The Spice and Tea Exchange – Earl Grey Creme – Tea Review

Tea Selection: Earl Grey Creme

Company Name: The Spice and Tea Exchange

Location: Retail: Branson, Missouri

 

 

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What The Spice and Tea Exchange says about themselves (taken from online source):

 

When we opened our first store in 2005 (formerly Old Spice Traders), we never dreamed our little store in St. Augustine, FL would become a nation-wide franchise.

We’ve dedicated ourselves to our mission, “Creating & sharing the experience of a more flavorful life,” and in doing so, we’ve brought a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and 18th Century Trading Post retail concept to life. With the help of our executive team, managing partners, and dedicated corporate team members, The Spice & Tea Exchange® (TSTE®) has been franchising since 2008, and has celebrated 50+ store openings in 26 states and the District of Columbia, in just a few years!

 

With a wide selection of seasonings for any food lover and dozens of choices for any tea enthusiast, it’s easy to Find Your Way To Flavor!® within a TSTE® store. The Spice & Tea Exchange® offers more than 140 spices, over 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, 16 naturally-flavored sugars, an array of salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. We focus on providing high quality products and accessories to home cooks, chefs, and tea lovers in an old-world spice traders’ atmosphere.

 

When you walk into a TSTE® store, you’ll see, AND SMELL, The Spice & Tea Exchange® difference! Visitors are immediately immersed in a sensory experience where they can explore, open the jars and smell, and speak with knowledgeable staff who truly love what they do. We enjoy swapping good recipes and fun stories, so stop on by! You’ll typically find us hand-mixing our custom blends and seasonings right in the store, bagging our teas, or putting together unique gifts for our guests.

 

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Read more about The Spice and Tea Exchange on their website: HERE.

 

What The Spice and Tea Exchange says about this tea:

One sip of this refreshing tea will transport you to a tropical oasis. Organic Chinese white tea combined with luscious chunks of pineapple and organic peach pieces will help you escape to a relaxing paradise!

 

INGREDIENTS:

Black tea

orange peels

cornflowers

natural vanilla

bergamot flavorings

natural crème flavoring.

 

COSTS: $5.89 / 1 oz.

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.

 

 

MY REVIEW BEGINS

 

Here is what I think

First I have to say I really did enjoy this store and if you have one by you, take a moment and check it out. Really enjoyable experience.

Of course I went right for the tea wall and there was around 25-30 teas and I picked out a few to share with you.

 

What I liked

This tea was visually a very nice mix with more tea then anything added, I liked that because it will give more of a tea then a floral or perfume flavor. The tea was rolled tight and the mix gave off a citrus scent. When brewed this tea is a strong tea with slight bitterness, mild yet strong. The tea mix was a delightful one that centered on the tea with the flavors playing second to it in taste. The flavors come alive and awaken your senses and this tea cleared out my sinuses a bit as well.

 

What I did not like

My likes should always outweigh my dislikes and as with this tea, my only comment would be to clarify the natural flavorings because they have no restrictions under USDA laws at them moment.

 

Until next sip pinkies up and face the wind! You got this!

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P.S. I’ve included an average brewing instruction chart below to help you brew your teas.

 

AVERAGE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS:

These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.

 

Time and Temperature Guide:

 

Tea      Temperature Minutes

Black      95°C / 205°F 3 – 5

Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4

Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3

Herbal/Tisanes.     100°C / 212°F 5 – 15

 

** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.

 

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