Organic Greek Mountain Tea from Kilo. . . .

My sample of Organic Greek Mountain Tea from Kilo looked so unusual in the bag I had to give it a try.  It looks a bit like sage or a white tea, grey-green in color and fuzzy to the touch, with a chain of full, yellow blossoms.  I needed my big infuser to handle all the lush stems, leaves, and blossoms of this tea.

I followed my usual pattern for lightly flavored herbal teas and steeped these leaves with boiling water, lots of leaves, and waited a good ten minutes.

Brewed the tea is very fragrant, vegetal but sweet, almost like brown sugar and okra.  There’s a hint of something in the scent that reminds me of savory dishes in the kitchen, like black pepper or oregano: herbal but spicy.

The taste of this tea has some of the familiar lemon and chamomile notes, gently floral, sweet and bright.  But this tea goes behind the chamomile flavors and has a more fermented great tea base beneath all that sweet lemon.  The sweetness is worth noting, there is a very forward, almost-caramel note in the scent and aftertaste.

This was a unique blend in looks, smell, and taste, not to mention it is an herbal tea packed with good things to help you live a long and healthy life.  Unless you go into the mountains to pick some more tea and encounter the gods of Mount Olympus, that is.  Safe travels and happy brewing!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Kilo
Description:

This variety, Sideritis Scardica, comes from the legendary Mount Olympus, in the Balkans, situated between Thessaly and Macedonia. It has been tested for antioxidants by Brunswick Labs, (www.brunswicklabs.com) the leader in bio-analtyical testing. It has a mild and very pleasant taste and aroma.

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My Favorite After-School Special: Marshmallow Krispy Treat from The Necessiteas

The Marshmallow Krispy Treat, the staple of after school snacking or easy, no-bake sweet treats.  And now, we can taste this simple dessert in tea form.  This blend uses a black tea base sweetened up with mini marshmallows and puffed rice cereal pieces.  The dry leaf smells sweet and buttery like the crispy breakfast cereal.

When brewed, the blend tastes more caramel than marshmallow.  This tea is best with a bit of milk to pump of the mini marshmallow sweetness, otherwise the black tea base takes over the other flavors.  This is a tasty blend, but it doesn’t quite match its name or ingredient list.  I think this blend might have been better-suited for a genmai chai blend with lighter grassy teas and toasted rice built in.

However, I understand that green teas aren’t for everyone.  If you’re a black tea lover this will be a unique dessert flavor with enough bold black tea tannins to suit your preferences.  Or if you’re skeptical of a tea with puffed rice, rest assured that this tea tastes much more like creme brulee or caramel drizzle than rice cereal.

Next time, I’ll have to top off my mug with some added marshmallows of my own!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
Description:

Why not take the awesomeness of Marshmallow Krispy Treats and transform them into a tea? Well that’s exactly what we’ve done! The outcome is an incredibly tasty blend filled with ooey- gooey goodness!

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London Fog Caramels from Tout de Sweet Confections. . . .

You can find some pretty awesome things if you know where to look. For instance, my sister and I recently hit up the One of a Kind show in Toronto and found a whole bunch of awesome artisans, all of whom had some pretty amazing products. Especially those who had food offerings. Samples galore and some pretty tasty snacks were abound and in one little booth, some of the tastiest caramels were to be found.

Now, a little background. My brother-in-law is allergic to something called soy protein. It is not something that people usually have heard of and since soy is in almost everything (though usually it is soy lecithin, which he can eat), he is often told he can’t have a lot of things. So, when we found these local companies making fresh treats, we stocked up since these were things he actually could eat. And since there were sales when you bought everything in bulk, my sister and I had quite the haul.

Caramels are my brother-in-law’s favorite so the minute my sister and I saw the Tout de Sweet Confections booth, we rushed over. The two women operating the booth were incredibly sweet (oops…pun not intended) and despite the huge crowds, they took the time to talk to their patrons and pass out samples. My sister asked to try either their sea salt caramel or their lavender caramel and was given a sample of each. I zeroed in on the London Fog caramels made with Silk Road Tea’s Imperial Earl Grey black tea. They probably would have let us sample everything on their counter from the various caramel flavors and fruit chews to the homemade marshmallows and everything in between, however my sister and I were sold with just the few samples of caramels we had (did I mention the caramels are organic?) and were worried we would buy one of everything if we kept going.

The first thing my sister and I both noticed was just how incredibly soft these caramels were. Honestly…it was impressive. Usually soft caramels are chewy and have some tack which makes it a little worrisome as far as teeth are concerned (in fact, I cracked a tooth on a chewy caramel once – not fun) but these are like biting into…something super soft (unfortunately all I could come up with is: soft cheeses but that seems gross, a cloud but that would be more like fluffy cotton candy; and a pillow but who bites a pillow).

Anyways, after I got over my amazement at the indescribable softness of these caramels, I could focus on the flavor and trust me, there is a lot of it here. Caramel? Check. Vanilla? Check. Cream? Check. Earl Grey? Double check. Now for those who have read my other posts, you might know my relationship with bergamot is not necessarily a strong one but here I am actually really liking it. The citrus note of bergamot helps to really make the caramel pop while taming what could be an over-the-top sweet treat. And mixed with the London Fog elements, this is just a delight. Each component is present and distinct and yet they all blend together perfectly to create a small bit of yum.

I have been snacking on these all day and I would highly recommend them if you can get your hands on them. Unless you want to lose weight…then they are a bit addictive and you might curse me for mentioning them. I am learning that the hard way. However, 45 calories for 2 pieces doesn’t seem too bad…I mean I ate the box but it’s probably fine, right?


Here’s the scoop!

Where to Buy:  Tout de Sweet Confections
Description

Tout de Sweet Caramels organic caramels are a soft creamy treat. We hand cut and wrap each of these sweet treats, making them a true labour of love.

Choose from an array of 8 different flavours!

To create our wide selection of deep rich flavours we infuse the butter and whipping cream with raw ingredients (lavender buds, fresh rosemary, chai spices, fennel seed, espresso, or Silk Road’s Imperial Earl Grey Tea) and caramelize the sugar “just so”. All our caramels are corn free, nut free, and gluten free.

We don’t use any additive or stabilizers so store your caramels in a cool dry environment and enjoy them tout de suite. But they will last up to 5 months on the shelf.

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White Chocolate Samoa by The NecessiTeas

Yay, a white chocolate coconut tea! With caramel! And it’s caffeine free, so it’s great as a nightcap.

I approximated the steeping instructions for this tea, noticing as I did so that there’s plenty of coconut visible in the dry tea. It has a sweet creamy smell even when dry. Once the tea is steeped, it turns out to be about the color of apple cider, but a bit darker. It has a light, pleasant flavor and fragrance from the very first sip. I found it to have a creamy flavor and aftertaste (presumably from the coconut).

 As the description says, it’s more of a “spin” on the idea of a Samoa cookie than a total reproduction of the cookie flavor, since it does have honeybush, which is noticeable in the flavor profile (and not present in the original cookie). The honeybush does add a nice touch, though; it complements and melds with the sweetness and creaminess of the coconut, and the caramel flavor adds even more sweetness. I think it’s a great flavor combination overall. As usual, I can’t single out the white chocolate flavor here, but maybe it’s not supposed to stand out.
Both the aroma and the flavor of this tea are lovely. It’s very very sweet (like a cookie) meaning it’s great as a dessert tea. I also tried it with milk, although I decided it’s already sweet enough without sugar. The milk brings out the coconut creaminess and the honeybush tang (almost like acidity or astringency) but muffles the caramel.

Altogether I found this tea very enjoyable, although I don’t think it’ll end up in my rotation for daily drinking. It’s very heavy on the coconut (since it contains both actual coconut and coconut flavor) and on the sugar factor, so it’s a sure winner if coconut is your favorite flavor ever and you take lots of sugar in your tea!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Honeybush/Herbal
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
necessiteas-logoDescription:

Growing up I was a Girl Scout and I was great at “selling” cookies. I would polish off a box of Samoas after school while working on my homework. Chock up another “sale” my parents had to chip in for. Gone are the days when it was okay to eat an entire sleeve of cookies. So here’s my guilt-free version of the classic Samoa. As always, I like to put a spin on things so I used white chocolate instead then added sweet caramel and toasted coconut to recreate an old favorite.

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Caramel Popcorn Matcha from Red Leaf Tea

It’s been a while since our last Red Leaf Tea review so I thought why not write about Caramel Popcorn Matcha from Red Leaf Tea!

The color of this is a grey-green but the old sniffer is drawn to the smell of it!  It sure DOES smell like Caramel Popcorn with the vegetal matcha by it’s side!  I was surprised to learn that the only two ingredients in this was matcha and peanut butter flavoring!

Caramel Popcorn Matcha from Red Leaf Tea is really delicious!   It does taste like Caramel Popcorn and matcha!  The gently popped likeness was just enough to notice.  The caramel (or peanut butter flavor) was top notch!  It leaves a slightly sweet and creamy after taste.  It isn’t the slightest bit bitter which is nice especially for this flavored matcha!


customer_area_logoHere’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Matcha (Green Tea)
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
Description:

Pure Matcha powder from green leaves, Peanut Butter Natural Flavor

Delightfully sweet caramel corn can be given wider appeal by adding the exotic velvety touch of oriental Matcha. The resulting Caramel Popcorn Matcha is a sweet and pleasant tasting snack that can be served and enjoyed by a wide variety of people from all walks of life. For the young children, this sweet tasting and bright colored treat holds obvious attraction for all the right reasons. For working adults, Caramel Popcorn Matcha provides them with the added sugar and energy needed to get through their hassle filled days and nights. For senior citizens it gives them many minutes of pure enjoyment as they sample its sweet depths.

Caramel Popcorn Matcha is an adaptable drink that can be used for any occasion. When it is used for festivities, it combines perfectly with many other snacks likes nuts and pies, among many others. When used as an everyday treat, it makes an excellent mid morning or mid afternoon snack. Caramel Popcorn Matcha is a delectable treat that provides its many takers with something to look forward to especially when times are tough and a little sweetening is required to make life bearable.

Irrespective of the age group, it is impossible to go wrong with Caramel Popcorn Matcha. This is because, with its Matcha twist, its concentrated sweetness is tempered and balanced nicely. Caramel Popcorn Matcha can easily become the treat of choice at many corporate functions instead of partaking of the usual sweet refreshment choices normally on offer. This unforgettable Matcha treat always keeps its date with the unapologetic sweet tooth.

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