Cherry Green and Black from Fava Tea. . . .

I tried this tea hot, went “meh, this is kind of tart for me,” and put it away.

Fast forward something crazy like two months, and I decided to try it iced. NOWWWW I’m on board, guys. The mix of hibiscus flower, apple bits, orange peel, safflowers, & sour cherries was overpowering at a higher temperature, but iced? It goes from abrasive to spunky.

The hibiscus and cherry swirl together to form that sassy friend who has tons of gossip about everyone you know. They’re so charming that you almost forget that they’re totally telling everyone what you’re saying to them.

I recommend trying this iced. It might even taste good as the base for a mixed drink. I feel like you could throw a little SoCo or flavored vodka in here and get the party started. Maybe get the gals together and start some sassy whispering.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green/Black
Where to Buy: Fava Tea
Description

Super green and black tea blend with huge (and I mean HUGE dried cherries!). One of our best-selling green teas in the store. With this one, you have hit the mother load! Not just a drink, an experience! Strong cherry flavor!

Idea: Mix with lemonade for the ultimate Arnold Palmer!

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Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong by A Quarter to Tea

Steeping at 190 degrees for 4.5 minutes as recommended, I prepared this tea with one tablespoon of leaves and around 10 ounces of water.

The high-quality oolong leaves swell and uncurl while steeping–something I always find fascinating (in addition to comforting because I know it means I’m about to drink some excellent tea!)

Once the steeping gets going it smells strongly of chocolate and cherry, which I take as a good sign! Actually it smells almost overwhelmingly of cherry while steeping, but after steeping that abates somewhat. The cherry flavor still hits your nose first but as you keep inhaling you can dig down and find the grounding, comforting chocolate smell too. It’s rounder and creamier. and the oolong lends butteriness and a floral note to the scent.

First sip: The butteriness from the oolong and the sharper floral, also from the oolong, and the fruity cherry notes hit all at once. The chocolate flavor seems to have melded with (and mostly been superseded by) the oolong butteriness. The chocolate itself is more of an aftertaste now. And yet sometimes you can detect it mingled with one of the other flavors.
Color: the tea is dark, but brown-tinted. Mahogany, perhaps; not really chocolate-colored though.

 

With milk: the cherry and the creamy oolong flavor come to the front along with a green-tea flavor (possibly from the houjicha?), the combination of which really reminds me of a matcha latte (not a bad thing at all). It’s not too astringent this way and not at all bitter.
A Quarter to Tea has come up with a great flavored blend here, and the company has great values too; not only do they use vegan ingredients but they also avoid using gluten, and try to avoid using potential allergens as well. While this blend is fun and satisfying, chocolate is not necessarily the dominant flavor here, so it’s important to be aware of that and enjoy this tea for itself rather than feeling like you’ve been tricked into drinking a not-chocolatey-enough tea. <3

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Roasty enough to appease the coffee lover in you! The blend of hojicha and oolong makes a robust, coffee like base without the jitters. Mellowed out with chicory, chocolate, and cherries.

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Cherry Mango VersatiliTEA from Cup of Love. . . . .

If you are looking for a trail mix in the form of a tea – I have a suggestion for you – Cherry Mango VersatiliTEA from Cup of Love!

Cherry Mango VersatiliTEA from Cup of Love contains TWO types of dried cherries…Bing AND Ranier! This flavored black tea also features crushed almonds and mango, too! I must say I’m overjoyed that Cup of Love didn’t use Hibiscus in this tea! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’m also thrilled at the use of these two different species of cherries! They offer a sweet, tangy, and puckery flavor to this cuppa. The mango gives it a contrasting sweet yet tropical creaminess, too! The almonds contribute a sweet nuttiness and a creamy note all at the same time.

The more I sip on Cherry Mango VersatiliTEA from Cup of Love the more I like it! I like it because it’s different, because it doesn’t have that dreaded hibiscus and you can taste the ACTUAL fruit, and because of the contrasting sweet, tangy, creamy, and floral notes. Cherry Mango VersatiliTEA from Cup of Love is pretty tasty and I’m looking forward to more new offerings from Cup of Love!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Cup of Love
Description

This Tea is Amazing.  Cherries!  Mango!  Almonds!  Oh, My.  Naturally  delicious, with chunks of real cherries, almonds, and mango; it is a cornucopia of delight.  Brew it dark for a fuller, richer flavor, or light to capture its delicate notes.  However you choose to steep your cup, we guarantee an experience of full satisfaction from this all-around versatiliTEA.

RECOMMEND: Hot or Iced.

China Black Tea, Safflower Leaves, two kinds of Chopped Cherry Pieces, Crushed Almonds, & Diced Mango Bits

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