Birthday Cake from Bluebird Tea Co

birthday_cake_1Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Bluebird Tea Co

Tea Description:

Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than cake. Except perhaps a cup of tea and cake! Our Birthday Cake Tea is delicious, has both and almost no calories! Oh and did you notice the pretty sprinkles in there too? Talk about having your cake and eating it!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve learned that if there is a tea that is supposed to taste like cake, that I need to try it. I was especially excited to try this blend because it has a rooibos base and the addition of star sprinkles. YUM! I haven’t found too many cake blends that have a rooibos or honeybush base. The dry leaf looks like it’s meant to be a part of a birthday celebration, too. I love the bright sprinkles, flowers and the soft rooibos.

For me, this cup isn’t quite birthday cake in a cup, but is really a sweet rooibos blend with a strong almond flavor. I can see how some might taste a cake flavor since there is a starchy element in the background, but I otherwise can’t taste anything that’s specifically birthday cake. Despite the cake element not being present in this cup, it’s still very drinkable and quite delicious. There is a little bit of a weird sour note in the background and I’m not sure what it is.. but it’s weak and doesn’t bother me.

I love that I can drink this tea any time of the day even though there is a small amount of black tea in the blend. I don’t feel like it will keep me up at night. This blend makes a great replacement for dessert after dinner, too. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, I’d try this one, but don’t expect it to taste like a slice of birthday cake.

Birthday Cake Batter Flavored Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

Birthday-CakeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

Birthday Cake Batter flavored … iced tea?  Wow!  OK, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this one.  The idea of cake batter flavoring and tea sounded just a little weird.  OK, it sounds a lot weird!  Am I right?

But it didn’t sound so weird that I wasn’t going to try it.  I had to try it.  I love cake batter.  (That’s the best part of making a cake!)  And I love cake batter flavored things.  Specifically, I’m a huge fan of Cold Stone’s cake batter flavored ice cream.  I don’t go to Cold Stone often, but on the occasions that I do go, I do try other flavors but none that I’ve tried have managed to lure me away from that cake batter flavored ice cream.  It’s just too good.

But iced tea?  Hmm.  I hoped for the best as I brewed it.  I went with the hot brew method, bringing 1 quart of freshly filtered water to a boil and then I dropped the tea bag into the water and let it steep for 2 minutes.  Then I poured the tea into my iced tea pitcher and started the process again, this time steeping the bag for 2 1/2 minutes.  Then I let the pitcher come to almost room temperature before I stashed it in the ice box.  Today, I have a pitcher full of cold, refreshing iced tea that tastes like … well, it tasted like cake batter!

Imagine that!  This really does taste like cake batter.  I’m amazed at how well Southern Boy Teas NAILED this flavor.  I taste the sweet, creamy, lightly buttery flavor of cake batter.  All that’s missing is the texture!

And I do still taste the tea.  And together with the cake batter flavor, it’s a really smooth and well rounded flavor that is rich and sweet and decadent.  It tastes a little bit like I’m sipping on dessert rather than iced tea!  And I’m not opposed to that at all!

This might be my favorite flavor yet.  I’m glad I have another pouch of this flavor because I want to try cold brewing it next time!

Birthday Cake from David’s Tea

This is what it looks like before you brew it ...

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Tisane Description:

What’s the best thing about birthdays? It could be the presents, or spending time with loved ones, but let’s be honest. It’s all about the cake. With vanilla icing, and lots of sprinkles. And this sweet and festive rooibos blend brings the taste of birthday cake to your cup any day of the year – sprinkles and all. Best of all, not only is it low in calories, it also has all the goodness of rooibos. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here before, but, those that know me well know that I have a thing for cupcakes.  I see a cupcake shop, I get all giddy – and even giddier when my husband indulges me and stops to let me shop for one or two.  I even have a cupcake scented lotion that I use daily and it smells so much like cupcakes that my family perks up when they smell it, asking “something smells good.  Did you make cupcakes?”  Of course, they’re disappointed when they find out that I’m just softening my hands and not baking dessert.

And there’s no doubt in my mind that if I were not the only one awake in the house at the moment, that my family would be coming in here asking me where the cupcakes are … because this tisane SMELLS like cupcakes!

This is what it tastes like after you brew it!

It tastes like a vanilla cupcake, too!   It tastes sweet, creamy and like it should be about a thousand calories!  However, according to the little nutrition label on the back of this pouch, it is about 1% of that – Just 10 calories!  (If my math is way off, forgive me, mathematics has never been my strength).  Of course, if you are one who generally sweetens your tea, you’ll be adding more calories to that count – but with just 10 calories in the tea and just 16 calories in a teaspoon of sugar, you’re still at just 26 calories!  All that said, the truth is, you don’t NEED to sweeten this.  It is sweet and delicious without the sugar.

I’m thrilled that I don’t taste much from the rooibos.  Maybe a hint of nutty flavor in the background, but nothing too overwhelming.  The same is true of the honeybush.  I don’t get a lot of the woody/nutty taste of the honeybush, but I do taste a slight honey-like tone, which enhances the flavors.

But mostly, what I taste is CUPCAKE!  This has a rich, creamy vanilla flavor, maybe just a hint of butter, and a distinct freshly baked kind of taste that rounds out the overall birthday cake flavor.

I like this.  I like this a lot!

Glenburn Second Flush Darjeeling Summer Leaf Tea FTGFOP1 from KTeas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  KTeas

Product Description:

 picked 30 May 2011

Direct from the Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India!

This second flush Darjeeling is plucked during the early summer months of May and June. Shoots of the bush which draw their succulence from the late spring rain showers are selected to make the stylishrolled leaf. The cup is clear amber to the eye, nonetheless full-bodied with a mature flavor compared to the First Flush that preceded it. Glenburn’s unique growing conditions imbue the very select clonal plants with a special character in their liquor all its own, yielding a complex layer of maltiness with musk and nutty undertones.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve hung on to this sample for a while, waiting for that moment when I really wanted a Darjeeling … and I didn’t bother to really read the label.  This tea was picked on my birthday!

Anyway… today seems like a good Darjeeling day.  I’m not in a particular rush to get anything done (at least not for the next hour or so), and so I’d like to just sort of slowly ease into the swing of things.  Darjeeling does that for me with it’s crisp, light nature.  Or so I thought!

These Darjeeling teas from Glenburn Estates are so unique – quite unlike any other Darjeeling teas I’ve encountered.  It is as though these Darjeelings want to be an Assam, but couldn’t quite get there.  They are a bit lighter, of course, than a typical Assam, but, they are a bit heavier than a typical Darjeeling.  Where Darjeeling tea tends to be quite crisp and light (somewhat reminiscent of a white wine), this Darjeeling has some body to it, with a thicker, smoother texture, and even a hint of malt in the background.  It also has a toasty flavor in the background, providing a slightly nutty taste.  Nice!  Different, but nice!

But that is not to say that this Glenburn Second Flush Darjeeling is not at all like a Darjeeling because it does possess many of the characteristics that you’d expect from a Darjeeling as well.  A fruity overtone – muscatel grapes! – providing a nice sweetness to the overall cup.  Pleasantly sweet and delicious.

The astringency here is quite unusual as well.  Astringency is that sensation that either leaves your palate feeling clean, or sometimes sort of dry, and still other times it imparts a slightly tangy sensation.  But this astringency isn’t quite like any of those … instead, it is more like a tingly, almost prickly kind of effect on the tongue.  Interesting.

I am so very pleased to have had the opportunity to try this Darjeeling.  It is one of the best that I’ve tried yet.  If you’re a fan of Darjeeling teas, you should definitely try this one… it will surprise you!  It would also be a great Darjeeling for those who are new to them … although, be warned, after you try this one, other Darjeeling teas just may not satisfy.  This one is a keeper!

 

Right now, through December 11, KTeas is having a BIRTHDAY SALE!  Be sure to check out their homepage for details on how you can save 20% off the subtotal of your order!  The only thing better than ordering tea is being able to save money when you’re doing it!