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Drink Me: Capital Teas, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity

The final tea in my last order from Capital Teas was Lemongrass Ginger Serenity (Organic).

From the website, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity contains lemongrass, ginger, licorice and peppermint.

It is available in a variety of sizes including 2oz for $9.95, 4oz for $19.90, 8oz for $37.81, 1lb for $71.64 and 2lbs for $135.32.

When I first opened the package the smell of the lemongrass and ginger was overwhelming – I think I even sneezed. But as I prepared the tea and it brewed, I got more of the licorice and peppermint aromas. The tea was milder than I expected, though I made sure not to overdo the measurements nor to steep too long. I think a stronger brew of this would be wonderful during cold season. However, this was a really nice afternoon cup; fresh and full of herbs and just slightly sweet.

Drink Me: Tea Time Scottsdale, Passion Berry

Another tea my friend Liz brought me from Tea Time Scottsdale was Passion Berry.

From the package, Passion Berry is a black tea.

I don’t know precisely what is in the Passion Berry tea, but when I opened the package all I got was delicious tropical aromas.  I sort of assume what I was smelling was passionfruit flavor, and there were obviously petals that smelled of apricot. Actually, when I opened the package it reminded me of fruit roll ups from my childhood.  But I mean that in the best way possible!  Once brewed it smelled a bit less fruity, and I definitely got a hint of the black tea.  The taste was sweet, but very tropical. I think this would make a great summer iced tea, although it was a delicious mid-afternoon treat!

Drink Me: Tea Time Scottsdale, Raspberry Beret

Another tea my friend Liz brought me from Tea Time Scottsdale was Raspberry Beret.

From the package, Raspberry Beret is a green tea with raspberries and pink and white cornflower blossoms.

When I opened the package, I got the undeniable aroma of raspberries.  Once brewed I got more of the green tea scent.  I was a little disappointed that the raspberry flavor wasn’t stronger, because I felt it competed a little bit with the green tea. That said, it was light and would probably be delicious as an iced tea during the summer months.

Drink Me: Tea Time Scottsdale, Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Last week I got to meet up with my friend Liz and she brought me some delicious teas to try from her local tea store, Tea Time Scottsdale. I have tasted teas from them in the past, and they’re delicious, so I was looking forward to trying these.

The first blend I tried was Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake.  From the package, it includes black tea, organic cinnamon chips, apple pieces and orange blossoms.

It appears that the online store website isn’t up right now, but I bet you could call and place a phone order if you wanted to try this one.

When I opened the package all I could smell was the lovely cinnamon smell. This tea was strong enough that once brewed, it filled my house with a delicious aroma. I could definitely taste the apples and cinnamon and it was both sweet and strong.  It was a delicious cup on a cold day. I would highly recommend!

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Christmas Cookie

Another tea I added to my last order from Capital Teas was Christmas Cookie.

From the website, Christmas Cookie contains organic crystallized ginger (organic cane sugar, organic ginger), organic cinnamon, organic apple pieces, organic ginger, organic star anise, organic licorice root and organic barley malt.

It comes in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $8.95, 40z for $17.90, 8oz for $34.01, 1lb for $64.44 and 2lbs for $121.72.

When I got this one and opened the bag I was so excited because it smelled sweet and spicy. The resulting tea was good, but it lacked the spicy punch I had hoped for. I will try brewing it again stronger. It was, however, a really nice afternoon herbal tea and I enjoyed it with some lemon holiday cookies from a friend.

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Figgy Pudding

Recently I placed an order with Capital Teas for some holiday treats. One of the teas I wanted to try was Figgy Pudding.

Figgy Pudding is a black tea with figs and Acerola cherries.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $9.95, 4oz for $19.90, 8oz for $37.81, 1lb for $71.64 and 2lb for $135.32.

When I opened the package I smelled the deep rich aroma of the figs and cherries, which definitely reminded me of warm holiday treats.  Upon tasting this one, I was a little disappointed in that I only really got the cherry flavor. It was a good strong black tea, and the fruit flavor was nice, but I think I wanted a bit more fig flavor and it seemed to be overridden by cherry. That said, it should be a good tea for these cold holiday nights!

Drink Me: Adagio, Spiced Apple Chai

When I ordered from Adagio a few weeks ago, I decided to try some of their Spiced Apple Chai.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know how I love a good spicy tea around the holidays.

From the package, Spiced Apple Chai contains black tea, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom, orange peels, cloves, and apple pieces.

Spiced Apple Chai is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $3.00, 3oz for $8.00 and 16oz for $24.00.

When I opened the package I smelled both the sweet apple and the savory spices.  I love a good spiced tea so I had high hopes. The tea itself tasted wonderful – lots of apple cider-like taste, with a heady kick of spices.  I will definitely be adding this to my rotation. It’s a perfect blend of tea, fruit and holiday spice!

Drink Me: Adagio, Cranberry

Two weeks ago, I received an email from Adagio Teas advertising a holiday giveaway. I went to the site and sure enough I won 3oz of their Cranberry blend with my next order. I’d been meaning to order more new teas to try, and the holidays are approaching, so I did!

From the package, Cranberry contains black tea, raspberry leaves, natural cranberry flavor and cranberries.

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00 and 1lb for $19.00.

When I first opened the bag I smelled the raspberry leaves most strongly, but also a hint of tangy cranberry towards the end. Once brewed the tea had a very berry aroma.  The tea itself was fairly smooth and strong, with a nice raspberry flavor.  I wish the cranberry flavor were a little stronger, but there is a nice hint of it at the finish.  I’m tempted to brew this one over the holidays, maybe with some mulling spices?

Drink Me: Lana’s The Little House, Chautauqua Blend

A few weeks ago I received an unexpected package in the mail from Lana’s The Little House.  Worried that I might be tea shopping in my sleep, I opened the box with a bit of trepidation. What I found inside was a lovely note from Lana herself.

Apparently when I reviewed my previous order I had noted that one of the samples I received was fairly light. Now I have gone back and looked carefully at the current site and there doesn’t seem to be a defined amount for the sample size, so I guess I must have been comparing that particular sample to the other one that I ordered and also reviewed.  Regardless, this surprise package contained a note from Lana apologizing for the small size of the sample and as well as a few other samples of her tea to try.  I don’t think an apology was necessary, but I appreciate the thought and thank Lana for her excellent customer service.

I received two teas in this package: Fredonia Blue & White and Chautauqua Blend.  Today I’ve chosen to review the latter.

Chautauqua Blend contains black tea with a combination of strawberry bits, raspberry bits, orange peels, and other fruit flavors.

It is available in a variety of sizes including 4oz for $12.00 and sample size for $3.oo.

When I opened the package I smelled the berry flavor and it reminded me of summer.  Once brewed I got more of the black tea aroma, but it still smelled like summer fruits.  The tea was smooth with just a hint of sweet. It was delightful as an afternoon cup of tea, but I also think it would be wonderful iced in the summer months.

Again, I would like to thank Lana for her thoughtful package and I encourage you to try some of her offerings (including her Snowflake Tea which I love!).

Drink Me: Tea Forté, Sweet Orange Spice

Last week I wrote about my visit to The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop in Saugerties, NY.  While there I picked up a can of Tea Forté in Sweet Orange Spice.

Sweet Orange Spice contains black tea, cinnamon, orange peels, clove buds, natural orange flavors, and natural cinnamon flavor.

I was able to purchase 2.1 oz of Sweet Orange Spice in a beautiful tin for $13.50.  It doesn’t appear that you can order from The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop online, so I include a link to Tea Forté’s Sweet Orange Spice page.

When I opened the canister I could smell the cinnamon and cloves and my mouth watered. I absolutely love spicy teas! Once brewing I could smell a bit of the orange. The taste was wonderful. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and the cinnamon and cloves added a spicy undertone.  This was perfect for a chilly afternoon.