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Drink Me: David’s Lemon Pound Cake

Another tea I added to my recent order from David’s Tea is their Lemon Pound Cake tea.

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.

David's Tea

David's Tea

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.

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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!

Love+Leche Lotion Bars

A week or two ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in reviewing the new Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar from Love+Leche.

Love+Leche is a New Mexico company that specializes in producing soap and lotion bars from natural ingredients.   They use local beeswax, flowers, goat’s milk and essential oils to produce lovely bars. Love+Leche started in 2005 under the name Milk+Honey and started selling its soap and lotion bars at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. After growing the business for over ten years, in the last year or so the company decided to work with local artisans to create a lotion bar design just for knitters and fiber artists.

My lotion bar arrived with a sweet note, showing one of the goats whose milk is used in the bars.  The Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar comes in a variety of scents including Citrus Rose, Lavender, Lavender Mint, Lavender Rosemary, Lemongrass and Unscented. As you can see I selected Lemongrass.  Perhaps my favorite part is the sweet sheep mold that the bar came in.

I really enjoyed the clean fresh scent and the lotion bar made my hands feel fabulous. I really liked the bar because I got the benefits of lotion without having the extra liquid and greasiness that some lotions can leave.  In general I don’t use that many pampering products, but in winter my hands get dry, and any dry skin can snag fibers when I’m spinning. So I’m definitely keeping this lotion bar next to my spinning wheel and plan on enjoying it frequently!

Love+Leche wanted to extend a special offer to readers of my blog and followers of the podcast. Head on over to Love+Leche and use the coupon code “knittea.” If you buy one lotion bar in a tin (min. $14), you’ll also get a free mini balm sample ($4 value) in your order. This coupon will be good until 5/1/17.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Love+Leche who sent me the Sweet Sheep Lotion Bar (retail: $15.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity

The final tea in my last order from Capital Teas was Lemongrass Ginger Serenity (Organic).

From the website, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity contains lemongrass, ginger, licorice and peppermint.

It is available in a variety of sizes including 2oz for $9.95, 4oz for $19.90, 8oz for $37.81, 1lb for $71.64 and 2lbs for $135.32.

When I first opened the package the smell of the lemongrass and ginger was overwhelming – I think I even sneezed. But as I prepared the tea and it brewed, I got more of the licorice and peppermint aromas. The tea was milder than I expected, though I made sure not to overdo the measurements nor to steep too long. I think a stronger brew of this would be wonderful during cold season. However, this was a really nice afternoon cup; fresh and full of herbs and just slightly sweet.

Drink Me: Argo Tea, Limonello

The third and final sample in the package of teas from Argo is the Limonello blend.

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.

Drink Me: Tea Emporium, Sweet Lemon Green Tea

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!

Drink Me: Harney & Sons, Blueberry Green

A few months ago I got a cup of tea at our local Barnes & Noble.  After perusing their list I selected a Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons. I went home that night and placed a Harney & Sons order, it was THAT good.

From the website Blueberry Green is a blend of Chinese green tea with lemongrass, blueberry and vanilla.

It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz tin for $7.00 and 1lb bag for $20.50. As you can see, this time I went for the tin!

When I first opened the bag I smelled sweet blueberry and hints of the lemongrass. I also would have sworn there was some jasmine in there, although the ingredients list doesn’t include it.  Once brewed it’s a somewhat floral green, with notes of blueberry.  After a few weeks of anticipation, I wasn’t disappointed. This will definitely be joining my permanent collection of teas.

 

Drink Me: Upton Tea, Berry Herb

Another tea that I ordered in my recent shopping at Upton Tea is the Berry Herb blend.

From the label, this blend contains lemon grass, hibiscus, chamomile flowers, nana-mint, licorice, black currants, elderflowers, cactus blossoms and ginger.

It is available in various sizes: 7g sample for $1.00, 60g packet for $4.20, 120g packet for $7.98, 240g packet for $15.50 or 480g packet for $29.40.

When I first opened the package I smelled the mint and the licorice. I wondered if this would be another good blend for colds or sore throats. As it brewed I got a little more berry flavor in the scent.  The tea itself was pleasing, but more herbal than berry.  I do think it would be a good brew for when I was feeling under the weather, but I don’t know if I’d choose it for an afternoon pick me up.

Drink Me: Smoke Camp Crafts, Cinnamon Rosehip Blend

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!

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Blue Lagoon

This spring David’s Tea sent out an email with some new limited time spring flavors. Now if you know me, the key to getting me to buy things is to make it a limited edition. Some of the blends sounded so good I couldn’t resist, even though my tea room overfloweth.  One of the ones that sounded delicious for summer was Blue Lagoon.

From the website, Blue Lagoon combined pineapple and blueberries with tangy lemongrass.

I just checked and it appears that you can’t even get it any more (summer collection is available now!) except as 1 of 5 teas in the Spring Collection for $27.50.

When I first opened the package I smelled the blueberries and the pineapple. It smelled tropical and lovely. Once brewed it was still a fruity scent, with the pineapple and lemongrass adding a bit of spice.  The tea tasted mostly of blueberry with notes of pineapple. It was light and sweet, perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine -too bad I’m at work right?  Now I’m dreaming of island getaways!