Recently, I received a shipment of new teas from Tea Sparrow in the mail, and I must say, these samples were some of the best I have tried in a while!
Usually, if a company sends more than one tea, I have a clear favorite among the batch, but these were all unique tastes, and each one gets a high score. First, I tried this Blood Orange Smoothie rooibos tea. This is a blend of South African red rooibos, orange, and vanilla, and as soon as I opened the packet, I knew I would like it because it smells like those Orange Creamsicles I used to eat as a child. Steeped, the tea definitely hit the citrusy notes I was hoping for. A lovely blend!
Next, I tried an organic green tea known as "yunwu." The company describes its taste as "reminiscent of sweet, roasted artichokes … well-rounded, with a slight note of toasted pecans." I didn't detect the toasted pecans, but I can certainly agree with the roasted artichokes flavor, and I would add that this green tea also has a buttery taste and a rich, thick mouth feel. I love a good green tea like this that has such a nice, bold character!
The final tea I tried was the Organic Cheery Fruit Tea. This fruit tea contains rose hips, orange peels, rooibos, pears, quince fruit, fennel bitter dark (which is what gives it the merest hint of a licorice taste, which I like), and organic vanilla bourbon flavor. I had assumed this rooibos would taste a lot like the other one, but instead this blend is a much more complex herbal tea, owing, I suppose, to the fennel and pears, flavors I don't often find in herbal teas. If you'd like to try a box of teas from Tea Sparrow for yourself, just click here to learn more about their unique subscription service!
And since I received two samples of the Blood Orange Smoothie flavor, I'd love to share the extra with one of you, so how about a quickie giveaway? If you'd like to win it, just say "Enter me" before 7 a.m. EST tomorrow and you'll be entered to win!