A couple of months ago I was introduced to Tea Leaf Co (TLC… cute, no?) while chatting with a few people on Twitter. When the company overheard the conversation, they offered to send me a sample of a few of their teas to try and well.. who can say no to tea? Not me!
I was only expecting two or three samples but they sent me 8 different ones to try! It was hard to choose where to start but eventually I just dove in.
The teas that they sent were all sample sizes so I’m not going to review the packaging (which is very colourful!) or anything like that – I’m just going to talk about the teas themselves. Tea Leaf Co’s teas are all certified organic, which makes them quite unique in my eyes. That means that everything added to the teas (herbs, florals etc) are all organic as well. They’re also based out of Toronto so it’s another great Canadian company to support.
Wish Upon A Star
Wish Upon A Star is a green tea with rose hip, rose petals and orange pieces so, as you can imagine, it’s got a very floral and citrusy aroma and flavour. It’s also, as you can see, a very pretty tea! I’m a bit fussy about floral teas and only have a few that I really enjoy but I would include this one in that list. I wouldn’t want the floral notes in an early morning cuppa and as I’ve mentioned before, I need a strong black tea in the morning.
But I love green tea in the afternoon and this makes a really lovely mid-afternoon cup to sip while you’re working. And, with a low to medium caffeine rating, it’s not going to make you regret it later in the evening when you’re trying to fall asleep.
My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine is a cinnamon and chocolate black tea and so far, this is hands down my favourite of the bunch. The ingredients include cinnamon, cacao nibs, cacao liquor and raw cane sugar. I loved the cinnamon flavour and scent but I also picked up a fruity taste that I have yet to put my finger on. It actually reminded me a lot of the apple simple syrup I made last fall and I actually asked Tea Leaf Co if there was apple included in the ingredients (there’s not).
This was strong enough that I would happily drink this as an early morning tea but it’s also very comforting – the spices and the aroma give it a very warm, welcoming taste and feel. I drank a cup on a rainy miserable spring afternoon and felt thoroughly warmed and happy. It would be a great winter tea and, a decaffeinated version would be wonderful in the evening. I think it could also make a really interesting iced tea! This is definitely a tea I would order a big bag of!
I thought Irie, a coconut chai, would be my favourite of the entire batch, just based on it being listed as a chai and the fact that it included so many of my favourite spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and pepper) as well as coconut and orange peel. I have got to get over this pre-judging thing based on ingredients and names because I was really really disappointed in this one. I think the culprit was the coconut shreds but I also think the orange peel may have contributed to it. I didn’t like the taste or the smell and haven’t finished the sample pack after my first cup. The tea gets good reviews on the Tea Leaf Co’s website but it just didn’t do it for me. It happens!
Crush On You
Crush On You is a delightful tea. I haven’t had a lot of experience with white teas – I actually think this may have been only my second time trying one. But I do have a soft spot for fruity teas and this one is billed as a strawberry hibiscus white tea and also contains some rosehip. It’s delicious, fruity tea that’s lovely for the afternoon and after dinner. It’s got a very light, summery feel to it and I think this one would be a perfect tea to turn into a crisp, cold iced tea – slice some lemons and strawberries into it and I think it would be a winner. This is another one I’d add to my every day rotation
I have four more samples to try from Tea Leaf Co. and I’ll be back with a review of them when I’ve had a chance to go through them all. But out of these four teas, two were definite winners, one was very enjoyable but I’m not sure I’d want a full bag of it, and one just didn’t do it for me at all Not a bad batch at all!
Disclosure: I received 8 sample sizes of tea from Tea Leaf Co for review purposes. As usual, I’m gonna tell you if I like it, if I love it, if I think it’s “meh” or if I hate it. That’s the deal.