Elderberry Blend from Storehouse Teas. . . .

I literally purchased this tea because it was purple.

I also like berries, and I have to cut back on caffeine, so this tea seemed to check off a lot of my boxes. But mostly I will buy anything in purple. I once drove a purple car. She looked precisely like this.

Like the ingredients, Elderberry Blend’s steeped final result is a plum/magenta color. It’s super-appealing in my clear travel container.

But enough about the appearance! WHAT OF THE FLAVOR? YOU ASK.

Elderberry Blend tastes great iced on-the-go. Granted, in today’s case, “on-the-go” means “at my desk,” but I traveled with it to a county fair yesterday. The berries are sweet, but the hibiscus/currants/raisins give it a tart edge that keep the sweetness from being overwhelming.

It tastes like a low-key superhero woman. Like, maybe a lawyer who defends people who have been harmed by evil companies. Kind but NO NONSENSE. She doesn’t flip cars over with her muscles; she flips THE PATRIARCHY over with her MIND. Like, maybe Scully from X-Files would be the fictional equivalent of this tea.

Not JUST because the tea brews up sort of red.

But maybe PARTIALLY because the tea brews up sort of red.

I’m hoping to work my way into other parts of the rainbow in later posts. Stay tuned. 😉


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

This succulent blend of Caffeine Free herbs and fruits imparts a refreshing deep berry flavor, tart with a subtle sweetness creating a satisfying deep dark red infusion. Contains powerful anti-oxidants which may help expel toxins, relieve sore throat, and shorten the flu cycle. Excellent iced.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Cinnamon Plum Berry Organic Botanical Blend from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Storehouse Tea is a company completely new to me. I had never even heard of this company until a box of Sororitea Sisters samples arrived at my door including this tea, Cinnamon Plum Berry.

Full disclosure: Even though I am excited to try a new tea company, I am a little apprehensive about this tea. Between the deep reddish-pink it brewed up that screams hibiscus and the licorice root, I was worried this would definitely not be to my tastes.

Using the sample I was given, I decided to make it both iced and hot to compare the two.

I started with the hot cup because this is how Storehouse Tea recommends brewing this up. Unfortunately, this tea hot is sort of what I expected. The main flavor is the hibiscus, tart and one-note. The cinnamon is floating around too combining with the licorice root to contribute a outputting sweet note. The licorice root also lingers on the tongue in the aftertaste, cloying.

Iced this is a little bit different than the hot cup, though neither better nor worse. Just different. Less tart and the hibiscus could hint a little more towards berry than it does in the hot cup, though I would say that is still a stretch. The cinnamon is missing all together in the iced tea, except in smell. On the plus side, there is not as much licorice root either.

If I had to decide, I would say that I found this easier to drink when iced. Neither really delivery the plum or berry as promised by the name so that is disappointing. Ultimately, I went into this tea with some expectations based on the ingredients and perhaps I was biased but having tried it, I would say this tea is certainly not for me.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

Currants, succulent hibiscus, hints of plum, cinnamon and naturally sweet licorice root create a warm, full bodied and soothing Organic, caffeine free tea. Perfect served hot or brewed as mulled tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Vanilla Bean from Storehouse Teas. . . . . .

I love vanilla in teas. I feel like if I was a tea-blender, i’d probably add a dash of vanilla to just about everything. I feel like it just gives this yummy warmth and sweetness to the blends and it also goes well with just about everything else! There is a difference between regular old “vanilla” and “vanilla bean”. Vanilla bean, in my experience, tends to be just a tad bit stronger and richer. When I saw this one in my little sample box I immediately scanned the ingredient list. I was wondering whether this would just be plain vanilla flavored tea or if maybe they added a little something-something to it. Well, I saw rose petals on there and I immediately thought to myself “okay, okay this is probably going to be good.”

And yes, it was good. I was right! Definite yum. I liked this blend so much that i transferred it from my tea-tasting cup to my good cup immediately! (it’s all about the mugs, people) I could smell the vanilla bean filling my kitchen and it smelled like cupcakes. The black tea was really mellow and smooth, not overpowering or astringent. The rose petals were not too floral or in-your-face, they were also very mellow and just added a little something on the aftertaste.

This blend was creamy, and I didn’t even add milk or cream to my cup. I did, however, add a spoonful of agave, and that just made it all the more better. I feel like this was cake in a mug. Vanilla cake speckled with rose and calendula petals. So, so, good. I will for sure be finishing my sample and buying some more. This is a perfect tea for mornings and afternoon tea time. I really suggest trying it if you like vanilla.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Storehouse Teas
Description

Our exquisite blend of rich black tea and world class organic orchid grown vanilla bean is smooth, naturally sweet, aromatic and comforting. Wonderful at Breakfast or any time of day to satisfy your sweet tooth, best served hot or chilled as an iced tea latte. Black teas may be helpful in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

A Few ChariTeas To Check Out. . . . . . .

Over the years, we’ve started to notice a trend of tea companies who are giving back.  We are currently working on creating a page on the site to give these tea companies their kudos, but we couldn’t wait to share the info.

 

Back to Jerusalem Teas

You can play a vital role in bringing hope to children displaced by ISIS when purchasing this tea. Proceeds will go to support the building and operation of a school for Yazidi children in a northern Iraq refugee camp. Without education in this critical time of their lives they might likely end up being a part of the very group that caused them to flee from their homes in the first place. Together we can make a difference!

Back To Jerusalem Website

CuppaGeek’s Thoughts:  Storehouse Tea provides quite a variety of hand blended fresh high quality teas to choose from.  They have been a favorite of The SororiTea Sisters for sometime.


Each month, Tease Tea sponsors a women’s charity and helps raise awareness through support and funding.

To learn more about the charities Tease Tea supports,  click on the link below.

Tease Tea Chari’tea Spotlight Page

CuppaGeek’s Thoughts:    Tease Tea is a newer tea company to me, but I hope soon I’ll be able to check their teas out and add a few teas to my personal stash.


Chai Kai Tea Co has partnered with Make Lunch a charity working on tackling child poverty in the UK.  To learn more click here.  

CuppaGeek’s Thoughts:  I recently reviewed Chai Kai Tea Co’s Jasmine Green Tea and the tea yielded such a wonderful soul soothing flavor.  Their hand blended teas are top notch and a few of them are now on my personal wish list.


Wise Ape Tea was founded with a purpose and a mission.  

Click here to find out more about who they are, how Wise Ape Tea was created  and what they support.

“WISE APE IS MORE THAN JUST A TEA, IT’S A TRIBE OF LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE FOCUSED ON SELF-EVOLUTION WITH AN ALTRUISTIC ATTITUDE.”

CuppaGeek’s Thoughts:  This is one tea company that I’m quite obsessed with lately.  A full review will published soon on their Performance Tea.


The Love Tea Company was created with the thought of purposeful purchasing-meaning Love Tea Company was created to help bring awareness to mental health issues.  To learn more about what The Love Tea Company is doing and will be doing, click here.

CuppaGeek’s Thoughts:   The Love Tea Company offers a unique way for tea drinkers to spread the love with others.  Their #TeaItForward program helped me share the tea love with several of my SororiTea Sisters, friends, and family members.  They all enjoyed the lovely care package and I highly encourage others to check out this service.


These are just a few of the many tea companies who are giving back.   If you would like to be mentioned on our ChariTeas page, drop us a note at sororiteasistersblog@gmail.com and we will make sure to add you to the list!