It seems only appropriate that I write a post about tea while I’m at home sick with a cold, seeing as I’m pretty sure I will be drinking copious amounts of the hot beverage today. I’m already on my first giant mug right now!
I have to admit, I am a bit of a tea
hoarder collector. I probably have more teas than any one person should own. But I can’t help it – have you seen how many varieties and flavours are available out there these days? I’m pretty sure there is a tea to meet anyone’s tastes, even if you claim you don’t like tea. Sweet, spicy, mild, bold, herbal, black, caffeine free – and everything in between! It’s such a comforting beverage on a chilly night, or as an after dinner “treat” when you feel like a little something, but aren’t actually hungry. I mean, some of those tea flavours are basically desserts! But I digress. I’m here to tell you about the newest additions to my tea collection.
I was contacted by The Republic of Tea as part of their Nutrition Blog Coalition, and offered some tea to sample. If you have every checked out their website, you’ll know that they have an insane amount of tea varieties and flavours, so it took me a some time to decide on what I might like to sample. Seeing as my cupboard was already quite full of tea, I wanted to make sure to pick something unique, so as not to duplicate on the tea I already had. Eventually I had my my selections – Orange Red Carrot (a green rooibos tea) and Vanilla Coconut White Tea. Yum!
Not only was a pleasantly surprised to see more than just a tea bag or two of each flavour, I was shocked to see I received a bag with 250 tea bags of the Orange Red Carrot! Very generous sample indeed – I won’t be running low on tea any time soon. Some interesting things to point about about the teas:
- they come in natural, unbleached tea bags
- the green rooibos tea is Rainforest Alliance Certified
- the tin is airtight, and can be resused for refills
- on the bag they give you information about caffeine content and steeping time for all tea varieties
So how did they taste?
Orange Red Carrot Green Rooibos
I don’t know what I was expecting with this tea. I thought it would have a more pronounced red/pink beet colour, but instead it had a deep orange hue. The orange peel comes through as well as some sweetness and earthiness from the carrots and beets. I like it as is without sweetener or milk, but that is how I drink most of my teas. It makes a great evening brew as it is an herbal tea, and has no caffeine. I think I might try making some iced tea with this once summer comes around.
Vanilla Coconut White Tea
Even just upon opening the tin I knew this was going to be a good tea. The vanilla and coconut hit you right away, but don’t overpower the delicate white tea flavour once it’s steeped. Did you know you are only supposed to steep white tea for 30 – 60 seconds in water that is just below boiling? I didn’t! But I made sure to follow the directions, and it was a lovely little cuppa. I think this one would make a great latte!
Overall, I was really impressed with my tea from The Republic of Tea. And if I ever find my tea cupboard depleted, I might just have to go and order another of their interesting varieties. Thanks for sharing the tea love!
Disclaimer – These products were provided to me free of charge to sample and review. As always, all opinions are my own.