I love my tea. I especially love tea that doesn’t taste strictly of tea. Give me fruit and nuts and basically turn my tea into trail mix and I will be happiest. I don’t add sugar to my tea, and so I prefer when it’s not too bitter. I am always looking to try more tea, so when Christa, a Steeped Tea consultant, reached out to me about trying some of their teas, I immediately went for the brand new Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection*.
Steeped Tea is basically Avon for tea, with Independent Steeped Tea Consultants like Christa and the ability to host “parTEAs” (oh I love their puns). It’s a Canadian-born company, and you can check out their website for their extensive catalog of products. All their teas contain only natural flavours and no added sugars, and their tea plantations are certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership! I tried out the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection, which contains six different teas you’ll have a chance to win at the end of this post.
Among the six teas in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection, there are two herbal, two rooibos and two black teas, which I think is a great mix of tea varieties for any situation. Each packet contains 25 g of tea which makes about 10 cups for me, though it depends on the weight of the ingredients. Candy Orange is an organic herbal tea full of fruit—look how pretty it is! This is a light but fragrant tea, the hibiscus is very subtle and I mainly noticed the orange peel and a very faint ginger, however it’s definitely not spicy the way teas with lots of ginger in them can be. The apple helps round it out and it’s quite sweet on its own, so like all the teas in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection I don’t think it needs any sugar added.
Cocoa Bean Chai is a herbal tea with a bit of a funny name because it doesn’t actually include any ‘chai’ in it. However it does have cocoa bean in it, although it’s much less heavy on the chocolate than the Almond Chocolate Torte included in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection, this is still a dessert tea to me, nice and warming. Cassia is a Chinese cinnamon, and there’s definitely a flavour of that mixed with cocoa bean, star anise, ginger, and cardamon. I don’t really notice the orange flavour though the tea has a light orange colour, and I think this would be a great pick for anyone looking for the feeling of chai tea without the caffeine intake.
One of the more unusual teas in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection is Pina Colada, a rooibos tea that really has the expected pinapple-coconut scent, as well as ingredients. It all brews together nicely into something sweet and light when combined with the rooibos flavour, and I have never made iced rooibos tea before but I bet this would be delicious that way.
The second rooibos in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection is more traditional, it’s a Vanilla Cupcake tea with only rooibos and natural flavours that help give it that warm and light vanilla taste. It’s a fairly classic rooibos tea but quite nice for the cooling weather.
The two black teas in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection are probably my favourites of the collection, although I did enjoy them all. The first one is Almond Chocolate Torte, which really smells like dessert. It is definitely a chocolate tea most of all as the almond and strawberry ingredients aren’t super noticeable to me, although they do help provide dimension to it, I find the strawberry more noticeable in scent than taste. It’s a perfect tea to drink on its own without any sweetener, and a great hot chocolate replacement without the calories.
If there’s one ingredient I love in my tea it’s apple, so I was most excited for the Apple Crumble tea in the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection and it did not disappoint. It’s a warm, comforting tea perfect for fall, with a strong black tea flavour that’s softened by the apple notes, and the spice in it helps give it that crumble twist. Although isn’t 100% apple, it still has those notes while having caffeine due to the black tea, so it’s a nice change.
Finally, the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection comes with 50 paper filters you can use to brew your loose leaf tea, which are super handy when you don’t have a tea ball or other device around! Or if you’re like me and want to be lazy sometimes.
Overall, I am so glad I got a chance to try the Steeped Tea Sweet Tooth Collection and I am definitely interested in testing out more teas from the brand in the future. Do these teas sound good to you too? If so you have a chance to win your own set–Canada only–by entering the giveaway below. Good luck!
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