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I made this tonight after feeling overly full from a savory stuffed pumpkin. The look of the dry pieces is as pictured. It smells gingery and peppery and like chocolate before brewing. I brewed at 180 for 5 minutes. The tisane smells more like chicory and ginger. It tastes initially like chicory but the chocolate smooths it while the pepper and ginger give it a slightly spicy note but some of the chicory bitterness lingers on the tongue though not in a bad way. It isn’t sweet like other tisane a I’ve recently drank but is very nice if you don’t want sweet. I think it is a tisane for people who also enjoy coffee.
To day I pulled this sample I bought from Tea Frog out of the pantry. I am a little stuffy today from all the recent rain kicking up my allergies. The dry leaves smelled slightly sweet and floral (maybe Jasmine?). I brewed for two and a half minutes at 170. The wet leaves smelled more vegetal with only a hint of the dry leaf smell. The tea is a pale amber in color and smells similar to the wet leaf. The taste is slightly astringent with the same vegetal base note, mildly nutty and slight sweet aftertaste. I don’t know if I would but this again, I’ll have to try again when I am less congested but it is a pleasant tea to drink this morning.
Day was a little gray and grim; this provided a little internal perk-up after a long, cold run to nursing home to check on my poor little mom.
The peppermint in this one is at whisper-level; just enough to add a little bit of zing. Inexpensive and recommended if you like lemon teas that aren’t caustically tart.
Last visit, my mom’s meal-table buddy from a couple of rooms down noticed the crossword puzzle book I had brought to fidget with—I have the bedside patience of a 3-year-old. I took her two today that were just getting rumpled in the magazine rack and asked her to do me the honor of finishing them for me. Was a smiley moment to walk past her room and see her hard at them. Just a thought…do a kindness for an elder that isn’t your own. It’ll make your day.
I’m still unable to get my favorite Lemon and Green Tea (San Francisco Herb & Natural Food) that I normally picked up in bulk local indie grocery. Boo.
So as I was rummaging this afternoon, I wondered if this might be a plausible substitute. It isn’t; not straight up, anyway. If you like serious, tart, citrusy lemon, this is exactly what you need. I reached for sweetener almost immediately. One turbinado sugar packet wasn’t quite enough; two was a bit much. But now it more closely resembles the lemon pastry vibe I’m going for.
Second steep edit: Was good. TeaFrog’s flavored green teas hold their flavor the second time around better than any others I’ve tried.
My first cold of the season is coming to a end ( well i was thinking at least ) when i began to have sore throat again. That not gonna happen let kill that with hot tea ! I’d watch a couple gaiwan video during the morning so why not try it i ask myself innocently ( my answer should have been because your gonna make a mess since you don’t know what you are doing )
Ah why not maybe i’m gonna have the beginner luck well that was not the case ..
Watching a last video after installing all my stuff just to be sure
All the pre-heat did go well but first impression That thing become HOT! i nearly drop it let handle it a little higher i still need my finger don’t want to burn it
Putting the leaf in the gaiwan – 1/4 as suggested in many video that seem a lot but meh i’m no expert so i have to take my first info somewhere let’s go with what they say ( yah cold make me dumb i didn’t even think to come ask here ..)
Rince it – Done ( that kinda the easiest part lol)
First steep – Used the suggested temperature but steeping time found on the web was 20 seconds ( Gawhhh that was so so freaking bitter first time i get a bitter green tea it’s was worst than any black tea i ever taste even the new loose leaf tea from Tim Horton made by people who don’t know how to make tea i was desperate don’t judge me lol ) too many leaf ? dunno i think probably water to hot ( i could not finish the cup it’s was that bitter )
Second steep – i think it’s was the water being too hot that cause the bitterness so i let it cool down does it change something ? well no sure less bitter but the first was so bitter that i still have the taste in the mouth
i did stop at 2 steep for the sake of my bud taste ( i wish to be able to still taste my other tea) cleaning up the mess was fast since i did not really make some but will cleaning the gaiwan i drop it and it broke ( they are little fragile thing )
So it was my first and last ( for now ) gaiwan experience i finish all this by drinking my favorite genmaicha ( at least i know how to do that one )
Toys R Us two Saturdays before Christmas…what were we thinking? Ever notice that there are far fewer dancing, grinning shoppers in the real stores than there are on the commercials?
Between battling crowds and bitter cold, I am glad to be back home in my hobbit hole cuddling this lovely cozy cup after a quick lunch-and-errand run. It’s perfectly sweet coconut-candy-pina-colad-y, sunny and cheerful on a raw, cloudy afternoon. For just a moment, it might make you forget the gloom.
Been a while since I’ve had this one. My loss; this is wonderfully light and tasty. Heavy on the coconut, but the lemongrass is definitely detectible and harmonizes beautifully. Plenty sweet without additions. (Now if I were just in a lounge chair on a tropical resort smelling the wet sand and watching the sun slip over the horizon….)
I have a work friend who (mostly to get my goat) tells me that all my favorite black breakfast teas “just taste like Lipton.” She doesn’t acknowledge all those lovely, subtle, blend and plantation differences that make tea tasting a joy.
But to be totally honest, I have a similar blind spot when it comes to green teas. Unless there is something remarkably different or unique about one or t’other, many of them taste, well…green. (With the exception of those that are cereally or hay-y. Love those.)
This nice little China Moon is one of those. A good green tea that’s balanced in the middle of the just-barely-there ……… overcooked green bean spectrum. Green. Nice. And that’s all I got to say about that.
I don’t usually wake up craving anything but heavy black tea, but it’s a lovely sunny morning, i woke up to birds and sunlight instead of an alarm clock (a gift in itself!) and in a flight of fancy, started the day with this, which is in my itsallabouttheleaf.com review box.
More comments when I write a real review, but I think I actually steeped it properly (no small accomplishment for a morning tea slob!) so that I can accurately assess it.
Longer review posted here: http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2682/tea-review-teafrog-chocolate-and-cream-flavoured-black-2/ A really good dessert alternative!
Review’s up at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2658/tea-review-teafrog-tahiti-cream-rooibos-tea-2/. Not as good as a vacation to somewhere sunny, but it’ll improve the atmosphere wherever you are.
This one will also be up for later review at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com, but it’s too good not to at least give it a mention … well worth checking out if you like coconutty, creamy, vanilla-y goodness. Was almost a mini-vacation enjoying it in the rocking chair on the porch of Shabby House on an absolutely delicious warm-cool fall afternoon.
Full and formal review up at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/2621/tea-review-teafrog-orange-pekoe/. This one’s tasty!
A longer review will be up on www.itsallabouttheleaf.com eventually, but I’ll log it quickly and mention this is loads better than grocery-store brand orange pekoe varieties. Perfect for milk. Nice with a little sweet 1/2 and 1/2 this morning.
I’ve only had a couple of genmaicha varieties; this is definitely the better one.
There’s definitely chocolate and a light cream flavor here. I’m going to leave off the score today because I had this at work where I didn’t have cream and sugar. It wanted cream and sugar, at least to my tastebuds. So I don’t want to do it wrong by not scoring it that way. But I have a feeling it will be lovely with the two of them.
Had just a sample, so I can’t vouch for the long-term sedative effects, but it’s still a pleasant lemongrassy herbal.
Most herbal stress busters lean on a lemony base, and TeaFrog’s Stress Reliever fits the stereotype. It’s pleasantly lemongrass-heavy when you examine the dry blend and when you drink a steeped cup.
(Reviewed and rated for medicinal value for an upcoming www.itsallabouttheleaf.com post.)
My free sample with my TeaFrog order (love free samples!). I was quite curious about this, as I haven’t had many cinnamony teas and the combination sounded intriguing. The smell is SUPER strong, it was basically able to fill my studio THROUGH the packaging. I tried to combat it with incense, but that proved to be only a temporary solution. Thankfully, the effect has since faded.
The first steep was…mostly cinnamony, that is pretty much all I tasted, no rooibos no orange, nuffin. It’s interesting to read other people’s impressions – especially teabird, who had basically the opposite reaction. Am I that big a wuss or did we just get a very different batch? The world may never know. I DID get more orange when the tea had cooled, but that is hardly optimal for a tea called “fireside.”
I’ll try to vary my steeping parameters a bit before I give this a rating, don’t want to judge it unfairly because I was adding too much water, or something!