September’s Teas – 2012

Tea Sparrow’s Ti Kuan Yin Tea

Description: This soothing oolong tea, originating in the 19th century in the Fujian province and loved by many in China to this day, contains hints of toasted walnut and leaves a floral scent. It requires over a dozen distinct steps to produce, and is named after Chinese goddess of mercy who is said to embody the compassion of the Buddhas.

Ingredients: Pure Oolong Tea

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “Soft and soothing taste. Rich in mineral, it leaves and intriguing smell of walnuts.”

Rishi Tea’s Ginger Lime Rooibos

Description: The dry and pleasantly flavored West Indian Lime variety gives our Organic Ginger Lime Rooibos a unique and zesty citrus flavor with notes of ginger and rare spices. The brilliant turmeric yellow and orange infusion glows in the cup and has wonderfully refreshing notes of tropical fruits and spices.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ green rooibos, Organic ginger, Organic lemongrass, Organic lemon myrtle, Organic licorice root and natural essential oils of lime and tangerine.

Jane Pettigrew, International Tea Sommelier – “Smells excellent – the ginger notes balance well against the citrus aromas and the suggestions of the liquorice – wonderful, heady, and seductive.”

Florapharm’s Snow Flake

Description: A great blend of black tea with almond gives this tea a Marzipan flavour.

Ingredients: Ceylon and China black tea, coconut rasps, natural flavour, almond flakes.

Jenny Dent, Tea Enthusiast – “Marzipan rose love. A warm marzipan childhood memory.”

Florapharm’s Vanilla Honeybush

Description: Smooth aromatic vanilla caramel flavour. Delicious hot or as an iced tea.

Ingredients: Honeybush, natural vanilla flavour, vanilla bits

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “Naturally sweet, wonderful and playful. Mellow. Sweet. Gold.”

August’s Teas – 2012

Within a week of deciding to put a pure white tea in July’s tea box, we started to receive emails from members asking if we would consider including a pure green tea or black breakfast tea in our boxes. And so we did! A big ’Thank you’ to all our members who contacted us. To recognize that, we will be including a bonus tea in this month’s kits for anyone who went online and either rated a tea or emailed us sharing their Tea Sparrow experience.

Teatulia’s Bengal Breakfast

Description: Smooth and medium-bodied with a sweet, mellow finish. Let the sun shine.

Ingredients: Organic black tea.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “The quintessential breakfast tea. A bold black with a gentle citrus taste. Holds its rich flavour after adding milk or cream.”

Herbal Republic’s Ginger Fresh

Description: Original ayureveda blend. Spicy and gingery with hints of liquorice and mint. An invigorating small and flavour with smooth and full-flavoured after taste. A great tea for after dinner, or to help you recover from that cold or flu.

Ingredients: Lemongrass, ginger, citrus peels, liquorice, pepper, peppermint, plant sweetener.

Zeta Newis, Tea Sparrow Family – “Sweet, fun and playful. A beautiful full misty colour brewed. So easy to drink.”

Teatulia’s White Tea

Description: A medium-bodied delicacy with notes of peach. Made from the youngest and rarest tea parts.

Ingredients: Organic white tea.

Zeta Newis, Tea Sparrow Family – “Very Floral and simple with hints of tropical fruit. I love it!”

T-Buds Midsummer Night

Description: A wonderful blend of green and oolong tea with a dramatic and whimsical play of jasmine, rose and lotus notes to bring out a true theatrical joy.

Ingredients: Green tea, oolong tea, jasmine, rose, lotus.

Jenny Dent, Tea Enthusiast – “This set the mood for our sweet summer solstice party. Wonderful whimsical aroma. The hint of rose is so comforting.”

July’s Tea Box – 2012

You’ll notice in this month’s shipment that we have included a unique white tea. The variety and purity of this tea make it a rarity for our North American and European markets. To find out the best way to brew this tea, check out our video at

Tea Spot’s Coconut Milky Oolong

One cannot forget this incomparable tea. Our Taiwanese Milky Oolong has a smooth yet fruity and creamy taste. It is blended with roasted coconut to create a delicate and calming experience. If you love sweet coconut, this is your tea! Discover this guiltless dessert for the holidays. Simply extraordinary.

Ingredients: A blend of Chinese Milk Oolongs and pure shaved coconut.

Jenny Dent, Tea Enthusiast – “Rich and juicy, delicate and buttery dessert. A luscious joyful can’t-put-it-down summer drink.”

Sonnentor’s Harmony Tea

This tea is a great digestive. With the fennel and licorice, it feels very calming and healing.

Ingredients: Lemon balm, fennel bitter dark, rose hips, licorice, anise, quince fruit, cilantro, amaranth shamrocks, alpinia galangal, cornflowers.

Zeta Newis, Tea Sparrow Family – “Nice and earthy, spiced just the right amount.”

T-Bud’s Lychee Rose

A deliciously sweet tea. Smooth and cooling with the floral hint of rose to create a refreshing brew, and the sweetness of lychees to awaken your taste! May be served iced for a truly satisfying thirst-quencher in summer.

Ingredients: Chinese black tea, rose petals and natural flavours.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “Exotic and floral. This tea made me feel decadent.”

Tea Sparrow’s Rare White Tea

White tea is considered one of the rarest teas sold in China. This particular white tea is grown exclusively in the Angi County, located in China’s Zhejiang province. Due to its limited cultivation and the fact it is loved by all, certain white teas are among the highest priced in China.

Ingredients: Chinese White Tea

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “This is a rare white tea popular in the Henan province of China. Different to our conventional white tea it grows in a three leaf cluster and brews to a soft white liquid.”

June’s Teas – 2012

Summer is here and tea drinking has become that much more posh on ice. Over the summer months we are selecting teas that score just as high cold as do they hot!

Sonnentor’s Spring Kiss

Description: Mint and licorice with a gentle touch of lemon. Lots of mild flavors balanced so you can taste them all.

Ingredients: Lemongrass, peppermint, raspberry leaf, cardamom, liquorice, cornflowers, roseflowers.

Jenny Dent – Tea Enthusiast – A sunny beautiful, minty liquorice, zing zang up-lifter. Nicely balanced and does not need honey.

The Tea Spot’s Blood Orange Smoothie

Description: This creamy blend of naturally caffeine–free South African red rooibos, orange, and vanilla is herbal bliss!

Ingredients: Rooibos, orange peel, hibiscus, rosehips, apples, safflowers, rose petals, vanilla, and citrus flavors.

Michael Menashy – Tea Sparrow Family – Awesome without honey if on ice. Honey needed to balance the tart if drinking it hot. This tea is family hit.

The Tea Spot’s Chocolate Cherry Bomb

Description: This Chocolate covered cherry will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store! Think hand-dipped chocolate cherry truffle…sweet, plump, juicy, decadent – without the calories. Its cherry scent and velvety smooth chocolate notes work to enchant, but not overwhelm. Handcrafted from two black teas this gourmet cherry delight is a dessert tea that you can enjoy even for breakfast.

Ingredients: A blend of Keemun and Assam teas with Chocolate and Cherry natural flavourings.

Zeta Newis – Tea Sparrow Family – “I didn’t like this tea so much without the honey. But with honey it tasted like a yummy chocolate bar with dried cherries.”

Joy’s Teaspoon’s Lemon Zest

Description: Now we realize that many people add a bit of lemon to their tea, but with Lemon Zest, hold the wedge! This tea boasts a creamy, lemon flavor sure to satisfy both your hot and iced tea needs! Naturally caffeine free.

Ingredients: Rooibos, honeybush, lemon bits, flavoring, cornflower blossoms.

Michael Menashy – Tea Sparrow Family – “Hands down the best lemon tea I’ve tried.”

May’s Teas – 2012

You speak and we listen. This month we have brought back two of our most popular teas, Red Rocks and Royal Blend, both featured in our January Tea Box. To date, these two teas have received the most acknowledgement from our members. This month we also bring to you Crannyberry by Joy’s Teaspoon. I would swear this tea was specifically blended for me, except for the fact everybody at the tea party loved it. Rishi Tea returns to the stage once more with a tropic green tea, Orange Blossom. Let us know what you think. Your feedback helps guide our selection process.

T-Bud’s Royal Blend
This blend is a traditional English black tea blend scented with bergamot and high notes of caramel, finished with delicate rose-petal accents. This fragrant blend is evocative of English romance and heritage that will awaken the passion of tea lovers.

Ingredients: English black tea, bergamot, caramel, and rose-petals.

Jane Pettigrew, International Tea Sommelier – “This has a very appealing and balanced aroma. Very pleasant. The caramel comes through well but subtly, softened by the roses with a whisper of bergamot.”

Joy’s Teaspoon’s Crannyberry
Dating back to Greek Mythology, the pomegranate has been a symbol for beauty, power and community. Sour cranberries and fruity, sweet raspberries play in perfect harmony with the pomegranate: a dream of scents combined with the noble, tangy aroma of black tea.

Ingredients: Black tea, freeze-dried raspberry and cranberry pieces, flavoring, pomegranate arils, peony petals.

Michael, Tea Sparrow Family – “Beautiful black tea, with a touch of sweet and tart from the cranberry and pomegranate. This is a permanent staple on my tea shelf!”

Rishi Tea’s Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom is a refreshing and floral blend of green teas with sweetly-scented blossoms, lemongrass and tropical citrus fruits.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ green tea, organic lemongrass, organic lemon myrtle, natural rose flavor, natural essential oils of orange, lime, and tangerine, organic jasmine flowers.

Michael, Tea Sparrow Family – “It’s not often we discover a tea made with so many ingredients that can still deliver a distinct uniform flavour.”

The Tea Spot’s Red Rock
Our blend of naturally caffeine–free South African red rooibos, vanilla, and almond bits is an herbal delight! Rooibos is full of antioxidants and healthy minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and fluoride. It has a wonderfully smooth flavor, and is a great cold buster as well as thirst quencher. It brews into a dark red liquor and has a naturally sweet, earthy scent, reminiscent of pipe–tobacco. You cannot over–steep this tea (the longer the better!) and it is fantastic by itself, or with cream and a bit of sweetener. Red Rocks is the perfect, healthy, all-around herbal tea – a favorite amongst athletes and as mom’s choice for children.

 Ingredients: South African rooibos, vanilla, chopped almonds.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family – “Gold Metal Rooibos winner. This was our favourite rooibos from the tea parties. A complete feel good drink.”

Brewing Herbal Tea and Black Tea

We are featuring two teas from our May’s Tea Box in this month brewing video. We choose The Tea Spot’s Red Rocks rooibos tea and Joy’s Teaspoon’s Crannyberry. Enjoy as we go over special traits these two teas have and how they relate to brewing your perfect cup.



Global Tea Etiquette

Fun fact: In China if you tap the table with only one finger instead of two you are telling the server you are single.

(Source: harmoniousescapades, via tea-porn)

Congratulations Kenya

The blog post below is from our friend Lizz who is an active writer and true tea enthusiast.  Between her blog ‘The Tea Addicts Confessional’ and her community-based tea website ‘Stylin’ Tea’, she stays quite involved in the industry. When Lizz wrote this blog in early April, the company she was working for was closing. She was scared she was about to lose her job… and she did! Then in about 1.6 days she found a new job. To top that off, about a month later, she started Stylin’ Tea, which offers fund-raising  opportunities to communities by selling tea.

Go Lizz for showing us how it’s done!

Congratulations Kenya

As I have mentioned before, my dream is to be somehow involved with the tea industry. I not only have a lot of tea in my cupboards but I also follow the trends and look under rocks for opportunities. The problem is that there is an ocean of information out there and it is impossible to know where to start. There are companies that are more than willing to help but she who is about to be unemployed is not willing to spend a frivolous nickel. Which means I read constantly and get excited about things that others might not recognize as being significant.

There was an inspiring article I read about Kenya. They worked very hard at carving their niche in the tea industry. It was a difficult economic road and they have come a long way. Tea is not the only industry that has helped but it certainly has had a major impact. So when I read that “traditional buyers of Kenya’s tea increased their volumes by 34 percent to 61.3 million kilograms in the first two months of the year from a year earlier” (, I get excited. I think, good for them. It really couldn’t come at a better time. They are currently the number three exporter of tea in the world. That certainly didn’t happen overnight.

And then I read that “for the first time, 2010 marked the year that the United States surpassed United Kingdom in tea imports thanks to the growing number of medical studies suggesting tea as the healthier beverage option” (

The tea renaissance is on our shores. I raise my cup in honor of my tea drinking friends. I raise my cup to all of the tea companies worldwide that have helped promote tea in our country. And I especially raise my cup to all of the workers who toil long and hard in the fields to provide us with the beverage that is near and dear to the hearts of so many.

Happy sipping!
Lizz Taylor

6th Tea Party

Beautiful tea selection, new enthusiast, great conversation, braided cheese and the mysterious Moustache Gang. Welcome to the 6th Tea Party.

1 Today’s line up features The Trading Post, Rishi Tea, Bissel Tea, Aromatica Fine Teas, Murchie’s Teas, Adagio Tea and Sennentor. It was a full all-star roster.

2 Zeta making sure our score cards are in order.

3 Darcy is curious for Jordan’s opinions.

4 Measuring out the teas for round three.

5 Welcome Erin to our Tea Party. Erin has visited several tea fields around the world and has some great stories to share.

6 Michael takes a long smell of the Raspberry Chocolate Rooibos. Three beautiful scents together.

7 Zeta finds serenity in a cup.

8 Jordan commits to a bag of Yebo Mate.

9 After the tea party we enjoy Lebanese braided cheese. Supplied by…

10 …The Crazy Moustache Gang.

April’s Tea Box – 2012

Growing up in a family of creative foodies,  experimenting with tea came naturally to me. With jars of tea stacked on top of jars of spices, I love spending time blending and creating new tea flavour sensations. This month, I took our Yebo Mate and added Cardamom and Cinnamon sticks to create incredible aromas and a slightly sweet spice. Next month we are releasing a series of videos on blending tea. Check them out and have some fun with your tea and let us know what you create.

Zeta Newis – Tea Sparrow Family

Tiesta Tea’s Blueberry Wildchild

The popular pomegranate superfruit demonstrates its best attributes in a tag-team duo with the fruity blueberry. This delicate twosome will invigorate your taste buds with a very fruity taste experience.

Ingredients: Apple pieces, hibiscus, elderberries, apple bits, pomegranate arils, blueberries.

Zeta Newis, Tea Sparrow Family – “Bright and playful like a fruit salad. Great with a touch of honey and would be lovely iced as well.”

Herbal Republic’s Creme Caramel

This is so rich and creamy… Why bother having coffee?

Ingredients: Rooibos and caramel pieces.

Darcy McMurray, Tea Enthusiast – “Pretty sugar bits, vanilla smoky goodness.”

Aromatica’s Freedom Tea

Intense lemon taste in a caffeine free, high antioxidant base. What could be better? Only that proceeds from this tea are donated to International Justice Mission Canada to fight human trafficking internationally.

Ingredients: Green rooibos, red rooibos, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, and lemongrass, with just a hint of vanilla.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family- “Nice variety of lemon used. Very relaxing, yet invigorating, blend. Makes a great iced tea as well.”

Rishi Tea’s Lavender Earl Grey

The floral aroma of lavender is perhaps the perfect complement to the sweet citrus and full-bodied flavour of Earl Grey.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ black tea, Organic lavender flowers, natural essential oils of bergamot and lavender.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family –  “A  bold, strong and fragrant tea that can hold its own. Lavender smooth, a new favourite for me.”

The Tea Spot’s Meditative Mind

Our beloved blend of pure Chinese white tea, rosebuds and jasmine pearls creates an experience of aromatherapy that sharpens the mind and arouses the senses.

Ingredients: White Peony, Jasmine Pearls and Moroccan Rosebuds.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family –  “Textured toasted tea salad. So light and gentle but full of fragrance for taste.”

The Gathering Place’s Yebo Mate

This unique tea, a 50/50 blend of organic Yerba Mate and organic Rooibos, was created by The Gathering Place. The naturally sweet Rooibos mellows the slightly bitter taste of Yerba Mate and working together, these two teas create a powerful combination.

Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate and Organic Rooibos.

Michael Menashy, Tea Sparrow Family –  “The tastiest Yerba Mate we have ever tried. The rooibos blend works perfectly for my health addiction!”

Freedom Tea

The blog post below is from our friend Lizz who is an active writer and true tea enthusiast.  Between her blog ‘The Tea Addicts Confessional’ and her community-based tea website ‘Stylin’ Tea’, she stays quite involved in the industry. In this article, Lizz does a feature on a Canadian tea blender Aromatica and lavishes them with the complements they deserve.

Go Lizz,

Freedom Tea

Today was a busy day at work and I needed a nice cup of rooibos. I decided to try the Freedom Tea from my latest Tea Sparrow shipment. The minute I put the “tea” in the infuser I knew it was a winner. It is amazing.
This rooibos blend has a lovely lemony taste. The ingredients are green rooibos, red rooibos, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, and lemongrass with just a hint of vanilla. Tea Sparrow describes it as:
“intense lemon taste in a caffeine free, high antioxidant base.”

The blend originates from which is a tea blender based in Chilliwack, British Columbia. This is the second tea from them that I have really enjoyed. I am so glad Tea Sparrow introduced me to their blends. I think one day my mother and I are going to have to take a road trip back to Canada and find them next time I am on the West coast!

What makes this tea even more special is that proceeds from the sale of the tea benefit International Justice Mission Canada. They are an organization that fights human trafficking internationally. All the more reason to order more.

Happy sipping!

Lizz Taylor