Review: The Necessiteas Orange Creamsicle

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Thumbs up!"A very close approximation to the orange creamsicle treats many of us grew up with... but be sure to brew this one only 90 or so seconds, otherwise the green tea turns a bit bitter."
Stephen’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8.8/10, Sophie gave it 8.3/10, Jamie gave it 8/10, Melanie gave it 9/10, Emma gave it 5/10, Shaiha gave it 3.6/10
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necessiteas-orange-creamsic.jpgMuch like Linsey’s “Peppermint Pattie” tea, this “Orange Creamsicle” blend speaks directly to my inner child. Orange creamsicles were amongst my favorite treats growing up, so when I saw this blend I knew I just had to try it. I’d really enjoyed “Orange Flower,” also from The Necessiteas, and I was curious to see how this blend would stack up.

In the end, I enjoyed it a great deal – though I’m glad I took a taster sip after just about 90 seconds of brewing time. The taste there was superb, and I would likely have given this tea a 9 rating or higher had it remained so, but unfortunately I followed the given brewing instructions and allowed a full 3 minute brew-time. Those extra 90 seconds turned the green tea a little too bitter for my tastes, so my recommendations would be a 90-120 second brew time, maximum, for this one.

Even despite the brewing miscalculation, this ended up being a very enjoyable tea – similar in many ways to the “Orange Flower” blend but with a bit more subtlety and a hint of sweet creaminess in the aftertaste. It was a very close approximation to the orange creamsicles many of us grew up with, and an excellent summertime dessert tea.

— To purchase The Necessiteas Orange Creamsicle, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: The Necessiteas Peppermint Pattie

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Its OK"A decent cup of mint-chocolate tea, but not quite the flavor explosion one might expect with a name like Peppermint Pattie."
Stephen’s Teaview: 6/10
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necessiteas-peppermint-patt.jpgA new blend from Linsey Manning, this one promises a “cool sensation” reminiscent of a York peppermint pattie candy. I always loved those things growing up, so I was really looking forward to sampling this blend, which is made up of rooibos, cocoa and mint.

The final product was good, but not quite the blast of cool, chocolatey freshness I was looking forward to. The main flavor here is the mint, which comes at you head on, but the cocoa is all but imperceptible until the aftertaste. Only then do all the flavors come together nicely, indeed, almost like a peppermint pattie. But for me, with a name like this, I was expecting a bit more chocolate and a bit more zing and minty bite. I remember being a lot more impressed with Linsey’s “Belgian Mint Truffle”, which was another chocolate mint tea, only that time it was mixed with black tea instead of rooibos.

All the same, its a good and very drinkable tea – I just think the name sets expectations that the final blend doesn’t quite match.

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Review: The Necessiteas Black Lavender

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Its OK"A unique mixture of black tea, lavender, lemon peel, lemongrass and "Bavarian cream" flavor... a little bitter, but a dollop of sugar helps to round out the flavors."
Stephen’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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necessiteas-black-lavender.jpgThe name “Black Lavender” here may be misleading, as this blend is much more than just a simple black tea mixed with lavender. Lemon peel, lemongrass and a touch of “Bavarian cream” flavor are thrown into the mix as well, in what is indeed a unique-tasting tea. Opening the bag and taking that obligatory “first whiff” was truly wonderful – a mixture of sweet flowery lavender mixed with tangy notes of citrus and cream. It is perhaps the finest aroma of any tea I’ve yet come across.

But once again, teas are for tasting, not for smelling. And unfortunately, the wonderfully exotic and complex aromas I detected in the raw leaves didn’t completely translate into the taste of the final brew. Its still a very fine tea, and I enjoyed it quite a bit, but the flavor and the raw aroma of the leaves are markedly different from each other. The actual brew is a bold and intense, and slightly bitter, black tea. (A bit of sugar helps to round out that bitterness). The primary flavor I detected, interestingly enough, was licorice – which of course, isn’t actually in the brew. But somehow the mixture of creamy/tangy/flowery ingredients ended up tasting like a very subtle licorice.

I’ll admit that I didn’t much care for the first few sips of this tea, and was indeed ready to give it a fairly mediocre review, but as I continued to drink it I came to appreciate the flavors a bit more. I think its just such a radical departure from the aroma of the raw leaves that I couldn’t help but be disappointed at first. Once I got beyond that initial disappointment, though, it turned out to be a rather enjoyable tea. Its unlikely I would actually order it again for myself, but the unique mixture of flavors is certainly unlike any tea I’ve ever tried before (and by now, I’ve had quite a few!)… I’m sure there are tea-lovers out there who would very much enjoy this one.

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Review: Adagio Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"A rich rooibos blend that's actually quite good, though it lacks the slightly nutty flavor I've come to enjoy in other rooibos varieties."
Troy’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Nicole gave it 9/10
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adagio-rooibos.jpgRooibos is not Tea. Rooibos has very little in common with the well loved concoction of Camellia leaves. It doesn’t look like Tea, and it certainly doesn’t taste like Tea. Whereas tea is Floral, Vegital, and Tannic, Rooibos is Floral, Sweet, and Nutty/Woody. Rooibos, the African red bush, brews up red as opposed to the many levels of brown, green, and yellow of Tea. Rooibos lacks a caffeinated punch to wake you up in the morning, but it does go well with warm milk to put you to sleep at night. Tea is sunny, whereas Rooibos seems cloaked in the night sky of the dark continent.

While the Rooibos I purchased from Adagio wasn’t exactly the greatest I’ve had it was very good. The instructions they give is to steep it at 180 Degrees F for 7 minutes. Rooibos is far more versatile than Tea, it lacks tannic bitterness that grows with lengthened steeping, this is replaced with a woody nuttiness that becomes richer with time. Because of this you don’t need to be too careful with preparing Rooibos and I found Adagio’s instructions to be a bit on the conservative side. I’ve Steeped this at higher temps, I’ve steeped it for up to 12 min, and I’ve even made it in my Chef-Mate Coffee Maker (I don’t drink coffee).

The blend from Adagio was shiny and silky, coursing from the time when poured, like a falling dune of brick red sand. When brewed the liquor is a deep red, a stark redwood red that will really stand out to your average Tea drinker. The flavor is rich, but not as nutty as some of the other Rooibos blends I’ve had. It made for many good cups and was well worth the price, but I still plan to keep a lookout for something a bit richer.

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Review: Janam Satrupa Silver Needle White Tea

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Thumbs up!"A fantastic, high-quality, mellow-tasting white tea... sit back and truly savor this blend, its one of my favorites."
Nicole’s Teaview: 10/10
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janam-gopaldhara.jpgThis brand is one of the best loose teas I have tried so far. Their teas are single estate Indian teas. They have a store in my area which is unfortunately relocating to Oregon at the end of the month. I stopped by to stock up and found this white tea. I had a cup in the store and found it to be pretty impressive. I am glad to report that it was just as delicious when I made it at home.

The majority of the leaves are still whole; you can even see the fuzz on them. I have heard that silver needle tea is rare and rather expensive. I felt this tea was a pretty good value, only about $6 or a small sized bag. Scooping the leaves with a fork is a good idea so that they stay intact. The manufacturer informed me that breaking leaves can actually change the character of the tea. This tea does not need to brew very long. I found a good indication of it being just right is when your leaves get soft and unfurl fully.

This tea has a fantastic mellow taste and nice lemony color. You really don’t need to add anything to it at all. I think adding things would probably mask the delicate flavor that this tea has on its own. It has a lovely aftertaste as well. I was able to brew two very good cups from about a teaspoon of this tea. The second cup was even better than the first one. I found this tea very relaxing and great for sipping while settling down to reading a book.

I shared it with a friend who couldn’t really taste anything but we concluded than it was probably due to the fact that they smoke. Those who prefer stronger black teas may not like it as much. My advice to those people is just take the time to savor it rather than just gulping it down. I would definitely recommend this tea to just about anyone.

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Review: The Necessiteas Carrot Cake

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Thumbs up!"This is one of the best teas I've ever had. If you like sweet/desert teas, you've got to try this."
Lea’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Nicole gave it 9/10, Laura gave it 10/10, Katie gave it 9.5/10
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necessiteas-carrot-cake.jpgI was very excited to try this tea, as I’ve never seen a blend quite like it before. We were off to a very good start when I opened the bag and the amazingly cakey aroma hit my nose. I couldn’t believe that it actually smelled like cake, with it’s highly sweet, slightly spicy scent.

Necessiteas has a great track record with me (and pretty much everyone else), and this is another wonderful blend from them.

Like the scent, the flavor of this tea is also cake-like. It’s pretty amazing that you get that flavor from something that has no calories. You can taste the carrots in it, giving it a really fresh taste. When drinking this tea, you can taste slightly spicy undertones like cinnamon, but they didn’t really hit me until I swallowed the blend. It leaves a sweet-cinnamon bite on your tongue that really completes the experience.

This is one of the best teas I’ve ever had. If you like sweet/desert teas, you’ve got to try this.

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