Wight Tea Company

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I love sage, so I was pleased to see this in the Tea Thoughts Halloween countdown. It’s pretty much sage water, which I don’t mind! Not really getting any rose or white tea. Just sage.

Cameron B.

BLECK! Ha ha, glad you enjoyed it. :P

amandastory516

Lol! It’s definitely a love it or hate it flavor.

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I love this! Such an awesome, nutty, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast tea. I brewed it Western-style, in my Kati. It makes me laugh because this is a very American-style offering, for the following reasons—
1.) It’s tea sourced from India, but it’s named after an American city. As with everything else the U.S. has done historically, linguistically, and culturally, it’s FINDERS KEEPERS, I guess.
2.) The packaging simply says that it’s a blend of three different Indian black teas. No mention of which specific varieties of Indian black teas. LOL. Guess they figure (probably accurately) that most American tea drinkers wouldn’t care to know that level of detail. (For whatever it’s worth, this detail-loving American tea drinker definitely gets a small bite of Assam astringency, mellowed out by slight butter, raisin, and cocoa notes from the other two mystery varieties. Whatever tea-blending and characteristic- balancing magic happened here, it’s very delicious and effective.)
3.) It’s robust, hearty, good quality, and packs a punch with caffeine. Basically, it’s everything Americans would want and expect in a morning cuppa, being a nation that famously favors coffee.
4.) It’s very low maintenance, perfect for office settings and city people in a hurry. You don’t need to monitor it particularly closely; it doesn’t become very bitter if you accidentally over-steep it.
5.) I re-steeped the leaves and they yielded a second cup that was just as strong and flavorful as the first steep, so I’m definitely getting my money’s worth, which is another thing Americans value.
All in all, I’d say this is a pretty tight product, and that this company knows very well who their target demographic is.

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Cocoa, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

We need more tea that fits Standard #4!

Leafhopper

Agreed! Low-maintenance teas are appreciated, especially in the morning.

teaqueen

@gmathis and @leafhopper This one definitely delivers as a breakfast tea! I recommend it without reservation.

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I received this as a sample in my SipsBy box. This was one of my most favorite teas I’ve received so far! I drank it as iced and it was SO good. The blueberries made it a beautiful color and the flavor with the basil was so refreshing! I have enough left to try it hot as well but I REALLY enjoyed this one!

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Sipdown (529)!

Ok, this one’s not a true sipdown because I gave the last cup away to a coworker, but I wont tell if you don’t. I’m trying to share the tea love a little more though and be less of a hoarder since I’ve got enough bloody tea on hand to probably keep me drinking for the next few years…

This was very tasty though; I mean totally doesn’t hold a candle to the amazing cocktail I whipped this up into last time but I do really, really enjoy teas with strong, heady rose notes and this completely delivers in that department. What I really like is the savory aspect too, from the sage. It’s not often that you associate/come across a ‘savory’ but floral tasting tea, but this is just that and it’s pretty smooth and tasty!

Sadly nothing else this company carries really interests me so I don’t foresee myself ever wanting to place an order with this since the shipping cost for just the one tea would be pretty awful; but I enjoyed my experience with this tea and think it was something really nice to have on hand even if it was only for a short while.

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78

From earlier in the week!

I had some fun the other night with tea mixology/tea infused cocktails and from that kind of wave of inspiration I birthed a really tasty tea cocktail using this as the base! I started with a cold brew of this tea, and that ended up being used as the bulk of the drink. Here’s the recipe though:

I started by prepping the glass I was going to be serving in by giving it a vodka rinse, then in a separate glass I prepared the following…

- 1 oz. of brown sugar simple syrup
- 1 1/2 oz. of Grand Marnier
- 4 oz. of Sage Rose cold brew
- Shake with ice, then pour into already prepared glass
- Express with an orange peel

Pretty simple, right!? I mean, it’s definitely not the strongest cocktail in the world/not something you’d drink to get drunk but flavour wise it was really good. Just this great balance of smooth orange, sweet molasses like brown sugar, and then this great undertone/finish of herbaceous sage and floral rose in the finish from the tea base. I think it leans a little to the sweet side ’cause the brown sugar is a pretty strong ingredient but you could either experiment with a smaller amount or possibly try adding in drop or two of saline to see if that helps balance it a little bit more.

Also, as far as the brown sugar simple syrup goes you make it that same way as normal simple syrup but just sub in brown sugar instead of white. Very, very easy to do and really lovely flavour. Plus is adds this gorgeous deep brown hue which has a nice aesthetic factor too.

A picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdwcmAsFAXD/?taken-by=ros_strange

I need to work on my garnishing skills. Also, I’d love if that wasn’t the only cocktail type glass that I owned, but oh well.

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Midday cuppa.

This is one that I got in my November Sipsby subscription box. It’s a completely new company to me, which is great ‘cause that’s the whole reason I was interested in Sipsby in the first place: discovering new companies. I am glad this is the tea from the company they chose to send me; I browsed through this company’s website and I’m pretty sure that this is the only tea I’d have considered ordering from them anyway.

It’s definitely not bad, but I do find it really delicate/light in flavour. I’d have thought that with the sage and rose, which is a more heady floral element, it would have a touch more body to it? It’s sweet though, and the contrast between the savory/herbaceous sage and clean, perfume-y rose is really nice. They highlight each other well, and it seems to draw out sweetness from both of them. There are also some nice lemon undertones, and typical notes of straw. It really is a nice profile!

…I just want more of it.

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