Walnut Orange Scone from DAVIDs Tea. . .

Something’s happening to me, you guys. I think I’m becoming a white tea convert. *INSERT GASP HERE*

Now, for the white tea purists among us… maybe skip the rest of this review. I’m certainly not sipping them plain, austere and floral, out of my finest china with my pinky up. But whereas I always though white teas just weren’t for me, I’ve been especially enjoying a few fun blends from my favorite tea purveyors lately, particularly when they’ve got some fun fruity notes blended in the mix.

This walnut orange scone white from David’s Tea is totally hitting all of those marks. It’s nutty, it’s bright and fresh and floral and citrusy and fruity– it maybe doesn’t taste too much like pastry to me, but I’m willing to forgive the slightly misleading name because this one is just so dang delicious.

I also have a fondness for teas that don’t require any sweetener to accentuate their flavors, and this one is simply perfect as it. Big, bold, bright, a little sweet from the fruit– like biting into the perfect wintry treat right out of the oven on a Sunday morning.

Maybe someday, I’ll graduate to finally become a fancypants white tea drinker. In the meantime, though, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy exploring these new doors opened to my tea-lovers’-palate (though my burgenoning tea cabinet may be slightly less thrilled).


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Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  DAVIDs Tea
Description

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Orange Dreamsicle from Wise Ape Tea Co. . . . .

Wise Ape Company might be best known for its Chocolate Hustle tea blend, a high-caffeine yerba mate blend, but recently, the Wise Ape has branched out to feature an assam black tea blend and an herbal blend as well.  Orange Dreamsicle is the new herbal tea offering from Wise Ape.

I love the names and designs from Wise Ape, not to mention their videos featuring a big ape hand brewing tea.  Orange Dreamsicle is a great name for a bedtime tea, evoking the flavors of a favorite ice cream bar.

The blend itself is very chamomile-driven, with the gentle lemony tones from that herb taking the lead.  Behind the chamomile, I taste vanilla and orange as well, contributing to the creamy ice-cream-inspired flavors in the blend’s name.  The vanilla and orange add sweetness without being too artificial or sugary; they are gentle yet flavorful and let you add more sweetness to suit your own tastes.  For my personal preferences, I will say that I wish there was a bit more citrus and a bit less chamomile, but it makes sense that there is lots of chamomile for a sleepytime brew.

Smooth and easy-drinking, a great cup of tea to ease you into sweet dreams.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Wise Ape Tea Co.
Description: A dreamy blend of chamomile flowers with subtle hints of orange and cream, combined with adaptogenic super-herbs to support your nightly zen. This relaxing elixir is designed to calm the mind, ease the body, and help you sink into a restorative night’s sleep.

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Orange Spice from PaperBoxGoodies. . . .

One of my favorite things with the cold weather is being able to add spice to everything: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, the more the merrier!  One of the best partners to all this spice, is juicy orange and citrus flavors. I love the idea of decorating my home with clove-studded oranges for the holidays to release their sweet and spicy aromas throughout the house.  Not to mention, a nice slice of orange is the perfect garnish for a chai-based hot-toddy, with honey and lemon.

These are all the delicious orange and spice combinations I think of when brewing a cup of Orange Spice from PaperBoxGoodies.  I’m not entirely sure what all is in this brew, since it’s not currently active on the PBG Etsy shop, but I believe it is an herbal blend from its amber color and sweet taste.

The best part of this blend is that the dry leaf does not contain hibiscus, so the tangy, pink herb can’t take over the blend.  The orange is the main ingredient, adding plenty of sweet and tart flavor.  This fruity, juiciness is balanced by a large helping of cinnamon, adding its warm, herbal tones.  I think I see bits of ginger in the dry leaf, but the flavor is very gentle in the actual brew.

Juicy orange is the main flavor, closely followed by warm cinnamon.  Neither ingredient gets too tart or too spicy, and they don’t overpower each other.  It’s hard to go wrong with a classic taste combination like orange and cinnamon, so support a special tea Etsy shop and give one of the PaperBoxGoodies teas a try today.


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Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: PaperBoxGoodies Etsy shop

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Ancient Orange from Adagio Teas. . . .

This is a sweet black with vanilla and cream notes. It also, supposedly, has some orange in there, but it’s really faint. I was very careful to make sure some of the orange peels were in there, too. That’s slightly disappointing, but not all that much, because the tea is overall pleasant.

Plus, the packaging. Guys. The packaging.

Its cover illustration is basically the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

It looks like those cartoon cereals my mother would NEVER let me have. Just like those cereals, my mom is a MONSTER. A monster of HEALTH. She has a medical degree, and she seems to think that the whole “being a doctor” thing qualifies her to know that pure sugar shouldn’t be dumped straight into kids’ bodies first thing in the morning.

Phooey.

So I get to enjoy the cereal now, 30 years later, in the form of tea.

It’s delish.


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Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description

Relax and unwrap with this cursed tea unearthed in the catacombs deep beneath an orange grove!

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Orange Almond from The Tea Can Company. . . . .

I wanted something orange. But more than just orange. Maybe something nutty. Enter Orange Almond from The Tea Can Company. It’s a loose tea inside a sheer silken bag. I just LOVE it when I can see ALL of the ingredients!

On the bag it says Orange Almond from The Tea Can Company has Black Tea, Orange Peel, Apple Pieces, Almond Pieces, Cinnamon Chips, Rose Petals, Cinnamon, Orange Spice flavor, and Orange Flavor.

From the teas I have had so far from The Tea Can Company they have all been impressive with the aroma and flavor to back it up but I have to say that Orange Almond from The Tea Can Company was even more scented and flavored than the others I have tried! This put a smile on my face!

I was able to get 2 steeps out of 1 bag. The first one was INTENSELY flavored. I could taste the orange, almond, and cinnamon ingredients VERY well. The apple contributed to the sweetness but wasn’t overly distinct like the other flavors, however, if it wasn’t there I doubt it would have been as sweet. I think it would have probably been more of a spicier-cinnamon flavor. So I truly believe their was a method to their madness and I would have to say that it was a beaming success!

The 2nd steep was still flavorful but the cinnamon was knock down a notch. The apple seemed to shine more in the 2nd steep and had more of a personality of its own.

This was a MIGHTY flavored black tea that I enjoyed VERY much! If you like orange, spice, and nuts – give this one a whirl!


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Leaf Type: Flavored Black Tea
Where to Buy: The Tea Can Company
Description

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