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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: Teavana, Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom

I went through my tea stash the other day and found a sample from Teavana: Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom. I believe it came with my last order.

From the label the blend contains: apple pieces, white tea, hibiscus flowers, rosehip peels, candied pineapple and mango, beetroot, cistrus slices and peels, red currants, rose petals, orange petals, orange juice pieces, acai fruit powder and Teavana’s rock sugar.

It is available in 4oz increments for $19.96.

When I opened the package I smelled the citrus most strongly. As it brewed I could smell the hibiscus and rose petals.  The taste was tangy and citrusy, but sweet.  It was a very light fruit tea and I expect it would be excellent iced in the summer, but was delicious as a mid-afternoon pick me up.

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Mango Fruit Punch

The second tea I picked up in my recent David’s Tea shipment was the Mango Fruit Punch.

From the package, this blend contains pineapple, mango, orange peel and slices, safflower, marigold, and strawberry.

It’s available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $7.50, 100g + free tin for $15.00, 250g + free tin for $37.50 and 500g + free tin for $75.00.

When I first opened the package I smelled the mango and pineapple, citrusy and sweet. Once brewed, the scent wasn’t as strong, but I still got the citrus and a bit of the tropical scent of the mango.  The tea itself was sweet and I mostly tasted the citrus. It was pleasing hot, but I think it would be great as an iced tea during our hot summer days. I guess I just love tropical blends!

Drink Me: Teavana, Blueberry Bliss/Pineapple Kona Pop!

The final tea I received in my Teavana order was a sample of Blueberry Bliss/Pineapple Kona Pop.

From the packaging, the blend contains rock sugar, apple pieces, green rooibos, blueberries, candied pineapple, raisins, black currants, rosehip peels, beetroot pieces, hibiscus flowers, rose blossom leaves, rosebuds, marigold blossoms, and orange blossoms.

It is available in a 4oz size for $13.96.

When I opened the packet I could smell the blueberry and the pineapple. Once brewed it definitely had a berry smell with sweet pineapple a hint of the rose as well.  It wasn’t quite as sweet as I thought it would be, but it was really refreshing, even hot. A good fruity afternoon break.

Drink Me: Teavana, Berry Kiwi Colada

Another tea I received in my last order from Teavana is Berry Kiwi Colada.

From the packaging the blend includes hibiscus flowers, rosehips, kiwi, pear, candied pineapple, candied mango, carrot slices, candied tangerine, apple slices, coconut chips, lemon verbena and strawberry slices.

It is available in multiples of 2oz for $9.98 for each 2oz.

When I first opened the package I could definitely smell the kiwi and the pear. They were fruity and tangy.  One brewed, I got more of the other flavors of the fruit – it smelled more like a tropical fruit punch.  The tea did have a little kick, and was a little spicy or prickly, like the pear flavor would suggest. I really liked this one.

Drink Me: Tea is for Texas, Party on the Brazos

The second tea that my friend K. sent me in my care package was also from Tea is for Texas and is called Party on the Brazos.

From the package, the blend contains black and green teas with papaya, pineapple and mango pieces.

I found the Tea is for Texas tea at the Independence Coffee Company, but it doesn’t appear this blend is currently available on the website. I do note that most of the blends are available for $4-5 per ounce and the website says they are available at Whole Foods stores in Texas.

When I first opened the package I smelled the sweet fruits – I also thought I smelled a bit of peach in there but I could be wrong. The packaging lists other “herbs and fruits” so maybe?  Once brewing I smelled the papaya and mango.  The tea wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting, but it was very tropical tasting. Another summer favorite?

 

Drink Me: Tea is for Texas, Cloud Dancer

Last week, while my husband was out of the country, my good friend K. sent me a fabulous care package and included some tea she found from Tea is for Texas.

One of the teas she sent was Cloud Dancer. From the package, the blend contains white and green tea with vanilla, pineapple and peppercorns.

I found the Tea is for Texas tea at the Independence Coffee Company, but it doesn’t appear this blend is currently available on the website. I do note that most of the blends are available for $4-5 per ounce.

 

When I first opened the package I smelled the vanilla and something spicy, which I assumed was the peppercorns.  After brewing I got more of the sweet pineapple smell.  The tea was super light and refreshing. I had been hoping for a bit more of the spicy peppery taste, but I didn’t get a lot of it, more just pineapple and vanilla.

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Licorice Twist

The third tea I picked up this spring from David’s Tea was Licorice Twist.  I know people have mixed feelings about anything that tastes like black licorice, but I was intrigued by the ingredient list.

From the website, Licorice Twist contains licorice root, nana mint, fennel seeds, anise seeds, cocoa, candied pineapple, ginger, peppermint, nettle leaf, chilli, bruised pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, safflower blossoms, marigold blossoms.   It is supposed to be sweet, but also good for sore throats.

Licorice Twist is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $6.50, 100g + tin for $13.00, 250g + tin for $32.50 and 500g + tin for $70.00.

When I opened the packet I could definitely smell the anise and licorice, along with the fennel.  Once brewed I still smelled the licorice, but also the peppermint quite strongly.   The taste was deliciously spicy, and I could feel a bit of the spicy warmth in my throat. I do think this would be an excellent drink to warm up on a frozen night, or to soothe your sore throat.

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!

Drink Me: Lana’s White Tea with Pineapple

When I was ordering some of the Snowflake Tea from Lana’s, I noticed that the shop also sells small samples of tea. You know what that means… I ordered a bunch.  Today I decided to try the White Tea with Pineapple.

From the website, White Tea with Pineapple includes white tea with flavoring and pineapple bits.  It is available in two sizes: 2oz for $13.00 and sample size for $3.00.

When I opened the package I smelled a slightly citrusy smell and I noticed the chunks of dried pineapple.  Once brewed I got a light tropical pineapple scent.  The tea itself was very mild tasting with the more delicate white tea and the pineapple- I think this would be another good iced summer blend.

I will say that I was a little bit disappointed in the sample size.  It seemed to only be enough to brew 1 – 1.5 cups of tea. I guess I’m a little spoiled by Adagio’s sample packs that cost about the same price and are enough for 2-5 cups of tea.  Lana’s sample size makes the price of a cup of tea close to $3 whereas the others are more justifiable at 60 cents to $1.50.  It seems more economical to me to buy the 2oz package, even if that means I have more tea to drink!