been my cuppa. Lemon and Ginger was one of those teas that I wasn’t sure I would like but have to say, this blend is hitting the spot.

lemonginger2Starring honeybush, crystallized ginger root, lemon balm, lemon peel, and lemongrass, this herbal unique take on a lemon and ginger blend gives you all the tea feels.  Warm rich notes of ginger that sooth while the citrus from the lemon gives the tea a tartness that contrasts nicely and also helps bring down the ginger bite.  There is also a subtle sweetness that the honeybush brings.

All in all this tea is simple yet on point. Lush creamy lemon, almost vanilla like honeybush notes with that subtle ginger kick.  Sweet, lightly spicy, with a creamy texture.  A wonderful adaption to a tea that may just become of those teas I reach for at night when I’m trying to settle down for the night.  This tea definitely gives you that cozy soul soothing feeling for sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Harlow Tea Co.

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Lemon and Ginger Loose Leaf Tea

This tea was made as a special request for an important woman in my life, MY MOM!

Honeybush red tea is a perfect base for a light but lingering flavor of only lemon and ginger, pure and simple!

Ingredients: Honeybush tea, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon peel, ginger root, and candied ginger.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Focus from BlendBee

Blendbee has some of the most amazing smelling teas! Focus from BlendBee is one of those teas! Upon opening the package I could smell lemon-orange-chocolate! The second sniff is when I noticed the gently roasted, savory, and floral notes. Usually I would think all of these conflicting aromas would be weird together but they seemed to fit here. I could get over the amazing aroma!

The original reason I reached for this tea today was because I was having a hard time focusing. I’m not going to make any claims or anything here BUT once I smelled this tea I know I couldn’t FOCUS on anything other that how awesome it smelled! I knew I had to take the next step, tho! I added the water and waited 3 or 4 minutes before sipping. Once the tea was infused it was harder to identify each of those ingredients with a single sniff but it still smelled YUMMY.

Focus from BlendBee ‘brewed’ dark brown and I could taste a combo of Yerba Mate, Black Tea, Lemon, and Orange, mostly. In follow up sips I could taste the chicory and it was done perfectly! It was hanging out in the background and wasn’t over powering! The rose and chocolaty notes were more on the end sip and aftertaste and were lovely, too! This is a Yerba Mate/Black Tea blend I could see myself drinking often! YUM!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: BlendBee
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Sharpen your mind & stay focused.

This invigorating black tea & yerba mate blend was specifically designed for a tea lover whose favorite tea was discontinued. We recreated it for her, and to our delight, we loved this blend and decided to whole world should have it. It definitely helps you to stay focused and has a great energy. Enjoy!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Black Licorice Chai from Harlow Tea Co

This is my first time reviewing a tea for SororiTea Sisters and I am SO excited!! It’s a lovely Wednesday morning as I write this, and this morning I will be drinking and reviewing the Black Licorice Chai tea from Harlow Tea Co. This blend of ingredients, from red rooibos and whole clove to anise seed and cinnamon chips, is unlike any I’ve ever heard of. I’m very excited!!

The scent is bold, warm, and energizing. Now, it’s time to brew!!

Alright, preparation finished and now – time for tea and time to taste!! My first sip was surprisingly smooth. The bold, warm scent made me think that this tea would be a bit harsh. I am glad that it’s not!! I was right about the energizing scent, as there’s a slight tingle that lingers on your tongue for a moment. I am guessing this is from the anise seed and ginger root. I love this!!

I cannot taste the cinnamon, however the whole clove and cardamom is the perfect amount of spiciness, so I don’t mind.

Does this tea taste like black licorice?? Yes!! The chai is pleasant, and perfect for a morning cup of tea (and or an energizing afternoon boost), which is high praise coming from someone who normally needs caffeine, which red rooibos doesn’t have!!

If you enjoy a warm, mellow, tingly tea – definitely give Black Licorice Chai from Harlow Tea Co. a try!!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos/Herbal
Where to Buy: Harlow Tea Co

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Black Licorice Chai Loose Leaf Tea

This chai tea takes so many different notes from spices such as cardamom, clove, chicory root, cinnamon, and ginger. What takes it over the edge is the anise seed!

Not all tastes are made equal, red or black licorice is always an argument in the house!

Ingredients:
Red rooibos, cardamom, clove, anise seed, chicory root, cinnamon chips, and ginger root.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Applecart Blossom from Piper & Leaf

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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Piper & Leaf

Tea Description:

Reminiscent of strolling through an apple orchard on a fine spring day and catching its light, enchanting scent in the wind. This lovely green tea with local apples is porch swing approved.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Today has been a very humid and rainy day.  The sun has tried to peek out here and there but for the most part it has been just a “meh” kind of day.  Until the mail showed up. . .and my  shared order from Piper & Leaf showed up.  Yay! New tea to try! Day isn’t so meh now.

Opened the box and immediately grabbed the Applecart Blossom sample.  I was super excited to see that they offered flavored green teas and this one went in the cart right away.

The boyfriend and I are in the middle of a Northern Exposure binge.  I had never seen the show before and it is one of his favorites. Thought this would be a great time to sample up these teas.   So I threw the sample in the Breville, set the parameters to green, and set up two mason jars with ice.

This is delicious.  There are huge pieces of apple in this and that comes thru in each sip.  Fresh crisp apples.  The green tea just adds to the perky flavor.  Each time I take a sip of this iced beauty the word bright comes to mind.  This is just a simple great fantastic apple flavored green tea.  No artificial flavor here.  I brewed up a second infusion and I am still picking up the fresh crisp flavor.

I am very pleased with the teas I’ve had from Piper & Leaf so far and I’m looking forward to trying more!