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Typhoo Singing Donkeys Tea Commercial

Tea Guy Speaks - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 13:00
Of all the tea commercials featuring singing donkeys this one may be the best.

Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper

Product Review: Cranberry Blood Orange Instant Matcha Green Tea Mix from Jade Monk

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 10:00
Product Information:

Where to Buy:  Jade Monk


A wake-up call in every cup. Before the first drop hits your lips, the bright aroma of our Cranberry Blood Orange powdered green tea will have you amped.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Browsing my local grocery store’s funky drink isle is one of my favorite pastimes. I came across this little green packet and tossed it in my cart for giggles. I am intrigued by the flavor, the illustrations on the front and back, and well, you had me at matcha!  I love the packaging of this tea, it really grabs you. The artwork is really fun, the intense eyes of the fierce ogre is powerful, and according to it’s claims, it’s ready to bestow all it’s power to you!

Now, I am not a fan of selling tea as a health product, the camellia sinensis plant is so much more than a diet aid. Sure, it was used as such during the first cultivation of the wild tea trees growing in China, but we have stepped up in our appreciation and cultivation of the lovely little plant. Yes, I do make my own functional herbal blends, but I don’t expect to be cured of cancer, or to have my waistline shrink like plastic wrap in an oven, either.

I chose this matcha green tea drink mix because of it’s convenience. I needed something that would give me that boost without waiting for water to boil and tea to steep. I was in a hurry this morning and whipped this up on a whim. I found the first fault to this mix when I took way to long to shake up all the little clumps of matcha. Mixes instantly? Not quite. Maybe my water was too cold?

The color of this match is an encouraging shade of key lime green. The smell is really quite nice, fruity, citrus, and refreshing. I take a sip and the first thing to hit my taste buds is sugar. Oh. Well. The first ingredients in this is sugar. While it is much, much too sweet for me, my ravenous thirst assists me in finishing my 24oz. bottle in no time.

The smell of the powder in the packet smells very matcha, but the finished product is lacking somewhat. The flavorings were very much there, in all their juicy citrusy glory. For me, If I wanted a flavored instant matcha, I’d like for the first or even second ingredient to be matcha. but of course if I was completely new to matcha, or didn’t like the taste, I would be all over this concept like brine flies to a can of soda.

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Green Coconut from TeaGschwendner

SororiTEA Sisters - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 03:59
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: TeaGschwendner

Tea Description:

The creamy richness of coconut milk on a dazzling and brisk Japanese Sencha base. A true customer favorite.

Ingredients: Green tea from Japan, shredded coconut and flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love coconut, I love green tea, I love this particular blend from TeaGschwendner!

I had high hopes when I saw this one and another tea friend asked if I wanted anything during their latest sale.  I said yes instantly.  I have been wanting to try this one for a while now.

This is yet another tea that I shared with my dad and my boyfriend during our Mother’s Day festivities with my family.  Even my mom came sniffing around the tea pot while this was brewing and she rarely shows interest in anything but her Lipton Decaf tea bags.

Brewed this up one per the instructions but added in just a bit more tea leaf.

This was a huge hit with everyone (well except my mom- who still doesn’t like anything but her Lipton Decaf tea bags).  We all said the same thing.  Rich green creamy tea base with this amazing coconut flavor that really screams coconut.  Creamy delicious coconut.  This tea is for the coconut lovers for sure.  Smelling this tea, you instantly think of suntan lotion.  But the taste is just amazing.  My dad even asked for seconds with this one.  Next time around, I want to try and add in some fruit or herbs to kick the flavor up a notch or two.

If you love green tea and enjoy coconut, you have to try this one.  I even have 100g of this and I’m wondering if that will be enough.  So good!

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The Lure of The Giant Teapot

The Devotea - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 00:13

Well, boys and girls, it all started with a giant teapot. That’s how we ended up with a stall, tastings and a talk at Ladies Day at a retirement village. Years ago, we looked the economics of holding tea events in Aged Care homes and retirement villages, and they simply weren’t there. Not enough money, too much effort. and my own prejudices. You see, the main ladies of that age...

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Rou Gui Oolong from Tao Tea Leaf

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tao Tea Leaf

Tea Description:

Rou Gui is treasured for its cinnamon flavour as well as its impressive stamina.   This tea also has the unique ability to keep its distinct flavours after multiple steepings upwards of 7 times.  Rou Gui comes from the historic WuYi mountains in the Chinas Fujian Province. This area is also famous for producing other famous teas like Lapsang Souchong and the famous Da Hong Pao.  Rou Gui has a medium and very smooth body with hints of floral orchid with a lovely honey-like finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve only tried a few different Rou Gui oolongs before, most of them from Nannuoshan, but so far I haven’t found one I dislike – the wide range of flavours experienced with the different infusions very much appeal to me so this Rou Gui oolong from Tao Tea Leaf is just going to further my exploration of the class. To stay consistent with the other Rui Gui I’ve tried I had a Gong Fu session with this one using my gaiwan.

The leaves for this are very dark, almost charcoal or black, and decently large. The smell of the dry leaf is very roasty with some fruity sweetness layered underneath. It’s perhaps a touch peachy? I did a ten second wash with this one; as the water hit the leaves my kitchen was instantly filled with a very robust, borderline earthy and roasty smell.

Infusion One: 10 Seconds – This is surprisingly sweet right off the bat despite quite strong toasted barley notes. It’s a little nutty and definitely has some stonefruit notes as well; like dried peach drizzled with honey. There’s maybe some cinnamon too, but not much. These notes comprise the start of the sip and the body. The finish tastes of corn chips and flax to me with a very intense  presence of raisins in the finish. I’m usually quite anti-raisin but I actually like the way it tastes here. The taste of the raisin lingers in your mouth for a very long time after swallowing; minutes.  For the most part it’s very smooth though it did leave my front two teeth feeling very dry. Leaves are barely opened up at all and smell quite roasty with cinnamon notes and something maybe vaguely like coffee grounds?

Infusion Two: 15 Seconds – Still tastes strongly of roasted barley but it a bit more nutty and has woody notes at the start as well as much more defined cinnamon notes. The body is comprised mostly of rich peach and raisin notes. The honey notes have also gotten stronger, and are tightly tying in with the raisin. Some floral notes have begun creeping in as well. I’m almost reminded of a roasted trail mix with dried fruit/raisins mixed in. This subtle transition of flavours is keeping true to what I’ve observed with other Rou Gui. The leaves smell subtly fruitier.

Infusion Three: 30 Seconds – Ooh! This was not a good pour; I spilled tea everywhere. The flavour is really starting to turn. I’m observing a dramatic decrease in roasted flavour. Definitely strong peach/raisin notes; the strongest so far. The peach is less so a dried peach flavour now, and closer to something fresh. Significantly more floral with more defined floral notes like orchid. Almost seems buttery. Leaves are almost completely opened up and smell sweet like honey and quite floral. There’s absolutely no dry feeling on my teeth from this infusion.

Infusion Four: 40 Seconds – There’s essentially no barley, nut or roasted flavour left. The liquor tastes quite floral with strong raisin and honey notes. The peach has faded quite a lot which is actually kind of disappointing; now that the focus is more on the taste of the raisin I’m losing interest. Also, it’s definitely very buttery. This is the lightest and most watery infusion yet. I’m sure I could probably get a decent fifth infusion but for my own personal tastes the leaves may very well be spent. They are, however, fully opened and smell sweet like honey and flowers.

This is definitely similar to the other Rou Gui/Cassia Teas I’ve tried but unique in its own right too – I definitely experience some more unique notes with the first steep like corn chips and flax, and I don’t remember really tasting raisin with the others I’ve tried. It’s definitely something I’d serve to other people and I would totally drink it again myself.

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'Ceremonial Oolong Service' presented by Josephine Pan in 2015 World Tea Expo

Pon Fon Cha - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 19:11
We have a stage event during the show hours in 2015 World Tea Expo.
Ceremonial Oolong Service 
This is a new topic, instead of having the Tea Ceremony on the stage, Josephine and I decide to have this program to practically help our tea rooms owners or tea retailers to open up a new avenue for their tea sales.  Working closely with Wedding Planners, Party Coordinators, Event Organizers...to include Ceremonial Oolong Service in their programs.  With the Spectrum of Taiwan Oolong complex in color, aroma, flavor... we believe it is so easy to find perfect Oolong to fulfill these important moments in many's lives.  

Before the presentation, I have this Delightful Rain  to cheer up our audience.

Enjoy the slideshow:

Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea from Udyan Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Udyan Tea

Tea Description:

Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea is picked from AV2 bushes at high elevations. This First Flush Tea is plucked immediately after the long cold winter months and is bountiful with fresh flavour as the bushes are full of vigour. The infusion has a greenish leaf appearance and the tea tastes fresh and crisp. This tea is produced from the prime sections of the garden with the earliest production beginning from the 1st Week of March up to 15th April depending on the elevation. They brew into light mellow cups with excellent first flush character and floral ascents.

Learn more about this tea here

Taster’s Review:

This Rohini AV2 Exotic Black Tea from Udyan Tea doesn’t look like your typical black tea.  It doesn’t taste quite like your typical black tea either.  Therefore, you shouldn’t brew it quite the same way you’d steep a typical black tea.

I never use boiling water on a Darjeeling black tea because I learned through trial and error that when I do, I get a slightly bitter tasting tea that’s a wee bit too astringent for my liking.  I find that if I lower the temperature to 195°F that a Darjeeling is much better tasting.  Less astringent and not bitter!  Win!

And this tea is SO LOVELY!  It’s deliciously sweet with notes of flower and fruit.  Hints of muscatel – not a strong muscatel note, but then this is the first flush, so a strong muscatel note isn’t expected.

The floral notes are the stars of this show.  I like that they’re not sharp, instead, they’re beautifully sweet and they mingle with a honey-esque flavor.  It’s wonderful and very spring-like!

Overall, the cup is a delightfully mellow tea that I’d recommend for afternoon sipping.  This would make a lovely tea to serve to special guests.  Truly a remarkable first flush Darjeeling.

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Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company

SororiTEA Sisters - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Fit Life Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Ready for liftoff? Increase muscle energy and boost mental agility with an invigorating cup of Organic Metabolic Energy Tea. It’s packed with potent antioxidants and natural caffeine from sustainably grown whole green tea leaves blended with traditional rainforest energy tonic.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ll be honest and say that I really wasn’t looking forward to trying this Organic Metabolic Energy Tea from Fit Life Tea Company after I read the ingredient list:

Ingredients:  Organic Green Tea, Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Eleuthero Root Ginseng, Natural Flavoring and Organic Stevia Leaf.

First of all:  Mate and ginseng in one blend?  That sounds TOO earthy to me.  Then there’s the stevia.  I really don’t like it when a tea company feels the need to sweeten a tea for me.  I like to decide whether or not the tea should be sweetened and if it does, I like to decide how much and what type of sweetener will sweeten it.

But, I decided to give it a try anyway.

Wow!  This is actually really tasty.  It’s sweet but not too sweet and even though I was worried about the earthiness, it’s not so earthy at all.  It has a very refreshing taste to it.  It’s citrus-y and very drinkable.  It reminds me a little bit of a very watered down Tang.  Yes, the drink the astronauts took to the moon.  It doesn’t have the same gritty texture of tang, though.  (Fortunately!)

It’s pleasantly sweet with a really enjoyable, fruity flavor.  That said, I don’t taste much green tea in this.  I also don’t taste much Yerba Mate.  Since I love tea, the fact that I found these flavors lacking in this is a little disturbing to me.  But not disturbing is that I don’t taste the ginseng either.

To brew this, I hot-brewed the sachet in 8 ounces of 185°F water for 3 minutes.  Then I let the tea cool completely before I poured it into my BPA-free drinking bottle from Fit Life Tea and refrigerated it overnight.  Before I let it cool, I did take a sip of it to find out if I’d like it better hot or iced.

Just like the Teatox tea from Fit Life, I prefer this tea cold.  It has a refreshing taste and the texture is light and smooth.  And I even feel like it’s elevated my energy level too!

I don’t know that I’d actually drink this as an actual “tea” because it simply doesn’t taste like tea.  But I would drink it as an energy drink which is what seems to be it’s purpose.  And since it’s an energy drink that doesn’t rely upon troublesome amounts of sugar to enhance the drinker’s energy, I’d say Energy from Fit Life deserves a thumbs up!

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Applecart Blossom from Piper & Leaf

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Piper & Leaf

Tea Description:

Reminiscent of strolling through an apple orchard on a fine spring day and catching its light, enchanting scent in the wind. This lovely green tea with local apples is porch swing approved.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Today has been a very humid and rainy day.  The sun has tried to peek out here and there but for the most part it has been just a “meh” kind of day.  Until the mail showed up. . .and my  shared order from Piper & Leaf showed up.  Yay! New tea to try! Day isn’t so meh now.

Opened the box and immediately grabbed the Applecart Blossom sample.  I was super excited to see that they offered flavored green teas and this one went in the cart right away.

The boyfriend and I are in the middle of a Northern Exposure binge.  I had never seen the show before and it is one of his favorites. Thought this would be a great time to sample up these teas.   So I threw the sample in the Breville, set the parameters to green, and set up two mason jars with ice.

This is delicious.  There are huge pieces of apple in this and that comes thru in each sip.  Fresh crisp apples.  The green tea just adds to the perky flavor.  Each time I take a sip of this iced beauty the word bright comes to mind.  This is just a simple great fantastic apple flavored green tea.  No artificial flavor here.  I brewed up a second infusion and I am still picking up the fresh crisp flavor.

I am very pleased with the teas I’ve had from Piper & Leaf so far and I’m looking forward to trying more!

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A Tea Addict's Journal - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:38

Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. For those of us looking for aged puerh teas, I think we all wish we have the gift of seeing into the future, to learn how a tea will age over time and whether or not it will become great. Some will, many won’t. It might be useful to remember that not all teas will age well – the ones that are commanding high prices today may have done so, but there were more, probably far more, that were produced, consumed, and in some cases, tossed out. We know for a fact that not every cake will turn out great. Figuring that out is the difficult part.

A couple years ago I retasted a cake that I bought when I lived in Beijing. At that time I thought the cake was ok – not great, but not horrible. I did note, however, that it was a bit thin. I drank it at the time brewing gongfu style, probably adjusting my brewing parameters as I went along. After that retasting, it went back into the storage and hasn’t been seen since.

Well, I’m on a trip now, and I pulled out a cake randomly to take with me on this trip to drink. This was the lucky draw. Drinking the tea grandpa style, I have to say the tea is not very good. It has that thin, metallic taste indicative of lower quality tea. It’s aged, yes, but not in a particularly pleasant way. The overall outcome, I think, is wanting. I have a lot of tea better than this, and there really isn’t a single reason why I would want to drink this now, or ever. If given a choice, a black tea from any decent coffee shop will trump this one in terms of pleasure it can deliver. My previous evaluation was too generous – I think I was giving it a chance, and this tea has blown that chance.

I’m sure I have many cakes like this one. We all do. I’m wondering what I should do with these – throw them away? Drink them? Keeping them is sort of silly, because they are really not going to improve at this point. Drinking them – well, they’re not really great and there are so many other, better things to drink. Since my consumption of tea is finite, drinking one of these necessarily means I’m not drinking one of my better teas. Throwing them away seems like the most logical and rational choice, even though it’s hard to get myself to do that. Perhaps I will thank myself later when I move and have less tea to carry.

Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Our awesome organic Iyerpadi black tea blended with organic bergamot and blueberry flavors. This is sure to wow your guests.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

I know that I’ve mentioned on this blog at least once before in a review of one of Zoomdweebie’s Earl Grey/Bergamot teas that I’m not particularly crazy about the bergamot flavoring that Zoomdweebies uses.  Maybe I’m a bit of a bergamot snob or something but Earl Grey tea is something I take very seriously and it should be right.  So, when this Earl Blue Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas was announced as a recent tea of the week for SBT, I wasn’t all that excited about it.

But this isn’t too bad.  It’s actually pretty tasty.  As an Earl Grey tea or more accurately as a ‘twist’ to the classic Earl Grey -well, it doesn’t really cut it as an Earl Grey, I’m afraid.  But, as a flavored iced tea, it’s really pleasant.  The blueberry is strong and yummy.  The bergamot – well, it doesn’t taste as bergamot-y as I’d like it to.  But when I just drink it and I don’t think “bergamot” and instead, I think “citrus” it works for me.

It has a really enjoyable, sweet-tart fruity flavor to it. And the black tea base is smooth and brisk.  No bitterness, no astringency – just really tasty black tea and fruity flavors.

This is something that I could see myself putting in my shopping cart again the next time I’m shopping at Zoomdweebies dot com.  It’s very refreshing and it’ll be really nice to have it chilling in the fridge on those warm summer days that lie ahead.

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Friday Round Up: May 10th - May 16th

Tea For Me Please - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 16:00
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Flashback Friday: doing business with tea

T Ching - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:01

I have learned the perfect way to conduct business with other people. I believe this discovery should become an adopted practice for everyone doing business today.

Going back eons, I remember my first internship interview in graduate school. I was so nervous I took a valium to get through it. Unfortunately – and not surprisingly – it didn’t go very well. The valium was too strong for me. I felt like a bowl of Jello on holiday; I’m sure my personality reflected that. I wasn’t able to muster up enough energy or enthusiasm to convince the interviewers that I was the right person for the position. Interesting thing was, that although I seriously doubt that they, too, took valium, the interviewers’ personalities appeared to be as flat as I perceived mine to be.

I’ve since grown more confident and less anxious during interviews (these days I’m usually the one doing the interviewing), but it still feels a bit awkward for all involved, especially in the beginning. In addition to the slow start, there are often uncomfortable silences until things get warmed up – if they ever do. That is, they were until we began offering tea at the start of every interview.

The change in the interview process has been nothing short of miraculous since we implemented our tea policy for meetings. Now, as soon as candidates walk through the door, we invite them to sit down and have tea with us. No one has declined. In fact, most welcome it enthusiastically. The invitation alone is enough to disarm people immediately and make them more relaxed. The first sip engenders comments about the aroma and taste, followed by a spate of questions about the type of tea and where it’s from. Before anyone even realizes it, off we go engaged in easy, relaxed, and convivial conversation. I have also found that people are much more likely to begin to share aspects of their personal lives with us. Once rapport has been so readily established, it’s a breeze transitioning into business talk.

Once we get down to business, that process has become easier and more rewarding as well. We are now conducting business from a position of connectedness with the tea, with each other and with the moment. Business becomes much more open and frank and more relaxed. It becomes an exploration rather than a chore. What is most rewarding is that regardless of the conclusion of the meeting, we are always blessed with follow up responses from people thanking us for our warm welcome and the delightful tea.

This post was first published 11 June 2008.

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Lumberjack Black Tea from Tippy’s Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tippy’s Tea

Tea Description:

An original creation made by Tippy’s, we think you’ll love it. This is the truly manly man’s tea. It is rich and flavourful and wouldn’t be complete without some extra smokiness. Simply must be experienced!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t a big fan of Tippy’s Midday Flight (the only other tea from Tippy’s I’ve tried) but I really want to love this company because they’re Canadian (supporting tea companies from my country is awesome; especially with the poor state of our dollar), affordable, and appear to have really great customer service! This particular blend from them has been on my wishlist for a long time now, and thanks to a fellow SororiTea Sister, TheLastDodo, I’m finally getting the chance to try it! I do find it slightly ironic that one of our sisters in America is providing me with a sample from a Canadian company, though.

The dry leaf of this one is very smokey with wood notes too; it almost comes off as “thick” in just the scent alone. I’m incredibly excited to try this one – it’s been a long time coming.

Recently I’ve discovered a love for Lapsang even though it used to be one of my least favourite teas. And this definitely isn’t making me feel crazy for the sudden change in interest! Now that it’s steeped up, I’m picking up the smoke first and foremost as expected, but it’s not too in your face either. The many black teas in this blend (Keemun, Assam, Darjeeling, and the Lapsang) are offering up some very nice, sweeter supporting notes to keep it from feeling monotone and too ashy and intense; and the smoke notes in Keemun which I tend to dislike a lot are totally eclipsed by the smoke notes of the Lapsang.

Breaking down the sweeter notes; I’m getting stonefruit as well as much lighter cocoa notes. There’s also some mild malt notes, likely from the assam, and some wood notes which could be from a few of the different teas blended here. It’s very, very good! And, it’s surprisingly quite smooth as well. I went with a four minute steep Western style, and I don’t pick up on any bitterness or astringency, and it’s not particularly tannic either.

I think this is another “Lapsang” blend that is good for people trying to get into Lapsang for the first time too because it’s not as concentrated as a normal Lapsang is. Really, really happy I’m enjoying this because it just means it’s going to be that much more easy to eventually place an order with Tippy’s!

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Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea

SororiTEA Sisters - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 03:59
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  WayGood Tea

Tea Description:

A delicate herbal infusion kissed with fragrant rose petals & jasmine flowers.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Dry, this Lemon Jasmine Cleanse Tea from WayGood Tea smells more like sage and rosemary than it does lemon or jasmine (or any other ingredient in this herbal tisane).  But I don’t mind – I like sage and rosemary!

To brew this, I placed one sachet in my teacup and poured 8 ounces of near boiling (195°F) water over the sachet.  Then I allowed it to steep for 6 minutes.  The brewed tisane is a golden hue and smells pleasantly of sage and rosemary with hints of flower and subtle notes of lemon.  Similar to the dry tea – the fragrance is primarily rosemary and sage but more of the fruit and floral notes are coming through now.

The flavor is interesting.  I can’t say that I’ve ever tasted a tea or tisane quite like this.  That’s not to say I’m not enjoying it.  To be honest, I think I need another minute or two of writing about it before I figure out if I really do like it!

I taste sage and rosemary – not surprisingly based upon my experience with the aroma – but I also taste rose.  I appreciate that even though the sage and rosemary are dominate fragrances in this tea, their flavors do not overwhelm the cup.

I’m kind of surprised that the name of this tea is “Lemon Jasmine Cleanse” but of the ingredients in this blend – jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, alfalfa, sage, rosemary & lemon peel – the lemon and jasmine are not very prominent flavors in the cup.  The only thing I taste less than the lemon and jasmine here is the alfalfa.

I really can’t recall ever having tasted brewed alfalfa – I very well may have in another tea in my years as a tea reviewer, I just can’t recall having tasted it.  So, I wouldn’t know what to look for in the flavor here as an identifying note for the alfalfa.

As I continue to sip, I notice more jasmine and lemon notes, but they never really offer a strong presence in this drink.  Despite this, I’m finding this to be an enjoyable tisane.  It’s certainly different, but in many cases, different is good!  And it certainly has proven that to be the case with this.  I’d be happy to sip on this again!

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Hey Barb's TEA Shop, you just completed 5 tea events in 4 months, what are you going to do next? We're going to Highclere Castle!

Barb's Tea Shop - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 23:11
We're going to Downton Abbey
Five tea events in the first four months of 2015 and we couldn't be happier. We're also treating ourselves to a trip across the pond to visit the "real" Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle - although we've got a few months before we start packing.

Our events were held at three different libraries and two at the The Townsend Hotel.  Would it surprise anyone that over half the tea affairs were inspired by Downton Abbey?

Rang in the new year at White Lake Library
We rang in the new year at the White Lake Library with a Downton Abbey-inspired evening.  A chilly January evening was warmed by introductions from librarian Denise Harris-Fiems and English Rose tea from  Republic of Tea's Downton Abbey collection.

February at Baldwin LibraryOne month later, we were at The Baldwin Library in Birmingham, for a Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea with librarian Kathryn Bergeron, who decked out tables with linens and beautiful red roses. Rose (aka Rachel) served guests three selections from Republic of Tea.  Scones, curd and cream came from The Townsend Hotel.

Tables set for fun corporate event on Valentine's Day at the Townsend Speaking of our favorite luxury hotel, we spent our Valentine's Day at a corporate event held in the Townsend's tea lobby for an absolutely delightful group of women. We presented our Tea Etiquette program while guests dined on a scones, savories and bottomless pots of Harney tea.

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea at the TownsendIn April, we were back at The Townsend in April for a Downton Abbey afternoon tea. The hotel's tea lobby was transformed into a stunning Edwardian-era dining room where the Crawley family would feel right at home. Rose-Rachel and I so enjoyed presenting to and conversing with all the guests - some of who joined us in dressing in period attire!

What's Cooking with Barb and LorettaRachel sets up for tea tasting portion at Wet Bloomfield LibraryWe finished the month at the West Bloomfield Libary as part of their  popular "What's Cooking" series. Good friend and library committee member, Loretta Harris, joined us in greeting and serving to 80 guests. We presented, "Beyond the Tea Bag: Tea History and Tea Tasting" which included a matcha tea demonstration. Teas featured for our sampling included Ito En, Socra Tea and Elmwood Inn. Also featured were teas from Chazzano and Light of Day.

It was great to see some guests at the library who we saw less than a week before at our Townsend tea!

So, what does one do after all that - go to Highclere Castle, of course! That is the Disneyworld for those of us caught up in the Edwardian-era Masterpiece mini-series. .

Will be back with even MORE stories to share with our fellow Downton Abbey enthusiasts and ready for all a whole new line-up of tea events. Stay tuned and hope to see you at one of our teas soon!

To read more of these events, check out all the details in The Detroit Tea Examiner.

Green Tea Kombucha from Yogi

SororiTEA Sisters - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 22:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Yogi

Tea Description:

Our Green Tea Kombucha was inspired by a remedy that dates back to ancient Russia. Updated for today’s lifestyle, Yogi’s special formula of Organic Green Tea with Kombucha is designed to support your immune system and provide antioxidants. Spearmint naturally supports digestion, and Lemongrass and Plum flavor combine to create a smooth, fragrant blend with a light, fruity flavor. Once the steeping process is complete, you are ready to enjoy a delicious, delightful and soothing cup of green tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sometimes at work, making loose leaf tea just doesn’t happen.  It is so much easier just to throw some water in a cup and a tea bag.  That is how my week has been this week.  I don’t know what is going on but it has been crazier than the usual crazy it is day in and day out.

Looked in my drawer and this one was in my tea bag stash.  Brewed it up per the instructions on the bag and dumped in ice.

For a tea bag style tea, this is decent.  This tastes very sweet and there is a very very slight hint of green tea.  The plum flavors are what comes thru the most.  This isn’t like a sugary kind of sweet but a sweet you would get from fruit. I wish the lemongrass flavors would poke their head out more.  I am completely missing that flavor.  As to the Kombucha, I don’t really know much about it and not sure what it adds to the flavor.  I need to do more research and see what I can come up with there.

This tea is simple and easy.  No a whole lot of mess or fuss.  I wish the spearmint and lemongrass flavors were stronger but overall I really enjoy it and would pick it up again.

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Anji Bai Cha Green Tea from Nan Nuo Shan

SororiTEA Sisters - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:00
Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Nan Nuo Shan

Tea Description:

Anji Bai Cha owns a delicate, soft and relaxing taste, with a light sweet aftertaste.

Characteristic of this green tee variety is the colour of the leaves, rather white than green; in Chinese, baimeans white. The lack of pigment is due to the low chlorophyll content of the plant.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf of this Anji Bai Cha Green Tea from Nan Nuo Shan is so beautiful!  It looks almost like pine needles – but it doesn’t smell like it!  It has a delicate aroma, smelling lightly sweet and slightly vegetal.

To brew this, I suppose I could have reached for my Gaiwan (they are very similar to a silver needle, after all) but I decided to grab my Kati Tumbler instead.  I couldn’t measure this leaf with my bamboo scoop because the leaves just didn’t really work very well for it, so I simply used my fingers to pinch some tea out of the packet and into the basket of my Kati and eyeballed it when it looked to me to be about a bamboo scoop’s worth.

Then I added hot water (175°F) and let the tea steep for 1 1/2 minutes.  The brewed tea is so light in color – a pale, yellowish green.  The aroma is also quite light and gave me the initial impression that the overall flavor would be equally as light.

But it isn’t!  This is a very flavorful tea despite it’s rather delicate appearance and fragrance.

Sweet!  I taste notes of sweet grass and hints of flower in the distance.  It’s a very smooth and relaxing flavor.  There is some dry astringency toward the finish, it’s almost as if the tea is gently patting my palate dry to ready it for the next sip.

There is a light ‘airiness’ to this tea, like the flavor of the air in a meadow.  The grassy notes and whispers of flower that mingle in the air as a gentle breeze filters through.  As I continue to sip, I taste notes of melon – a sweet, juicy melon!

A delight to sip, this sweet tea that calms me with each sip.  This is de-stress at it’s best!

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Tea Ave Oriental Beauty

Tea For Me Please - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 16:00
Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: mix of green, red and brown with some white tips Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale amber The online tea world has been buzzing about +Tea Ave lately. I have to say that I am really impressed with their brand aesthetic and the packaging of their tea. The labelNicole Martinhttps://plus.google.com/103097147251455801975noreply@blogger.com0

Nepal earthquake: tea reaches out

T Ching - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:06

Two devastating earthquakes occurred in Nepal between April 25 and May 13.  Words fail to describe the loss of life, damage to thousands of sites secular and sacred, injury – and the difficulty for victims accessing fresh water, food, medical attention, and basic supplies.

The good news is that within hours of the first quake, Rajiv & Vivek Lochan loaded a large container truck with supplies and delivered them to those in need.  A few days later, another vehicle loaded with supplies was taken deeper into the quake zone. While many of you were enjoying the buzz at WTE, the Lochans kept the movement of goods flowing. Even as I type this, the relief effort goes on.  A significant portion of the funding for this immediate response was set up by Colonel Jason McDonald.  Grateful for the opportunity to participate, you can join me by clicking here.

Every cent donated goes directly to relief for the victims.

It is hardly a surprise that Colonel McDonald and the Lochan family (aka “The Gentlemen of Tea”) are spearheading this effort.  There was no questioning, no waiting to see how the Nepalese government responded, and no passing the buck.  They dug in and got it done.

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