Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Art of Tea Review

By now you guys know I love tea and I will never pass up a chance to try someone's tea. I know alot of people who would say that tea is tea. But it's not if you are a sipper and just love to sit back and read a book while sipping on a great cup of tea.

That is really what got me motivated to start this blog and why I named it what I did. I simply love to read and drink hot tea mostly, but I will drink a good sweet tea but those are hard to find except here in the south. I have given up on finding good sweet tea anywhere else. It just isn't the same or they only offer unsweet!

Anyway, the new tea company I found is called Art of Tea and these two pictures above are glimpses into their shop.

They sent me 7 teas to try and here are the names of those teas:

1.) Italian Blood Orange
2.) Earl Grey Creme
3.) Jasmine Pearls
4.) Chocolate Monkey
5.) White Coconut Creme
6.) Garden of Eden
7.) Green Pear

Now, first off, these are all loose leaf teas and you need a to be able to let it steep anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes. That is why I boil the heck out of my water before pouring into my awesome steeper and then if I feel like it's lost some of it's heat, I will stick in the microwave for about 15 seconds, because if I am gonna drink hot tea, then I want hot tea, not lukewarm tea!

I started with the Green Pear because I was in the mood for something different but not too out of the way plus I just wanted a light airy tea with a hint of pears and apples. I went for this one first also because I normally don't take too well to pear teas or apple teas but with all the other flavors added into this one, I actually had a very pleasant surprise!

Ingredients: Organic Chinese Green Tea, Organic South African Green Rooibos, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Marigolds, and Natural Flavors. This is what is actually in the Green Pear Tea and it is a great fruity green tea and a fun tea to drink for a tea party or even a dessert tea instead of eating something loaded with calories, make a cup of this tea instead.
You will absolutely love this next tea called Garden of Eden and wow does it ever pack a punch of all kinds of flavors into this Black Tea! I loved it so much I made a 2nd cup that night and normally, I try to stay to one cup per night or I will be up all night going to the bathroom, but I wasn't too sleepy and was really involved in my book so it turned out okay.

Ingredients: Organic Indian Black Tea, Malva Flowers, Organic Cornflowers, Organic Safflowers, Natural Flavors. This tea also has mangoes and passionfruit and steeps a vibrant reddish hue with a clean, sweet finish and is great hot or iced. Look at the colors! Those alone remind me of being on a tropical paradise or that flower that is called The Bird Of Paradise, well, that is exactly what this looks like to me!
Now, if you are a white tea drinker and love coconut, then this one is gonna be the one you need to get ASAP! This one is called White Coconut Creme. This is an awesome coconut tea and I think it's because it actually has bits of coconut in the tea mixture.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese White Tea, Organic Safflower, Organic Cornflower, Organic Coconut, Natural Flavors. This tea would be awesome cold, too if you are a Coconut Water drinker then, this is gonna be simply too good to pass up. It can also be used as a dessert tea so you won't eat the more tempting high calorie foods.
Now, you will love this one for sure if you are a chocolate fan because this is the one called Chocolate Monkey! And boy, is it really awesome! I drank 2 cups of this one also the night I tried this one. I think this one became one of my favorites in this category.

This tea is also awesome cold and served with a really good chocolate banana dessert! Think Banana Split but as a cake. I do have a recipe for one and might give this a whirl and see how it turns out.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic South African Honeybush, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Banana Bits, Organic Pink Peppercorn, Chocolate Seeds, Natural Flavors. It also has ripened bananas along with a blend of rich, silky chocolate and spicy pink peppercorns.
Now, I think everyone also knows by now that Earl Grey Creme is my number one tea and nothing has been able to change that and I have drank alot of concoctions and I admit it would be hard to choose which company makes it taste the best so I will just say that the last 3 or 4 companies that have sent me this flavor, they all have been superior and I love them all!

This is one tea I can drink all day long and not get tired of it. It is a black tea so I do try to slow down the closer it gets to bedtime so I don't stay up all night!

Ingredients: Organic and Biodynamic Sri Lankan Black Tea, Organic Cornflowers, Organic Oil of Bergamot, Natural Flavors. There is also some hints of of French vanilla and a blend of fresh citrus.
Don't be fooled by these little balls because once they are poured into hot steaming water, they began to unfold and you would not believe how much tea is balled up into those pearls. This is the most sought after Green Tea because they are hand picked and then had rolled into perfect pearl shaped balls. These are called Jasmine Pearls and you haven't had real green tea until you have tasted Jasmine Pearls. Totally off the charts!

Ingredients: Organic Green Loose Leaf Tea, Organic Jasmine Flowers. This is a very light and almost delicate color that makes you want to savor every last drop. It really is an extraordinary tea and how they get them rolled up into those little balls is beyond me but when they expand, it's like you got millions of blades of grass everywhere so don't use too many the first couple of times until you figure out how much to use for your taste buds.
This tea is called Italian Blood Orange and it's in the Caffeine Free Blends. Unfortunately, I couldn't test this one because of the amount of citrus in the mixture. It might not have hurt me, but when anything has citrus in it, I back away because that is one of the triggers that will cause my bladder I.C. (chronic bladder pain) to act up and I can't have that.

So, I let my friend and next door neighbor have this one because she loves tea also and I pretty much share all my tea with her anyway or it would sit here all piled up because Mike refuses to drink hot tea. He says it's not natural to drink it hot, it's only good cold. Well, one day, maybe I will change his mind but I doubt it.

She said it was awesome and that if you love citrus like teas, then go for this one because she really enjoyed it. You will get a little bit more of an orange color but that's it.

Ingredients: Organic & Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic Honeybush, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Safflower, Organic Hibiscus, Natural Flavors. It sorta reminded me of orange blossoms while it was steeping. I had my cup with something else in it and she had this one so I could at least see and smell the aroma!

They have tons of teas that I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of yet, so go check them out and see for yourself all of the teas that they have from all over the world. Looks like according to the video that they have gotten several awards and several restaurants use their tea as iced tea and everyone seems to love it. So, you might want to check them out yourself!

Here is a video that explains their whole concept and how they got into doing this:

A little history on Art of Tea:
Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.  
The seeds that formed the foundation of Art of Tea were first planted in 1996 when Steve Schwartz began his journey of extensive study in preventative medicine at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. 
Since then, Art of Tea has become a leading purveyor of organic and specialty teas. Each year Steve travels extensively, returning with rare and unique teas from around the world. 
Connect with Art of Tea several ways:

Mailing Address:
748 Monterey Pass Road
Monterey Park, California 91754
Phone:  1-877-268-8327
Fax:      1-213-389-8328

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Maryann D. said...

I also love tea and drink it everyday. I enjoy trying different teas too. I would like to try the White Coconut Creme -sounds very interesting! I would like to try also Italian Blood Orange (I am Italian!). The Chocolate Monkey sounds great too, I think I would like them all.
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Gala said...

fantastic place and amazing teas -- love it, you are so lucky to find this place