Guangxi Golden Pearls from Tea Shirt

guangxiPearl_00_fad8275c-1c25-4655-8c5f-8f02f56a2435_1024x1024Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Tea Shirt

Tea Description:

Premium black tea pearls from Guangxi Province, China.

Handmade pearls of about 1cm in diameter with distinctive golden tips. Fruity and characteristic aroma.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been devouring the teas that I picked up from Tea Shirt and this is another fantastic offering! Little pearls lovely hand rolled.  Who wouldn’t love these?

I have always loved the “pearl” or “ball” like teas. There is something so alluring about watching the tea leaves uncurl in the steeper creating this illusion of the tea leaves dancing in the water.  Just a lovely sight.

I prepped my water per the instructions on the package and grabbed a few of the pearls.  Dropped them into my steeper and poured the water.  I couldn’t wait to watch those leaves uncurl and dance.

Finally the tea was ready and poured myself a huge cuppa and sat down to enjoy. I have to say, this tea was fantastic! Lovely malty notes with a hint of a fruity finish with a slight astringent mouth feel.  Everything you would hope a black pearl like tea would be. The flavors yield such a lovely mix of the right amount of each characteristic.  So much so that I can’t seem to put my cup down.

My favorite flavor note is this lovely malty woodsy like flavor.  It really does mix well with the sweet almost fruity or jam like hint that I’m getting. The fruity notes are very subtle and gentle allowing the black tea flavor to really shine.

Another tea I can’t get enough of from this company. I see a second order on the horizon!


Palampore from The Tea Shelf

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: The Tea Shelf

Tea Description:

This whole leaf tea comes from the beautiful Kangra Valley nestled in the lower slopes of the Dhauladhar Range in the Himalayas. Wiry, green and olive, these short vermicelli shaped leaves exude a distinct aroma of mountain flowers, with a prominent lavender nose. Once brewed, it envelops you with delicate citrus notes and an explosion of flower bouquet, with a delightfully long after taste. A special tea with a lot of depth.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow. Just Wow. This is going to be a memorable tea for sure.

If you aren’t familiar with them, The Tea Shelf was founded in 2014 by a team of tea lovers who wanted to convert the world to tea drinkers. A very worthy mission indeed!

The Palampore is a lovely black tea that gives you the warm fuzzies from the very beginning. If I hadn’t read about the tea, at first glance, I would have thought this tea was a green/black tea varietal.  The tea leaves are very reminiscent of those blends.

Brewed up per the instructions on the package, I allowed the tea to cool for a few moments before diving in and getting into the brew.  What hits you first is the malty notes with a slightly astringent tone.  Next is this smooth well balanced silky feel coats your tongue.  Towards the end of the sip are slight hints of a floral notes.  I am not really picking up the citrus notes like the description says but I’m a-ok with that. This tea is marvelous. One that really gives you the tea fuzzies and makes you remember why you love tea so much. The taste really envelopes you into a soothing and calming setting giving you a moment to really sit back and enjoy the moment!


Mango Ice Cream Black Tea from 52Teas

MangoIceCreamsmallTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

Black Tea, Freeze-Dried Mango Bits, Vanilla Bean and Natural Flavors

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about 52Teas’ tea of the week subscription here.

Taster’s Review:

I love 52Teas.  The idea behind having a tea company create a new blend each week is just brilliant.  I love the variety that you are able to purchase and the creativity that this sort of company can provide.  With teas like Toffee Bar Chai or Carrot Cake Honeybush. . .I mean you really can’t go wrong.

I can’t remember if I picked this tea up from one of the Kickstarter Campaigns or if I bought this one outright from the site.  It doesn’t look like this particlar one is offered anymore.  That is the only downside to a company like 52Teas. Since they are being mad tea scientists, blending all these crazy and fabulous blends, the inventory is smaller and constantly revolving. So if you are looking at a tea and it looks amazing, you better get it quick because quantities are extremely limited.

Mango Ice Cream Black Tea is a black tea blend with bits of mango that you can actually see.  The dry leaf smells delicious and I couldn’t wait to check out the blend.  Brewed up with water prepped at boiling and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes, this tea looked and smelled so warming and inviting even tho it is supposed to be ice cream based.  I couldn’t wait to check it out!

Unfortunately, this tea just isn’t for me.  First sip in and all I was really getting was the black tea base and hints of a sweetness from the vanilla. Even tho I could visibly see the mango pieces, I didn’t get any of that fruity tropical like flavor in the brew. I did get more of an astringent tone to the tea so maybe I overleafed my serving.

I did brew this tea up again and only allowed this tea to steep for about 3 minutes and I did notice that those flavors I was looking for come thru a bit more but not enough for me to think mango ice cream.  Regardless, the tea was still drinkable and I didn’t feel the need to dump it, I just didn’t get the flavor I was looking or hoping for.  I only had a 1/2 oz of the tea so I won’t be able to try these, but I would love to try this as a cold brew. I bet that is the way to pull out those tropical creamy flavors.

Even tho this tea might not have been my cuppa tea, I still highly recommend 52Teas and encourage checking out their teas if you haven’t yet.  You won’t regret it!

Black Tea from Naveya Tea

NaveyaFitnessBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Naveya Tea

About Naveya Tea:

Our fitness tea select best 100% natural detox tea,using flowers and teas to heal your body and soul.We promise all of our ingredients are renowned for their positive effects on metabolism and detoxification.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I drank this tea the other day after having their Jasmine Tea which was very good and a solid green jasmine tea.  I had high expectations for this one.  This is a straight black tea.  Their site that has recently been revamped to market their line of teas as Fitness Teas has quite a nice assortment of teas to choose from.  I was glad they sent me this tea and the Jasmine Tea to try.

Brewed this up like a black tea but errored on the side of caution and went with a 2 min steeping time.  I didn’t want to oversteep this one.  The dry leaves of this tea had a very nice robust malty aroma that I didn’t want to turn bitter.

Let this cool for a few minutes and took my first sip.  This tea was delicious and hit the spot.  There is just the right amount of malty notes to company the full bodied taste that you get each and every sip.  Even as this tea cooled in my traveler mug, I didn’t get any bitterness hitting me or even strong astringent notes.  Each sip was a smooth refreshing almost silky like black tea that I found myself wanting more of.

Since my first experience with this tea, I’ve had it a few more times and each time this tea is spot on.  So good! I really like this and I am one that likes to take a black tea with me along with my water bottle for my hour drive to take the kids to school and me to work.

My only issue is that they are marketing this as a fitness tea and that seems to be the new craze lately.  I read in a Vogue article that we wold be seeing more and more of that this year.  I don’t have a problem with companies marketing their teas as fitness teas at all.  As long as there are disclaimers were they need to be.  Like I said in my review of the jasmine tea.  I just really liked the look of their older site with the beautiful floral arrangements and tea pots galore.  Those kind of sites are what attract my attention.  When I see the site now, it gives me two feelings.  1) I need to go work out and 2) Guilty for not working out. Again, no issue here with them marketing their teas however they want.  I just think the tea enthusiasts out there would like the previous site just a bit better.

Regardless, they make some amazing teas!

Golden Tips Assam from Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Native Name: Sunehri Assam Jaat
Origin: Upper Assam, Northeast India

Plucking Season: Mid Summer

Introduction: The Golden Tips Assam is made from a distinct Camellia Assamica plant varietal growing only at a handful of estates. The leaves are withered, bruised with a rolling machine, oxidized and then over roasted. In making the Golden tips, the oxidization is slightly longer than in the case of making darker Assams. The golden tips are precious for the tea gardens as they fetch a higher premium in the market.
Flavor Profile: Smooth textured, amber red liquor with apple and pear flavors. The high volume of essential oils in the Golden Tips Assam is evident immediately after the tea is served, as a thin layer of oil quickly coats the surface of the tea giving it a self-creaming appearance. These are beneficial oils that protect the body from carcinogens and give tea its anti-aging properties.

Tasters Review:

Golden Tips Assam is another GOODY from Tao of Tea!  It’s slightly roasted and slightly chewy but not like you would expect.  More importantly it’s very (and unexpectedly) creamy!

The description says hints of apple and peach flavor…at first I could relate to the peach hints but not really the apple…I thought it was more of a date type hint.  Regardless I really enjoyed this cuppa and would suggest to anyone who loves black teas!