Crimson Cranberry/ Tease Tea

Hibiscus. My detestable foe. Every time I try a tisane with you in it I think to myself, maybe this will be the one. But once again you are undeniable. You leave my mouth feeling dry with a weird astringent punch. Lucky for this tisane it has some redeeming points. The first is the dry smell tart, sweet, would work well as a potpourri. Next elderberry. While it probably doesn’t aid in adding a better flavor on top of the hibiscus, it does add considerable health benefits.

Sick? Grab yourself some elderberry syrup and thank me later. Whole the flavor leans more toward the hibiscus the apple does give it a bit of a smooth mouth feel. And lastly, my favorite part, the liquid color. A glorious clear, red. Somewhat ruby in color and very enjoyable to gaze at.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Fruit Tisane
Where to Buy:  Tease Tea
Description:

Crisp cranberry tartness mingles with a sweet apple finish, creating a crimson stunning colored brew that is as beautiful to look at, as it is to sip.

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Winter Spice / Tease Tea

Whole Star Anise!

What a surprise it was to open the 30g pouch and find that!

It makes it a bit more festive. The dry aroma is faint. Somewhat creamy, spicy, and nutty. My first cup of this was a bland mess but I didn’t want to give up. It’s a unique tea blend; slight creaminess hinted once the tea enters your mouth which turns into a peculiar spicy flavor; which I’m assuming comes from the ginger and the cinnamon. Calming is generally not a descriptor I use when talking about black tea, however, with the chamomile this tea has a nice calming effect.

Everything in this tea blends well together and yet I’m finding myself somewhat underwhelmed. Perhaps because they say spice in the name I expected more kick. The first cup was steeped between 2.5 and 3.5 minutes so the next cupping was upped to 5 minutes. I’m currently on a third cup also brewing 5 minutes but adding a 1/2 tsp more of tea. The first taste at 5 minutes was the same as the second cup so the brewing time was upped to 7 minutes. Unfortunately, this removed the creaminess and the spices seemed to have disappeared altogether. The tannins have taken over a bit more and there is a definite astringency in the after taste.

Overall, a nice blend but one that needs at least 4 minutes for full flavor and is not suggested for those who don’t appreciate a light tea.


Here’s the scoop!

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

This festive favourite is back for a limited time! A naturally flavoured black tea featuring notes of cinnamon, spice & everything nice. The perfect way to get into the winter spirit!

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