Fruit Punch from The NecessiTeas. . . .

Often, when I’m about to review a tea, I ask myself: what does this tea make me think of? What memory is associated with these flavors? But you guys– I couldn’t even do it with this one. The flavors of “fruit punch” are apparently so ingrained in my childhood that even with thoughts long and hard, I couldn’t pinpoint one specific memory, just a flood of tasting this exact fruity mix over and over again throughout the years. (And ending up with a cherry-red-stained mouth every time!)

This oolong blend from The Necessiteas is impressive– even just by scent alone, it is spot-on, bright red fruit punch flavor. You know, the kind that comes in those little juice tubs that look like barrels? Cherry red and bursting with flavor, this is it. I of course had to brew this one iced– is there even another option? I got the same scent in the brewed tea as the dry leaf, but upon sipping, the candy-cherry had mellowed out a bit to brew into a slightly more lightly fruity brew. I couldn’t really pick out specific oolong flavors here, but I can imagine them competing with the fruit, so it’s probably better that they took a backseat. On the whole, this one was tasty iced, but with the plethora of iced tea options I have at my disposal, it’s not one I adored so much that I feel the need to make it again and again.

That said– if you’re able to pick out much more specific cherry-punch-flavored from your memory than I, I think this one is going to be delightfully right up your alley– no cherry-stained-mouth necessary!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

This blend brings back childhood memories of me at the pool with a red stained smile on my face. What is even better about this tea, you don’t have to have a red stained smile to be happy. Fruit punch is a spring and summer must have around here! If it’s a party, shower or barbecue, they just seem to go hand in hand. So obviously I had to create a punch inspired tea. If you’re anything like me and enjoyed that sweet red punch as a kid then you’ll love this refreshing combo of strawberry, cherry and orange.

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Strawberry Cheesecake from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I love cheesecake. Before I moved in with my current boyfriend and had our daughter I actually lived right across from The Cheesecake Factory, and let me tell you I was there after work getting to-go cheesecake more often than i’ll ever admit! Classic cheesecake is plain with a strawberry sauce, and while I do usually go towards the more “wild” flavors like Oreo, key lime, or anything peanut buttery, I do love me a good ‘ol slice of classic strawberry cheesecake! Unfortunately, I no longer live close to a Cheesecake Factory restaurant so the next best thing to satisfy my sweet-tooth would obviously be tea! When I saw this one on The NecessiTEA’s website, I knew I had to try it!

I really enjoy strawberries in tea. I think that they add a nice fresh, crisp, sweet, and sometimes tart flavor that isn’t overly so. The smell of this blend is very much fresh strawberries. It is a black tea, and as I sip I kind of wish that it was green tea instead. I think that the flavors here would have been a lot better with a green tea base. Other than that, I am enjoying the cup. The flavors here are predominantly black tea and strawberries with a hint of cheesecake after the sip is gone. Like I said, I think I would enjoy this more as a green tea, but it still is a nicely done dessert blend. If you are looking for a tea to satisfy your sweet-tooth, this would be a good option!


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Now you can indulge in cheesecake anytime without waiting for a seat at the Cheesecake Factory. This blend is a rich, creamy, strawberry-topped showstopper and completely guilt-free!

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Strawberry Shortcake from The NecessiTeas. . . . .

One of my absolute, all-time, favorite summer desserts is strawberry shortcake. I have really, really fond memories of strawberry shortcake from when I was a kid. My nana and papa would always have BBQ get-together at their house and my nana would buy biscuits from the grocery store and we would pile them with cool whip and fresh strawberries. It was so good, so cool, and fresh, and summery. When I think of a strawberry shortcake tea, I want it to be crisp and fresh tasting…and of course, strawberry!

Upon opening my pre-packaged tin of Strawberry Shortcake by The NecessiTEA’s I smelled something really sweet, almost like cherry. I was really hoping for more of a fresh strawberry smell so this was a little different. I steeped it for three minutes and added a touch of agave. I’m still smelling cherry instead of strawberry which is slightly disappointing, but now I’m wondering if its maybe the vanilla mingling with the strawberry.

The white tea is very light and a perfect base for the sweet flavors of strawberry shortcake. I think that I would have enjoyed this more if I wasn’t smelling that artificial cherry scent…but that’s not to say that it isn’t a good blend. I’m actually wondering if I would enjoy this better iced. The aftertaste is definitely vanilla with a hint of cake, so I do think this was half true to it’s name, but I wish there was more fresh strawberry flavor opposed to “cherry”. Either way, it is definitely worth trying and next time I brew it I will brew it over ice!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Angel food cake perfectly combines with a light layer of sweet cream and juicy strawberries to create this guilt-free dessert. Enjoy hot or poured over ice.

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Marshmallow Krispy Treat from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I love anything marshmallow. Literally anything. Marshmallow scented candles, marshmallows out of the bag, marshmallow fluff sandwiches, toasting marshmallows in the toaster in my kitchen…if it involves marshmallow, i’m down! Anytime I see a marshmallow tea, I am sure to grab it. So, when I saw Marshmallow Krispy Treat black tea on The NecessiTEAs’ website, I immediately snagged myself a tin of it.

I was very intrigued by the fact that there were actual pieces of that rice krispy popped cereal and actual mini freeze dried marshmallows. In smell, it reminded me a lot of Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel by Tea & Tins, but that tea also contained caramel and this one does not. The smell is akin to those mini marshmallows that come in those hot cocoa packets!

This delectable black tea is oh so creamy. It has the world’s most perfect, rich, marshmallow and vanilla flavor. The aroma of the steeped liquid is literally vanilla marshmallows. In taste it is smooth and sweet. I could drink it all day long it is addicting! The marshmallow flavor lingers long after you swallow and my kitchen smells like I was toasting marshmallows! The rice krispy pieces themselves may have been lost on me or perhaps it lends a bit of a toasty flavor to the cup. Either way, I think the vanilla marshmallow pieces may have overpowered them and that is completely okay. I keep smelling the liquid before I take a sip, I am literally basking the gooey marshmallowy goodness! The black tea itself was smooth, sweet, and mellow which really mixed well with vanilla marshmallow flavor.

I have tried my fair share of marshmallow teas, and this one totally takes the cake. Absolute YUM! I would recommend this to any marshmallow lover.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  The NecessiTeas
Description

Why not take the awesomeness of Marshmallow Krispy Treats and transform them into a tea? Well that’s exactly what we’ve done! The outcome is an incredibly tasty blend filled with ooey- gooey goodness!

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