Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Steven Smith Teamaker
Named after one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka, Kandy brings together full and flavory Dimbulla with highly aromatic and intense Uva and lightly scented high-grown Nuwara Eliya. A tea made for sipping with pleasure all day.
Learn more about this tea here.
I got Kandy no.23 black tea from a friend recently, and with the recent news of Steven Smith himself passing I wanted to pay homage to him by drinking one of his creations. He had many successful companies, one you might have heard of too. If anyone has had any of Tazo’s teas while they were still at Starbucks, raise you hand. If you want to read more about his legacy, there is a great article here.
Kandy is a blend of three different Ceylon teas. I’m going to disappoint anyone who thinks that this tea is going to tastes like actual candy; this tea is named after a city in Sri Lanka, not after a sweet treat. However, I am convinced that there is something sweet about this tea. In the large square sachet, smells of malted milk balls and raisinets waft into my nose. Smells like classic movie theater candy. Yum. Let’s get this started!
Now, I am not one to follow directions on packages, but reading the one on the outside of the sachet I just had to pay attention. The directions are as follows:
“Bring filtered water to a roiling boil. Steep 5 minutes, while googling the ornate Palace of the Sacred Tooth.”
Now you have my attention.
So google I did. According to Wikipedia, The Temple of the Tooth is a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In that temple is contained the sacred tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because whoever holds the tooth holds the governing power of the country. Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka, so it gets the tooth. Huh. Quite a history lesson for my daily cuppa.
Whilst ruminating on this, I sipped this tea in silence. I got the classic malt notes, as well as bright citrus and raisin notes. It’s smooth without having any trace of astringency. While this is not the most interesting and unique blend on the market today, there is something just so nostalgic about black tea from India and Sri Lanka. It tastes like a hot summer day with a refreshing cup of sweetened sun tea with lemon. It’s a cool rainy morning with a dash of milk. This would make for a great daily drinker for anyone who loves the mellow yet rich profiles of Ceylon teas.
The thing I like the most about this tea is the history that this company wants you to know about this tea. I really enjoy getting to know everything I can about the leaves in my cup. What are it’s hobbies? What music is it into? Is it named after a city who is famous for owning a tooth? This tea demands to be understood. And Steven Smith Tea maker is sure to get it’s point across.
Where To Buy: Talbott Teas
Exhilaration comes with every cinnamon-filled sip. As the fresh aroma of rose petals unfolds to reveal lacings of orange and clove, you welcome the new day with confidence.
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, orange peel, cloves, rose petals, cinnamon and natural orange flavor.
Some teas I just HAVE to post because they do something RIGHT where other companies do not. This is one of those teas! Steamy Cinnamon Rose Tea from Talbott Teas is the tea I am highlighting this evening. Eventho Steamy Cinnamon Rose Tea from Talbott Teas was NOT Mentioned by name on Oprah’s Favorite Things this past Monday – if you look close to the TiVo, DVR, Play-Back, or online clip you can see the classy Maroon and Black labeled tin of it in the display picture!
The reason I say that Talbott Teas did this tea RIGHT is because many rose teas and many cinnamon teas I have had either have too much, not enough, or fake tasting flavoring. Talbott Teas made Steamy Cinnamon Rose just the way I hoped it would taste!
This is a nice bold black flavored tea! Perfect for the mornings! The black tea taste is in front with lovely true orange flavors 2nd in line. The cinnamon and spices are in the background and are ‘just right’.
Thank you for the measurements of these ingredients, Talbott Teas! The end result was “steamy”, yes, but not over-the-top or artificial tasting. And the Rose and Orange flavors are lovely!
Where To Buy: Talbott Teas
Product Description: Real chocolate draws your eye. The scent of exotic spices pulls you closer. By the time you taste this rich and complex black tea, you’ve already fallen in love.
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, cacao nibs, cinnamon, cardamom, almonds, natural chocolate, almond and cinnamon flavors.
If any of you are Oprah Fans then you may have seen Talbott Teas featured on today’s Oprah Show. It was a Very Special SURPRISE Day Two of Oprah’s Favorite Things and our friends over at Talbott Teas were featured smack-dab in the middle of the show!
Here at SororiTEA Sisters we have posted many Talbott Tea Reviews and we have more on tap this week to celebrate their teas being featured on Oprah!
Today I would like to share one of my favorites from Talbott Teas called Cocoa Cardamom Seduction!
The name of this drives me wild! Mission Accomplished, I suppose!
I can clearly see ALL of the described ingredients! I can’t stop sniffing this! It’s AWESOME…It’s like a Chocolate Peanut Butter type smell. I have been smelling it over and over again.
The first sip I really did notice the cardamom but I think that was the idea of the whole thing, right!? I mean, hence – the name!? Anyhow…I continued to sip and certainly picked up on both the Almond and the Cocoa. The cinnamon and cardamom pair together as they should and the pairing jumps up in front of the line but the Chocolate/Almond taste isn’t too far behind. The color of the tea liquid is a light-medium brown.
I’ve had this tea several times and each cup is a tad different. I have tried picking out more almonds some times and less cardamom other times just to taste the difference. Each cup is a wonderful adventure, regardless!
If you are a new reader of our blog you may or may not know that I drink all of my teas plain with no additives. If you are the type of person who enjoys sweetener or cream in their tea I will have you know that a good online friend of mine who also happens to be a tea freak says that by adding cream and sugar to this it is much more dessert-like and is a “very rich, cocoa-flavored tea with a taste of cardamom and a light hint of cinnamon.”
So which ever way you enjoy your tea – make sure you make room for Cocoa Cardamom Seduction from Talbott Teas…as seen on Oprah’s Favorite Things earlier today!
Congrats to Talbott Teas for making it to Oprah’s Favorite Things! And two thumbs up to Oprah for highlighting TEA on her show!
Stay tuned for more Talbott Tea Reviews this week right here at SororiTEAsisters.com!
Where To Buy: Talbott Teas
Juicy red strawberries with a kiss of dark coca -this black tea is all about you. Bursting with luxurious flavor, it’s decadence dipped in excess with a side of unbridled joy.
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, strawberry pieces, cacao nibs, strawberry leaf, chocolate and strawberry flavors.
Some things just go together PERFECTLY…and Chocolate AND Strawberries is one of those things! I’m always looking for the PERFECT Chocolate/Strawberry Tea and I think I have found EXACTLY what I was looking for in Talbott Teas Chocolate Strawberry Temptation!
The aroma is the perfect ratio of Strawberry and Chocolate to the nose. The taste is a juicy strawberry and very realistic! There is a nice amount of chocolaty goodness. This is totally YUMMY and VERY tempting and certainly lives up to it’s name!
I can safely and confidently say I LOVE THIS and it’s the BEST Chocolate Strawberry Flavored Black Tea I have had to date! At this rate…this tea will NOT last long in my stash!