2048 Tasting Notes

drank Razzleberry by Southern Boy Teas
2048 tasting notes

Last night, hubby and I finished off the gallon of Razzleberry sweet tea in the refrigerator. I was making popcorn and he was headed for the outside fridge and asked if I wanted a drink. (We keep the sodas outside as we buy them in bulk for weekends when the whole herd of teenagers descends upon us.)

I told him thank you, but no, as I was trying to drink tea to limit my soda intake. He hit the brakes and turned to the fridge and fixed a glass for each of us.

Now, help me out if I am wrong, but it seems to me this is a much healthier choice even when sweetened. I am adding one cup of sugar per gallon of iced tea. That makes eight 16 ounce servings, so each serving would have 1/8 cup sugar, which should be approximately 4 teaspoons. Is that correct?

As I did my research, I saw that some of the bottled iced teas in stores have as much sugar as soda! Oh my cow! I have to give Harney Tea some accolades here for having delicious, refreshing iced tea in bottles and keeping it very low in sugar.

So I realize that no sugar would probably be best – and personally there are a lot of teas I could drink unsweetened and iced but the family won’t go for that – but this is a lot better than the ten tsps. of sugar in twelve ounces of cola and I get to avoid burping the bubbles and leaching the calcium from my bones. WIN!

OMGsrsly

1/8 cup is 2 tbsp which is 6 tsp. still better than soda. :)

ashmanra

Ah, thanks! My mom always told me that 1/4 cup was about three tablespoons, but I never checked! Hmmm, wonder how that shorted tablespoon in 1/4 cup has affected things all these years? :)

OMGsrsly

I guess it depends on hiw ou measure your tbsp! :) At one of my jobs we pile the spoons with as much as will fit. When baking, i level them off.

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drank Razzleberry by Southern Boy Teas
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I made this iced tea according to package instructions and I resteeped immediately to get a full gallon. There is no lack of flavor. I LOVE THIS TEA!

I put it all in the small Pottery Barn dispenser, which I then put on the top shelf in my fridge. This was the sweet tea served tonight for Writers’ Group. I mention the dispenser to say that I have found it to be very handy when you have a lot of tea. You don’t have to lift a heavy pitcher, just turn the handle on the spigot and fill your glass. The glass helps the tea get extra cold, too, and since the spigot is metal instead of plastic, you are less likely to have a major catastrophe with a failed spigot.

I added one cup of sugar to one gallon of tea because most of this crowd likes their tea SWEET! Some even add extra simple syrup! This was very well liked tonight.

I have a bunch of new SBT to try, and I can hardly wait!

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My best friend left her one pound bag of this at my house for me to experiment with, and I decided to make it one of our Writer’s Group teas this week. One of our members does not like beverages with sugar AT ALL, so no soda and no sweet tea, and we are in the hot and sticky South!

I had a cup of this hot a few days ago, and then yesterday set some to cold steep. I kept this one unsweetened just for her! She liked it very much and even with the cold steep method the pomegranate flavor comes through very nicely.

It makes a lovely pitcher of light colored tea for hot, muggy, rainy nights like this. It was served cold from the fridge and without ice.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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I have had this tea since March but it warrants another tasting note. I want to show what a chameleon it can be!

Many weeks ago I served this at tea time. I made it the way I usually make flavored black tea – boiling water and steep for four minutes. My guest wasn’t crazy about it, but she drank it and said it was okay. I was surprised – this is Nina’s signature blend.

So today I made it the same way I did for my friend with allergies, cutting the steep to three minutes. My guest sipped it and didn’t recognize it as the tea we had before. That one minute changes this to a rose tea with a hint of apple, instead of a green apple flavored black with a hint of rose. She really liked it this way.

OMGsrsly

Tea is sneaky that way. :)

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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I have such “Grand Amour” for Grand Amour! Oh la la this is good tea! This was one of the first samples I tried from Nina’s a few months ago when they invited us to choose two or three teas to sample. I was really hooked on this one but waited to order because I have an embarrassingly large amount of tea. But at last, my very own tin is here! And the shipping was crazy fast. Laurent sent this Monday and the mailman put it on my porch at noon today.

We talk, HARD, at tea time on Wednesdays. It takes a special tea to make the words hit the brakes. Today we chattered through the cake and remarked on the black tea we drank first, then had this second. In the middle of the chatter, my guest took a sip, stopped everything, and said, “What is THAT?” I told her it was Grand Amour and she said, “It’s delicious!” And it is! Oh mercy me, it is.

This is so fruity, with no perfume-y fake taste. No additions necessary!

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This was the second tea with had with our toast and coconut oil/honey spread. How I love this tea! Cocoa-y, smokey, smooth, sweet, and such a lovely aroma. Makes you feel weak in the knees!

I wish they still sold this. I will have to try to hunt out something similar when this is gone.

Stephanie

Oh man, toast with honey and coconut oil? YUM!

ashmanra

Yes, apparently I am one of the last people on earth to find out that this is amazingly delicious! I didn’t have a recipe so I just mixed one Tblspn. honey with one of unrefined coconut oil. Amazing. I had to keep making more toast because everyone liked it so much!

Stephanie

I have to try it now!

Nxtdoor

Ever tried it with truffle oil? Honey and truffle oil.

ashmanra

No, I haven’t, Nxtdoor, but if it is as good as this, I should! :) Even hubby loved it, and he is a bit picky!

SimplyJenW

I am going to have to try this!

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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My best friend came over to have tea with me today. I wanted her to try this one because she likes green apple flavors and this one was strongly apple flavored to me. The rose was a more subtle aspect.

We served it with toast because I read something last night that I wanted to try. I saw someone recommend mixing unrefined coconut oil with honey as a toast spread, and a number of people commented that this was their favorite spread for toast. We decided to try it today since tea and toast are so very tea time! I have to say, it was delicious, tasted like cinnamon toast, and would probably also be good with a bit of cinnamon added!

When I opened the tea tin, my friend thought it smelled like strong perfume and she is very sensitive to that sort of thing. I decided to still make it, but cut the steep time to three minutes, and the most amazing thing happened. The green apple tea with a hint of rose became rose tea with a hint of green apple! And it is a lightly peppery rose flavor. I do not know if the steep time is what changed the taste so greatly, or if it was the food pairing that did it, but I do know this was my favorite way so far to steep it! My friend enjoyed it and said she would like to drink it again when she comes over.

GMathis, JacquelineM, and K S, keep an eye on your mailbox because I mailed your samples of this tea today!

OMGsrsly

I actually make my “cinnamon toast” by mixing 2 parts each coconut oil and honey to one part cinnamon (I love cinnamon though!). I spread that on my bread instead of spreading butter and then sprinkling cinnamon sugar. I prefer it this way because everything is more even, and I also get more cinnamon. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Both the spread and the tea sound delightful!

ashmanra

I definitely want to try it with cinnamon!

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drank Razzleberry by Southern Boy Teas
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I had this as a tea slushy in my Zoku tonight as my dessert. YEAH! BABY! Razzleberry, I love you. You are the best flavored iced tea I have ever had.

Chelle

Tea slushy…nice!
Going to have to get a Zoku.

Shelyteadrinker79

What is a Zoku?

ashmanra

Shelyteadrinker: A Zoku is a cup that you freeze and the liquids you pour in become a slushy in about seven minutes. If you go to Williams-Sonoma’s website you can watch a video and it really works. I just bought my third one because all of us are using them every day. I did try a cheaper one fr om elsewhere called a Squeezy Freezy or something like that, and it didn’t work very well and it leaked so it is being returned. The nice thing is that when you are really craving a chocolate shake, you can pour in skim milk and Quik and get a low cal dessert. The tea slushes are so good and so refreshing after being outside in the heat!

Sweet Canadian

I need to get one of these things.

Sweet Canadian

So I may have gone to buy my own Zoku last night…..looking forward to trying it this afternoon :) And I bought one for my brother as a gift.

ashmanra

Hooray, Sweet Canadian! I hope you love it as much as we do!

Sweet Canadian

I tried it but I don’t think I had let it freeze enough and it didn’t work very well :( I’m hoping tomorrow’s second go will be better.

ashmanra

It does have to stay in the freezer for hours and hours to be ready, and they recommend a zero degree freezer. Also, the colder the drink is that you put in, the better. I hope your next one is fantastic!

Sweet Canadian

I hope so too! I don’t think my drink was cold enough either. I’m going to leave it in for 24 hours and then watch it better once I put the tea in. This time I let it sit a bit and lots of ice built up on the side, and then I had a hard time getting it off. I’ll learn I’m sure :)

ashmanra

I think I leave mine for about two minutes, then I scrape it down, and keep it up every two minutes until about seven total minutes have passed. Once you finish about half of it, you can add more liquid and it will still freeze.

OMGsrsly

I turned down my fridge and freezer so I could use the Popsicle maker. The extra $1 per month is so worth it. :)

ashmanra

LOL! It sure is! Tea pops, Nutella pops, ah yes!

Sweet Canadian

Ashmanra do you had lots of sugar before you use it with tea? I’ve had success with pop, but have yet to be able to create a good iced tea slushie.

ashmanra

For slushes, I probably add a cup of sugar to a gallon of tea. Sometimes it is unsweetened tea and I add some simple syrup, but I don’t measure and I am not sure how much I add! Funny, I am having a chocolate milk one right now, and just picked up my third Zoku today! I hope you can get a satisfactory tea slushy out of yours! I am loving mine, and the tea seems less “heavy” in this heat than other slushes.

ashmanra

Okay, just for you I made two tea slushes tonight! This tea, one gallon, one cup sugar. It did work for me. Is that a lot more sugar than you add? My mom used three cups to a gallon, I cut it back to two years ago, and now I am down to half for me and one if the family is going to drink it. A lot of the iced teas I don’t add any sugar to at all so I keep some simple syrup on hand,

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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I had a big surprise with this tea today! It is insufferably hot and muggy here, although honestly it is not as bad as some summers have been…so far. I really don’t want to stop drinking my hot tea, but I really need something cold.

I decided to experiment and see if this one would cold steep very well. I didn’t think it would, because I reasoned to myself that the flavoring probably wouldn’t translate well. For that reason, I took the last of the 175F water from the green tea I had just made (it had cooled a bit) and poured that over the leaves first to “wake” them. There was very little of it and it just covered the leaves in the pitcher plus a little extra. I filled the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water and put it in the fridge. I waited about five hours to try it.

Before drinking, I added a bit of simple syrup because I do like a little sweetener in my iced teas, though I take none in my hot teas. And I have to say, this tastes just like it did hot! The apple flavor is every bit as strong. If you love green apples, you should give this a try! I do not get a ton of rose from this, mostly green apple, but others have said they get a lot of the floral taste. Maybe I need to focus my palate a bit more!

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drank Balade a Shanghai by Nina's Paris
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After my quiet cup of tea, which was Magicienne by Nina’s, I went outside to do a tiny bit of work on the new fence we are putting up. I didn’t stay out long because it is hot and humid and buggy out there! I am tired of Mosquitos!

When I came back in, I thought it was the perfect time for a cup of my sample from Nina’s. Summertime is the perfect time for mint teas to me. The mint is so refreshing, even when you serve it hot! But I have not been a huge fan thus far of straight mint tisanes.

Fortunately, this is nice and minty but you can still taste the green tea. I didn’t look at any special directions. I just prepared it as I do most green teas – 175F water for three minutes. This does not taste smoky to me. I know some people mention Moroccan Mint style teas being smoky, but I didn’t pick up on that. The green base is dominant, or at least as strong as the mint. I felt like the mint came out a little more as the tea cooled, but it still didn’t overpower the green base and make you feel like you had a herbal tisane.

I believe I detect spearmint in this, although it could be Egyptian mint, which I have never had separately from spearmint so I don’t think I could identify it on its own. I had that Wrigley’s taste, so I am pretty sure it was spearmint!

This was refreshing and cooling. I didn’t try it iced or sweetened yet, but I bet it would be good both ways!

Thank you, Nina’s, for the sample!

ETA: Nina’s has offered to send samples to reviewers, so if you haven’t tried them yet, please do! They have some excellent teas!

gmathis

Do you contact them on Facebook about samples?

Sil

facebook or email works

gmathis

Gotcha. Contacted.

ashmanra

GMathis: they might send you a link to their catalog, or you may want to just search Nina’s Teas here on Steepster. I know there were a few they mentioned on their Facebook page that had never been reviewed and they were interested in having some people try them particularly. I have ordered Grand Amour – it is so so good – and will probably order their vanilla black tea sometime. The Earl Grey was really good. So was…well, shucks, there are tons of good ones to pick from! :)

gmathis

I don’t think I’ve read a negative review of any of theirs yet.

ashmanra

Unless you have already requested your teas, don’t ask for Marie Antoinette! I have a bunch and I was going to send some samples around. I will send you some and that way you can request other flavors and have more to try! :)

gmathis

Have I mentioned how much I like you recently? :)

ashmanra

D’aw! Thanks! I will try to get these packed up today, but it will probably be tomorrow before I mail them. Middle daughter turns 20 today and we are celebrating! :)

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