I would like to thank Martin from LIttle Red Cup Tea Company for providing me with this sample to review.

There are several things that I really like about this tea, even if I wasn’t completely satisfied with the flavor. I love that it is an organically grown, fair trade and usda certified organic tea. At $9.50 for 4 oz it makes an attractive option for an everyday tea and priced well below the competition. I have an organic and fair trade certified tea that is similar which costs me double the price for a similar quality tea.

While I certainly like the price, I wouldn’t order this again to drink hot. It had a twinge of bitterness I kept finding at the end of each sip that I didn’t care for the; however, I think it is a great and inexpensive option for iced tea using a cold steeping process. Since we’ve had a bit of a heatwave lately in Wisconsin (it’s been in the mid 50s) I used my remaining sample to make a large pitcher of iced tea and the bitterness that kept me from being completely satisfied was no where to be found. I found the tea to have a nice balance of flavor without being overdone. I could definitely see myself reordering this over the summer for iced tea.

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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