Review: Tea Guys Gingersnap Cookie

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Its OK"While I liked this blend to a certain extent, I do feel that its given name is poorly chosen. I try not to fault a blend for being poorly named, but its name does set up expectations. If I am purchasing a blend called Gingersnap Cookie, then I am thinking it will have ginger in it and a cookie quality."
Laura’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 8/10, Vanessa gave it 8/10
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Tea Guys is one of those companies that I truly love to get samples from. Their flavored blends are usually very well done and full of surprises. With ingredients including organic rooibos, pineapple, mango, papaya, glazed almonds, coconut, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, and natural flavors, this blend looks to be a bit intriguing as well. It smells rather sweet and nutty and the aroma is reminiscent of a cookie, but my first thought is where is the ginger? How do you call something a gingersnap cookie and it has no ginger?

I steeped this for 5+ minutes in water that had been brought to a boil. This tastes primarily like a candied nut to me with a sweet fruity finish. There is something about this reminds me of a breakfast cereal–one of the nuttier ones with fruit pieces in it—or a granola bar! This would be a good tea to go with breakfast for children. There is a lot going on in this cup as is evident by the number of ingredients alone. I find it hard to pinpoint any one flavor as dominating, but do think that the nuts in general are the predominant flavor.

While I liked this blend to a certain extent, I do feel that its given name is poorly chosen. I try not to fault a blend for being poorly named, but its name does set up expectations. If I am purchasing a blend called Gingersnap Cookie, then I am thinking it will have ginger in it and a cookie quality. This lacks either of those qualities. Even taking my preconceived ideas about the blend out of the equation, I feel that this is just okay. I am not the world’s biggest fan of nutty teas though.

— To purchase Tea Guys Gingersnap Cookie, 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: Mighty Leaf Vanilla Bean

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Its OK"Altogether, I consider this vanilla bean a worthwhile tea if you’re in the market for vanilla; otherwise, it’s not a must-have."
Shelly’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 3/10, Lea gave it 3/10
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mightyleafvanillabean.jpgThis is one of the simplest forms of flavored black tea I’ve tried. The ingredients are exactly what the name of the tea implies: black tea and vanilla beans. This is a satisfying and comforting cup.

I was expecting a dreamy, creamy, and almost intoxicating vanilla bean smell. It didn’t quite live up to my frosting-like expectations. Sure, it smelled good because vanilla always does. However, it smelled more like a marshmallow than a deep and liqueur-like vanilla. But, the taste belied the aroma. The black tea took a backseat to the vanilla when sipping this brew. I’ve seen some vanilla teas that list “bourbon vanilla” as an ingredient. I expected the ingredients to list that exact description because it did indeed take on a liqueur-like vanilla flavor (though the ingredient list simply claimed vanilla beans). The black tea base was very mild and pleasing. Sometimes Mighty Leaf black teas trend towards the bitter side and create an unappealing base for the flavor. This is not the case with vanilla bean; in fact the black tea was almost too mild. Altogether, I consider this vanilla bean a worthwhile tea if you’re in the market for vanilla; otherwise, it’s not a must-have.

I will reference another addiction of mine when considering this tea: cream soda. There is a difference between A&W© Cream Soda and Cotton Club© Danish Cream Soda. A&W© is a golden color and tastes like ice cream, where Cotton Club© is clear and crisp. I would consider this Mighty Leaf Vanilla Bean under the A&W© category in aroma and the Cotton Club© category in flavor. If you are searching for that gooey, sugary, and buttery vanilla tea you should probably look elsewhere.

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Review: Golden Moon Vanilla Mint

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Thumbs up!"It's just mint and vanilla through and through. Actually reminds me of a mint chocolate candy I used to eat as a kid at Christmas, and it's absolutely delicious."
Christine’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 6.5/10, Katie gave it 6.5/10, Laura gave it 8.5/10
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vanilla_mint_big.jpgI’m not usually a fan of plain vanilla tea; I love vanilla, but drinking it just doesn’t sit well with me. However, mix a little somethin’ somethin’ with that vanilla, and I’m all over it. That being said, Golden Moon’s Vanilla Mint sounded like heaven on earth to me, and in the end, it pretty much is.

I was immediately impressed by the smell of the dried leaves: completely vanilla and mint, perfectly blended. No weird grassy tones from the green tea or funkiness from the black. It’s just mint and vanilla through and through. Actually reminds me of a mint chocolate candy I used to eat as a kid at Christmas, and it’s absolutely delicious.

The taste, however, definitely has black tea in it, with a bit of astringency possibly from the green tea. And the mint doesn’t come out much in the flavor. But, if you had a bit of milk and a touch of sweetener, it more than lives up to the hopes and dreams of the dried leaves.

Bottom Line: Darn near perfect dessert tea, in my opinion. It’s smooth and delicious, and while it’s not the greatest on it’s own, with a little bit of tweaking it becomes amazing.

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Review: Kalahari ChocoLatte Green Tea Ginger Orange

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Its OK"I couldn’t taste the chocolate, and it was very light on the orange and ginger. It wasn’t sweet. If you want to try a different tea and like the convenience of a bagged tea that is individually packaged, try it."
Kari’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 7.5/10, Laura gave it 6.5/10, Erika gave it 5/10
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kalahariorangeginger.jpgThis is a more established company, it’s been around since 1999, as compared to a lot of new tea companies that have just been in the market for a couple years. They sell a lot of bagged teas that I see in the grocery stores. They give some of their profits back to organizations in South Africa and use Fair Trade teas.
I opened up my bag and there was a traditional tea bag. I could see there were very small leaves, and it smelled interesting. The taste was smoother than the smell, which was a let down. I couldn’t taste the chocolate, and it was very light on the orange and ginger. It wasn’t sweet. If you want to try a different tea and like the convenience of a bagged tea that is individually packaged, try it.

— To purchase Kalahari ChocoLatte Green Tea Ginger Orange, 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: Tea Guys Citrus Burst

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Thumbs up!"This is nice light rooibos, and while the orange is a little more prevalent, neither the orange nor lemon zest truly dominates the cup for me. "
Laura’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: David_A gave it 7.5/10, Kari gave it 8/10, Numi gave it 7/10, Cindy gave it 8/10
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teaguys-cirtus-burst.jpgA rooibos based tea with a burst of citrus zest and fortified with natural Vitamin C and real orange pieces. Creating a great tasting orange tea to boost your health and brighten your day.”–from Tea Guys website.  When I tear open the sample, a fragrant and citrusy aroma emerges from the package.  I can smell both lemon and orange in the blend.  Tea Guys seems to be famous for putting a surprising ingredient into their blends and this one contains organic rooibos, orange peel, carrot, lemon peel, natural flavors, and natural vitamin C (acerola cherry).  You don’t see carrots or vitamin C added to every tea!  I am citrus tea fan so I am excited to taste this. 

I prepared this according to directions and the fragrant citrus aroma permeated my whole kitchen–well it smells clean amongst the 99 tea samples cluttering my counter top—no obsessive tea buying goes on in my house…lol.  Amongst the aroma you can pick out the vitamin smell–very faintly and it disappears relatively quickly.  This is nice light rooibos, and while the orange is a little more prevalent, neither the orange nor lemon zest truly dominates the cup for me.  This is good with just a touch of sugar and can also stand alone sans sweetener.  While I love citrus teas, I am still not convinced that rooibos is my favorite base for them.  However, I do love rooibos and this is a well done blend.

I really enjoyed drinking this.  With flu season around the corner and it being fortified with vitamin C, then I should think that we should all be placing our orders for a few ounces of this now.  It delivers a light bodied rooibos with a balanced lemon/orange citrus taste.  I keep thinking about some white tea leaves in my tea maker that I can still get another infusion out of —I think adding a tsp of this to those should make a great tasting cup before bed.  I really liked this blend and it will be in my shopping cart the next time I place an order with Tea Guys. 

Update:  about 3/4 tsp of Citrus Burst infused with white tea leaves = awesome!

— To purchase Tea Guys Citrus Burst, 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: Teapigs Peppermint Leaves

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Thumbs up!"It's not quite on the same level as actual loose leaf peppermint tea, but it's darn close, making it perfect when you need both the quality of loose leaf and the convenience of a tea bag."
Christine’s Teaview: 8.5/10
Other Teaviews: Shelly gave it 7/10, David_A gave it 8.5/10
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teapigs-peppermint.jpgI love peppermint tea. It’s good for so many different things: sore throats, upset stomachs, better breath, mixing in with other blends. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to find a decent mint tea that comes in a tea bag (sometimes you just need the convenience of a tea bag when you’re on the go).

However, Tea Pigs brings us relief from tea bags filled with sub-par mint. Their pure peppermint leaves pyramids are the closest thing that I’ve found to loose leaf in a tea bag, and I have a hunch they’re closest thing there is, next to making your own.

The pyramids themselves are silk, and offer a lot of space for the tea leaves to move around while steeping. And the leaves are actually loose leaf peppermint leaves; the look just like the loose leaf stuff sitting in a canister in my cupboard. Each pyramid looks like it has about 2 teaspoons of peppermint in it, which I usually use for two cups of tea, but I started with just one pyramid in one cup.

Admittedly, it wasn’t as strong as actual loose leaf, but it was a hundred times better than the tea bags you get at the supermarket, and that alone makes this tea a winner.

Bottom Line: If you love peppermint tea, you must try this! Especially if you’ve been looking for a better alternative to supermarket tea bags. It’s not quite on the same level as actual loose leaf peppermint tea, but it’s darn close, making it perfect when you need both the quality of loose leaf and the convenience of a tea bag. It’s definitely on my must-buy list!

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