White tea is harvested from the spring buds of the tea plan, and this tea is peony silver needles.
When I opened the package, I found White Pearls to be gently fragrant, mostly smelling of flowers. Upon steeping it, I did find the blend to be a little flowery for my tastes, but still very light and refreshing. This one was a good afternoon blend, a little sweet and not too strong. If I’m going to drink a tea that is light and flowery I usually prefer jasmine, but this was lovely to try.
I’m awash in samples from Tea Runners! This week I brought Water Sprite Oolong to work to try.
Water Sprite Oolong is pure oolong tea from a family farm high up in the mountains of Southeast China.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag is how smoky this tea is. The packaging suggests there is some honey sweetness “balanced with strong earthy tones,” but all I got from this one was a smoky smell and taste. In general, I find oolongs very mellow and I enjoy them, but I think this one was too smoky for me. I enjoyed trying it, but I wouldn’t add it to my permanent collection.
Many, many months ago (I’m ashamed to count how many) my friend Ana brought me a few bags of Tea-Historic tea that she had picked up at a local festival. I pulled them out for sampling in the next few weeks and went to the website to do more research and learned that Tea-Historic is closing up shop! That will teach me to delay in reviewing.
The first tea I wanted to review was Tea-Historic Cretaceous Cinnamon. From the package, Cretaceous Cinnamon contains Assam black tea, and cinnamon sticks.
Tea-Historic teas are available in 1oz increments for $6 per ounce.
When I opened the package I was interested to see big chunks of cinnamon sticks in with the black tea. The tea itself smelled wonderfully of cinnamon, both before and after brewing. It was a delightfully strong black tea, with the taste of warm (but not spicy) cinnamon. It was perfect for a mid-afternoon cup.
My husband knows me so well. He wanted to buy me some tea for Christmas so he checked out Adagio Teas where he found a whole sampler set of 12-teas for fans of Critical Roll. I photographed them all for fun, and I’ll be sampling a few over the next few weeks on the blog.
Each of the teas in Cri-Tea-Cal Role is named for something from the game, and tea creator Stephanie Traylor chose from all the Adagio ingredients to create her own signature blends.
Today I’m reviewing Inspiration which is a blend of black and oolong teas, apple pieces, passionfruit flavor, vanilla, marigold flowers, ginger root and flavor, and finally rainbow sprinkles.
I received the sampler tin as part of the set, but the tea is also available singly as a sample for $5.00, 3oz pouch for $12.00 or 5oz tin for $24.00.
When I first opened the package, aside from being delighted by the sprinkles, I loved the tropical smell of the tea. As it brewed I mostly got the passionfruit aroma. Sipping it I get more of the vanilla, passionfruit and apple. I don’t taste much ginger, but it probably keeps the tea balanced, especially with the sweet sprinkles. I picked this one for today because I like both black and oolong teas quite a bit, and I’m always up for a little tropical tea on a Friday afternoon. I enjoyed this blend and look forward to sampling the others!
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.