It’s no secret that we geek girls love tea, seeing as how delicious and successful the recent tea swap was! And when we got the opportunity to review some geeky tea blends from the lovely Lydia of CeleryMoonDesigns, we jumped on it!
After getting to know our geek loves, she sent the both of us three tea samples each. In this post, I, Toasty, will tell you about the teas I received. In Part Two, Farq will review the teas Lydia sent her!
If you don’t know me, I am a big tea nerd! I have a bit of a tea problem. I possess a lot of tea. Yes, I drink it, but I buy it faster than I can drink it. But I think a lot of us tea nerds have that problem, right? Please tell me I’m not alone in that problem. My husband already glares at me every time I order another batch of tea. I like to think this is normal obsessive tea nerd behavior. There are just so many wonderful teas to try! I love tasting new teas and blends and I’ll try anything once! That’s why I was so excited to try Lydia’s blends! Her teas looked so delicious and exciting! She sent me a good amount of each tea and I loved the packaging. Much cuter than the baggies I use to send people tea samples. I guess I need to up my game. Now, let’s get to the teas, shall we?
Sherlocked: Brew for 2 to 3 minutes or longer for an intense smoky flavour then serve hot and black. This tea is controversial; you either love it or hate it. Just like the Consulting Detective, this smoky black tea is intense and powerful. The distinctive taste is easily recognisable and can even be added to other black teas to give them more strength. LAPSANG SOUCHONG
I’m no stranger to lapsang souchong. I’ve had it in many blends and it’s one of those love it or hate it types of tea. Lapsang souchong is a tea that is smoke-dried, giving it a characteristically strong smoky flavor and scent. You don’t even have to open the bag of tea to catch a whiff of that mesquite-like aroma, akin to Texas BBQ or liquid smoke. I generally brew lapsang souchong for a short amount of time, only 1-2 minutes, then add a little cream and sugar into it to cut the smoky flavor. I actually prefer it when it’s cooled rather than drinking it hot. This was probably the best lapsang souchong I’ve tried, very good quality. In blends I’ve encountered previously, lapsang souchong is often used for a Sherlock Holmes inspired tea, because it is the tea that comes to mind when you think of the Sherlock character. Bold, mystical, and smoky. I would have liked to see it blended with another tea, as lapsang souchong lends itself well to blend with other flavors, but you could always blend it yourself, as the description says. Just make sure you don’t use too much, or you’ll overpower any other, more delicate flavors.
Moriarty Lives: Brew for at least 8 minutes then serve hot with honey or lemon to taste. Handle with extreme care as this hot and spicy rooibos tea will intimidate most. Containing actual chillies, be warned that this unusual mix of flavour could leave you burned. Dangerous just like Moriarty. ROOIBOS TEA, ROSEBUDS, FLAVOURING, SAFFLOWER PETALS, CHILLI, PEONY PETALS, CARROT FLAKES
As the description says, this tea is spicy! Upon opening the bag, it doesn’t smell like much, a flowery aroma from rose petals and the sweetness of the rooibos, laced with the barest hint of spice. I brewed it for the recommended 8 minutes and drank without any sweetener, as the natural sweetness of the rooibos was all I really needed. I’m not huge on spicy (or rooibos), but those are two of my husband’s favorite things, so after I poured a cup of this tea for myself, I poured a cup for him. And another. Aaaaand another. He finished off the pot. He was a big fan of this tea. For me, it was too spicy. Probably steeping it less time or taking out the little chilies would have helped with the spice. I’m not talking spice like you get from the cinnamon in a chai. As it says in the description, this tea has actual chilies in it! It is NO joke! Then again, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy foods. If you like spicy and if you like rooibos, give this tea a try. You’ll have fun with it.
Generosity: Luxury Gold. Brew for 3 to 5 minutes then serve hot with sugar or honey to taste. This is a decadent tea that tastes sublime. So smooth and luxurious you won’t want to share, even if you are the Spirit of Generosity itself! Add some marshmallows for an authentic pony taste. BLACK TEA, COCONUT AND BANANA SLICES, CARAMEL CHUNKS
This was my favorite tea of the bunch. It’s blended for the character Rarity from My Little Pony, and it’s a blend I’m sure she would drink every morning. The tea itself smells strongly of coconut and banana, and those are the two predominant flavors when the tea is brewed. They compliment each other nicely. I’ve had coconut mixed with many things, but never banana, and I like how this combination works out. The caramel chunks added a tiny bit of sweetness and lend themselves to the smoothness of the tea, but I added a little rock sugar before I drank it. I didn’t try it with marshmallows, but I have a little bit of the tea left and I will definitely have to pick up some marshmallows to see how well they go together! This is a tea I could see myself drinking often.
My husband and I greatly enjoyed these three teas. They showed me that Lydia has great blending skills, not only for flavor but also for making a visually appealing tea. The Moriarty Lives tea was one of the prettiest teas I’ve ever seen! And the clever mix of coconut and banana in Generosity made for a surprisingly delicious combination. When I make my next tea order, I’m going to consider getting more Generosity and maybe trying a few other blends! Check out her etsy shop (currently on holiday) for more information about the blends and teas she sells. She will even do custom blends for you!
To Lydia, thank you for letting us try your blends, the teas were wonderful! Part 2 will come at at later date! <3