The return of PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

I interrupt your usual tea talk to speak of the other delicious caffeinated beverage – coffee. Hey the tag line does say…and sometimes coffee. Why you ask? It’s simple really, it’s September! Which I feel is a respectable time to start talking about pumpkin anything. For example I have had my first Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte which was ok, not great, but ok.

But I figured that Green Mountain Coffee or some other Keurig cup producing company would have their pumpkin spice beverage out soon. Well, Target did not disappoint! There was a whole end cap thing full of 18 cup/pod boxes and yes I grabbed one. I will grab more as the Fall weather returns to the Northeast. Hey it’s cheaper than going to Starbucks for a latte.

It's like pumpkin-ception up in here!

It’s like pumpkin-ception up in here!

So this morning the little woke at quarter of 7 and thankfully went back to bed until 10! Which meant momma and daddy also got to sleep in….good baby! But once we were all up for the day I remembered I had some pumpkin spice deliciousness to get to. So I pawned cereal feeding of smalls off on daddy and got down to business. Which also reminded me that I had Pumpkin Spiced (and gluten free) Cheerios to try. Yup those are a thing and they are delicious!

 

Nom, nom, nom!

Nom, nom, nom!

As for the coffee I opted to make a latte out of it. So while the Keurig was doing it’s thing I got to work on the frothy awesomeness. I used SO Delicious dairy-free creamer which I popped in the microwave for 15 seconds and then frothed with my handy dandy frother for another 15 seconds and oooh was it tasty!

This is totally a new Fall favorite in my house. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be delicious Fall teas either! Oh no, I plan to get my hands on some Pumpkin Chai as soon as possible as well as any other Fall fun teas that I can get my hot little hands on. Stay tuned….Fall is coming!

Summer Breeze (Organic) {@NelsonsTea review}

At first when I grabbed this tea I thought for sure it was an oolong, based on the suggested water temp (195 degrees), as that’s what my one touch says is the temp for oolongs. It was only after I looked it up online that I noted that this was a green tea. Which is probably why I didn’t like it. I am not a green tea fan and it was my fault for not telling Nelson’s this prior to sending me the tea. As this one was an “extra” for me to try.

My favorite bee mug for tea time!

My favorite bee mug for tea time!

So I scrapped the first cup and reset the one touch to brew green tea (160-170). The dry leaves did smell pretty awesome: ginger, orange, and peach…oh my! The flavor did come through when I tasted the tea, but the green tea taste was also there and I don’t know what we don’t get along, but we don’t. Which is why I don’t even try anyone. It’s sad because I KNOW I’m missing out on tasty teas because of it. But there we are.

I will say that the orange and ginger totally helped with the stuffiness I was starting to feel in my nose (the little is sick as well as the hubs). But that’s sadly all I got out of it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a shot especially if you happen to like green tea.

rwanda rukeri {@AdagioTeas review}

Fun fact this is take two of this tea picture because well the measuring spoon flipped out of the bag with a spoonful of tea on it...into the only water left on the counter...

Fun fact this is take two of this tea picture because well the measuring spoon flipped out of the bag with a spoonful of tea on it…into the only water left on the counter…

My week got away from me, as it usually does these days, but here I am with another tea review! This time I’m trying Adagio Teas rwanda rukeri. As a reminder this was one of the teas I selected for review from Adagio because frankly it sounded pretty different/awesome.

In celebration of a certain someone getting back on their not up ever hour during the night schedule I chose to make myself this. The dry leaves smell very earthy to me with a hint of fruit. But I’m not getting the scent of biscuits that I read in their description of this tea. Hey ever nose is different, right? Right! So I measured out a spoonful and added it to my mug and set the water for 212 degrees and waited. Which meant making some cinnamon raisin toast (pro tip it helps to turn the toaster oven ON), and grabbing my notebook and laptop to write this review.

Just look at those leaves!

Just look at those leaves!

Once the water was ready I went through the usual motions and set a timer for 4 minutes and let this bad boy steep. The suggested steep time is 3-5 minutes so I typically go for the middle marker on time. While waiting I dug into my toast and sorted out the photos I wanted to use for this post. Oh and wrangled a baby into his high chair and got his eats ready for dad to serve up. I then took a sniff of the steeping tea and there was the fruit again and the delicious smell of malty goodness that I’ve come to expect from a tasty Assam. But how would it taste?

Mmmm.

Mmmm.

While it reminds me of an Assam tea, there’s something else… Something a little rough around the edges if you will. It’s not bad either, just different. It’s certainly strong that’s for sure! Let’s put it this way. I’d bring this tea to a fight, because it’s sure to have my back!

 

Pumpkin Matcha/Matcha Maker {@davidstea}

Super easy to use and perfect matcha every time!

Super easy to use and perfect matcha every time!

*These items were purchased by me and not provided for by DAVIDsTEA*

I’m behind in my reviews because it has been hotter than Mordor here for the last two weeks. But finally “cooler” weather is here (yeah I consider 85 cooler) so I’ve gotten back to tea. This time it was trying out my new matcha maker and pumpkin matcha from DAVIDsTEA.

So first about the matcha maker. It’s so easy and fast, which when you have a crawling 7.5 month old is exactly what you need before he’s into the cat food or trying to get down the cat door to the cellar! Needless to say he now lives in a “gated community” in our living room! Anyway, what you do is simply add your matcha to the tumbler, fill with hot water to the fill line (heated to 165), attach the matcha maker and lid and SHAKE. The only real thing you have to remember is to release the pressure button at the top after shaking. A step you really shouldn’t forget.

Seriously it’s that easy the little ball in the lid does all the work while you shake your little heart out. I have never had a good matcha until now. Which is why I had totally given up on matcha’s until I saw said maker was on sale. When I picked up the maker I also grabbed some matcha which included their new pumpkin matcha. I wasn’t sure how it would taste I’d had some not so great flavored matcha’s in the past.

But oh my gosh this was delicious! Like no more Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s for me delicious. Mostly because it reminded me of the PSL’s at Starbucks minus the atomic orange color and who knows what else? Don’t get me wrong I’ll still have one because it’s a right of fall passage, in August. But I can save myself some green after and make up one of these anytime I want at home. I’ll call that a delicious win! If you want to try either of these for yourself head on over to their website and check it out.

More tea reviews coming later this week!

Summer Sol Ambrosia Black {@NelsonsTea}

I like the different colors on their packaging.

I like the different colors on their packaging.

I know it’s been a while since I received the teas from Nelson’s but with a baby in the house, not every morning can be for tea. No sometimes coffee is called for. But last night someone was having a party in their crib from 2am-3:30am and sadly I was invited. While I could have reached for the ease of coffee from the Keurig I chose to try this one instead. Added bonus the little was down for a nap.

The dry leaves smelled super fruity. though I’ll admit I couldn’t put my finger on what the fruit was, but I suspected strawberries, grapes, and maybe cherries a bit like the ambrosia salad my Aunt makes for most every gathering (minus the coconut). I tried it hot first because I didn’t have the time to waste adding extra steps to make it iced. Which was a good call on my part as my little guy woke up just as my tea was ready!

IMG_1668Once steeped I smelled more of the what I’m 85% sure is (white?) grape and strawberry. The taste? It’s hard to say what it tastes like. I’ll say that it doesn’t taste bad, but I can’t tell you more than it tastes fruity. Mostly due to the fact that I can’t put my finger on what fruits it actually tastes like.

But I did finish the cup, as I said it wasn’t bad, I just can’t put a finger on what fruit flavor I’m getting in the cup. Which will probably bother me the rest of the day. If you know me you know this to be true! Perhaps I should have added some of the vanilla soy creamer to see if that helped to narrow down the fruit flavor. But I didn’t, instead I poured the rest of the loose leaf I had from the sample into my Ice Tea maker and popped it in the fridge overnight.

Flash forward to this morning (smalls is asleep) and the iced tea is ready! The weird thing is the color looks like a green tea when I poured a glass (my phone is in the baby’s room and I’m not risking waking him up to get it). But I’ll tell you this it has a Fruit Loops/Fruity Pebbles taste to it when cold brewed. Which takes me back to Saturday Morning Cartoons. So maybe there’s some blueberry mixed in with the strawberry and grape I tasted before?

Either way I liked it. But I don’t think I’d keep this one in the house on a regular basis ONLY because I can’t nail down what I’m tasting. Yes, I’m weird like that I know. If you’d like to try it out have a look at their website or you can also purchase from amazon.com.

darjeeling puttabong summer {Review @AdagioTeas

I was contacted by Adagio Teas last week to ask if I would be interested in reviewing some of their teas. Though they do things a little differently at Adagio, they would give me credit to select the teas I wished to review! Perfect right? Wrong, there are so many teas to choose from. In fact I’ve been a customer for years, but I’ve usually stuck to their fandom blends (which are created by, you guessed it fans).

Tea time.

Tea time.

While I could have gone wild in the fandom section I opted to select form their straight teas…not an easy task, in case you were wondering. First up was darjeeling puttabong summer.

In the past I’ve had problems with darjeeling teas going super bitter, super quick. That being said I was willing to give this a go and see if I could prep it properly…as I was sure the fault with the past teas was my own and not with the tea itself.

 

Just look at those tea leaves!

Just look at those tea leaves!

So I found myself with some time to try this while the little took his morning nap. At first sniff the tea smells very malty, earthy scent to it, with a hint of sweetness. I love the varying color of the tea leaves. The leaves are very soft and super fragrant. Once I had the leaves out of the bag I smelled more sweetness like grapes. Needless to say I was very excited to get this steeping!

Once the leaves were steeping away I still only got the malt I had smelled with the dry leaves and none of the fruit smell I had before I steeped the tea. Which I’ll admit had me a little down. But I had hopes that when I tasted the tea it would be a whole different story. My first concern was to not oversteep the tea. The last thing I wanted was a bitter tea. I’ve never watched a clock more in my life!

Look at that lovely color!

Look at that lovely color!

I took my first sip and I wasn’t sure what to think beyond ‘It’s hot’. So I let it cool off a bit to give it a proper tasting for this review. After a few minutes I tried again and found I had a delicious cup of tea AND the fruitiness I had smelled in the dry leaves was back on the finish of the tea. I loved this as in the past with darjeeling teas I usually only had a bitter taste in my mouth. Not good.

Half way through my cup I added some soy vanilla creamer. (I like to try my teas straight and with creamer if possible) Let me tell you the creamer gave the tea a little boost of all the flavors which was a little weird with the grape flavor. Lesson learned no flavored creamer for this one! All in all this tea is one I actually enjoyed which was weird for me with a darjeeling. I’m looking forward to trying this one iced as I think it could be really yummy iced.

I think my only thing I wish was different about Adagio Teas would be their packaging. I understand that the functionality of to is easy for shipping and in their brick and mortar shops. But I just wish it was a little more “fun”. That one little thing aside I really enjoyed this tea and may have to add it to my regular rotation.

If you’d like to try this one out check out their website above.

Review ALL the Tea: @NelsonsTea @AdagioTeas @DAVIDsTEA @TEAVANA

Here’s what’s coming up on the blog as far as reviews go:

Darjeeling Puttabong Summer – Adagio Teas

Sol Ambrosia Black tea – Nelson’s Tea

Pumpkin Matcha/Matcha Maker* – Davids Tea

Pu erh Pearls – Adagio Teas

Really Root Beer – Nelson’s Tea

Glass Slipper Rooibos – Nelson’s Tea

Rwanda Rukeri – Adagio Teas

Summer Breeze (Organic) – Nelson’s Tea

Milk Oolong – Adagio Tea

Earl Grey Creme and Caramel Chai* – Teavana

I’m hoping to get these all sipped and reviewed as soon as possible. But things do tend to get tricky with a little one in the house.

 

*These were purchased by me for my own enjoyment and not sent from either company.