Lavender Green Tea from Tradition

lavendergreenTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  This tea is available on Amazon

Tea Description:

Tradition Lavender Green Tea is made from select natural lavender flowers, combined green tea leaves.

Taster’s Review:

I thought long and hard on whether or not I was actually going to post my review of this Lavender Green Tea from Tradition.  I wasn’t sure if I could conjure up enough words to describe this tea given the fact that I really wasn’t all that happy with the tea.

But here goes . . .

The fragrance of the tea – both in its dry and brewed form – is very light.  I found this somewhat surprising and a little disconcerting given the fact that this is supposed to be a lavender scented tea.  I wanted to smell the lavender, but I really didn’t smell much lavender at all.

The tea brews up very light in color … and very light in flavor too.  The barely there aroma of the lavender translates into the brewed tea – that is to say that it’s barely there.

I don’t taste much from the green tea either, to be quite honest.  On the good side, this isn’t a bitter, grassy green tea which can sometimes be the case of a bagged green tea.  Then again, there is so little “green tea” taste here that it makes me question whether or not there’s any green tea in it at all.  I don’t taste grassy.  I don’t taste vegetative.  I do taste a hint of buttery taste that I do sometimes taste in green teas.  And I do like that light, little bit of butter taste to this.

But, I taste next to no lavender.  On the plus side, at least the lavender isn’t overdone.  It doesn’t taste soapy, perfume-ish or chemical-y.  There is a very, very delicate whisper of lavender, and I notice that only if I’m really focused on the sip.

Overall, this is just … boring.   A very boring and lackluster tea.  Not something I’d recommend to anyone.  I wouldn’t even recommend to use it as potpourri because the aroma is too slight to enjoy.

Hey … on the plus side … I guess I was able to come up with enough words for a review!

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas Sent Me This Tea!

Here we are, Christmas Eve!  Whenever I think of “Christmas Eve” I am reminded of a time when my youngest daughter – who is now twelve years old – would dance around a few days before Christmas Eve and sing “Christmas Eve is in a couple of eves.”  It was really adorable.  How quickly they grow up.

Christmas Tradition

christmastraditionTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:

Go back to the days of Christmas tradition with popcorn strung on the tree, silver balls and delicious flavors.  This tea combines all of those, with vanilla, cream and amazing mint!  Create a new Christmas tradition with this magical tea!

Ingredients: Black tea, vanilla bits and flavor, cream flavor, mint, popcorn, silver and red sprinkles*

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

At first glance – and at first sip! – this tea would seem to be very similar to the Peppermint Perfection from Day 3 with the notable omission of the chocolate in this tea, and the addition of the popcorn.

I don’t know if the popcorn adds a whole lot to the flavor of this tea, but I do know that the chocolate certainly added a delightful dimension of flavor to the aforementioned Peppermint Perfection tea.  That said, I really like this tea.  This tea tastes more candy cane-ish to me because there is no chocolate, and I don’t usually have chocolate covered candy canes (although, this year, Santa will be putting a chocolate filled candy cane in my stocking).

I like the creaminess of this tea.  This tea seems creamier to me, and there is a savory element to this as well.  At the finish, and at the very start of the aftertaste, I note a pepper taste.  Just a slight “kick” of pepper.  I don’t know where that’s coming from, but it’s there.

This is less “minty” than the Peppermint Perfection.  The mint here is a gentle, smooth mint taste.  The black tea seems richer and more robust to me with this tea as well.  There is almost a malty note to this, and I’m not sure if that’s from the tea or if it’s from the vanilla and cream flavoring.

So, it sort of surprises me to say that if I were asked to choose between the Peppermint Bark tea (which has chocolate in it) or this, the Christmas Tradition tea (which doesn’t have chocolate in it), I would probably choose this one!  There is something more complex and more unique that keeps my palate intrigued as I sip.  Both teas are really good, but, this one is more interesting to me.