Naked Teas Galore’s Ms. Grey

Ms. Grey by Naked Teas Galore
Black Tea / Flavoured
$7.35 for 50g

First Impressions

Ms. Grey was one of my purchases from Naked Teas Galore, and it appealed to me because it’s an Earl Grey-inspired blend. This black tea blend is organic and comes in a matte black bag (sealed and resealable). The aroma is very zesty and beautiful, I can definitely see some cornflower petals.

Ms. Grey consists of organic: ceylon, orange peel, lemon peel, lime peel, lavender, blue cornflowers, and natural flavouring. It definitely has a bright citrus aroma and I get a hint of lavender when I smell the dry leaf.

Preparation

Naked Teas Galore recommends steeping Ms. Grey in 100°C (212°F) water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep of 4 minutes.

First Taste

Ms. Grey steeps to a reddish orange colour. There’s a pleasant citrus aroma (reminds me mostly of lime over lemon and bergamot). It is a touch bitter, but I do get the floral notes from the lavender coming through. I find that the black tea base to be a bit astringent at my steeping time of 4 minutes. I also tried Ms. Grey with a touch of honey and milk, and found that it helped to temper the bitterness and made it more palatable.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Ms. Grey, but found it to be lacking the lavender and citrus notes from the initial steep. I would recommend Ms. Grey for just the initial steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Naked Teas Galore’s Ms. Grey. I thought that it made an interesting twist on a classic Earl Grey blend by adding the orange, lemon, and lime. It really added a zest quality to the flavour and I thought it was nice. I do wish that there was less bitterness to the .

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Dessert by Deb’s Berry Bouquet

Berry Bouquet by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

First Impressions

Berry Bouquet is a green tea blend from the Toronto-based Dessert by Deb, and is a certified organic tea blend. It comes in a matte white foil bag (sealed and resealable!), and with the a coloured label featuring Dessert by Deb’s adorable teapot label. The aroma of the blend is very floral – the first thing that I really noticed was roses. I can smell the lavender and jasmine in the background.

Berry Bouquet consists of organic: green tea, elderberries, raisins, currants, hibiscus, jasmine, rose petals and lavender. It definitely smells like a bouquet of flowers!

Preparation

Dessert by Deb suggests steeping Berry Bouquet at 200°F (93°C) for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

Berry Bouquet steeps to a very pink colour, which I attribute to the hibiscus. The aroma is floral, and I found that the taste of Berry Bouquet to be sweet, berry and floral – it’s quite pleasant! It’s a very feminine smelling tea, reminds me of a tea that would be a delight for a tea party. The berry flavour is very light and sweet, it goes well with the floral ingredients.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Berry Bouquet once, but found that the flavour to be quite watery compared to the initial steep. I would recommend Berry Bouquet for just the one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Berry Bouquet. I really enjoyed this floral blend (hot). I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t taste the green tea, but the floral notes went well with the berry flavours. I think this would be a great tea iced (or cold steeped), and perhaps with a splash of lemonade to really bring the summer feeling alive.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

September is always the start of the #PSL season- Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte.

While I know a lot of people who enjoy a good PSL, I happen to be a non-coffee drinker (of course) and I want to enjoy the pumpkin spice lifestyle as well! But what’s to stop a tea lover from making it a tea-based Pumpkin Spice Latte? From a blend of pumpkin pie spices to real pumpkin puree and topped off with whipped cream, this recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte is decadent treat, and sure to make for a cozy mug of tea on a cool autumn evening.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte – Serves 2

Pumpkin Spice Mix¹
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
½ tablespoon ground cardamom

¹ Use the mix in the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, and in other pumpkin spice recipes!

4 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree²
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Spice Mix
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2½ cups milk (dairy or dairy-free – I used unsweetened soy milk!)
3 teaspoons black tea (or 3 tea bags)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

² Make sure you find canned puree pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie filling (canned pumpkin pie filling often comes premixed with spices, and you’ll be adding in your own spice mix).

³ I highly recommend choosing a black that that either comes with spices already included (e.g. a “chai spiced” tea) or a plain unflavoured black tea – since you’re already going to be mixing it with (pumpkin) spices.

Garnishes – Optional
Whipped cream (canned or freshly whip) or whipped coconut cream
Cinnamon (ground or stick)
Nutmeg (ground)

Prepare Pumpkin Spice Mix
Mix all ingredients together.
Store in air-tight glass container.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
In a saucepan on medium heat:
Mix together Pumpkin Spice Mix, canned pumpkin puree, and brown sugar.
Add milk, continue to stir.
Add black tea and allow it to reach a boil.


Turn down the heat to low and allow the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte to simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Using a strainer, pour the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte into 2 cups.
Top with optional garnish (I like whipped cream with or without a dusting of ground cinnamon).

If you make this Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!