Aronia Plum Berry from Saint Fiacre’s Farm

I had not heard of Aronia Berries prior to this lovely tea blend from Saint Fiacre’s Farm.  Apparently the berries are so sour when they are fresh off the bush they make your mouth pucker, hence their familiar, less glamorous name, chokeberry.  These berries are a new fruit flavor I haven’t encountered in herbal tea before. They are a bit sour, but not quite the same flavor as cranberry or hibiscus.  They have a little bit of darker elderberry or raspberry flavor among the tart pop, maybe that is where the “plum” comes in.

What really makes this blend so fantastic is the balance of fruit and spice.  The tart berries and juicy hibiscus are counteracted by the sweet licorice root and earthy fennel seed.  Coconut and vanilla round out the blend with some comforting bakery-like tastes.

Rich and relaxing, this is a great blend for when you want that wintry mulled wine or cider experience. Always a pleasure to find new, robust flavors in my herbal tea collection.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy:  Saint Fiacre’s Farm
Description:

This tea features Oregon grown aronia berries, plums and cornflowers. A spin off the traditional sugar plum which is a candy that has a hard outer coating of sugar… think along the lines of the Jordan almond or an M&M type candy. A sweeter, desert like tea which comes from the licorice root and organic extracts.

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Cinnamon Plum Berry Organic Botanical Blend from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Storehouse Tea is a company completely new to me. I had never even heard of this company until a box of Sororitea Sisters samples arrived at my door including this tea, Cinnamon Plum Berry.

Full disclosure: Even though I am excited to try a new tea company, I am a little apprehensive about this tea. Between the deep reddish-pink it brewed up that screams hibiscus and the licorice root, I was worried this would definitely not be to my tastes.

Using the sample I was given, I decided to make it both iced and hot to compare the two.

I started with the hot cup because this is how Storehouse Tea recommends brewing this up. Unfortunately, this tea hot is sort of what I expected. The main flavor is the hibiscus, tart and one-note. The cinnamon is floating around too combining with the licorice root to contribute a outputting sweet note. The licorice root also lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste, cloying.

Iced this is a little bit different than the hot cup, though neither better nor worse. Just different. Less tart and the hibiscus could hint a little more towards berry than it does in the hot cup, though I would say that is still a stretch. The cinnamon is missing all together in the iced tea, except in smell. On the plus side, there is not as much licorice root either.

If I had to decide, I would say that I found this easier to drink when iced. Neither really delivery the plum or berry as promised by the name so that is disappointing. Ultimately, I went into this tea with some expectations based on the ingredients and perhaps I was biased but having tried it, I would say this tea is certainly not for me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

Currants, succulent hibiscus, hints of plum, cinnamon and naturally sweet licorice root create a warm, full bodied and soothing Organic, caffeine free tea. Perfect served hot or brewed as mulled tea.

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Love, love, love from Harlow Tea Co.

The last few days have been felt like an overload of sweet, milky teas– to the point that even my beloved English Breakfast with cream and honey was starting to feel too sickly sweet for me. (#teareviewerprobs– admittedly, best. problem. ever.) And so, I knew my body was telling me it was time for a little tea/tummy reset.

I knew exactly what I was looking for, digging around in my sample stash– this blend from Harlow Tea Co has been calling my name for days. A honeybush blend with plum and vegetal, herbal notes, I knew it would hit the spot without feeling like dessert overload. Right off the bat, the leaves smell beautiful– fruity and herbal, balancing the flavor-makers like plum with some more medicinal herbs like lady’s mantle, all juxtaposed against the smooth honeybush.

Brewed, it hits all those same notes for me. Fruity, but not too sweet; just herbal enough to feel like I’m doing something good for my body to boot! The one flavor that seems predominant to me is that of plums– prunes, to be exact. It makes sense, as there are large dried plum chunks in the dry leaf, and I adore prunes as a snack.

That said, if these GI-enablers aren’t your favorite flavor, I’d say this tea might not be for you. For me, though, it’s a home run. My stomach is happy, my tea drinking habits are feeling balanced again, and I’ll definitely be rebrewing my sample as many more times as I can get away with (and knowing Harlow, it’s bound to be at least a few). To balance!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Harlow Tea Co.
Description
Love, Love, Love Loose Leaf Tea

This caffeine free tea is a great tea for any tea drinker, someone brand new to tea or have tried it all.

Honeybush tea is vey mild, but gives great flavor without caffeine. Floral hints from rose hips, hibiscus flower, and lady’s mantle is balanced with the fruity aroma of dried plums.

Does not contain caffeine

Lady’s mantle is considered in many cultures to be used as a woman’s healing herb.

Ingredients: honeybush tea, dried plums, lady’s mantle, rose hips, and hibiscus flower.

 

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