Mother’s Love from Culinary Teas. . . . . .

I think I’ve mentioned before that while my fiancé and I love to share a good pot of tea (in fact, hot beverages pre-bedtime are kind of our thing), it’s rare that we find teas that we both a) like and b) are craving at the same time c) are not crazy caffeinated (card-carrying member of the “can’t handle her caffeine” club over here while my dude can drink coffee until 1 AM). So when this interesting blend from Culinary Teas found its way into my cabinet, I thought it miiiight just be crazy to pique both of our interests.

And on the surface, ‘crazy’ isn’t such an overstatement on the description of this blend. In a good way, of course. A base of green tea and red rooibos, this tea brings together flavors of papaya, chocolate, strawberries and peppermint. I’ve gotta say– I had no idea how this one was going to brew up. But it was straight-up delightful! I can’t say I could pick out any of the aforementioned flavors specifically, other than a hint of fruit here and a touch of herbs there, may a slight chocolate aftertaste– but it all worked together surprisingly well. And for my hearty-tea-loving partner, it was just robust enough to satisfy his cravings without being overdone. And of course, a necessity for me– none of that trademarked medicinal aftertaste that I always fear might linger in a rooibos.

There may only be a few teas that my dude and I love to share together, but that list is now one tea longer with the addition of this blend from Culinary Teas. Yum!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos & Green blend
Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Here is an unusual but delicious combination celebrating mothers, the arrival of spring, and giving us an exotic lift with the flavors of rooibos and papaya.

We created this blend thinking of a Mom who always dreamed of traveling to distant tropical places but never had the opportunity. She loves green tea, strawberry, mint, and chocolate. So why not blend all of these together?  To surprise her we added the rooibos and papaya pieces round out the blend.

This tea is low in caffeine and refreshing, taken hot or cold. It is perfect tea to enjoy while spending time with your Mom watching a late afternoon sunset. The light will intensify the rich color of the brew.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea from Culinary Teas

I love the way Bohemian Clothing LOOKS so why not try a Bohemian Tea? Recently was I was seen sipping on Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea from Culinary Teas and it was delightful! Not that the actual sight of me sipping on the tea was delightful…but the Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea itself was delightful! (teahee)

And YES…you can use that TeaSlang/Humor if you want! Nichole (aka CuppaGeek) and I giggle over chat while drinking our tea. Instead of TeeHee it’s TeaHee.

Anyways…on to this review of Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea! Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea features a sencha green tea base with small specs of raspberry pieces. I’m absolutely THRILLED this does NOT have hibiscus in it! Thank you Culinary Teas!

The Sencha was sweet and light. The Raspberry was the PERFECT addition. It was tart, sweet, and tangy but not overly-so. There was a lemon pucker that seemed to linger nicely at the end of the sip, too!

Bohemian Raspberry Green Tea from Culinary Teas was tasty hot or cold. I’m looking forward to cod brewing this later! YUM!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Flavored Tea
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas

Our Raspberry Green has a sencha green tea base, which adds sweetness to a wonderful raspberry flavor.  Made with all natural flavorings.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Key Lime Flavored Black Tea from Culinary Teas

key_limeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Culinary Teas

Tea Description:

What do you think of when you taste a Key Lime? Waves breaking along the coastline of southern Florida? Lazy summer days? Bright sunshine? The limes grown in the Florida Keys are one of the world’s best loved, and sweetest citrus fruits. When used as a garnish the juice of the Key Lime will brighten any dish or dessert. It goes without saying that this is a truly great dessert tea. Brew a pot, sit back and think sunshine.  Or, brew a pitcher for iced tea and be in the sunshine!  

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really delightful tea to be drinking on a day like this.  The weather is cold and drizzly outside but inside, I’m sitting here, curled up with a hot cup of this Key Lime Tea from Culinary Teas and it’s like a taste of summertime in my teacup.  The flavor of the lime is bright and refreshing.

The black tea base is a Ceylon tea.  It’s very much what I’d expect from a good quality Ceylon tea:  smooth, mild tasting, even tempered.  It isn’t an overly aggressive tasting tea and it isn’t too astringent.  It’s pleasant and medium-bodied.

It’s a good base for the tart flavor of lime.  I like that the lime is strong here without being overwhelming.  And I also appreciate that it’s not abundantly tart.  It’s tart enough to tell you that this is a lime flavored tea, but not so tart that I’m puckering as I sip.

Served hot, this tea makes a really nice afternoon tea.  But this tea really shines as it cools, I found that the Key Lime notes really popped once it cooled.  This would make a stunning iced tea!

St. Coombs Dimbula Ceylon Tea from Culinary Teas

da631ba0fdbc3728ba63bc2414a236b6Tea Type:

Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Culinary Teas

Product Description:
Pungent flowery character with good body. Takes milk well, highlighting the coppery cup. St Coombs is from the Dimbula District one of Ceylon’s premiere tea estates

St. Coombs. If the name sounds anything but Sri Lankan to you, you’d be on to something. This exceptional tea estate is actually named after a small fishing village in Scotland, probably the birthplace of one of the original planters. During the peak years of the British Empire homesick settlers from the UK frequently bestowed their new homes with the names of the ones they left behind. Somewhere along the line a proud St. Coombsian decided to trade in his fishing nets for pruning shears, board a steamer, head for the Far East and stake a claim. The rest as they say, is history. He could never have known that more than 120 years later the estate he helped plant would still be producing tea – and fantastic tea at that.

Simply put, St. Coombs, situated 1328 meters above sea level in the western Dimbula highlands of Sri Lanka, is an exceptional tea garden. The estate is ISO 9001 certified and year after year produces some of Sri Lanka’s finest export teas, consistently fetching high prices at the Colombo auctions. St. Coombs’ success is in part attributed to an ace in the hole in the form of the Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka, the headquarters and laboratory of which are located on the estate. (The institute was established at St. Coombs in 1938.) That said, it is impossible to discount the influence of the exceptional regional climactic conditions on the estate’s output. (Conditions made the estate the perfect choice when the Institute was looking for a location to set up shop.)

From January to March, the Western Quality season, Monsoon rains interspersed with dry periods and cool nights combine to produce a large leaf with high sap content. The leaf blooms vigorously each morning ripe for the plucking, a phenomenon known as the flush. It is during this time that St. Coombs’ finest teas are produced. These tend to be exceptionally aromatic, light in the cup with a thick medium body and long finish. St. Coombs’ Flowery Pekoe is a shining example of this excellent quality. In general, FP teas are laborious to produce and require hand sorting in order to ensure an even grade. As such, they are produced in limited quantity and can be difficult to obtain. Our long-term relationship with the estate allows us to secure a good supply year after year. We can confidently say that a freshly brewed cup of St. Coombs’ stands alone as one of Sri Lanka’s premiere tea offerings.

Tasters Review:
This FB Flowery Pekoe Black Tea from the Dimbula, Sri Lanka Region really fits the bills as a Luxury Black Tea in their ever-growing catalog of tea offerings over at Culinary Teas!

I drink all of my teas ‘straight-up’ with no milk or additives and from what I have read it’s completely acceptable to drink this luxury black tea this way but it also takes well to milk or non-dairy milks if you wish.  I infused the tea leaves for about 3 minutes – but – the product description says you can infusion them for up to 7 minutes if that is your preference.  The post-infusion liquor color is that of a yellow-brown tending towards golden.

Once I started sipping this tea – I KNEW it was for me!  A nice, solid black tea with sweet florally notes and a more perfume-like flower flavor on the end sip.  It’s slightly astringent and overall well rounded.  This is a great black tea to have on hand for any time of day!

Organic Tanzania Tea from Culinary Teas

tanzania_organicTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Tea Description: 

This organic tea comes from Usambara in northern Tanzania. Years ago lions freely roamed this region. The tea is reddish and the cup has a full and malty flavored.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  It’s been a little while since I last had a pure Tanzania black tea.  It’s a tea that’s always welcome in my teacup!  I love the rich, malty flavor!

The dry leaf is a very small CTC leaf.  What that says to me is that I need to make a couple of adjustments to my brewing routine.  First, I have a smaller leaf so there is more surface area exposed.  So, I want to cut the brew time a little bit so that I don’t wind up with a bitter tasting cup!  With a small cut leaf like this, I usually brew the tea for just 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.  Since I brewed this in my Kati tumbler, I went with 2 1/2 minutes.  If I were brewing it in my Breville tea maker, I’d go with 2 minutes.

Also with the smaller cut leaf, you have more leaf in a measuring vessel than you would with a full leaf.  That is to say that 1 bamboo scoop of this tea would be more tea than 1 bamboo scoop of a whole leaf tea.  So, I reduce the amount of tea that I measure into the basket of the tumbler.  So instead of a bamboo scoop, I went with 3/4 bamboo scoop of leaf.

And the flavor is exactly what I was looking for this morning!  It’s rich, full-flavored and loaded with the gusto I need to get myself going today!  It is so malty – it would rival a favorite Assam!  And the flavor is less harsh than Assam (Assam can sometimes be bitter!)  This has a lovely caramel undertone that melds nicely with the malt.  Notes of earth, leather, hints of molasses.  As I near mid-cup, I start to pick up on some stone fruit notes.  Plum.  Caramelized plum!

Delightful!  I love that this tea is organic.  But even more than that, I love that this is a full-bodied, flavorful cup of tea that has given me the invigorating kick that I needed today!