On the Ninth Day of Christmas, Southern Boy Teas Edition!

Day 9, and the second day of the New Year.  I can’t believe that the Christmas vacation is nearly over.  I have enjoyed having my young one around these past couple of weeks … I will miss her when school starts back up.

Vanilla Cola Iced Tea

VanillaColaSBTTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Learn more about Southern Boy Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

This is one I was excited to try.  I have been a big fan of Frank’s cola teas, and some of you may remember that the Southern Boy Teas Lime Cola is one of my FAVORITES from the SBT lineup.

And this one is another winner!  This tastes like a splash of vanilla soda mixed with a glass of black iced tea!  It’s cool and refreshing and very flavorful.  The black tea is brisk and melds well with the flavorings of vanilla and cola.

And as I mentioned before, Frank manages to nail the cola flavored teas.  I’m not sure how he does it, but I can actually taste the “bubbly” carbonation aspect in the tea.  It isn’t actually carbonated (although, I suppose you could brew this strong to make it concentrated and then mix it with club soda or something), but I can taste that uplifting, bubbly taste that you get when you take a sip of cola.

But, what I don’t get here is that overly sweet, sticky coating of the teeth sensation – and that’s a good thing.  That sticky feeling is the reason why I don’t drink soda very often, I just don’t like that icky sweetness that coats the teeth.  So this tea offers all the good taste of a vanilla cola but none of the stuff I don’t care for when it comes to drinking soda.  Plus … it’s got tea!  That’s a win-win in my opinion.

A really good iced tea from Southern Boy Teas.  This is one I’ll probably buy again.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas Sent Me This Tea …

Wow … day nine.  The big day is nearly here.  A scary thought if you haven’t finished your holiday shopping (or if you’re like me, you haven’t really begun.)  Yikes!

This tea is very relaxing though, helping me to soothe those ’bouts with holiday anxiety.

White Winter

whitewinterTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:  

You’ll be dancing like the ladies on this 9th day of Christmas after one sip of this amazing white tea!

Filled with coconut, cream and white chocolate, this amazing white tea is pure perfection in a cup.  So, don’t mind those flurries outside, you’re inside with this cuppa!

Taster’s Review:

The photo above is for Della Terra Teas’ White Chocolate Coconut Creme tea which looks a lot like and from the description seems to be a lot like this White Winter tea.  I did contact Della Terra Teas to find out if the teas were the same, however, they haven’t been able to get back in touch with me.  Understandable, since it’s just days before the holiday … everyone’s out there scurrying around, finishing up the last minute details for their celebrations.

So as I’m writing this, I’m not sure if Della Terra Teas played around with the recipe of their White Chocolate Coconut Creme tea to make this White Winter blend a little different, and since I haven’t yet tried the White Chocolate Coconut Creme tea, I can’t tell you from my own experience if they taste the same.

So, instead, I’ll simply focus on the tea that sits before me.

The white tea base is light and crisp but it isn’t so delicate that it becomes indistinguishable in the blend.  I can taste the “hay-like” vegetal notes of the white tea.  It feels very clean and refreshing on the palate, which is in contrast to the creamy notes that want to coat the palate in decadence.  I like the way the two diverse elements play with one another in this teacup. 

And there’s a lot of creaminess to this cup:  the white chocolate, the cream and the coconut!  I can taste each profile in this tea, and it’s really sweet.  One of the sweeter teas that I’ve tasted in quite some time.  It’s almost on the verge of excessively sweet.

As I am sure some of you are aware, I do have a sweet tooth and an obsession when it comes to chocolate, but, I think that this one might be almost too much.  Mind you, I did say “almost,” as I haven’t yet pushed the cup aside, and I’m still enjoying what I’m drinking.

That said, I think that this is a tea that I’d reserve for those occasions when I am wanting a sweet, dessert-y tea.  One of those times when my sweet tooth is crying out for attention.  Something that will satiate my sweet tooth and my desire for rich chocolate flavor in one cuppa.  I’d also recommend not adding any sugar to this cup – trust me when I say it doesn’t need it!

Tasty, but I think I’d like it better if there was a little bit of something to cut through the sweetness here.  As it is, it’s almost too cloying.

Note:  I did hear back from Della Terra Teas and they said:  

the White Winter is similar to the White Chocolate Coconut Creme, HOWEVER, there are more parts vanilla and less white chocolate in the White Winter.

Perhaps the White Chocolate Coconut Cream is not quite as sweet then as this White Winter?  Let us hope so!