Teatourist’s Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure

Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure (April 2018) by Teatourist
£15 for 1 box, plus shipping (+£3-5 per box)

Teatourist has provided me with the Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I was really excited with the Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure because the first item I really laid eyes on was the complimentary brew buddy, which was the Vegan Creme Egg Fudge by Fab Fudge. I pretty much ate that quick and it was delicious! It had a lovely chocolate texture and reminded me a lot of a Cadbury Creme Egg. There’s not a lot of photos that I took of that one, unfortunately. The only thing that would have it better if there had been more of it.

This collection had six teas: Mountain Mint by Nazani Tea (herbal infusion), Blooming Marvelous by eteaket (green tea), Pedernales Green Yaupon by CatSpring Yaupon (herbal infusion), Shakti Masala Chai by Sonya’s Chai (black tea), Belgian Chocolate Rooibos by Cheshire Tea (rooibos), and Breakfast In Bed by teatourist (black tea). From what I learned from teatourist, this is their first signature tea blend, so I was really looking to trying it when I saw it!

Mountain Mint is an herbal tisane that I would describe as being very fluffy. It just has a very fluffy, airy dry leaf. This mint tisane is 100% wild mountain mint and harvested 1800m above sea level. It has an obviously minty aroma to it. Blooming Marvelous has a very strong strawberry aroma to it, which is quite nice. It’s made up of green Chinese sencha, rosebuds, strawberries, mallow, sunflower petals, and natural flavouring (lemon, vanilla, and red fruit). Now, I’m not sure what ‘red fruit’ is, but I’m assuming it helps to amplify the strawberry flavouring of the tea. Pedernales Green Yaupon has flakey dry green leaves. There’s something about the aroma of this yaupon that reminds me of kale. Pedernales Green Yaupon is 100% organic yaupon.

From left to right: Mountain Mint, Blooming Marvelous, and Pedernales Green Yaupon.

Shakti Original Masala Chai has some strong spice aromas from the dry leaf, I can smell primarily the cardamom, clove, and black pepper. This chai consists of Assam black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, anise seed, black pepper, clove, and fennel. Belgian Chocolate Rooibos has a sweet chocolate aroma, along with the medicinal aroma from the rooibos base. It consists of rooibos, cacao bean pieces, calendula petals, and natural flavours. Breakfast In Bed has a strong black tea aroma, and I can smell and sweet the vanilla bean pieces. The aroma makes me think of cake, but I believe that to be due to the vanilla bean. Teatourist’s signature blend consists of black tea, vanilla pieces, and flavouring.

From left to right: Shakti Original Masala Chai, Belgian Chocolate Roobios, and Breakfast In Bed.

Preparation

Nazani Tea recommends steeping Mountain Mint in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I did an initial steep of 4 minutes.

eteaket recommends steeping Blooming Marvelous in 80°C (176°F) water for 2 to 3 minutes. I did an initial steep of 2 minutes in 79°C (175°F) water.

CatSpring Yaupon recommends steeping Pedernales Green Yaupon in 95°C (203°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I did an initial steep of 4 minutes in 93°C (200°F) water.

Sonya’s Chai recommends steeping Shakti Original Masala Chai in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions for the initial steep.

Cheshire Tea recommends steeping Belgian Chocolate Rooibos in 100°C (212°F) water for 3 to 7 minutes. I did an initial steep of 5 minutes.

teatourist recommends steeping Breakfast In Bed in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 5 minutes. I did an initial steep of 4 minutes.

First Taste

From left to right: Mountain Mint, Blooming Marvelous, and Pedernales Green Yaupon.

Mountain Mint steeps to a nice orange colour. It has a minty aroma, and has a great minty flavour to it. The description on the packaging described it as being both warm and refreshing, which I do agree with. I think it’d to have iced this summer.

Blooming Marvelous steeps to a light yellow colour. I can taste the sencha base, it has a pleasant vegetal flavour to it. I found that it had a nice light fruity sweetness, and pleasant floral notes to it. The strawberry/berry flavours shine through when I sip at this one.

Pedernales Green Yaupon steeps to a brownish-yellow. I found that it has a bit of a spinach and earthy aroma to it. There’s a very light sweetness to it, and some earthy notes in this infusion that reminds me a lot of dark green leafy vegetables and mushrooms.

From left to right: Shakti Original Masala Chai, Belgian Chocolate Roobios, and Breakfast In Bed.

Shakti Original Masala Chai steeps to a deep red. I found that it had a nice spice aroma and flavour to it. I like my chai a tiny bit sweeter than this one is, so I did add a little bit of honey. I can definitely taste the ginger and cinnamon in it. This chai blend also goes well with a splash of milk.

Belgian Chocolate Rooibos steeps to a deep red. I found the chocolate aroma wasn’t very strong compared to the smell of the rooibos base. The chocolate flavour was very mild compared to the medicinal flavour of the rooibos.

Breakfast In Bed also steeps to a deep red. There’s a slight sweetness to this black tea, with a nice vanilla flavour. The black tea base has a touch of astringency to it, which isn’t overwhelming the vanilla – it reminds me a bit of a breakfast tea (either English or Irish). The vanilla adds a bit of creaminess to the tea. I think it’d do well with some cream and sugar.

A Second Cup?

For the first trio, I attempted resteeps for all three. Mountain Mint did well on the first resteep at 7 minutes and had an enjoyable flavour. In a second resteep attempt, Mountain Mint did poorly, it’s a tisane that is good for just the one more steep. Blooming Marvelous didn’t do well on the resteep, I found that the flavour profile wasn’t similar to the initial steep. The sencha was the main star for the resteep, so if you’re like sencha, you’ll probably enjoy the resteep of the same leaves. Pedenerales Green Yaupon tasted fairly similar to the initial steep with those earthy flavours.

From left to right: Mountain Mint, Blooming Marvelous, and Pedernales Green Yaupon.

In the second half of the Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure, I resteeped all of them once. I found that Shakti Original Masala Chai wasn’t quite as spicy as the initial steep. It’s still tasty, but the flavour wasn’t as intense as the first steep. Belgian Chocolate Rooibos didn’t do that well with the second steep, I found it to be all rooibos with no chocolate flavour to it. Breakfast In Bed resteeped well. The vanilla flavour wasn’t as strong as the initial steep, but it was noticeable. The black tea still had a mild astringency to it, but wasn’t off-putting.

From left to right: Shakti Original Masala Chai, Belgian Chocolate Roobios, and Breakfast In Bed.

My Overall Impression

I loved Teatourist’s Ravish & Lavish Tea Adventure. I really did enjoy the Vegan Creme Egg Fudge, it was a very tasty morsel! The stand outs in this collection for me were Blooming Marvelous, Shakti Original Masala Chai, and Breakfast In Bed. I really enjoyed the black teas in this collection, and getting introduced to all these flavour combinations is one of my favourite parts of receiving a monthly subscription box. The fun part of the boxes is getting teas that I probably wouldn’t buy on my own, but then I would have missed out of getting to try them. I really would recommend trying it out if you have the spare funds because it’s a really fun treat.

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TLS’s Trim Tea

Trim Tea by TLS
Black Tea / Flavoured
$39.95USD for 30g (30 packets)

Jason (@teawithchu) has provided me with TLS’s Trim Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I received a 3 day supply of Trim Tea, which is a tea product by TLS. As per the product page, Trim Tea consists of black tea extract, and extract from Irvingia gabonensis (African Mango). If you look on the Wikipedia page for Irvingia gabonensis, it’s been used a lot in weight loss programs. Because I only received a 3 day supply, the purpose of this review is for me to try it out and review it based on taste – and not to see if it actually helps me to lose weight.

Each day’s supply comes prepackaged/portioned out, which is handy. Trim Tea is a dark, blackish-brown powder. It’s a very fine powder and it barely has a noticeable smell to it. I was expecting a little something, since it has black tea and mango in it, but I didn’t notice a smell.

I’m not a primary health care provider, or a researcher in weight-loss, so I can’t speak to the science behind how Trim Tea works. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your primary health care provider is aware that you’re engaging in any sort of weight loss program so that you can stay healthy and do it safely.

Preparation

TLS recommends combining 1 packet of Trim Tea with water, hot or cold. They also suggest, if you’re consuming this for weight loss reasons, to take it 30-60 minutes prior to a meal. Because I’m reviewing this on taste and not weight-loss effectiveness, I mixed it with hot water (93°C/200°F) and had it mid-morning.

First Taste

Trim Tea mixes to a very dark reddish-brown. It smells a bit like a pu’erh, which was surprising given the ingredients in this blend. On first sip, I found that it was slightly bitter. There’s a mild sweetness at the end of each sip, but it has a very earthy flavour to it. Trim Tea doesn’t taste like either black tea or mango, but it has a flavour that really does taste like pu’erh. TLS addresses the fact that if you think it tastes a little bitter, you should add a bit more water to dilute it (or, if you’re adventurous, you could always take it like a shot).

A Second Cup?

Because Trim Tea is a powder, there was nothing to resteep as it all mixed into the water.

My Overall Impression

I liked TLS’s Trim Tea. I’m personally not in the market for a weight-loss program right now, but I found the flavour to be palatable. There was a slight bitterness with Trim Tea, but there was that sweetness at the end of each tea that makes it easy to drink. Trim Tea has a great earthiness that reminds me a lot of pu’erh instead of a black tea. If you’re a fan of pu’erh teas, you might want to give Trim Tea a try. Like a good pu’erh, this one can go down easy since it has the sweetness at the tail end of each sip. If you’re looking to buy Trim Tea, it’s available online!

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T By Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan

When Harry Met Meghan by T By Daniel
Black Tea / Flavoured
$11.00 for 50g

T by Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s April themed subscription box.

First Impressions

There’s something whimsical and fun about T By Daniel’s packaging – I think it has a lot to do with the bright colours and the bow tie. After all, bow ties are cool (any Doctor Who fans in the audience?). When Harry Met Meghan is my first exposure to a blend by T By Daniel, which is a Ontario-based tea company. Clearly named for the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (and for 1989’s When Harry Met Sally), this tea came to me in a resealable foil pouch. The tea itself has a beautiful aroma and straight up smells like chocolate and strawberries. Not sure what the actual royal couple smells like, but the classic pairing of chocolate and strawberries smell divine.

When Harry Met Meghan consists of: Ceylon orange pekoe black tea, chocolate pieces, dried strawberries, safflowers, pink sugar, purple sprinkles, silver dragees, and natural flavours. I could definitely see all of the ingredients at one point or another. Love the fun sprinkles and dragees throughout!

Preparation

There weren’t any steeping instructions on the packaging, or on the online product page. I opted to do an initial steep of When Harry Met Meghan at 100°C (212°F) for 4 minutes.

First Taste

When Harry Met Meghan steeps to a slightly cloudy golden brown. There’s a bit of an oil slick across the surface, which can be attributed to the oils found in the chocolate, sprinkles, and dragees. The aroma from the steeped tea reminds me of chocolate and strawberries. Surprisingly, the flavour of the tea also consists of chocolate and strawberries.

I find it can be rare to find a tea that contains chocolate where the flavour actually holds up after the tea has been steeped. All of the ingredients that could dissolve in hot water had, so I was pleasantly surprised that the tea actually tastes like chocolate. The strawberry flavour also comes across well, I suspect part of the ‘natural flavours’ may be strawberry to amp it up a bit. There’s a sweetness to it that almost seems a bit much, and that’s coming from someone who really enjoys her sweets. I think it could have done without some of the sprinkles or dragees because I suspect the chocolate and dried strawberries might have enough sweetness on their own.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped When Harry Met Meghan twice. The first resteep wasn’t too bad, the chocolate and strawberry flavours were still pleasant, but it was less sweet (and that made it more enjoyable). The second resteep was kind of bland in comparison, and I couldn’t tasted the strawberry anymore. I would say that When Harry Met Meghan is good for one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked T By Daniel’s When Harry Met Meghan. I think the name is funny/punny and it’s a fun tea for anyone who likes chocolate teas, fruit teas, or royal shenanigans. I’m not usually a fan of teas with chocolate, but I found that this one did really well with maintaining the chocolate flavours throughout while balancing well with the strawberries. That said, I think the sprinkles/sugar made it just a touch too sweet for me. If you’re a fan of sweet teas, I think you’d really enjoy this one as-is, it’s definitely a black tea blend that doesn’t require any extra sweetener.

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