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.
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!
Two weekends ago I spent the weekend in Chicago with my sister and her family. As a treat, I took myself to one of the Argo Tea Shops there and purchased a few goodies to sample at home. The first of those was the Charitea blend.
From the website, Charitea includes hibiscus petals, dried cherries and vanilla.
Charitea is available in a 3.9oz canister for for $14.95.
When I opened the canister I could smell the cherries and the vanilla, which only intensified as I brewed it. The taste was more hibiscus, but I definitely got both some cherry and vanilla in there. I wonder if this would be a good fruity iced tea for the summer months! It was quite good and I look forward to drinking it again.
I was watching a knitting podcast a few weeks ago (I confess I forget which one it was) and the host mentioned she was drinking some Cherry Blossom tea, a seasonal blend from David’s Tea. I was very curious about this blend, and popped over to David’s Tea and ordered a bag. I can’t say enough good things about their shipping – it came from Canada and was in my hands in just a few days!
From the packaging, the blend contains green and white tea, cherries, coconut, and rosebuds.
It’s available in the following sizes: 50g for $11.75, 100g for $23.50, 250g for $58.75, and 500g for $117.50.
When I first opened the bag it smelled heavenly – I could smell the sour cherry and almost a fruity, heady blossom smell. I could also see whole cherries, big chunks of coconut and rose petals. While brewing I got flashes of white and green tea, and milder smells. The tea itself was very light and refreshing with hints of cherry and coconut. I really enjoyed it hot, but I think it would be excellent iced as well. I’m so glad I checked this one out and I suspect it will be on my order each spring!
Another one of the teas that I picked up when I visited Tea Market was a Japanese Cherry tea. From Tea Market, the tea includes “exquisite Sencha with dried cherry pieces.”
I purchased one ounce for $4.70 (you can purchase it, as with her other teas, for the same price per ounce) and was instructed to brew at 160F and steep for 2-3 minutes.
When I first opened the bag, all I smelled were sweet tart dried cherries. Once brewed I smelled a milder cherry smell, with an undertone of the green tea, but it wasn’t grassy or overly strong. It was very sweet and light and I really enjoyed it. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon unwinding. Tea Market claims it’s one of its best sellers and now I know why!