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Flaming Prince Charming White Tea from T-We Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - 3 hours 49 min ago
Tea Information:

Leaf Type: White

Where to Buy:  T-We Tea

Tea Description:

Have you ever met the man of your dreams; that perfect guy who you want to spend the rest of your life with… only to then have him introduce you to his husband? Ugh… Happily Ever After is SO hard these days! We completely understand. Don’t worry, gay BFFs are way more fun! Introducing the deliciously desirable Flaming Prince Charming. This soft and delicate White Peony is the perfect balance of milky coconut ribbons and refreshing cardamom spice. It’s like a fairy tale for the modern princess.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sometimes when I try new tea companies, it can be a gamble. It’s hard out there for peeps in the tea biz. We are all united by our love for the beverage, but a lot of us need part time jobs. Not everyone has the attention grabbing thing to get new customers on board. Coming across T-We’s website, I definitely found it. It came in the form of the tagline for this tea:

Spoiler Alert: All the Good Ones are Gay

I was not expecting the hilarious tea names and their corresponding descriptions! I can’t decide if I like The Worst or Scandalous Manfriend the best. All of their teas are handblended, and uproarious and very youthful. I’m really glad to have stumbled past this small store.

On to the tea! The dry leaf is has a LOT of coconut. There are some scattered large green cardamom pods, as well as thin fuzzy silver needle. I used to be obsessed with coconut teas, but somewhere along the line, I grew tired of the taste, and even grossed out at times. But inhaling the steeping leaves, it smells fresher that other coconut teas I have tried, and the aroma is like fresh coconut milk exactly. I am still a coconut freak. I go crazy for coconut in all of its forms in anything I can get my hands on, candles, beauty products, food… except tea. Will this be the coconut tea to win me back? Let’s find out!

The brew is a mellow golden sunshine color, and smells like coconut cardamom heaven. The mouthfeel is nice a heavy, it’s quite easy to drink. The hay and honey notes of the white tea are definitely on the back burner of this tea, with the coconut and cardamom taking over. I am loving how sweet this tea is, as well as the lack of astringency. This is definitely not one of those toasted coconut flavor profiles, this tea tastes like thick and creamy coconut milk, just as it is about to hit cooked white rice for coconut rice pudding. I am definitely a fan of this kind of shredded coconut, it delivers a fresher punch than any other coconut tea that I have tried. (On a side note, this tea goes great with the talented Harry Belafonte song of the same subject matter. If you are feeling fruity.)

I suggest that you go take a look on their website! T-We tea is a fun site to browse, whether or not you plan to buy tea from them, or just laugh uncontrollably, it’s a solid choice on a small scale tea shop!

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Tea Leaves Up Close with Photojojo Lenses

Notes on Tea - 9 hours 21 min ago

A few years and smartphones ago I thought about buying pro-lenses for my smartphone. I looked at a couple of companies but in the end focused on traditional cameras. More recently I saw Photojojo popping up in my Instagram feed so I reached out to the company to see if they worked with bloggers. I received a discount on the Sampler Set (Wide/Macro, Fisheye & Polarizer).

The instructions for installing a Photojojo lens are straightforward but the implementation is not easy. It took several tries before the ring magnet with adhesive actually stuck to my smartphone. In a couple of my first attempts, removing the lens (which is magnetic) would peel off the ring magnet. What worked for me was after adhering the ring magnet to my phone, placing my phone case over the phone and thus the ring magnet, and not setting the lens on the ring magnet for a couple of days. When I wanted to use a lens, I would remove the phone cover and set the lens. I appreciated all the adhesive ring magnets included in each lens box! Another suggestion: use the metal Magplate (either directly adhered to your phone or attached to the case) instead of the adhesive metal ring. Each lens has a rubber cap and a magnetic disk to cover the lens mount. In the end, I think a clip-on lens would be easier. I'd love to try the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens or the Macro Cell Lens Band.


I used the 2 in 1 Wide/Macro, Fisheye, and Polarizer lenses with an iPhone 5 to photograph a teaspoon of White Nixon by Bellocq Tea Atelier. (Aside: this tea was in the press bag given at the French Cheese Board Tea & Cheese Pairing event held earlier this month.)


White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 1.75 inches above tea)

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Macro

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 1.75 inches above tea)

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Wide

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 2.5 inches above tea)

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Fisheye

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 (taken at 3.5 in above tea)

White Nixon tea + iPhone 5 + Photojojo Polarize

Verdict: The macro lens is the most useful for tea leaf photography!

Want to see your tea leaves up close? Head over to the Notes on Tea on Instagram for a coupon code for $5 off any single item in the Photojojo store. In addition to smartphone lenses, Photojojo sells traditional camera gear such as straps and mini drives as well as hip items like the Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer.

Please Help SororiTea Sisters Going!

SororiTEA Sisters - 9 hours 49 min ago

We need your help!

The SororiTea Sisters has been going for five plus years now.  We began with just two of us:  Anne & Jennifer.

Please click on the pic above to go to our fundraiser!

We were (and still are!) committed to providing honest reviews of tea and tea products and we started out on that philosophy:  to offer our honest opinion about a tea and/or tea product.  We decided at the start that we wouldn’t accept money for advertising from tea companies because we felt that it would create a situation where we felt obligated to say something nice about a tea because the tea company was footing the bill for it.

So, we paid for the blog – well, the blog itself is free, but the domain and the annual registration of the domain costs money!  We also send packages to each other (and now that we have more sisters, we send out packages to all the sisters) and the postage costs money.  And well, times are tight!

So we are now turning to you – our readers! – to ask you to help us out with some of these expenses.  Please check out our GoFundMe campaign and contribute what you can.  Even something as small as one or two dollars helps – every little bit helps!

I greatly dislike asking for money.  I really do.  That’s why I’ve been paying for these expenses out of pocket for the last five years.  Because I don’t want to ask other people for the money for this.  But, as I said, times are tight and I’m finding that this year, it’s been just a little tougher to come up with the money to cover the cost of domain maintenance.  I’m hoping that this next year will be a much better one (things are looking up!) and next year, we won’t need to turn to our readers for support.  But for now, we really need your help!

Every little bit helps.  And PLEASE help spread the word!

Thank you!

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Pu'er Academy with A Gift of Tea

Tea For Me Please - 9 hours 49 min ago
Most of you know by now that +Jo J is the hostess with mostest. I can't think of a time when this is more evident than her Spring White Tea. This was the 12th year running and my third time attending. The theme was a bit different than years past and I loved how representative it was of Jo's personal journey with tea. Pu'er Academy was an intriguing title and I immediately volunteered to assistNicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

A Plummy Idea: Summer Fruit Poached in Tea

T Ching - 13 hours 49 min ago

Summer is here and the rainbow of stone fruit has begun coloring the stalls at my local farmer’s markets. Though eating fruit out of hand can be a sublime experience, poaching some of those fruits in black tea is another distinct pleasure. Depending on the sweetness of the fruit itself, the brewed tea used as a poaching liquid can be sweetened just a little or not at all. The key to poaching delicate fruits is to heat the liquid, reduce it to the barest simmer, and then add the fruit. I like to cut the fruits in half, removing the pits, and after cooking to just tender, I allow the fruits to soak lazily in the liquid until cool. Remove them from the cooking vessel into a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight to allow the fruit to imbibe the flavors of the tea generously.

Though peaches, nectarines, apricots and all of the hybrids in between can take well to this cooking method, plums are my go-to fruit most of the time. Their tart and fruity personality and often vivid colored flesh win me over every time. And if I get a bit ambitious, I can easily accompany the fruit with a spoonful of stovetop cooked custard, or, if I wish to spend just a little more time in the kitchen, I can create a gelatin-set panna cotta, (which uses heavy cream, yogurt or buttermilk, on their own or in combination, with some sugar and melted gelatin equal to 1% of the weight of the dairy, put into molds, chilled and then unmolded as the base for the fruits.).

The liquid left from the poaching can also serve as the basis for a great fruity ice tea spritzer by diluting it with a shot of sparkling water. Garnish it with a few wedges of the summer fruit and you’ve got a refreshing beverage suitable for any al fresco occasion.

Here’s the un-recipe to serve 4 to 6:

2 lbs fresh ripe plums, halved, with pits removed

1 quart of brewed black tea (any favorite Keemun, Assam, Kenyan or Sri Lankan tea would work well here): Use 2 T. of tea to 32 ounces of good quality water

Sugar to taste

Garnishes: Stovetop cornstarch thickened custard, panna cotta, toasted sliced almonds, as desired

First, taste the fruit on its own. In a heavy saucepan, bring the brewed tea to a boil, adding sugar gradually to reach the sweetness level you like. Cook until sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to the barest simmer and add the fruit carefully into the liquid. Cook over low heat until fruit is tender but not falling apart. Remove from heat and allow the saucepan to stand at room temperature until the mixture cools. Remove the fruit from the liquid and transfer it to a bowl. Store the poaching liquid in a covered container. Refrigerate both until ready to serve.

If you would like to concentrate the flavor of the poaching liquid, bring it to a boil over medium to high heat until it thickens slightly. Again allow to cool before storing it in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Plums served with panna cotta.

To serve, place a few pieces of the fruit into decorative serving bowls. Top with the poaching liquid, reduced or not, and then serve, as desired with custard or panna cotta and a sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds.

 

Photo by Lauren Wemischner.

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Halmari Gold Assam by Golden Tips Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - 15 hours 49 min ago
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Golden Tips

Tea Description: Assam is a celebrated tea growing region in the world and there is no doubt over the fact that Assam black teas are the most sought-after in the world. However, even in Assam, there are those rare and special days when ideal climatic conditions backed by intuitive manufacturing excellence garnered by years of experience prepares something as rare as this Halmari Gold Clonal Black Tea. Handpicked from superior P126 clonal bushes at the Halmari Tea estate, the opulent appearance of the tea is characteristic of an almost equal combination of black and golden tipped leaves with a smooth texture. Carved out selectively from specially plucked tender young shoots, the tea brings in a unique rich maltiness which is only found in select Assams during the peak second flush tea growing season. The flavor is exhilarating with a perfect balance of strength, full-body and smoothness. This unique clonal tea brings in a sweet fruity finish in the mouth with a lingering aftertaste. The highest grade GTGFOP1 CL leaves prepare a sharp infusion which can be brewed several times. A bright golden amber liquoring cup greets your eyes when you strain out the royal dark brownish infusion. An absolute luxury, the finest of the finest and clearly one of the best Assam black teas.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a second flush Assam from Golden Tips Tea, picked in June 2014 on the Halmari Tea Estate. The dry leaf smells sweet and malty with a rich, nutty undertone, and it’s a treasure to look at. The leaves themselves are fairly thin and a little curly, mostly dark brown but with some lighter golden tipped leaves, and some pure golden leaves, scattered throughout. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is a bright reddish-brown, and I added a splash of milk.

When I read the name of this tea, I was hoping that it would be a “Golden Lion” variety. These Assams have a lot in common with Chinese Yunnan black teas, which I absolutely adore. Judging by the scent of the wet leaf, it looks like my wish has been granted. Sweet potato and chocolate notes abound!

To taste, this one is an absolute delight. The initial sip is quite strong – very, very malty, with a strong squashy, yam like flavour. It’s also quite tannic, so perhaps to be avoided on an empty stomach. Successive sips show this to be a very smooth tea, although I’m pretty sure the milk is helping to round out what might otherwise have been quite rough edges. The chocolate notes emerge towards the end of the sip, and add an extra layer of sweet creaminess to what is already a sweet, smooth, malty cup. This is certainly a full-bodied tea; rich and flavourful, and immensely satisfying as a mid-afternoon pick me up.

This is a tea I’d recommend to all Assam fans – relative newcomers and experienced aficionados alike. It’s a very punchy cup, and certainly doesn’t hold back, but it’s also a good, solid example of the variety. I’d also recommend it to those who enjoy Chinese black teas, since it shares some similar characteristics. I really enjoyed my time with this tea, and it’s definitely one I’d look to repurchase in the future.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf Tea by Stash

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Stash

Tea Description:

Our Chocolate Hazelnut is a deliciously smooth and rich dessert tea. Chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla, and premium black tea combine to create a fascinating blend of flavors. Sugar and a splash of milk bring out the taste of the chocolate and hazelnuts. The black teas are naturally decaffeinated, so you can savor this tea any time of day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I am always on the hunt for good decaffeinated black teas. My desire to drink tea late into the night is often at war with my desire to eventually get some sleep. Of course, herbals or tisanes are great alternatives, but sometimes I just want the comfort of a tasty cup of black tea. So, when I have the chance to try a decaf black tea I jump at it in the hopes that I’ll be able to add some more teas into my nighttime drinking rotation.

While I was excited to try Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf from Stash I have to say that I do not like this tea. The flavoring of both the chocolate and the hazelnut was fake and had an off-putting sour aftertaste.  The base tea was slightly astringent but otherwise had no defining characteristics. Perhaps a base tea with more body or a strong biscuit-like note could help balance out the other flavors, but as it is I did not find this tea enjoyable. I did add both sugar and milk to my cup in an attempt to make this something I’d like, but I could not escape the sour note this tea left at the end of the sip.

Chocolate Hazelnut Decaf has too much working against it between the artificial tasting chocolate and hazelnut flavorings and the weak base tea. My hunt for good decaf black teas continues. This is one tea I’ll pass on.

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Scottish Afternoon Tea at The Lowell with Wee Tea Company

Tea For Me Please - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:00
I first heard about +The Wee Tea Company through fellow blogger +Geoffrey Norman. The fact that they were growing tea in Scotland certainly caught my attention. I've been keeping tabs ever since, in part because they give me hope about being the first tea farmer in New Jersey. Sir Geoff kindly shared their smoked white tea with a group of us after the Tea Blogger Roundtable at World Tea Expo Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Recognizing the Leaf

T Ching - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:00

We two – India and China – have a strange relation when it comes to tea. We have nothing in common except that tea came to India from China and was established by the British on a slavery model to outsmart China on its profitability.

Things have changed with the passing of time since 1828 when it was first commercially produced in India but little has changed as far as the model is concerned, and the burn is being felt by the tea garden workers. Now there is another sufferer – the small grower. Uncontrolled conversion of other crops to an easy and clean cash crop – tea – boosted the production an additional 25% with little emphasis on quality.

And just as it always happens when we have created the problem in the first place, now we are suffocating with uneconomic low-quality teas flooding the world market and undercutting is adding to our plethora of problems.

The key to all of these problems is recognising the leaf, manufacturing it accordingly and then selling it according to demand. For this we have to have modern machinery, proper research, and the application of brainpower in untraditional ways. Austin Hodge of Seven Cups, Prof. Su of Zhejiang Agricultural University, Elyse Peterson of Tealet and Jason McDonald of US Forum of Tea Growers, during their recent visits to India, stressed the need of these points and the recent Canadian Tea Association delegation was more interested in specialty teas then anything else.

We have to read the writing on the wall lest we hear more questions and read more articles everywhere of the unrest and closures. “When new evolves, old dies” is the way of nature and we must bury the past, which is easier said than done.

The Tea Board of India has recognised the situation and is going all out to help from all the possible corners, and Nigel Menican’s appointment for tea research is a part of this. But this must be grasped by the producers – be it small or big. Tea stakeholders’ recent meetings by the Commerce Minister in Siliguri and Gauhati were the wake-up calls for the industry. Producers need to wake up too. Photos provided by the author.

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Revel Berry Yerba Mate from Guayaki

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate

Where to Buy: Guayaki

Tea Description:

Revel Berry has a delicious raspberry and blackberry flavor.  It’s easy drinking and clean tasting, and not too sweet.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

For those who don’t know, I work in a grocery store. It’s not uncommon for us to start carrying different, less common drinks but it is uncommon for them to be tea-related so when we picked up some of this brand’s flavors of iced/canned Yerba Mate I got really excited! I knew I’d seen at least one of this brand’s products reviewed on Steepster so I took the plunge and a bought a can of each flavor to try out.

I don’t know what I expected when I tried this one, maybe a little more yerba mate flavour? But this threw me off a little bit; it definitely tastes distinctly of raspberry and even has a tinge of sharper tartness however I can’t taste anything specifically blackberry flavoured. If anything, I almost want to say there’s more of a blueberry flavor present. Regardless, this does seem pretty watered down and I’m missing any distinctly earthy notes from the yerba mate – which is kind of the best part of mate other than the caffeine. I absolutely appreciate that this is not overly sweet though!

I don’t know if I’d personally buy this one again because I know I enjoy a stronger Yerba Mate flavour but I do look forward to trying the other two flavours I picked up and I’m all for the idea of this if it gets a more “mainstream” consumer experiencing Yerba Mate – which I know it’s been doing at work since some my coworkers have taken to drinking this during break instead of other popular and more “conventional” energy drinks. Plus, the convenience of it being canned it always a plus.

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Butterscotch Matcha from Red Leaf Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green/Matcha

Where to Buy: Red Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

Butterscotch Matcha lends its creamy velvety taste to many baked products and also different ice creams. Its sweetness is also excellent for many candies and other snacks. It is the perfect choice for those with a compelling sweet tooth who want to make it a worthwhile experience. This makes it an instant favorite with the young who love all things sweet and tasty. For special occasions, Butterscotch Matcha lends its sweet appeal to any palate looking for the ultimate sweetness elixir.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The third from the “Choose Your Own” Matcha sampler!

This one has been on my personal wishlist for a while and I was very excited to get to try it recently. Like the others from the sampler, I made it in cashew milk.

The dry matcha smells very strongly of butterscotch; it reminds me of Butter Ripple Schnapps, which is a favourite drink of mine. It’s a little grassy too from the matcha itself.

This was very delightful; the butterscotch flavor really comes through and creates a sugary sweet drink that reminds me of melted down Butterscotch Ripple ice cream; it’s not nearly as boozy anymore so it’s reminding me less of Butter Ripple Schnapps. The mild nuttiness of the cashew milk compliments the sweetness very well also, and there’s a gentle vegetal note from the matcha itself – it’s not as grassy as the dry leaf smelled but it is present.

This one was very interesting and tasty and I’m really happy I finally got to try it. I imagine it would also work wonderfully in a hot latte as well – butterscotch is a very adaptable flavor. So far, this is my favourite of the matchas from this sampler that I’ve tried

 

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Funny Animated Teza Tea Commercial (New Zealand)

Tea Guy Speaks - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 14:30
From the good people down under, at Teza Tea. Here's their Web site.

Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online

Champagne and Apricot from Mountain Witch Tea Company

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mountain Witch Tea Company

Tea Description:

This light and fruity blend combines notes of delicate champagne and real pieces of sweet & tart apricots in a base of our finest black tea. Delicious hot or iced.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Who wouldn’t love a Champagne & Apricot tea? The name alone sounds delicious.

I adore Kelly’s blends @Mountain Witch Tea Company.  And this one is no exception.  I think Mountain Witch Tea Company is one of the only companies I would blindly buy 4 oz of tea without hesitation.  I adore her blends that much.

Brewed up like a traditional black tea (212F-3 min), this tea had a pretty high astringent factor.  You could taste a  stonefruit like flavor but the astringency was a bit overwhelming.

Where this tea sparkled and shined was when I cold brewed the tea for a few hours in the fridge.  Yummy Nommy Nom! This tea as a cold brew was bright, refreshing, and down right tasty.  The apricot flavor is vibrant and very distinguishable.  The black tea is smooth and the astringent factor is gone.  I have already been told I need to pick up more of this tea for the upcoming hot days of summer.  This blend cold brew is just that good.

Do yourself a favor, take advantage of Kelly’s 3 for $24 sale on her teas.  You won’t regret it!

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Toffee Dream White Tea from Zen Tea Life

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White Tea

Where to Buy: Zen Tea Life

Tea Description:

The nutty toasty flavor from the toffee. It smells lovely toffee and looks pretty with lots of yellowish green soft buds mixed with blue corn flower. Recommend for someone that loves a light, sweet, and nutty tea. Must try teas for white tea lovers.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Zen Tea Life is an excellent company. Funny enough, I have yet to try any tea from them. I usually go with their teaware, which are really cute and cheap! Their slabs of Korean cedar are a fixture on my tea tray.

This tea hails from a friend on Steepster who did a mystery box sale a while back. The box took a detour to another user’s place before making it back to me. Luckily, there was no problem fixing the problem and in no time I had a perfectly packed cube filled with tea treasures at my door. The only thing is, I had forgotten that I had asked for a box in the first place. It took me a hot minute to noodle out where the box of insane samples came from. Thank goodness I love surprises!

White Toffee Dream was the first sample I tried out of the box. I was very intrigued, I have never had a toffee tea with a white base before. I picked it out because of it’s visual appeal; the cornflower and the big chunks of caramel substance looked awesome against the backdrop of the Bai Mu Dan.

Brewing the tea made the toffee pieces melt in slow motion. The aroma really filled the room. Who needs scented candles or air fresheners when you can just brew a cup of tea? Using 4g in a 16oz mug with 90c water produced a unique cup. The toffee was not doubt there, and an interesting floral and hay rounding out the notes. I do get a candy sequence I get strong notes of graham cracker that follows the toffee. Like a toffee cheesecake almost?

While I agree that black tea may have mad a better choice for this flavor, it’s just so… pedestrian. Zen tea life made a good choice going with a white tea base. It’s different, and worth a try, even if I wouldn’t think about stocking it any time soon.

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Quora and Fora

The Devotea - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 21:14

I often get snarky on this blog, it’s fair to say it’s not the only place. For example, real life. I’m quite snarky there. Another fine example is when the site Quora.com sends me an email letting me know that someone thinks I should answer a particular question. As an example, I got this one this week: “Whats the effects of green tea”. My first thoughts, of course, were uncomplimentary:...

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remember Zealong?

Life in Teacup - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 17:28
I have to admit that these days I'm very behind about what's happening in the tea world and overall in this world. (On the other hand, I have been having a good time, of which I hope I will have a chance to tell you more!) So whatever that is news to me, probably is already so old-news to most of you.

So today I'm drinking Zealong Aromatic again, the tea I bought from Chicago Tea Garden 5(?) years ago. It's such a lovely tea. I blogged about it and its sister teas a few years ago. Five years later, the tea is still lovely! Probably less aromatic than 5 years ago, but it has a wonderful warming taste and the "throat massage" feeling. I remember this was a great tea that was a little pricy, and remember when I bought this tea from Chicago Tea Garden, the price was even lower than the retail price from Zealong producer, thankful to the US market size and wonderful work of Chicago Tea Garden. After Chicago Tea Garden was closed, one could barely find as good deals for Zealong. But as long as you could afford it, it's a great tea even at higher prices, and totally worth it.

While drinking this tea today, I wonder where people get Zealong nowadays. And then I found this:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/9127211/Zealong-Tea-farm-sold-to-avoid-frosty-reception

Aww, this is so sad!

Probably many of you already heard of this nearly 2 years ago. I had no idea! So today I was left totally in shock, holding my last 15 grams or so of precious Zealong...

It took more than 10 years of hard work for the farm to be established, a lot of people's work to have this great tea produced and spread to various continents of the work. It's hard to believe the tea is gone like this! But, that is life. Cheers and many thanks to all the hands that worked on Zealong and passed it to my hands!

________________________

Then, some more news browsing revealed that somehow Zealong survived this whole thing and it's still doing well today. Phew!

So now I'm thinking of getting more Zealong!


Georgia Peach from Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar

Tea Description:

This bright Ceylon black tea flavored with sweet peaches is our best seller year round! It has a very juicy, ripe peach flavor with sweet aromas. Delicious both hot or cold. Simply peachy…

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It is officially iced tea time! I love summer.  I am a “cold” blooded person so when the weather starts getting warmer out- I love it.   Even in 80-90 degree weather you’ll find me with a sweater on .  I get made fun of quite a bit, but I’m told it is all in good fun.

Besides making iced tea, I’m currently addicted to cold brewing tea.  Threw some tea into a pitcher and the next morning-VIOLA! you have amazing tea.  What I have found is that when you cold brew a tea, you can take a tea blend that was ok or so-so to a tea that is full of flavor!

That is the case with this tea for sure.  I brewed this peach flavored black tea as a traditional black tea-212F-3 min.  Took a sip and to be honest, the flavor was ok.  The peach flavor was nice and the black tea base mixed well, but this hot cuppa didn’t give me the “Wow” factor I was looking for. The flavors were subtle and the cuppa didn’t leave much of an impression on me.

Cold brewed this tea and wow- did my opinion on this tea completely change.  This tea reminds me of fresh peaches.  The cold brewing really helped draw out more of the flavor.  The black tea base is slightly astringent but I liked the contrast.  Sweet juicy fresh peaches. So perfect for the summer!

My only thought would be to add a touch of vanilla and this tea would be amazing! A cold brewed peach vanilla iced tea? Yes please!

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