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Drink Me: American Tea Room, Organic Bliss

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.

TR American Tea Room Organic Bliss

TR American Tea Room Organic Bliss

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!

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Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Capital Blend

When I placed my last order with Tea Embassy, I decided to order some unflavored black tea to review. I settled for the Capital Blend.

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.

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

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.

Drink Me: T2, Chai

The second tea I ordered in my recent order from T2 was their Chai.

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.

T2

T2 Chai

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.

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.

Drink Me: La Creme, Guava Gold

One of the inclusions in my recent Tearunners box was the Guava Gold Detox Tea from La Creme Coffee and Tea.  This blend has the distinction of being a 2013 Flavored Green Tea championship winner.

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.

Drink Me: Rishi Tea, Genmaicha

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!

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Ajiri Tea, Kenyan Black

I’ve been falling down on the tea reviews, but my collection of tea just keeps growing!  One of the selections from my Tea Runners club from a few months back is Kenyan Black Tea from Ajiri Teas.

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.

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.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Snow Flake

When I placed by last order with Tea Embassy, they slipped in a sample of their Snow Flake tea.

From the website, Snow Flake contains black tea, almonds and coconut rasps.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $3.25, 2oz for $6.50, 4oz for $13.00, 8oz for $26.00 and 1lb for $52.00.

I was interested in trying this blend because there is another Snowflake tea that I’m quite fond of and I wanted to see how this one compared.  This one smelled quite good – I got a lot of coconut and almond aroma right away.  Once brewed, the tea was quite smooth with a lot of coconut flavor, but I didn’t get as much of almond flavor as I wanted. The tea was still quite good, and would be a great dessert tea.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Fancy Formosa Oolong

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to try a new tea provider and I placed an order with Tea Embassy. I ordered several selections, but today I’ll be reviewing the Fancy Formosa Oolong.

From the website, Fancy Formosa Oolong contains white-tipped oolong from Taiwan.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $6.00, 2oz for $12.00, 4oz for $24.00, 8oz for $48.00 and 1lb for $96.00.

When I opened the package, I got a delicious aroma.  I’ve mentioned before that I love oolongs because, in my opinion, they tend to be the smoothest teas.  This tea was delightful.  It was a strong tea, but not quite as bitter as some black teas.  With a bit of sugar, it was sweet and full bodied with just a hint of peach and apricot flavors at the end. This is the perfect morning or afternoon tea, especially with a jam-filled cookie.