Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea from Fraser Tea. . . .

Fraser Tea was one of my favorite “new to me” tea companies from 2017.  I instantly fell in love with their teas and loved the selection they have to pick from.  A few orders later, I’m still enjoying their teas almost on a daily basis.

Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea is a unique blend of green tea, spearmint, turmeric, and other organic ingredients.  I can’t say I’ve seen another offering like this one for a green flavored mint lemonade tea.  So this pretty much was a “I have to have this now” sort of tea.

Brewed up with water around 190F and allowed to steep for 4 minutes, this tea definitely strives to be a mint green tea with a lemon and herbal twist.  Smooth, refreshing, and completely addictive.    The green tea, lemon, and mint flavors come across in this wonderful melody.  As much as I enjoyed the tea, with the long list of ingredients this tea blend contains, I had this feeling that cold brewing this bad boy would be the way to go.

Cold brewed over night, this tea is sensational! Fresh pops of lemon really come across with this minty green tea base.  You get this almost herbaceous and spicy hint here and there that really elevated this tea.  Sunshine in a glass for sure!

If you haven’t taken a look at all that Fraser Tea has to offer, take a moment and check them out.  So far I have been super impressed with the teas I’ve picked up.  I have to drink down my tea stash a bit but as soon as I do, Fraser Tea will be getting another order from me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  Fraser Tea
Description

Enjoy a glass of invigorating Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea for a pleasing summer refresher any time of year.  Green tea unites with spearmint, peppermint, turmeric, and lemongrass to create a citrus explosion. Relax with a glass of iced Mint Lemonade Organic Green Tea for its health benefits and refreshing flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sun & Cloud Mist from 52Teas. . . .

I’ve had about three travel containers of this iced by the time I got around to writing this. One arts festival, one movie, and one lunch. And I’ve enjoyed all three!

This tea, though not currently available, is one to keep an eye out for, since it appears to come and go from 52Teas’ site occasionally. It’s a green tea that tastes like sugary lemon.

You know how you go to arts festivals or carnivals and get thirsty? So you pay $6 for a big plastic cup of handmade lemonade? They grind up the lemons in front of you then unapologetically throw huge spoonfuls of sugar in there before handing it to you? And you’re like “HERE COMES THE DIABETES AND I DON’T EVEN CARE”?

This tastes just like that! Minus the health consequences.

In fact, this might even be a little bit GOOD for you, since it contains green tea. I could go on at length about the alleged benefits of green tea, but you’ve probably already seen Dr Oz (or perhaps even reputable medical professionals) talk about it.

Green tea is ESPECIALLY healthy when juxtaposed against soda, the vice I am continually trying to quit. (Fun activity suggestion: go back through my posts and try to figure out the percentage of them that I mention soda.)

So thanks, 52Teas, for giving me this sample! It’s saved my teeth and innards from at least three bouts with the fizzy stuff. And I have enough left in the bag for a few more rounds! Time to take this tea on more travels!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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China Bancha Organic from Herbie Organic

Today was a day that just called and yearned for a solid green tea. My stress levels seem to increasingly get higher and higher each day with the new added responsbilities of my new position.  Only a brilliant green tea could calm this ragged soul.

So I grabbed the China Banch Organic sample that Herbie Organic graciously sent and I am so glad I did. This tea calmed the waters this afternoon for sure.

Sourced from China, this green tea is described as having a light and gentle flavor with a mild character.  I would absolutely agree on the light and gentle but the mild character maybe not so much.

Brewed to the parameters found on the package (80C and allowed to steep for 2 min), this tea had a very gentle aroma right off the bat. My first sip in and I just sighed.

Towards the beginning of the sip, you are greeted with these tame vegetal notes that quickly turn into a much sweeter finish that again turn towards a vegetal finish.  The subtle combination of the vegetal and sweet tones really captured my heart.  Not to sweet but also not to veggie like. The perfect in between profile for sure, giving you the best of both worlds.

Each sip is crisp and refreshing.  I couldn’t get enough and found myself going back for cup after cup.  As calm as the flavor was, they were just incredibly on point that I have to say the mild character description just doesn’t fit this tea.  Yes the flavor is calm, but there is such a brilliance to this tea that really commands attention. I personally couldn’t get enough.

Highly recommend this as a smooth sipping green tea for any green tea lovers out there.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Herbie Organic
Description

Green tea produced by combining the best Chinese and Japanese tea making traditions. Pressed and long leaves give this green tea light and gentle taste and a mild character.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

White Jasmine from The Cozy Leaf. . . .

I received this as a sample simply labeled “White Jasmine.” I assumed it was a white tea scented with jasmine, but I looked it up on the company website. Good thing, too, because it is actually a blend of jasmine green tea, white tea, heather flowers, and rose petals – all organic, so that’s nice!

While it carries a little of the scent of the flowers, it really does not taste anything like jasmine tea to me, white or green! Mostly I just taste green tea. It isn’t a bad tea and it’s great that it is a fully organic option, but definitely could use a new name in my opinion

The company blends their teas with a goal of bringing healing to the drinker, so I think it would be worth a try to sample some more of their blends and see what strikes my fancy.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  The Cozy Leaf
Description

Serene warmth with smooth and floral notes

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Strawberry Rush from The Love Tea Company. . . .

So a little while back a couple of us sisters received a gift from the wonderful CuppaGeek. Super Starling said she received hers for her general awesomeness so if I got one too, does that mean I am awesome as she is? That’s quite the accomplishment I think because she is one awesome lady. So that means that this gift was not only a great present that made sure to tell me I was loved, but also an ego boost. Plus, as part of the Tea It Forward program, this also helped support a good cause since $1 from each box sold goes to The Flagg Foundation for Mental Wellness.

Today’s tea pick of the three options in the box is Strawberry Rush, a fruity green tea which I found quite surprising. The first surprise was the steeping temperature. 3 minutes at 195F seemed quite high for a green base to me. Nonetheless, I followed these recommended steeping parameters only to be surprised again when I removed the filter basket and found a deep fuchsia colored tea as opposed to the usual light yellow shade of a green tea. My guess is the hibiscus is the cause of this color so I was interested to see if that meant it would take over the flavor as well.

Well, hibiscus is definitely in the mug but far more tame than what I expected. There is a distant memory of strawberry here but if I am being honest, the base is extremely bitter and I am finding that to be incredibly distracting. My hope is that the high temperature water burnt the leaf since I don’t imagine this is its intended taste.

In order to give this a fair try, I actually dumped my first brew and steeped this up the way I would normally steep a green tea, using 75C water and steeping for a quick two minutes. The new mug is far less bitter which means I can actually enjoy this one. The hibiscus is imparting the same level of tartness as before but without all the burnt to cloud the mug, the memory of strawberry here is not so distant. However, even though I can taste a slightly underripe strawberry flavor, it is also muddled among the various other flavor components. In fact, the citrus of the orange is one of the more prominent flavors and to me it feels out of place. The papaya mellows things out but there is a divide between the sweet and sour and it creates a confused tea. If I didn’t know this was called Strawberry Rush, I would suspect this was a fruit punch tea more than anything else as at the end of the day this tastes like fruit. Not one specific fruit. Just fruit.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  The Love Tea Company
Description

It’s hard to keep this one in stock, teens and tweens love it, and it’s so much better than soda.   It’s a Brilliant Blend of herbal and fruit that evokes strawberry fields.  It is an organic green tea that is a simple pleasure with complex ingredients – green tea, with papaya, apple, orange and strawberry pieces, rosehip, calendula petals and natural strawberry flavors.  This blend is great hot or cold, but our preference is cold.   Blend several pots, keep it refrigerated and serve over ice with a fresh strawberry on the side.   The kids can take part in the mission on this one.  Make sure they #sharethelove with their friends.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!