Tea By C’s Rose Buds

Rose Buds by Tea By C
Herbal Infusion / Straight
$10.00USD for 1oz

Tea By C has provided me with Rose Buds for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Rose Buds came to me in a now-familiar kraft paper pouch from Tea By C. It came with an information card that includes the health benefits, tasting notes, steeping guide, as well as the information about flower anatomy on the back (definitely takes me back to my biology undergrad days!). The tisane itself solely consists of rose buds, which I think is well reflected in the name.

Rose Buds is an herbal tisane, consisting of rose buds from France. It’s naturally caffeine-free, which makes for a nice any-time-of-day drink. The rose buds themselves are lightly pink and pretty delicate looking. The aroma is all roses, which shouldn’t be that big of a surprise.

Preparation

Tea By C recommends steeping Rose Buds in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 1 to 2 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 90 seconds.

First Taste

Rose Buds steeps to a pale yellow. The aroma is definitely roses throughout. On first taste, I taste both sweetness, and the rose floral notes. It’s not as heavily perfume-like as I had expected, which I think has a lot to do with the steeping time. It has a very soothing aroma to it, which I appreciated when I had it as a post-dinner drink.

A Second Cup?

Tea By C suggests that Rose Buds can been steeped 1 to 2 times. I attempted a second resteep, and opted to steep it for 3 minutes. I found that the flavour was fairly close to the initial steep, but it was just a touch weaker. I would recommend doing at least one more steep with Rose Buds to get all that rose flavour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea By C’s Rose Buds. I really enjoyed the overall experience of this tisane – from admiring the dry buds to smelling the steeped tisane to the first taste. The surprise for me was the fact that it didn’t remind me of potpourri when I was drinking it, which is always a potential hazard when it comes to flower-dominate tisanes. I loved that Rose Buds handled being resteeped once and the flavour wasn’t too far off from the initial steep.

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Tea By C’s Blue People Oolong

Blue People Oolong by Tea By C
Oolong Tea / Flavoured
$10.00USD for 1oz

Tea By C has provided me with Blue People Oolong for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Blue People Oolong came in a kraft paper pouch that’s resealable. The steeping instructions, ingredients list, and caffeine level were featured on the front while the back includes the product URL, a QR code, the weight of the package, as well as the location of Tea By C. I am not going to lie, I was a bit perplexed when I first opened the package because it honestly looks like no other oolong that I’ve ever had before. Blue People Oolong looks (and kind of feels…) like little pebbles. Smooth, dark brown rocks. When I shook the package and then poured some out, I did think it sounded like rocks too!

The aroma is surprisingly sweet, despite its appearance. I almost expected the tea to have a heavy mineral aroma to match the appearance. Blue People Oolong consists of oolong, licorice root, and ginseng. The sweet aroma reminds me a lot of stone fruits, it just has that almost syrupy sweetness from ripe fruit.

Preparation

Tea By C recommends steeping Blue People Oolong in 180-190°F (82-88°C) water for 1 minute. I opted to steep in 185°F (85°C) for 1 minute.

First Taste

Blue People Oolong steeps to a very bright yellow colour (I’m a touch disappointed that it didn’t steep blue!). The aroma is sweet, with strong stone fruit aromas. I found the tea itself to be quite sweet with equally bright, fruity flavours. There’s some pleasant buttery notes, but overall the fruity sweetness is the strongest part of this tea.

The tea leaves did not appear to open up at all after the initial steep of 1 minute.

A Second Cup?

I steeped Blue People Oolong a total of seven times (eight steeps total!), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The leaves didn’t really visible begin to open until until the second resteep and continued to open up further after that. I found the flavour and colour to remain fairly consistent for each steep. The flavour began to weaken by the third resteep (fourth overall steep), but the flavour was still quite strong at the end.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea By C’s Blue People Oolong. While I was initial confused and surprised by the appearance of the dry leaf, I had a wonderful time drinking this oolong and resteeping it over and over and over again. The flavour was great – with plenty of sweetness for this tea reviewer who has a sweet tooth – and I loved the stone fruit flavours that were in there with the honeyed sweetness. I think this tea would be fantastic both hot and iced and I would highly recommend resteeping the leaves because there’s just so much flavour in there.

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Tea By C’s Dragonwell Green

Dragonwell Green by Tea By C
Green Tea / Straight
$10.00USD for 1oz

Tea By C has provided me with Dragonwell Green for the purposes of writing an honest review.

If you head over to my Instagram page (@onemoresteep), I’ve partnered up with Claire from Tea By C for a giveaway! The winner will receive a Starter Kit, which is the first box of a tea membership. Giveaway is open until October 9th 2019, winner announced October 10th 2019.

First Impressions

This is the first of a trio of tea reviews featuring products from Tea By C – C being Claire. Tea By C is a California based tea company and she first reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out her product (of course, the answer was yes!). She sent me a trio of customer favourites/best sellers and I’m so excited to be sharing the first review. This is Dragonwell Green, which is a loose leaf tea that came in a kraft paper pouch that’s resealable. The label on the front provides information regarding ingredients, steeping instructions, as well as caffeine level. The bag includes the URL for the product page (as well as a handy QR to scan), the weight of the package, as well as the mailing information for Tea By C.

Dragonwell Green also came with an info card which includes information of the harvest (location, time, and year), health benefits, tasting notes, steeping recommendations, how the tea was prepared/roasted, as well as the Dragonwell mythology. The leaves themselves are beautiful, long, and flat. They consist of varying shades of green from a yellow green, to bright green, to olive. The aroma is very light – I would say it reminds me primarily of freshly cut grass.

Preparation

Tea By C recommends steeping Dragonwell Green in 170-180°F (77-82°C) water for 30 seconds to 1 minute. I opted to steep at 175°F (79°C) for 1 minute.

First Taste

Dragonwell Green steeps to a very pale yellow. I found it to have a grassy, buttery aroma to it. The flavour of the tea is pleasant – I found it to have a nice sweetness that isn’t too overwhelming, as well as some grassy flavours and there is a buttery creaminess to it. I didn’t taste any almonds though, which was mentioned on the info card, but I did enjoy the flavours that I did taste. There’s a nice crispness to the tea that I think would lend itself nicely to being had as an iced tea.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Dragonwell Green three times (four steeps total with the same leaves), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. Tea By C suggests that the leaves can been steeped 2 to 3 times. I found that the colour got more golden yellow with the first two resteeps, and got lighter with the third. The flavour remained very similar to the initial steep, I found that the grassy notes got a bit lighter and the creaminess from the buttery quality of the flavour got stronger. It stayed quite pleasant throughout.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tea By C’s Dragonwell Green. I’ve been a sucker for a good Dragonwell for a while now, and this one just really ticked off all the boxes for me from the beautiful dry leaf, to the first cup, to the multiple steeps of the same leaves (successfully, might I add!). I really enjoyed the whole experience from reading the informational card and having some tasting notes to look for while making this tea, and I just really enjoyed the flavours that I got out of this green tea. It was really nice to be able to get the information about this tea (location & harvest month and year), it was an added bonus to get that much information about the tea.

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