Moscato Oolong/Tea By C

Tea By C or Tea By Claire saved me this afternoon. Let me explain. My current company is going through a lot of structure change and reorgs which equals lots of meetings to go over all of these changes.  Not knowing which tea I wanted to try, I thought I would grab one of our recent samples for SororiTea Sisters and Moscato Oolong was what I grabbed.

This tea blend is a unique tea blend-oolong tea, dried grapes, and natural grape flavor.  I’ve had other moscato flavored tea blends before but I can’t say I’ve ever had a blend where there were actual HUGE dried grapes.

Because I wasn’t sure exactly how long the meetings would go, I quickly grabbed my Libre Tea Infuser, threw a few scoops of the tea in, ice, and water.  Dialed in for the meeting and started to take notes.  A few minutes later I took my first sip.

And can I say, my tastebuds rejoiced. This tea is one delicious cold brew! The oolong has this subtle yet present smoky flavor and there is definitely a moscato/grapish  taste throughout the entire sip.  The flavors are bright and pop perfectly. At the end of each sip, there is also this touch of minerality that just adds to the pleasant experience of enjoying this tea.

As the meeting continued, so did my enjoyment of this tea.  As I would sip down each tumbler full, I would add in additional water and enjoyed more of the cold brew delight.

After a few hours of doing this-I have to say, I’m extremely delighted with this tea.  This tea really delivered a different and unique taste that I adored.  I’m now really excited to see what other tea varieties Tea By C offers.  Because after this particular tea, I’m hooked.

And to get you hooked, Tea By C has offered our readers a 15% discount with promo code: SORORITEA.


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tea By C

Description

Inspired by sweet Moscato wine, this oolong tea is blended with dried grapes to yield a young fruity flavor. This tea is a treat that will make anyone with a sweet tooth smack their lips and reach for seconds.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

My Green Teapot – Orange Green Oolong

My Green Teapot…what a wonderful name for a tea company. I have had a few of their flavored Oolongs before and I have to say I AM A FAN! I think they have some of the BEST single flavor FLAVORED OOLONGS I have had.

This time around I sampled the Orange Green Oolong from My Green Teapot. It was truly delightful.

The aroma what what you would expect from an orange flavored ‘anything’ let alone an orange flavored oolong. Citrusy and sweet. The taste was a mirror of the aroma…sweet, juicy, YUMMY, citrus! Straight-up! Nothing added to throw the pure citrus goodness for a loop!

The Oolong itself was mouthwatering and pure. A perfect pairing!

With naturally lower levels of caffeine I was able to sip on this at any given time, too! I can’t wait to try more of their flavored Oolongs! They are a REAL TREAT!


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  My Green Teapot

Description

Our Orange Green Oolong Teas are all natural whole leaf teas from Taiwan infused with orange.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Moongold Oolong from Tin Roof Teas. . . .

One of my coworkers brought this to work specifically for me to try! What a blessing of a day!

This blend, from Tin Roof Teas, contains “sweet, succulent golden orange apricots and a floral green oolong.” It’s the perfect compliment to the day.

Like, wow: this pops. It’s juicy and green and vibrant. Like you’re just gobbling your way straight through an orchard.

Peaches, oranges, and berries are done all the time, but an apricot is kind of rare to me. I love the flavor of apricot. When I was a kid, my mom used to give me apricot-flavored baby food until WAY too late for me to be eating it*, because it was one of the few healthy things I’d eat.**

* (I’m talking teenage years.)

** (I have been told this is gross. I don’t think it’s gross. Baby food is just fruits in a blender. It’s a smoothie.)

So this tea brings me back to our kitchen table with a crack in it. There are cross-stitches on the wall. I’m picking at lunch. My family’s around. It’s warm there.

But now, in the present, I’m a sophisticated adult. I don’t eat baby food. Instead, I drink teas like this.

Nobody will ever know my secrets.

Except, perhaps, the entire internet, now that I’ve posted this.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Tin Roof Teas
Description

Our Moongold Oolong is a delightful paring of sweet, succulent golden orange apricots and a floral green oolong.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Maple Creme Oolong from Adagio Teas. . . .

One of my coworkers slipped me a baggie with 3 servings of this as I walked in this morning, so I obviously had no choice in the matter but to try it. It’s just me, the new Florence and the Machine album, and tea. Obviously the key ingredients for a great morning for this graphic designer.

The first thing I noticed about the tea was how strong it smelled. I could suss out that creamy maple through a Ziplock bag held at arm’s length. MAMA LIKEY.

Second, I noticed how ogle-worthy the tea looks. It has pieces in it (likely the apple) and red leaves (safflower) to give off that Canadian feel. Bless those Canadians and their charming accents and dreamy prime minster. What a great bunch of folks.

But what about the taste? Delicious, guys.

When it’s on the tongue, you get spices. It’s like a cider-chai. But then, when you swallow, ahhhhhhhh, syrup. Apples, spices, and maple for DAYS.

BOOM. Suddenly you’re Justin Trudeau’s best friend. He calls you with hot gossip. He invites you on hikes that are exactly at your exercise level. You’re going horseback riding with his mountie friends next week. Also: there’s a sale on flannel at your favorite store, and you will never be cold again.

Thanks, Canada!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description
The delights of maple are no longer bound by breakfast foods. You can now enjoy that delicious flavor you love, minus the sticky fingers! We’ve blended the smooth clean taste of oolong with the subtle sweet flavor of maple and rounded it all off with a hint of creme. Add a touch of your favorite sweetener (we suggest maple syrup!) and all you need to do is decide whether to drink this tea for breakfast or dessert!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

On Wisconsin from A Quarter To Tea. . . . Part Two

I have actually written a previous review about On Wisconsin by A Quarter to Tea, the tasty honey cheesecake tea. For that reason, this review is more about a tea experiment I did with On Wisconsin as opposed to the tea itself.

For a while I have been obsessing over iced lattes. I have tried and tried but can never get my iced tea lattes to be as rich and creamy as the ones you get at places like Starbucks (though I think that because Starbucks uses whole milk loaded with syrup). Instead mine are almost watery. As a result, I have been searching the internet, reading recipes and watching YouTube videos, trying to get new and inspiring ideas for iced lattes. I came across one video by The Domestic Geek called 5 Fave Iced Coffee Hacks  which has 5 tasty looking ideas that could easily be adapted for iced tea lattes.

One hack that really caught my attention was the third hack for Inside Out Lattes. For this hack, The Domestic Goddess made ice cubes out of coffee and chocolate syrup. She filled a mug with the coffee ice cubes and topped it with milk. Since I don’t drink coffee, I followed her lead but made my ice cubes out of a concentrate of On Wisconsin tea. I made the cubes by steeping the tea per the recommended parameters but using about 3-4 times the amount of leaf suggested. I then poured the concentrate into the ice cube tray and left them to set in the freezer overnight.

Once the cubes were set, I took the hack a step further and decided to blend my tea ice cubes with the milk. I used about 5 cubes to about a 1/2 a cup of milk but it was too thick so I added about another 1/2 a cup of milk. Then something weird happened as the icy milk foam separated to the top of the glass and the milky tea separated to the bottom. After some aggressive stirring to combine the foam and the tea, I was still surprised at how loose the tea tasted. I expected a smoothie-like or iced Aroma type consistency and instead it tasted like cold, milky tea. Personally I blame my ratio of cubes to milk but also the use of the On Wisconsin tea which has a strong honey flavor that competes with the milk as opposed to mixing with it.

Ultimately the experiment turned out good but not great. I think next time I need less cubes but also I think a different tea would improve the results drastically. My guess is a chocolate tea would suit this type of thing better. Though this is definitely an improvement from other iced lattes I have tried in the past as milky tea in an iced latte is better than watery tea in an iced latte so at least I am working in the right direction.