Strawberry Rose Champagne/The NecessiTeas. . . .

A while back I won an Instagram giveaway which made me the proud new owner of a Sacred Lotus Love tea tumbler and the recipient of three NecessiTeas blends: Orange Fluff, Pineapple Mimosa, and this tea, Strawberry Rose Champagne. However, the giveaway was for people living in the U.S. and since I live in Canada, I provided my father’s address, which is in California. I have used my Dad as a tea mule many times before so I knew this would be fine with him.

Normally, my dad mails me anything I send to him but this time around he personally delivered the goods since he came to Toronto for my brother’s college graduation. This personal delivery was of course accompanied by my Dad’s typical comments like “tea is for sick people” and “tea has no flavor” and “why do you keep buying tea?” In fact, this time around he told me he had no interest in tea and even if I offered him tea, he would not try it. This was particularly entertaining because later that same night, I brewed this tea as a teapop and he all of a sudden was intrigued. After confirming that the tea was cold, he even asked to try it!

He sniffed it first and said it smelled interesting and then at first sip looked at me and our conversation went as follows:

Him: “I thought this was tea?!” Me: “it is” Him: “no, it’s soda” Me: “no, it’s a teapop”

He then told me that this was “ingenius” and then proceeded to drink two glasses of this tea. He was amazed that it was actually flavorful and carbonated and delicious, all without added sugar (which is especially important to him as he is diabetic).

When I finally got to try it, I enjoyed it quite a bit too. It was a touch too floral at times but it had a nice berry flavor. I hope that was because of the tea and not the strawberry perrier I used to make this a teapop. It also had an effervescence that was very reminiscent of champagne and a touch of that familiar alcohol dryness.

It’s a nice tea and definitely does well as a teapop. I like that it is different than so many other fruit blends that rely heavily on hibiscus/rose hips to create a flavor. I wish there was less rose, but that is more my personal preference than a criticism of the tea. With that said, given it converted my ever-critical father into a believer, I am definitely delighted I got a chance to give it a try and I am pleased I have a whole lot more leave left to experiment with.


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas

Description

Inspired by the delicate floral and fruity notes in a glass of sweet champagne, this tea blends the voluptuous scent of blooming roses with the sweet flavor of fresh-picked strawberries. Steep up this bubbly concoction with friends before your next GNO or for your better half after a romantic dinner for two. Cheers!

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Lovely Break/Lov Organic. . . .

This tea is called Lovely Break and boy could I use one of those. My law school decided to take exams right up until the very last day they could, December 21st, which made for a very short break following weeks of significant stress and pressure. As much as that sucked, it would have been okay if the other side of our holiday wasn’t also weeks of significant stress and pressure. Yeah…for some reason the geniuses at Western thought it would be awesome to start the new semester off with a January Intensive period which requires completing a highly involved research paper and reading 1000s of pages of case law. So a lovely break would be wonderful right about now.

Unfortunately, I don’t think this tea is the Lovely Break for me. It is a fruit tisane with apple, rose hip, elderberry, blueberries,hibiscus, white hibiscus, moringa, and flavoring. It is meant to blend the sweet taste of wild berries with the delicious notes of cookies. While I sort of get the wild berries, the cookies are a definite no go. This tea is a whole lot of hibiscus and generic berry. Sort of sweet but mostly tart.

So while it was fun to try something new, this tea is not what I would call a lovely break, even if writing this review gave me a minute away from all the legal stuff. Now back to work…


Want to Know More About This Tea?

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Tisane

Where to Buy:  Lov Organic

Description

Red berry and biscuit flavoured blend of hibiscus, plants and fruits

Take time out from a hectic day with Løvely Break.
This delightful, delicate, organic infusion blends the sweetness of red fruits with the comforting notes of biscuits from your childhood to create a moment of true relaxation. Its dessert notes and fruity sweetness deliver a delicious cup of loveliness that tastes like a yummy treat.
Løvely Break is inspired by “Fika”, the traditional daily break that Swedes enjoy together over a hot drink and a pastry.
This naturally theine-free infusion invites you to share a relaxing moment with friends and colleagues – it’s the new tea-time treat!

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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!

Watermelon from Fox Tea Club. . . .

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I don’t really like watermelon.

GASP. Don’t tell summer. But for real– I am a fruit fiend, but something about melon (cantaloupe and honeydew included) just doesn’t really do it for me. In fact, I’ve even been known to scoff at a bowl of “filler fruit” alongside my omelet at breakfast. Bring me berries, or nothing at all!

That said– a little sub-quirk of this particular quirk is that I really love watermelon-flavored things. (I know, I don’t get it either.) Something about the concentrated, bright tanginess is spectacular to my palate– especially when it’s in iced tea form! Which, of course, is exactly how I brewed up this tea sample. Immediately, it turned a gorgeous, bright berry red. After a night in the fridge, this one was fully steeped. Fascinatingly enough, this brew boasts ZERO watermelon or watermelon flavoring, and yet, this blend totally hits all those familiar watermelon flavors.

My only tiny gripe is that the hibiscus in this blend is… overpowering. It is SUPER tart, and almost distractingly hibiscus-y. I want more of that yummy, watermelon-y goodness, but all my brain can process of the end notes of each sip is “hibiscus! hibiscus!”– kind of a bummer. That said, I can totally forsee this blend making for perfect, summery sun tea. In fact, you melon-lovers unlike myself could totally throw a few slices of your melon of choice inside a cold glass for a refreshing summery treat. Mmm– summer in a glass.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Tisane
Where to Buy:  Fox Tea Club
Description

The remarkable blend of red hibiscus, tart cherries, red bilberry, aromatic rose petals, and rose hips combine sweetly in this remarkable “watermelony” summer tea. It is especially refreshing as served iced on a summer afternoon. Add a touch of sugar or honey to bring out the fruitiness of the brew.

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!