Review: The Necessiteas Caramel Oolong

Caramel Tea, Marigold Tea, Oolong Tea, The Necessiteas 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"Not quite the sweet and decadent experience you'd expect, but still an enjoyable and uniquely-flavored oolong tea."
Stephen’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Troy gave it 3/10, James gave it 7/10
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necessiteas-caramel-oolong.jpgIngredients: Formosan oolong mixed with real caramel pieces and marigold flowers.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from this blend at first. I guess I was primarily expecting a sweetly decadent dessert tea. That’s not really how I’d describe this – there is some natural sweetness here, but its very subtle. The malty, vegetal taste of the Formosan oolong is still the primary flavor here, accented just slightly with the essence of caramel. Its a taste that definitely grew on me… it was a bit odd at first, but the more sips I took the more I found myself enjoying this brew.

I don’t know that I’d ever find myself craving this, but I’m certainly glad I tried it. Many flavored blends are so loaded with outside flavors that you can’t really taste the actual tea – that’s not the case with this one. You can still definitely taste and even appreciate the subtleties of the oolong base here… the caramel flavoring doesn’t overpower or cover it up, it just adds a slight twist to it.

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Review: Art of Tea TNT Fucha Vintage Dark Tea 2003

Art of Tea, Black Tea, Fu Cha Tea 2 Comments »
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Thumbs up!"A dark, rich, earthy and smoky tea... perfect for lovers of intensely-flavored black tea. "
Troy’s Teaview: 8/10
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artoftea-tnt-vintage.jpgWhile doing a little review, I found quite a few health claims attached to this tea. Almost all the claims had to do with the unusually vital Mongolian peoples who remain in relatively good shape, despite eating pounds of meat a day. Of course it is their double fermented “Dark Tea” that is touted as the primary cause of this. I would tend to believe that their remarkably slim figures are more the result of spending months on the frozen tundra, as apposed to those of us who eat just as much meat for our taxing life of sitting at a desk.

This Tea has a very strong, but pleasing, aroma. it fills the room with a smell of dried fruits and potpourri. This Tea is so pungent that it made my entire apartment smell better while it sat in the canister I’ve set aside for Tea samples. It was almost a shame to drink it and return my home to its plain homey smell. While steeping, this tea takes on a hearty, earthy smell. This Tea is prepared as a small disc, or cake, kinda like other pressed Chinese Teas. The disk spins as it dissolves and rises to the top of your infuser, if its transparent you get quite a swirling spectacle followed by the sight of the disk dissolving. Its really a strange sight, like watching a dry sandcastle collapse while standing on your head.

If you hate Black Tea, your going to despise Dark Tea. Its got a rich, smokey Black Tea flavor that slightly burns the throat. This Tea makes even the strongest Black Teas seem mild. I wonder if there is actually more caffeine in this than is found in Black Teas, as I got a pretty good buzz after just a few cups. At about a buck a disk this tea may not seem like the best buy, but in my book its well worth it. I just have to wait for my Tea cupboard to be just a bit more bare.

Vendor Alert! For a wide selection of green, black, white and oolong teas, as well as teaware and tea-related accessories, be sure to visit Art of Tea.

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Review: SerendipiTea Razzle Dazzle Em

Green Tea, Raspberry Tea, SerendipiTea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"A delicious raspberry-flavored tea, naturally sweet with just the slightest sour note. I would buy this again, I'm sure it would be great as an iced tea."
Nina’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Shelly gave it 7/10
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serendipitea-razzle-dazzle.jpgI am always wary when I try a new fruity tea blend. It has happened to me one times too many that the tea tastes bitter and sour and not even a tiny bit enjoyable. Serendipitea’s RazzleDazzle ‘Em was a wonderful surprise! It tasted much like raspberries without any artificialness and only a small amount of sour!

The dry tea leaves surprised me. It is supposed to consist of a mix of green tea and raspberry fruit mix, but at first glance it looks like a mix of only fruit bits, like a tisane. It smelled really a lot like raspberry. I was afraid this might mean that the tea would taste artificial, but it didn’t at all! The fruit pieces are beautiful to watch as the tea brews. They expand as they absorb the water and also show off a bunch of color! I found what I think to be pieces of berries, orange peel, and maybe apple or pear in it. I would recommend brewing this tea in a clear pot or glass. The color of the brew is an impressing bright pink.

While I do not think this tea is too sour or bitter, I do recommend that sugar be added to it to mask the bit of sour after taste raspberry has. If you enjoy sour tastes, then sugar isn’t needed at all! The raspberry taste is very prominent. If that is what you are looking for, then you will love this tea! The only con I found with this tea was that I couldn’t taste the green tea at all. So, if you are thinking of it for the green tea aspect of it, then this might not be the tea for you. I am seriously considering purchasing this tea in the future; it would be a wonderful tea to be able to drink when I am feeling like something fruity and sweet! It also would be delicious iced!

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Review: Zhi Sweet Desert Delight

Anise Tea, Chocolate Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Coconut Tea, Rooibos Tea, Zhi Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"A deliciously rich, complex and naturally sweet rooibos blend that's just perfect as an after-dinner sweet indulgence."
Stephen’s Teaview: 9.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 10/10, Cindy gave it 10/10, Geoff gave it 8/10
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zhi-sweet-desert-delight.jpgCaffeine has never really been a problem for me. I’ll often take a cup of highly caffeinated tea just before bed, and then sleep perfectly well 15 minutes later. But only recently I’ve started to experience some sleepless nights… I’m not entirely sure if its caffeine-related or not, but to play it safe I’ve decided to do only caffeine-free teas after dinner.

Thank god for rooibos! This caffeine-free “tea” from South Africa is cedary and naturally sweet, and best of all in terms of my current predicament, entirely caffeine-free. So I’ve been sampling all sorts of rooibos teas to suit my late-night tea cravings, and Zhi’s “Sweet Desert Delight” was tonight’s experiment.

Hands down, its the best rooibos tea I’ve ever had. Sweet Desert Delight is a mixture of rooibos tea, cinnamon, anise pods, cacao nibs, coconut, stevia leaf, safflowers and natural coconut flavor. The result is a decadently sweet and deliciously complex brew – the perfect solution to a late-night sweet craving, especially for anyone who wants to avoid caffeine. I would definitely buy more of this.

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Review: SpecialTeas Lapacho

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Thumbs up!"A unique flavor that's not necessarily bad, but you'll likely drink this more for the health benefits than for the taste."
Shane’s Teaview: 7/10
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specialteas-lapacho.jpgLapacho is probably something you have not heard of before unless you have seen it on Specialteas website or possibly some other places. High quality Lapacho must be 100% inner lining, although it can often be marketed from suppliers that have found it profitable to grind up the inner and outer bark together or sometimes even the entire tree. Lapacho has claims of curing terminal leukemia, arthritis, yeast and fungus infections, arrested pain, stopped athlete’s foot and cured the common cold. It also has been found to be an effective analgesic, sedative, decongestant, diuretic and hypertensive. There are also studies that point toward it being a possible fighter of cancer and AIDS. I have provided a link at the bottom for further information about the health benefit, but onto the tea…

Specialteas Lapacho is 100% pure inner lining of the South American Lapacho Tree. I brewed this tea and it came to an almost orange kind of color with a golden hint. The smell is pretty much exactly the same as the taste, which is a truly unique one by itself but at the same time reminds me of something that I just can’t place (in fact its almost like the taste of the Nik-L-Nips wax after the flavor is gone). This is something you will buy for the health benefits rather than the flavor for, although the flavor isn’t bad it’s just not something I would find someone drinking everyday. Everywhere I have seen it being sold they recommend to mix it with other tea which I think would be the best use for this one. You can get the great health benefits and just mix it in with whatever flavor of tea you might want.

Health Benefits
Lapacho Information

You could also just search Lapacho on your favorite search engine; I found plenty of websites on Google.

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Teaviews Member: Shane Shane Reviewer
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Review: Zoomdweebie’s Coconut Cream Pie

Black Tea, Coconut Tea, Zoomdweebies 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"This blend is spot on - tastes just like a coconut cream pie. Not overly sweet though. I'd highly recommend it."
Nicole’s Teaview: 9.5/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 5/10, Vanessa gave it 7/10, Laura gave it 9.5/10, Katie gave it 7.9/10
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zoomdweebies-coconut-cream.jpgThe leaves of this flavored black tea were unassuming and looked rather plain compared to most flavored teas. However, upon closer inspection they had a lovely sweet aroma. It can be best described as the creamy fresh smell of a freshly opened package of Oreo cookies. I’m a sucker for teas that have such a strong and pleasant scent. I brewed it using my new Zarafina Tea Suite and I had it on the strong black tea setting.

This brew had a very nice, dark color. The sweet smell was just as evident in the brewed tea and filled the room that I made the tea in. I was pleased to find that the taste was just as good as the aroma. This is one black tea that I will never need milk or sweeteners with. I think Zoomdweebies definitely nailed the taste of coconut cream pie. It is not an overwhelming sugary sweet tea but had a mellow coconut taste that lingered in my mouth. I was able to brew this tea twice and the second steeping was even a little better than the first. I thoroughly enjoyed this tea and highly recommend it.

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