#FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends

#FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends is today’s tag and The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends is today’s tea!  That’s right it’s another #FanaticFriday Tea here at Sororitea Sisters!  This one is for the fans of The Walking Dead!

Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres on October 23rd so we still have over a month to go before we get our fix.  In the meantime I thought I would tide you over with this tea blended by Chris Diaz.

When I initially bought this tea it was called Daryl Dixon but has since been re-named The Archer.  Either way I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings of this blend.  #FanaticFriday: The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends has ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ in there!  Okay – maybe not – but it has a LOT of ingredients!  There is a LOT going on here but it all seems to work!

I’m enjoying the flavored Yerba Mate base here but it has a bit more Hibiscus than I would like in one sitting.  But that doesn’t rip me away from this tea!  I also like that he used Green Tea in this one as well.  I think that the Ginseng counteracts the hibiscus a tad but maybe the addition of more ginseng and by using a bit less of the hibiscus this would have been (even more) my speed.  There is a LOT of citrus here and I like that but it almost encourages the hibiscus to shine more – almost like a pier pressure type situation.

Having said that…I do like The Archer Tea (Formerly Daryl Dixon Tea) from Adagio Signature Fandom Blends.  I prefer it iced.  I think this is a wonderful tribute to the character and the series and can’t wait for Season 7 of The Walking Dead!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea/Yerba Mate
Where to Buy: Adagio

adagio_logo_slimDescription:

The long lasting energy of Mate meets the more well known energy levels of Green Ginseng Tea and Orange. Blood Orange and Green Tea with Ginseng are for a more immediate kick of energy, whilst Yerba Mate keeps your energy level elevated. All the power of coffee or energy drinks minus the shakes or sweats that follow.

ingredients & lore

blended with green tea, yerba mate tea, orange peels, rose hips, hibiscus, natural ginseng flavor, natural orange flavor, ginger root, natural lemon flavor, marigold flowers

teas: citrus mate, ginseng green, blood orange

accented with orange peels, hibiscus and lemon verbena Inspired by Daryl Dixon from AMC’s The Walking Dead. I do not own nor do I claim to have ownership of such. steep at 190° for 3 mins

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Divine Temple from Georgia Tea Company

Divine Temple from Georgia Tea Company
Divine Temple from Georgia Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: White

Where to Buy: Georgia Tea Company

Tea Description:

This name of this tea is perfect, for it is divine to drink. Before you take your first sip, inhale the aroma which comes from your cup. You sense a combination of fruits, many fruits. Now take your first sip; there is a sweetness to the palate. But you also sense a substantive base which complements the sweetness. This comes from the multi-blend of white and green teas. No wonder this is our bestselling tea. It is perfect for an afternoon break. And you get all the health benefits which come from the high amount of antioxidants in the green and white teas. What more could you ask!

Steeping time: 175°F / 2-3 min / 2.5 teaspoons per 10oz

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Sencha, -Lung Ching, -Gunpowder, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, candied mango bits (mango, sugar), candied pineapple bits (pineapple, sugar), candied papaya bits (papaya, sugar), flavoring, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits, apricot bits

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Divine Temple from Georgia Tea Company tastes like a fine wine. This tea is scrumptious and truly divine. I love the mixture of white tea and sencha which I can detect from all the other various teas within this really cool blend. Oh and yes as the description states, you want to drink this in before taking your first sip. The aroma is just to die for. This is the kind of blend that I could see myself being buried with, surrounding me, tucking me into my hand built casket. Sorry the review was turning a little dark there, but in all seriousness, whoever created this blend really hit the nail on the head here. They must surely be very proud of themselves, then again, this is a really hard tea to top.

So what is this tea anyway? Well as you can see, the ingredients list a whole array of yummy goodness, white teas, green teas, fruits of all types from berries to citrus. I can really taste the tropical fruits but the berry notes also jump up and dance for me now and then, especially the cherry. One may think that this tea is just too confused, the flavors won’t stand out, it will be a muddled mess. Nope, its damn tasty, that is what it is and there is some sort of backdrop here, that just screams white wine. This is surely a tea to be chilled and guzzled in the summer and this tea blend will absolutely be gracing my shelf in the kitchen that hosts my summer stash, but right now I am quite enjoying this tea warm, and when warm, the liquor of this tea, which does have a liquor note in it, is almost reminiscent of a warmed brandy.

 You know, Georgia Tea Company is quickly becoming one of my favorite tea vendors, they ship quickly, they have good email follow up to let you know when your order is received, and shipped, and they offer some really intensely good tea blends. Their prices are more than fair, and their shipping is not bad at all at just 4.50 per order or free shipping for orders over 50.00 USD.
I have a healthy stash of their teas already to begin with but I can’t wait to try them all. I have yet to be let down from even one of their blends.

Lemon Pepper Melange from Della Terra Teas

Lemon Pepper Melange from Della Terra Teas
Lemon Pepper Melange from Della Terra Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:

This black tea has the wonderful, crisp taste of lemon with the spiciness of pepper! Our Lemon Pepper Mélange has a taste that will let you know that spring is on its way!

Ingredients: Black tea, lemon bits and flavor, red peppercorns, ginger pieces, orange peels, bits of apple, lemongrass and cinnamon

For more allergy info visit our FAQ

Suggested brewing tips:

Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving

Water Temp: 210°F

Steep Time: 2- 3 minutes

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I won an ounce of Lemon Pepper Melange from Della Terra Teas on their Facebook page. If you do not follow Della Terra on Facebook I suggest that you do. They often run drawings for tea, and always post their most current sale there. Anyway, I was the lucky winner of this tea and I love it, not because it was free, but I really love it. So what is wrong with this picture? Well the fact is, it has lemongrass in it! Some of you may know how much I despise lemongrass. This is not a tea I would have ever paid for in a million years, so it is a good thing I won it because I would have been short changing myself from a stellar tea!

This tea is so perfect. The lemon is the obvious leading role in this blend but the pepper and spices give it a nice kick. Some of the spices in this tea remind me of a chai blend, while others a fruit tea blend. This would be delicious on the holidays, but I am thinking it will be an amazing tea to drink iced this summer too. This is so fresh, lemony without being sweetened, which is nice because the fruits give off the perfect amount of sweetness naturally. There are very nice spicy notes here too, and the pepper kick is the right amount. It tastes very fresh and is refreshing as well. A great morning or anytime tea.

You know, really the lemongrass does not bother me at all in this blend. I really do not notice it is there and trust me I have tried to find it! In a way, and this may sound bizarre, but I believe it is the lemongrass giving tea blend an almost bubble gum like flavor at the very end of the sip. Not that I have ever thought lemongrass, on its own, taste anything like bubble gum. But with all of the fruits, the spices, the black tea, somehow at the end of the sip I get this bubble gum type note that I really feel comes from the lemongrass. Maybe I just convinced myself of that. Anyway, for someone who has literally sworn off ALL lemongrass teas, Della Terra has opened my mind, my eyes, and my taste buds. I tell you what though, if anyone could do this it would be Della Terra as they have some of the most stellar tea blends.

Now I do not feel I will be trying every lemongrass blend I come across or anything, but Della Terra does have a few others I have skipped over that I think I will give a try now. Maybe in one of their Try Me packs.

Coconut Chai Tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Coconut Chai Tea from Zhena's Gypsy Tea
Coconut Chai Tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Description:

A robust and full flavored black tea accented with exotic imperial spices. The bold concentrated character of this lush black tea lends itself well to the full notes of cardamom, ginger and clove. The sweet hint of tropical coconut fragrantly fills the cup, offering an inviting taste of paradise to savor from any spot on the map. Delicious with a splash of milk. A bright and flavorful steep. Sunglasses not included.

Fair Trade Certified Indian Black Tea*, Cinnamon*, Ginger*, Cardamom Pods*, Whole Cloves*, Orange Peels*, Nutmeg*, Black Pepper*, Natural Coconut Flavor, Natural Cinnamon Flavor.
* Certified Organic

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really have to be in the mood for a chai. Coconut Chai Tea from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea was really calling to me today. Sent to me from a Steepster.com friend, and I am happy for it, I am sipping a yummy chai with a nice hint at coconut, and a slight taste of vanilla. No vanilla is listed in the ingredients but I taste it nonetheless. Must be how the coconut gives the tea a light milky and nutty flavor combined with the typical spices in chai. Regardless, I am really enjoying this chai from Zhena’s.

Somehow I have managed to drink loose leaf for over a year now and had yet to have tried Zhena’s Teas. This is an excellent first introduction to this company.

I will say if you are expecting a really coconutty tea, this isn’t it. Honestly I would not mind a bit more coconut flavor myself, but I am satisfied with it being lightly flavored.

I had the first half of my cup straight, then added a little vanilla almond milk to the rest. It was excellent both ways but I think I prefer it straight which is interesting because most of my experience with chai has always been the tea mixed with milk of some kind.

I look forward to trying more of the teas offered by Zhena’s Gypsy Tea.

Orange Blossom Chamomile from Petali Teas

Orange-BlossomTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Amoda Tea

Tisane Description:

Ingredients:  German chamomile, mint, orange peels and blossoms, malva and lemongrass.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is the third tea that I received in my December Amoda Box (Yeah, I am behind, I
know)  The other two teas that came in December’s Amoda Box were Black Tea Merlot from Vintage TeaWorks, which I did not review after receiving this box because I had reviewed it previously, and Minty Winter Wonderland from Tiesta Tea.

This Orange Blossom Chamomile from Petali Teas is a surprising blend.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of herbal blends, preferring teas with the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, but, I must admit that I do find herbal tisanes to be a nice, caffeine free alternative for evenings.  And this herbal from Petali Teas is really tasty.

When I opened the pouch, I was astonished at how good the dry leaf smelled.  It smelled sweet and orange-y … reminding me a bit of orange slices (you know those jelly candies that are an orange gel that is covered in sugar?  Yeah, those … that’s what this tisane smells like to me) and since I love orange slices, my mouth started watering when I first smelled this … and I started craving orange slices.  Since I didn’t happen to have any in the house, I decided to brew a cup of this to see if it would help curb my craving.

Sadly, it did not curb the desire for candy, but, I will say that it is a tasty cuppa.  Citrus notes are strong, and it’s not just orange that I taste.  I taste hints of lemon and even a touch of lime.  The orange is the strongest note, but, I like how this is almost like a citrus punch kind of flavor, rather than focusing just on the orange.  I also taste a very light floral note to this.

The ingredients list peppermint, and while I don’t taste a distinct minty note that screams PEPPERMINT to me, there is a certain zesty … crisp, cool note to this that I attribute to the peppermint.  That is to say … this doesn’t taste overwhelmingly minty … but there are qualities to this that are minty.  Perhaps the strength of the citrus is such that it overpowers the peppermint … and for this particular tisane, that works for me, because it is … after all, called Orange Blossom Chamomile and not Peppermint Chamomile.  It should be about the citrus.  But I do like the minty characteristics in this blend.

Overall, I found this to be enjoyable … one I’d be happy to enjoy again.