Product Review: Simplicity Teas II

It’s been about a month now since I received my first Simplicity Teas box and I am loving all the teas that came. Some more than others, but overall I am so satisfied with the box! What is in said box you ask? Well let me tell you a little bit about Simplicity Teas before I get into one of my favorite teas from the subscription box!

Simplicity Tea is a monthly subscription box where you can try out a couple of their teas in a smaller version before committing to a larger amount of the tea. They have both a subscription box and fully stocked shop with infusers and full orders of tea. I opted for the subscription box so I could try a couple of different types of tea.

My tea box came with an adorable strawberry infuser and enough tea for a month! I had 4 different teas to pick from, two black teas and two herbal teas. One of my black teas was decaffeinated, which was actually perfect because I never think to have decaffeinated tea in the afternoons but then at 10 when I am still awake and wondering why I am always like ‘oh ya that’s right I did have caffeine this afternoon!’.

I reviewed my first tea from them earlier in the month and loved it. I then tried the other teas in my box and decided to review the Sweet Dreams sample as my second review. I drink sleepy tea every single night and most of my sleepy tea has valerian root in it as a sleep agent, the Sweet Dreams tea from Simplicity didn’t have the valerian root in it but I thought it has a pleasant taste with flavorful ingredients.

This particular blend features apple, rose hip, cranberries, spearmint as well as a few others. It has a nice herbal creme flavor to it and I thought it was soothing. I don’t know that it truly acted as a sleep agent in the way that my normal sleepy time tea does, but I thought it was soothing all the same. It would be a nice post dinner tea to start helping you wind down for bed time.

I am not sure that I would purchase this one again or have it be a replacement for my usual sleepy tea, but I thought that the sample was a perfect size to try out and it was a well balanced and flavorful tea that I think tea drinkers will enjoy. In the sample there was enough for about a week (6-7 cups of tea) and I have about enough left over for 2 cups now and I will continue to enjoy it in the evenings until it’s gone.

If you have been considering Simplicity Tea I highly recommend the subscription box. It’s perfect for instances like this…..where you want to try new products and teas but aren’t sure you will love it or not. Simplicity Teas will send you just enough tea to give a fair trial and then you can decide if you want to order more or not. Maybe you love it and need more or maybe you are like me and you enjoyed it but are open to trying other kinds. This is a win win all around and I strongly encourage you to test them out!

Product Review: Simplicity Teas

C.S. Lewis said it best, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Like most readers and writers, I have my go to reading and writing snacks and drinks. While I love coffee as much as the next person, I switched to drinking tea more often a few years ago. I absolutely love tea and have at least 2-3 cups a day now. I am always on the look out for new teas to try but I hate when I order a tea and it just isn’t what I was expecting. I have picked up a few teas in my local grocery store too and some have been great while others have been hit and miss. That is why Simplicity Teas sounds like a great option for someone like me.

Simplicity Teas is a monthly subscription box where you can try out a couple of their teas in a smaller version before committing to a larger amount of the tea. They have both a subscription box and fully stocked shop with infusers and full orders of tea. I opted for the subscription box so I could try a couple of different types of tea. My tea box came with an adorable strawberry infuser and enough tea for a month! I had 4 different teas to pick from, two black teas and two herbal teas. One of my black teas was decaffeinated, which was actually perfect. One of the things I hate about drinking tea is I never remember to buy decaffeinated. In the afternoons I like to have a nice cup of tea, I usually don’t because I will never sleep with the caffeine.

I was thrilled to try the loose leaf lavender lady black tea first for that very reason. This tea has a pleasant lavender flavor that isn’t overpowering but yet has enough flavor to feel fortifying. I followed the directions using only 1 teaspoon and let it seep for about 3-4 minutes with boiling water. I added a little bit of Nutpods creamer which gave it a really nice creamy flavor. I don’t drink sugar in my tea and I don’t think this tea needs any sugar either. It had great flavor and since it was decaf I can drink it all day long! I also tried this tea to make my own version of a Starbucks London Fog latte.

I made the tea like normal with the same ratio, 1 teaspoon and seep for 3-4 minutes. In a separate sauce pan, I put about 1 cup of milk (I used regular milk but I think any would work just as well) and then I added 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Once it was barley boiling I mixed it with the tea that was done brewing. I thought it came out pretty good. The tea had enough flavor to support the extra milk liquid but I think next time I might add a little more tea just to give it a little more flavor since I prefer it a little stronger when there is more milk involved. Overall though the lavender of the Lady Lavender came through really tasty.

I have a couple more teas to try in my box from Simplicity Tea so be watching for my review on those but I was really impressed with the variety and quality of their teas. I love that there is enough tea in each monthly box to get me through the month and to try something new before I commit to buying a whole tin. You can cancel or skip at any time and you can even make a gift of the subscription box—I mean Mother’s Day is coming up and this would be a great treat for mom!

Product Review: Plum Deluxe Teas

Photo credit: Plum Deluxe website

There is nothing like the marriage of tea and books in my opinion! I almost always have a cup of tea on hand when reading. It’s so relaxing and soothing.

I gave up drinking coffee a little over a year ago and though I have been known to sneak a cup or two here and there, tea has all but replaced coffee for me. I found a couple of teas that I was pretty excited about, but I am always looking for new tea to try and as I was scraping the bottom of my latest tin, I was approached by Plum Deluxe Teas to see if I would like to give their teas a shot.

Without hesitation absolutely! The first thing that stood out to me was their mission and the fact that they are a local tea company for me. I live in Salem Oregon which is an hour south of their location in Portland. I love small local businesses because I always feel like there is such care and affection for their products that larger manufacturers have lost. Continue reading “Product Review: Plum Deluxe Teas”

Review: Adagio Tea Book Blends

There is nothing like drinking a cup of warm tea while curling up with your favorite book in front of the fire. Especially in the winter time.

Adagio Teas is a unique line of teas that does a number of literary inspired tea blends and pairings. Now I am far from a tea connoisseur but I know that I like chai, black, and orange teas so surely I would be able to find something that I liked on their website.

I was blown away with how many different fan blends they have for book lovers! There are literally over 100,000 blends! This is mostly a site where readers and fans can create their own blends which I love because it allows the fan to create something special an unique.

You can make your own blend with ease as well as find adorable art (or create/upload your own) to go with whatever book you are reading! It’s truly a wonderfully unique way to get involved with your book and share your love with other readers and tea lovers.

So I decided to try a few blends. I selected 10 based on my tea tastes and book tastes and here is the list:

Jon Snow 

Lady Mary 

Pumpkin Potion 

Perfect Pumpkin Pie Chai 

Pumpkin Chai Latte 

Ours is the Fury 

Orange Spice Rooibos 

Mr Darcy 

Dark Prophecies Draft 

Targaryen Spirits 

Now you can find out more about each tea blend and what they contain as far as flavors and teas by clicking on each link above.

I spent about a month showcasing, reviewing, and pairing my tea samples on my Instagram page which was a super fun way to interact with my readers and followers. I got to meet lots of new people and book lovers in a way that I hadn’t thought of before. So be sure to head over to my Instagram page and follow along.

Anyway, the teas arrived super fast and in small little sample tins. The samples were inexpensive and made about 5 cups depending on how strong you like your tea. Fast shipping as well so I didn’t have to wait weeks for it to arrive. The teas smelled super fresh and the samples were in tins so nothing leaked out in the box.

The first one I busted into was the Jon Snow blend. I was really impressed with the balance of the blend. The person who created this one had a vision and it was spot on. It had a little hint of ginger for edge and a kick, but the other ingredients balanced it out making it smooth and memorable.

I won’t go into detail about every single tea I tried because that would take pages. But I feel confident that I leaned a lot about teas in this experiment. There are literally hundreds of blends you can try or create your own. The website is easy to navigate and the teas have a gourmet feel for a fraction of the price. And seriously who can resist a tin with your favorite book character or title on it?

This is such a fun company and I highly encourage anyone who loves tea and books to try them out. Or send a few samples to your relative for holiday gifts! I know I am wording a bunch as stocking stuffers for all my bookish friends and family members!

 

Announcement: Short Break From Aug 2016-Oct 2016

Hello fellow readers and fans!

The prince who was promised is arriving in the next week! For those that didn’t know…….I have a baby coming in Aug and he will be ‘the stallion who mounts the world’!

I plan on taking off a couple of months from blogging/reviewing to celebrate the birth of our new baby.

So from July to the middle of Oct 2016, I will be taking a break and my posts will be minimal as I don’t know how busy I will be with a new baby, I thought it best to limit my reviews for a couple of months.

Now obviously if time allows I will be posting reviews and other things but only as time permits. I have more availability to post things like special features and book blasts so please keep an eye out for those types of posts, but as for reviews, I am scaling back for a couple of months.

I will return the middle of Oct with new fall reviews and reading! I already have a couple of great books on the calendar to review for Oct…..I can’t wait to share with you!

I am still accepting/considering books for review so please feel free to email me your pitches at thelitbitch@me.com and I will continue to respond as time allows but know that my calendar will not be open until Oct. Thank you all! I will be sure to post a picture of ‘the prince who was promised’ on the blog and my social media when he arrives!