Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Honeybush from 52Teas

RaspberryCreamCheeseDanishTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Frank’s description of this tea went like this:

“Our caffeine-free African honeybush blended with real freeze dried raspberries and all natural flavors. This blend is the complete danish in a cup: raspberries, cream cheese, even a hint of icing thrown in there.”

And really, could I say anything more to make this tea sound any more delicious than that?  This is one of my favorites, so I stuck close to the recipe.  

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about 52Teas’ Tea of the Week Program here.

Taster’s Review:

I am so excited to try this blend as 52Teas is under new ownership! With upgraded tea bases and new, fun recipes, it looks like 52Teas has a wonderful future. The description makes this tea sound like complete dessert in a cup… raspberries, cream cheese and icing! Plus, the honeybush makes it an easy blend to have during the day and night.

The dry blend smells like a sweet raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. Yum! I have a good feeling that the flavors will come through after water has been added. Once steeped, the tea smells much more.. like tangy raspberries and spicy honeybush.

Sipping… mmm. The strongest notes are the honeybush and the raspberry. I do taste a little bit of something like vanilla in the background. I wouldn’t say that I taste cream cheese or icing specifically, but there is something there that makes it more than raspberry and honeybush.  The finish also offers something from the honeybush that reminds me of graham crackers or flaky pastry. It’s not strong, but is a nice ending to the sip.

I’m so glad that this blend was my first from the new 52Teas company. If you enjoy dessert teas, definitely add this one to your shopping cart.

Gingerbread Flavored Iced Honeybush Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-HONEYBUSH-GingerbreadTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

This is a crowd pleaser. Order this today and offer your Thanksgiving dinner guests an awesome caffeine-free treat with organic flavors of gingerbread and a hint of cream cheese frosting. This is a real treat and likely to go fast. Do not miss out on this one.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

Gingerbread is not something I eat often.  I like some gingerbread, but most that I find tends to be a little on the wimpy side with no real ginger flavor.  An exception to that is the gingerbread that I’ve tasted from Nikki’s Cookies.  Good stuff.

But a lot of the gingerbread that you can buy in the grocery stores (about a month ago, you couldn’t walk into a grocery store without seeing a “gingerbread house kit.”  And most of that stuff tastes like it was made from cardboard.  No real ginger flavor – it’s as if the ginger that they use in the recipe is ground ginger that had been sitting on the shelf since Christmas in 1990.  Boring flavor with no ginger kick.

So I’m hoping this tea will give me the kind of gingerbread flavor I want!

I hot-brewed this tea.  I brought a quart of water to 195°F and dropped the sachet into the kettle and let it steep for 9 minutes.  Then I strained the liquid into my favorite half gallon iced tea pitcher and repeated the process:  heated a quart of water – 195°F – and put the same sachet into the kettle.  This time, I let it steep for 11 minutes.  Then I let the pitcher come to room temperature before I stashed it in the refrigerator to cool overnight.

Today, I have a pitcher full of gingerbread tea!  Well, I guess I should say, I did have a pitcher full of gingerbread tea.  Now I have about 1 glassful of tea remaining at the bottom of the pitcher and that glassful will be consumed soon!

This has a nice ginger flavor.  The ginger is subtle but present in every sip.  It doesn’t have a strong, peppery zing from the ginger, but there’s enough ginger in there to know that you’re tasting ginger.  And there’s a pleasant sweetness, almost molasses-y, and that’s something I want to taste with gingerbread too.

This is sweet and enjoyable without being cloying.  The ginger cuts through enough of the sweetness to keep it from tasting too sweet.  The honeybush is a good base for the gingerbread flavors because the nutty and honey-esque flavors of the honeybush really tie in well with the overall gingerbread concept.

If I’m to offer any “complaint” about this tea, it would be that I want a little more “buttery/pastry” like flavor.  That – it would seem – has become a common complaint of mine about some of the baked good flavor teas that 52Teas/Southern Boy Teas/Zoomdweebies has been producing as of late.  I’m just not getting the buttery/pastry-like flavor that I’ve come to love from some of 52Teas’ classic flavors like their Pancake Breakfast tea.  I think that would make this taste more like a gingerbread cookie.

That said, I found this iced tisane to be enjoyable.  I like the flavor of the ginger and the molasses notes are quite delightful.  It’s not my favorite iced tea selection from Southern Boy Teas, but it’s tasty and refreshing.  The fact that the half gallon pitcher is nearly empty after it being in the refrigerator for less than a day should be testament to the fact that I enjoyed the flavor and it is very easy to drink.

Please take a moment to check out Frank’s Kickstarter campaign!  He’s looking to take Southern Boy Teas to new heights and the fundraising effort will help get him started in the right direction!  Please help this small business!

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish Green Tea from 52Teas

Blueberry-Cream-Cheese-DanishTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

This week’s tea is a revisiting of our very popular (and just re-blended (again)) Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish, this time with a green tea base. We used premium Young Hyson and Chunmee green teas with freeze-dried blueberries and organic flavors to make this delicious tea.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I loved 52Teas’ Black Tea version of Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish tea, so, I was pretty sure I’d also enjoy this version with the green tea base from 52Teas.  And I am enjoying it!

The first thing I noticed when I opened the pouch (aside from the delicious aroma of blueberries!) is that there are not as many big, plump, freeze-dried blueberries in my pouch this time around.  That was one thing that blew me away about the black tea blend … so many blueberries in the blend.  Of course, I realize that the freeze-dried fruit additions to teas like this do relatively little to the flavor of the actual brewed tea, I still found myself missing the blueberries.

But, the blueberry flavor is NOT missing in the tea!  This is deliciously blueberry!  The blueberry is the very first flavor that I notice when I take a sip, and the blueberry flavor remains throughout the sip and the aftertaste has that tart, tingly berry taste.  There is no mistaking the blueberry in this tea.

The green tea base offers a lighter, more refreshing background flavor for this blend.  I must admit that it has been a while since I’ve tasted the aforementioned Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish black tea blend, but it was a very memorable tea.  The black tea gave the tea a good, robust background … here, I notice that the tea tastes crisp and fresh.  This is a better tea for the afternoon … while I think that the black tea would be a good choice for a morning tea because it is a heartier tea.

The flavors of the “pastry” and the cream cheese take a little while to reveal themselves.  I’m not sure if this is because my first few sips were when the tea was still quite warm and now the tea has cooled slightly (It’s still hot, but no longer piping hot), or if it’s because the flavors just needed a few sips to develop on my palate.  Now that I’ve consumed about 1/3rd of the cup, I can taste a light, buttery pastry and a tangy cream cheese as well as the sweet-tart blueberries.

This is a really tasty dessert tea.  I do think I preferred the black tea base over this green tea base, but I am still really enjoying this.  It satisfies the sweet tooth, and it’s a lot less caloric and fattening than an actual blueberry cream cheese danish – which I would ordinarily turn away from because I don’t need all that.  I like that 52Teas gives us tasty alternatives to the sweets that I crave, and this is definitely a crave-able sort of tea!

Red Velvet Cake Mate from 52Teas

RedVelvetCakeMate

Tisane Description:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

Our Malted ChocoMate has been one of our most popular blends over the years, well, at least it WAS until this! Here’s roasted yerba mate blended with organic cacao nibs and organic flavors. It’s chocolate and cream cheese frosting and cake in a cup. I thought about adding some red food coloring, but I think you will agree that even if it isn’t red, it’s delicious.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

YUM!  To be honest, I wasn’t really … looking that forward to trying this Red Velvet Cake Mate from 52Teas.  And I love chocolate!

Here’s the thing … in addition to being a chocoholic and a tea addict, I have a thing for cupcakes.  I go nuts over cupcakes.  I see a cupcake bakery and I beg my husband to stop just so I can see what flavors they have … and for me, the more outrageous the flavor, the better.  (Kind of that way with tea flavors too)  I don’t get so excited over cake … oh sure, I won’t turn my nose up at cake … but a cupcake?  I love it.  I turn into a kid when it comes to cupcakes.

The problem:  it seems that every cupcake bakery has a red velvet offering.  It’s become the “Earl Grey” of the cupcake world … everyone has one.  Not that I knock Earl Grey, I love it as you’re probably aware!  And I actually like red velvet cake (and cupcakes) … but, if given a choice between red velvet cake and a chocolate cake … I’d choose chocolate because red velvet seems to me to be like … a lighter version of chocolate.  That is, it’s like a chocolate cupcake, but with less chocolate.  And if you’ve read my articles for very long, you know that I am a strong supporter of the more chocolate = better concept.  And if more chocolate = better, then less chocolate = worse.  Simple logic.

So, I guess I was thinking … OK, so this is going to be a “light” chocolate Yerba Maté and I’m going to have to write my article complaining about a lack of chocolate.  There are few things that make me more disappointed in a chocolate tea than a lack of chocolate.

Fortunately, Frank of 52Teas apparently does not subscribe to this idea that red velvet cake is a lighter version of chocolate cake, because this is nice and chocolate-y.  (However, more chocolate WOULD be better … because more chocolate = better.)  And I can taste the tangy cream cheese frosting note.  It is sweet and delicious, and I love the roasted flavor of the Yerba Maté … I love that it doesn’t have that strong vegetative note, that the roasted flavor accentuates the earthy tones which complements the chocolate notes very nicely.  And then the overtone of creamy, tangy frosting just … it’s the icing on the cake!  (haha, I made a punny!  Oh gawd I’m a nerd.  Please don’t tell my husband I admitted that.)

This is totally yummy.  It is rich, chocolate-y, toasty, and tangy!  Absolutely scrumptious.  Unfortunately, it is also sold out.  So, if you want some, you should let Frank know!  Contact him via this contact form or, you could tweet him, or visit his facebook page.  Please tell him you heard about this tea from me!