Ginger Spiced Pear Cake from A Quarter to Tea. . . .

If you’re looking for some tea to go with your post-holiday fruitcake, or just some tea that tastes a bit like holiday fruitcake, brew up a cup of Ginger Spiced Pear Cake from A Quarter to Tea.

This black tea smells sweet in the dry left and in the brew.  The taste of the blend is not too sweet, mainly driven by the appropriately clean and tart breakfast black tea base.  There is a hint of juicy pear with each sip, and a touch of ginger heat behind the pear.  The ginger is not too spicy, mainly adding a little herbal flavor and sweetness to make the tea feel festive.  I don’t taste any buttery cake or pastry flavors, just pear and ginger.

It’s possible that my small sample wasn’t at peak freshness or maybe I just needed a bigger serving of tea leaves to get the flavor intensity I was looking for.  I’ll have to keep an eye out for this blend in the future and give it another try.

This is a gently flavored blend, but very drinkable.  There are not many pear teas on my shelf, so this was a nice brew to have in my mug.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White/Black
Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea

Sweet pastry with pear, spicy ginger, and cinnamon and clove accents.

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Vanilla Cupcake from the True Tea Club

It’s hard to resist a tea named Vanilla Cupcake, especially on a day when you just need something cute and sweet to brighten your day.  This tea smells surprisingly fruity alongside the vanilla cake flavors, reminding me of fruitcake or banana bread.  In a world of frosting-flavored, cake-themed tea blends, the amount of fruit flavors and fruity ingredients makes this blend stand apart.

The orange and papaya coupled with the vanilla, make this feel more like an orange-glazed sponge cake. Yum!  The banana chips add their own full-flavored sweetness, but there is distinctly less of the traditional “frosting” taste, so if you want the extra creaminess, you should add a splash of milk to give the blend that dessert-like twist.

Because this is a decaf rooibos blend, it would be a perfect choice to brew up for a girl’s tea party.  Who wouldn’t want a sip of a tea called vanilla cupcake?  You could even serve it with real cupcakes and make a day of it!

In addition to all the fruit pieces in the tea, the leaves have at least two types of flower petals which makes the blend especially pretty to the eye.  The bright and varied colors seem especially festive if you imagine this tea blend not just as a vanilla cupcake, but maybe as a “birthday cake” cupcake.  This is a great blend for any day that needs a celebration.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Roobios
Where to Buy: True Tea Club

This Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos provides an exotic and smooth rooibos which provides a velvet-mouth feel.  A dash of Banana chips amplifies this infusion into a heavenly status.

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Christmas Fruitcake Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

Christmas-FruitcakeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

What’s Christmas without fruitcake? Not some brick of processed dried up yuck and colored cherries, but real, moist, sweet cake with cherries, oranges, cranberries, and pineapple–that’s the kind of Christmas fruitcake we tried to recreate here. And we did it, like always, with just premium organic Iyerpadi black tea and organic flavors. Enjoy!

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

OK, confession time:  I actually like fruitcake.  I’m probably one of the only people on earth that does like it.  I don’t like all fruitcake, but if I happen to find a bakery that does fruitcake right – something that’s been baked in-house with good quality ingredients and that’s been doused with brandy … yeah, that stuff, I’d eat happily.  That, to me, is the best way to ingest brandy.

So I was happy when Southern Boy Teas announced this Christmas Fruitcake Iced Black Tea as a flavor for the week of December 29th!

I don’t taste brandy flavoring here, so I don’t know that it was actually utilized in this flavor.  But that’s OK, because this is really tasty just the way it is.

I’m really liking the flavors here.  Of the fruit flavors, I think I taste the orange most.  I taste orange throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.  I get a nice little sweet and tart citrus note in the aftertaste.  I taste notes of pineapple and cranberry and cherry, and I appreciate that these flavors are nicely balanced.  I’m not getting an overwhelming, cough syrupy cherry note which is good.

The cake notes are softer than the fruit notes, but they’re definitely there.  I get a sweet, cake-y flavor that is really pleasant.  I taste hints of a buttery flavor.  I like the way all the flavors come together in one sip:  the sip starts out with a sweet orange note, and shortly afterward, I pick up on hints of cranberry.  Pineapple is present throughout the sip.  Cherry weaves its way in and out.  The cake notes are sort of a sweet undertone throughout the sip and if I happen to slurp the sip, I get more of the cake-y sweetness (although it feels a little weird to slurp iced tea, I’ve gotta tell you.)

Overall, a really good, fruity, fun iced tea.

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Nuttier Than a Fruitcake (Custom Blend) from Ovation Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  You can create your own custom blend at Ovation Teas

About My Custom Blend:

Nuttier than a Fruitcake – White tea blended with nutmeg, sunflower petals, almonds & pecans with apricot and vanilla flavoring. 

Taster’s Review:

Not long ago, Ovation Teas made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  Well, not just me, but to the first 100 customers who placed an order for a custom blend.  The offer:  4 ounces of their very own, custom blend – FREE – just pay shipping and handling.  Well, like I said, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse, so I placed my order immediately.

But the hard part for me was coming up with something unique.  Something I couldn’t find elsewhere.  Then, I recall tasting a fantastic “Wedding Cake” lollipop that I wanted to try to duplicate in tea form.  I started with a white tea base (this appears to be a Bai Mu Dan, based upon the look of the leaves), then chose to add apricot and vanilla flavoring, almonds and pecans and finally some nutmeg.  Then I added some sunflower petals to make it pretty as well as add some defining sharpness to the tea.

I decided to call this blend of mine “Nuttier Than a Fruitcake” because I was often told in my younger years that I was, indeed, nuttier than a fruitcake.  And given the inspiration and the ingredients I chose, I felt it was a suitable name.

The outcome:  A tea that … while doesn’t taste exactly like the fruitcake lollipop that I remember, still tastes pretty amazing.  The white tea base tastes light but doesn’t allow itself to become overpowered by the other flavors.  The nuts (pecans & almonds) are not a particularly strong flavor, but then, I didn’t really expect them to be.  As is generally the rule with flavored/blended teas, it is the flavoring oil that is used to flavor a tea that really gives the tea it’s POP flavor … fruit and nut additions don’t generally contribute a lot of flavor.

The apricot and vanilla flavors are pretty evenly matched … sometimes I’ll taste a little more apricot, while others I taste a little more vanilla.  It is smooth and creamy and sweet.  As I had hoped, the sunflower does add some sharp tones to the cup … just enough to keep it lively.

But the real star of this blend is the NUTMEG!  Every time I brew this tea, the scent of the nutmeg is delightfully strong.  As it brews in the kitchen, I can smell it in the next room!  The flavor of the nutmeg is equally as strong, and it lends a rustic, nutty, and deliciously warm flavor to the cup.

I am really thrilled with my custom blend from Ovation Teas, and even though they aren’t currently offering the free custom blend that inspired me to place this order, I am happy enough with this custom blend that I will order another custom blend sometime in the future (whenever the inspiration hits!)  It is well worth the price, in my opinion, if for no other reason, than to enjoy something truly unique.