I was so happy when High Noon Tea Co. contacted me to review a sample of their teas.
I LOVE that they’re from Toronto (gotta represent!)
And I also like their mission and what they stand for.
Imagine my surprise when I found out I received not one or two samples of teas …
… But a BOX!
I was so excited I even made a High Noon Tea Co. unboxing video! I think my tea nerdiness may have reached an all time high.
When I opened the box I found four samples of teas to try. Below I’ll share my thoughts on Organic Cederberg Rooibos & Peach, Chocolate Toffee Mocha Pu’erh, WuYi Forest Orchid White, and Louis XIV.
So it’s a little bit passed my birthday already, but I couldn’t help myself by brewing another cup of DAVIDsTEA Birthday Cake! I had a heavy dinner but was still craving something sweet yet caffeine free for the evening.
Besides, who says you’re only allowed to have birthday cake flavored tea ON your birthday?! I drink this tea all year round!
It had then occurred to me that I’ve had this tea tin filled with delicious tea for months and have yet to write an official review about Birthday Cake (‘official’ being used loosely, because I can ramble on about tea to anyone who has an ear).
Before you know it I had the kettle on, the camera out, and my lineup of tea equipment ready to go for the review.
If you’re new to the wonderful world of loose leaf tea, you may be wondering how to get started.
Loose tea leaves?
All of these things may seem a bit daunting to a beginner, but it’s really quite simple. Once you make the switch from bagged tea to loose leaf tea, you’ll wish you had done so sooner. Plus our loose leaf tea starter kit will help you brew tea like a pro.
For some time now I’ve always wanted to get my hands on a cast iron teapot. It’s something I’ve been longing to own and add to my ever growing collection of teapots and tea infusers. Originally I wanted the dragonfly cast iron teapot from Teavana but found them to be quite expensive – almost $200!
After doing some research I came across the Old Dutch Placidity Lavender Teapot on Amazon. It was a fraction of the price and at the time cost less than 20 bucks! The Old Dutch dragonfly teapot was much cheaper compared to the Teavana version for an almost identical product.
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.