Passion Berry Jolt from Tiesta Tea. . . .

Sometimes I just get a period of several days where I am constantly tired. Don’t know why that is but I just feel like I am dragging myself out of bed when all I want to do is sleep. Usually this occurs following periods of time when a lot has been going on so I think it is my body making up for lost rest. So when these tired periods roll around, I reach for teas that are supposed to wake you up and that is why I am sipping on Passion Berry Jolt by Tiesta Tea.

Passion Berry Jolt is a raspberry passion fruit black tea made with black tea, pineapple bis, natural passion fruit flavors, passion fruit bits, cornflowers, marigold flowers, and raspberry bits. However, I do wonder if this is a complete list of ingredients considering the package also notes that Tiesta Tea’s Energizer blends, which this is, contain black tea AND mate tea. It also provides brewing instructions for both black tea and mate tea so I can’t help but think this may have some mate in it, which would explain the high caffeine content but also make me a little less excited about trying this since mate can have a real earthy flavor that I don’t love.

Since mate is not explicitly stated in the ingredient list, I brewed this per the recommended steeping instructions for a black tea, steeping the leaves in 190F water for 3 minutes. I made both a hot and iced tea this way.

At first sip, the hot tea definitely has a lot of passion fruit flavor. It is coming off like a very tropical black tea. Not much raspberry. There is a sort of concentrated fruity sourness that hits you in the back of the throat and then dissolves into a black tea aftertaste that is brisk and ever so slightly metallic. The passion fruit is nice but I am just not loving the other flavors going on in this hot cup. I am perking up though so I guess the big bold letters reading “Energizer” are telling the truth.

A lot of the time when I ice black teas, they tend to get this thick mouthfeel. This is no exception. I am not sure why that happens and if I am being honest I don’t love it. As for the flavor, this is more of that same passion fruit flavor that I enjoyed in the hot tea, without the sourness at the back of your throat. However, that slightly metallic essence that came in in the aftertaste of the hot tea sort of lingers under the entire sip in the iced tea. Again, I am not getting much raspberry.

This tea, both hot and iced, has one of the better passion fruit flavors I have tried. I think I enjoyed the iced tea more but it was nice both ways if you don’t mind a brisk black tea and that metallic note. Personally, this is not my favorite but I could see it being enjoyed by many. Plus, it is an effective wake up tea for those needing that extra little boost in the morning.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea
Description

Packed with passion fruit and raspberry, this black tea blend gives you a jolt of pineapple energy to keep you charged.

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Earl on the Prairie from SimpliciTea . . . .

Not too long ago I received an envelop from Canada! Yay! My friends from the north! I’ve always adored Canada! Inside the package was Earl on the Prairie from SimpliciTea.

Upon opening this tea – I have to say – first and foremost – I was smacked in the face with an out of this world aroma! It was a cross between perfume and potpourri. It was pretty intense but oh-so-memorable!

This look leaf contains medium length black tea Ceylon leaves, Bergamot, and Saskatoon Berries! If you aren’t familiar with Saskatoon Berries they are much like blueberries but actually closer to the apple family and have a sweet almond-like flavor.

Saskatoon bushes are a deciduous shrub or small tree that can reach 16 ft in height. The mature bushes sport white flowers each spring. Saskatoons are native to North America, growing wild from Alaska to Maine. In the northern lower peninsula of Michigan there are currently over 20 commercial growers that have 50 to 10,000 plants each. We are currently working on a survey of operations in several other states and the Canadian provinces.

The flavor of the tea is pretty incredible. I have never tasted anything quite like it. It’s very memorable, fruity, semi-tart, and tasty! For a tea tasting experience you won’t forget – try Earl on the Prairie from SimpliciTea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy: SimpliciTea
Description

A Decadent Saskatoon Berry Earl Grey

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52Teas’ the 12 Teas of Christmas – Day 12

Day 12!

Wow!  It’s finally here, Christmas morning!  And the final tea of the 12 Teas of Christmas is Gingerbread Brûlée Black tea.  It is a perfect choice for the grand finale: after all, what is more showy and celebratory than creme brûlée?

This black tea features fragrant and delicious pieces of candied ginger accompanied by festive gingerbread spices.  The dry leaf smells like putting your nose in a tin of gingerbread cookies, dark, spicy, a little peppery, and plenty sweet.

Brewed, this tea is robust and flavorful, don’t let the dessert theme lull you into thinking this is a mild blend.  The black tea base has plenty oomph to wake you up no matter how early your family is opening Christmas presents.

I personally love kick-your-tastebuds strong chai flavors, but this tea made me realize that there is more than one way to have a tasty ginger tea.  I really appreciate the caramelized black tea tones and I’m glad the ginger isn’t so hot that it drowns out the other flavors.

The molasses tones from the gingerbread are a perfect match for the crispy, burnt sugar flavors of the brûlée.  There is just a perfect hint of heat from the candied ginger root, and the comforting warmth of other cookie spices.  If you can’t bake a tray of gingerbread cookies, brew a pot of this tea instead and make your kitchen smell like the holidays.

Merry Chistmas!

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Description:

This is a tea that I had planned out way back when I was still in the planning stages of taking over 52Teas – but kept putting off again and again. Why? I don’t know. But I sure am glad I finally blended this because WOW! It’s ah-ma-ZING!

I started out with a blend of black teas (Yunnan, Assam & Ceylon) and added ginger & candied ginger, a bit of cinnamon & cloves, some freshly shaved nutmeg as well as some creme brulee essence to complete the tea. 

The cuppa starts out with strong gingerbread notes with mere hints of the creamy brulee. The ginger is definitely present in at the start, so there’s no mistaking that this is, indeed, a GINGERBREAD brulee. As I continue to sip, the custard-y notes of the creme brulee start to emerge and the flavors seem to come together and become more smooth with each sip. By the end of the cup, I find a very lovely balance of both creme brulee (and I even some of that bittersweet burnt sugar in there!) and gingerbread. 

And of course, this is organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!

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52Teas’ the 12 Teas of Christmas – Day 8-Spoilers!

Day 8!

Today’s tea is French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam Black Tea.  I’m already excited seeing the name, because I love what 52Teas does for marshmallow teas, whether it is the marshmallow root or a little extra flavoring, they always taste great.  Even in the bag, the creamy vanilla scent is so welcoming and relaxing.

When the holidays are keeping you busy and you want a pick-me-up like a cup of hot chocolate, but you don’t want a chocolate-flavored tea, this blend can really hit the spot.  It has plenty of black tea robustness and caffeine, but is coated in marshmallowy goodness. Feel free to add milk or actual marshmallows to your mug to make a pseudo-hot-chocolate.

This would make a nice house blend to have on hand and bring out for tea parties or guests. The vanilla is classic and creamy without being too sweet, and the black tea base is pleasantly malty and full-bodied. For when you want a cup of tea with a familiar, comforting flavor with a touch of fancy French vanilla.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Description:

I started with a blend of Assam teas that includes a first flush Assam as well as a second flush Assam. Together, these two Assams create a rich, flavorful, fruity and malty cuppa. It’s a powerful blend of Assam teas – it’s going to get you revved up in the morning – or revive you in the afternoon when you need a perk-me-up. To these teas, I added some vanilla beans and marshmallow root as well as some French vanilla extract. I also added some cornflower petals to make it pretty (but not enough to add a strong floral note.) The vanilla and marshmallow notes soften the edge of the Assam nicely – you still get that robust black tea flavor but you also get this sweet, soft, fluffy vanilla-y/marshmallow-y note that is quite divine. And it’s also organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen free!

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52Teas’ the 12 Teas of Christmas – Day 6- Spoilers!

Day 6!

It’s not Christmas morning yet but today’s tea is a great blend to have at breakfast: Banana Pancakes Black Tea. Put your nose in the bag, and you’ll see that the tea smells like your favorite diner or breakfast restaurant, with plenty of maple syrup flavor and a whiff of sliced banana.

Brewed, there is a pleasant starchiness in the black tea that suits the natural starchiness of the banana and adds to the pancake feeling. The maple and banana flavor combination reminds me of banana nut muffins or banana bread. This is a fun, sweet blend on its own but it would also go great with a few mulling spices for a banana chai, or with some coconut milk or nut milk for an almost banana nut cereal taste.

I’m always a fan if banana teas, so I was more than happy to go bananas over this brew!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
52teas
Description:

I don’t think it’s any big secret that I love banana teas. So when I go a couple of months without releasing a banana tea – I really start to miss them. And it seems like it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a pancake tea (actually, I haven’t done a pancake tea since the famous Pancake Breakfast tea which I reblended back in January of last year.) So, I’m thinking – why not bring these two flavors together in one tea?

I started with a fantastic blend of black teas from China: an Assamica from the JingMai Mountains, a Fujian Black and a Yunnan Gold. Then I added some bananas along with pancake and maple essence. But don’t worry, it’s vegan and gluten free – and depending upon how you serve it, its also sugar- and fat-free!

Take a sip on this and experience a stack of banana-filled pancakes dripping with maple syrup! Yummy!

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