Blood Orange Herbal from Simple Loose Leaf. . . .

I purchased myself a subscription to Simple Loose Leaf because I simply did not have enough tea in my house. *

* (Full disclosure: this is a filthy, no-holds-barred lie).

My most recent package had an Earl Grey tea, a genmaicha, an oolong, and this herbal tea, which I think is a nice, well-rounded mix. Lots of flavor profiles. Great intro, especially to someone who perhaps doesn’t know tea very well.

The Blood Orange Herbal contains “Rooibos, Orange peel, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple pieces, Safflowers, and Rose petals with Orange, vanilla, and lemon flavor.” Simple Loose Leaf says this is a summery blend, which I totally agree with, so I decided to ice it to accompany my dinner.

I’m glad I did! The sweetness of the rooibos and apple play nicely against the tang of the orange and hibiscus. A velvety sweet lemon balances gallantly atop the tableau, almost an afterthought, a kiss.

This tea is essentially a maypole dance of flavors. It has me looking forward to when the spring/summer finally comes.  This tea gives me hope that sunshine is around the corner!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Blood Orange is a melody of orange and apple with the earthy flavor of rooibos as the backdrop. It will remind you of summer no matter the time of year.

Ingredients: Rooibos, Orange peel, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple pieces, Safflowers, and Rose petals with Orange, vanilla, and lemon flavor

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White Tipped Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf. . .

This tea is like an academic who hikes then comes home to write an academic paper on his worn leather couch. The flavor here is earthy, but sophisticated. There’s that sharp, deep flavor that calls forth dark tweed blazers with patched elbows.

The description on Simple Loose Leaf’s site indicates a “nutty” flavor, but I’m not sure I’m getting that. Believe me, I’ve spent several minutes trying to find it. I’ve been swishing the tea around in my mouth. My teeth are yellower for it.

That said, I’m good without the nutty flavor. The flavor that is here is a winner. It’s a tongue-lingerer, which means I get to keep it for a while.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf 

White Tipped Oolong is an open leaf full body oolong that has a smooth taste. When brewing look for earthy notes along with slight a nuttiness from this oolong. Like many oolongs, White Tipped Oolong will evolve over the course of the tea’s temperature changes – so let the cup of tea cool as you drink to to experience the changing flavor profile.

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Mint Chamomile Rooibus from Simple Loose Leaf

Mint_Chamomile_RooibusTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Roiboos

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Our Mint Chamomile tea will put a smile on your face regardless of the day you are having.  Brew a cup of this floral, sweet and soothing tea and enjoy a wonderfully fresh finish of this beautiful cup of tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mint and Chamomile seems to be an unusual combination – I think I’ve only ever tried one other similar blend. Based on that experience, I’d say that this surprises me. It sounds a little odd to begin with, for sure, but they’re ingredients that do actually work well together. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it approximately 5 minutes in boiling water. I made no additions. The dry leaf itself is very herbal-looking – there are whole yellow chamomile flowers, green shreds of peppermint, red rooibos leaves, and a smattering of creamy white chamomile petals. The scent is predominantly minty, with an underlying sweetness from the vanilla flavouring.

Breakfast Americano Black from Simple Loose Leaf

BreakfastAmericanoTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf 

Tea Description:

A blended black tea with smooth cocoa beans gives a rich and malty cup of tea. Breakfast Americano makes an amazing start to your day and we recommend you try it with a touch of steamed milk.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Still on my Epic Sipdown Journey, I came across this fellow who I bought from other Steepster friend in a Stash Sale a while ago.  I’ve had a few Simple Loose Leaf blends before so I was looking forwarded to this one.

I have to admit right off the bat, I think I steeped this guy wrong.  The whole description of this tea doesn’t match what I’m drinking.  The description is a malty rich cocoa like black tea.  Exactly what the dry mixture smells like. When I brewed this up like a black tea with water at 212F and 3 min, I got a very smoky malty tea with no hints of cocoa beans and a very astringent finish.  This is a new tea cup and tea pot that I hadn’t used before so I’m very curious on how this happened.

I think even if the smoky notes weren’t there, this wouldn’t be the tea for me.  There is an overwhelming amount of malty notes and nothing but the astringency to offset them.  I wish I could get those cocoa beans to pop.

My apologizes to Simple Loose Leaf.  I think I royally screwed up this tea and won’t be able to give you the proper review.   Maybe another time I’ll get this right and we can try this again!

Wu Yi Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf

simplelooseleafTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Wu Yi Oolong is from China’s Fujian province and is known for its light sweet cup with a fragrant orchid finish.  When steeped, the mature semi-fermented leaves expand to a full lively cup with more body than a green tea but less body than a black tea

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Taster’s Review:

I am a newbie when it comes to some oolongs.  I’ve had a few here and there but I have mainly spent my time with either flavored oolongs or really any other tea.  Straight oolongs I’ve had on occasion but I seem to not pick them up as often as I would a green or black tea.  No real reason.  I have been wanting to educate myself on oolongs for some time.  So when my last box from Simple Loose Leaf arrived, I was happy to see this in the box. I was so excited I grabbed my new bottle from Simply Good Tea and promptly poured the contents of the package into the bottle.  Put the bottle in the fridge and twenty minutes later I took my first sip.

Oh mama.  That is the good stuff.  I can’t believe that I haven’t dug more into oolongs. This tea was heaven to my taste buds.  I literally have been drinking this tea for 24 hours and I think I have finally exhausted the leaves.  I loved watching them dance around in the water while they produced a beautiful cold brewed oolong tea for me to enjoy.

This tea was bright and crisp. I could pick up different aspects that reminded me of black teas and green teas both.  The first infusion, I really picked up more of a dark roasted black tea quality.  Towards the end, I was greeted with a nice bright silky like almost green tea flavor.  There was a sweetness and well rounded note throughout the entire time I spent with this beauty.  The dry leaves themselves had a nice roasted like fragrance.

Love it.  Love it.  Love it.  For more first experience with this type of oolong, I’m very pleased.  This was fantastic.  I’m excited now to dive into more oolongs and really take some time with them.  Great job Simple Loose Leaf.