Peanut Butter Cup from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I’m… a bit of a peanut butter enthusiast, friends.

When I was a kid, the Parent Trap remake came out, and I was introduced to the magic that is oreos dipped in peanut butter. My favorite part of my Easter basket every year was the mini reeses’ cups. In college, I’d been known to substitute an actual meal for a few spoonfuls of on straight out of the jar (truly). My husband– love him as I do– cannot STAND peanut butter. (GASP.) It may be his only flaw.

But do you know what that means? It means that I get this tea ALL TO MYSELF and I don’t havta share ever and mwahaha-mine-all-mine-GIMME. Seriously, you guys: this tea is that good. It is a spot-on dead ringer for my favorite peanut butter chocolate candies, but without nearly the same feelings of over-indulgence (I’m not a college kid with a peanut butter spoon anymore, friends). It is absolutely sinful brewed up with some milk (no sweetener needed), and rebrews quite well, to boot.

If you’ve identified with any of my die-hard pb-loving quirks above: you need this tea, friends. Trust me. (Drink it with an oreo and a side of early-2000s Lindsay Lohan at camp, of course).


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Tisane
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

This blend is seriously addicting, over the top yummy and double-delicious. It’s quite amazing and tastes just like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! To sweeten the deal, this chocolate peanut butter bliss is completely guilt-free!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Dragon Tea from Transcendence Tea. . . .

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried this tea. It’s a loose leaf tea with pretty big leafs. It didn’t have much of a smell, so I figured it would be pretty mild. I brewed it in my new little teapot that was gifted to me. It makes tea drinking so much more of an event you know? I was so pleasantly surprised when I took my first sip and it had a slightly sweet aftertaste. I have had it both warm and iced and it’s delicious either way. The sweetness is barely there, it’s just a little whisper after you’ve swallowed. It’s mild and refreshing and needs no sweetener.

This tea does have caffeine so it’s best for morning or early afternoon, and it’s a really nice way to start the day.

According to the company’s website, this tea is full of vitamin C and amino acids that can help energize us when we need the help.

This tea is called Longjing, which translates to Dragon tea is a variety of green tea which has been pan roasted. It’s very beneficial and as I mentioned very refreshing.

This is the green tea for people who want the health benefits but find regular green tea too earthy and bitter!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Transcendence Tea
Description

DRAGON also known as Long Jing tea is almost as famous as the beast it is named after, being one of the most renowned teas in China. Grown close to the West Lake in Hangzhou; Long Jing tea is surrounded by mountains, forests, and creeks – truly a Dragon’s playground. With a sweet taste and little bitterness; Long Jing will make you strong and as resilient, as a DRAGON…..

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Lemon Green from The Toni Glass Collection. . . . .

Well this is my first time attempting to write a review on my cell phone and let me tell you…it’s kinda a pain in the butt. It also did not help that the Toni Glass website wasn’t very mobile friendly but this is happening and I will adjust.

Anyways, this tea is an interesting one. It is bright and citrusy while remaining light because of the green base. When you drink it absentmindedly it is flavorful enough to be enjoyable without demanding your attention. However, if you try dissecting this tea into its individual components, you may regret it. Sort of like a word that starts to look like gibberish the longer you stare, the more you focus, the more the lemon starts to taste like pledge and the base like grass.

So, this may be a tea for when you’re busy and don’t really care if you taste it or not. Though, in my opinion, there are better lemon teas and better green teas and even better lemon green teas out there.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  Toni Glass Collection
Description

This tea is not on the website but click below for teas that are.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Creme de la creme from Tea & Tins. . . .

The creaminess in this tea is much more prominent than other milk oolong I’ve had in the past. It smells on the verge of that artificial milk flavor, but I have hopes that it won’t taste that way! Once this tea has steeped, a fruitier, peachier note joins the creamy scent. I’m really looking forward to tasting this one now!

Sipping.. I notice that this tea has a heavy mouthfeel despite there being no additions. I really like that it has a thickness as I feel that it contributes well to the creamy flavors. Besides the soft milky beginning, I notice a little bit of peaches as well. It actually reminds me of those sweet, syrupy peaches that you can get in little plastic tubs. The finish is leafy and a little bit vegetal. What’s interesting is that these flavors are rather subtle and I feel like if I gulped this cup down, I wouldn’t notice them.

I definitely enjoyed this oolong and would purchase this in the future. If you’re looking to try a milk oolong, I’d suggest this one. It’s got a lovely balance of creamy and fruity flavors.


Here’s the scoop!

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

A very special tea from China, it has lovely sweet notes as well as a creamy note.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Getting Lei’d Green Tea by Luhse Tea

GettingLeidTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Luhse Tea

Tea Description:

STORY: 

Tommy Gunns and Lulu’s first island trip was unforgettable. After too many cocktails and too little sun screen, ego shattering surf lessons, and a severe lei allergic reaction, the sparks were still flying. Life doesn’t always go as planned. The couple’s advice is to take the road less travelled, laugh in the face of adversity, and drink tea.  

TEA DESCRIPTION:

A party on the palate, pineapple, mango, and papaya make the perfect threesome.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I ordered a bunch of samples from Luhse a while back, because I’d long been curious about the company and their tea. Their branding is fairly unique – I like the 20s, prohibition theme, and the use of characters to give their teas a backstory. It’s definitely different! The samples contain enough tea for 2-3 cups, depending on leaf type, and are packaged in square foli-lined pouches with a brown, Kraft paper exterior. They’re not resealable, but as they’re so tiny that’s not really a problem.

Getting Lei’d is a green blend with pineapple flavouring. I love pineapple, so I pretty much had to give this one a try. The tea leaves are a fairly uniform dark green, folded and flat, but fairly small. I’d say Sencha, as an educated guess. There are blue cornflower and red safflower petals scattered throughout, which gives this blend a really pretty appearance, and one or two chunks of freeze-dried pineapple. The scent is beautifully tropical, with strong notes of pineapple. I have high hopes for this one!

As per the recommended parameters, I used 1 tsp of leaf and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-green, and the scent is faintly tropical. Unfortunately, faint is probably the operative word as far as this tea is concerned. The pineapple flavouring is just about discernible, but sadly nowhere near as strong as I’d like. Saying that, I can taste it throughout the sip, and it’s obvious what it is, so they’re both points in its favour. I can also taste the green tea base, which is a touch floral and a touch grassy – it suits the image of the Lei in that respect! There’s no bitterness or astringency here, which are also favourable points. I’m just left feeling that I’d like a lot more punchiness, and I’m a little underwhelmed by this one as a whole. This is a pleasant tea, and while I wouldn’t turn down the occasional cup, it’s not one I’d look to repurchase in quantity.