Minty Frog is a Chocolate MInt Black tea.
We've had our Dark City Mint as an option for quite some time, but we realized that there are people who would actually like some caffeine with their chocolate mint. A little testing, and some very tasty test cups later, and Minty Frog was born.
Orange Chaibiscus came about because I was working on a different blend, and one of the taste tests made me want to add chai spices. I did so, and the orange and hisbiscus work wonderfully accented by the cinnamon and cardamom.
Pearl's Pizzelle is a fairly decadent tea based off of the happy memories of an Italian pastry. It was created because a wonderful custom tea experience made us realize that we could create teas that echoed the taste of baked goods, only in a tea.
You can read the full story of the tea here: http://bit.ly/1st4E6x
'Ravendane Chai' is the happy result of my first experiment with creating a more "standard" chai for our shop. I made it to my tastes. This means it is heavy on cardamom.
Mister Tea pointed out that this would not qualify as a standard chai for most people. So I kept the recipe for that version aside, knowing there was an individual I needed to consult on the flavour. If she liked it as well, I figured we'd keep the tea. We went on to create our 'Straight Up Chai' to fill the initial intent.
A good friend of mine has a similar yen for cardamom, and concurred with me on the delightfulness of this taste. We discussed names for a bit, and for reasons both personal and based on referencing our friendship decided on "Ravendane Chai."
It helped that it sounds like a town where you would find a quest or have to go to on a quest, in any of a number of games and mythos'.
Rebecca's Rose is a Keemun Black with Rose Petals and Rosehips. Delicately flavoured with the barest touch of smoke to bring the taste of the Rose and tea into balance.
2013 was a rough year for many of the people we know, including my partner and I. However, it was also the year Desert Sage Natural was born as an active company, rather than a random perk for friends an family.
During our first six months, my life was touched by two women named Rebecca.
One of them I met during a time of loss, and her strength and integrity as she dealt with her personal tragedy impressed me greatly. She also kept her sense of humour and joy in life, and her compassion caused her to give comfort and care and encouragement to us.
The second woman I did not meet, I merely saw the echos of her presence on her family. The love that was help for her, and the hope, was brilliant and inspiring and honest.
These two women reminded me of a number of important truths regarding life and family, both the joyous side and the grief. Roses have always had a personal significance for me in what they symbolize about life. They are beautiful, in all stages of their growth - from jagged leaves and thorned stems to the first buds full of promise to the full blooms with their scent and dew-catching beauty... and even when they die, the shapes of the flowers are still a reminder. Life is beautiful. Life has pain. It takes understanding both sides of it to truly live.
'Red, White, and Roo' came out of a suggestion made by my little brother, who has far more experience with the teas that are not black.
The idea worked spectacularly well, and has ensured that we will be working more with Rooibos tea in the future.
'Sansa's Solace' came out of the set of busy days where we were making our Fall & Winter teas.
I was making so many 'inspired by baked goods' teas that I had sort of fallen into a rhythm with the process. Additionally, Mister Tea had stated that my first test blend of our 'standard' chai had too much cardamom. The final piece of the puzzle was a friend tweeting about these glorious-sounding Lemon Cardamom cookies she was making.
I know that cardamom isn't technically an ingredients in lemon cakes - but if I was baking them, it would be.
'Smoke in the Water' was a tea inspired during the blending of another tea.
I love elderberries, and I love chai, and discovering that elderberries and black tea went together quite well, I wanted to make an elderberry chai.
We took our current darkest smokliest tea, added a touch of vanilla, an array of chai spices, and the desired elderberries, and this tea was the delightful result.