I recently ordered some teas from the Portsmouth Tea Company (www.portsmouthtea.com
). Since this is a lesser known tea company, I thought it might be worth posting a few reviews.
Caramel oolong - I discovered this tea last summer. The internet café in my hometown in Maine served a selection of Portsmouth teas, including Caramel Oolong, New England Blueberry Muffin, and Earl Grey Le Crème. Early in the summer I tried each flavor, but within a week the caramel oolong had become my staple for daily drinking. The caramel flavor blends very well with the oolong tea, to create a rich and satisfying taste. I like this tea best with honey and a splash of milk. I like to drink this tea in the early evening when I need an energy boost, but don’t want to be kept up all night by an excessive amount of caffeine.
Coconut Rooibos Chai - This tea is beautiful to look at even before its brewed. It’s a very colorful tea mixture! It strikes me that chai made with rooibos has a stronger natural sweetness than chai made with black tea. The coconut flavor isn’t especially strong, but the tea tastes and smells wonderful. This is the spiciest tasting chai tea that I’ve tried, which is something I really appreciate, as I love spicy flavors.
Almond Truffles - I wish I could say that I like this tea, but I really don’t. This tea is full of almond pieces, and the first thing that I did upon opening the tin was taste one of the almond pieces (yes, I’m well aware that eating bits of raw tea is a bit silly). The almond had a strange, sour, chemical taste. When I brewed the tea it had an after taste that reminded me of sour milk.
New England Blueberry Muffin - The after taste of this tea really is very muffin like! However, I found it too sour for my taste. Even without sugar this tea is almost chokingly sweet. I don’t think that this is really a bad tea, but it isn’t one that I enjoy.
I also have to say that I like the way that the Portsmouth Tea Company website is set up. The site has pictures of each of the teas both before and after brewing, and it has many different ways that you can search for new teas. The prices of the teas are a little high, but I’m very pleased with the overall quality of the teas I’ve purchased from the site.