Vivacious Vitalitea by Vampyre Tea Company (Cup of Love). . . . .

Steeping: 3 g at 212°  in 1 cup for two minutes. . . This is my first tea of the day so let’s hope it lives up to its name! It’s a rooibos-based blend, but it does have green tea as well so it’s not caffeine-free. As the tea steeps, I’m watching it and catching a sniff here and there. I’m catching some whiffs of rooibos fragrance and, leaning closer, some honeylike flavor as well (which I at first thought came from honeybush, although I later discovered honeybush does not seem to be in the ingredients list). The liquid is turning dark Read More


MrsPremise’s Oolong-A-Thon. . . . .

As I delved into my tea cabinet recently, I realized I had been stockpiling oolong teas.  Where did they all come from?!   Since the season is finally starting to turn, and oolong teas always make me think of spring, it seemed like a good time to try them all.   So I had an Oolong-A-Thon and brewed ten samples from my stores.  The numbers below aren’t a “best-of” ranking, but they roughly move from most delicate in flavor to the most potent in flavor.  . . . .   Alishan High Mountain from Cameron Taiwan Premium Loose Leaf – The dry Read More


Groot Root Tea from Geeky Teas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: Geeky Teas Tea Description: Green tea, natural ginseng flavor and ginger root. I. Am. Root. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I will admit. . from the beginning, I thought this tea sounded unpleasant.  I was fully expecting not to like it just from past experiences with ginseng and ginger root in tea. Those just are not my favorite components so I just had it in my head this wasn’t a tea for me. It sat in my tea stash for a while and the other day, I finally decided it was Read More


Yerba Mate from Chi Whole Leaf

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate Where to Buy:  Chi Whole Leaf Tea Description: A perfect addition to your morning routine, Yerba Mate is beginning to catch on as a extremely healthy substitute to coffee.  This tea has a sweet, earthy taste that will keep you coming back for more! Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The last of five samples from Chi Whole Leaf! I’ve been on a bit of a Yerba Mate kick these last few weeks, so I’m both very excited to try this blend but also kind of feeling like I’ve overdosed on yerba mate Read More


Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté Where to Buy:  Fit Life Tea Co. Tea Description: Ready for liftoff? Increase muscle energy and boost mental agility with an invigorating cup of Organic Metabolic Energy Tea. It’s packed with potent antioxidants and natural caffeine from sustainably grown whole green tea leaves blended with traditional rainforest energy tonic. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’ll be honest and say that I really wasn’t looking forward to trying this Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company after I read the ingredient list: Ingredients:  Organic Green Tea, Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Read More