White Champagne Raspberry from Tea and Tins. . .

Alcohol isn’t really in my life. I don’t mind having a drink once in a while, but it mostly upsets my stomach and gives me a headache. Tea is my drink of choice. However, I don’t mind teas that are made after alcoholic beverages….things like hot buttered rum, pina coladas, or in this case, champagne!

Upon opening my little sample bag, the first thing that came to mind was raspberry tootsie pops. It actually smells JUST LIKE a tootsie pop. Its making my mouth water! Once steeped I gave it a sip and think it needed a little sweetening, so I added just a pinch of agave. It tastes like a tootsie pop. Honestly, I just cant get past that reference! I’m tasting hard candy here. However I will say, that after swallowing I do get a hint of tingly champagne. But all in all, this is totally a raspberry tootsie pop through and through. Sweet and tangy with a hint of cocoa from the tootsie roll sitting in its center, but not too much that you’ve reached the chewiness just yet. I cant really speak of whether you will get a full on champagne experience when you drink this being as all I can taste and visualize in a tootsie pop, but I will say that your taste buds will tingle with bubbly happiness because this is tangy and tasty and leaves you wanting more!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  Tea and Tins
Description

White tea, safflowers with champagne flavor and red raspberry flavor.

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Raspberry Champagne from The Love Tea Co. . .

There is something extra special about flavored white teas that are done RIGHT and this one from The Love Tea Co. is one of those teas. Raspberry Champagne from The Love Tea Co is very berry nicely flavored!

I’ve had a few other raspberry champagne flavored teas before. Some of them seem to really ‘do up’ the champagne like-ness while others focus on the raspberry. This one is completely satisfying with not leaning one way or the other. It’s a great ‘in the middle of the flavor’ spectrum!

White Tea, Safflowers, Whole Dried Raspberries, Champagne and Red Raspberry Flavoring are the ingredients in this tea and each and every addition of flavor is pretty glorious – I have to say!

White Raspberry Champagne from The Love Tea Co is a great alternative to the real thing! Their wine inspired blends create a character so versatile you’ll get all of the fun of a “fancy drink” without the boozy qualities. Perfect for work time!

The pairing of champagne and raspberry flavors dates back centuries and they’ve mastered it here. You won’t be disappointed this is a luxurious treat any day of the week. YUMMERS!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White Tea
Where to Buy:  Love Tea Co.
Description

Our White Raspberry Champagne is a great alternative to the real thing!  Our wine inspired blends create a character so versatile you’ll get all of the fun of a “fancy drink” without the boozy qualities.   The pairing of champagne and raspberry flavors dates back centuries and we’ve mastered it here in this wine evoking tisane. You won’t be disappointed this is a luxurious treat any day of the week.

Caffeine Level: Medium

Ingredients: White Tea, Safflowers, Whole Dried Raspberries, Champagne and Red Raspberry Flavoring.

 

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Raspberry Champagne from The Love Tea Company. . . . .

I recently discovered The Love Tea Company  while I was online and  I was instantly enthralled with them.  Their website, their message, their mission, and their overall theme just struck a chord with me.

The Love Tea Company was founded with the idea that companies should give something back.  Using purposeful purchasing , The Love Tea Company is doing just that.  In the vein of companies like Tom’s Shoes, The Love Tea Company has built their company around supporting Mental Wellness.   Part of The Love Tea Company’s mission is to donate 25% of their net profit to The Flagg Foundation for Mental Wellness, a foundation created by The Love Tea Company.

If you are interested in learning more about The Love Tea Company’s efforts to help bring awareness to Mental Wellness, keep an eye out on their social media accounts and website.  Since The Love Tea Company was founded in December of 2016, it appears they are in the beginning steps for both the foundation and tea company.  It will be interesting to watch them grow and get their message out.  Also to see the good they do with The Flagg Foundation.  Mental Wellness  affects or has affected so many people in so many different ways.  To see a company trying to send such a positive message through tea is amazing and one that I’m going to help as much as I personally can.

I’ve personally already placed an order to send out some of their #TeaItForward  boxes to friends and family members just to brighten their days and show I care and am thinking of them.  It’s a wonderful service and I hope these boxes bring a smile to the recipient’s faces.

So, now that we’ve chatted a bit about the mission behind this tea company, let’s chat about their tea.   The first tea I thought I would try was their white flavored tea, Raspberry Champagne.  Raspberry is a tricky flavor.  Do it right and you have a wonderfully sweet yet tart and tangy flavor that sings. Do it wrong and you are left with a bland flavorless brew.

First whiff of these tea leaves and I was drooling.  There was a definite jammy berry aroma with a sweetness mingled in.  I was quick to get my kettle prepping my water at 195 and allowed my tea to steep for 3 minutes.  I haven’t had a flavored white tea in a while so this particular tea was really calling my name.  After allowing the tea to cool for a few moments, I took my first sip.

Juicy tart raspberries with a sweet finish and a soft floral touch in a cup.  That is how I would describe this tea. I can’t really speak to the champagne flavor but it has been a really long time since I’ve had any champagne.  This is one of those flavored white teas that actually packs quite a bit of flavor.   Fresh, crisp, and on point with a gentle soft side.  Just delicious.

I went for a second steeping but this go around, I allowed the tea to steep for 6 minutes. I have to say, letting the tea steep longer is the way to go . All the flavors really pop and work so well together.   I made quick work of my second cup and went on to my third.

Greedily, I want to gobble all of this tea up and try what I have left of  my sample of this tea in a cold brew, because I can only imagine how the flavors would pop, sing, and make my taste buds happy . . . but alas . . .I will wait to enjoy the remainder of what I have left of this tea with my dad and sister-in-law.  I know they would both enjoy this tea as much as I have. . . and I think that sort of sharing experience is exactly what The Love Tea Company is going for.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White Tea
Where to Buy:  The Love Tea Company
Description

Our White Raspberry Champagne is a great alternative to the real thing!  Our wine inspired blends create a character so versatile you’ll get all of the fun of a “fancy drink” without the boozy qualities.   The pairing of champagne and raspberry flavors dates back centuries and we’ve mastered it here . You won’t be disappointed this is a luxurious treat any day of the week.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bronte Sisters Black Tea from Simpson and Vail

This yummy papaya-and-raspberry blend was inspired by the Brontë sisters’ orchard. It’s a thick, rich berry-and-black combo. It’s very, for lack of a less icky word, juicy. Like biting into a real piece of fruit. I’m not sure I’ve ever bitten into a real papaya, but I have a vivid imagination. This is the real McCoy.

The description for the tea mentions that the ladies had an orchard. The tea is supposed to include “pear, apple, and gooseberry flavors,” but doesn’t include any of those ingredients. It doesn’t matter, however. It’s still an orchard — it’s simply a more warm-climate sort of orchard.

This tea is also giving me an identity crisis. Or, rather, the Brontë sisters are. Did you realize that the oldest-lived Brontë was 38 upon passing? They did ALL THAT WRITING before 38.

Do you realize I am 32 and have only succeeded at NaNoWriMo once? What. am. I. doing. with. my. life?!

I’m drinking this tea, that’s what I’m doing. It’s a good start.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Flavored Tea
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail
Description

The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, lived and wrote in Yorkshire, England. Born in 1816, 1818 and 1820, respectively, the sisters lived very short lives, with Charlotte living the longest at 38. During their unfortunately short lifetimes, each sister produced novels that would become cornerstones of western literature and inspire studies for generations. Emily’s Wuthering Heights, Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall each found an audience and acclaim that continues to this day. With their novels, the sisters introduced the world to a starkly honest portrayal of English womanhood that didn’t hide the ugliness and intrigue many novels of the time shied away from. Although tame by today’s standards, their inclusion of independent female characters, alcoholism, and abuse meant that the Bronte’s novels faced their share of controversy.

The Bronte family kept an orchard and garden where the sisters spent much of their time exploring, drawing, and writing. Charlotte was more inclined to draw the flowers and the plants than to stop and smell them, but Anne and Emily were happy to get their hands dirty with a little gardening. Emily especially, who was known to be a bit of a recluse, could often be found taking long walks and enjoying nature. Our Bronte Sisters tea blend combines pear, apple, and gooseberry flavors to make a sweet and fragrant blend that’s reminiscent of an orchard stroll. The flavors in this blend meld together in perfect harmony and the taste lingers deliciously on the palate.

Ingredients: Black teas, papaya pieces (papayas and sugar), flavorings, raspberry pieces, alfalfa leaves and marigold petals.

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