Golden West from Pacific Tea Company. . . .

Golden West blend from Pacific Tea was “inspired by a golden afternoon” outdoors.  This herbal blend is made up of a variety of fruits and herbs, many of them tropical like coconut and pineapple.

This tea brewed up pink and sweet with little pops of spice between the fruit.  Sweet apple, tart rose hips, and juicy hibiscus are the main flavors of this blend.  There is a much appreciated hint of pear at the end of each sip. With all the fruity ingredients, it is no wonder that this tea tastes to naturally sweet, but is is a miracle that the fruits are able even to counteract the sour flavors that come with brewing hibiscus.

I don’t taste much coconut or pineapple, they seem to get drowned out by the sweet apple and pink hibiscus.  Likewise, there is only a hint of spice from the added ginger, adding just a mild heat and texture.

I don’t know if this is a “golden” blend, with very little pineapple and pear.  Instead of reflecting on a golden afternoon, I think this tea feels much more like a “pink sunset,” still very flavorful and outdoorsy, but more in line with the driving apple and hibiscus combination I tasted.

Golden West would be great as an iced tea when mixed in with sangria or to when mixed in with lemonade to make it fruity and pink.  As long as you go into this this blend expecting a sweet and pink fruity tea, you will definitely be satisfied. This is especially as the weather gets warmer and it is time to reach for more iced teas than ever.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Pacific Tea Company
Description:

Inspired by a golden afternoon in the Solomon western province, the low-acid blend of pear, coconut and ginger, tops any day with notes of pineapple, marigold and hibiscus.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Heavenly Hip Hibiscus from Now Real Tea. . . .

Natural Grocers had this hibiscus herbal punch tea on sale so I just had to try it. It was mean to be as I had just been reading about all of the health benefits of hibiscus tea. Although I have had hibiscus tea, I’ve only had either straight hibiscus tea or a green tea/hibiscus combination.

This is hibiscus punch, and it has hibiscus flowers along with rose hips, lemongrass leaves,spearmint leaves,cinnamon bark,wild cherry bark,orange peel, and natural cherry flavor. All of the flavors blend really well. It sounds kind of like a strange mixture but it really works! It’s kind of tart, and a little sweet with a little touch of cinnamon.

I’m having mine as an iced tea. I tend to think of and like my punches cold. But I bet this would make a nice little evening drink to warm up and unwind. Even though it’s definitely winter weather where I live, I’ve still been enjoying this as an iced tea. But I was just thinking as I took a sip how refreshing this will be on a super hot summer day.

I find hibiscus to be really refreshing when you’re overheated. Since I’ve become a tea drinker, it’s been really interesting to learn the health benefits of different teas. Hibiscus is sooooo good for you.

Here is an article explaining some of the benefits.  If you see this tea, try it. It’s really refreshing and the fact that it’s good for you makes it even better!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Now Real Tea
Description

Okay, so you can’t relive your youth, but you can stay young. Heavenly Hip Hibiscus™ gets its mojo from the naturally occurring beneficial compounds found in hibiscus flowers. Whether enjoyed hot or cold, this special blend has a refreshing taste that is sure to leave you feeling groovy.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sun From Brew Mama Herbalism

SunHerbalTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Brew Mama Herbalism

Tea Description:

Sun Tea is blended with herbs packed full of antioxidants, and vitamins A, B, C and D . This blend makes a great cold and flu prevention. It is a delicious tea the entire family will enjoy. Kids love this tea, and if you don’t tell them it’s really good for them, they will never know 😉

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is just about the perfect herbal tea for me.  Sweet and tart with hints of a grassy touch.

Brewed up hot (212F-1c water-5 min steeping) I really didn’t care for this one.  The hibiscus was incredibly strong and the taste reminded me of unsweetened kool-aid.  Where my heart lays with this tea is when this tea is on ice.

When iced, this tea takes on a completely different taste.  The hibiscus is still there but there is now a sweetness that is combating the tart, making the tea just delicious. Refreshing is the word that comes to mind.

I love teas like this.   The flavors are bright, crisp, and they make you think of summer.  This tea is even a bit better than your normal herbal because there is this amazing grassy flavor coming in. Yum!

I love Brew Mama Herbalism’s Teas. Angie does such a great job.  Not one herbal note takes over the other.  Just the right touch.  Kudos Angie!