Pistachio Orange Pu Erh from Fava Tea Company

Everyone where I work sniffed this bag and declared the scent heavenly. It smells like a tray of cookies. Nutty and sweet and a little zesty.

And it TASTES LIKE THAT, TOO. You guys. This was the Find Of The Week.

This is Mrs-Claus-in-a-tea. Imagine the prototypical grandma, with an army of tiny elf children assisting and getting the sprinkles and sugar everywhere. She is baking and listening to Jackson 5 and shimmying that caboose all around. Outside, the reindeer are watching through frosted windows. Rudolph is in the forefront, glowing like the attention-grabber he is. He knows that ol’ Mrs Claus can’t resist that round red nose. (She loves round red things! The nose reminds her of Santa!) She’ll be out with freshly-baked cookies for him as soon as they’re out of the oven and cooled.

Is there more tea like this in Fava’s workshop? I promised myself I’d stop buying tea until I wrap up the samples I have now… but I’m tempted to try a few more of Fava’s blends.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Puerh
Where to Buy:  Fava Tea Company
Description

Hand blended to perfection this blend is the perfect compliment of earthy pu-erh, nutty pistachio and sweet citrus! You are my sunshine….! You’ll be singing as you enjoy this blend iced during the spring and summer months and hot during the cooler fall and winter months of the year. This blend has been described as a Pistachio Orange Cake with Buttercream…

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

My Peeps from The NecessiTeas. . . .

Two of our Sisters recently reviewed My Peeps from The NecessiTeas. . .here is the second one!

Peeps are a beloved springtime treat, and I have to say that I was very excited to try a tea inspired by them. This blend of honeybush, marshmallows, pink sugar crystals and brown sugar sounded like the perfect cup to soothe a sweet tooth.

Upon opening the package, I was pleasantly surprised. The tea did in fact, smell extremely sweet. Artificial in the best possible way. This blend is beautiful and fun to look at, too. Upon stepping it up, some of the sugary aroma faded. It was still there, but as the marshmallows and sugar melted into the boiling water, the smell of the honeybush came out a lot more. The end result was a tea that was a light, honey-like color with just a touch of pink. (Likely from the colored sugar).

When it came time to take a sip, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The tea IS sweet, but that sweetness seems to sit at the back of the sip. When you first start sipping this tea down, it doesn’t really taste like much. Then, those sugary flavors come out as you continue to drink it. That said, I’m not one to add sweetener to my tea but for this one, I would. Based on the ingredients and the smell of the dry blend, I was expecting a little more. Adding some sugar or honey to this would make it an amazing dessert tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Honeybush
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Easter just would’t be the same without peeps. In fact, you could say that peeps are to food what ugly Christmas sweaters are to clothing. You know whether you prefer chicks to bunnies, fresh to stale, or plain to chocolate-covered. I personally prefer slightly stale pink bunnies! When it comes to peeps, you either love them or you hate them. Their sugary, marshmallowy sweetness is enough to make your teeth ache, and I’m ok with that! I decided to make a healthier version of my favorite Easter treat by blending naturally sweet honeybush with mini marshmallows, pink sugar crystals and organic flavors. The outcome? Same sweet, marshmallowy goodness, minus the toothache!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

On the 6th Day of Christmas, 52Teas sent to me. . .

On the 6th Day of Christmas 52 Teas gave to me…. Brownie Batter with Nut Butter Swirl Black Tea! I have a feeling this one will get a lot of swoons from you readers! The name is pretty irresistible, and so is the smell of the dry leaf. Even I did a little happy dance when I smelled it. In fact, I’m pretty sure over the next week I’ll be googling a recipe for brownies with a nut butter swirl because it sounds pretty amazing.

                I had my baby shower a few weeks ago and my mom made my cake. It is this secret recipe for a from-scratch chocolate cake that actually has a brownie-batter frosting in between the layers. It is divine…seriously. I don’t know how she did it, she won’t even give me the recipe! I could eat that cake every single day, but that would be really bad for my health. Thankfully, we have companies like 52 Teas that can take our favorite desserts and put them into the form of tea….and, it is virtually calorie-free! Yay!

                This one smells like brownies and almonds to me. Two of my favorite things! On taste, the chocolate is light and not syrupy or artificial. Ie: it doesn’t taste like watery hot cocoa, which is how some chocolate teas end up tasting. No, this one is really well done! It has an underlying flavor of buttery almond and maybe a little pecan…definitely a “nut” flavor. The combo of brownie batter and nut butter really is so, so good! I now must find a recipe to combine the two into an actual dessert. Great idea for a hostess gift at your Christmas party. :)Enjoy!


Here’s the scoop!

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

This tea is not available but click below for teas that are.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Cotton Candy from DAVIDsTEA. . . .

So I just have to say, when you’re sweet tooth is crying out for a treat…THIS. TEA. IS. AWESOME!!

DAVIDsTEA offers plenty of dessert flavors from Red Velvet Cake to Birthday Cake to Lime Gelato to Banana Nut Bread and the list goes on and on. They all capture their namesakes to varying degrees though none quite mimic the flavor of their inspiration quite like Cotton Candy.

This tea tastes as if someone just melted down cotton candy in my mug, which in theory should basically taste like someone tossed a bunch of sugar in the cup but this is so much more than that. It’s sweet. It’s sugary. It’s fruity. It’s candy floss.

It is also a pretty versatile tea which makes for a nice hot tea, iced tea, and even a latte. I have even had a few great smoothies using this tea.So, if you want something sweet but don’t want (all) the calories or there is no carnival around, try grabbing a cup of this delectable offering, which I am happy to report is now part of the permanent collection.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  DAVIDsTea
Description

This sweet treat is deliciously nostalgic and ridiculously fun.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sweet Mirabelle from Fusion Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Fusion Teas

Tea Description:

Sweet Mirabelle is sweet indeed! This tea yields a fresh, fruity infusion that lingers on the palate. Like the yellow plum it’s named after, this Sweet Mirabelle Green Tea has a full, succulent flavor. Big pieces of dried mango adorn this blend and the flavor of the brewed tea is straightforward and honest: it’s all about the fruit!

Tasting Notes:
Plum, apricot, tropical candy

Piquant notes of plum and mango create an exotic flavor with a tangy finish. An intoxicating sweetness infuses every sip. Enjoy the charms of this delightful blend for a dose of summer any time of year.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sweet Mirabelle Green Tea received mixed reviews in my family last night.  I have to say that my family loved it. I on the other hand wasn’t the biggest fan. Let me explain.

This vibrant green flavored tea is mango flavored with notes of a tropical feel. I filled my tea pot up with this lovely sweet smelling tea blend and started steeping. Waited about 4 minutes and poured myself, my hubby, and my stepson Casey, huge mug fulls.

After steeping, this tea smelled as sweet as it did as a dry leaf. As you can see from the picture, there are HUGE pieces of mango in the mix, which normally I would love. First sip in, I could hear my hubby and stepson loving the tea. I took a huge first sip myself and found that this tea was incredibly sweet. Overwhelmingly sweet to me unfortunately. Where the mango and tropical flavors are there and quite present. This tea almost needed a contrast from a different flavor ie maybe a vegetal green tea note- that would calm the sweetness down. I typically would love a tea like this, but as a hot tea, it just didn’t sit well with me.

Regardless, as a hot tea, this tea seemed to appeal to the masses in my family. My hubby and stepson greedily gulped this tea down in no time flat and would have accepted more if I would have put on another pot. I can see Sweet Mirabelle being a hit at parties or served at a gathering.  This tea might be one of those blends that needs a cold brew to make the green tea notes pop. I have just enough left over to try that later this week!