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.
A few weeks ago I went to my local tea shop, Tea Market. Another summer blend that I wanted to try was Berryade.
Berryade contains black tea blended with cranberries, raspberries, raspberry leaves, lemon zest, freeze dried lemon and a hint of basil. You can purchase Berryade tea for $4.60 per ounce.
When I first opened the package I got a lot of lemon – I could see the chunks of lemon in there and they smelled so fragrant. After it brewed, I got more of the berry aroma. The taste was light and refreshing, even though it had a good strong black tea flavor underneath. I think this is definitely a fun summer blend to add to the collection!
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.
Welcome to episode 53! My knitting mojo is back and I’ve started a new project that I can’t stop knitting!
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- Finished: Violet Waffles by Halldora J, Plymouth Encore
- In Progress: Monkey by Cookie A in A Good Yarn‘s exclusive colorway Cabbage Key
- In Progress: Memory Blanket by Georgie Hallam
- Past Knits: Binic by Solenn Couix-Loarer, Shalimar Yarns Zoe Sock in American Beauty
- On Deck: Tubey by Wooly Wormhead, handspun
From the website Limonello contains lemongrass, lemon peels and dried apple.
It is available in a 3.2oz canister for $10.95.
When I first opened this one I love the tart lemony smell. I was curious what the dried apples would add to the mix. Once brewed I mostly tasted the lemon peel and lemongrass; there may have been a touch of sweetness from the apples, but I mostly got lemon. Not that I wish to relegate this purely to use for illness, but with a little bit of honey I think this one would be the perfect cold remedy. Of course, I could also imagine it hot with a bit of cake or with a scone.
A while back a reader suggested that I give The Tea Emporium a try. As I was running low on teas to review, I placed an order a few weeks ago. It arrived quickly from Canada and the first one I decided to try was the Sweet Lemon Green Tea.
From the site, the blend contains Japanese green tea with lemon peel and lemongrass.
It is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $7.25, 100g for $14.50, and 250g for $32.63.
When I opened the package the tea smelled sort of like sweet grass. I could see the big lemon chunks. While brewing I got more of the lemon aroma. When brewed it was very light and sweet. I enjoyed it as a hot tea, but I think it would make a really great summer iced tea. I think I’ll have to try that at home!
Back in April I picked up a few teas from Smoke Camp Crafts while on a cross country road trip. Sadly they don’t have a web site, but I was able to find the linked contact information. Today I decided to try the Cinnamon Rosehip Blend.
From the label the tea contains rosehips, lemon grass and balm, lemon peel, and cinnamon. I purchased 1 1/2 oz for $3.50.
When I opened the container I could definitely smell the cinnamon over everything, but I think I could catch a bit of the lemon as well. Post brewing I got whiffs of all the ingredients in there. The taste was kind of a warm soothing cinnamon. Though I used a healthy portion, the tea didn’t brew dark and it seemed very mild-tasting; no strong flavors in this one. Still it was nice to try tea from other regions. I still have an Appalachian Mint that I’ll be trying tomorrow!
Last time I went to the Tea Market, my friend and co-worker tried some of the Lemon Basil Oolong. She let me try a bit too, and I really liked it. So the second time back I purchased an ounce for myself.
From her menu, the Lemon Basil Oolong is a blend of dark leaf oolong, with the fruit and zest of lemon and a hint of savory basil. She sells it for $4.55 per oz.
When I smelled the blend in the store, it smelled very light, and almost savory with the tang of the lemon rind and a bit of the basil. Once brewed it definitely smelled lemony, with less of the basil scent. I really like this one hot – it’s a great refreshing afternoon blend – but I also think I’d like to try it iced, particularly on a hot summer day. I’d definitely recommend it!