Peanut Butter Cup from DAVIDsTEA

peanutbuttercupTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description:

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet treat on the go, nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate. Sweet, rich, salty and addictive, it’s a classic combo for a reason. And with this smooth and satisfying blend, you can indulge your sweet tooth anytime, guilt-free. With almonds, cocoa beans and chocolate chips, it tastes just like the real thing. And since it’s completely peanut free, you can take it with you everywhere. Want to take it to the next level? Try it as a latte with frothed chocolate milk. You heard it here first…

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Peanut Butter cups are one of my favorite candies especially around Halloween. There is something so brilliant about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. When I saw that DAVIDsTEA was bringing out an herbal peanut butter cup blend, I knew I had to give it a try. I was very surprised to see that this blend includes almonds instead of peanuts… and apples, too!

I’m very nervous to give this tea a sip only because I think I have high expectations. I think that a peanut butter cup tea should really taste like one. The scent of this tea truly smells like a peanut butter cup… so it definitely gives me hope.

Sipping… this is very interesting. The first thing I notice is the strong peanut flavor.. very much like peanut butter only not as sweet. It’s followed by a very, very light chocolate note and finishes with a faint apple base. I think that the apple note, while it is light, doesn’t really work. I know that this tea needs something else to add bulk, but the apple takes away from the peanut butter and chocolate. I also think that this blend is quite watery and could use a thicker body & more flavor. I’m not sure what that would be since a black tea base would likely overwhelm the peanut and chocolate.

I think this is the closest a tea/tisane blend has come to tasting like a peanut butter cup. It is too watery and light, though.. and doesn’t bring that rich, sweet peanut butter and chocolate flavor. For me, it’s mostly a watery apple and peanuts.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Honeybush from 52Teas

Tisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

There are some blends I create that actually make me feel like an evil genius. This is one of those blends.

I’m really tempted to just say: Muah – ha – ha! and leave it at that.

Here’s our caffeine-free African honeybush with organic cacao nibs, marigold petals and natural and organic flavors. If this doesn’t cure your sweet-tooth, I’m not sure I can help you.

Learn more about this flavored honeybush here.

Taster’s Review:

There was a time when I absolutely refused to try peanut butter flavored teas.   I can’t explain exactly what it was about them that made me so squeamish, but, the thought of a peanut butter flavored tea just … well, it just didn’t do it for me.  And, just as I can’t really explain why I didn’t want to try a peanut butter flavored tea back then, I can’t really explain why I got over it.  And the only explanation I have is pretty … well, it’s weird.

See, I tried a Salted Peanut taffy.  And this taffy was the best taffy I had ever tasted.  And somehow, from that experience, I put together in my head that I would enjoy peanut butter teas too.

I know, I told you it was a weird explanation.  Sometimes, I think that I share a brain with Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Anyway, one thing that my brain did get right is that I would enjoy a peanut butter tea … because I AM enjoying this Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake flavored Honeybush.  It’s actually really yummy.

I can taste the peanut butter and the chocolate.  It doesn’t taste weird or thick the way that real peanut butter tastes, and I think that is what may have turned me off on peanut butter flavored teas in the past.  I think I must have thought that the texture would be weird … but it isn’t.  It has an ordinary tisane-ish texture … it’s light and smooth.

The cheesecake flavor is well-defined.  It tastes creamy and tangy tasting, and it is such a wonderful contrast to the sweet peanut butter cup notes.  I even taste the honeybush here, and the natural nutty flavor of the honeybush goes together very well with these flavors.  As the tisane cools, I notice a bit of the buttery crust come through … just a bit of it though.

I really like the way the flavors come together here.  And now that I’ve actually TRIED a peanut butter tea, I feel just a wee bit sad for what I’ve been missing out on with Frank’s other Peanut Butter blends!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Alice Patchwork from Tainted Sweets & MyGrafico

Designer:  Tainted Sweets

Where to Buy:  MyGrafico

Product Description:

Alice in Wonderland Patchwork!
Nine seperate 8×8 cute and colorful Alice in Wonderland squares!
Great for quilts, wall art, glass blocks and so much more!

Artist’s Review:

When I received this Alice Patchwork set created by Tainted Sweets, I was thrilled!  I love Alice in Wonderland, and this was such an adorable interpretation.

After giving it some thought, I knew just what I wanted to do!  I decided to make a greeting card set with them.  The graphics are large (8×8), so, I had to adjust the size on them.  I used the image of the Mad Hatter, The Dormouse, and the Teapot/Teacups for a set of three.

I printed the adjusted squares onto cardstock which I then cut out.  I ran my Krylon Gold Leafing pen around the edges of the square, and then I layered the square onto some coordinating scrapbook paper that I had on hand.  I used some foam mounting tape for the printed images to give the card a little dimension, and added a few rhinestones to each card for some sparkle.

These were a lot of fun to make, and I really like how they turned out.  I will be sending these out to some on-line Tea Friends, but, I think a full set (using all 9 images!) would make a great gift for someone special!

MyGrafico is a great website – loaded with tons of images.  Check them out for your next artsy project!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Vintage China Clipart Set from Zboooh Design Studio & MyGrafico

Product:

Romantic old fashion vintage china clip art set available in JPEG, PNG, and EPS Format.

Designer:

Zboooh Design Studio

Where To Buy:

MyGraficO

Direct Link to this product in their shop is located HERE

Product Description:

Romantic old fashion vintage china clip art set, ideal for crative paper craft for invitation cards or any other card designs. Retro pots ant teacups with original retro stylish decoration.

Format: EPS (editable with  Adobe Illustrator,  Corel Draw)

300dpi JPEG and 300dpi transparent PNG

Product Review from TeaEqualsBliss:

Anne and I are not only into tea and writing we are both into arts and crafts.  A couple of weeks ago we were chatting about a few new features to SororiTEA Sisters and we decided to include Tea Related Art and Crafting Supplies and Outlets within our Product Reviews!

We felt there was a lack of joining the two interests – Tea and Arts/Crafts – online and on other Tea Review Sites so we decided since we try and include anything and everything TEA here at SororiTEA Sisters we would incorporate them here from time to time.

I have been a fan of the designers over at MyGraficO for quite some time!  I have been and are on a few design teams and can’t get enough of their Digital Stamps, Clip Art, Digital Papers, etc.  Lately I have noticed that MyGraficO has one of the better selections of Tea Related Digital Arts & Craft Components online.  This made me VERY HAPPY!

As you can see from the images above I decided to make a card from this set!  I make at least 3 Handmade Cards a week and I’m always looking for Tea Clipart and Digital Stamps to incorporate in my projects!  I have been getting into some hybrid and altered paper projects as well and I’m sure I will blog about that down the road.  There are some really neat things you can do with these sets!  I have made Tea Swap Envelopes, Packages, Storage Containers, Album Title Pages, Altered Boxes and Tins, the list goes on and on!

Anyways, I hope you like my first card.  And I hope you take a moment to visit MyGraficO!  There are TONS of things on that site!  The Designers are great and the shop owner is even a TEA FAN herself!

If you would like to read more about Digital Stamps – what they are – and how to use them – take a look at this article!

Stay tuned to SororiTEA Sisters for more Tea Related Arts and Crafts along with more Tea Product Reviews!

 

 

PRODUCT REVIEW: Kati Loose Tea System from Tea Forté

Where to Buy:  Tea Forté

Company Description:

Loose tea by the cup…..simple.

Our double-wall ceramic tumbler and integrated stainless steel infuser make brewing loose tea by the cup simple. The innovative double-wall construction keeps tea hot and the tumbler cozy to hold. Includes three of our Loose Tea Single Steeps. Brews a generous 12 oz cup and is dishwasher safe.

Product Review:

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite new tea accessory!  The Kati Loose Tea System!  It has officially replaced my favorite tea mug.  I love this cup!

OK, so this is actually a “tumbler.”  But, let’s not get lost on semantics.  I love this cup!  Let me tell you why…

I love the shape of this cup, and how well it fits in my hands.  Because it does not have a handle, I cup my hands around the tumbler and experience the warmth from the tea.  And because it has a double wall construction, the sides of the cup are warm but not too hot.  This is a very important “selling point” for me, because my hands always seem to be cold.  I like that I can cup my hands around the tumbler and enjoy the warmth without burning myself!

The double wall construction also insulates the cup so that the tea stays warmer longer.  Another thing that helps to keep the tea warm is the lid!

The infuser is also a nice size.  I found that there was enough room to allow the tea leaves to expand fully without being overcrowded.  Generally, an infuser is something I don’t use because they aren’t large enough to accommodate the tea leaves properly, but, this one is just right.

Finally, I love the leaf design on the cup.  Sure, we’re just talking aesthetics here, and it has really very little to do with the tea inside the cup, but, it has a lot to do with my enthusiasm toward the cup.  I enjoy using a cup that makes me happy, and this cup (err… tumbler) makes me very happy!