TEA: Nina’s Paris Tea sample review

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This is a long overdue review of the lovely Nina’s Paris Teas. I was first contacted about trying there teas a while back. When I saw their selection I could not help but choose some free samples to try. After much thought and browsing (seriously they had so many good flavors.) I picked my three

The first one I tried was Marie-Antoinette. I mean it is the flag ship one after all.31aCBQMD7TL

I was a little worried at first, Continue reading

Tea: Salted Caramel

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Company: Davids Tea

I received this tea as part of my 3 free samples with my last order with Davids Tea. I have been wanting to try a salted caramel tea for a while now. Caramel and black tea just go so well together. I used my whole 5g sample in 2 cups of boiling water and steeped it chai style for 5 minuets. I was afraid that I might have diluted it to much, since it didn’t seem like there was a lot of leaf in the packet. However, after dividing the tea into two cups and topped it off with sugar and natural vanilla cream it was perfect. The caramel flavor is really strong! It tastes like a dropped a caramel square in the pot; which is pretty much the only thing that could be better then this tea. The only downside of this tea is like with most DT flavored black teas, the base is extremely week with the caramel dominating in flavor. With this tea though this doesn’t brother me a lot, since the caramel is supposed to be the main flavor anyways. I highly recommend this tea for the up coming winter. It is sweet, thick, rich, and hearty. I also recommend Continue reading

Tea: Adagio Teas Part 1

 

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Lately I have been trying some of Adagio sample sizes of their flavors so I decided to make a series of post going over their vast tea selection. Most of all the teas I will be reviewing can be used to make your own custom blends. I hope my reviews help you choose which teas you want to use to mix your very own tea creations! Continue reading

Tea: 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Ice Tea flavors review part 1

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Tea: Monkey Fart, Neapolitan Ice cream, Rainbow Sherbert, RazzleBerry
Company: 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Collection

Today I am going to be reviewing 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Tea’s collection in a two part series. There just are too many of them to review at once, so I will be reviewing 4 of them for today. I also have a post on how to brew these tea bags here if you wold like to know how to do so.

A few quick things that I want to mention about this collection is that each tea bag makes up to 2 quarts each and sell for about $2.99 each. However, there is a discount if you buy multiples of a flavor. For instance if you buy 4-9 bags of a flavor it cost only $2.49 each, which saves you between $2-$4.50 of the regular price for that quantity. If you buy 10+ of a single flavor it only costs $1.99 per bag, which can save you a minimum of $10 compared to the regular price. I would also like to mention that these prices include free shipping in the U.S.A. That means that you can try at least one flavor from this collection and only have to pay $2.99 for it (if shipped in the U.S.) Trust me though, you are going to want to try more then one of these flavors.

The first tea that I will be reviewing is Monkey Fart, which is my favorite flavor so far out of the group. Continue reading

How to make 52 ice tea text photoDuring the hot summer months one of my most favorite things to drink is ice tea. One of my favorite brands to make ice tea with is with 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Ice Tea bags. Here is a quick step-by-step process so you can make ice tea with 52 Tea’s ice tea bags at home. Now 52 Tea’s says that you can use the bags to make one quart at a time and to save the bag for another day to use. Personally I like to make 2 quarts all at once so I will show you how to do that. If you wish to only make 1 quart at a time, just half all of the measurements for your water and sweetener (except the 2 cups to steep your tea), and skip step 8. 

First thing that you need to do is clear off a spot on the counter or flat stove top and gather all of your equipment that you will need which are: Continue reading

Tea: Banana Pudding

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Tea: Banana Pudding
Company: 52 teas

Ok when I saw this tea I had to grab it. I love Franks banana flavor and it has coconut? YESTH!!!

Ok the dry leaf smells exactly like banana pudding. It’s a really strong sent too. Very sweet and creamy, with a lot a banana and a hint of coconut. The brew smells just as good as well.

Ok one thing I have noticed is that Franks banana flavor doesn’t come out when it is hot. I mostly tasted sweet black tea. But hey, you eat banana pudding cold right? So after I put a nice bit of lite agave nectar in my cup and left it in the freezer to get cold……. it was perfect. Supper sweet and pudding like. I loved the hints of coconut as well. The black tea base is good as well with a nice light malty flavor and little astringency. I bet this would do great as an ice late’.

Overall it is a very good tea and definitely taste like banana pudding. The only down side is that it isn’t as good warm, but that is fine with me.Idea pops in head, I SHOULD EAT VANILLA WAFERS WITH THIS!!!!

The amount of pouches that are currently left is 12 None are left. If you would like it to come back put yourself on the waiting list to get it re-blended.

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Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Water: 8oz per steep
Leaf: 1.5 tsp (5 grams)
Steep Time: 2:45 minuets; 3:00 minuets
Sweetener: a good small spoon full per 8 oz
Temp: 200F

Combined two steepings in one cup.

Tea: Cuba Libre

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Today’s tea comes from 52 Teas and is called Cuba Libre. I decided to make this ice tea style; it tasted fine warm, but this just seems more like an ice tea to me. The first time I made some I did my usual 2 steeping in one cup and added a bit of sweetener. It tasted pretty authentic…. AND STRONG! A little too strong. The second time I made this I did a combined 3 steeps and found it to be perfect. So from a little over 1 tsp of tea you can make 24 oz of tea. Minus the bubbles it tasted exactly like cola with rum in it! I am getting a slight lime tang, but if you want that to be more a flavor you will need to add that.

Overall this is a pretty interesting tea. It would be great to serve at a party as an interesting non-alcoholic option or it you just want to drink an out of the ordinary ice tea. So if you want to get your hands on it I would do it soon. Last time I checked there are only 7 left 6 left  4 left 2 left  GONE.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 1.5 tsp
  • Steep Time: 2:35 minuets (then 3:15 for the other two)
  • Sweetener:  2 small spoon fulls for 24 oz
  • Temp: 205 F

Tea: Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew

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This tea is part of another Sip Down of my large stock of tea and comes from the lovely Verdant Tea. It is called Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew, and as the name suggests it is a curious concoction indeed. It takes some of the traditional ingredients from a sleepy time tea (spearmint, chamomile,fennel) and mixes it with cinnamon chips, the malty chocolaty laoshan black, Wuyi Big Red Robe, Peruvian Cacao Nibs, and Marigold. I at first was skeptical of it, being an odd combo, but found it to be a unique, relaxing, and tasty tea.  The malty and chocolaty black tea mixes with the cinnamon and fennel to make an almost brownie like flavor. The chamomile adds a nice creamy floral aspect, while the spearmint adds a nice touch of coolness. It tastes great warm and makes a refreshing ice tea; it’s a very relaxing mix. Did I also mention that this tea can take many steeps as well.

So if you are found of sleepy time tea. mint teas, or want to try something out of the norm, I would give this one a shot.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: two tsps
  • Steep Time: 1 minuets (then added 30 sec each steep)
  • Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave
  • Temp: 205F

Directions

HOT BREW

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot and leave it for 5 seconds, then pore out the water; this is to do a rinse.
  2. Pour under boiling water back in and steep for 1 minuet; continually added 30 seconds for each steep done.
  3. When it is done steeping strain it off into a mug or pitcher
  4. Add sweetener if desired
  5. ENJOY

ICE TEA

Note: use 4 tsp per 8oz of water; can make between 1-2 quart batches from 8oz steeps.

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot and leave it for 5 seconds, then pore out the water; this is to do a rinse.
  2. Pour under boiling water back in and steep for 1 minuet; continually added 30 seconds for each steep done.
  3. When it is done steeping strain it off into a  pitcher or extra large pyrex
  4. Add sweetener if desired
  5. Then add equal parts ice to your pitcher or pyrex (ex: 16oz of tea + 16oz of ice)
  6. ENJOY

Tea: Banana Foster

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Due to my large amounts of tea laying around I have made a pledge to not buy any more tea until 90% of inventory is gone. So seeing how I have only a little bit of this gem left from last summer, I think it is time for a SIP DOWN!!!

When I opened up the bag a wave of feels and nostalgia hit me. This was one of the early teas I bought when I really started to get into loose leaf tea; which was about last summer in 2012. I was kinda sad to part with it, but it’s time.

This tea came from a limited batch from the awesome 52 Tea’s!!! I love banana fosters. Every time I go to Denny’s I order it. This tea doesn’t taste as good hot, but when it  is cold or put on ice, man is good. The malty Assam base mixed with freeze dried banana and cinnamon shine through; with a good heaping spoonful of light agave nectar as well.

So as sad as I am to see it go, I know there will be more awesome teas to try.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: 8oz porcelain
  • Leaf: 2 small spoonfuls (little over 2 tsp)
  • Steep Times: 2:45, 3:00
  • Sweetener: 1.5 big spoonfuls of light agave

Details 

  1. Combined the two steeps into 4 cup Pyrex; so a little under 16oz.
  2. Added sweetener, and filled up the rest of the 16oz with ice. Made 1 quart.