Warming from Balcony Tea. . . .

This herbal blend is a comforting taste of familiarity. The predominant flavor is the lemon verbena with the orange blossom chasing it.

One has to concentration to taste the cinnamon and ginger flavors, although there is a gentle cinnamon aroma to the cup. In fact, the “hint of spice” is hidden well enough that a cup of Warming is better suited for quiet contemplation or a bedtime habit, than an energizing pick me-up.

This would be an excellent tea to have on hand for those days when you aren’t feeling well, emotionally or physically. Not having been in the Mediterranean, I cannot vouch for the claim of a Mediterranean feel, but I can say it would fit in well in a solitary cabin setting! I feel like this would not be the tea I’d reach for to offer a friend in need of comfort, because it is mild enough that it requires your focus to truly appreciate.

I’m going to project here, and say this is an introverted tea, best enjoyed in the quiet aloneness that allows thought and concentrated appreciation.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Balcony Tea
Description

Escape long rainy days on our “Warming Balcony” with sun-kissed citrus flavour and a hint of spice.

Ingredients:
Ginger – Spicy and warming; traditionally used to help circulation and ease stomach issues. Lemon Balm – To help you feel relaxed and refreshed. Lemon Verbena – Bursting with lemon flavour. Cinnamon – Naturally sweet and comforting. Orange peel – Beautifully aromatic with a true Mediterranean feel. Orange blossom – Deliciously fragrant with delicate floral honeyed notes.

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Cinnamon Plum Berry Organic Botanical Blend from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Storehouse Tea is a company completely new to me. I had never even heard of this company until a box of Sororitea Sisters samples arrived at my door including this tea, Cinnamon Plum Berry.

Full disclosure: Even though I am excited to try a new tea company, I am a little apprehensive about this tea. Between the deep reddish-pink it brewed up that screams hibiscus and the licorice root, I was worried this would definitely not be to my tastes.

Using the sample I was given, I decided to make it both iced and hot to compare the two.

I started with the hot cup because this is how Storehouse Tea recommends brewing this up. Unfortunately, this tea hot is sort of what I expected. The main flavor is the hibiscus, tart and one-note. The cinnamon is floating around too combining with the licorice root to contribute a outputting sweet note. The licorice root also lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste, cloying.

Iced this is a little bit different than the hot cup, though neither better nor worse. Just different. Less tart and the hibiscus could hint a little more towards berry than it does in the hot cup, though I would say that is still a stretch. The cinnamon is missing all together in the iced tea, except in smell. On the plus side, there is not as much licorice root either.

If I had to decide, I would say that I found this easier to drink when iced. Neither really delivery the plum or berry as promised by the name so that is disappointing. Ultimately, I went into this tea with some expectations based on the ingredients and perhaps I was biased but having tried it, I would say this tea is certainly not for me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

Currants, succulent hibiscus, hints of plum, cinnamon and naturally sweet licorice root create a warm, full bodied and soothing Organic, caffeine free tea. Perfect served hot or brewed as mulled tea.

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