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Embrace Me From Aka Tea

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

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Aka Tea

Tea Description:

This blend is a passionate embrace. A spicy, warm feeling will spread from your head to your toes. Red-hot chili flakes are chaperoned by dark cherry, chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon. If this tea doesn’t inspire you to embrace the moment, then what will? Don’t forget to embrace life! 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Aka Tea is one of my new favorite tea shops.  They hand blend and create their blends.  Something I’m learning I really enjoy and respect from tea shops.  Their teas are bright and pop with flavor.  This one is no exception.

Embrace Me is a black flavored tea with a unique twist.  Chili flakes, dark cherry, chocolate, and cinnamon flavors make up this blend with a black tea base.  I have never had a tea with this sort of ingredient line up before and you can smell each individual ingredient from the dry leaves.  A very interesting combination!

I brewed this tea up like a black tea- 212F-2 1/2 min and worked on a few projects while this steeped.  When I would get close, I would get a sweet aroma emitting from the tea pot.

After the tea had steeped, I poured a mug for myself and continued working on my projects.  I took my first sip and was greeted with a sweet chocolate cherry like flavor. I didn’t get any of the chili flakes or the cinnamon flavor.  Just a chocolate covered cherry flavor.  So sweet and decadent.  This steeping really curved my sweet tooth flavor.  This cup was gone in no time so I decided to make another cup with fresh leaves thinking I may not have shaken the pouch up enough to get all the flavors.  I repeated my last routine but steeped this for 3 min and brought the water to 212F.

This time tho, from the first start of this tea prep, I could smell the chili flakes.  Took my first sip and yes this tea was completely different than the cup I had just had.  This tea was spicy hot.  Like so hot that the chili flakes was the only flavor I could pick up.  All the other ingredients were muted and I ended up sadly tossing this cup.  I just couldn’t do it. The chili flakes just were too dominating. I couldn’t imagine what the flavor would be if you allowed this to steep longer.

I love the idea of this tea, but not sure I am on board with the actual taste.  The first cup I had was fantastic! The chocolate didn’t have the artificial flavor that I’m used to with chocolate teas and the cherry flavor brought a slight sweetness.  Just delicious.  But I think this tea needs a bit more experimenting on my end to see if there is a way to enjoy the chili flakes.  That or maybe I just need to find this delight a new home.

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Tea Campaign Canada Darjeelings

Notes on Tea - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:50

As a member of the German Teekampagne, Tea Campaign Canada has adopted a four-step model to bring Darjeeling from tea gardens to tea drinkers:
We are focused on a single type of tea
We buy in bulk, directly from tea gardens
We sell most of our tea after the arrival of a new harvest
We sell in large packages
I sampled four Tea Campaign Darjeelings this month: 'Selected Darjeeling' Harvest Blend 2014, First Flush 2014 Blend, First Flush 2014 'Pussimbing', and Second Flush 2014 Blend, all FTGFOP-1. Aren't the leaves of the Harvest Blend 2014, pictured above, pretty?


I had a challenging time steeping the Harvest Blend 2014 using the recommended 2g of tea leaves to 250mL of water to my satisfaction. What finally worked for me was 1 teaspoon for me, 1 teaspoon for a guest, and 1 teaspoon for the pot in about 325mL of water. This preparation yielded a robust cup of Darjeeling.


To prepare the First Flush 2014 Blend I used 2 teaspoons of leaves to 250 mL of water and steeped for 3 minutes. (Initially I used a tasting cup but the proportions were not successful.) The leaves when first wet had the aroma of a shincha. Yes! The liquor was very dry with a nutty (almond) finish. It was also green, like if one were to chew on a plant stem.


The dominant note of the First Flush 2014 'Pussimbing' was herbal. I also tasted notes of tropical fruit without the sweetness. This tea was slightly dry with a long finish.



With the Second Flush 2014 Blend I expected bolder flavors (though not as bold as a fall flush). However, this Darjeeling was my least favorite. I only detected a light maple syrup flavor.

The first flushes were my favorite of the four Darjeelings. Are you a Darjeeling drinker? How do you prepare a cup of Darjeeling?

Find the Tea Campaign Canada shop here.

Tea courtesy of Tea Campaign Canada. Thank you.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Honeybush from 52Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Frank’s description of this tea went like this:

“Our caffeine-free African honeybush blended with real freeze dried raspberries and all natural flavors. This blend is the complete danish in a cup: raspberries, cream cheese, even a hint of icing thrown in there.”

And really, could I say anything more to make this tea sound any more delicious than that?  This is one of my favorites, so I stuck close to the recipe.  

Learn more about this tea here.

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

Taster’s Review:

I am so excited to try this blend as 52Teas is under new ownership! With upgraded tea bases and new, fun recipes, it looks like 52Teas has a wonderful future. The description makes this tea sound like complete dessert in a cup… raspberries, cream cheese and icing! Plus, the honeybush makes it an easy blend to have during the day and night.

The dry blend smells like a sweet raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. Yum! I have a good feeling that the flavors will come through after water has been added. Once steeped, the tea smells much more.. like tangy raspberries and spicy honeybush.

Sipping… mmm. The strongest notes are the honeybush and the raspberry. I do taste a little bit of something like vanilla in the background. I wouldn’t say that I taste cream cheese or icing specifically, but there is something there that makes it more than raspberry and honeybush.  The finish also offers something from the honeybush that reminds me of graham crackers or flaky pastry. It’s not strong, but is a nice ending to the sip.

I’m so glad that this blend was my first from the new 52Teas company. If you enjoy dessert teas, definitely add this one to your shopping cart.

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Opening a Tea Store… Is That Your Dream? Part 1

T Ching - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:00

A preacher I love to listen to often recites this little poem:  “Great it is to dream the dream when you stand in youth by the starry stream.  But a greater thing is to fight life through, and to say at the end ‘The dream was true.'”  He also often says: “How big is your ‘want to’?

So here we go again.  This is the third tea retail concept I’ve poured my heart into in the last 11 years.  As I sit with rough sketches of the interior and saved photos of finishes and ideas in email files, it seems like yesterday since a partner and I had planned to happily work together on building a modern tea cafe. It was 11 years ago.  Let’s be honest:  we had big dreams and hoped to grow it into a chain.  That resulted in a total of three at its peak, which have diminished to two, both of which are more pannini/gelato cafes than tea-centric.  I lost control early on, a few months after opening the doors of the first store, when my partner’s husband decided they wanted to fly solo and I was negotiated out with less than half of my original equity position and not enough resources left to fight someone very financially well-heeled.  That was my first retail experience and my first partnership experience and it wasn’t bittersweet..it really tore my heart out.

But my passion for business and tea is, probably like yours, fervent, and so the second retail tea business was opened shortly thereafter by my husband and I on a shoestring, as more or less a laboratory for learning not only about retailing in general, but techniques of brewing tea, and about retailing specialty tea in particular.  After 4.5 years, we closed it due to a steep rent increase and the necessity of committing to a long-term lease in a location we knew from the start was not ideal for the concept but affordable.  Yes, we broke the location (x3) rule.  Yelp reviews during the full 4.5 years were 5 star which was very gratifying in itself, but we knew the time had come to move on and make adjustments.  We were also continuing to work on a disruptive brewing technology and took a breather to assess where the specialty tea market and other retailers were going.

Two years after shutting the doors, it’s exciting to see that the specialty tea retail opportunity is even more exciting now than it was a decade ago.  And, although loose tea itself has gained incredible momentum, there are very few retail competitors who are of any size, and there are no concepts we’ve seen that we would be cloning.  Part of the challenge and fun for us is to be original and fresh.  However, when thinking about a retail concept, if you indeed hope to make a living from the business, there are many things to consider.

By running a store hands-on daily, we gained information on what margins should be on each product, where the most labor and waste were, what percentage of total sales each segment of the product mix was, and what customers were looking for and responding to within the store.  Space utilization is key in retail, with each square foot costing you money, and therefore needing to contribute in some way to the bottom line.

Your name plays a large part in determining how customers perceive your business, as will the front facade and interior design as well as product offerings.  Are you a cafe, a store, or a combination of both?  Will you serve tea alone, or tea and coffee? Because tea cafes seem to be the direction many retailers are taking, you will be perceived as a ‘third space’, with one cup for “extended-stay-lap-toppers” a part of your daily routine.  Will this help or harm your business?  We found that loose tea buyers are not the ones who think of the tea store as their office.  When Starbucks introduced the ‘third space’ concept, there was no internet, no laptops.  They saw it as a convivial place.  They now focus on drive-throughs, handing early a.m. caffeine fixes out a window to half-asleep commuters and, whether they like it or not, McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Tim Horton’s are their true competition.

If your concept is more of a store than a cafe, are you in a location that supports that concept?   Teavana, much more a store than a cafe, is located in malls with high foot traffic.  If you aren’t in a high traffic location, how will customers find you?  What will that cost you?  Do you have a website that will support your retail concept and vice versa?  And what will make you different than the competition?  If you say better product…..wrong answer.  It takes more than just better product.

Will your theme be Asian, zen, modern, or maybe an English style tea room?  The colors, flow, arrangement, product mix, music/sound, lighting, signage all work together to support the theme.  Some colors are used more often in eating establishments because they stimulate appetite, such as red.  There is even the science of which way customers turn or look when they enter a space and what should be there for maximum advantage.  It’s a great idea to read as much as you can about the science of retail design, especially if you don’t plan to use a commercial designer.  Looking at photos of interiors of successful retailers’ spaces is also eye-opening.  There is always a reason they are set up as they are..and it’s ultimately to stimulate sales and increase business.

The Health Department is a big deal if you plan to serve food and not just sell sealed packages and general merchandise.  Even serving or sampling out a cup of tea will necessitate dry storage, the proper commercial equipment, sinks, etc.  Have you considered a water filtration system?  Some more expensive ones can cost somewhere in the $6000 range, and then there will be refrigeration, water heating appliances, and any number of other supporting appliances, depending on your menu.   Build-outs?  The one my husband and I took over had cost the original owner $250,000.  Ouch.  That’s a lot of tea.

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This is the first in a two-part series. The second part will be posted next week.

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French Toast Dianhong Black Flowering Tea from Liquid Proust Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black/Flowering

Where to Buy:  Liquid Proust Teas

Tea Description:

As my first batch of French Toast Dian Hong, I decided to go lightly on the flavoring because the natural cocoa taste from the tea is pleasant enough to keep the flavoring at a low amount. This tea proves to pull out different taste from different steeps from my experience and I am hoping you find the same to be true.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Some of my favourite tea companies are the ones where you really get a feel for the owners as people; a hand picked sample, signed note added in to my order, and online interactions on sites such as Steepster are all touches that win me over quite a lot as a consumer; and something really cool about Liquid Proust Teas, a retailer which opened quite recently, is that I kind of got a feel for the owner, Andrew, before the company was even hatched since, first and foremost, he was a Steepster member himself and is a consumer as well as a seller too.

Recently, I did a swap with him and he generously included a few of his own blends. Personally, I thought this seemed the most interesting of what he sent me. A few other companies such as 52Teas, both under new and old management, have attempted French Toast teas but I’ve yet to be wowed by one and I think Andrew’s approach here is quite a bit different than the ones they’ve taken so I’m definitely excited!

I brewed this ‘Grandpa Style’ because that’s my typical approach with blooming/flowering teas. I knew that there was a possibility that it would get bitter because that’s a risk you always take when brewing Grandpa Style but this was unwaveringly smooth and silky. The entire time I spent drinking this (a few hours in total) there wasn’t even the slightest hint of bitterness OR astringency. I’m incredibly impressed by that.

The flavour was very fluffy and sweet, but reserved enough to not be cloying or make me feel like I was drinking syrup straight from the bottle. The rich notes of custard, cream, vanilla, cocoa, and, yes, egg hardly waned at all throughout the session. There were also lighter notes of cinnamon that I thought did fade towards the end of my session, and some pretty pronounced malt notes from the tea itself along with more muted floral notes. I likely could have continued to drink this for another hour or possibly longer with very little flavour deterioration. More than that, if it had not have been midnight I would have continued to drink this which is certainly high praise from me given that I dislike resteeping in general (drink as many teas as possible in one day is my philosophy).

My only criticism would be that the “toast” part of “French toast” was lacking; I’d have liked stronger bread notes contributed from the base tea to complete the illusion; but that’s just me getting hyper critical of one of the better flavoured teas I’ve had all month. If Andrew’s other teas are as tasty as this one I’m in for a real treat!

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Dream from Brew Mama Herbalism

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy:  Brew Mama Herbalism 

Tea Description:

Enjoy a peaceful nights slumber with this herbal blend. Perfect to unwind, relax and prepare the organs for rest.
I hand blend your tea with only the best ORGANIC ingredients. I take great passion, love and honor with the herbs I grow and purchase.
Ingredients-Chamomile, Valerian, Passion Flower, Lavender, Mint and Catnip

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love my herbal teas.  I drink them all times of the day.  I actually tend to drink them more in the afternoon than I do at night.  I was so excited when I found Brew Mama Herbalism’s Etsy Store. The first blend I tried, Morning Motivator was just amazing. So I had high expectations when it comes to any blends from Brew Mama Herbalism.

I decided to go with Dream today.  It has been a crazy day at work today for some reason so I thought I nice soothing tea may just help calm my nerves a bit.  I also plan on finishing my latest book in the Aunt Dimity’s series  – Aunt Dimity and the Summer King.  These novels are cozy and charming and need a tea that fits that bill to truly enjoy the experience.

I steeped this one up like a traditional herbal-212F-4 minutes.  I started to get a bit worried when I noticed the lavender in this blend.  I’m typically not a lavender fan.  All the ingredients mingled together so well and produced a quite lovely fragrance for me to enjoy while this steeped.

Took my first sip after letting this cool for a few minutes and this tea really hit the spot.  This herbal blend is cooling and soothing with a light floral touch.  I love how very delicate this tea is.  Add in some white tea and this would be a beautiful delicate refreshing relaxing tea with a simple floral finish.   Something I am going to try later.

The ingredients really did play together well as they steeped.  The mint is probably the most noticeable flavor with the chamomile coming in close second.  Both crisp and fresh flavors.  The passion flower and lavender added in touches of floral but they didn’t overwhelm the cup at all.  Such a great herbal.  I tried this both hot and cold brewed and I feel like this tea should be brewed hot.  The cold brew brought more of the floral notes out which created an almost bite towards the end of the sip.

Just a beautiful herbal from start to finish and can definitely put you in a dream state.

 

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Jalam Teas Bada Mountain Raw Sheng Puerh

Tea For Me Please - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I didn't realize until I had already started to write this review but the most recent review that I've published of +JalamTeas was a 2013 that was also from Bada Mountain. One of the things I enjoy most Nicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Terminology of High Quality Tea

T Ching - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:00

This past World Tea Expo, I had the great honor of joining a panel of experts that discussed the need and opportunity for standards of excellence for specialty tea. The panel as well as the presentation that I gave on Direct Trade was well attended with fresh and veteran faces of the industry. Through the group’s response to the proposal for quality standards I was able to see some very important terms involved in quality tea production and distribution. Many have used the term “specialty tea”, but from the response of the audience in both the presentation and panel I have learned a new word needs to be used and adopted to explain high quality tea.

The only official use of “specialty tea” is in The State of the U.S. Tea Industry market report published by the Tea Association of the U.S.A. There is no clear definition given, but by process of elimination you can see the broad depth that can cover the segment of specialty tea in the market. It is all tea that is not sold in the traditional market (supermarket, drug and mass merchandisers), ready-to-drink, and foodservice. What you are left with is tea (loose leaf and bagged; pure and blended; scented and flavored) sold by large and small retailers.

During the panel we were using the term “specialty tea” to be high quality tea produced with great care. These teas are typically unblended loose leaf teas that are sourced from a specific terroir. They are just a portion of the category addressed by the Tea Association of the U.S.A. above. Towards the end of the panel session an attendee raised their hand to ask if the quality standards for specialty tea would also include specifications for teas that are blended with fruits and flavors. I realized that there was a miscommunication between this attendee and perhaps many other attendees at the expo in regards to the meaning of “specialty tea”.

After this experience on the panel I gave a presentation on Direct Trade tea. I introduced the concepts of direct trade as they apply to the specialty coffee industry. As I was speaking I immediately felt the need to explain that specialty tea is not the same in the tea industry as specialty coffee is in the coffee industry. I publicly questioned the need for new terminology to explain the new segment of the market that will be comparable to specialty coffee for the tea industry.

Since the World Tea Expo I have continued to have conversations with peers in the industry about this subject and think it is time to develop the terminology for quality tea. With the growing popularity of pure, loose leaf tea many people are going to start demanding teas made with quality in mind rather than quantity. Retailers will seek to source high quality tea rather than commodity tea. If you would like to be a part of this discussion please fill out this survey. You can also contact me directly to ask questions and give feedback at elyse@tealet.com.

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Rington’s Kenyan Gold Tea from Rington’s Premium English Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black,

Where to Buy: Rington’s Tea

Tea Description:

Kenyan Gold is a luxury, top quality tea. Bright, golden with a full, refreshing flavour. From our “Extra Fresh” family of wholesale teas. This includes two cup Kenyan Gold tea bags that are flavour locked for freshness and shipped from the US.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It is always nice to have a steadfast bagged tea to grab quickly as I am trying to join the rat race on time in the morning.  I am NOT naturally a morning person. The irony is that I start my commute at 6am.  Bagged tea is my friend on those mornings when the snooze button was just too tempting…like this morning.  Fortunately, Ringtons Kenyan Gold was there for the rescue!

Kenyan Gold is a lovely amber gold in the cup.  The smell of the liquid is of lightly toasted biscuit and malt, which are my favorite notes in tea…so I was pleased that the smell translated wonderfully into the taste in the cup!

There is a slight astringency that touches the back of the tongue and adds to the “brightness” of this tea, but not so much that it leaves the tongue feeling dry.  This tea accepted a touch of milk graciously and and deliciously as well.  I steeped this for 3 minutes and it was “Goldilocks” strength….not TO strong and not TO weak.  Just right for the tea drinker who likes a cuppa as a boost to their day, but not enough to knock their socks off.  Ringtons Kenyan Gold is a bright and pleasant way to start your day, and I’m glad I did!

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Thé des Alizés green blend from Le Palais des Thes

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 22:00

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Le Palais Des Thés

Tea Description:

A green tea enlivened by flower petals and delicately scented with pieces of white peach, kiwi and watermelon. The green tea and the juicy freshness of the fruit are wonderfully balanced. Can be drunk hot or iced.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Hello tea lovers!

During the UK’s persistent heatwave the craving for fruit tea has gotten the better of me. That’s when I pulled this one from my shelf to try. I adore watermelon and peach in a tea and considering this has both it made for an easy purchase. Plus with this being described as good for ‘hot’ or ‘iced’ tea it makes it all the better. This will be a ‘hot’ review but I plan on steeping it in my iced tea bottle later today to see the outcome. My curiosity is totally piqued!

The raw tea blend has large green tea leaves with yellow flower petals mixed in, if you look close enough you will find small cubes of fruit among the blend.

As I open the packet I am met with a peach scent which is sweet and very natural smelling. Among that is the slight perfume of grass and flowers. Beautiful in every way.

Steeping parameters – 1 tsp of leaf in my ceramic mug with removable filter and lid. (Around 250ml/9oz of water). Temp: 80C for 3 minutes.

Once steeped the tea is fairly dark yellow/green and bares the same beautiful peach scent as it’s raw form.

In flavour this is soft and sweet with buttery, toasted grass notes followed by smooth but sweet peach that feels like it melts in my mouth. Behind that there is another level of fruit and perfume, a little dry but ideally so, blended so well that I cannot distinctly taste the watermelon or kiwi. Not that the peach overpowers per say, it is soft but distinct, more that they are blended so well ie they work well together, that it combines as one.

As it cools the green tea thickens but remains grassy and pleasant, while the flowers also thicken to combine with them.

‘Yet still the peach sings her perfect sweet song on my tongue,

and my taste buds wiggle and dance.

For this blend does each and together belong,

forever to be sipped and enjoyed by chance.’

I’m glad that I pulled this out of my stash this morning. It’s been the perfect start to my day, and I can see myself sipping on this tea a lot in the near future. It tasted better than I expected as I do not usually favour flavoured tea, but the chance was well worth it with this one. The balance was perfect, the strength was refreshing and right, the flavours to me were divine and when I drink fruit tea this had everything I am looking for.

Happy Steeping Everyone!

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Yorkshire Tea This is Brewtopia Commercial

Tea Guy Speaks - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 18:01
One of the reddest tea commercials you'll see.

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Earl Grey by Pipers Loose leaf Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Pipers Loose Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

Made with the finest China teas including a large portion of white tips (the most prized leaf of the plant) and blended with the highest quality Sicilian oil of bergamot available.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have had Earl Grey teas in the past and they are certainly not one of the first I reach for when looking to fill my cup. I have found them rather lackluster, and have found myself suspecting tea companies of using the bergamot to hide 2nd rate teas underneath. This is obviously not the case with Piper’s Earl Grey White Tips.

Dry, this tea is lovely long full leaves with long white tips interspersed.  The white tips have picked up more of the bergamot scent and the smell is quite heady indeed! In the cup, the tea is bold, matching the lush bergamot head to head. The Chinese tea a brings nuances of a deeper flavored black, in this case notes of plum and earth. The light formal flavors of the bergamot (yes, for some reason I’ve always considered bergamot to be a “formal” or “fancy” flavor!) gives lift to the deep flavor of the chinese black tea base and rounds out the profile to be not a tea for afternoons on sunny days, but….well, for anytime really! It would hold it’s own against a continental breakfast with gusto…and a bit of fancy, of course. This tea was a welcomed change in my cup, and I will look forward to to trying the other offerings that Pipers has!

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Ceylon Idulgashinna Hand Twisted Blue Nettle Oolong from What-Cha

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  What-Cha

Tea Description:

A delightful tea crafted by workers meticulously hand twisting and tying tea leaves together to form a ‘blue nettle’. The leaves within the ‘blue nettle’ show varying levels of oxidisation and as a result the tea exhibits characteristics typical to white, oolong and black teas!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very cool tea; and while I don’t know for sure that’s it’s unique to What-Cha I’ve personally never seen another oolong rolled like this. When I opened up my sealed package I was quite surprised too; the ‘nettles’/spears of tea are actually quite large and thick – maybe about the length of my pinky finger? And just slightly thicker across than the widest part of my finger. For my tasting, I used two of the nettles/spears since the suggested measurement was 1-2 pieces and I was using a mug just slightly bigger than 12 ounces.

The first infusion was very soft and delicate, like a very lightly oxidized oolong but with flavour notes traditionally found in white, oolong, and black teas  – exactly like What-Cha describes in the tea description! The notes I observed throughout the cup were apricot, overripe peaches, hay, flowers, malt, and a dewy/rainwater like flavour. The emphasis was on the really supple stonefruit notes though. It also surprised me a little that the nettles stayed almost completely the same shape as they were before steeping – just slightly ‘swollen’ from steeping.

The second infusion was quite similar to the first – though the apricot, hay, and malt notes all got increasingly more prominent and I wasn’t tasting overripe peaches or the same ‘dew’ flavour anymore. The mouthfeel was initially soft, but it left a tingly feeling on my tongue like I’d eaten too much pineapple recently. All subsequent steeps followed the layout of this one up until the flavour started to really suffer. The nettles never really completely unwound, either.

This was a fascinating tea, and I really enjoyed it quite a bit! However, that said, the first infusion actually was my favourite. There was something really perfect about the taste of apricot and fresh rainwater. It’s hard to put it into words.

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The Jesus Mouse

The Devotea - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 21:10

My long-time online friend Finbarr O’Brien, most notable to most of our readers as the namesake of our Finbarr’s Revenge Irish Breakfast Tea, sent me a link to a story from an Irish Journal. It concerns a spat that has gone viral in that fair country over poor quality tea. The vendor in this case in Marks and Spencer, the UK grocery chain. When we spent a month in London in 2012,...

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Product Review: Tart Cherry Black Tea Refresh by Cheribundi

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 07/18/2015 - 10:00
Product Information:

Product:  Ready-to-Drink Black Tea Beverage

Where to Buy:  Cheribundi

Product Description:

We made our name with juices that pack 45 tart cherries into each bottle. Though we love these products, one gets the urge to spread their all-natural-juice-loving wings once in a while. This time, our juice makers looked east. To the far east, to be exact.

To the source of fine black tea. The range of benefits in black tea have been touted for centuries. It’s the perfect partner for the nutrients in our cherries.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love summertime. I love the longer days, the hot weather, the chance to dip my toes in the ocean, and the visits to the Farmer’s Market. Going to my local Farmer’s Market might be my favorite thing, especially when the cherries arrive. For a few short, wonderful weeks there is a plethora of lovely bright red cherries at many of the stalls, and I buy several bags of them for my family to enjoy. In my opinion they are one of the perfect summer fruits. Unfortunately, cherry season is very short here, so I’m often left looking for something with a real cherry taste that I can continue to enjoy throughout the summer. Thanks to Cheribundi I’ve found not only a great cherry drink, but a great cherry tea. Win!

Cheribundi’s Tart Cherry Black Tea Refresh is made from fresh pressed cherries and fresh brewed black tea. The flavor is simply amazing. The cherry juice and tea are well balanced. The tea is brisk while having some depth. There’s a bit of a malt flavor that pairs well with the cherry. The cherry juice gives the tea some sweetness, but since tart cherries are used it’s not an overly sweet flavor. I enjoyed the balance that Cheribundi managed to achieve with this drink. I like that I was drinking a high quality black tea with a super fruity cherry kick. This is so much better than many of the cherry teas I’ve tried that either ended up tasting like cough syrup (yuck.) or highly artificial and candy-like. Having real cherry juice in my iced tea is an absolute yes for me. Now that I’ve tried it I can’t believe I haven’t been drinking this for years!

If you are a fan of cherries then I highly recommend trying this drink. The quality of the tea is top notch, and the added cherry juice adds a refreshing twist on an already tasty beverage. Well done, Cheribundi!

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Tropical Paradise Green from Koni Tea & Organic

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Koni Tea & Organic

Tea Description:

In a world where beauty is paramount,This premium green tea with jasmine & lychee fruit is the perfect elixir for your temple of beauty. Rich in antioxidants for healthy, beautiful skin.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have been drinking cold brew teas like crazy.  It just seems way to hot to drink hot brewed tea right now.  When you get heat index of 106, iced tea is what you are craving.  I’ve also been craving jasmine teas like you wouldn’t believe.  Pretty crazy.  I can’t seem to get enough.  So the other day when I was looking for a tea to drink, this one instantly screamed- Pick Me!

Koni Tea & Organic is a newer tea shop to me.  I have really enjoyed the teas that I have tried from them including Kick the Coffee, a fun butterscotch flavored tea.  So far, I haven’t had a tea I haven’t enjoyed from them.

This particular tea is full of jasmine flowers.  The fragrance just made me happy.  Beautiful jasmine with that green tea undertone.  I couldn’t wait to steep this up.  I brewed this up as a cold brew (overnight in the fridge) and started my day with a nice sized cup of this.  So good.  Sweet, buttery green goodness, with just a ever so slight floral taste.  The jasmine complimented the green tea nicely and didn’t overwhelm the cup like other green jasmine teas have for me in the past.  I’m not sure what the lychee fruit flavor is that was also part of the description of the tea but I’m thinking maybe it added to the sweet flavor I was getting.  Regardless, this tea was perfect to start my day off with.

Later in the day, I did try this as hot brewed tea.  Prepared this like a green tea, this flavor was just as good as the flavor I fell in love with as a cold brew. This tea is such a great versatile one.  My stash of it is unfortunately gone, but this will be one I will need to get more of.  Hopefully in a few weeks I will drink down what I currently have so I can to a little shopping trip at Koni Tea & Organics.  So many teas of theirs I want to try!

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge christening followed by tea and cake

The Hour For Tea - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 01:42
The christening photos of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge are out, and they are adorable mementos of a happy day of tradition and faith, followed, appropriately, by a tea reception. The little princess was christened on Sunday, July 5th, and officially … Continue reading →

Making jam for the tea party pantry

The Hour For Tea - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 00:34
Now that summer is here and those delicious summer fruits are in season, it’s time to stock up on homemade jam for the tea party pantry!  San Jose’s history as “The Valley of Heart’s Delight” is no longer visible in … Continue reading →

Go With Passion

The Sip Tip - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 20:08
It was a fall evening in 2008 that I decided to start a tea blog.  In retrospect I knew very little (still do in fact.) However I did have one thing, passion, passion to learn, passion to know, and passion to try. Honestly I had no clue then what the next 7 years would entail, and what I would learn, but knowledge about tea aside, the thing I have learned is what passion can do for life, and

Avoid Cash Advance Mistakes

Tea Reflections - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:17

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