White Peony from Swallowtail Tea. . . .

Whenever a tea company offers a sample pack, it’s a great chance to try out teas that you aren’t sure you’ll like.  Recently I tried a sample pack of several different teas from Swallowtail Tea company and White Peony tea was a lovely new find.

I’m not always in the mood for white teas.  They have a unique smooth, earthiness that is different than pu erh, black, or green teas.  In the right blend, this is a winning flavor, in the wrong blend it ends up tasting strange.  White Peony from Swallowtail tea was absolutely a winning white tea.

This tea is lightly flavored, mainly allowing the white tea itself to fill out the flavor profile.  The tea brews up deep and golden with the buttery and earthy tones I expect from white tea. The floral peony is gentle but present, not at all like perfume, but instead much more natural like crushed dried flowers, or getting a whiff of blooming flowers from a garden as you walk past.

White Peony is a great spring and summertime tea.  It is refreshing without being too vegetal or too sweet, and bright and floral without giving you hayfever.  A perfect balance of butter and blossoms, suitable for a hot or iced mug on a sunny day.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Swallowtail Tea
Description:

This least processed of all our teas has a shimmering golden liquor with a delicate floral fragrance.

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Raspberry Leaf from Traditional Medicinals

Traditional Medicinals offers a variety of tea blends to help ease whatever ails you. I got an opportunity to try their Raspberry Leaf blend. I most often encounter raspberry leaf as a component in other tea blends, but this time I am brewing up a cup of pure raspberry leaf on its own.

Raspberry Leaf is supposed to help ease the discomfort many women feel during that time of the month. I can’t speak to how it affected my discomfort, but I can reflect on its flavor. This tea brew up a yellow amber color and tastes, mildly fruity and slightly nutty. It has a surprisingly full mouthfeel, with just a hint of black tea astringency. There is a slightly more vegetal aftertaste that I don’t prefer, but it mellows out nicely when mixed with a dash of honey.

I like this tea as an herbal alternative to the usual herbal tea suspects of ginger, mint, and chamomile. The ease of their sealed tea bags makes this an easy choice to pack when traveling or stash in your desk at work.

Browsing the Traditional Medicinals catalog, I see many other flavors I want to try and ailments I would like to treat. Even if the healing effects are more mental than physical, I love the comfort of a flavorful cup of tea.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Traditional Medicinals
Description: Of course, the delectable fruit of Rubus idaeus is a well-known and well-loved summer treat, but it’s the raspberry leaf you’ll find in this tea. With a silvery under leaf that is reminiscent of the moon’s glow, European and Native American women have used raspberry leaf for thousands of years for menstrual support, menstrual cramps and during pregnancy as a healthy tonic to help prepare the womb for childbirth.* We love this tea for its gently nurturing properties, and its robust taste, which is reminiscent of a delicate and mildly fruity black tea.

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Louisa May Alcott from Simpson and Vail

Just when I think I’ve tried all the lovely literary teas from Simpson and Vail I find a new blend.  This time it is Louisa May Alcott’s blend.

This tea is made with chunmee green tea, which is new to me.  The light and easygoing tones of this fruity green tea blend makes it pleasant and approachable but far from dull.  The green tea base is gentle and sweet and pairs perfectly with the abundant apple and strawberry pieces in the blend.

When brewed, this tea feels like late summer with potent real fruit flavors, and grassy green tea tones. The combination evokes images of lush fruit harvests and the last warm summer days with sun-baked grass.

There is a hint of rose petals in the finish of ach sip, adding to the end of summer garden feeling.  I really appreciate the green tea being both sweet and buttery, which helps the fruit from being too sweet or simple.  This is a great blend for when you are looking for something delicate but memorable. Also a good choice of tea when you want to bring up the feeling of some late summer days.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Simpson and Vail
Description:

Early in Little Women, while visiting a sick Laurie, Jo says that her sister Meg’s blancmange is made “very nicely.” Later, her own attempt turns out “lumpy” and accompanied by strawberries that were “not as ripe as they looked.” Our blend follows Meg’s example and is almost, as Laurie says, “too pretty to [drink].” Combining almond and strawberry flavors, this blend brews to a delicious tea that is fruity and aromatic. It manages to be both sweet and light thanks to the Chunmee green tea base and the gentle floral notes added by the rose petals.

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Presidential Peach from Impeach Teas

Presidential Peach from Impeach Teas is a classic ceylon black tea with peach flavor and flower petals.  The bright ceylon tea is well-suited for sunny fruit flavors, and adds a touch of starchy baked goods beneath all the juicy peach taste.

This tea seems well-suited for classic presidents of history who have beautiful estates in areas like Virginia.  The peach and black tea are the essential summer sweet tea flavor combination. While it is comforting as a warm brew, it will be perfect as a cold brew for sipping on a wide verandah and taking in the summer weather.

With a name like Impeach Teas it is clear that this tea company isn’t afraid of being a involved in social matters.  Their website describes them as preaching social responsibility, and says that a portion of each sale goes towards a worthy cause.

So brew your Impeach Tea in peace knowing that you’re doing good in your cup and in the world.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Impeach Teas
Description:

Our Presidential Peach blend features an incredible Ceylon Black Tea base, finely complimented with juicy-sweet all-natural peachy goodness. A perfect companion to your summer vibes when served over ice or serve it hot as a delicious and relaxing treat.

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Passion Berry Jolt from Tiesta Tea. . . .

With a name like Passion Berry Jolt, I almost expected an electrifying yerba mate tea, but this is a black tea blend from Tiesta Tea.  Don’t worry, it still packs plenty of caffeine to wake you up on those early mornings.

This blend pairs black tea with passion fruit, pineapple, and raspberry.  The juicy raspberry and passionfruit flavors come forward the most, reminiscent of breakfast black tea with breakfast jam on toast.  The pineapple is more noticeable as the tea cools, or on the aftertaste, bright and tropical.

I must applaud this tea for being bold and red-berry without any hibiscus.  There’s a time and a place for that herb, but it gets mixed in to so many tea blends and takes over the flavor, it is refreshing to see a fruity tea without dominant hibiscus.

While there are tropical fruits in this blend, the raspberry keeps the flavor naturally sweet and grounded.  The passionfruit can offer its more subtle tartness, and the pineapple its golden deliciousness. This would make a great tea to experiment blending with sangria or lemonade to compliment or enhance its juicy flavors.

Passion Berry Jolt is one of those super-drinkable all-purpose blends, no need for sugar or milk, and tasty hot or iced.  A great fruity tea to keep in your tea cabinet for any occasion.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tiesta Tea
Description:

Packed with passion fruit and raspberry, this black tea blend gives you a jolt of pineapple energy to keep you charged.

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