From the ingredients list, Lemon Pound Cake contains oolong, lemongrass, lemon peel, sunflower blossoms, white hibiscus and natural and artificial poundcake and lemon flavor.
It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $10.98 per 2 oz.
When I first opened the package I got vanilla pound cake smell, followed by a bit of tangy lemon. It smelled sweet and delicious. Once brewed I got more of a lemon tea smell. Despite the oolong tea in the blend, it tasted light and lemony. This is a delicious dessert-like tea, that I really enjoyed mid-afternoon. I think it would be great with cake, or on a cold winter day for a bit of a lift.
From the ingredients list, David’s Breakfast Tea contains organic black tea from India and Nepal.
It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $8.98 per 2 oz.
When I first opened the package I got a bit of a smoky aroma. I brewed it nice and hot, with just a touch of sugar. It was definitely smoky, but it was still super smooth and not terribly bitter like some black teas can be. I enjoyed it with a slice of banana bread and it was a good kick start to my day.
Mystic Mint contains organic peppermint, organic cardamom, organic licorice root, essential basil and clove leaf oils.
It is available in a variety of sizes: teaser for $2.00, 1/4 pound for $14.00 and a full pound for $49.00.
On one hand, just reading the ingredients this sounded like something I would like since I really like both spicy teas and licorice. I was a little skeptical of the combination of flavors, but thought I’d give it a try. Then this week due to the change in the weather I had a bit of a sore throat, and I though the licorice root and a bit of honey would help so I brewed this one up. In general, this one was okay, but it isn’t the first tea I’d grab. The peppermint was refreshing, there was only a hint of sweet licorice at the finish, and even though it was a tea of strong flavors it wasn’t overwhelming. However I didn’t find it as smooth a blend as I might have liked; the flavors didn’t all meld and enhance each other. If I’m looking for a mint tea, I’d probably stick with Upton’s Moroccan Mint and if I wanted mint and licorice I’d hands down prefer Teapigs’ Liquorice & Mint.
In one of the recent Tea Runners boxes I found a delicious looking tea from the American Tea Room called Organic Bliss. I was actually surprised to see that the American Tea Room has locations in Los Angeles. I will have to try and visit the next time I go!
From the website, Organic Bliss contains Organic green tea, Organic white tea, Organic dragonfruit pieces, Organic lemongrass, Organic kiwi pieces, Organic raspberry pieces, Natural flavoring, and Sugar.
It comes in a variety of sizes: sample for $4.00, 2oz for $9.75, 3.5oz for $15.00, 7oz for $27.00 and 14oz for $48.00.
When I first opened the package I got a lot of the sweet tropical fruit aromas. Once brewed I got a little more of the green tea aroma wafting from the teacup. The tea was light and fruity and delicious, with delicate flavors that melded together in a bit of sweet and just a touch of tang. I really enjoyed this one as a mid-afternoon pick me up, and I think it would be really delightful iced. I’ll definitely be checking out the tea room in the future!
From the website, the Capital Blend is a blend of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. They consider it a Scottish Breakfast Blend.
Capital Blend is available in 1oz increments for $3.00 per ounce.
When I opened the package I smelled a good strong black tea. Once brewed, the tea was a smooth finishing black. I brewed it strong for my morning kickstart, and added just a touch of sugar. It was full bodied without a bitter finish and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order more.
From the website, T2 Chai includes black tea, cloves, cardamon, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, natural and artificial flavor.
Chai comes in two sizes: a 100g cube for $13.00 or 250g for $31.00.
When I opened the package I was quite impressed with the tea. Not only did it smell amazing, but there were full pods of cardamom and star anise in the tea. This one didn’t disappoint – it was quite strong and spicy which is just the way I like Chai. I’ll definitely be keeping this one on my list of favorite Chais for the future and would highly recommend it if you like strong spicy tea.
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.
From the website, Guava Gold contains Bai Mu Dan White tea, Silver Needle White tea, Japanese Sencha Kyoto Green tea, Formosa Oolong Choicest tea, blue flowers, rose petals, natural and artificial flavoring.
It is available in a variety of sizes: 1/4 lb for $21.00, 1/2 lb for $32.35 and 1lb for $55.00.
When I opened the bag the first thing I noticed was the sweet and spicy scent of guava. Once brewed I could smell a bit of strawberry as well. (As a side note – I wish tea makers wouldn’t just include “natural and artificial flavoring” but tell me WHAT the flavoring is. For instance, if it smells like guava, tell me there’s guava in there!)
The tea was actually quite a bit milder than I was expecting. I really enjoy Guava Cadabra from David’s Tea and while this definitely had notes of guava, I think I wanted more fruit taste. That said, it was a pretty smooth blend of tea with light, sweet notes. I think it would make a good tropical iced tea.
One of the things that I love about my Tea Runners subscription is that it introduces me to new teas. One of these is the Genmaicha in the May box.
Genmaicha translates to “brown rice tea” and was discovered when Japanese monks brewed green tea in their rice cauldrons. This particular blend includes organic green tea and organic roasted sticky rice.
Genmaicha is available in a variety of sizes: teaser for $2.00, 50g for $9.00 and 250g for $39.00
I have to say that I was completely skeptical about whether or not I would like this blend. When I opened the bag all I smelled was the green tea which was sort of overwhelmingly grassy smelling. However, as the tea brewed, all I could smell was the toasted rice, smelling almost nutty. The taste was more of the nutty brown rice and not much of the green tea flavor at all. I added just a touch of sugar and it was sweet and nutty and really enjoyable. I would definitely try a Genmaicha if you get a chance because this one was delightful!
Kenyan Black Tea is black tea grown in Kenya.
Kenyan Black Tea is available for $10.00 for 3.5oz/100g of loose leaf tea or for $9.00 for a box of 20 teabags. All profits from sales of Ajiri Tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation, which pays school fees for orphans in western Kenya.
When I got this tea I wasn’t sure whether I would like it. Primarily, I was surprised that it was almost the consistency of coffee grounds. I used a paper filter to brew up a cup and I was pleasantly surprised that it was delicious. It was a good strong black tea without a bitter finish. I added a bit of sugar to mine, and I suspect this one would be excellent with a bit of milk or cream. This was a really great find for Tea Runners and I suspect I’ll be trying more of Ajiri’s teas in the future.