On with the tea story: So last week a woman tweeted me that she had been to my blog and was inspired by me. I looked at her Twitter account and discovered that she owned a tea company that specializes in unusual tea blends. But, ummmm, the flavors of these blended teas sounded too good to be true. I mean, Strawberry Cheese Cake, Orange Creamsicle, Root Beer, Strawberry Lemonade, and the list goes on and on. I didn't believe the hype, not one bit, and I wanted to put her to the test.
Great minds think alike because we tweeted each other right about the same time about working together. Less then a week later I got a ton of samples of her teas. When I got the shipment, I was like, Good Lawd! Can I really sample this many teas in less than a week? Yep, all fourteen of them! LOL!
The NecessiTeas is a small independent tea company. The owner, Linsey Manning, develops all the tea blends herself. About five years back, she went to High Tea and loved the fanfare but hated the tea. She set out to find a tea that matched her sweet tooth, but had no luck. After months of research, her husband suggested that she open her own tea company and the rest, as they say, is history. Her unusual blends have taken off. In fact, the International Emmys just asked her to consider putting her blends in the gift baskets they give to the stars this year. I love her story, a woman taking a simple curiosity and developing a business. I have a lot in common with Linsey, her drive, her passion, and her willingness to take risks. Oh yeah, and she's an absolute sweetheart. We email each other at least five times a day about tea project ideas.
The NecessiTea's to the test. And you all know I don't lie. So here goes. My first sample was Orange Creamsicle. STOP! My favorite so far. It brought back the memory of my childhood days running to the Good Humor truck in search of my creamsicle pop. This rooibos tea has a smooth and creamy taste. It is blended with orange peel and white chocolate chips. Yes, I said white chocolate chips. And each flavor pops out at you reminiscent of this childhood delight.
Strawberry Cheesecake. Yes, it tasted just like strawberry cheesecake. Now let me be honest, I don't like strawberry cheesecake. I prefer plain cheesecake, nor do I like root beer, but for sure they were great representations of the favor. In fact, my friend Brittany was over and fell in love with the Root Beer Float. I continued down the list. Tea after tea, the flavors were pretty much accurate.
White Chocolate Cranberry. The Cinnamon Bear, a white rooibos tea, actually reminded me a little of Red Hots with it's strong pungent cinnamon taste.
Were there any that I didn't like? Yep, the Toasted Coconut was a big fat fail. Oolong, the tea in this particular blend, is an acquired taste, just like green tea. (I will be taping a video this weekend explaining the different tea categories.) But for fans of these particular teas I think they will do just fine. I'm learning, just like you with this tea project, to broaden my horizons. We are on this tea journey together. But I told Linsey that if she blends a green tea that I love she would be a miracle worker. But don't be confused about green tea, it has a very high concentration of antioxidants and many health benefits.
The NecessiTeas teas are great! Linsey has a goldmine for sure. Not only do I recommend her teas, but I have also purchased some. I'm waiting on my delivery of Irish Breakfast. I typically drink this tea in the morning for a little stronger blend then English Breakfast. And yes, I'm going there, Chocolate Hazelnut, a decadent blend for sure, and Monica's Hope, a wonderful blend of orange, cheesecake and rose petal. Linsey created this tea to support her girlfriend who was fighting cancer. Such a great cause to match a great flavor. It was one of my favs also. Oh shoot, maybe I ordered Orange Creamsicle. Oh well, I guess that's another I have to order, huh?
The NecessiTeas will be a regular on my Tea With Rae blog post. So stay tuned for the next review and a joint project coming soon with Linsey Manning and her wonderful tea company!!!
Raffle: I am proud to announce that The NecessiTeas is giving away a tin of tea to one of my readers! And I am giving away a Tea Bracelet! They will both go to one winner! What's loose tea without a Tea Bracelet?
1. Follow The NecessiTeas on Twitter
2. Like The NecessiTeas Facebook page
3. Like my Facebook page
4. Follow me on Twitter
5. And comment on THIS post about the influence my tea tweets and/or Tea With Rae Blogs have had on your interest in tea. And it should be compelling, #ForReal, but it does not have to be long...
Note: The winner will be announced on next Thursday's Tea With Rae Blog Post.
Finally: Anyone who orders a minimum of $10.00 from The NecessiTeas will be able to choose 3 samples from my 5 favorites of her teas. Type in TeaWithRae in the note section at checkout. The choices are: Monica's Hope, Strawberry Cheesecake, Creamsicle, Irish Breakfast, and Strawberry Kiwi.