Jelly and Ice Cream from Teapigs. . . . .

I recently tried a cheeky box set of tea samples from Teapigs, and their packaging and labels were so cute and irresistible.  One flavor that wasn’t available in the box set was a blend made in honor of the Teapigs 10th anniversary in 2016.  It was meant as a limited edition blend, but it made such a hit that you can still place fresh orders for the blend today.

Jelly and Ice Cream was such an unusual flavor name and profile, I just had to check it out.  This is an herbal blend, made with lots of fruit pieces and natural flavoring.  The dry leaf smells both fruity and nutty, almost like sugary cereal, and brings to mind sticking your nose into a box of Crunch Berries.  The blend brews up as a rich, amber-pink color and tastes much like its scent, only smoother and sweeter.  The great news is that even though the tea is pink, there’s no sour hibiscus petals, so fruity-tea lovers of the world can rejoice that this blend isn’t overpowered by hibiscus tartness.

The flavors are just balanced enough to give me a full taste of both the jam-like raspberries and strawberries, and the sweet-cake tones of vanilla, cream, and biscuits.  Despite the dessert-like name, there’s something bright and breakfast-oriented about this blend, like toast with jam, or fruity cereal in milk.  This blend entices me to make it part of my balanced breakfast! Besides, it makes me feel whimsical and like a kid eating dessert-first.

Not being British, I’m not sure if this tea is based on a type of dessert in real life, but no matter what side of the pond you’re on, it’s hard to argue against flavors like jelly and ice cream and cake.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Teapigs

In 2006 the Iphone didn’t exist, the Kardashians were not a (big) thing, nobody #HASHTAGGED anything, people asked directions, smoking in pubs happened, Lance Armstrong was liked, Desperate Housewives ruled our lives, Woolworth’s pick’n’mix ruled our kids lives, avocado’s were not cool and teapigs was launched. We celebrate 10 years of great quality tea with this blend of strawberry jelly & ice cream. Grab a mug and raise a Birthday toast to teapigs!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Ginger Spiced Pear Cake from A Quarter to Tea. . . .

If you’re looking for some tea to go with your post-holiday fruitcake, or just some tea that tastes a bit like holiday fruitcake, brew up a cup of Ginger Spiced Pear Cake from A Quarter to Tea.

This black tea smells sweet in the dry left and in the brew.  The taste of the blend is not too sweet, mainly driven by the appropriately clean and tart breakfast black tea base.  There is a hint of juicy pear with each sip, and a touch of ginger heat behind the pear.  The ginger is not too spicy, mainly adding a little herbal flavor and sweetness to make the tea feel festive.  I don’t taste any buttery cake or pastry flavors, just pear and ginger.

It’s possible that my small sample wasn’t at peak freshness or maybe I just needed a bigger serving of tea leaves to get the flavor intensity I was looking for.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for this blend in the future and give it another try.

This is a gently flavored blend, but very drinkable.  There are not many pear teas on my shelf, so this was a nice brew to have in my mug.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White/Black
Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea

Sweet pastry with pear, spicy ginger, and cinnamon and clove accents.

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Carve off a Slice of Frosted Carrot Cake from A Quarter to Tea. . . . . .

In my experience I’ve found that people either love or hate carrot cake.  As for me, with my enormous sweet tooth, I’ll enjoy a slice of carrot cake any day, but that’s not always the case for others. What? Carrots? Cake?  Who’s sneaking vegetables into my dessert? I can understand the dichotomy.

Whether you love carrot cake or not, it’s hard to resist trying a tea flavor as bold and unusual as Frosted Carrot Cake from A Quarter to Tea.  From the beginning, these tea leaves have a lot going on.  This is a genmai cha-based blend, so sencha green tea and gold puffs of toasted rice are available in abundance.  Beside the rice there are actual carrot pieces in the blend, as well as raisins, and dried pineapple.  Ginger and cinnamon balance out this ingredients list and bring their usual baked-good-charms to the flavor palette.

The most impressive part of this blend is the vanilla frosting element, which actually tastes a bit tart and tangy like real cream cheese.  This isn’t just plain-old vanilla flavoring, the specific carrot-cake cream cheese frosting is alive and well in this cup of tea.

This is a green tea, so mind your temperatures and steeps times, no matter how delicious the cake aspects smell, take out the teabag after a few minutes to avoid any bitter undertones.  The frosting notes get more prominent as the tea cools.

Believe it or not, this tea does taste like carrot cake, even without sugar or milk, the fruits and veggies in the tea leaves bring enough natural starchiness and sweetness to make this blend feel full and decadent.

If you love carrot cake, you’ll love this tea.  If carrot cake isn’t your style, give this brew a chance in the name of good fun, you might be surprised by how tasty carrot cake and tea can be.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea

A cup of well-spiced carrot cake accented with raisins and pineapple for sweetness and a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.

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Vanilla Cupcake from the True Tea Club

It’s hard to resist a tea named Vanilla Cupcake, especially on a day when you just need something cute and sweet to brighten your day.  This tea smells surprisingly fruity alongside the vanilla cake flavors, reminding me of fruitcake or banana bread.  In a world of frosting-flavored, cake-themed tea blends, the amount of fruit flavors and fruity ingredients makes this blend stand apart.

The orange and papaya coupled with the vanilla, make this feel more like an orange-glazed sponge cake. Yum!  The banana chips add their own full-flavored sweetness, but there is distinctly less of the traditional “frosting” taste, so if you want the extra creaminess, you should add a splash of milk to give the blend that dessert-like twist.

Because this is a decaf rooibos blend, it would be a perfect choice to brew up for a girl’s tea party.  Who wouldn’t want a sip of a tea called vanilla cupcake?  You could even serve it with real cupcakes and make a day of it!

In addition to all the fruit pieces in the tea, the leaves have at least two types of flower petals which makes the blend especially pretty to the eye.  The bright and varied colors seem especially festive if you imagine this tea blend not just as a vanilla cupcake, but maybe as a “birthday cake” cupcake.  This is a great blend for any day that needs a celebration.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Roobios
Where to Buy: True Tea Club

This Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos provides an exotic and smooth rooibos which provides a velvet-mouth feel.  A dash of Banana chips amplifies this infusion into a heavenly status.

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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.