Up Beet from Teapigs. . . . . .

Beets were a contentious part of my family dinners.  Every Easter my grandmother would make a cold beet salad and our seating arrangements had to be coordinated to put certain beet-haters at the other end of the table from the beet salad.  I was firmly on the side of the beets, and couldn’t get enough of grandma’s beet salad.  Needless to say, I was excited to try a beet tea.

Up Beet from Teapigs is a green tea blend with hibiscus, beetroot, ginger, and carrot.  The green tea is really just a base to carry the bolder vegetable and herb flavors.  I didn’t think any flavor could hold up against powerful hibiscus, but beetroot is a formidable ally in this blend.  The sharp hibiscus is balanced out by the iron-sweet earthiness of the beets.  Carrots bring their own natural sweetness alongside the beets, and the ginger adds a hint spice to give more texture to the flavor palette.  The longer I let the tea brew, the more ginger heat and mineral beet flavors came to the forefront.

Punchy, strong, and sweet, this is truly a unique blend.  If you enjoy fruit and veggie juice blends, you should try this tea.  It is a sweet and savory blend, with the umami-earthiness of the beets, the lightly sweet carrots, and the fruit-punch hibiscus, all coming together for a bold, full-flavored cup of tea.  As a beet-lover, I’m happy to have this tea on my shelf anytime I’m craving their bold, earthy flavors and I don’t have grandma’s beet salad at hand.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Teapigs

This blend will give you the kick you need to jump into your lycra, tie up your trainers, skip to the gym and throw that scary giant kettle bell way over your shoulder. This blend of beets, spice and hibiscus which helps give you extra energy, is fruity and punchy (enjoy with or without lycra!).

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Yogi Berry from Yellowstone Tea Co

BerryTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Yellowstone Tea Co

Tea Description:

This Berry tea is great iced and full of antioxidants for flu season.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been neglecting my herbal teas as of late.  I’m sorry herbals! I’ll try to keep you more in sight ;).

This tea is from Yellowstone Tea Co, an Etsy Store.  I have tried a few of their teas in the past so when I saw this poor neglected fellow in my tea basket, I knew it was time to try him.

Into my tea pot the sample went along with 1 cup of water at 212F to steep for 5 minutes.  The tea produced a gorgeous dark red liquid.  So very pretty!

What is so nice with this herbal is the different and unique flavors that have been added in.  There are apples, orange peel, elderberries, hibiscus, rosehips, carrot flavors, orange slices, lemongrass, beet powder, raspberry fruit powder, and freeze dried grapes. I can’t say that I’ve ever had a tea with carrots or beet powder.  I was excited to see what these flavors would produce.

The first flavor that hits me is the tartness from the hibiscus but it is nicely contrasted with the lemon from the lemongrass and the sweet flavor from the grapes.  The other lovely flavor is what I’m assuming is the beet powder.  There is a really nice sweet yet I swear there are hints of an earthy flavor there, maybe I should describe it more like a tangy note.  Last but not least are the orange peels.  They are probably my favorite part.  The citrus flavor that is added in really kicks this tea up a couple notches and really balances out the flavor.

This tea iced is even just amazing.  So many flavors going on.  Each sip is different from the next.  An explosion of flavor with each taste.

Such a fun herbal to end my day with.

Sassyfras Strawberry from Piper & Leaf

sassyfrasTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Piper & Leaf

Tea Description:

A Delicious Burst of Strawberries, Sencha Green Tea, Sassafras Roots, Red Beets, and a Subtle Herbal Blend.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Another sample from Piper & Leaf. Another tea I shared with my dad over the Mother’s Day festivities.  Another tea I so wanted to fall in love with, but alas. . not so much.

I brewed this one up per the instructions on the sample.

This tea smells delicious.  As with the other Piper & Leaf samples I have had, the teas smell fresh.  Crisp.  Beautiful to look at and brews up smelling amazing.  But first sip was met with a twinge of disappointment.

The tea had a strong strawberry flavor but had this weird taste that I couldn’t wrap my head around.  It was like the two flavors were competing against each other instead of mingling together.  My dad said the same thing.  He said it wasn’t something he would need to have again but that it was a unique tasting tea.  I’m not sure if the unique odd flavor I was picking up was the sassafras root or the red beets.

I would love to hear somebody else’s thoughts on this tea.  I can’t say that I’ve had sassafras a whole lot or even beets for that matter.  I’m wondering if it was just user error or if it was just the uniqueness of the different ingredients.  I am hoping to place another order with Piper & Leaf to try the rest of their offerings and I will more than likely give this one another shot.  It just sounds so very interesting!  I feel like I need to give this one another shot.