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Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Secret Garden

Another tea I picked up in my last Tea Embassy order was their Secret Garden blend.

From the website, Secret Garden contains Pai Mu Tan, Darjeeling and Chinese green teas, sencha, dragonwell, gunpowder, jasmine jade pearls, candied mango bits, candied pineapple bits, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits and apricot bits.

Secret Garden is available at $6.50 per ounce in 1oz, 2oz, 4oz, 8oz and 1lb packages.

When I first opened the package, I got the overwhelming tropical scent of the mango and pineapple. As it brewed I also detected the cherry and strawberry scents.   The tea itself was light and fruity.  The blend didn’t taste strongly of any of the actual teas: I didn’t get a black tea feel from it, and the green tea was very light and not grassy.  Overall, it was a really nice light fruity blend. I think it would be fantastic iced and I really enjoyed it.

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Drink Me: Distinctly Tea, Apricot Black

Today brings me to the third and final of the teas my sister brought me from Distinctly Tea – Apricot Black.

From the label, the blend contains decaf Ceylon orange pekoe tea and natural apricot flavoring.

I couldn’t find it on the site right now, but there are a number of other yummy teas that contain both the apricot.

 

When I opened the package I could smell the apricot.  Once brewed it smelled sweet – almost honeyed.  The taste was really smooth – a nice black tea with a hint of apricot. It was a great afternoon tea, just enough sweet to be interesting.

Drink Me: Adagio, Peach Oolong

The fourth and final selection included in my Orchard Sampler from Adagio is Peach Oolong.  From the website, the blend contains oolong tea, natural peach flavor, apple pieces, marigold flowers and apricots.

It is available in several sizes: a sample pack for $2, 2oz for $6 and 16oz for $29.

When I first opened the package I smelled a sweet and slightly tart mix of the peach and apricot.  Once brewed the smell was almost honey-like.  I thought the taste was more apricot than peach, but sweet and soothing.  I think this is a good mid-afternoon brew if you’re looking for a calm moment.

Drink Me: Adagio, Ginger Peach

I know I posted about visiting the Tea Market, but I’m also still working through my box of samples from Adagio.

Another of the teas I received in my initial order was Ginger Peach which is available in a sample size for $2, 3 oz for $6 and 6 oz for $19.

From the website, the Ginger Peach tea includes black tea, ginger root, natural ginger flavor, natural peach flavor, natural apricot flavor and marigold flowers.

When I first opened the bag I definitely smelled the tangy ginger above everything else. Under that there was a hint of peach and apricot.  This particular tea smelled very strongly of ginger and I wasn’t sure I would like it.  But again, it was deceiving because when it was brewed it was much milder. I could definitely still taste the ginger, but the black tea and the peach and apricot flavors mellowed it out quite a bit.  I won’t say this is a favorite of the ones I have gotten, but I did enjoy it.