Stocking Stuffer Alert! Clarks Tea Cubes-Green Tea Mint. . . .

Instant tea has been one hot fade this year and I’m not going to lie, I’m intrigued by this concept.   I will always be a loose leaf tea girl at heart, but as the end of the year approaches and the holidays really start becoming more hustly and bustly (are those words?), I find myself grabbing more convenient options when it comes to my tea on the go.  Clarks Tea Cubes fits that bill perfectly.

Clarks Tea Cubes offers three flavors of instant tea cubes where you basically prep your water, plop in your tea cube and you are set. No mess and no accompanying tea bag to throw away-which is what Clarks Tea Cubes is all about. The convenient instant tea without anything to throw away ie tea bag or additional packaging.  I was instantly drawn to the green tea offering and couldn’t wait to see what this tea was all about.

So I prepped this cuppa up like I would any green tea blend.  Once the water was ready to go, I threw in two tea cubes and let the tea do its thing.  After a few minutes, the tea was ready and to my surprise, there was no sediment at the bottom of the cuppa like I expected. I did notice that there was sugar in the tea so I prepared myself for this blast of sweetness but I’m happy to report that did not happen.

Refreshing mint with a subtle green tea base was what I got. Sip after sip, I was happy and then I got about half way through the cuppa and gave my cup a swirl.  Sadly, that stirred up the sugar that must have been hiding towards the bottom and now the cuppa is insanely sweet and overpowering the rest of the cup.

I wish Clarks Tea Cubes offered a sugar free version of this tea because I really don’t feel like the tea needs the sugar. But this is such a great idea and I was super excited to try it.  Because of the sugar bit, I’ll be sending this tea off to another Sister to try, but I was incredibly happy and thankful to try it.  And I’m hoping one day, Clarks Tea Cubes will offer will offer a sugar free version so I can greedily drink this tea down as iced because I can see this tea being amazing in that fashion!

If you have a tea lover on your list this holiday season, these tea cubes would be a great stocking stuffer!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Clarks Tea Cube
Description

Try our Green Tea Mint Travel Tin with 12 cubes in each tin.  Use 1 cube per cup!

 

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Mint Green Oolong from My Green Teapot. . . . .

If memory serves – this is my very first experience of sipping on a tea from My Green Teapot – and I’m very excited!

Mint Green Oolong from My Green Teapot is the tea I’m kicking things off with and I have to say I’m already a fan! Talk about great first impressions!

Many of you know I’m freakishly into mint! I absolutely LOVE mint! The minty-freshness…oooooo…..ahhh! So when I saw that this Oolong Tea was mint flavored I automatically jumped for joy and then ran over to my hot water apparatus and started heating!

The fairly intense mint flavor paired perfectly with the natural Oolong punch of the leaf. The first infusion was completely impressive and the 2nd infusion also packed a powerful minty punch.

For me – this was the BEST first choice to make a first impression of My Green Teapot’s company and tea offerings! I can’t want to try their other offerings but I’m a little frightened that I won’t be able to find another one that blows this out of the (tea) water! The more I sip on this the more I adore it!

While sipping on this tea I decided to visit their website and noticed they SPECIALIZE in High Mountain Flavored Green Oolongs! WOW! How glorious! I can’t wait to try the rest of their flavors!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  My Green Teapot
Description

Our Mint Green Oolong Teas are all natural whole leaf teas from Taiwan infused with mint.

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D’s Teas– Pancake Breakfast, Marshmallow Treat, Graveyard Mist from 52Teas . . . ..

If you missed the announcement in my previous post, our beloved and super-talented tea-blending friends at 52 Teas have recently launched a permanent line (yes friends, you heard me correctly) of teas! D’s Teas features all of the ultimate fan favorites from 52 Teas over the years: Pancake Breakfast black tea, Marshmallow Treat genmaicha, and Graveyard Mist green tea. If you’re curious about the history behind these beloved blends, check out my previous post. If you’re ready to hear the low-down on their delightful sip-ability, you’ve come to the right place! Let’s chat about each one individually:

Pancake Breakfast: is where we start. A robust black tea with calendula petals offering a lovely, maple-syrup-y variance in color, this tea smells like straight-up starchy, delicious pancakes. When my samples of these three arrived, this was the one that I could smell through the package. THIS was the one that my dark-and-malty-tea-loving fiance was ready to tear into at a moment’s notice. It brews up beautifully strong, almost like an English Breakfast, with syrupy maple notes perfectly balanced alongside the starchy, bread-y flavors of cooked breakfast cake. There’s something magical about 52 Teas’ flavors: a maple tea is never just a one-note maple tea. Sure, you can add maple to a black tea and call it a day, but this blend harnesses all the nuance of a true pancake (sweet, bready, starchy, slightly savory, fully syrupy, a little buttery) and packs it all into one cuppa. This one, I’m happy to say, makes an incredible tea latte, sweetened with a hint of– you guessed it– maple syrup.

Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha: As a fairly new fan of genmaichas– roasty, toasty, popped-rice greens– I was eager to dive into this one. How would the flavors vary from the few standards genmaichas I’ve begun to dip my toes into? First things first– this one boasts the addition of marshmallow root, my favorite creamy-herbal addition to tea, kicking the flavors to next-level sweet n’ creamy. Still harnessing the traditional toasty-green that I’ve come to love from genmaichas, this one uses a matcha-infused genmaicha (as Anne explained in our interview) that gives this green the perfect vegetal kick to round out the sweetness of the marshmallow-y notes. I drank this one straight, but I’d love to see what a touch of foam on top does for that already-present creamy factor. Yet again, D’s Teas knocks it out of the park!

Graveyard Mist: Oh, this tea. This delicious, magical tea. I’d been lucky enough to give this one a try before, when Sororitea Sister Nichole aka CuppaGeek- shared a sampling from her precious stash. I’d heard Nichole rave about this one– minty, creamy, green, fresh– so frequently that she practically had me salivating. This tea truly lives up to the sense of place set by its slightly spooky name– picture a foggy, chilly morning, mist rolling in across a centuries-old stone graveyard– yup. If that mist had a flavor, it’d be green tea-meets-marshmallow-with-some-spearmint-for-fun, yah? Yeah. This tea is crisp and bright, with a pillow-y vanilla mouthfeel that is unmatched by any green I’ve ever had. It’s minty, sure, but it’s a more delicate, fresh, and vanilla-y mint than say, a traditional peppermint. Think those green star mint candies as opposed to the red. But better. This one is as spectacular on ice as it is hot, and defies all logic to be perfectly appropriate morning or night, any season, in any mood. It’s one of those tea, you guys– simply magical.

It’s clear why these three are the teas that Anne and her team chose to bring back permanently. 52 Teas devotees and newbies alike can now stock up on some of the blends that make this brand such a crowd favorite! And if these three are any indication, I’d recommend you stock up on as much as you can find. Even permanently-stocked, these are bound to be snapped up quickly.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black/Green
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

Every once in a while, we craft a very special tea – well, we think all our teas are pretty special! But sometimes, one is so special that it’s beloved by our customers and requested for reblends on a regular basis.

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Blackberry Mojito Green Tea from Teavana . . . .

My coworker brewed up a bunch of this upon arrival this morning and gave me a cup. (AN ANGEL UPON EARTH.)

Brewed hot: It’s a very deep, rich, sassy berry blend, with a lot of blackberry and raspberry notes. You can taste each note individually. I think of those as the semi-sweet berries instead of the super-sweet berries (strawberry, cherry) — like the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. The mint/mojito part of it is more of a mouthfeel* sensation than a flavor. It’s a tingling sensation, like when you brush your teeth.

* Is there a worse word than “mouthfeel”? It’s a great descriptive tool, but as a word, it’s horrid. Gross.

Iced: I drank about half of my cup hot, and then iced the rest, just to see. The mint is a little more pronounced cold, so if you’re a mint fanatic, ice it. The berries turn into a less distinct sensation-of-berry as opposed to an individually-nuanced every-berry-for-itself melee.

In neither case can I taste the green tea much. So if you want just a pinch of caffeine or green tea benefits — but don’t like the flavor of green tea — this might be a workable solution for you!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Teavana
Description

This refreshing flavored green tea perfectly captures the Latin-inspired minty mojito cocktail by combining succulent blackberries and raspberries with a spearmint kick.

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Mint Sencha Green Tea from Pique Tea. . . .

Well this was shocking. Mint. Sencha. Green Tea. All of these things are green and so all of these things would indicate GREEN powder was hidden inside the little brown tea packet. There is even a green stripe on the package to drive the point home. So I was certainly surprised when I dumped the powder out of the package only to find a substance that resembled golden turmeric in my teacup.

Since the instructions simply said to dissolve in warm water, I topped the yellow powder with water that was 170F. With just a little bit of a stir, the powder gave way to a golden tea.

Sipping on it now, I will say it is a bit bitter. That could be because of the green tea base or spearmint, the mint used in this tea, can also be a bit on the medicinal/harsh side of flavors. If you can get past the bitterness, there is also a buttery, yet vegetal, quality from the sencha. The mint is also clean and fresh but as I said before, harsh.

Personally I am not a fan of this particular tea, flavor wise. However, I do really appreciate what Pique Tea is doing. Their single serving packets of easily dissolving tea crystals is great for those who want tea on the go. It is also good for those of you, like me, who sometimes wants tea but are too lazy to actually get out the filter and spoons to make it properly. Also, no wet and dripping tea bags to have to dispose of when done. All this requires is some water and a place to toss the wrapper and convenience like that can’t be beat. No mess. No fuss. Just tea.

Pique has a bunch of other flavors to choose from and I am definitely intrigued to see how those flavors fare as tea crystals. Consider me intrigued, Pique Tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Pique Tea
Description

A cool variation of all day super plant hydration. Delivers pure, sustained energy and vitalizing green tea antioxidants, plus the cooling effects of mint. A bright and clear green tea with less caffeine. Made via the perfect pairing of an exquisite shade grown green tea and fresh Oregon spearmint. Make every gulp count. Perfect iced or hot. #fuelyourflow

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