Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea #VeganMoFo2016

This isn’t just a tea review post of Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea this is a post with several goodies within including a tea review, a tea recipe with variations, and some lovely photos!  So sit back and scroll away!

As I opened the sample bag of Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea I seriously couldn’t BELIEVE the aroma!  Not only was the scent spot-on it was powerful and incredible!  I wanted to dive into a cup at first sniff but I had to hold off until now.  Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea was totally worth the wait.

Apples and Cinnamons with a bready aroma topped with a heavy and potent maple syrup flavor all wrapped up into one that is what this Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea not only smells like but tastes like!  The black tea base is of medium strength but the other flavors are intense and I LOVE it in this flavored black!

If you have ever had Maple Water and enjoyed it – you might get a kick out of this tea!  Lucky for me I certainly did enjoy Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea.  But I want to say the word ‘enjoy’ is a drastic understatement!  This tea is down right scrumptious!

As promised we have a recipe using this tea for you but I can’t take credit for it – it was listed on S&V’s website but I thought it was so interesting and unique that I wanted to share it here, too!  Check out the information below in the ‘Here’s The Scoop’ section.  Because I don’t eat eggs/dairy I hope to try this with an egg substitute and almond milk or other non-dairy milk in the future but I am sure there are several ways to use this tea in recipes if you are clever and wanting to tinker in the kitchen!  Until then…I think I will pour myself another cup of this glorious Apple Cinnamon French Toast Black Tea from Simpson & Vail Tea!

 Apple Cinnamon French Toast Tea CrepesApple Cinnamon French Toast Tea Crepes

1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
3 eggs (or vegan egg substitute)
2 tsp. Apple Cinnamon French Toast Tea 1 cup milk (or Milk Alternative)
2 Tbsp melted butter (or vegan butter)

In a small pot, heat the milk on the stove until very hot. Remove from the stove, add the tea, cover and steep for 4 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves.

Blend all ingredients with a whisk or in a blender until smooth. Pour 2-3 Tbsp at a time in a hot oiled frying pan and swirl until evenly distributed. Cook until lightly browned then flip and cook the other side.

Spread with your favorite jam or preserve, roll it up and enjoy.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail


Apple and cinnamon goodness with a hint of maple flavor. The aroma is pure lazy Sunday morning. Breakfast on the griddle, hot tea in your hand, your favorite book waiting to be read. The sweet apple and the heady cinnamon flavors dance on your tongue, while the rich maple taste offers the base note in this amber colored cup.

Ingredients: black teas, apple pieces, organic cinnamon pieces and apple cinnamon french toast flavoring.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.


Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Jane Austen’s Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail Tea

Our Sister’s Thoughts:

I have to say I’m LOVING these new Literary Teas from Simpson and Vail and today I will introduce you to Jane Austen’s Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail Tea.  

Jane Austen’s Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail Tea is strong and independent…meaning it has a flavor all of its own.  After reading the ingredients of Black teas, spearmint, lavender flowers and vanilla flavor I thought I knew what this tea would taste like but I was surprised with the flavor of this tea.  Here’s why…yes, the black tea is strong and I LOVE that.  The spearmint mixed with the lavender is what changed it up for me.  Something happened when the spearmint and lavender joined as a union in this cup of tea.  It formed it’s own flavor!  Then you add that bit of vanilla in there to smooth it out and it’s unlike anything I have had before.

I LOVE being surprised – or better yet – proven wrong – by a tea and Jane Austen’s Black Tea Blend from Simpson & Vail Tea did exactly that!  This is just what I needed to start my day on a crazy Monday morning!  I just might have to buy this one in bulk and soon!  This is a heavy-duty tea that gets a GOLD STAR from me!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail Tea

BannerNewFont670Tea Description:


Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775. After receiving her primary education at boarding school, Jane returned home where she and her older sister Cassandra would spend long hours in their father’s library reading the classics and writing their own stories. Jane had a close relationship with her father and he encouraged her creativity by supplying her with the paper and writing utensils she desired. In 1811, Jane’s first novel Sense and Sensibility was published and met with immediate success. Jane Austen’s novels illuminate the everyday lives of young women in the early 19th century and blend contemplative pastoral prose with witty banter and intriguing romance plots. Besides writing, she was an avid gardener who tended to her own plants late into her life.

The delicate prose of Jane Austen’s novels is evoked in this blend that combines peppermint with a gentle touch of vanilla. Lavender flowers, which look lovely in both the cup and the gardens around Jane Austen’s estate, add a sweet floral taste that complements the mint and vanilla wonderfully. This blend captures the color and joy of Austen’s characters while taking inspiration from the herbs and flowers she cultivated in her own garden. It brews to a refreshing cup with a cool mint flavor that’s softened by the warm vanilla and the sweet lavender flowers.

Ingredients: Black teas, spearmint, lavender flowers and vanilla flavor.

Certified Kosher

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

4 Ounces of loose tea makes approximately 50 cups of tea.

Please note that the photo is shown for our 4oz tin. We are also offering this in a 4oz pkg size, which will come in one of our double lined bags labeled with the name of the tea.

Novels by Jane Austen:

     Sense and Sensibility
     Pride and Prejudice
     Mansfield Park
     Northanger Abbey

Check with your local bookstore for these titles or for recommendations for further reading.

Learn even more about this tea here.

Pomegranate Olive Leaf from Simpson and Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

Pomegranate Olive Leaf Blend from Simpson and Vail offers the perfect balance of tart and sweet meet in this all organic herbal tisane. It brews to a pink cup with a bold fruit flavor and a light herbal aftertaste. Delicious hot or iced.

Ingredients: Organic Olive leaf, organic green rooibos, organic orange peel, organic hibiscus, organic spearmint, natural pomegranate flavor, organic red cornflowers

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 5 minutes.

Certified Kosher. Caffeine Free

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Pomegranate Olive Leaf Blend from Simpson and  Vail is a blend I’ve had my eye on for some time. Simpson and Vail is one of my favorite tea shops. They are a wonderful company to buy from.  Their care and compassion for their customers shows in their website, newsletter, and  how they interact with their customers. I just love trying out their teas! They always taste fresh and crisp!

This particular blend was one I had my eye on for a while and I just had to try it. The blend is different. An Olive leaf and green rooibos blend mixed in with spearmint and pomegranate.  So just by the description alone, you can imagine a blend that totes notes of honey, sweetness, tartness, and mint. An odd combination to say the least but I have to say, one that works!

I actually cold steeped the tea in a mason jar so I could enjoy this blend as a lovely iced tea during the day and I can’t say I would try this blend any other way. The blend itself is a lovely sight that reminds me of wildflowers. The different pops of colors  amongst a green base makes me think of wildflowers in a lush green park area. Serene and vibrant. Which is a great way to describe this tea.

This tea is an unusual blend for sure but a wonderful sort of unusual. The tea has a subtle grassy like flavor mixed with a sweet honey like note and a tart minty finish. Like I said, very unusual, but one that I am digging. As a cold brew tea, this tea is refreshing, soothing, and just what the doctor ordered on such a hot muggy July summer day in the Midwest.

Pomegranate Olive Leaf from Simpson and Vail is just another wonderful example of their great fresh and crisp tasting teas I just can’t say enough about them!


Sugar Plum Fairy from Simpson & Vail

SugarPlumFairyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

This green rooibos blend is caffeine free and is sure to be enjoyed by young and old alike. The reddish amber cup imparts a fruity, heady aroma. It has an interesting complex flavor that is a perfectly balanced blend of fruity, sweet and exotic.

Like the Sugar Plum Fairy herself, this herbal blend has an elegant taste that is sure to become a classic.

Ingredients: Organic green rooibos, organic whole cloves, rosehips, hibiscus, sweet blackberry leaf, flavorings, vanilla beans, mallow blossoms and raspberry pieces.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 5 minutes.

Caffeine Free. Certified Kosher

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When you think of Sugar Plum Fairies, you instantly think of Christmas time, but I have to say, this tea is marvelous for any time of the year!

This gorgeous herbal tea is a mixture of green rooibos, cloves, rosehips, hibiscus, blackberry leaf, mallow blossoms, vanilla, raspberry pieces, and natural flavorings.  A unique blend of ingredients for sure. I took one whiff of the dry mix and I wasn’t sure this would be a tea I would enjoy. The clove was a bit on the overpowering side but this is Simpson & Vail, I have to try all of their teas!

Brewed this up like a herbal with fresh boiled water and allowed to steep for about 5 minutes. The tea had a lovely gorgeous red color that made me just smile. I allowed the tea to cool for a few moments and took a sip. After taking my first sip, I promptly put my feet up and grabbed the book I was reading. This tea is one of those soothing teas that just make you feel warm and loved.  The green rooibos provides a lovely honey base that the other flavors can bounce off of while the clove provides a warming sensation and a kick of spice, the hibiscus delivers a slight tart flavor while the vanilla bean leads itself to the sweetness that the ingredient is known for. All of that from the first sip. Really well done tea and one that does not disappoint.

I loved this tea so much that I thought the tea needed to be an iced tea. So I brewed the tea up stronger than I normally would and then poured the hot tea over iced and added in a few orange wedges and limes into my mason jar glass.  Thru a straw in it and I was set with a gorgeous looking brew.  The taste was still as good if not better than when I had it hot. The flavors seemed to be deeper giving a lovely almost punch like flavor.

If you are looking for a lovely herbal tea to share during the upcoming summer months, I encourage you to check this one out. I’ll be serving it for sure! Perfect for any tea parities as well!


Tulsi Orange Cranberry Ginger Organic Tea from Simpson and Vail

tulsiorgcrangingerTea Information:

Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

This Tulsi tea blend is caffeine-free and combines herbs that have vitamins and anti-oxidants. This organic herbal blend of Tulsi, orange peel, hibiscus, rosehips and ginger root brews to a reddish amber cup with a mellow minty, fruity taste and light, sweet ginger notes. A well rounded brew that’s great for afternoon or evening enjoyment.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been on a herbal kick as of late and loving it.  Herbals are something that I think you either love or hate depending on the ingredients.  I know chamomile and hibiscus blends are sometimes referred to as vile, but I love them.  About the only tea I don’t care for is red rooibos blends, but beyond that I’ll try anything.

Work has been nuts lately and I wanted something to be refreshing yet soothing so I grabbed my sample of this Tulsi blend from Simpson & Vail.  I was crazy impressed with their Cozy Comfort blend that I tried the other day (tasted like monkey bread!) I had high expectations but once I took in the fragrance from the dry leaf mix, I had my hesitations. The ginger smelled like it was going to be strong.

Brewed this up in my Sei Sei Tumbler and allowed it to steep for about 5 minutes in boiling water.  Poured the brew into my cuppa and sat down to go over what I needed to to for the day.  As I took my first sip, I literally thought, nope, I will not be reviewing what I need to do today.  I am going to sit right here with my feet propped up on my desk and enjoy my tea. And that is exactly what I did!

This tea hit the spot in so many ways.  I wanted a soothing blend that touched the soul, so to speak.  Once that would refresh and calm me but also be vibrant enough to deliver that kick I would need to keep going.  This tea did all of that. No, I’m not going to say it will cure what will ail you, but in that moment of time, this tea delivered everything I needed.

What I loved the most was the citrus flavor that had a tart twist at the end of the sip with the ginger floating in and out.  The ginger wasn’t overwhelming like I was worried about and actually became the flavor I was seeking each sip I took.  Which is very surprising to me.  I am not a huge ginger fan.  This tea had such a cozy charming feel to it with the tart and sweet contrast that I found myself wanting more of this tea right after the cuppa was gone.  I ended up drinking this tea for the remainder of the day, letting the flavors really give me that cozy feeling I was wanting with that kick I desperately needed.

Tea #2 that I have tried from Simpson & Vail and another tea I am adoring!