Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House there are so many things that interest me about this tea. I am learning as I sip, actually! First I have always wondered what plum and pear combos would taste like with different tea bases. I think we have only ever reviewed one other Plum & Pear Tea at it was back in 2012 from New Mexico Tea Company and LiberTeas was the reviewer here at Sororitea Sisters. But let’s talk about this Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House this time around!
Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House has similar ingredients with the exception of them NOT mentioning that their Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House contains PAN FRIED green tea. I will say that Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House TASTES wonderful! I agree that THIS tea is gently flavored. The pear and plum flavors are in no way over the top! They are more of an assist. The Green Tea flavor is upfront and the plum, pear, and floral flavors are more subtle.
As the tea cools at room temperature I can taste the plum and pear come out to play more. This leads me to believe that they will stand out even more if and when iced. Yup! I am really liking this one! I’m also interested in any other companies that have a Pear and Plum combo out there that is heavily flavored. Not that I don’t like this one or appreciate it because I DO I am just curious if anything! Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House is a VERY NICELY DONE flavored green! Two thumbs up!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Pekoe Sip House
Description: A gentle blend of green tea with the flavors of fresh pear and soft sweet plum.
Sip the gentle blend of ripe green pears with the soft sweetness of ripe plum in this satisfying tea. With the perfect hints of citrus, sweetness and green tea, the Pekoe Plum and Pear is delicious hot or iced during any time of the year. Add in a splash of lemon or honey for a more complete cup of tea.
We recommend served hot or iced with a hint of honey or lemon.
Ingredients: green tea, safflowers, and marigolds with plum and pear flavor.
BREW TIP for Green Teas:
Water Temperature: 175 Degrees
Brew Time: 2 – 3 minutes
• Nourishing energy that stimulates metabolic function to help lose weight.
• Anti-cancer benefits.
• Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties stimulate bone density.
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Leaf Type: Black Tea and Green Tea Blend
Where to Buy: Mahamosa Tea & Spice
A fruity Chinese-Sri Lankan black and green tea blend with unique hints of spice. You will taste notes of exotic fruits, berries and creamy soft almond. Orange peels and flowers add flavor and decoration. Ingredients: Black tea, green tea, orange peels, flavoring, rose petals, safflowers, marigold petals.
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Today’s tea I geeked out a bit – I have to admit – it’s Jackfruit Delight from Mahamosa. Now let me tell you WHY I geeked out about Jackfruit Delight from Mahamosa. There are several reasons. The first being that it’s Jackfruit. Jackfruit has been popular in certain countries for a while now but here in the US it’s gaining popularity and I try and find Jackfruit and Jackfruit flavored things whenever I can. The 2nd reason I geeked out about Jackfruit Delight from Mahamosa is because it’s a Black and Green Tea Blend. I’ve had a lot of black/green blended teas that have been pretty bad and this one is the complete opposite. This black and green tea blend is super YUMMY!
Jackfruit Delight from Mahamosa smells like Jackfruit, green tea, and black tea. Mission accomplished on aroma! It ‘brews up’ a darker brown once in the cup. The Jackfruit flavor is powerful followed by BOTH the green tea and black tea flavors. My palate picked up about 60/40 green/black ratio. I think this is a good ratio to have. I have tried green/black blends before and all you can taste is a ‘stale’ green tea and very little to NO black tea. This is NOT the case here with Jackfruit Delight from Mahamosa. The green tea is nice and fresh and so is the black tea in this blend. The black tea doesn’t over power the green tea or the flavor of the Jackfruit. I give this tea two thumbs up on aroma, flavor, and blending success!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Luhse Tea
Tommy Gunns and Lulu’s first island trip was unforgettable. After too many cocktails and too little sun screen, ego shattering surf lessons, and a severe lei allergic reaction, the sparks were still flying. Life doesn’t always go as planned. The couple’s advice is to take the road less travelled, laugh in the face of adversity, and drink tea.
A party on the palate, pineapple, mango, and papaya make the perfect threesome.
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I ordered a bunch of samples from Luhse a while back, because I’d long been curious about the company and their tea. Their branding is fairly unique – I like the 20s, prohibition theme, and the use of characters to give their teas a backstory. It’s definitely different! The samples contain enough tea for 2-3 cups, depending on leaf type, and are packaged in square foli-lined pouches with a brown, Kraft paper exterior. They’re not resealable, but as they’re so tiny that’s not really a problem.
Getting Lei’d is a green blend with pineapple flavouring. I love pineapple, so I pretty much had to give this one a try. The tea leaves are a fairly uniform dark green, folded and flat, but fairly small. I’d say Sencha, as an educated guess. There are blue cornflower and red safflower petals scattered throughout, which gives this blend a really pretty appearance, and one or two chunks of freeze-dried pineapple. The scent is beautifully tropical, with strong notes of pineapple. I have high hopes for this one!
As per the recommended parameters, I used 1 tsp of leaf and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-green, and the scent is faintly tropical. Unfortunately, faint is probably the operative word as far as this tea is concerned. The pineapple flavouring is just about discernible, but sadly nowhere near as strong as I’d like. Saying that, I can taste it throughout the sip, and it’s obvious what it is, so they’re both points in its favour. I can also taste the green tea base, which is a touch floral and a touch grassy – it suits the image of the Lei in that respect! There’s no bitterness or astringency here, which are also favourable points. I’m just left feeling that I’d like a lot more punchiness, and I’m a little underwhelmed by this one as a whole. This is a pleasant tea, and while I wouldn’t turn down the occasional cup, it’s not one I’d look to repurchase in quantity.
Leaf Type: Fruit/Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: Chai Diaries
The first thing you’ll notice about this holiday blend is the color: a vibrant amaranth red that grabs you by the lapels and demands your attention. Then the aroma: enticing vanilla, sophisticated orange peel, hints of rose and lemon all tangle for a share of the stage in this bold elixir. Finally, the first divine sip.
Learn more about this tisane here.
I have to disagree with the above description … the first thing I noticed about this Blood Orange Tisane from Chai Diaries is not the color. What I noticed is that this is not a one with an overload of hibiscus! Yes, there is hibiscus in it, but, after steeping for six minutes, the tisane is not heavy, thick or syrupy the way a tisane with too much hibiscus would be.
The fact that the hibiscus is not overdone gets bonus points from this reviewer … because as you are probably aware (if you’ve read very many of my tisane reviews!) I don’t like hibiscus! In small amounts, hibiscus can be beneficial to a tisane. It adds a little bit of body and color to the brewed cup, as well as a distinct flavor – tartness! – not to mention significant health benefits. But too much hibiscus can mean a very tart, syrup-like thickness to the brewed tisane. Not very appealing, at least, not to me!
This tisane, on the other hand, is very appealing because the hibiscus is done the right way … as are the other components to this tisane. It is sweet with enough tartness to keep it interesting. The vanilla in this adds a very enjoyable creamy note to the cup, tasting a bit like a one of those creamsicle frozen treats!
While it is good served hot, I found that I preferred it iced! I recommend brewing it stronger when you want this one iced, because the flavor softens a bit as it cools. And brewing it stronger means adding more dry leaf to the teapot … not steeping it longer. Keep the steep time to 5 – 7 minutes to minimize the hibiscus’s impact on the final product.
This is sweet enough that it doesn’t need any sweetener – and this would be a fantastic alternative to overly sugared sodas for the kids (and adults!) in the summer!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea
This Turkish version of green tea, though delicate, features cured apple pieces and safflowers into a delicious tea blend. Our growers are able to customize the curing of their harvests and add a wide variety of flavors to their stronger blends. For tea lovers, blends such as Turkish Green Apple Tea is full of great tea taste from the first sip to the very last.
Green tea, apple pieces, and safflowers with apple flavor.
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Turkish Green Apple from Red Leaf Tea is a very light flavored tea with apples being only a slight flavor in the overall profile. It tastes more of buttered spinach and has a slight salty taste as well. The apples taste to be semi fermented in a sense, as they taste in a hard apple cider yet in this blend very delicate and only a slight bit tart.
This is a soothing tea that is very delicate in its nature, calming and relaxing. I would not want this in the morning but is a wonderful tea to sip while laying in bed decompressing and reading a favorite novel.
If you want that more robust flavor be sure to wait and allow the tea to cool more before sipping as this tea tends to take on its stronger characteristics as it becomes more room temperature, even the mouthfeel becomes heavier as it cools a bit.
There is a creaminess to the mouthfeel, and even a slight cream flavor. Buttery, creamed, spinach with an apple appeal. Haha, get it?