Updated: May 9, 2019
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Happy March Madness! March is my favorite month of the year! It signifies the beginning of spring, and it's my birthday month! Sips by™ and Simple Loose Leaf sent another round of amazing teas this month.
This month I received Sky at Sunset, Energized Herbal, Royal Golden Yunnan, and Pinhead Gunpowder from Simple Loose Leaf. And I received Remedy from Abbé Tea Co, Lavender Spearmint Yerba Mate from Erva Yerba Mate, Earl Grey from Rishi, and Popcorn Tea from Teapigs, courtesy of Sips by™.
My favorite this month from Simple Loose Leaf is the Royal Golden Yunnan. This tea has a lovely light, golden brown color. It has a smooth and light taste, with a slight sweetness without any sugar. This tea is great either iced on warmer days or served warm on colder days.
My second favorite is the Sky at Sunset. This herbal blend is made with hibiscus, lemon peel, orange peel, rosehips, and rose petals with lemon flavor. Unlike most herbals, this tea isn't super fruity, which I prefer. There's a slight tang from the lemon and orange, and the rose adds a nice floral note. It's perfect for warmer spring days.
My third favorite is the Pinhead Gunpowder. According to Wikipedia, gunpowder tea is a form of Chinese tea in which each leaf has been rolled into a "small round pellet". When I first tasted the tea, however, I thought the name came from the smell. This tea has a very smoky smell, almost like an ash tray. But it has light taste and is not as smoky as it smells. This tea is great for drinking while trying to get work done.
My fourth favorite is the Energized Herbal. This herbal blend is made with ginseng, licorice, peppermint leaves, hibiscus, lemon grass, passion fruit, and St. John's wort with lemon flavoring. This tea has a nice minty taste, but all the other tastes are lost. I don't taste the passion fruit of ginseng. It is great for when you don't feel well and need a little pick-me-up.
My favorite from Sips by is the Lavender Spearmint Yerba Mate by Erva Yerba Mate. This tea is made with yerba mate, lemongrass, lemon verbena, rosehips, red rooibos, spearmint, and lavender. The normally strong taste of yerba mate and rooibos are missing in this tea. It has a subtle lavender flavor with a nice hint spearmint. It does have a high caffeine content, so I would not drink this before bed. This tea is great on grey and sick days.
My second favorite is the Earl Grey by Rishi. This has the classic earl grey taste we all love. It has the slight bitterness we all look for in earl grey but is slightly lighter than usual. It is the best bagged earl grey I've ever had! This is brand is also great. Their website has some amazing tea recipes, and brewing guides for all of their teas.
My third favorite is the Popcorn Tea by Teapigs. This tea is made with green tea and toasted rice. It has a similar taste to the Genmaicha from Simple Loose Leaf that I got in January. This tea is less bitter than the Genmaicha, but still the buttery, nutty taste of popcorn. One thing I love about this brand is that you can buy their sachets in multiple different size packages to suit your needs. You can get sample sizes of 2 sachets, up to 45 sachets. It's great for sampling their teas and finding your favorite.
My fourth favorite was the Remedy by Abbé Tea Co. This herbal blend is made with vanilla rooibos, cinnamon chips, skullcap, turmeric, safflower, cacao nibs, red rose petal, and pink peppercorn. It has a nice rooibos taste that's not too strong. But that's all I taste. The other flavors get lost in the rooibos. This brand creates teas that are "intentionally crafted to bring you balance and wellness". This tea claims to soothe your aches and pains, and relax your mind, and I believe it does.
So, the winner this month is...Simple Loose Leaf. This month they sent a lovely mix of herbals and classics that I really like. With spring coming, I'm excited to see what both brands have to offer in April! Subscribe to stay updated!