Citrus Oolong from Tea Taxi. . .

This tea came to me as a sample in one of the monthly subscription packages I got over the past year. It is not one I would have ever picked for myself because I am often hesitant of both oolong and citrus flavors, so I usually avoid a tea boasting both. Yet, for some reason I never brought myself to tossing this into my swap box.

Well today I figured if I wasn’t going to try and get rid of it, it is probably because I actually want to try it so I got to brewing. This steeped for 3 minutes in 190F water, as per the recommended steeping parameters.

The dry leaf smelled like lemony baked goods though the steeped tea is more harshly lemon than that. It leans towards that lemon pledge vibe at first but the ginger and oolong base really pull that back and keep it from being offensive. Instead, it makes for a bright lemon tea with a ginger zing at the end of each sip. The oolong base is heavy enough to support these strong flavors while still holding its own, yet light enough that it doesn’t draw focus away.

This is no longer available on its own on TeaTaxi’s website but it does come as part of the “Remedies” collection and I can see why. This would be a nice cold tea because the flavors are quite warm and comforting. It would also be soothing for other ailments as its got enough flavor to be interesting without being over-the-top and hard to digest. This isn’t a tea I would be drinking everyday but for those who enjoy this flavor profile, this could be something worth looking into.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Tea Taxi
Description

Let us help you bounce right back with this collection of teas and infusions. Recommended for colds, sore throats and life’s other little discomforts.

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Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co.

Sometimes I need occasional stress relief. And sometimes I need MORE than occasional stress relief. One of the herbs I enjoy for just about any reason is Lemon Balm. But did you know that Lemon Balm is has been used for YEARS for occasional stress relief? Enter Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co.

Another way to spin this herbal tisane is that it’s a good herbal to make your heart merry and joyful. Who couldn’t use more merriment, eh? Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co. is straight-up Lemon Balm. You know what they say ‘sometimes LESS is MORE’. I truly believe that in this case. But don’t take that as this herbal being weak because it’s not! Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co. is wonderfully flavored Lemon Balm! I chalk that up to the company using HIGH QUALITY Lemon Balm and not the run-of-the-mill and/or ‘cheap stuff’.

Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co. smells AND tastes like lemon and herb. I really LOVE the overall colonial theme of Oliver Pluff & Co. It’s one of those teas and companies that offers KNOWLEDGE tidbits while you sip.

In the case of this specific tisane offering…”Steeped as a tea, the colonials sipped lemon balm as for its uplifting effects: “balme makes the heart merry and joyfull, and strengtheneth vitall spirits…it drives away the care of the minde*.” (The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (1597) – J. Gerard). I know sometimes I tend to pass over or roll my eyes one many herbal/tisane offerings but Colonial Remedy No. 6 Lemon Balm from Oliver Pluff & Co. might be listed on one of my future FAVORITES Lists!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Oliver Pluff & Cobanner_oliver_pluff_0001_1448570868__46213

Description

Lemon Balm – Loose Leaf

Makes the Heart Merry & Joyfull (For Occasional Stress Relief)*

Lemon Balm as a Remedy: Steeped as a tea, the colonials sipped lemon balm as for itsuplifting effects: “balme makes the heart merry and joyfull, and strengtheneth vitallspirits…it drives away the care of the minde*.” (The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (1597) – J. Gerard)

Notes: Lemon balm has an subtle aroma of citrus that makes it useful as a strewing herb to freshen rooms. It is also valuable as a plant that is known to attract bees.

Brewing Tips: Boil 1 cup water, then pour over 1 tablespoon lemon balm. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain, and sweeten with honey.

* Please be advised: You should consult with your doctor before making dietary changes. Pregnancy and Lactation: Do not use without the advice of your doctor.

Hand-packaged by Oliver Pluff & Company in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Hot & Cold Teas at Tim Hortons #VeganMoFo2016

This is a different sort of a post here at Sororitea Sisters.  Not only is this a chain location review of sorts it’s also to mention both the Hot & Cold Teas at Tim Hortons.  Keep in mind that Tim Hortons locations vary state by state and throughout Canada.  Not only are various Hot & Cold Teas available at Tim Hortons some locations have bagged tea, loose leaf teas, and other specialty offerings.

Hot & Cold Teas at Tim Hortons are not my only reason for posting about this topic here today.  For today’s Vegan MoFo prompt “Where do you eat when you want someone else to cook for you” I decided to use Hot & Cold Teas at Tim Hortons as a tie-in.  Not only does Tim Hortons have VARIOUS Tea Options they have a decent amount of VEGAN Options for quick food, too!  If you CLICK HERE you will see which of their foods are VEGAN.  I, personally, have a weakness for their bagels with a slice of tomato and Hot & Cold Teas at Tim Hortons depending on the season.  Their HOT teas are peppy and strong for bagged and their UnSWEETENED Iced Tea is usually a winner when on the go!

 


Hot & Cold Teas from Tim Hortons

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Various Tea Bases
Where to Buy: Tim Hortons
Description: With so many Tim Hortons specialty teas to choose from, there’s one for all your tea-savoring moments. Whether you like to relax with a soothing cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, or prefer the distinctive flavor of Earl Grey or Green Tea, Tim Hortons makes tea time, your time.

Available in a variety of flavors throughout the year and in seasonal favorites.

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Cinnamon Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from Stylin’ Tea Blends

PHOENIX DC CINNAMONTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Stylin’ Tea Blends

Tea Description:

Phoenix Dan Cong is a premium variety of china oolong teas, grown and processed in Mountain Phoenix, Chao Zhou, Guangdong. Dan Dong Teas are noted for their ability to naturally imitate the flavors and fragrances of various fruits and flowers, such as honey orchid, cinnamon, sweet-potato. According to history record, Dan Cong was served as an imperial tribute tea in Song Dynasty. This Tea is very popular in China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was in a mood today for oolong. Been drinking it all day actually. Today was just one of those days were you wanted something rich, comforting, and a bit more complex.

Digging thru my tea stash I stumbled upon this beauty.  The leaves were gorgeous- dark and slightly twisted.  They yearned to be brewed up!

Brewed these up with water prepped at 195 per the steeping parameters and I allowed them to steep for about 3 minutes.  I was greeted with the most marvelous flavor! Rich, deep, well balanced, slightly vegetal, but so incredibly smooth.  This is was of those lush silky teas that give you that whole mouth feel and leave you craving more as soon as you finish your first sip. A gorgeous blend for sure and one that I’ve now brewed up a few times-enjoying each cup.

I can’t say that I picked up any cinnamon like flavors but I did pick up the sweet potato like resemblance and oddly enough the honey orchid profile. Those two flavors mingled together so nicely.  Sounds odd to say that they did but I finished off this tea in no time. A really fabulous tea for those days when you need a tea to comfort you all along your way!

Pomegranate Melon from Fusion Teas

PomegranateMelonTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Rooibos/Yerba Mate

Where to Buy: Fusion Teas

Tea Description:

This unique combination merges tangy pomegranate and sweet melon into a surprisingly complex tea. Every sip takes you on a journey of flavors that is sure to intrigue and delight.

Tasting Notes:
candied apple, rainforest, campfire

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Let’s start this review off with talking about how gorgeous this blend is.  I love the pops of bright colors.  Just makes the tea blend so warm and inviting.  The aroma I get from the dry leaf is the same.  Sweet and alluring.  From the beginning, I’ve got high hopes for this tea.

Brewed this tea up like an herbal- 5 minutes at 212F and just let the aroma take me away.  This tea reminds me of summer.  Summer pool parties and the beach.  The melon fragrance is very prominent, giving you that summer feel.  After the five minutes was up, I took my first sip.

This tea has such a lovely melon flavor. Melon in tea is hard to accomplish but they’ve done it with this blend.  This reminds me more of a cross between watermelon and honey dew.  Almost like the fruit you would see at a pool party.  That is exactly what this tea tastes like.  A huge bowl of fresh cantaloupe, watermelon, and honey dew.  The pomegranate flavor is there but it is more in the background giving a slight tart contrast.  The green rooibos is giving the tea an extra tang of sweetness while the yerba mate is bringing it back down with a grassy finish.  This tea would be a phenomenal iced tea in the summer months or if you need to brighten up your day, this tea would definitely do it.

This may not be a tea I could see drinking everyday but I think this would be a great tea to serve at a party or over ice with some fresh berries in it while relaxing outside.  Such a tasty treat!