Haley, Kirsten, both, Xyra
Kirsten's Teastro?The new American Girl of the Year, Grace, has a bistro set. I thought I'd set up a teastro.
Okay, it's not a word - I made it up myself. It's a combination of a tea room and bistro.
Tea rooms have a lovely style all their own, just like the tea we are reviewing today - Fashionista Tea.
The one thing my tea room is missing...an awesome chair. Anyone know where I can find a comfy wing back?
Kirsten! Are you ready?
Be right there!
(Back in the kitchen...)
What are we steeping today?
Fashionista Tea's Organic Creamy Earl Grey.
What makes it creamy?
A touch of French vanilla.
Is that why you're wearing a beret?
(giggling) Yes, and I think this would be the perfect tea or thé for Grace to pair with her pastries.
Okay. Sounds good.
Let's get to it. Open the tin.
Melody and Xyra brought home the sachets for this blend.
The sachets are really neat!
Yes! They are made from biodegradable silk and are pyramid shaped to allow the leaves more room to unfold during steeping.
Look at the shoe on the tag!
Oh! Cute! Leopard print heel. I wish I had known, I'd have worn the leopard flats.
Leopard and floral?
No, I'd have worn a different skirt. Oh, well.
Into the pot it goes.
It's turning a lovely deep brown in color.
Maybe we should say deep amber-brown.
While we wait, let's show the Fashionista Tea card.
(timer beeping) It's done!
Smells good too. The bergamot and French vanilla seem to compliment each other well in aroma. Let's see how it tastes.
Very nice. A little sweet and still bold.
I bet this would hold up well with a bit of raw sugar and milk.
Yes, I was right.
You were! This is great - extra creamy.
- If you regularly follow our tea reviews, you'll know we aren't that fond of vanilla in tea blends. Many times it is overwhelming and artificial tasting. The vanilla in Fashionista Tea's Organic Creamy Earl Grey is not. However, as it cools, the vanilla does take over. The entire flavor of the blend shifts when lukewarm and especially when cold. Personally, I liked it much better hot - it made me think of being wrapped in a super soft, cozy, fleece blanket.
- We tried a second steeping with the original sachet. The results were very good, but I don't think I'd go over 2 uses per sachet.
- The Earl Grey presence is firm. If you are not an Earl Grey fan, you may not enjoy this blend.
Do you like vanilla teas? If yes, what is your favorite brand/blend?
Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with Fashionista Tea (or American Girl). We found and purchased the above tea at the Philly Coffee and Tea Festival. The review is unsolicited and all opinions are our own. Links provided are for educational and informational purposes; no purchase is required.