Jamie’s Teaview Snapshot
|"What is really special about Tea Spree, in my opinion, is that the product doesn't merely get handled and packaged with care, effort and fun. It's also dead delicious."|
I’ve got to admit, the Tea Spree website is pretty cute. I generally can’t stand musical websites. You know the kind where you go to the page and then nearly fall out of your chair or startle to the ceiling when some crazy music starts blaring out at you? Well, the Tea Spree website features music, sort of mellow and beachy and a little whimsical…maybe even a little weird, depending on how you feel about this sort of thing. Not exactly tea like, but somehow, it really worked well. I would definitely say it’s a whimsical website. Enjoyable, with or without music. The reason that the whimsicality works so well is that all of the packaging that Tea Spree has worked on also features this whimsical quality – the tea bags are silken pyramids with a little cord attached. The little silken bag is then further packaged in a pyramid shaped wax lined paper “pouchlet”. The attractive (and even a little precious) presentation calls out to be a wedding favor, a special thank you, a gift for a mom or sister or hostess or yourself. It’s cute and makes you smile, but also manages chic and classy.
Packaging, like musical websites, are not typically my greatest area of interest, so that I’m swayed is surprising even to me. (I got the impression that these teas are generally served in upscale hotels and in the hospitality world, so presentation would have obvious importance). What is really special about Tea Spree, in my opinion, is that the product doesn’t merely get handled and packaged with care, effort and fun. It’s also dead delicious. I loved this almond rooibos offering. It was superb! In fact, if I could fault it for anything, it would be that the blend isn’t offered loose in a tin. Even a cute, pyramid shaped tin or box.
The blend is simple. The ingredients are as follows: organic rooibos, almond, solomon’s seal, and almond essential oil. The solomon’s seal was a surprising addition to me, since I’ve only previously enjoyed it as a beautiful part of my garden, but I found that it is described as having a nutty flavor and is an ingredient in some other tea offerings I noted online as well. What this scant teaspoon of almond infused rooibos does in hot water is just wonderful. I steeped for six minutes in my travel mug and had a lovely, rooibos colored brew waiting for me. The taste surprised me. I found the almond really delicious. Very mellow, warming, sweet and with a more toasted almond taste than the sort of almond you might expect from an extract, which pleased my taste buds enormously. Even toasted isn’t exactly the taste descriptor I’m looking for. It was a sweet, mellow, eminently drinkable, hushed sort of almond flavor. The nuttiness came across, to be sure, but also I found this blend to be rich and buttery and just wonderfully right in the sweetness department, especially with a couple of drops of liquid stevia added. I also should mention that this tea bag was very sturdy in strength. My travel mug holds 12 ounces and the bag handled this very well. I was a little concerned when I poured, having meant to just pour eight ounces, hence I allowed a bit longer steep. But I shouldn’t have worried.
This, truly, is an excellent cup of dessert rooibos. Perfect choice for evenings, and would be a mood saver on a dark winter afternoon. Or a rainy day. Or any day! I would love to see this rooibos blend offered in a clever and attractive tin as a loose leaf alongside the sweet and whimsical, somehow tropical packaging currently offered. As a gift idea, this is well worth checking out. The teas are offered on their own or in assorted packages so the recipient, be it yourself or a special person you have in mind, can enjoy multiple offerings. If the others offered are as good as this singularly delightful almond rooibos, there should be no room for disappointment.
— To purchase Tea Spree Almond Rooibos, 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.