Sencha Sensation from T2 Tea

Sencha Sensation from T2 Tea is a flavored green tea blend with added flower petals.  Since this is a green tea, remember to keep your water temperature cooler than normal to bring out the best flavors.

When brewed, this blend smells buttery and tropical.  These flavors continue into the taste with passionfruit and citrus flavors complementing the lush and fresh green tea base. The tea is sugary from the fruitiness without being candy-like, and the end of each sip features more of the natural celery or sweetgrass flavors of the green tea leaves.

I drank this blend warm on a rainy day for an afternoon pick-me-up and the fruity and floral flavors helped sweeten my mood.  This would also be a great tea to cold brew. The cooler temperature would suit the green tea and the tropical flavors always taste better over ice.

Let yourself get swept up in the Sencha Sensation.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: green
Where to Buy: T2 Tea
Description: A blend of petals with sencha green tea produces a light floral taste and citrus aroma. A subtle flavoured green for those who like a delicate brew.

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Plum Pear Green from the Pekoe Sip House

I couldn’t resist giving Plum Pear Green tea a try from the Pekoe Sip House.  It’s nice to see a tea featuring these fruits.  I feel as though both plum and pear don’t get enough love in the fruit-flavored options of the world.  There’s plenty of peach and strawberry teas and candies, but not so many for plum or pear.

This tea did not disappoint, and even the dry leaf was fragrant with mellow plum fruit flavors.  The stone-fruit taste of plum and apricot reminded me of some of my favorite oolong teas, with their trademark smooth earthy and fruity tones. The pear comes forward with the green tea taste, both a bit nutty and grassy at the same time.

This tea is best brewed while following the instructions, with cooler water and a two minute steep time.  To further bring out the fruit’s nature sweetness, consider adding a touch of honey to you mug.  Or give this tea a try as a cold brew and mix in a few fresh pear slices to dress it up.

This blend is juicy and fruity, against a savory green tea backdrop.  There’s a lovely buttery mouthfeel and the crisp-sweet note of pear on the aftertaste.  The blend isn’t too candy-like or over-flavored, but it’s also not too boring.  The plum and pear are nicely balanced in the overall palette of the tea and make for a very comforting, drinkable cup.


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Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Pekoe Sip House
Description:

A gentle blend of green tea with the flavors of fresh pear and soft sweet plum.

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Sparkles in My Cuppa! Spritz of Glitz from Tea & Tins. . . .

Sparkly tea!!! I love teas that sparkle. It’s not like the sparkles do anything flavorwise but I am a sucker for them anyways. They just bring a touch of fun to the whole experience. In fact, DAVIDsTEA’s Glitter & Gold, the first tea I tried with sparkles, happens to be the first tea that truly captured my heart (because I liked the flavor, though the glitter didn’t hurt).

This tea is a light, fruity delight. It’s like a liquid orchard with definite stone fruit flavors. Sweet and smooth. I think I get more peach than I do pear but the fruitiness of this tea is quite nice, and certainly summery in its vibe. The base is also contributing a slight vegetal note which is actually complimenting the fruity flavors.

I could see this being quite a nice tea pop actually. The soft stone fruit might really pop when carbonated. I could see it being reminiscent of a cider. Though the sparkles might be part of the reason I have this idea since they remind me of little carbonation bubbles.

Flavor wise this is subtle and if you are looking for a strong flavor, you won’t find it here. However, the flavor it does have is just the right amount of fruity. Plus, who could say no to more sparkle in their life?


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Tea & Tins
Description

Loose leaf green tea, nicknamed Spritz of Glitz!

Ingredients: green tea, succulent peach and fresh pear with a glitzy spritz of sparkling sugars!

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Fruity Pebbles from Tiesta Tea. . . . . .

Two things to disclose before we jump into this tea review, friends:

1. I’ve never actually drank this tea hot (WHAT. I know. I promise I can still give you a good review).

2. It doesn’t actually taste like fruity pebbles, as the packaging claims. While my breakfast-cereal-loving heart is a bit dismayed by this, I can get over it for now.

I’ve talked about this before, but I’m not a huge fan of teas that make claims– detoxing, dieting, etc. While I think herbs can be healing and great supplements to living healthfully, I immediately get a little side-eye skeptical when a tea tells me it has magical powers.

But I was willing to look past it as this green tea claimed to be fruity and delightful (who can resist something that claims to be “fruity pebbles-esque”?!) regardless. I haven’t been a huge fan of green tea historically, but I do LOVE it on ice, so that’s how I’ve been drinking this one. Brewed extra-strong overnight and topped with a little fresh lemon juice, it’s light and fresh without being too grassy or overly sweet.

Notes of tropical fruit pop through, with just enough of a vegetal balance to keep it from going into saccharine territory. I may not notice any magical health benefits (or notes of breakfast cereal in this one), but this one is the perfect iced treat to sip in these almost-springlike days. And I’m guessing it’d still be pretty great alongside a bowl of Fred Flintstone’s finest.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Tiesta Tea
Description

You know the feeling of summer sunshine washing over your face? You’ll feel the same sipping on this 2008 World Tea Champion. Floral, fruity scents precede a light, sweet taste of succulent summer fruit. It’s sunshine in a tin…or a pouch!

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Barbados Beach from Tea Taxi

Shortly after discovering Tea Taxi, I found out they were starting a monthly subscription program. Each month they send 10 tea samples, all selected to fit the particular theme chosen for that package. At just $7.45CAD per month (for 12 months, it is slightly more if you order for fewer months), I found myself signing up. Now I have a giant pile of Tea Taxi blends that just keeps growing as I am slowly making my way through the many different choices.

This particular blend is a green tea with cherry and pineapple. It brews up a bright yellow and the smell of fruit is strong. The base, though slightly vegetal, is rather timid in flavor. What stands out is the cherry. It is the star of the show and though it is quite sweet at the start of the sip, it has a tart zip at the end. The pineapple is not particularly noticeable but this tea does have a distinctively beach-type flavor to it and I think that is in large part a result of the pineapple in the leaf. At times, this can get a little cough syruppy because of the cherry but that is really quite fleeting and inoffensive.

All in all, this is a nice blend. Bright and flavorful with a lovely cherry quality to it. It screams summer and the beach, which provides a nice escape from the snowy Winter Wonderland that is Toronto right now. I don’t think I will be stocking this blend anytime soon since I just don’t drink green tea that often but I certainly would not turn down another cup.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Tea Taxi
Description

Come visit Barbados and have a sip of this exquisite blend! Barbados cherry, from the acerola tree, and pineapples will have you travel south to discover the most amazing beaches in the world!

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