Duchess’ First Love Black Tea Blend from Tay Tea

Duchess-First-LoveTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tay Tea

Tea Description:

This is reminiscent of a creamy earl grey, but has the added bonus of sweet caramel and honeyed rooibos notes. The black tea lends backbone to the blend and the hazelnut creme caramel keeps you sipping. Even when the cup is empty the flavours keep lingering.

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Taster’s Review:

Usually when I get my box from Amoda, I grab the tea that appeals to me most and try that one before I sample the others.  But this time, I decided to save the one was certain to love for last.  And I’m glad I did.  This Duchess’ First Love Black Tea Blend from Tay Tea is an exciting blend!

When I opened the packet of tea, I was enchanted by the scent.  Maybe enchanted isn’t the right word.  I felt my mouth water when I experienced the aroma of this tea.  It smells … SCRUMPTIOUS!  The vanilla notes are almost palpable – they are so strong and delicious smelling and it’s as though I can taste and feel  them as I smell them.

And YUM!  This is one of the tastiest Earl Grey Creme teas I’ve tasted.  The bergamot is sweet and tangy, and the sometimes sharp notes of the Italian orange has been softened by luscious, creamy vanilla tones.

I’m not sure if the addition of the rooibos in this blend is what makes the difference in this tea, turning it from a good Earl Grey Creme to an exceptional one.  But, I am pretty sure that the rooibos has something to do with it.  I taste a honey-esque sweetness that enhances the vanilla in a really beautiful way.  I don’t taste a lot of contribution of flavor from the rooibos, but I do taste that honeyed note, with a slight nutty intonation.

The bergamot is not the strongest bergamot I’ve tasted in an Earl Grey tea, but that’s to be expected with an Earl Grey Creme.  The creaminess softens the flavor of the bergamot so that it’s not as sharp.  And I’m also getting a distinct “caramel-y” note to this cup as well, and it’s quite an indulgent flavor.  Notes of sweet hazelnut accentuate the caramel notes in a really delicious way.  This tastes like something you’d serve for dessert!

The flavors here are seamless.  The black tea has a deep, rich flavor.  I would classify this as a medium bodied tea, but not really because of the black tea base, because it is a full, well-rounded tea.  The rooibos lightens the cup up just a tad, but, I think that it works because the vanilla doesn’t feel so heavy.  It is a very synergistic cup of tea, with every component complimenting the others to get the best out of each flavor profile.

Of the three teas that I tried this month from Tay Tea, this one is by far my favorite.  A definite must try from this company, especially if you’re an Earl Grey fan!

Organic Love White Tea from Spicely Organics

LoveTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Spicely Organics

Tea Description:

This delightful blend, with its light floral essence and smooth minty finish, is perfect as an after meal pick-me-up or as a late night elixir to refresh the mind and enhance the mood. One pot can make the night sweet and reminiscent. Share it with someone you love. INGREDIENTS: Organic White Peony, Organic Rose Petals, Organic Lavender, Organic Peppermint

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

This Organic Love White Tea from Spicely Organics smells so amazing!  I wouldn’t have thought that mint, rose, lavender and white tea would have made such an appealing aroma, but, it’s really quite lovely.  White tea and mint … perhaps.  Definitely rose, lavender and white tea.  But, all four together?  I wouldn’t have imagined it smelling so beautiful.

And it tastes quite beautiful too!

The peppermint is the strongest flavor of the four ingredients in this tea, but I’m happy to report that it isn’t an overpowering flavor.   This doesn’t taste like mouthwash or even like a piece of peppermint chewing gum.  It has a light, sweet peppermint-y note that mingles in a very pleasing way with the flavors of lavender and rose and white tea.

The lavender is especially subtle here, offering just a hint of it’s calming presence.  Just enough to let you know it’s there, lulling you into a relaxing state.  The rose is a gentle flavor too, and it isn’t a sharp rose flavor.  It’s lightly sweet and floral.  The two flowers seem to mingle in such a way that it offers more of a “floral essence” than a distinct, powerful flowery taste.

And that’s good, because this IS a white tea, after all.  And White Peony tea tends to be a somewhat delicate tasting tea, and if the other components to this blend were too strong, they would create a taste that was all mint and flower.  I like that I can taste the white tea, it tastes fresh, light and crisp.  It is a perfect base for these other three flavors.

This is a really beautiful tea that seems to instill a sense of calm.  And definitely a tea with which I could easily fall in love!

Love & Joy Tisane from Verdant Tea

Love-and-JoyTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Tulsi, Herbal & Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

Tisane Description:

The light apple aroma of the chamomile is tempered by herbs and florals and grounded with cacao. This blend does what tea is known to do – bring you to a place of relaxation and reflection. Love & Joy blend tastes sweet and has a soft and round mouthfeel. Sip, relax and enjoy.

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Taster’s Review:

What an interesting tisane!  This Love & Joy Tisane from Verdant Tea is the second tea that I’m tasting from February’s Amoda Tea Tasting Box.  Yeah, I’m a little behind.  My March box should be arriving within days, and I’m still getting around to tasting February’s teas!  Better get a move on!

This tisane has an abundance of ingredients:

Marigold (calendula), Goji, Linden Leaf + Flower, Honeysuckle, Chamomile, Tulsi, Elderberry, Cacao, Coriander, Frankincense.

And even though there seems to be a lot going on here, the flavors all meld together in an agreeable way.  The first flavor that I can identify is the chamomile, and it offers a light, crisp, apple-y flavor to the cup.  Then I notice the tulsi, and it tastes of basil and mint.  There is a background of berry notes, and these berry notes come forward in the aftertaste.  I get that tart note, that tingly berry sensation that you might experience after eating a tart berry.

After my first few sips, I start to realize that there is a distinct lime-ish note to this and then I re-read the ingredient list:  linden!  Yep, that would do it.  The linden really brightens the cup.

There are light floral notes, not so much from the calendula (I very rarely taste a strong flavor from the marigold petals), but from the honeysuckle.  It tastes sweet and floral and I like this little bit of sweetness from the honeysuckle.

In this cup, I smell the frankincense more than I taste it, but there is a warm spiciness to this cup which is not just from the coriander (and the tulsi!), but also the frankincense.

I found myself wanting more cacao.  No big surprise there, I guess, since I am a chocoholic.  My first 1/3 of the cup, I didn’t really notice much cacao at all, but by the time I finished that first 1/3 of the cup, I started to pick up on the notes of chocolate, and … YUM!  I like the way the notes of chocolate meld with the other flavors of this cup.  Sure, I’d like more cacao, but, I always do, don’t I?

As it is, this is a really interesting, intriguing cup.  It seems to draw me deeper into the depths of its flavor with every sip.  I discover more flavors each time I take a drink.

I have to admit that I like this a whole lot more than I thought I would.  I’m not usually all that excited to try tisanes, but, this is really tasty!

Apr-i-berry Love Child from Design A Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Design A Tea

Tea Description:

Apricot has long had her eye on blueberry. Some said it hinged on the verge of an uncontrollable passion! After a long and snowy weekend – trapped in a cabin on the side of a mountain; she made her move! When forbidden love is allowed to flourish… the tastes can be absolutely refreshing.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t too sure about this Apr-i-berry Love Child from Design A Tea when I took my first sip of it.  Then I allowed it to cool to an “iced tea” temperature and this becomes a really tasty tea!  The flavors of apricot and blueberry play very nicely together, and the black tea base is strong but not overbearing … it’s a really refreshing iced tea.

The black tea base is – as I mentioned already – a strong base, but it’s not an overwhelming taste.  It’s balanced well with the flavors of apricot and blueberry.  It has some astringency, but, it’s not a bitter tasting tea.  I think it could be if it were over-steeped, though, so you want to watch your brew time with this one.

The apricot comes through very well here – sweet and juicy!  The blueberry adds a hint of tart to the cup as well as a distinct berry sweetness.  I found that the flavors were kind of “muddy” at first, but a pinch of sugar helps to define the flavors a bit better.

I wasn’t all that crazy about this blend hot, but, it IS really tasty when it’s iced.  A great summertime treat – and a nice change from the typical iced tea flavors that are out there!  I love the combination of apricot and blueberry:  it’s different but tasty!

Peace, Love, and Happy Tea from Indie Tea

peaceTea Type:
Green Tea

Where To Buy:
Indie Tea

Product Description:

Peace, Love and Happy Tea
Jasmine Scented Green Tea with Chrysanthemum and Jasmine Flowers.

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Steeping Instructions: Measure 1.5 teaspoons of tea to 8 oz of water. Heat water to 175-180 degrees, pour over the tea leaves, and steep tea leaves for three to five minutes.

3.3 oz. Organic and Fair Trade Ingredients: Organic Jasmine Scented Green Tea, Organic Jasmine Flowers, Organic Chrysanthemum Flowers.

Tasters Review:

My mother always said I was a ‘TEEN’ in the wrong decade! Sure…I was a 70s Baby but I wasn’t of age in the 60s or 70s to participate in Woodstock, Hippie Gatherings, and Communal Living. I probably would have – had I been given the opportunity!  So when I saw this tea I KNEW I HAD to try it!

I know you’re not supposed to judge a tea by it’s name but I sort of DID with this one. Usually I’m not one to ‘yank’ a floral tea off the shelf or specifically order one but this tea NAME had me a Peace/Love/Happy.

This is made up of Green Tea, Jasmine, and Chrysanthemums.

It infuses to a gentle orange/tan color. I can smell and taste both of the flower ingredients. It’s both florally-sweet and semi-florally-bitter. It’s a nice yin an yang of sorts.

This is fantastic for a floral tea. It really is.
Groovy Man…