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Drink Me: T2, Creme Brulee

About a month ago I read Stefanie’s post about T2 and decided that I needed to give it a try. For my first order, I selected two teas to try.  Today’s tea is Creme Brulee.

From the website, Creme Brulee contains Black tea, natural and artificial flavor, and hazelnut praline (sugar, hazelnuts).

It is available in a variety of sizes: 100g/3.5oz for $13.00 and 250g/8.8oz for $31.00.

When I opened the package, the warm smell of caramel was the first thing I noticed. The tea brewed up smooth with a sweet finish. I got bits of caramel and vanilla. This one was a nice dessert tea, but I also enjoyed it at breakfast sometimes as well.

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Drink Me: Stash Tea, Maple Apple Cider

About a week ago someone I follow on Instagram posted a photo of Maple Apple Cider tea from Stash Tea. Since I’ve been enjoying lots of seasonal and holiday flavors, I immediately went over to Stash and purchased some!

From the website, the ingredients include hibiscus, rooibos, cinnamon, apple, caramel and maple flavors.

It is available in variety of sizes: 30 ct teabags for $5.45, 90 ct for $14.95, 150 ct for $22.95 and 240 ct for $34.95.

Now normally I do have a preference for loose leaf tea, but I do drink quite a bit of tea from tea bags and you really can’t beat them for convenience, so I’m never opposed to purchasing that way.

When I opened the first tea bag all I got was a delicious whiff of maple.  Once brewed I got more of the hibiscus and the apple flavors. I admit that until I looked at the ingredient list, I didn’t realize there was rooibos in this blend. That’s a plus for me (I don’t really care for it), but could be a detractor if that’s what you’re looking for. Overall this gets the thumbs up and I plan to enjoy the rest of the box (and share with friends!)

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Candy Apple

The final holiday themed tea I ordered this year was Adagio TeasCandy Apple.  I might add that Adagio had all sorts of holiday teas and I look forward to ordering and review others in the coming years.

Candy Apple includes black tea, apple pieces, caramel flavor and cinnamon bark.

It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $6.00 and 16oz for $19.00.

 

When I opened the package I could smell the caramel. Once I started brewing the tea, a sweet tangy apple scent emerged.  The tea was a good black tea with hints of apple and caramel.   It wasn’t super sweet, but it was pretty tasty. If you love caramel apples in the fall you should give this one a try!

Drink Me: TeaGschwendner, Windy City Blend

For my birthday this year my sister got me a selection of teas from TeaGschwendner in Chicago, where she lives.

 

I decided to try the Windy City Blend first.  From the packaging, the Windy City Blend is a blend of seven sweet teas: black, green, oolong, osmanthus blossoms, sunflower, jasmine, rose blossoms, strawberry leaves, strawberry, caramel and vanilla bits.

The Windy City Blend is available in a variety of sizes: 100g for $11.74, 250g for $28.37, 500g for $50.77 and 1000g for $101.55.

When I opened the bag the tea smelled DELICIOUS. I could smell strawberries and vanilla.  After it was brewed it still had a sweet fruit smell.  In this case I was so pleased – the tea tasted just as good, if not better than it smelled. It’s light and fruity, and sweet. It’s a great dessert tea or mid-afternoon pick me up and I think it might even be good iced. This is going on the short list for teas to keep in stock all the time!

Drink Me: Mighty Leaf, Pear Caramel

A few weeks ago I placed an order with Mighty Leaf on the recommendation of several friends.  I enjoyed their selection and was happy to find that a few samples hitchhiked their way to me with super fast shipping. I tried to get a variety, and you can see what I’ll be trying in the next few weeks.

 

My only complaint with Mighty Leaf is that the loose leaf teas are only available in 4oz increments. I very much appreciate that Mighty Leaf is trying to be Eco-conscious and can minimize packaging waste this way (i.e. instead of having all different sizes and bags), however for those of us intent on trying a variety of teas it’s a lot of tea to drink just to try a sample. I guess one could sample tea bags rather than loose leaf if you just want a quick taste.

The first tea I decided to try was the Pear Caramel because it had so appealed to me in the ordering process.

From the website, the tea blend contains Washington state pears blended with Ceylon and China black tea and sweet bits of caramel.

It is available in the 4oz size for $11 and 1lb size for $38.95.

When I first opened the package I could smell the sweet pear and could see the chunks in the tea.  Once brewed I could still smell the pear, but also the caramel undertones. This was a sweet rich dessert tea and I can see why it’s one of their signature blends.  I confess I don’t know if I like it as much as David’s Tea Cranberry Pear, but I enjoyed it and have plenty more to enjoy!

 

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Creme Brulee Rooibos

Another tea that I just couldn’t resist trying from David’s Teas was the Creme Brulee.  From the website it includes organic green and red rooibos tea as well as safflowers, marigold and caramel flavoring.

Creme Brulee is available in a few different sizes: 50g for $7.75, 100g + free tin for $15.50, 250g + free tin for $38.75 and 500g + free tin for $77.50.

When I first opened the bag it smelled deliciously like caramel with a few almost spicy notes. Once brewed I could smell a mellow blend of the green and rooibos teas, and still a tinge of the sweet caramel.  It tasted smooth and sweet, deliciously dessert like.  I can totally picture this being the perfect rainy Sunday tea. And best of all it’s decaf!