Oh Canada! Rooibos Blend from David’s Tea

OhCanadaTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos & Honeybush

Where to Buy:  David’s Tea

Tisane Description:

Looking for a taste of Canada? Try this red rooibos tea. It’s sweetened with (what else?) maple syrup and sprinkled with delicious maple leaf candies. Plus it’s 100% diplomatic (well, caffeine-free) and tastes great in both our official languages. With green rooibos, honeybush, caramel and toffee bits to shake things up. A truly authentic Canadian experience.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The brewed tisane smells scrumptious!  It smells like a pancake breakfast and it’s making my mouth water!

To steep:  I used my Kati Tumbler and added 1 1/2 bamboo scoops to the basket of the tumbler.  Then I added 195°F water to the tumbler and allowed the tisane to steep for 10 minutes.

And it tastes a little bit like a pancake breakfast too.  The nutty notes from the rooibos and honeybush add a “pancakey” like flavor to the rich maple-y notes of the flavoring.  The toffee and caramel notes enhance the sweetness (this is a very sweet pancake breakfast, mmm-kay?)

But really, even though I’m getting notes of rooibos, honeybush, toffee and caramel, this tisane is really about the maple!  Sweet, delicious maple.  Not like the weird corn syrup with maple flavoring.  This has a real maple-y flavor to it.  It’s sweet and luscious!

If you’re a fan of maple, this is a tisane you should try.  It has a very dessert-y quality (obviously) so it would make a tasty low-cal/non-fat substitute for dessert or a great treat for the sweet tooth late night craving!  And it’s naturally caffeine free!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Grapefruit Flavor Infused Green Tea from Dutch Bros. Coffee

Product Information:

DutchBros
Not our local Dutch Bros. Coffee Shop. But, it kinda looks like this.

Tea Type:  Green Iced Tea (Ready to Drink/Prepared Drink)

Where To Find:  Dutch Bros. Coffee

Taster’s Review:

OK, so my youngest daughter’s latest “thing” is the Italian sodas from Dutch Bros.  You know what I’m talking about right?  Basically, it’s like club soda that’s been infused with Torani Syrup and then generously topped with whipped cream and/or infused with a dollop of cream (both of those are optional).  As we were sitting in the drive through, waiting to place an order for her after ballet class treat, I noticed “Torani Infused Teas” on the menu and my curiosity was piqued.

So, I asked the clerk what it was and was told that they add the Torani syrup to either green or black tea.  Then he listed off the flavors of Torani syrup that they have and when he said Grapefruit, I decided I’d try a Grapefruit Flavor Infused Green Tea from Dutch Bros. Coffee.  I mean … I figured the worst that could happen is that it tastes like an overly sweet tea much like the ready to drink teas that you get at the corner convenience store.

My first sip of the beverage – yep, that’s what it is.  It’s a very sweet tea with more grapefruit flavor than tea flavor and an abundance of sugary sweetness that overpowers the tea notes to oblivion.  This drink … well, it was … alright.  Drinkable.  Something that I’d be able to finish but not something for which I’d want to return to Dutch Bros.

But then something impressive happened.  My husband told the clerk that I’m a tea snob and very picky about my tea.  When the clerk asked me how I liked the tea, I said, “It’s drinkable.”  My husband translated this to the clerk to say, “That’s a compliment from her.”

Ha!  My husband fancies himself a comedian.  I’ve tried to explain to him that just because our pre-teen daughter and her friends find him entertaining does not mean that he could make a living as a stand-up comic.  

When I say drinkable, basically, what I mean is that this tastes alright, but it’s too sweet and it’s not something I’d buy again.  I can drink it but would I call it tea?  No.

Upon hearing that the infused tea drink was merely “drinkable,” the clerk takes back the drink and explains that their drinks are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  Then he made me a new Grapefruit Flavor Infused Tea, this time, using half the syrup that was used the first time around.

This time, it’s actually quite enjoyable.  Not just drinkable, but something that put a smile on my face.  I have a mildly sweet drink where I’m able to taste both the grapefruit and the green tea.  The grapefruit reminds me of the flavor of a Texas pink grapefruit (my favorite).  It doesn’t taste like a candified (yes it’s a word, I just made it up) version of grapefruit.  It tastes like the Texas pink grapefruit that I cut in half and lightly sprinkled with a little sugar to contrast with the tart bitterness of the fruit.  It tastes … yummy!

And I can taste the green tea this time around (the first cup that was made for me, I could not taste green tea).  It tastes light and crisp, with a refreshing hint of vegetative flavor.  Slightly grassy.  It marries nicely with the notes of grapefruit, and there is a pleasing balance between the components of this beverage.

Overall, this was a really tasty tea.  Bravo to the clerk at Dutch Bros. for taking a little extra time to make my drink just right for me.  I appreciate this kind of customer service, and this tea exceeds what I’d find at the “average” coffee stop.

French Toast Flavored Black Tea Blend from 52Teas

 

frenchtoastTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Look ma: No mango this week! Instead, be prepared to be blown away by this new black tea blend. If you love our Pancake Breakfast blend, you’re going to LOVE this. It’s similar to Pancake breakfast, but a little sweeter with some cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup and yes, even a touch of butter flavors.

This is like French toast in a cup without the 600 calories you’d expect from some hot French toast drowning in maple syrup and butter. This is a brand new comfort tea and I imagine it’s going to go FAST.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Oh yum, yum, yum!  I have been looking forward to trying this French Toast Flavored Black Tea Blend from 52Teas!  I adored the “Pancake Breakfast” blend 52Teas put out a while back, and I was certain I’d enjoy this one as well.  And it certainly is living up to my high expectations.

It is totally YUM!

My one complaint, if one is to get picky … is that there is a tad too much cinnamon in this.  I don’t mind cinnamon, not at all, and I personally am enjoying the level of cinnamon in this cup, however, to capture the true essence of French Toast in a teacup, I think that the cinnamon should be a bit more delicate.  As it is, this is more like French Toast that has been made using cinnamon swirl bread … which is typically my favorite kind of bread to use for French Toast … although recently, I’ve discovered a Peach Cobbler bread and that stuff is AMAZING as French Toast … but I digress.

My point is this:  when using non-cinnamon-y swirly bread, my French Toast doesn’t usually have this much of a cinnamon taste to it.

But the cinnamon rant aside, this is truly delicious.  The black tea base is rich and robust.  The cinnamon is the strongest note here, but, I also taste maple, butter, and a hint of brown sugar.  There is also a sort of bread-y taste that brings all these flavors together and creates a taste that is very much like liquefied cinnamon French Toast breakfast in a teacup … made complete with a cup of tea to go with it.

What can I say?  52Teas does it again!  This blend has already sold out, however, you can request a reblend of it by going here and clicking on the big, blue “Please Reblend” badge on the center of the page and fill out the form that follows.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Della Terra Teas

Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Della Terra Teas
Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Della Terra Teas

Tea Information: 

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:

Pineapple, check.  Brown sugar, check.  Creamy butter, check.  Delicious cake, check.  What do we get…  Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  This tea starts off with a delicious tea base, and finishes off with a rich pineapple, brown sugar and creamy cake taste.  Absolutely one of our owners personal favorites!

Ingredients: Black tea, pineapple bits and flavor, cream flavor, cherry bits*

Allergens: contains dairy.

Suggested brewing tips

Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving

Water Temp:  210°F

Steep Time: 2-3 minutes

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really can’t believe I have not reviewed Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Della Terra Teas yet! I absolutely love this tea. It is one of my top five favorites from Della Terra and let me tell you it is darn difficult to come up with a top five because they are all so very good! This tea is also one of my stash perma teas too. I always have to have some on hand.

It is so yummy, so sweetly perfect. When I first tried this tea, back when it was first released by Della Terra Teas, I remember being worried it would be too pineapple flavored. Not that I mind a pineapple tea but I really was not looking for a tropical flavor in Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I was not disappointed! I wanted a cakey tasting tea and oh boy this is it! This tastes more like cake flavored tea than any tea I have tasted that was supposed to taste like cake. The pineapple is juicy and sweet but not so overpowering that it takes on too much of a tropical flavor. There is a honeyed note or a syrup like note to it that reminds me of the drippings from sugared pineapple. The aroma is mouthwatering!

This is a very sweet tea so don’t fault it for that but it also is not cloying and does not have a lingering sickly sweetness in the mouth.  Another thing to love about this tea is the number of steeps you can get out of it. I was able to get six steeps from this leaf before it began to lose any flavor!

I am always impressed with Della Terra Teas and I am even more impressed by their customer service and amazing deals they offer on their Facebook page.

Maple Syrup Matcha from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green (Matcha)

Where to Buy:  Red Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

The widely popular maple syrup can be likened to the combined tastes of both honey and caramel. Adding the toning touch of oriental Matcha makes this sweet delight more balanced and delectable. Maple Syrup Matcha can be used in many settings both for normal days and special occasions. On an ordinary day, Maple Syrup Matcha makes the perfect mood enhancer especially on many languid days that can be very dreary. On special occasions, the sweet scent and taste of Maple Syrup Matcha is enough to draw large crowds of enthusiastic followers.

Learn more about this Matcha here.

Taster’s Review:

There are few flavors that SCREAM autumn louder to me than Maple.  The warm yet sweet flavor of Maple, the leaves from the Maple trees … just everything about maple is just so autumnal.

Maple is one of my very favorite sweet flavors!  I didn’t always love maple, or so I thought, when I thought Maple = Pancake Syrup.  I didn’t know there was such a thing as REAL maple syrup … and so my only real experience with maple was the flavoring in the pancake syrup that they sell in the grocery store.

After I had my first real experience with REAL maple, I was in love!  Sweet without tasting like processed white sugar, maple has an earthy taste to it that really appeals to me.  And this Maple Syrup Matcha is a delightful representation of the Maple flavor that I love!

It is sweet and maple-y without tasting too sugary.  The flavor of the Matcha – sweet, slightly earthy and vegetative, with hints of chocolate in the background – seems a perfect pairing with the rich, sweet flavor of maple!  They just work together so well!  The flavor is sweet, slightly vegetative, earthy and very comforting – something that makes you feel all warm and cozy just by sipping it.

For this particular batch of Matcha, I went with the classic grade of Matcha and the Robust flavoring.  Usually, I go with the Distinctive level of flavoring, but since my experience with maple flavoring in tea has been sometimes disappointing when it comes to a lack of maple flavor, I went with Robust because I really wanted to taste the Maple.  And I TASTE it.  I think I would have been safe with the distinctive level here, but, I am loving how strong the maple flavor is with the robust, so I think I’ll stick with it for future orders.

The first time I tried this flavored Matcha, there was a slight artificial-ness to the taste, slightly chemical.  It wasn’t a strong flavor and it did not intrude upon my enjoyment of the Matcha, but at the same time, I wasn’t pleased it was there.  However, today, as I sip it, I don’t notice the chemical flavor nearly so much!  I don’t know why that is!  All I do know is that I love it more now than when I first tried it!  YUM!