Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon from Voce Fruit Tea. . .

Last week I reviewed another tea from Voce Fruit Tea, their Lemon Ginger.  I was instantly impressed with how delicious, fresh, natural, and amazing the tea.  Today I wanted to try their banana offering. I’m sort of a banana freak and am always on the search for a banana flavored tea.  You find them here and there but typically the banana flavor comes off light or chemical tasting.  After having the Voce Fruit Tea’s Lemon Ginger, I knew that this banana flavor was going to be on point since they do not use anything but dried fruit in their blends.

For this blend I brewed the tea with freshly boiled water and allowed the tea to steep for 7 minutes and just left the tea bag in the mug while I enjoyed the brew.  I did this with the Lemon Ginger offering and the tea just seemed to get better and better the longer the tea brewed and the Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon is no different.

First off you are greeted with fresh notes of banana and cinnamon.  And that is exactly what you get in taste as well.  The banana flavor reminds me of a quality dried banana chip instead of a fresh banana.  Regardless, the banana flavor is delicious and doesn’t have that artificial feel like I’ve had in the past.  The cinnamon adds its own charm playing well with the banana flavor.  For the goldenberry piece, I can’t really say I taste much berry like flavor.  I am getting a sweetness here and there that I can’t identify so I’m wondering if that is the goldenberry.  The description of this tea indicated the tea should taste like banana bread and I have to say, they are pretty close to nailing that flavor profile.

Over all, this tea is downright delicious.  After having a few cuppas of this hot, I’m excited to try this as a cold brew like I did with the Lemon Ginger. I was able to drink off of one serving of the Lemon Ginger for almost tea days- brewed both hot and cold and I have a feeling this serving of Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon will be the same.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Fruit
Where to Buy:  Voce Fruit Tea
Description

You might not be familiar with goldenberries, but they are widely considered to be a superfruit, with a bright flavor that is similar to apricots. Our blend of organic goldenberries, organic bananas, and organic cinnamon is an unexpected treat that is reminiscent of warm banana bread, right out of the oven. It has a smooth and subtle flavor that goes down nice and easy.

Ingredients: organic dried bananas, organic dried, goldenberries, organic cinnamon chips.  Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Apero Spritz from Davids Tea. . . .

Every year Davids Tea releases a Cocktail Collection with teas designed to be mixed with spirits in summertime party drinks. I love the idea of these teas! If you are like me and don’t drink spirits these teas are equally as fun made with sparkling water or simply served over ice.

One of the teas being offered this summer is Apero Spritz, a fruit infusion featuring bitter orange rind. The smell of this tea is amazing, the vibrant orange and passionfruit really stand out. I steeped this at 212 degrees for 5 minutes and served it over ice. It steeps up a beautiful deep reddish-orange color, talk about a pretty tea for a party! The first sip is faintly familiar to me, similar to a passionfruit juice drink I have had in the past. This tea is sweet and tropical tasting, the passionfruit is very rich and flavorful. The back end of the taste has a lovely bitterness, much like the bitterness one encounters when drinking grapefruit juice. I would not steep this longer than 5 minutes as I feel that the bitterness could become magnified with longer steep times.

Davids Tea released a You Tube video showing how to make several mixed drinks with this tea. They all look good but this tea is equally tasty prepared simply as an iced tea.

Overall I love this tea! I think that the bitter note really adds a unique depth making this tea stand out from the normal summer tropical teas soon to be released in a few months.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Fruit
Where to Buy:  Davids Tea
Description

What to do when you’re lounging in the late afternoon sun? Sip this refreshing apéritif-inspired fruit infusion – a sweet and vibrant sunset-coloured blend with grown-up notes of bitter orange rind. It’s light, juicy and will leave you feeling bubbly all over. For an elegant treat, serve it chilled in champagne flutes with a delicious assortment of cheese and fresh fruits. Cheers!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lemon Ginger from Voce Fruit Tea. . . .

Even though I am a 10-15 daily cuppa tea drinker kinda gal, sometimes I just want something else.  Something a bit different and that is normally when I find myself drawn to herbals or fruit tisanes.  That is where Voce Fruit Tea comes into play.

I was looking for some kind of dried fruit or inclusions that I could easily throw into my water bottle to help me drink more water.  I’m not a fan of the powdered kool aid style drinks or the liquid equivalent.  I wanted something a bit healthier that would last at least a day without having a huge impact in the terms of waste and without me having to cut up a ton of fruit every morning.  I had seen a few other types of single serving dried fruit packs where you can toss a few pieces into water, but I didn’t like all of the waste that accompanied them.  So when Voce Fruit Tea popped up in my search, I was super excited to see what they had to offer.

Voce Fruit Tea was founded in the hopes of finding a way to create a healthy hot fruit beverage that adults and children alike would enjoy (along with a few other reasons) that didn’t require a ton of sugar or honey added to the beverage.  Instead of using tea leaves, Voce Tea uses huge pieces of dried fruit to create their flavor combos. So instead of having a bag full of tea leaves, you have a bag full of organic fruit and spices.    The tea bags they use are environmentally friendly to boot.   Exactly what I was looking for.

So finally the time came to try the first flavor that caught my eye, Lemon Ginger.  With all of the sick ick going around my house lately, Lemon Ginger blends have been my go to.  This tea bag contained huge pieces of ginger and a lemon slice. What I love was seeing regular ginger pieces instead of crystallized ginger.

Brewed with freshly boiled water and allowed to steep for 7 minutes, fresh notes of lemon were quickly filling the air.

I allowed the tea to cool for a few moments and took my first sip- and I AM IN LOVE.  For all of my lemon ginger fans, check this fruit tea out.  You will not be disappointed.  What to know why? Because this fruit tea tastes exactly like what it is supposed to. Lemon and Ginger. Gorgeous fresh lemon citrus notes play off of the spiced ginger so beautifully. What you see is literally what you get. No added sugar or added preservatives.

I eagerly sipped this tea down and begun to prep another cuppa.  And then another, and then another.  I think I had at least five or six steepings of the tea last night and wanted to see how far I could draw out the flavor so I tossed the tea bag into a glass of ice water and still am getting that wonderful lemon ginger flavor, though less in strength of course- and I’ve refilled my glass at least four times today.

After having just one of their offerings, I know I’m going to be a daily Voce Fruit Tea drinker.  Such an easy way to incorporate more water into my life.  I’m so excited to try out the other flavors. . . .Goldenberry Banana Cinnamon and Cherry Lemon Apple. . . I’m looking at you!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Fruit/Tisane
Where to Buy:  Voce Fruit Teas
Description

After we started Voće, we had a close friend, Quentin, who told us that he really liked lemon ginger teas. Not wanting to disappoint, we started this flavor just for him. We have designated it Brew #17 because Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet.

And we’re so glad we did because few flavors go together as well as lemon and ginger. In our blend, we don’t skimp on either. Voće lemon and ginger tea features whole slices of lemon and big chunks of ginger, for a refreshing taste that is out of this world! Like many of our teas, one bag of lemon ginger can be used to brew several cups of Voće.

Ingredients: Organic dried lemon slices, organic dried ginger.  Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Maui Mango from Tiesta Tea. . . .

Friends, grab your grass skirts and sunscreen– we’re going to Hawaii.

JUST KIDDING. I wish I weren’t, of course– but a few sips of this delightful fruit infusion and we may as well be on a tropical island. Filled with chunks of dried and sweetened fruit, bits of electric-yellow and orange safflower, you don’t even have to smell this tea to feel its summery vibes. I’ll admit– I’ve only ever made this one cold-brew-style– while I’m certain that it would be delightful hot, if I’m going to be channeling my inner vacation vibes, I want a cold beverage.

If you’re worried that these flavors won’t translate without hot water to wake them up, fear not. This cold brew is full of bright, tropical, sweet and fruit flavors. Mango, of course, is prominent, but a delightful array of varied citrus notes backs it up pretty prominently. This one is abundantly sweet on its own, which can sometimes be a little overwhelming– but served half and half with some plain sparkling water, you’ve got yourself a mocktail worthy of any island vacation.

Now, if someone could just point me to the beach…


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea
Description

This incredible citrus fusion of mangos, pineapple and oranges brings a mouthwatering tropical vacation right to your lips.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Grandma’s Apple Strudel from The NecessiTeas . . . .

My grandmother was more of an apple crumble lady herself. My dad’s grandmother, however, could apparently make a mean apple strudel. Now I never met his grandmother but I have gone to a Hungarian restaurant, Old Country Inn, with my Dad who has told me that the strudel there taste’s just like she used to make so that’s my basis of comparison here.

In order to recreate Grandma NecessiTea’s strudel, this tisane is a blend of apples, raisins, cinnamon, chicory, almonds, vanilla, and natural flavoring. I brewed this hot, steeping about 3 teaspoons of tea in 16 ounces of 200F water for 5 minutes.

The first thing this tea brought to mind was the Forever Nuts blend by DAVIDsTEA. Both teas have that warming and sweet nutty flavor to them that takes over. At first when I tried Forever Nuts, I loved the flavor but it is strong and I was quickly turned off of it to the point that even the smell was off-putting. However, whether it be the long time I went without a tea like this or the subtle differences between this and the DAVIDsTEA version, I don’t mind this so much.

The apple is definitely the foundation flavor of this blend, coating your tongue with its sweet and fresh cinnamon-apple note. At first it is a bit of light vanilla that sits atop the apple but that quickly is taken over by the heavier and nutty almond and chicory flavors. There is a baked good vibe here and though the different components all together sound like an apple strudel, I find in actuality this tea doesn’t come together quite how it should so instead it is a jumble of flavors. In fairness, that could be due to my negative experience of Forever Nuts and the similarity to that but as I sip, I just can’t help but think that this is not the Apple Strudel tea for me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

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Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!