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Friday Round Up: August 2nd - August 8th

Tea For Me Please - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 05:20
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Everyday Green Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Ringtons

Tea Description:

Naturally easy to drink with a mild, mellow flavour. Very refreshing! From our ‘Speciality Teas’ family of teas.  Gas-flushed. 2 x 50 tea bags. 200g/7oz.

Our modern version of green tea. The unfermented tea leaves are processed gently, encouraging the mellow tea flavours to come through to give a smoother flavour with no harshness. Ideal with or without milk! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Being a huge green tea fan, I thought for sure I would not love this tea.  To be honest, I thought my tea snob would come out and say No- I will not like you.  You are a tea bag.  Mind you, I have been drinking tea bags from Paper Box Goodies all week but I still had that feeling.

Yep, my inner snob was shut up right quickly with one sip of this tea.  I am surprised how good this is.  Clean and refreshing green tea.  No fuss.  No mess.  Just a solid smooth almost sweet green tea with a hint of vegetal going on here and there.

I prepped this tea up using just the water spout on our coffee maker at work and VIOLA! Green tea on the go and in a flash! This tea saved me in a meeting that I thought for sure I was going to fall asleep in.  This tea is a great every day kind of tea.  One that I could drink all day every day!

Nicely done Ringtons.  This is the first tea I’ve had from them and I can say it won’t be the last.  Tasty!

 

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Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld

Tea For Me Please - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 16:00
It's been a while since I had a tea read to share with you all. I was in love before I even opened it because the outside of the book was so pretty. Who doesn't love a shiny pink foil book cover? Cooking with tea is one of my favorite things to do besides drinking the stuff so I was  really looking forward to diving in. The introduction was short but packed with info, especially for those who Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Product Review: Magic Teafit

T Ching - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:00

“What’s with all these ‘diet’ teas? And all these ‘slimming’, ‘detox’ and ‘cleansing’ teas, too?”

I get asked this quite frequently. Yes, there are plenty out there and more are showing up daily. So it’s a valid question that requires some research.

For the most part, we all know what we truly need to be doing to live a healthy lifestyle, don’t we?

Why we don’t do it is a complicated dilemma that sometimes takes us to places, memories, thoughts and feelings we’d rather not revisit.

Yes, most of us are looking for the miracle, magical cure-all. Surely, in this day and age it must exist!

Is there a “tea” that will work miracles? Something simple and easy that one can steep and sip to witness miracles?

Yes and no. But let’s get real.

We do need to move things out of our bodies: residues of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc. These and plenty more have been sprayed onto our plants, fruits and vegetables for decades. We are ingesting this stuff daily and most of us have been since we were children.

Do we need to cleanse? Yes! Are we full of toxins? Yes! Is ‘junk’ backup inside our bodies? Yes! Do our organs hold the residues of poisons? Yes! Are we getting fatter as a nation? Yes! Ouch. doesn’t all of that hurt?!

All of those poisons plus the chemicals, preservatives, metals, saturated fats, nitrates, hormones, antibiotics, etc., etc. (this is usually when people shut down) are too much! Even too much information causes a person to throw their hands up in despair and reach for the comfort of some cool, creamy, smooth and rich ice cream.

So will a detox, slimming, cleansing, diet tea make any difference?

I believe it can — but I also believe people need to be informed, and then they need to make empowered decisions based on knowledge and trust.

I’m a tea specialist, not an herbalist, but I’ve definitely found the need to explore many herbs over the last several years. Many of the “diet teas” contain all kinds of herbs as well as tea. And as fascinating as the tea plant is, herbs can be just as exciting, too! Just be on the lookout for senna in these blends — this is an herb that can cause serious issues when taken too frequently (i.e. digestive distress).

I’d like to address a new product currently out on the market called Magic TeaFit.

I’ve been asked by Magic TeaFit to try their blends, to taste them and to test them. And yes, I am being compensated for the time I am putting into my research. I do not measure the success or failure of anything. I do not measure any product or beverage or pill by how much weight is lost during a given period of time; been there, done that. I’ve spent almost a lifetime on that merry-go-round.

Magic TeaFit has put top-quality herbs and herb powders into their products in that 98% of the ingredients are organic. Organic is definitely the way to go! Their Detox blend is actually 100% organic. The Energy Boost has only two out of the twenty-two ingredients that are not organic. And there is no senna in either blend, which I think is a very good choice. I’ve watched countless review videos on many other similar products and have discovered a much younger market out there almost addicted to senna. In the quest to be thin, our younger generation is indifferent to any of the cautions about senna. For most of them, their young bodies can handle some of the abusive techniques they are engaging in, but middle-aged bodies cannot. To start employing dangerous tactics at such a young age can only lead to unhealthy behaviors in the future (I will do an article on senna–stay tuned).

Magic TeaFit tastes good! Many of the herbs used in their blends, when tasted by themselves, don’t taste very good. I am happy with the taste and balance of the herbs used in that one does not overpower another. Having stated this, and since I am personally not much of a fan of Stevia, I tasted a bit too much of it in the Energy Boost for my liking, but I found the Detox blend to be very pleasant with the amount of organic Stevia it contained.

I liked the taste of both infusions, and I do recommend Magic TeaFit upon taste and quality, first and foremost. As a weight loss product? When one follows their plan, there will be success. When one chooses to deviate, there will be other results. When one is ready, the “magic” comes from within, and certainly by putting top-quality, good-tasting liquids into the body, “magic” will happen.

Fairly priced? All I can say about that is: what is the true price of good health?

Have a look for yourself. Use the code “MYLOVE15″ to save 15% at checkout, courtesy of Magic Teafit.

Images courtesy of the author.

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Cape Jasmine Oolong from Tea Ave.

SororiTEA Sisters - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Tea Ave.

Tea Description:

An elegant, luxurious tea, Cape Jasmine Oolong has a subtle fragrance of the fog and snow-covered mountains that it was grown on. Cape Jasmine Oolong has a clean, aromatic floral scent, and its flavor is slightly sweet with just a hint of spice. Classic vegetal oolong undertones. Breathe in the mountains.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I received this one as a free sample in my last Tea Ave. order; and while I have not tried this tea previously I did get a chance to try ‘Jasmine Oolong‘ prior to Tea Ave’s launch; initially I wasn’t 100% sure what the difference between the two blends was, but what I’m gathering from reading the descriptions for both is that Jasmine Oolong is meant to be a little more earthy with perhaps some stronger base tea notes while Cape Jasmine is naturally sweeter.

I steeped this one up hot, and drank half of the mug that way and then half after it had cooled down. Initially with the hot cup I thought that the jasmine was coming off fairly dominant, masking most of the creamier milk oolong-like notes of the base tea. The aroma was incredibly strong and lovely, with a plump sweetness to it – but monotone and without much nuance. I far prefer the taste of the cold half of the mug which tasted similarly but had an underlying fruitier sweetness to it, was less aromatic and ‘in your face’ overall, and which also floral notes like peony as well.

As far as the comparison between Tea Ave’s Jasmine blend and this one goes – I had to go back and reread my previous review to refresh myself but I do think there are differences; the former definitely had stronger flavours from the base and was more vegetal overall, the latter (this tea) was sweeter and fruitier and the natural flavours from the base that were present were more the floral/fruity aspects of an oolong rather than the vegetal ones. Think peach! Overall, both were good jasmine oolongs, though it’d be redundant to have both on hand because despite differences they are quite similar.  I think I just SLIGHTLY might prefer this one more because of the extra sweetness though.

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Rice Crispy Treat Black Tea from The East Indies Coffee and Tea Company

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: East Indies Tea Company

Tea Description:

No one can resist the fluffy, gooey marshmallow taste of this fun blend!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The East Indies Tea and Coffee Company is probably the most old-school tea company I have ever dealt with. I have never even heard of them until Marzipan from Steepster offered a group buy of their teas. They so their teas to Della Terra, which is on hiatus until further notice. I am such a sucker for tea names, I figured, why the hell not?

The first tea to try out of the gate, this was also the first tea I pulled out of the box. This is such a fragrant tea! The dry leaf is just dripping with gooey marshmallow sweetness. There are pieces of rice crispies in the bag, lending to the malty smell, as well as some strange dust of pulverized cereal pieces. It’s probably one of the strongest smelling teas I have smelled. (probably to date, it’s quite the head rush!)

Upon steeping the tea, I do get a bit of a sour note from the base black tea. Nothing that makes me want to put down the cup though. I can see this tea being a treat iced, because of the robustness in the cup. The rice crispness of the tea is the show stopper here, the sweet marshmallow and the rice flour richness is quite strong, and I expected no less from this blend. I actually resteeped this too, with interesting results. The sweetness was almost all that was left, and there was little malty note from the tea base/rice crispies. A crazy decadent black tea, great for you dessert lovers out there!

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An Introduction to the Kyusu

Tea For Me Please - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:00
It’s a little known fact that kyusu is simply the Japanese word for teapot. We usually think of them as side handled tea pots but they can also have handles on the rear or even on the top. Porcelain and clay are the most common mediums but kyusu can be made from a number of materials. The handles are usually hollow in order to prevent them from becoming too hot to hold. Kyusu have wider Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Global Tea Hut on Living Tea

T Ching - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:00

In the first half of the twentieth century, the Japanese were in control of Taiwan and looking to develop the island agriculturally, exporting goods to help fund the rise of their empire; and tea was to play a large role in this. They brought large-leaf tea trees from Yunnan and Eastern India and planted them in Sun Moon Lake, hoping to establish Red Tea plantations there. However, war soon began and the Japanese were later expelled. The tea gardens were left untended for around eighty years, producing semi-wild offspring. These magical trees took on all the power of this magical place, absorbing the minerals, sun and moon, weather and energy. Eventually, people began to tend these wild and semi-wild gardens again, producing an amazing Living Tea.

First, all living tea is seed-propagated. As we mentioned in previous issues, tea is a sexual plant and a lot goes into creating the seeds—a tremendous amount of natural energy, mostly involving insects and cross-pollination. Every seed is unique, and every seed-propagated tea tree will also be an individual soul. In fact, that is why so little tea is seed-propagated today. Commercially, farmers think that consumers are ruled by their palates and want flavor uniformity. Is that true? Do you really want to throw out so many potatoes and carrots because they don’t fit unnatural cosmetic standards? Or do you realize that Nature is wiggly and that the magic of tea is that it is different every time? It is also more work to tend a variety of trees with different needs. The vitality, however, is very different between cuttings/clones and seed-propagated trees.

Seed-propagated trees live longer by orders of magnitude—think centuries or even millennia versus decades—and, moreover, birds won’t eat the seeds of cloned trees after the second or third generation. Second, all living tea is given room to grow. Living things grow as large as their environment permits. Koi fish will remain small if kept in a small bowl, but grow big if they are in a big pond. The same is true with Bonsai trees. People are that way too: we only grow as much as we give ourselves room to. Every plant has a ratio between its roots and crown, and when you prune the crown the roots also shrink. Plantation tea is pruned for easy picking. Some living tea compromises on this issue for practical reasons, viz. a single farmer can’t possibly climb and harvest five hundred trees on time—he would be too slow and miss the picking window. The tea trees organize themselves in fact, in a living garden, rather than being forced into rows like on a plantation. They know which soil is more nutrient dense, and can have more trees clustered closer together, and which is less so, and therefore they must grow more spaced apart.

Third, all living tea is ecological. It includes a vast array of biodiversity. We always think that in controlling a few factors in a monoculture system we can generate sustenance for ourselves, but the overall impact is always more complex, intricate and subtle than we could ever imagine. And as we are finding out, our destructive intrusion into natural ecologies is having many larger and unintended effects, over time and space.

There is no saying what the true relationship is between the weeds, bugs, snakes and even snake poop and tea trees. How are the local squirrels related to the tea trees? It may not be apparent, but if they cohabitate in the same environment, they are related. Maybe the discarded nutshells help fertilize the trees, or maybe it is more complex by one or many degrees: maybe the nutshells are food to a certain insect that attracts a certain kind of bird which sings in a way that tea trees enjoy, helping them to flourish? True tea is ecological: you cannot distinguish the tea garden from the surrounding forest!

Fourth, and the most obvious is that living tea is chemical free. The evil triad that pollutes our earth, animals, birds and people is not sustainable and not a healthy compromise. It doesn’t matter that a study proves that such pesticides can be consumed by people without quantifiably detrimental effects. First off, they destroy the environment, often running down the mountains and harming other ecologies as well. Second, what are healthy amounts? And how long was the study? Maybe the participants showed no deterioration of health after a two-year study (which would be a long one), but what happens when you consume pesticide-laden tea for ten years? Such chemicals are unhealthy for people and harmful to the earth. They defeat the purpose of tea, which is to bring Nature to society. Master Zhou Yu always asks, “How can you sit in a beautiful tea room and connect to Nature, when the thing you are using to connect was produced in a way that destroys Nature?”

Finally, tea is a conversation between people and Nature. In the Chinese character for tea, the radical for ‘man’ is right in the middle. Tea was traditionally always respected. Each tree was a unique being, with life and spirit and treated that way. Most farms don’t treat animals or plants in that way anymore. There is no respect for the individual being in any of the trees—you can hardly tell where one ends and the next begins on most farms. It is just uncountable “tea”—product, value, stuff, object for consumption, etc.

Most Red Tea is processed in 3-4 phases: first it is picked and then it is withered in large piles. Most tea is spread out when it is withered, but Red Tea is piled to completely oxidize the leaves. It is then rolled for an exceptionally long time, to continue the oxidation and break down the cells. It literally turns into a pasty mass in the process. Then it is dried, usually in an oven. Our tea, however, is completely different. The farmers think we are crazy, but we reduce the withering/piling period and the rolling period, leaving some green in the leaves, which you will see when you brew them. The reason for the complete oxidation in normal Red Tea processing is to make the tea sweet and delicious. Nevertheless, we have found that such extreme processing removes some of the tea’s Qi, and distances it from the mountain and deep essence it touches. The leaves of these large-leaf trees are often bitter and astringent, but we can accept a bit of that along with the sweetness, can’t we? And isn’t that a significant life lesson as well? In the end, we’d rather have a slightly less delicious tea with incredible and relaxing Qi than the other way around.

This article was originally published in Global Tea Hut. Article and photo are courtesy of Global Tea Hut.

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Cinnamon Isle from Paper Box Goodies

SororiTEA Sisters - Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Paper Box Goodies

Tea Description:

This Oolong is a spicy trip to the tropics, with hibiscus, passionflower, and cinnamon (duh) all coming together to whisk you away. Oolong tea steeps for 3 minutes, and is known to boost your metabolism.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I am such a fan of Paper Box Goodies.  Leslie@Paper Box Goodies creates such a fantastic no fuss kind of tea. Her attention to detail isn’t lost on the no fuss packaging she offers either.  Each tag on the tea bag is beautifully done and she even includes a gorgeous shrinky dink tag with each one that I have been saving to make earrings out of one day./

This particular tea is an oolong, a cinnamon oolong, a different take on oolongs that I’ve had in the past.  I prepped this up in my One Touch Breville and let it steep 3 minutes like the tag says.

I let this cool for a few minutes and took a drink.  Sweet roasted oolong goodness with a spicy cinnamon lingering taste.  Like I said, Paper Box Goodies packs a fantastic flavor for having such a no fuss tea appearance.  I really enjoyed this tea.  Each sip I was giving the same fantastic flavor.  Sweet and spicy with an oolong twist.

I’ve come to love the teas Paper Box Goodies has to offer and have come to learn that the teas they offer will always be delicious.  These teas are perfect for work.  I swear if I hadn’t known better I would have thought these were loose leaf teas.  I’m just not used to tea bags having this much flavor.  There have been a few here and there, but Paper Box Goodies has some of the best bagged tea out there.

This may not be my favorite of their offerings but I am still really enjoying it.

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Organic Mango/Pear Deluxe White from ESP Emporium

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: ESP Emporium

Tea Description:

The natural friendship of “East meets West” is portrayed when we look at the flavor composition mango and pear in this organic blend. Any possible early shyness as to whether this is really the perfect match was gone the minute these two fruits met on the delicate white peony tea. A must have organic creation!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Mango isn’t always a flavour that appeals to me, but I’ve tried a few paired with a white base and they’ve all been pretty enjoyable. On top of that, I really like pear though honestly I’m unsure how the pairing will do. It’s not one I’ve seen done often, and I’m worried that the mango may mask the pear if it’s not over the top.

I made this one as a cold brew, and honestly I’m not loving it though I don’t hate it either. The white base is acting as a very good blank canvas for the flavour; you can hardly taste any contributions from it except for maybe some lighter honeysuckle notes. Whether that’s good or bad would I guess depend on your personal tastes. The main reason I’m not all over this is that it might as well just be a mango tea; I can’t taste the pear at all. The mango is nice though; it’s got a light ‘spritzer’ kind of vibe to it, and is tropical but almost in a citrusy tangerine sort of way. I’m enjoying what I’m tasting, it’s just totally not what I was hoping for.

That’s alright though; you can’t love every tea and somewhere out there someone’s looking for an organic mango tea on a white base and this is probably perfect for them.

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What-Cha Kenyan Hand Rolled Purple Oolong

Tea For Me Please - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: Kenya Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: amber What-Cha seems to have a knack for finding unusual teas from unusual places. Some of you might remember my review of their purple Kenyan green tea from earlier this year. Having enjoyed that Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

The Japanese Green Tea Cafe Project

T Ching - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:00

At a press conference held in Nagasaki Prefecture this past April, Japanese Green Tea Café Project’s stakeholders announced their plan of opening 50 tea cafés in the States.

When you visit one of these cafés, scheduled to open within the next 10 years, you will be able to savor namesake desserts such as Nagasaki castella from Bunmeido, which packages its most celebrated and expensive cake in a wooden case. What I would really like to try is the lesser known, ultra sweet kasudôsu, often served in Chinshin-ryū tea ceremony. Any expert out there who could enlighten us on this “warrior-house style” tea ritual?

Japan’s leading porcelain producer, Hakusan Touki, also based in Nagasaki, will supply the teaware. The work of the company’s distinguished designer, Masahiro Mori (1927 – 2005), is surprisingly well profiled on Wikipedia. I hope the cafés will serve tea using the elegant Twisted Plum Blossom teapots and teacups.

Shizuoka and Kagoshima come to mind whenever one thinks about Japan’s major tea-producing prefectures. Though not a top-ten contender, Nagasaki headquarters Maeda-en, whose products are a staple at all Asian supermarkets. I look forward to learning more about Nagasaki tea from the cafés’ sommeliers.

Like the B&M Hello Kitty Cafe, the Project aims to open its first shop later this year in sunny Southern California.

I visited Nagasaki once in my childhood, and all I remember from that trip is the tears in my mom’s eyes while we listened to a tour guide’s recount of the bombing aftermath.

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Chocolate Boozer Black from Luhse Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Luhse Tea

Tea Description:

Arrr! You’re a rum drunk pirate. Those that mess with your chocolate booty will walk the plank!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Luhse Tea is a very interesting company that plays around with the idea/theme of a teabag “Prohibition” in order to free you, the consumer, from the restrictions of bagged tea and allow you the freedom of exploring loose tea. Their site is very fun to navigate, and seeing the way they’ve tied this theme into each blend is definitely entertaining and worthy taking the time to check out. This is one company that has definitely figured out their ‘brand’ – and that’s not a bad thing! I’ve been personally wanting to order from this company, to sample teas, for a while now but I actually received this tea in a swap. This tea has journeyed from the United States to the United Kingdom to Canada and finally into my mug!

Steeped up hot and enjoyed during a heavy rainfall, this definitely has a well rounded, smooth flavour and clean mouthfeel. I was nervous the mouthfeel would be rather oily because this blend uses chocolate chips instead of nibs or shells but that wasn’t a problemHonestly, I feel like I’m getting more flavour from the base tea than anything else though; there’s a nice mild malt note that carries through all of each sip, and some baked bread notes. I’m not complaining, ’cause the base is really nice, but generally with a flavour tea I expect at least some aspect of the added flavour to be the strongest element.

The chocolate flavour is totally present, but while I was expecting something some rich and indulgent, this is pretty gentle. It’s more just a hint of cocoa, with a sort of powdery taste/mouthfeel which I’ve grown to associate with French teas. I also expected the rum to be stronger, and instead it’s very mild and watered down. Combined with the chocolate it’s a little like a very dull/lackluster rumball – the kind my family always makes around Christmas.

Initially I was quite disappointed by the flavour distribution: for a tea that’s describing the drinker as a “rum drunk pirate” I felt more like I was drinking tea with my Grandma around the holidays. However, I took a moment to set aside my disappointment and preconceptions about what the tea ‘should have’ tasted like, and after I did that I was able to appreciate the brew a little more. It’s not bold or vibrant, but the flavours it does offer are smooth and tasty, and it’s a comforting, mellow brew with hints of both chocolate and rum. I can appreciate that.

I’m still excited to explore the company a little more; but I can probably scratch this one off my wishlist. Though I’ll enjoy finishing the rest of what I received in that swap.

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Sweet Cocoa Genmaicha from Liquid Proust

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Liquid Proust

Tea Description:

Ingredients: Genmaicha (second flush sencha, roasted rice, popcorn), hojicha bancha (bought in Tokyo), caramel cocoa (pure cane sugar used)

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

See those ingredients under tea description? You taste each and every one of these flavors.  Maybe this tea should be re-named- Coco Pebbles.

This tea is from the amazing Liquid Proust’s tea shop, a Steepster friend who I was very glad to support when he opened up his Etsy store.  The Sweet Cocoa Genmaicha was the first tea that went directly into my cart when I was placing my order.

The instructions for this tea (that Andrew so graciously added into the package) said one scoop of tea but I would recommend using two scoops when prepping this tea with 1 cup of water and brew this like you would any green tea (175F-90sec).

I continued prepping this tea anxiously awaiting for the 90 sec timer to go off.  When it did, I don’t think I could pour the tea into my cup fast enough.  I took a deep breath of the hot steam and was greeted with a sweet green tea like aroma.  Took one giant gulp (yep-gulp) and my taste buds were greeted with this delicious roasted dark chocolate sweet dessert flavor.  Wow was this ever good and just the right amount of chocolate and the right amount of roasted rice like flavor.  The chocolate is so rich but not overwhelming and the caramel flavoring is there but very light almost delicate like.  The base of the genmaicha really delivers the roasted bright flavor I have grown to adore and love.

I love my genmaicha but the flavored ones are either hit or a mess.  This one is a hit for sure and being the green tea fan I am, I love how this tea satisifies my sweet tooth by delivering a natural tasting flavor with roasted notes as well.

I’m a big fan.  Great job Liquid Proust’s Teas.  I can’t wait to see what else is down the line for this aspiring tea entrepreneur.

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Wymm Tea Mahei Zhai Sheng Puerh from Ancient Tree 2011 Spring

Tea For Me Please - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: somewhat compressed, visible buds Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: brassy gold I think I've mentioned this before but I adore the handmade mulberry paper that Wymm Tea wraps their tea in. The texture and feel of them make wish that I was one of those crafty people Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Tea Times: My Favorite Times to Have Tea

T Ching - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:50

“Tea time.” Those two words are music to my ears. As self-proclaimed tea fanatics, we all enjoy a good tea time. But everyone’s different, we all have our own tea times and rituals, and today I’d like to share mine.

My first cup of tea is in the morning with breakfast. I always make one cup of black tea with milk and sugar and enjoy it either inside at the breakfast table or outside on the deck in the summer. This is the tea that wakes me up and prepares me for the day ahead. This is followed by a cup after lunch to aid with digestion. I generally enjoy a cup of white or green tea a few minutes after lunch; this tea also helps me relax for the coming afternoon.

One of my favorite tea times is after school when I have five or so of my friends over to have tea. I make up a few little pots and we enjoy them around a table and talk about the day’s events. My after dinner tea is very similar to my after lunch tea. I have a cup of white or green tea after dinner and sit quietly in a corner and reflect on the day. My last tea of the day I have about an hour before I go to bed. I have a small cup of oolong to help me relax and prepare for bed. For me, this final cup of tea is the perfect conclusion to my day.

As schedules change, the school year ends, and I start working for the summer, my tea times change a bit. On days when I work from 8-1, then 4-8 I am given the perfect time for and afternoon cup of tea. This is my favorite tea time as I often enjoy a cup of black tea and a bit of bread while reading a good book.

In closing, tea time is my favorite time of day no matter when it is. It’s a time for relaxing, socializing and peace. Each tea time for me is a wonderful thing, and I’m sure everyone can agree. Now that I’ve shared my favorite time for tea I’d love to hear yours!

 

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Coconut Cabana from The Tea Spot

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  The Tea Spot

Tea Description:

A decadent dessert tea, to be sipped & savored. This milk oolong has a smooth yet fruity and creamy taste. It’s blended with shaved coconut to create a delicate and calming experience in aroma and flavor. It gained a large fanbase under its former name, Coconut Milky Oolong. If you love coconut milk sweets and sophisticated oolongs, this is your tea. Discover this guiltless dessert – simply extraordinary!

Learn more about this tea here

Taster’s Review:

This tea has been one of my favorites for a while now. I’m such a huge fan of plain milk oolong, so the addition of coconut could only make a delicious cup.

After the tea has steeped, the cup does get a little bit oily due to the shredded coconut. It’s not enough to bother me, but it isn’t all that pleasant to look at. The scent of the tea is of sweet coconut with a hint of green oolong in the background. It actually reminds me a little bit of a coconut candy.

What I really enjoy about this tea is that the coconut isn’t overwhelming. It may seem weird that in a coconut oolong tea that I would like the coconut to be a little mild, but I love that I can taste the coconut and the milk oolong together. The coconut is definitely present, though. The cup is sweet, a little bit creamy, slightly tangy. Very delicious and perfect for summer!

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Joy Blend White Tea from Plum Deluxe

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe

Tea Description:

A happy tea for celebrating happy moments. Sip, smile, & share. $7/oz. $1 of every sale goes to our charity partner, The Joy Team.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love my purple packages each month.  Those are the ones from Plum Deluxe and those are the ones that make me drool.

I have learned from just the few months that I have been a member of Plum Deluxe that how they descrie their tea is exactly how their tea tastes.  If they say it is a grapefruit black tea, that is what it will taste like, making Plum Deluxe a tried and true tea shop to order from in my book.

This little gem was in this month’s package.  I have been eyeing it for a while.

The smell of the dry leaves was a sweet jasmine citrus aroma.  So delicious smelling.

I prepped this up using my handy dandy Breville One Touch on the white tea setting.  Poured the sweet jasmine tea into my tea cup and instantly tasted it.

Jasmine, check.  White delicate base with sweet notes, check.  Hints of a citrus like tangerine flavor, check.  Yep, check on all the flavors that were described.  But does it taste good?

Oh yes it does.  This is a sweet white jasmine tangerine tea that delivers a delicate sweet slightly floral taste.  Exactly the flavor I was hoping would actually come thru.

I’ve been able to get another steeping out of these quality leaves and ingredients. Another winning tea from Plum Deluxe.  Awesome job guys!

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Pancake Breakfast Black Tea from 52Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: 52Teas

Tea Description:

Because the love for this tea is so strong, we stuck closely to the original recipe.  One difference is that we’re utilizing different teas in our black tea base.  I think you’ll notice the difference and I’m confident you’ll feel this was a change for the better!  We’ve made a really yummy thing even better!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about the Tea of the Week Program from 52Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

Well hello there! It’s been a long time, no see! It has been a hot minute since this Dodo has written anything in the world wide tea web about tea. Just to catch anyone up, I have started a new job, and it is that job that has made this little bird a bit apprehensive about writing any reviews. You see, I now work with the tea company, Tealet. The curtain has fallen, and the inside of the tea world looks quite different than it did on the outside. Taking everything I learn with a grain of salt, I think I can safely begin reviewing teas at perhaps an even more subjective perspective than before. (Cracks neck) Now I am ready to get back to work!

On to the tea! This is the first tea that I cracked out of the re-blend sampler pack I receive as my kickstarter rewards. This was the one I was most excited about. Upon opening the package, I get a strong whiff of the flavors. Maple at the forefront, light and fluffy buttered pancake at the bottom. At first whiff it smelled like the black tea base was cowering in the wake of the flavoring.

Steeping the tea, the black base does get to shine through a bit more. It’s a robust cuppa, very suitable for a breakfast setting. A dash of cream, no sugar, and you get more dessert flavors from the maple and the black tea. The flavoring themselves are quite strong, maybe a little too strong for me. Even so, they pin down hot, fluffy pancakes, buttered and drowned in syrup so well I almost don’t care.

This tea is quite good. I finished my sampler bag in three days! I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a quirky twist on your plain, old, worn out English Breakfast. Two for you, 52Teas, you go 52Teas!

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Wai Tisane from PONOinfusions

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Fruit Tisane

Where to Buy:  PONOinfusions

Tea Description:

Wai will refresh you with a tranquil infusion of herbs & botanicals, inspired by breathtaking waterfalls, streams, and fresh water pools, all preciously vital to life in Hawai’i.  Made from certified organic and fair trade ingredients and caffeine-free, Wai immerses you in a marriage of mint & berry.  Wai means fresh water in Hawaiian—a precious resource in Hawai’i’s fragile ecosystems.

To learn more about efforts to conserve wai and the native plants & animals who call Hawai’i’s wai home, such as the endangered pinapinao (Hawaiian damselfly) and the uluhe fern featured on this package, please visit the Native Flora & Fauna section of our website.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

PONOinfusions is a company I only very recently discovered. So far, I love everything about them from their use of organic and fair trade certified ingredients to the incorporation of Hawaiian ingredients in their blends, creative themes to their teas, incorporation of Hawaiian culture and most importantly the strong emphasis on the fauna and flora in Hawaii which are endangered or at risk. On each tin you can see some of these species highlighted in the packaging, and a portion of their sales go to support working to sustain and preserve Hawaii’s natural resources and plant and wildlife.

As described on their site, ‘pono’ means ‘the right thing to do’ and my first impression here is that Alex and Andrea are certainly doing their best to do that for Hawaii! I am very excited to get my first taste of one of their blends.

The tisane I’m trying today (and not all of the teas in their line are tisanes) is called “Wai” which means fresh water, and the feature fauna and flora on their package’s design are the Hawaiian damselfly and uluhe fern. As I taste this for the first time, I’m definitely keeping the intended ‘theme’ in mind and will be seeing how the flavour compares to it.

My first impression of the taste is that it’s very familiar in a really comforting way. Breaking down the flavours I can see why; a lot of the ingredients are ones I like a great deal individually and they’re working very well combined. The body of the flavour of comprised mostly of the mint in the blend. I know this uses both peppermint and spearmint, but the spearmint is definitely more of a dominant/concentrated flavour than the peppermint is. Layered under that is the raspberry. It’s not raspberry in a really obvious way; but a gentle, subtle soft hint of raspberry that provides contrast from the mint. The nettle leaf is a little earthy and unrefined, it seems to roll in and out of sips as a flavour that I’m noticing. Finally there’s a floral aspect that finishes the sip. It reminds me of a mild jasmine though as far as I’m aware there isn’t actually any jasmine or floral ingredients in the blend.

While none of these ingredients individually make me think of fresh water there’s something about the way they interact with each other that’s very calming and tranquil and reminds me of seafoam, and skinny dipping with friends in the middle of July as the sunsets. Additionally, I remember reading a poem not too long ago that compared the ocean to a womb, first and foremost giving life and that’s the kind of feeling I get from drinking this tea. I want warm waves to wash over and cradle me.

Overall, I really like the overall taste of this tisane but more importantly I love the way it makes me feel. I haven’t been this excited about a newly discovered company in a really long time, and I’m excited to hopefully try more of their blends (in particular I’m hoping I get to try Nahele) and I very, very much recommend checking out their website! Definitely a cool company, and I think they deserve a little more attention.

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