Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tea Gallerie Sponsor Spotlight Review

Here we are back again with another review/giveaway from Tea Gallerie! They have been so generous this holiday season and who would have thought that there would be so many different flavors of tea?  I mean, really? I used to think until I got into blogging, that tea is tea and the taste doesn't change but it's the way the companies make them that do. Well, that is the furthest thing from the truth! Goodness, they are making up new tea flavors all the time. All you have to do is keep experimenting on flavors and combining them and wallah, you have a new tea!
So, today we are gonna talk about another 2 flavors:
1.  Raspberry Lavender
2.  Risheehat
I know what you are thinking, what the heck is a Risheehat? Well, it is a green tea in the Darjeeling family, so if you like the Darjeeling and green tea in general, you will love this tea! It does have a little bit of a sweet taste but not enough to call it a dessert tea.  It is very mild and to tell you the truth, it tasted almost like a green tea should. 

When I first opened the bag, I could smell the earthy greeny smell of a rich deep green tea. No mistaking this tea for anything else. There are no other mixtures in this bag other than pure green tea. If you love green tea, then this is definitely for you! I enjoyed it at night while reading a book. It 's a great tea to just relax with or watch TV or whatever happens to be your "me" time. It's got a strange name and it made me pause for a second but then after opening the bag and smelling the green leaves, I wasn't so worried anymore. It is a strange name though, huh?

Now the Raspberry Lavender is nice and just a little sweet too but it is slightly pinky-reddish in color when the steeping was done and the liquid was poured.  You will definitely smell and taste both the raspberry and the Lavender both in this tea. Now, the reason mine was pinkish is because I did not let it seep as long as the bag said which is 5 to 7 minutes.  I am not a huge fan of raspberry so I did not want it to overpower the lavender and hibiscus so I only did about 2 to 3 minutes.

But, if you love raspberry flavors then please, follow the directions and let it seep that long so your tea will get a darker reddish color than mine. This tea is considered a herbal & tisane tea. Now I would not necessarily call this a dessert tea because it is not real sweet unless you make it that way with too much sugar. 

Because I don't necessarily care for raspberries, for myself, I would not use it as I would a green tea to just sit around sipping.  But I could see it as a party tea, like for lunch or something and you want something different and unique to serve as an after dinner drink with a slightly sweet dessert. If you are a raspberry flavor lover, then you could very well use this as your winding down tea because of the calming factor that the Lavender has brought to the tea.

But, whatever your tastes, if these two do not satisfy you, gosh, you can either type in their name,  Tea Gallerie and there will be a wealth of information of a good bit of their other teas or you could go to their site and see all the teas in person. 

We are all not alike and that is okay.  It is okay that we don't like the same scents and or the same teas, because that is what makes us different and our own person.  Otherwise, we would all be so bored with each other. So, take some risks and try some new flavors you haven't before because if you haven't tried them, how do you know you will or won't like them?
Also, don't forget that they sell tea accessories, like this new item that just caught my eye called Mist Iced Tea Maker. Now, isn't that interesting! They do have a smaller size in a green color also.
 Connect with Tea Gallerie several ways:

Mailing Address:
7297 Ronson Road, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 800.409.3109
Tea Gallerie has been kind enough to offer the (2) winner's of my Giving Green - The Green Gift that starts on November 12th and ends on the 26th,  the same 2 teas that I just tested. Good Luck Everyone! Open to the U.S. only

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Images were provided by me and my camera except for the tea maker came from their site.  


evie said...

i love the different flavors of tea....i drink lots of tea in the winter time and am always looking for new flavors to try....these sound great. thanks

Allison Downes said...

I am trying to drink more tea, since it is really healthy for you, plus I think the Raspberry Lavender will be great to have before bed to help me sleep

Thanks for sharing!

desitheblonde said...

this would be able drink it for the surgery iam preparing form the hosptal stay and then coming home to re coup

Gala said...

Tea, good tea is the love of my love and looks to me I discovered a great new brand,thank you for the review

judi said...

I never developed a taste for coffee so tea is my thing. I love all kinds of teas. I'm always looking for brands that offer high quality varieties of tea as I really don't like the cheap stuff. The raspberry lavender tea would be lovely for a ladies luncheon! I can just see it over ice with a mint garnish.