Vanilla Almond Black Tea from Nelson’s Tea

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Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Nelson’s Tea

Tea Description:

About the Product
  • Ingredients: Black tea, almonds, natural flavoring
  • Vanilla Almond Black Tea
  • Blended & Packaged in Indianapolis, IN USA

Warm and sweet, vanilla and almonds come together in the perfect marriage coupled with bold black tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Vanilla Almond Black Tea from Nelson’s Tea is my first experience with one of their tea offerings and I must say I am impressed!  Vanilla flavored teas can be hit and miss due to the fake tasting vanilla flavors that are often used.  Almond flavored teas are often the same way for the same reason and/or can be a rough flavor preference to pin down and appease the masses!  I will say that Vanilla Almond Black Tea from Nelson’s Tea excels at BOTH the vanilla AND the almond flavors not only in ratio but being that true-taste that most of us tend to crave!

The aroma is pretty wonderful, too!  It’s sweet, nutty, and somewhat roasted to the nose but also provides that deep black tea aroma that I look for as well!

On the tongue – the black tea base, chunks of almond, and vanilla flavors all mesh well together.  The overall flavor is not overdone or underdone and that in itself makes this a special flavored black tea for me.  But your taste buds don’t lie!  The taste of this Vanilla Almond Black Tea from Nelson’s Tea certainly delivers, too, and completes the tea experience in your cup and in your mouth!

 

Eden from Soleil Tea

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Soleil Tea

Tea Description:

Eden is a premium black tea blend scented with aged Tahitian vanilla extract and Madagascar Ylang Ylang. The liquor is richly floral with warm notes of vanilla beans and sweet spice.

Native to tropical rainforests, Ylang Ylang is known for its intoxicating fragrance akin to jasmine and neroli. Mature blossoms are picked at sunrise and steam distilled to extract the highest quality essential oil. Ylang Ylang has long been used to lower high blood pressure and promote relaxation in aromatherapy.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

 

I’m eager to try this blend from Soleil Tea as I don’t think I’ve tried Ylang Ylang in a tea before. I think I’ve probably tried some kind of a body wash with Ylang Ylang scent of some kind, but I’ve never eaten it. The scent of this tea is really lovely.. quite delicate and sweet. It reminds me of a very floral perfume.

Sipping… I’m really enjoying the floral notes of this tea and the way they blend with the black tea base. Normally I avoid flowers in tea since they can be too strong, but those in this blend are quite mild. It’s a strange because they remind me a little bit of bitter orange peel, but also give off that nectar sweetness I find in most floral teas. One thing that I wish I could taste is the vanilla. It seems to be missing, unfortunately, and the focus is on the Ylang Ylang instead. I also don’t taste much of the Fujian black tea either. It’s mellow, a little watery and slightly boring.

I think this would be a great choice for someone who is just getting into blended teas and who wants to try something floral. The flavors are soft, but present. This is a very unique tea that I’d recommend especially to those who haven’t tried Ylang Ylang yet!

Banana Nut Pancakes from A Quarter to Tea

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea

Tea Description:

What could possibly be better than having pancakes for breakfast?

Drinking them of course. Ceylon is used as the base here and is paired with the flavors of banana nut pancakes drizzled in vanilla butter.

Makes an excellent latte.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

 

I know I’m so late to trying this company’s teas. I remember when A Quarter to Tea popped up on the internet and for some reason, I think I was distracted by other teas at the time. I decided it was finally time for me to see what these teas are all about! I love all of the original blend ideas that this company has in stock and it seems like they are always developing new ones, too.

Banana Nut Pancakes was one of the first blends I was most excited to try. I love the idea of a buttery pancake in the form of a tea. I already have a favorite pancake tea, Pancake Breakfast from 52Teas.. so I knew before trying this one that I have high expectations for a pancake tea.

Sipping… I’m a bit disappointed as I only taste a light banana flavor and the ceylon tea base. I don’t taste any pancakes or butter. The banana flavor is natural and light which is a nice touch.. but I wish there was something more. I’m also not crazy about the ceylon used.. it’s tolerable, but nothing special and a bit bland. I think this tea might benefit from a name change so people don’t make this cup expecting a plate of banana pancakes.

I’d recommend this tea for those who like rather tame banana blends… maybe for those who are just dipping their feet into flavored teas as well. Even though I’m not wild about this tea, it’s certainly not the last one from A Quarter to Tea that I’ll be trying.

Earl Grey Creme from Bluebird Tea Co

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co

Tea Description:

Don’t we wish prime ministers today were as good as the ones in the good old days? Take PM Earl Grey, he was the cream of the crop. Not only did he help abolish slavery and reform the House of Commons, he also invented the legendary Earl Grey tea! So we’ve created this creamy tribute just for you old chap!

Learn more about this tea here

Taster’s Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve had this tea from Bluebird Tea Co. In fact, I think that this was one of the first teas I tried from this company way back when it was first starting up! I’m not the biggest fan of Earl Grey teas on their own, but when they’re mixed with vanilla or cream, they can really hit the spot.

 

The scent of this cup is of black tea and bergamot.. I don’t pick up on a ton of creamy vanilla, but if I remember correctly, there is some creaminess in the actual flavor and not so much in the scent. Sipping… I taste, most strongly, the bergamot and the black tea.. a bit of sharp bitterness. Interestingly, it does seem slightly softer than an ordinary Earl Grey. Most of the vanilla comes at the very end of the sip. It isn’t prominent, but is just enough to tone everything down.

I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite Earl Grey Creme as I’d like a bit more of the creme flavor, but it’s sweet, soft and interesting. I would definitely add this one to my cart in a future order. This is a good choice for those who enjoy Earl Grey, but don’t want to completely lose the bergamot flavor with the addition of vanilla.

S’mores Genmaicha Green Tea from 52Teas

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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

I reblended this tea to fulfill part of our start-up Kickstarter campaign’s add-on offers! This was part of the Genmaicha 3-Tier collection – a yummy blend of Matcha infused Genmaicha green tea and chocolate and marshmallow flavors. I added cacao shells & nibs, mini vegan chocolate chips and marshmallow root to the blend. This is yummy!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This gemaicha is a perfect tea for the weather out there today! I’ve battened down the hatches and hunkered down, because the outside world has turned completely white. I’m living in a surreal ghost town of powder. It certainly doesn’t help that the wind keeps whipping up the 3 feet of snow that has already fallen. I can’t even open my front door! And to think it was almost 70 degrees yesterday. That’s Denver spring for ya.

I can’t believe I have already finished this package! I received the 3-tier genmaicha tin set from 52Teas’ initial kickstarter not too long ago. At first I didn’t care for the flavor, especially with the chocolate pieces. It’s a personal pet peeve of mine to have chocolate chips in tea. But I love the flavors of marshmallows and graham crackers, and I did not want to allow these chocolate abominations to keep me from enjoying this tea. So I just picked out and straight up ate the chocolate chips. May I just say that they are a great compliment to the tea – better than if they were in the blend, fusing to the sides of my teapot and creating an odd sludge.

I quickly became addicted to this blend. I think I drank nothing but this tea for about a week straight. It’s so on point – each flavor is well developed and distinct, from the smooth and mellow marshmallow to the crisp and sweet graham cracker right up to the vegetal grassiness and toasty rice flavor of the genmaicha. I love flavored genmaicha, and this blend is a great combination of a funky flavor idea and the classic Japanese green tea.