Spiced Mulled Wine by Simpson and Vail. . . .

I steeped this tea for 3 minutes at approximately boiling temperature, with one teaspoon per cup of water.
Looking at the tea leaves I see bits of orange peel among them, as well as blue flower petals. This is a nicely scented blend, although it doesn’t really smell like what I imagined mulled wine would be like (I’ve never actually tried mulled wine though so maybe that’s why).  My first sniffs did detect a sort of depth that hinted at pu-erh, though, although it doesn’t actually have pu-erh in it.
It doesn’t look like pu-erh once steeped, either. It’s quite reddish, like a  blueberry or citrus/rosehip tea, but doesn’t smell acidic or berry-ish. (Reading through the ingredients I discovered that this is likely due to the beet root in the blend.)
First sip: Pleasant flavor, not super strong, and definitely not acidic. It doesn’t taste alcoholic either, but does have a sort of sweetness at the back of the throat. I can’t really taste the orange peel, although it may be lending a slight freshness to the blend (not really a detectable citrusness, though). The black tea base is obviously one that plays well with others; it’s not shoving floral or malty flavors to the front, but instead providing a comfortingly well-rounded sip that warms nicely.

 

From the way the back-of-mouth sweetness is behaving, I wondered if this tea has chamomile or mallow in it, so I checked the ingredients and there are malva blossoms! Yeah, I wondered what that meant too, but apparently they’re a type of mallow, so maybe that’s where the flavor came from (don’t quote me on that though).

 

The tea base is also a light one since the tea itself ended up clear but red, not brownish or dark. (So clear that I could easily see the bottom of the mug.)
I added milk next, which didn’t curdle thankfully but did turn the whole thing raspberries-and-cream pink. I like a lot this way too, despite the fact that it probably tastes nothing like mulled wine now. <3

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail
Description

Looking for a winter concoction without the alcohol? Then, this brew is for you! The blend produces a reddish cup with a sweet fragrant aroma and taste. The tannic taste is reminiscent of red wine and it is perfectly complemented by the light spice taste and the earthy undertones.

Ingredients: black teas, orange peel, beet root, spiced mulled wine flavoring and malva blossoms.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea by New Mexico Tea Company

I steeped 1 tsp of this tea for 5 minutes in one cup of 212 degree water.

First of all, this tea isn’t kidding when it says “hot.” (Currently I’m able to smell the cinnamon flavor through the bag even though I double-bagged it, which means it has about the same strength as lapsang souchong). You can clearly see, when measuring it out, that there’s tons of cinnamon in the tea leaves. The ingredients list says it has natural and artificial flavorings too in addition to the three types of cinnamon–I didn’t know three types of cinnamon existed, did you? But apparently they do.

I don’t expect the black tea flavor to come through much at all at this point (it’s probably mainly there for caffeination purposes.)

It smells very spicy and strong as it steeps, too. After steeping I note that it has a very dark brown, fittingly cinnamon-ish color. It’s nearly opaque and has bits of dissolved cinnamon in it. Kind of like spiced cider. It also has a faintly sweet cider-ish smell, but of coursewithout the apple factor. (It does have clove and orange peel though, so that’s probably why it’s reminding me of cider.)

First sip: yes, it’s quite sweet and quite spicy. And no, I don’t really taste the black tea at all. There is a slight bit of astringency, but I’m not sure if it’s from the black tea or from the cinnamon. There’s a depth to the cinnamon flavor, which is probably caused by the blending of several types of cinnamon and cinnamon flavorings to create a more complex cinnamon blend rather than one that hits you all in a wave. It’s very effective, too. It’s like a tour of cinnamon.

With milk (no sugar needed as it’s already sweet): it’s creamier, of course, but the milk doesn’t really bring out the tea flavor the way it usually does with spicy teas (though maybe there’s a hint). The excellently warming, invigorating cinnamon flavor isn’t quelled by the milk either, though perhaps a bit tamed.

Overall I like this tea very much both with milk and without. I’d recommend trying it both ways to see which strikes your fancy the most.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  New Mexico Tea Company
Description

.This blend brews very sweet even though no sugar is added. A cinnamon lover’s dream come true. A combination of hearty Chinese and Indian black tea and invigorating cinnamon.
Many cinnamon teas have a watery aftertaste due to the use of low grade teas. The black tea here has the stamina to last through the whole tasting process

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Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail

When you can’t drink wine at work why not drink Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail?  I have various tea stashes all over the place – at home, at work, in my car, – in my purse!   I’m not sure where to keep this one!  Either at home or at work – most likely!  This specific tea is pretty amazing but for several additional reasons for it just being a tea!  It’s a wine inspired tea!

Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail infuses to a beaming burgundy color that is really quite impressive!  Special nod to the Beet Root ingredient that makes the color possible!  The orange peel contributes to the fruity-citrus-tart flavor combo and it’s wonderful!  I’m LOVING that this is a black tea base with a color like this WITHOUT the use of hibiscus!  Oddly, the flavor is VERY MUCH wine-like!  And with very few ingredients!

The aroma and the taste of this Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail are great!  I LOVE everything about this tea and cannot express that enough!  I’ve already had a hot cup of Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail as well as a cold cup of Spiced Mulled Wine Tea from Simpson & Vail!  Delightful!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

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Looking for a winter concoction without the alcohol? Then, this brew is for you! The blend produces a reddish cup with a sweet fragrant aroma and taste. The tannic taste is reminiscent of red wine and it is perfectly complemented by the light spice taste and the earthy undertones.

Ingredients: black teas, orange peel, beet root, spiced mulled wine flavoring and malva blossoms.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orange Detox Tea from Teavery

Orange Detox Tea from Teavery is another herbal/tisane detox tea that we were sent for review consideration here at Sororitea Sisters.  I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised at some of the newer herbals coming along the pike!

I was impressed with the diverse ingredients in this tisane.  Orange Detox Tea from Teavery has Alfalfa, Dandelion, Orange Peel, Plantain, Red Clover, Peppermint, Nettles, Rooibos, and Orange flavor.

When it comes to the ingredients I have some notes, findings, and opinions I would like to share.  Most of these herbs I would consider to be superfoods or super herbs!  I have had some really great experiences with them individually-speaking.  Of course I am not a doctor, am not offering advice, and am not making any medical claims, here, just sharing my own experiences along the way!

Alfalfa sprouts I enjoyed as a child.  Believe it or not it was one of my 3 favorite foods growing up.  I know – I know…I was a weird kid!  Between that and Red Clover I have sprouted both with success over the years and have enjoy them in various ways!  I used to have allergies to Dandelions when I was a teen but have since grown out of that – thankfully.  I really enjoy the herbal, sprouty, citrusy, and floral notes in this tisane!  When it comes to the Plantains I have to say it offers a sweet and slightly creamy texture to the sip.  It’s funny because I HATE Bananas but I seem to like Plantains!  The Rooibos also contributes to the hint of sweetness – I’m sure!  The Orange flavor and peel really kick this one out of the park in terms of flavor.  And Nettles are said to be one of the best things you can consume but I have a hard time incorporating them in my daily life so this herbal tisane was perfect in that regard!  And I think you already know my stances and LOVE of peppermint!

I think the reason I am enjoying this cuppa is not only for the taste but for all of the ‘good stuff’ in it that seemed to mesh well with everything else in the cup!  Orange Detox Tea from Teavery is another herbal and Rooibos blend I will be putting in my  GOOD PILE.


Here’s the scoop:

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Tisane/Rooibos

Where to Buy: Teavery

Logo-thickDescription:

An Herbal Blend, Beneficial For The Mind And Soul. Enjoy A High Noted Orange Tea With Undertones Of Mint, Plantain, Nettles, Clove, Alfalfa And Dandelion.

Organic Alfalfa, Organic Dandelion, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Plaintain, Organic Red Clover, Organic Peppermint, Organic Nettles, Organic Rooibos, Natural Orange Flavor

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Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix

Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix

TeaEqualsBliss’s Review:

First I have to say that this tea company cracks me up but then again I tend to have a twisted sense of humor!  Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix is the first of what I hope is MANY of their teas I will sip on!

As an individual my language can be quite colorful so I appreciate the badassery behind the product descriptions, however, since this site wants to remain PG-13 some of what we put here on the site may be altered a tad.

Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix makes me laugh, smile, and enjoy this tea and various memories that go along with it!  I immediately ‘got the reference’ to the 2001 Movie that was so bad it was funny!

Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix ingredients include: Assam Black Tea, Rooibos, Cacao Nibs, Orange Peel, and Rosehips.  I want to take this time to point out what is so special about some of these ingredients.  The Cacao Nibs are among the most strong tasting I have had in any tea!  Impressive!  The Orange Peels are OUTSTANDING as well…they plump up to large chunks of citrusy goodness once infused!  The Rosehips are a nice addition but sit in the background and I’m totally ok with that.  The Rooibos gives the overall taste an added sweetness that works out well.  The Assam is damn good, too!

Yes…the aroma of Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix is what smacks you in the face right away but the taste follows suit!  If you grew up on dark chocolate and/or Orange Chocolate, specifically you MUST try this tea!

As for the second infusion – it’s still good!  It’s not as powerful but you can get a very decent second infusion out of this Pootea Tang Tea from Modest Mix.  Two thumbs up from me on this one!


 

What to learn more about this tea?

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Rooibos Blend

Where to Buy: Modest Mix

Tea Description:

You **cking love chocolate don’t you?  How about some added orange for that tangy zest that your badass body craves?  You’re welcome.

Learn even more about this tea here.