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.
Last week I decided to place an order with Arbor Teas. I was especially delighted that Arbor Teas offers sample sizes, which means I can buy several small selections to try. The first one I was excited about trying is the Organic Plum Oolong.
From the website, Organic Plum Oolong contains organic Chinese oolong tea, organic Indian black tea, organic schizandra berries, organic rosehips, organic hibiscus, organic currants, organic osthmanthus flowers, and natural plum flavor.
Organic Plum Oolong is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $3.50, 3oz for $12.50 and 9oz for $29.95.
When I first opened the package I got sort of a spicy berry aroma. As the tea brewed I got more of the oolong and black tea aromas. I really like oolong teas because they tend to be very smooth and mellow, but still contain a very full tea flavor. The tea itself was very light and sweet; I tasted the berries and the hibiscus. There was also a smokey overtone which I assume is from the Indian black tea. I enjoyed this blend, although I didn’t get as much of the plum I was wanting.
From the label, the decaffeinated herbal blend contains hibiscus (49%), elderberries (25%), blackcurrants (10%), cranberries (1%), blueberries (1%) and other natural flavorings.
I purchased the sample size of 2 teabags for $2.50. There is also a package that contains 15 tea bags for $9.99, and one that contains 50 tea bags for $24.99.
When I opened the package I got a lovely berry smell. This was a tart tea with lots of hibiscus and berry flavor. I added a bit of sugar and it made it a bit sweeter without diminishing a bit of the tart flavor that I loved. I drank it hot, but I think it would also make a great pitcher of iced tea; I may have to order more and try it that way.
Hibiscus Sangria contains hibiscus, apple bits, sweet blackberry leaves, orange peel, natural orange, lemon, lime and strawberry flavors.
It is available in a tin which contains 8 pouches (to make 8 quarts of tea) for $6.99.
The tea itself is refreshing. I can taste the sweet hibiscus but the orange peel with lemon and lime give it a bit of a citrus tang that makes it not too sweet. I’d be eager to add fruit and maybe a splash of wine to it and see how that jazzed it up, but I did enjoy drinking it plain as well.
Another tea I picked up on sale in my last order from Teavana was the Mulled Pomegranate Cider. I have a feeling this was a holiday tea, but it’s still cold here in January and February, and I thought I might enjoy it.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider contains cinnamon, apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, carob bits, ginger, grapes, elderberries, pomegranate seeds, black pepper, black currants, raspberries, cardamom, cloves, red currants and blueberries.
Mulled Pomegranate Cider is available for $6.99 for 2oz and $55.89 for 1lb.
When I opened the package I got a strong berry smell with a bit of the mulling spices. When it was brewed it smelled more of hibiscus and spice. The taste was interesting – it reminded me of mulled wine with the cinnamon and spice and the darker berry flavors. I would drink this as more of a dessert tea, and to warm up on cold nights.
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!)
A few weeks ago I got the holiday season catalog from The Republic of Tea. I immediately ordered a Harvest Stackable tin ($13.50) and, not realizing I was already getting some, a can of the Cranberry Spice Hibiscus ($11.00).
I already know I love the Hot Apple Cider tea – I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I can’t find it so I will in the next post! I have also tried the Pumpkin Spice and liked it quite a bit. But the Cranberry Spice was new.
From the website this one contains hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, carob bits, apple bits, sweet blackberry leaves, cardamom seeds, chicory root, pepper, cloves, cranberry bits, and star anise.
When I opened the container, I could smell the spices in the cranberry tea. Once brewed the tea was a warm red color. It wasn’t sour like I expected it might be from the cranberry and I mostly tasted the hibiscus and spices. It was a really nice warm winter tea, and I think I’ll be drinking it quite a bit. I also wonder if I could use it for a mulled wine?
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.
From the website and packaging the blend contains: citrus peel, chamomile, orange blossoms, lemongrass, spearmint, hibiscus and rosehip.
It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $6.25, 100g for $12.50 and 250g for $28.13.
When I first opened the package I smelled the lemon and the mint. It reminded me quite a bit of the scent of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. It brewed up with a stronger lemongrass and mint smell and a bit of chamomile. I did get a bit of hibiscus and orange in the taste. Overall this was a refreshing, calming herbal blend. I didn’t get a chance to try it iced, but it might be nice that way as well. However, given the chamomile and spearmint, I might be inclined to use it as an end of the day, pre-bedtime treat.
From the website, the blend contains: organic white tea, organic rosehips, organic blueberries, organic raspberries, organic schizandra berries, organic strawberries, organic and hibiscus flowers, natural lychee and plum flavors, and organic white tea with jasmine.
It comes in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $16.00, 4oz for $32.00, 8oz for $60.80, 1lb for $115.20 and 2lbs for $217.60.
Based on the description of the ingredients I expected to really like this tea, but my first impression when I opened the bag to take the photographs was that it was overly flowery. When I opened it a second time to make a cup, I got more of the hibiscus and fruity smell. Once brewed the tea was mild, with a bit of a tangy hibiscus/berry taste. Overall, it was ok but it wasn’t everything I wanted it to be.