Conjure Up the Perfect Cup of Daedra Tea from Grimoire

There’s something about a tea being themed to one of your favorite interests, that just makes the whole experience so much more fun.  Having spent some time battling my way through the fantasy landscape of the Skyrim video game, I was more than ready to brew up a cup of Daedra tea from Grimoire on Etsy.

This herbal tea is bold and bloody.  Big chunks of blood orange are paired with dark berry pieces to help sweeten its tart citrus bite.  There’s a dose of snappy hibiscus to add its fruity notes and turn the brew a deep, pink magenta.  Hot or cold, this blend brews up dark and powerful and makes you feel like you’re drinking sour orange magma, or tart, ruby blood, or even enchanted berry wine.

There’s a lot to be said about the Daedra in Skyrim video game lore, so I’ll spare the details and talk about my favorite bits.  The Dremora are a type of Daedra that can be summoned to fight for you.  These bulked up warriors are clad in red and black scales of armor and are satisfying allies to have on the battlefield.  Their gravely voices call out the best lines when spotting an enemy (“I smell weakness!”) or when gloating over that enemy’s defeat (“No match at all!”).  Trust me, it’s worth upgrading your conjuration magic to have one of these guys on your side.  The colors and feeling of Grimoire’s Daedra tea blend match their aesthetic exactly!

I’d be curious to try some of Grimoire’s other fantasy-themed teas in their Etsy shop.  Some of the other Skyrim flavors include a jasmine green tea for the city of Whiterun, or a cherry oolong for the town of Falkreath.  These blends look like they will be the perfect, magical cup of tea to accompany me on my fantasy adventures.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Grimoire Tea on Etsy
Description:

A blend fit for any Daedric Lord. Rich in berry flavors. **This tea is not available right now but click below for the teas that are.**

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

#FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends

#FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends is today’s tag and The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends is today’s tea!  That’s right it’s another #FanaticFriday Tea here at Sororitea Sisters!  This one is for the fans of The Walking Dead!

Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres on October 23rd so we still have over a month to go before we get our fix.  In the meantime I thought I would tide you over with this tea blended by Chris Diaz.

When I initially bought this tea it was called Daryl Dixon but has since been re-named The Archer.  Either way I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings of this blend.  #FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends has ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ in there!  Okay – maybe not – but it has a LOT of ingredients!  There is a LOT going on here but it all seems to work!

I’m enjoying the flavored Yerba Mate base here but it has a bit more Hibiscus than I would like in one sitting.  But that doesn’t rip me away from this tea!  I also like that he used Green Tea in this one as well.  I think that the Ginseng counteracts the hibiscus a tad but maybe the addition of more ginseng and by using a bit less of the hibiscus this would have been (even more) my speed.  There is a LOT of citrus here and I like that but it almost encourages the hibiscus to shine more – almost like a pier pressure type situation.

Having said that…I do like The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends.  I prefer it iced.  I think this is a wonderful tribute to the character and the series and can’t wait for Season 7 of The Walking Dead!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Adagio

adagio_logo_slimDescription:

The long lasting energy of Mate meets the more well known energy levels of Green Ginseng Tea and Orange. Blood Orange and Green Tea with Ginseng are for a more immediate kick of energy, whilst Yerba Mate keeps your energy level elevated. All the power of coffee or energy drinks minus the shakes or sweats that follow.

ingredients & lore

blended with green tea, yerba mate tea, orange peels, rose hips, hibiscus, natural ginseng flavor, natural orange flavor, ginger root, natural lemon flavor, marigold flowers

teas: citrus mate, ginseng green, blood orange

accented with orange peels, hibiscus and lemon verbena Inspired by Daryl Dixon from AMC’s The Walking Dead. I do not own nor do I claim to have ownership of such. steep at 190° for 3 mins

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orange Cardamom Black Tea from Aftelier Perfumes

CardamomTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Aftelier Perfumes

Tea Description:

This delicious full-bodied tea is flavored with Aftelier Chef’s Essences: the perfect marriage of mouth-watering blood orange and the spicy warmth of cardamom. Organic Red Pearls Black Tea, a rare tea from Fujian, is fully-oxidized Mao Feng tea leaves that have been rolled into small black pearls. They are then pan-fired where they develop a burnished sheen, toasty caramel-like aroma, and spicy, assertive — yet wonderfully sweet — flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Orange Cardamom Black Tea from Aftelier Perfumes is a truly unique tea offering from a company that started making natural perfumes over 30 years ago!  Here at Sororitea Sisters we’ve posted other reviews about Aftelier Perfumes Tea offerings and have enjoyed our past experiences with their teas.  Orange Cardamom Black Tea from Aftelier Perfumes certainly stands up to Aftelier’s quality and creativity that we have come to learn and love.

Mandy from Afterlier Perfumes uses Organic Red Pearl Black Tea which is a Mao Feng rolled into tiny black tea balls.  The tea itself is slightly caramelly and sweet.  She pairs that with luscious blood orange and spicy cardamom in a fascinating way!

The flavor combination is very nice and perfectly done.  When I first heard that Mandy was sending us some of this new offering to try I was hoping the cardamom wasn’t going to over power the actual tea.  After one sip I knew that she took a good amount of time to get the orange and cardamom ratios ‘just so’ and for that I am truly grateful.  I will never question her brilliance of evening out flavor levels again!  This was a remarkable offering that’s for sure!  If you or someone you know are into trying different flavors of teas don’t pass this one up!

 

Product Review: Cranberry Blood Orange Instant Matcha Green Tea Mix from Jade Monk

JadeMonkCranberryProduct Information:

Where to Buy:  Jade Monk

Description:

A wake-up call in every cup. Before the first drop hits your lips, the bright aroma of our Cranberry Blood Orange powdered green tea will have you amped.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Browsing my local grocery store’s funky drink isle is one of my favorite pastimes. I came across this little green packet and tossed it in my cart for giggles. I am intrigued by the flavor, the illustrations on the front and back, and well, you had me at matcha!  I love the packaging of this tea, it really grabs you. The artwork is really fun, the intense eyes of the fierce ogre is powerful, and according to it’s claims, it’s ready to bestow all it’s power to you!

Now, I am not a fan of selling tea as a health product, the camellia sinensis plant is so much more than a diet aid. Sure, it was used as such during the first cultivation of the wild tea trees growing in China, but we have stepped up in our appreciation and cultivation of the lovely little plant. Yes, I do make my own functional herbal blends, but I don’t expect to be cured of cancer, or to have my waistline shrink like plastic wrap in an oven, either.

I chose this matcha green tea drink mix because of it’s convenience. I needed something that would give me that boost without waiting for water to boil and tea to steep. I was in a hurry this morning and whipped this up on a whim. I found the first fault to this mix when I took way to long to shake up all the little clumps of matcha. Mixes instantly? Not quite. Maybe my water was too cold?

The color of this match is an encouraging shade of key lime green. The smell is really quite nice, fruity, citrus, and refreshing. I take a sip and the first thing to hit my taste buds is sugar. Oh. Well. The first ingredients in this is sugar. While it is much, much too sweet for me, my ravenous thirst assists me in finishing my 24oz. bottle in no time.

The smell of the powder in the packet smells very matcha, but the finished product is lacking somewhat. The flavorings were very much there, in all their juicy citrusy glory. For me, If I wanted a flavored instant matcha, I’d like for the first or even second ingredient to be matcha. but of course if I was completely new to matcha, or didn’t like the taste, I would be all over this concept like brine flies to a can of soda.

Blood Orange Tea from Mountain Witch Tea Company

bloodorangeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mountain Witch Tea Company

Tea Description:

This unusual tea blend combines the sweet flavor of blood orange with black tea, roses, a dash of sweet vanilla and other delicious fruit flavors. It’s a real taste delight similar to an orange creamsicle. It is made with our best black tea, orange peel, rose hips, rose petals, safflowers, natural & artificial flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I was a kid, I loved orange creamsicles.  I asked my mom for them all of the time.  Those and those Fred Flinstone “Push-Ups”.  My whole family loved them.  We made a huge mess with them.  They always seemed to melt before we were able to finish them.  I remember one night my dad almost taking down an entire box himself.  This tea tastes just like one of those!!

I have had several teas in the past that say they taste like an orange creamsicle but those always seemed to fall short.  Usually the black tea base was always stronger than it should be or the orange flavoring tasted fake.  So when I was on Steepster and checking out everybody’s reviews I noticed a new company I had never heard of.  Mountain Tea Witch Company.  I checked them out and they had several different flavored blacks, greens, whites, and herbals.  I was excited about the different ones that they offered.  Blueberry Pancake, Bavarian Vanilla Cream, and Blood Orange Tea just to name a few.  There were so many to choose from.

First sip, I was expecting that artificial orange taste to hit me, but that wasn’t the case at all.  This tasted like a real orange with a creamy vanilla side.  I am even having trouble typing up this review because I keep stopping to drink more. This may very well be the best orange tea I have ever had.  The vanilla is so perfectly done.  It provides that natural sweetness and soft creaminess that blends so very well with the blood orange. All of the flavors taste very fresh and not artificial at all.   There is a black tea base but its hardly noticeable.  I am even drinking this iced and usually you instantly taste the black tea.  Not so here.    Just a very well balanced tea.  I am extremely pleased with this offering and am looking forward to checking out the rest of the teas they have to offer.  Well done!