Greek Mountain Tea from Klio Organic. . . . .

My family carries on the old school art of drying flowers to “preserve” the heartwarming memory from when they were given, and this bag of Greek Mountain Tea from Klio Organic is a full on bouquet of petite yellow love from Mount Olympus!

The thick flowering stems smell of basil, and crushed mint, but feel fuzzy like sage leaves versus the roughness of traditional camellia Sinensis tea leaves. Quite a bit smaller as well, with dozens of tiny pale flowers, light green buds and silver glistening leaves.

I brewed at 175 F and immediately the scent morphs towards the hints of sage I got earlier. There are a lot of essential oils on top, and a good amount of natural sweetness in this veridian brew that would probably be fine for most folks, especially given the light citrus aftertaste. My sweet tooth, however, preferred to add a few drops of plain stevia.

Being naturally caffeine free, this is a mind clearing tea, as it’s unique flavors make you step away from the daily grind and focus on the surprise in your mug.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Klio Organic

This variety, Sideritis Scardica, comes from the legendary Mount Olympus, in the Balkans, situated between Thessaly and Macedonia. It has been tested for antioxidants by Brunswick Labs, ( the leader in bio-analtyical testing. It has a mild and very pleasant taste and aroma.

One ten ounce serving of our certified organic Mount Olympus Greek Mountain Tea has an ORAC 5.0 antioxidant score of 6,600 and 160mg of polyphenols.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Sage Wellness from Plum Deluxe

I love brewing up tea with fresh herbs from the garden or from the kitchen.  With all the turkey and holiday meals in the wintertime, I feel like sage is an especially appropriate herb to be brewing this time of year, so I ordered a bag of Sage Wellness tea from Plum Deluxe.


This is a tea with a green rooibos base, which provides the perfect, gentle background for the other herbs and flavors.  In the dry leaf, there are plenty of fuzzy, grey-green leaves from the sage, a pleasure to touch and smell.  Rose petals and lemon peel add to the dreamy fragrance.


Beyond the rooibos and sage, this blend also features fruit pieces like strawberry and rosehips, and fruit flavoring from strawberries and peaches.  The sage feels like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, but the strawberry feels like a summer harvest.  With the two fragrant, flavorful factors of sage and strawberry, the whole blend is reminiscent of a fresh, blooming herb garden.


Not too sweet and not too savory, the fruit and herbs come together to make an atypical take on familiar flavors.  With a blend so beautiful to look at and so tasty to brew, I like to pretend that I was wandering in a fantasy garden, plucking bits of sage and picking perfect strawberries to add to my perfect cup of tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe

Nourish body + soul with the wisdom and healing of fresh herbs and fruits!  Our sage + green rooibos herbal tea artfully blends lemon and orange with a pinch of strawberry and peach to make a delightfully refreshing, flavorful tonic wonderful for when you have those emotional blues or just want a cup of something calm and restorative.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Apple Sage from Simpson and Vail- A Holiday Experience

Fall flavors are usually dominated by pumpkin and cloves and cinnamon and spice, but Apple Sage from Simpson & Vail focuses on the less obvious sensations of the season. With fresh apple and savory sage, this blend should definitely be in everyone’s fall rotation. Apple pieces in the dry leaf immediately give off a fragrance that transports me to my hometown orchard: juicy, sweet-tart fruit, maybe paired with a cinnamon honey-stick from their local honeybee hive.  The apple pieces are numerous, and provide a true, luscious, apple flavor.

What really makes this blend unique is the sage.  I can’t say I’ve tried a tea with sage before, even if I have used the herb in other places in the kitchen.  Sage is a smell I associate with Thanksgiving dinner, an herb that goes well with turkey and stuffing or with chicken pot pie.  When brewed hot, this tea is both sweet and savory, almost like taking bite of everything off your holiday dinner plate.

In a way, it’s like the Willy Wonka 3-Course-Meal chewing gum! (Only without the disastrous blueberry-transformation consequences).

Sage evokes the taste of main course dishes like poultry or roasted potatoes, while the blackberry leaf adds a bit of tart berry like cranberry sauce, and finally the blend is topped off with sweet fruit flavors akin to apple pie.  The black tea base is strong enough to hold its own with all these flavors and give the blend a hearty undertone to pull it all together.

I get so distracted by all the pumpkin spice and cinnamon eggnog flavors of the holidays, that I forget there’s more to the fall-winter palette.  Apple Sage was an unexpected blast of Thanksgiving, apple pie, and all things fall.  Definitely worth a taste at this time of year.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: black tea
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail


The taste of sweet apple and fragrant sage blend together wonderfully. The amber colored cup offers a depth of flavor that is warming and refreshing at the same time. This tea complements foods such as hard cheese, salads, sandwiches, fruits and more.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea

LemonJasmineTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  WayGood Tea

Tea Description:

A delicate herbal infusion kissed with fragrant rose petals & jasmine flowers.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Dry, this Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea smells more like sage and rosemary than it does lemon or jasmine (or any other ingredient in this herbal tisane).  But I don’t mind – I like sage and rosemary!

To brew this, I placed one sachet in my teacup and poured 8 ounces of near boiling (195°F) water over the sachet.  Then I allowed it to steep for 6 minutes.  The brewed tisane is a golden hue and smells pleasantly of sage and rosemary with hints of flower and subtle notes of lemon.  Similar to the dry tea – the fragrance is primarily rosemary and sage but more of the fruit and floral notes are coming through now.

The flavor is interesting.  I can’t say that I’ve ever tasted a tea or tisane quite like this.  That’s not to say I’m not enjoying it.  To be honest, I think I need another minute or two of writing about it before I figure out if I really do like it!

I taste sage and rosemary – not surprisingly based upon my experience with the aroma – but I also taste rose.  I appreciate that even though the sage and rosemary are dominate fragrances in this tea, their flavors do not overwhelm the cup.

I’m kind of surprised that the name of this tea is “Lemon Jasmine Cleanse” but of the ingredients in this blend – jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, alfalfa, sage, rosemary & lemon peel – the lemon and jasmine are not very prominent flavors in the cup.  The only thing I taste less than the lemon and jasmine here is the alfalfa.

I really can’t recall ever having tasted brewed alfalfa – I very well may have in another tea in my years as a tea reviewer, I just can’t recall having tasted it.  So, I wouldn’t know what to look for in the flavor here as an identifying note for the alfalfa.

As I continue to sip, I notice more jasmine and lemon notes, but they never really offer a strong presence in this drink.  Despite this, I’m finding this to be an enjoyable tisane.  It’s certainly different, but in many cases, different is good!  And it certainly has proven that to be the case with this.  I’d be happy to sip on this again!

Blackberry Sage Black Tea Blend from Simple Loose Leaf


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Our robust South Indian black tea meets the intoxicating flavor of summer blackberries in this rich and decadent tea. A touch of white sage completes the blend, balancing the plump, juicy flavors of berries with its mystical, earthen essence. With each sip of this deliciously ethereal tea, find yourself closer and closer to true awakening.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s customized subscription program here.

Taster’s Review:

Recently, I was offered a chance to try out Simple Loose Leaf’s subscription program, and this is Blackberry Sage Black Tea Blend is the first tea that I received as part of my fully customized subscription.

So before I talk about the tea, I want to talk a little bit about how the subscription works.  You start by checking out the vast selection of teas that Simple Loose Leaf offers (and it’s quite an impressive selection!)  Find a few teas that interest you.  This shouldn’t be hard, because like I said, the selection is impressive!  Put the teas that you want in your cart (Simple Loose Leaf recommends a starting point of 3 – 6 teas), and pay once – including one shipping charge (I was charged $7.50 for six teas to be shipped over the course of the next six months.)   In the comment field at check out, you can list the teas in the order you’d like to receive them.

That’s it!  Once a month, you’ll receive a package from Simple Loose Leaf containing the tea you selected for that month.  (You can also request to have two teas shipped per month rather than just the one.)  It is definitely a simple process, and I like the idea of getting a new tea every month like this.

If I were to offer a criticism of the program from what I’ve experienced thus far, it would be this:  I would like for Simple Loose Leaf to offer its teas in 1 ounce portions as well as the 2 and 4 ounce portions that it offers.  Especially with so many unique flavors, a smaller size would allow customers the opportunity to try it before they commit to a larger amount.  In addition, I think it would be a nifty idea if they chose to include a small (one serving size) sample so that customers could try something new and possibly add on to their wish list.

Now, on to the tea for this month:  Blackberry Sage Black Tea!

The dry leaf is beautiful with lots of dried blackberries tossed in with black tea leaves and torn pieces of white sage leaves.  The aroma is enticing with its strong fruity presence and notes of earthy sage.

The flavor is really enjoyable.  The blackberry is sweet, and the sweetness of the fruit is cut by the savory elements of the sage, making this a sweet yet savory cup.  Really delightful!  The black tea is rich and tasty.  No bitterness, but I don’t think it’d be a good idea to over-steep this tea … because I think it could become bitter if it’s oversteeped.  (I steeped this at 205°F for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch.)  The tea is moderately astringent.

I’ve tried this tea both iced and hot, and I personally prefer it hot (which makes me really glad that it’s autumn!  Hot tea tastes so much better when it’s chilly outside!)  The flavors of sage and blackberry really pop when the tea is served hot, and as it cools, these flavors become somewhat muted and less distinct.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this first month’s selection for my six month subscription with Simple Loose Leaf!  Next month:  Earl Grey Assam!  I can’t wait!