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Yunnan Sourcing 2014 Autumn Moonlight Pavilion Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun White Tea

Tea For Me Please - 14 hours 41 min ago
Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green with lots of downy buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: pale gold As my Instagram followers can attest, I've been obsessing over this tea the last few months. You might say to yourself, I thought Bi Luo Chun was a green tea? The term can also Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

The Tea Family

T Ching - 18 hours 41 min ago

One thing I love most about tea is the tea industry “family”.   I haven’t been able to meet many of the people I have gotten to know through blogs, Twitter, and other online/social media venues in person, but the ones I have met have never been a disappointment.  And that theme continued on a recent Saturday afternoon when I got to have lunch with someone I’ve wanted to meet for awhile now, a fellow contributor to our beloved T Ching blog, Dharlene Fahl.  It was nice to find she had recently moved to an area just a short drive away, so we met at an eatery in rustic Old Town in the city where I live.  We just wanted to talk tea and that is what we did.  Of course, isn’t that what tea people do?

Dharlene has written books and poetry about tea and has traveled to tea-growing regions.  I especially enjoyed hearing about her trip to India, where she was hosted by another contributor to this blog, noted Indian tea authority Rajiv Lochan of Lochan Tea, who I was also privileged to meet at the 2014 World Tea Expo.  She is planning another trip soon to another tea-growing region, and I look forward to hearing about her stays on the tea estates, where visitors are treated like royalty and experience the estate’s culture, interface with workers and growers, and come away with a better understanding of how the industry actually functions on a day to day basis.

In talking with Dharlene, it made me aware of how many opportunities there are in the tea industry.  Dharlene is not only an author but a consultant to retailers who aren’t familiar with the specialty tea niche.  I thought about how we all fit together as a culture.  I’ve been a retail store owner, and now am working on brewing technology opportunities, with the possibility of getting back into retail again while growing the business central to the technology.  On the other side of the world, growers (hopefully all or most) continue to look for ways to improve not only the condition of the workers in the fields but the quality of the tea.  Between there and here, the importers and blenders do the ‘finish work’ to provide the market with its growing demand for quality tea and tea blends.

To date, tea has never had the almost manic culture that coffee has, at least not in the  U.S., with coffee’s continual industry events and competitions, trade shows, and new technologies, but George and Kim Jage certainly helped get it started with their World Tea Expos debuting in the early 2000’s.  They helped take awareness of tea as an industry from a smattering of “tea houses” to a contemporary mass market awareness of how far tea could go and how many opportunities there are.

As the years go by, I hope tea will develop its own distinctive space in the global retail/cafe marketplace, and not just an add-on to coffee-house culture.  Our retail store put it “Tea & Coffee Brewery”. Coffee & Tea has had its time. Now it’s time for tea to step up and claim its rightful place, as the most consumed beverage on the planet after water.  The general global tea industry want ad might read: “Tea – A limitless opportunity in all areas.  Creative minds welcome.”


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Pisces from the Zodiac Collection by AstroloTeas

SororiTEA Sisters - 20 hours 41 min ago
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Herbal

Where to Buy: AstroloTeas

Tea Description:

An intuitive dance of flavors to open the imagination, inspire compassion, and dive deep into the dreams of The Fish.

Every sign rules a different part of the body, Pisces rules the feet, immune system, hormones and circulation. The Pisces tea, a deep and spicy blend with a high fruity note, is like a full-body jolt of inspiration.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Looking for a strong cinnamon spiced tea to bring on the fall days? Check out this one.

This tea is very cinnamon flavored tea, almost to the point of mouth drying.  This isn’t the sweet kind of cinnamon either, but the more robust spiced flavor.  The base of this tea is an Assam and it is delicious.  The cinnamon mixes well with the base giving this tea an almost chai like feel with out the clover and ginger flavors.  I don’t really pick up any of the rosehips flavor or the other ingredients mixed in.

I find myself almost longing for a touch of sweetness or maybe even a dollop of cream or milk to kick this tea up and give it a sweet spiced contrast.

Not loving or hating this tea, more or less thinking this would be killer as a latte with caramel and whip cream on top.  That would be an awesome fall latte for sure.  This may not be my favorite AstroloTea but this is still quite tasty.

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Inner Fire from Urbal tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy: Urbal Tea

Tea Description:

This blend helps you burn fat and promotes weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize.

100% herbal quality ingredients: Dandelion leaf, Chickweed, Bilberry, Horsetail, Fennel, Yarrow, Eleuthero, Burdock root, Green Rooibos, Cinnamon, Rhodiola root, Dandelion root, Wuyi Wulong Oolong, Ginkgo, Yerba Mate, Green Mate, Licorice Root, Red Clover, Tulsi, Hibiscus, Blueberries, Cinnamon, Calendula flower, Corn Flower, and natural flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Oh my goodness! I have been on the hunt for the perfect herbal tea forever and I may have just found it! This tea is it!

Urbal Tea is a new company to me that focuses on herbal teas to get your body healthy.  I was super excited to try Inner Fire, a tea with Yerba Mate and Green Rooibos.  I have such a thing for green rooibos yet I haven’t found a red rooibos blend that I really like yet. I couldn’t wait to steep some of this up.  This herbal smells like sweet honey apple cinnamon loving right out of the pouch!

Brewed this up with my Sei Sei Tumbler and boiling water, let it steep for about 10 minutes.  Allowed the brew to cool for a moment and took a sip.  Because the dry mixture was simply amazing, I had high hopes and wishes that this tea would translate into a marvelous flavor.  And it has!

This tea is everything you need and want out of an herbal tea.  The sweet honey like flavor from the green rooibos provides a lovely base flavor.  The cinnamon gives that spice flavor that is more is leaning more to the sweet side.  Yes, there is hibiscus in the mix but it provides a well needed contrast to all the sweetness going on in the cup.  This is one of the best herbal teas I have ever had to be perfectly honest.  The flavors are spot on and scream fall.  I would love to try this mix with an unflavored black or green tea to see if I can create a lovely fall apple cinnamon tea.  I’m excited to play around with this mix and see what I can come up with as a cold brew too.  Glad I have a big bag of this one!

But as it sits, this tea makes you long for days when you can snuggle with a book, grab your favorite sweater and blanket, and lose yourself for a few hours.  Seriously, this tea is that good!

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What-Cha Georgia Natela's Gold Standard Black Tea

Tea For Me Please - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: Georgia Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: stainless steel infuser basket and ceramic teacup Liquor: reddish brown It's hard to believe but this is the first Georgia (the country, not the state) grown tea that I have ever reviewed here. The taste was malty and slightly sweet Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Review: Wendigo Tea Co.

T Ching - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00

This review has been a long time coming, and I hope to do this tea justice.

Founded by Sky White, of the band Foxy Shazam, Wendigo Tea Company seeks the be a seller of high-quality teas while also having a theatrical flair not seen by companies hawking similar product. It’s also interesting to note that on their website, one of the first things I noticed was that the listing for each tea does not immediately mention what kind of tea it is, and there is a reason for this.

A lot of times your average shopping mall tea shop does a great job using flashy marketing to get new people to try tea, but the quality of tea can often be mediocre. Wendigo’s goal seems to be to draw you into trying some new, approachable tea, and then saying “Fooled you! You’re actually drinking good tea! Good luck trying to drink a McDonald’s iced tea ever again!” I definitely see this working in their favor.

But all that aside, let’s get down to business. How is the tea?

The big tin I received of Bigfoot Tea, a Golden Monkey tea, is what brought me back to black tea. For a long time, even after I got into tea as a hobby, I didn’t care much for black tea. It was either too bitter or too light. I’m an oolong man for that reason. This tea has completely turned me around. After a five-minute steep, the flavor is bold and slightly fruity but it lacks the heavy astringency that I am used to in a black tea. This tea is also very forgiving–seven minutes is unheard of for a lot of black teas, but this takes it like a champ. This makes it perfect for iced tea, which I think is my method of choice for this tea.

My tea collection is large enough that I rarely drink the same tea two days in a row. Even at work I have a drawer full of tea. I have been drinking Bigfoot Tea almost exclusively for weeks now.

I also had the opportunity to try their “Nessy” tea, which is a Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea. It, by contrast, was very light and delicate. A quick steep produces a very fragrant brew that is light on the palette–a very pleasurable tea, but one whose flavors are a bit more nuanced. This one is very susceptible to oversteeping, so this isn’t one for those who are either heavy-handed with their steeping or aren’t used to teas without strong flavors. This is a great tea for relaxing at the end of a long day.

This tea is fabulous. Bigfoot is the runaway favorite for me. I will be signing up for a subscription as soon as I’m out. Definitely give this a try.

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Tangy Grapefruit from The Jasmine Pearl

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type: White

Where to Buy: The Jasmine Pearl

Tea Description:

Tangy Grapefruit White is a blend of organic Chinese Baimudan white tea, grapefruit essential oils, organic calendula petals for color, organic lemongrass, and organic lemon myrtle, brewing a true-to-life grapefruit burst.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been on a mad white tea kick as of late.  Even with all of these fall flavors going on, I feel like in the mornings I’m still gravitating towards a floral or white tea to get me thru my last parts of deadline at work each day.

Today, I saw this little guy hanging out by my bag and knew that today was my day to try this one.  I was a bit excited.  Brewed this up at work with the help of my Sei Sei Tumbler to take care of the brewing part.  Added in water around 190 per the packaging instructions and let this tea steep for about 3 minutes or so.

I loved watching this one steep.  The dry leaf mix was gorgeous with all the lovely long leafs with pops of a bright orange color.

First infusion in and this tea is delicate and lovely.  One that takes you away and allows you to indulge for a moment before the phone starts ringing again and there are emails to read.  This tea gives you that much needed blissful moment where you can wrap your hands around the mug and the the tea do its thing.

The white tea flavor is the first to wash over you and it is delicate with subtle notes of a floral kind.  The grapefruit flavors are there but they really don’t become prominent until that last part of each sip.  That last part of the sip is where all the tangy grapefruit lovin is. Wow.

Another impressive tea from The Jasmine Pearl.  I’m really digging this one and heading now to the kitchen to prep up more water for my second infusion.  This tea is a keeper!

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Tea Review - New York Breakfast by TWG Tea

Notes on Tea - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 02:00

When I've been nostalgic for New York this fall, I've made myself a cup or two of New York Breakfast by TWG Tea. The tea is courtesy of The Urban Tea Merchant. Have you read my review of the traditional tea set at The Urban Tea Merchant?

The blend has an Assam base with cocoa. The chocolate pieces are significant enough in size and amount to scent the dry tea as well as to flavor the liquor. I steep a heaping teaspoon for 3-5 minutes.

The liquor is gorgeous. The steeped tea looks different depending on whether you serve it in a (white) ceramic cup or a glass vessel. The cup on the left is from my tasting tea set while the glass on the right is an Ora tea cup. New York is brisk and sweet!  You can purchase your New York Breakfast Tea directly from TWG Tea or from The Urban Tea Merchant.

Houji-Genmaicha Green Tea from Den’s Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Den’s Tea

Tea Description:

Houji-Genmaicha consists of the two harmonious yet slightly contrasting taste components. It is a good alternative to sweetened coffee. It offers a comfortable toasty aroma both from roasted leaf and brown rice. The Genmai (roasted brown rice) sweetens the roasted Bancha leaves.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sometimes, it’s hard to get what you want in this world. Sometimes, I want genmaicha at 10 o’clock at night, but I also want a good roasty, toasty, houjicha. Thank goodness for Den’s Tea. They truly have thought of everything. Now I can have my tea and drink it too.

I used my 12oz tokoname kyusu for this one. Probably overleafing it, I intitally used my typical green tea temperature at 175, but at 3 minutes, the flavor was a bit muted. I punched up the temperature to about 190, taking care to not scorch the leaves by leaving the lid uncovered. Three minutes later – I was in tea bliss. The usual clover honey sweetness and toasted barley notes of the houjicha blended so well with the rice, I couldn’t tell where it ends and I begin. There was a touch of cinnamon spice warmth to round out the cup. I should have known that a little hotter water could coax out the houji from the cha.

This tea is really the best or both worlds. It’s got the fresh-toasted rice flavor from the genmai, and it’s got the roasty flavor of houjicha. To be honest, the bancha used is not the best houjicha base I have ever tasted, but paired with the toasted rice, it makes for an amazing pairing to almost any meal, and as a great bedtime sipper.

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Afternoon Tea at The Lambs Club

Notes on Tea - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 18:22

This afternoon tea at The Lambs Club with Jee (her review) and Sara seems like such a long time ago. We went there in late July but I've moved since then (I'll be back, NYC) and my older child started Kindergarten, so a lot has happened in two months.

I made 3 + 1 selections. The egg salad sandwich was very good. I should have ordered more savories.

Tea at The Lambs Club was surprisingly presented in bags but fortunately the source is Palais des Thes. I chose the Long Jing Green which I steeped a few times in my cup. Jee and Sara each steeped their bag in the teapot.

The scones were warm and delicious! Two per person with clotted cream and jam. The presentation of the Tête de Moine (Swiss Cow’s Milk Cheese with House-Made Jam) was unique. Doesn't it look like a delicate mushroom? The Hazelnut Dacquoise was my "sweet tooth" choice.

Across the street from The Lambs Club is the Belasco Theatre. Hedwig & the Angry Inch was and is (until Sept. 13) on stage there. On the building facade was a poster with the play's star, Taye Diggs. He has such a beautifully expressive face! I would have liked to have tea a la carte at The Lambs Club then see Taye Diggs perform.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch image source: http://www.hedwigbroadway.com/rebuild/images/home_hero_tdiggs.jpg.

Little Red Cup Tea Company Premium White Peony

Tea For Me Please - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied greens and browns with some buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: gold The first time that I tried this tea using a good ol' teapot and the directions provided I was a little underwhelmed. It's not that it was bad but it just didn't jump out at me. Not being oneNicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Performing with Tea

T Ching - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:00

If members of the audience were surveyed after the taping of the NBC special The Illuisionists which I attended a couple of months ago, they would likely elect Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry as their favorite performer. I am not a fan of tricks involving rodents or razor blades, but Mr. Sperry’s other acts, especially those employing our feathered friends, were so fast-paced, well-choreographed and surreal that one couldn’t help but speculate the use of ultra-sophisticated props in place of live flock…

Though tea is never seen in the art of conjuring and prestidigitation, tea-themed performances enjoy a long, storied history, at least in Asia. Once upon a time during China’s Tang Dynasty (618–907), literati were said to appreciate “tea sword” spectacles featuring kung fu practitioners and long spout kettles – probably an undertaking not unlike this entertaining modern-day performance:

Others believe these acts originated in the Song Dynasty (960–1279) when tea houses became ubiquitous and so packed with customers that long spout teapots actually fulfilled the practical purpose of replenishing, pouring and cooling beverages.

With more than 1.5 million views, this 34-second YouTube video, possibly the most watched tea-themed presentation ever, spotlights none other than Malaysia’s national drink teh tarik, or pulled tea!

Can’t you sense Mr. Teh Tarik’s effervescent temperament and joy while working at his teashop in Thailand? The New York Times article Milk in a Can Goes Glam describes the process most succinctly:

“It is a thick brew of strong tea – preferably Boh brand, grown in the cool Cameron highlands north of Kuala Lumpur – and condensed milk. (Fresh-squeezed ginger juice can be added to make teh halia, reminiscent of Indian chai.) The mixture is poured vigorously back and forth from one pot to another; this is the “pulling” process, which makes the drink smooth and gives it a frothy top.”

I recently caught an episode of a Japanese crime drama in which the culprit was able to have her victim, unknowingly, of course, brew two pots of coffee – one regular and one poisonous – using the same kettle, all the while she herself was on a business trip thousands of miles away! What would be a fun tea-related magic trick? Perhaps a magician pouring teas in different colors nonstop from one glass teapot on stage? What I do not want to see is a standup comedian sharing unfunny tea jokes.

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Honey Pear Black from Golden Moon Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Tea Description:

Our Honey Pear begins with top-quality black tea. Then we add the sweet flavor of ripe fruit and rich, smooth honey.

Reminiscent of a succulent Mid-Eastern dessert treat, this loose leaf tea delivers a full-bodied, amber liquor and a sweet, rich flavor that is delicious hot or iced.

Learn more about this tea on Steepster.

Taster’s Review:

So, this tea is incredibly aromatic – even with my sample in a Ziploc over top of the foil sample pouch I can see smell intense, fragrant notes of pear. It reminds me of this really sweet, kind of ‘dewy’  pear scented hair detangler I used to have before I shaved off all of my hair. I know that doesn’t sound appealing, but I think that hair detangler was the best smelling ‘beauty product’ I’ve EVER owned. I remember even spraying it as a ‘perfume’ too (I was twelve at the time; don’t judge). And then, when I was out of it I was never able to find it again. If the taste of this tea translates into the smell of that detangler as well as the dry aroma makes me think it will I know I’m gonna be all over this tea.

I cold brewed my sample; and I have to say this turned out to be absolutely incredible. Honestly, the black base is a little drowned out but it’s not surprising given how intense the flavourings are. I would have been more surprised if the base had been able to compete with pear notes that strong. The mouthfeel is also incredibly thick and full; if I didn’t know better I could probably be persuaded that I was drinking the sweetened pear juices from a can of halved pears. It’s also just a sliver floral tasting. It compliments the pear notes well though. And you know what? It does kind of taste like that detangler smelled.

One thing I will say is that the ‘honey’ seems a lot less obvious; sure there’s absolutely 100% a sweetness to this tea that isn’t representative of just the pear on its own, but nothing identifies it specifically as honey. Though comparing this again to a ‘beauty product’ (but in the best way), my personal favourite perfume is ‘white tea and honey’ scented and this does have the same effervescent, fresh sweetness that I enjoy when I wear that perfume. The common denominator between the two is the ‘honey’. So that’s something.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this tea! At this point, it takes A LOT for a pear tea to sweep me off my feet and this blend certainly did it. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good pear tea or just a fruity tea in general with an over the top juiciness and freshness.

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The Holiday Season Approaches!

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 22:00


This isn’t a review but an advertisement (sorry guys!)  No, we don’t usually advertise here on this site – this is an anomaly – but because one of the founding SororiTea Sisters is now the Mad Tea Artist behind 52Teas, she gets the privilege of deviating from the norm.

And 52Teas has a Holiday Pre-Sale going on right now on Kickstarter!  This isn’t a typical “fundraising” Kickstarter campaign, instead, this is a chance for you to get some Christmas shopping done early while it helps us keep things just a little more organized by keeping our pre-sales separate from our day-to-day sales activity.

52Teas is offering 5 unique, limited edition teas for this promotion – these teas will be available only during the season and once they’re sold out, they won’t be reblended until next Christmas!

Here’s the specs on those five VITs (Very Important Teas):

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – This is a special blend of black teas with a hint of Lapsang Souchong to give it that smoky touch that you’d experience from an open fire.  Flavored with chestnut and caramel and just a hint of spice to give it that winter-y kind of appeal.
  • Gingerbread Houjicha – I love the flavor of gingerbread and I think that the roasty-toasty, nutty flavor of houjicha would offer a delightful base to these flavors.
  • Eggnog Chai – A Chai blend (black tea with a touch of honeybush) flavored with notes of custard-y eggnog with an extra dash of nutmeg to enliven the cup.  This would make a great latte to serve Santa on Christmas Eve!
  • Cranberry Orange Cider – A blend of red and green rooibos that’s been flavored with cranberry, orange and apple with a medley of holiday spices.
  • Peppermint Marshmallow Melting in Hot Chocolate – For this blend, I chose a special black tea blend (crafted with teas from our friends at Verdant Tea) for the base that has a rich, natural cacao flavor with hints of malt.  Peppermint, marshmallow and even more chocolate-y flavor to create a deliciously delightful cuppa.

YUM!  So please take a moment to visit the 52Teas Kickstarter Holiday Pre-Sale and get some of that early Christmas shopping done early!  The campaign closes on October 27th so your card won’t be charged until that date, and the teas will be shipped in plenty of time for gift giving!

Thanks for taking a moment to read this . . . now let’s get back to the reviews!

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Angry Pumpkin Black Tea from Design a Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Design a Tea

Tea Description:

A nice hardy blend of pumpkin and nutmeg with a black tea base. Served hot, will fill the room with the aroma of a “beautiful pumpkin”. Those were his words- I know, lame! .

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I hate to admit it, but I have a double standard when it comes to tea names. I absolutely hate it when a company will skirt around what type of tea something is, “It’s a deeply shaded fukamushi sencha harvested in the summer, steamed to perfection.” I get it. Just say it’s a gyokuro already! But when it comes to blended and flavored teas, the more ridiculous the better.

That is why I had to try this tea from Design a tea. I have so many questions. Why is this pumpkin angry? What happened in this tea’s life to make it so furious? Will it make me angry when I drink it? There is only one way to find out.

I brewed up 5g in my 12oz teapot for around 4 minutes. The resulting brew was like an autumn hug. Usually pumpkin flavorings fall short for me, but in this tea, the pumpkin was at the forefront of the brew. Luckily, it wasn’t an aggressive pumpkin. It was sweet and complimented the spices and the black tea base.

I suppose you cannot have a pumpkin tea without putting in some pumpkin pie spices. This particular blend highlighted the use of nutmeg. It was a good idea in theory, but the blend also had cinnamon chips. Yes, it is listed as the last ingredient, but the cinnamon tried it’s hardest to overpower the nutmeg. Throughout all this fighting for attention, what I get is a sweet slice of pumpkin pie. For my first fall-themed tea of the year, it definitely gets me pumped up for more. Bring it on!

I still don’t know what makes this pumpkin so angry, and the other flavors are not that aggressive either. The black tea base is mellow, sweet, with notes of sweet potato. This is a tea with a soothing profile, but I think the name Mellow Pumpkin would not sell as well. Thankfully, it did not make me angry to drink it, and I happily gulped down my pot of Angry Pumpkin to celebrate the beginning of October!

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Nepali Tea Traders Nepalese Silver Tips

Tea For Me Please - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: Nepal Leaf Appearance: small, mostly whole downy buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser basket and porcelain teacup Liquor: bright gold I'd heard a lot of good things from fellow bloggers about Nepali Tea Traders but never had a chance to give them a try myself. I was able to briefly meet them at Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Senna: Silent and Dangerous

T Ching - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00

What’s in your herbal blend? With the growing popularity of slimming, diet, and detox teas, we still need to know what we are putting into our bodies. Even though the package says “All Natural” or “Organic” it is still beneficial to know the ingredients since many of these blends contain numerous herbs. As promised, this is the third and final mention of Senna.

Since this is usually one of the herbs in these ever-popular blends, it is important to note that Senna can be dangerous. First of all, Senna is known as a natural laxative. It has been approved by the FDA as a “nonprescription laxative” but if you do any research on it, you will find it comes with many cautionary warnings.

From Wikipedia:

“Senna (from Arabic – sanā), the sennas, is a large genus of flowering plants in the legume family, Fabaceae, and in the subfamily, Caesalpinioideae.”

It produces a large seed pod, but for the herbal teas it is the leaf that is used. The chemicals in the plant are called sennosides, and these cause an irritation to the lining of the colon and force the contractions commonly associated with diarrhea, therefore creating a possibility of violent and frequent bowel movements.

As I have previously declared, sometimes we do need to or choose to move things out of our bodies and with caution Senna will do this. There is not much out there that proves it detoxifies, suppresses the appetite, or causes weight loss as you will often see stated.

The National Institute of Health warns against using Senna for more than two weeks. They also state that long-term use can lead to dysfunction of the bowels, risk of muscle weakness, liver damage, and heart function disorders.

I am choosing to bring Senna to your attention because in my research I stumbled on something rather disturbing. There are numerous videos on the Internet about diet and detoxing teas and many scantily-clothed young girls are encouraging others to use these teas for significant weight loss. When reading many of the comments these young ladies post in response to these videos, Senna seems to be the herb of choice for quickly getting rid of what was just consumed. These are the behaviors that lead to eating disorders. Many suffering from bulimia and anorexia frequently use Senna to keep their weight down. They will use it so much that their bowels no longer function normally, and thus they become addicted to this laxative.

You can obtain Senna in a capsule or powder, but this is something I would not advise. When drinking only the infusion of the leaf it is much milder. I cannot imagine the results of taking a capsule. The infused beverage will take effect in 6 to 12 hours.

I am not against diet, slimming, or detox teas. I see the value in consuming them responsibly. What frightens me is that people will seldom do this. In our haste and excitement to shed 5 or 10 or 50 pounds, many will do bizarre things. If the recommended daily amount is 1 cup, people will frequently double, triple or even quadruple that amount – this is what concerns me.

I have personally encouraged tea shop owners to carry these herbal lines. Even in the die-hard, tea-only tea shops I have promoted the herbal blends for the financial benefit of the shop because I know the demand for them is increasing daily. In saying this, I now specify that there is a responsibility that comes with selling them.  I suggest that the labels contain a warning that states a safe daily consumption amount. What the customer does when they get the product home is not within our control, but I believe the cautionary warning is our responsibility.

Senna, a beautiful, yellow-flowering, and innocent plant, when used improperly, is dangerous and can be deadly when we jump foolishly on the bandwagon of what is trendy and selling like mad.  I know none of us want to see our products causing another harm.

That’s all I’m saying and I’m done talking about Senna!

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Staring at the Sea from August Uncommon Tea

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: August Uncommon Tea

Tea Description:

Comfort from the hearth while gazing at fog as it gently drifts over the sea. The odor of warm buttery country bread rises to your nose, tenderly warming your face. A faint note of macadamia and bits of crust browning on a brick oven floor linger on the tongue. Hints of sweet grasses spring forth to brighten and balance the thick, chewy texture. Come in from the cold.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have heard so much about this company on Steepster that I was very excited to see it in one of the traveling tea boxes that hit my house late last week.  This was the first one I grabbed to try.  I’m such a green tea fan that I couldn’t wait to dig in and try out some new green teas.

August Uncommon Tea has unique tea blends that I’ve heard varied reviews about.  This particular blend is a Japanese Green Tea with Barley in it.  I brewed this delight up like all my green teas with the help of my handy dandy Breville and allowed the brew to cool off for a few moments.

Took my first sip and this is a different tasting green tea for sure.  And one I’m enjoying. The green tea base is buttery and smooth.  The barley that has been added in provides a nice nutty background that gives the tea an added richness.  Like the description says, there is a crust like flavor and even faint notes of macadamia nuts.

This is one of those teas where the description really matches and translate well into the flavor you are given.  I’m curious what this one would taste like as a cold brew and hope to be able to try that soon.

The more I drink of this one, the more I really like it.  This could easily be an every day sort of tea for me for sure!

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It’s Finally Tea Time!

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Whew! I don’t know about you, but I love hot tea. I mean, duh, but wait for it. For me, tea is the ultimate comfort drink. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a blanket, a book and a hot cuppa. Finally, FINALLY, it’s cool enough to do that (in Seattle – Naomi, you’re on your own in Vegas).

In Seattle, we’ve had a scorcher of a summer and while it’s been wonderful, it’s pretty uncomfortable curling up on a leather sofa in your short shorts and sipping hot tea when it’s 90 and humid. I’m just going to let you sit for a moment with that picture in your mind. 

But there’s always iced tea, you say? Well sure. And I drank a considerable amount of iced tea this summer. It’s wonderful and refreshing. There are so many options for turning tea into summer treats.

However, nothing beats a lazy morning, sipping on a piping hot Earl Grey while reading about ghost stories or endless love. There is nothing cozier than curling up in blanket, staring into the fire and breathing in the smell of a jasmine green.

Finally cool enough for a proper tea time. #100happydays #day7

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 30, 2015 at 2:18pm PDT

AND. IT’S. FINALLY. TIME. TEA TIME! The best kind of tea time. The fall leaves, morning fog, crisp air, boots and scarves kind of tea time. The time where your cup warms your cold fingers and the steam warms your cool nose.

The best part of it all is that now, it’s going to be the perfect tea time (in Seattle at least) for the next few months. And I’ve already started gearing up the office to be prepared. A co-worker and I built our own little tea cozy corner.

Life achievement- having a #tea spot at work. #LexBlog #tealife

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:32am PDT

That entire cabinet the basket is sitting on is filled with tea, so you can be sure we’re prepared for the teapocalypse here. So bust out your mugs, scarves, boots and hipster hats because it’s finally time to enjoy a proper cup of tea (without sweating and sticking to your leather seat).

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