Thoughts on Soothing with Chamomile / Balcony Tea. . . .

It is often said that you can steep anything that isn’t a true tea for much longer then regular.

For the most part it is true. I would suggest, however, to still taste every few minutes while you are steeping. I steeped this tea for the majority of the morning and now it is basically a chamomile punch in the mouth.

When steeped for 5 – 7 minutes it is a perfect harmony of herbal notes with the chamomile and rose nicely balanced. Like most tisane with rose petals this one also smells like a garden when you open the bag.

Truly a pleasant aroma.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Balcony Teas
Description:

Feel transported to a beautiful evening in the Mediterranean. All is calm and you can smell wild flowers. Perfect for a moment to yourself or to wind down after a busy day.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Soothing from Balcony Teas. . .

Between my stressful job and predisposition to be a night owl, I’m always looking for a good calming or bedtime tea. This one seems like a good candidate because I like all of the ingredients individually. It comes in convenient pyramid sachets, which I actually like for herbals because herbals generally don’t need much room to expand and I often prefer easy prep at bedtime.

The dry blend smells like equal parts chamomile and rose. I would totally wear a floral perfume that smelled like this! The hot brew smells of apple, rose, and a hint of lavender. It is, indeed, a soothing scent. Unfortunately, the flavor is less complex than I had expected. The dominant note is the apple-like chamomile, to the point that I can’t make out any floral or other flavors at all.

The chamomile is sweet and calming but the absence of floral flavor is disappointing. I made this three times on two different days just in case the problem was user error but I got the same results each time.

Still, I have to give this blend credit for living up to its name. I happily drank all three cups before drifting off to sleep.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Balcony Teas
Description

Feel transported to a beautiful evening in the Mediterranean. All is calm and you can smell wild flowers. Perfect for a moment to yourself or to wind down after a busy day.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Tea. . . .

I love peppermint tea. I love the way it both relaxes and uplifts me. I especially love having a cup when I’m having stuffy sinus issues. It just wakes me up, and makes me feel happy to start my day.

I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday, and I decided to try their peppermint tea. You cannot beat the price. I paid $1.79 for a box containing twenty tea bags. They’re practically giving it away!

I brewed myself a cup this morning, and knew I was going to love it as soon as the boiling water hit the tea bag. My whole kitchen smelled minty right away! It has a wonderful mint flavor, not too strong and not too weak. It’s definitely a very high quality peppermint tea, don’t let the low price scare you.

My tummy was a little upset after breakfast because i just had to have that last bite when I shouldn’t have, and so I had another cup of this tea, and it really did help settle my stomach, I feel much better now.

This is definitely a new favorite, and with an absolutely unbeatable price I see this being a staple in my tea cupboard.

I imagine this would make a really refreshing ice tea as well. I plan on making a big pitcher this summer to help cool off after a long hot day.

This tea is caffeine free, so it’s safe for those of us trying to watch out caffeine intake, and it’s also perfect for anytime of the day or evening!

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I can’t recommend trying this delicious, refreshing tea enough!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy :  Trader Joe’s
Description

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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!

 

Lilith’s Fabulous Tea from 52Teas

LilithsFabulousTeaReviewTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White Tea

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

Since it’s the week of my youngest daughter’s birthday, I decided I should create a tea inspired by her.  Two of her favorite fruit flavors (especially fruit tea flavors) are Lemon and Blueberry.  And she has felt a special love for cotton candy ever since she portrayed “cotton candy” in her ballet company’s rendition of Hansel & Gretel.  So I put those three flavors together with her favorite tea base – white tea – and came up with this “fabulous” blend.

Now, lemon, blueberry and cotton candy may seem a little weird, but, it actually tastes quite FABULOUS!

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

This tea from the start was absolutely gorgeous! I adored the huge chunks of fruit and the gorgeous presentation of the tea overall.  The pops of color really gave this tea a vibrant overall take.  Just lovely!

Brewed this up at work and was excited to treat myself to a tea that had any kind of connection to cotton candy. I mean c’mon. Cotton Candy is amazing! With that in mind, I couldn’t wait for this tea to finish steeping so I could take my first taste.

Took my first sip and I was sad to say that I didn’t get bulled over and wowed with lemon or blueberry flavors.  They were present and delicious but it was like something was missing. So I cold brewed this tea.

Cold brewing sometimes can really pull out flavors that you would never expect from a tea. I cold brewed this tea overnight and my goodness, this tea was simply one of the best cold brewed teas I have ever have.  Delicious all the way around. Beautiful lemon notes with a vibrant blueberry undertone.  The white tea base laid a nice groundwork of subtly sweet and lightly floral like notes.  Heaven in a glass.  I added in some fresh lemon slices and a few blueberries . . . can’t get much better than that.  It looks like there is still some of this sweet lovin’ tea on the site . . . If you want some of this amazing lemon blueberry white tea. . .you should probably check it out soon before I do!