I was excited when Sterling Tea contacted me to review one of their teas. Of course the first thing I did was check out their website to see what kind of teas they have.
Right away I was intrigued by their interesting names… Pink Champagne, Mango Peach, Strawberry Hibiscus, and Goji Acai just to name a few.
I wondered which one of their delicious flavors I would receive. Imagine my surprise when I received not one, but three, yummy teas to review!
Below I’ll share my thoughts on ReVive!, Strawberry Hibiscus, and Apricot Oolong.
Don’t you just hate when you buy too much tea and you have a bunch of shopping bags everywhere? Neither do I!
Instead of tossing out your tea bags you can now repurpose them. Not only is this good for the environment, but it also makes for a crafty way to build something unique and creative. Plus bonus points if you love tea, or know someone who does, and also love artsy crafty fun!
Below are two unique ways that show you how to make a tea holder and wrap presents, all by using tea shopping bags.
When I first heard of Natural Warrior Tea I was intrigued by their message of providing high quality organic teas that help to stay energized throughout the day.
Although I like the occasional cup of coffee every now and then, the crashes I get afterwards are always a bummer. So when I heard of Natural Warrior Tea, I was really curious to try one of their teas to see what an energy tea was like.
After browsing around on their website, I could see that they have different teas all providing different types of health benefits.
No matter what type of warrior you are, there is a tea for you!
For some of us rooibos tea is still fairly unheard of. I’ll be the first to admit I recently came across rooibos tea several months ago, and have been fascinated by it ever since. It made me want to dig deeper and research all I could about the different health benefits of rooibos tea.
If you’re unfamiliar with this type of tea, rooibos is a type of herbal tea. It comes from a plant called Aspalathus linearis, which is a shrub found in South Africa. Rooibos is commonly referred to as red bush, due to the way it looks. It’s usually reddish-brown in color, and has long, thin, leaves that closely resemble small pine needles.
You can find rooibos tea in two types of colors. The most common is reddish-brown rooibos, with the second being green rooibos. The colors vary due to how the leaves are produced for tea consumption, a process called oxidation. Green rooibos has a similar process as green tea. I find the taste of red rooibos tea to be smooth, rich, and sweet, whereas the taste of green rooibos tea reminds me of green tea.
Tea and coffee lovers rejoice!
There is a common household item that is used to make coffee that can also be used to make tea. This handy tool is the French Press.
Although I am a daily tea drinker, I do enjoy a good cup of coffee every now and then, which is why I own a French Press (two actually – a large one and a small one). I was recently reorganizing my tea/coffee cupboard, which is about 95% tea stuff and 5% coffee, when I dug out my large French Press from the very back. I had to dig through a lot of tea infusers and loose tea packages in order to find this gem. That’s when I got the idea of combining my loose tea with my good ol’ Bodum French Press, which is a handy tool that can be found on Amazon.
A French Press is a great multipurpose item and is perfect if you want something that can be used for making both tea and coffee. Below is a guide on how to make tea using a french press in just a few simple steps.
I really believe there is a must-have item every tea lover should own in order to enjoy the best cup of tea possible…
… A perfect tea mug of course!
The perfect tea mug by DAVIDsTEA is quite possibly one of my favorite mugs to use for tea.
Last December when I was blogging about the 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar , I used my perfect tea mug every single day for every tea sample that I drank and blogged about.
While I’ll be the first skeptic to judge whether a product is actually perfect, because it rarely ever is, this tea infuser mug comes pretty darn close.
I find they’re one of the easiest ways to enjoy loose leaf tea, and they’re wonderful for a range of different tea lovers. Whether you’re a casual or seasoned tea connoisseur, every tea lover should have at least one perfect tea mug.
I was looking for a new carry travel mug to purchase since I was overdue for a new one, when I just so happened to be nearby a DAVIDsTEA (and when I say happened, I really mean deliberately).
I am a huge fan of loose leaf tea travel mugs and use them almost every single day.
They’re one of the most convenient ways to enjoy loose leaf tea either at home, at work, on the go, or all three.
As someone who is very active and always on the go, I was searching for a travel mug that would be sturdy and leak proof, while keeping my tea hot. I commute daily and either drive or use public transit, and as such needed something that was easy to hold, especially when my hands were full with packing and unpacking a car, or carrying lots of bags on a cramped subway.
I was quite impressed with the carry travel mug by DAVIDsTEA as it’s a reliable and durable travel mug that looks good and keeps my tea piping hot.
When it comes to the question of which tea infuser to use in order to make the best cup of tea, there are so many options to choose from. Tea ball infusers, strainers, novelty infusers, travel mugs, to glass teapots. Which do you choose?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer.
Perfect tea mugs are great for enjoying tea at home, teapots are excellent for brewing several servings of tea at once, and travel mug infusers are a must for enjoying loose leaf tea on to go.
What is easily overlooked is an infuser that can be used in a variety of different ways without needing a separate product for each purpose. Wouldn’t it be nice to use one tool to enjoy loose leaf tea at home, at work, or on the go?
A mesh tea ball can achieve just that.
Over the holiday season while I was out doing some Christmas shopping, I happened to walk by a Teavana store in the mall. I immediately kept walking as I knew I shouldn’t go inside, since after all, the reason I’m here is to buy Christmas presents for others and not myself, right?
Then I started to have second thoughts.
What if they have a good sale? What if they have a new, limited edition holiday tea? What if they have a tea ware that would make a great gift for a friend (or myself)?
I came to the conclusion that I would regret it more if I didn’t go inside to at least check things out. And am I ever glad I did!
I was instantly greeted with a yummy sample of tea, the White Chocolate Peppermint tea by Teavana. I’m usually not a sucker for immediate in-store purchases after a free sample, but this tea was so good I just had to buy more. It was a minty winter wonderland that I knew I needed more of.
We are now on the last stretch of reviewing and blogging the 2015 DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea advent calendar!
I’m really glad I was able to purchase the advent calendar this year as I’ve been able to sample so many new flavours! It’s a great way to try a sample of many flavours at once, instead of having to purchase the teas individually.
As mentioned earlier I’ve also been blogging about the tea reviews every single day. I haven’t reviewed the teas ahead of time or sampled a bunch at once, rather I review each one individually every single day.
You can also skip directly to the 24 Days of Tea list here.
Without further ado, let’s carry on!