The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

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From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

The dry leaf is rather fragrant. As soon as I open the packet, out goes the aroma. The flavorings in the tea itself are strong – particularly the bergamot – but not at all off-putting. At first I can only taste the bergamot, and then the vanilla comes through, in the aftertaste. Unlike in other Earl Grey’s I’ve had, there is no unwanted super malty interference from the base tea, so I didn’t feel the need to add milk or sugar, which is a big plus.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Marco Polo TTB

I lost the note to this when my computer died and the only thing I remember is that this reminded me a lot of The Tea Merchant’s and DAVIDsTEA which are my favorite EGC’s. So I guess this would now go in that category also.

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Marco Polo TTB

I made this on the stove top with whole milk and dark brown sugar to share with my chai loving husband.

In the beginning I get lightly spiced cookie (Myhusband thought shortbread?) yeah, a spiced shortbread cookie. As it cools the spices came out to play a little more. I think I may have been depriving myself of cookies because that is what I got from another one of persimmon tree chais . So it got me thinking, it has been months since I last had a cookie, I will have to fix that soon.

I’m so ready for FALL! I’m jealous of the people I see on here with cool weather already.

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This tea fit the bill for my caramel craving after the last one. It’s very light tea base with just enough caramel to cover it up. Perfect, light, caramel. Nom.

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Marco Polo TTB

Sweet creamy vanilla, spiced sugar cookie, the ginger and pepper tingles on the tongue. Something I could make for the whole family at night. My husband who will only drink caffeinated teas wanted to try this. I had everything taken out of the box that I wanted to try and my husband comes over and wonders if he would like anything, I cringed and held my tongue as I watched him unpack the tightly packed box looking at almost everything. I’m so glad he chose this one because I was about to give up on rooibos because I don’t like it but I can’t taste it in this one, yay!

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This sample from k s was welcome; as (wouldn’t you know it) I was awake hours too early on a Saturday morning—gentle rain on the roof is such an unnatural sound of late, it woke me. So I steeped this a little long and strong to get the bleary eyes open while watching a Veggie Tales kids’ show on one of the few analog channels left in our area. (Haven’t Veggied since my son was a little ‘un. They haven’t changed much.)

I’m seeing “peppery” in the reviews for this one; may be I was just too sleepy to notice that. My sleepy brain registered “starchy and crusty,” but in a good way, like rye bread toast crust.

Veronica

Larry and Bob aren’t regulars in our house anymore either, but the other day my daughter, who is fourteen, was singing “oh where is my hairbrush”. I had to smile.

gmathis

This one was “The Land of Ha’s” … the bad movie references made me wince!

gmathis

(We Are The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is my personal favorite.)

K S

You look like Captain Crunch…

OMGsrsly

OMG, We Are The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything is HILARIOUS.

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Lewis & Clarke TTB

I’ve not been a huge fan of The Persimmon Tree’s teas in the past, but I popped open a sample of this one and it smells quite tasty, so I thought I’d give it a try! The dry leaf is mostly black tea with some red rooibos and rose petals mixed in for dramatic effect. It smells somewhat tart and quite apple-y in an apple juice kind of way. There are no instructions, so I did a 3 minute steep at 200 degrees.

Once the tea is brewed, I still smell quite a bit of apple with maybe a little peach in there? I can also smell a bit of cinnamon and something resembling butter. This tea tastes… odd. It’s almost smoky, and I don’t really get any fruit from it. There’s a baby hint of apple near the end, and a touch of cinnamon, but otherwise this is nowhere near any kind of fruit crisp… :(

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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L&CTTB

Very vanilla
Quite creamy and buttery – probably from the oolong.
Just a touch of citrus.

Desserty.

It’s nice.

I hadn’t realized when I pulled it from the box that this was an oolong.

Not sure I’d drink this too often, but it was a nice treat.

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You know those teas you try and, although you can’t quite put your finger on what makes it so pleasant, you look down and there’s only dregs in your cup? This is one. My first pouchong. It is thick and velvety and juicy with maybe a little hay-toast-and-honey vibe. My thanks to k s for the treat.

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Have you ever wondered where exactly Hobbits come from? Well, my dear sweetheart (and fellow geek) Ben came up with the best theory ever; Hobbits are spawn of Ungoliant! His theory is this, the various spider spawns and Ungoliant herself are known for their perpetual hunger, in face Ungoliant managed to consume herself she was that hungry. One of the main things we know about Hobbits is that they really REALLY like eating, a grand total of seven (probably large) meals a day is not normal. Clearly their ravenous hunger means they are the long lost descendants of the great spider herself.

One of the biggest problems with being Gluten free is lack of certain favorite desserts from my childhood, my mom used to make the most delicious apple or peach crisps for me. Peach Apple Crisp by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is a blend of Biodynamic Black Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Nilgiri Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Assam Loose-Leaf Tea, Organic Orange Peel, Fair Trade Organic Rooibos, Roses, Organic Hibiscus, Safflower, and Natural Flavors, a sizable list of ingredients! The aroma smells pretty varied, there are notes of roses, delicate peaches and apples, a touch of citrus, a bit of woody rooibis, a tiny bit of tart hibiscus, and lastly a sweet malty and caramel finish. It does not really smell like a crisp, but it does smell sweet and fruity, so I enjoy sniffing it.

The brewed leaves are delightfully sweet, there are notes of apples and peaches (real fruit, not candy or fake fruit, always a big plus!) there is also a rich caramel and malt aroma with a tiny bit of rose at the finish. The liquid without it’s leaves is richly malty with accompanying notes of caramel, wood, and fresh peaches and apples. The fruit smells more like cooked fruit than fresh fruit, giving it a bit of a crisp feel.

Tasting the tea, it starts off with a blend of malt, caramel, and woody notes, this gives it a bit of an oatmeal themed crisp crust. This transitions to fairly mild apple and peach with a hint of citrus and an aftertaste of roses. If I close my eyes and imagine I can almost taste the crisp, but with about half as much sugar (which can really easily be fixed with a bit of sweetener) this is one of those teas that is really good at capturing the idea of a crisp without tasting exactly like one. I like it, the tea is a good dessert tea without being overly sweet so it could be a substitute for a dessert or a companion to a sweet dish.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-persimmon-tree-tea-company-peach.html

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I came across this sample while I was doing a bit of organizing. My tea drawer is a mess and I need to sip down some of my samples and decide which I want to reorder. I decided to cold steep this all afternoon and while it isn’t bad I find that it leaves me feeling a little meh about it. I love EG in any shape or form, but this one just doesn’t have the flavor Im looking for. When I take a sip all I can taste is the vanilla. I need something just a bit more bold.

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Thank you Maria for selling a bit of this one! I’m getting more and more addicted to white teas, though they were once my least favorite. I used almost two teaspoons of these fuzzy leaves, and because they are fuzzy I also rinsed them to get some of the fuzzies out of the cup. At first sip with these types of teas, they seem like they need some getting used to… the flavor seems a bit unpleasant, but then the rest of the mug is just fine. Maybe that makes this tea all the more enjoyable, if at first it doesn’t seem like it will be a good cup but then gets better. The flavor is light and sweet – a bit grassy or hay, and then something like marshmallow. I like the shifting lingering flavor. The second steep has even more flavor, something fruity like a melon and kind of smooths out even more, even though this is a very smooth tea to begin with! I’m not sure if all ‘silver needles’ are also the teas called ‘bai hao yin zhen’. It seems like most white teas are either those types or the ‘bai mu dan’.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 30 min after boiling // rinse // 1 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min

Sidenote: My first incident of Steepster deleting one of my tasting notes. I was trying to look up my note for David’sTea – Bai Hao Yin Zhen but the tasting note (and my little rating at the top) is completely missing! This worries me as Steepster is my tea brain! I’ll be getting tea amnesia!

Veronica

I use Steepster as my tea brain, too. Missing notes are no good!

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So I tried something new and exciting today, I made popped amaranth! It is pretty tasty, similar to popcorn but with an earthier taste, I certainly think I like it better than popcorn…plus no annoying kernels being stuck in my teeth! This is part of my experimenting trying to find easy to make, relatively cheap, naturally gluten free (not a substitute like gluten free waffles or crackers) snacks. My next experiment will be toasted millet, though I do find myself wondering what these toasted and popped grains would be like in Genmaicha.

So, have you ever found yourself craving Chai right before bed but knew there was no way you would sleep if you drank one? The Persimmon Tree Tea Company’s Rooibos Vanilla Chai might just be a solution for midnight Chai cravings. Made from Organic Rooibos, Vanilla Flavoring, Ginger Pieces, Cinnamon Pieces, Cardamon, Cloves, and Orange Pieces. The aroma is very sweet and spice, as expected from a Chai! There are notes of vanilla, woody rooibos, caramel, and mostly well balanced spices. I say mostly because the ginger is a bit stronger than the other spices.

After giving the tea a good steeping, the aroma is very spicy, heavy notes of clove and ginger. It reminds me of the holidays, very warm and comforting aroma. There are also fairly gentle notes of vanilla and sweet, woody, rooibos. The liquid is mellow, a nice sweet blend of rooibos, spices, vanilla, and a tiny hint of orange.

I find myself frequently craving night time Chai in the colder months, the warming spices and richness of the tea is very soothing when the weather is cold and you are snuggling under blankets with a cup of tea. It is many months away from winter, but I can certainly imagine it when sipping this tea! Since this is a Chai I made it with my usual cream and sugar, but only a hint of sugar since a pre-additive sip let me know that this tea is already quite sweet. The spices are nicely balanced, as with the aroma there is a little more ginger and clove than the other spices, which blends really well with the woodiness of the rooibos. Of course the cream brings out the vanilla giving the tea an extra richness.At the finish there is a bit of orange, which adds an extra layer of warmth to tea. I really like that this is a caffeine free Chai, I am a great lover of Chai both traditional and fun new takes on the tea.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-persimmon-tree-tea-company-rooibos.html

TeaBrat

Interesting.. i have never popped amaranth though I’ve had it in other ways and seems kinda bitter to me?

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

It can be kinda bitter on its own, I find when I eat it I need it in things and not just plain.

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Lewis and Clarke TTB

So my mom gave me some frozen venison from last years hunting season, and she told me to stew it because it’s the tough cuts. I’m a rebel and decided to slow cook it on a BBQ sauce concoction I made instead. So now my whole apartment smells like yummy BBQ sauce. It won’t be done for 5 hours, but I plan in shredding it and I can’t wait.

Anyway, I’ve been drinking puerh all day (review in a bit), and decided to take a quick break in between for this.

There’s a little bit of an oily film here, I don’t mind it but just a heads up in case you do. This is yummy. Lots of cream and a nice coconut blast at the end of the sip and sticks around a nice long time.

I’m going to try the other half of the sample cold steeped. Persimmon Tree makes a mean cream tea though.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So had to dump my morning matcha milk. The milk had turned. Wasted a tsp of leaf but at least I realized it before taking a drink. Grabbed this one as alternate. Went great with grits. Nice sturdy but smooth cup.

I have a bulldozer in my front yard. A load of dirt was spread to bring the grade up so my basement will stop leaking. Now a back hoe is digging like mad putting a drain across my front yard. Meanwhile two guys are re-roofing my garage. The materials for my porch will be delivered soon. Apparently we are really going to do this thing.

ashmanra

Speaking of “the milk had turned”, you should read my matcha review today. LOL!

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I don’t normally drink English Breakfast. I find them either too beige or too brutish, but that’s just me. This one impressed me with the dry leaf smell. It was like cherry pipe tobacco and maple syrup. The tea itself is very smooth. I had braced myself for throat grabbing harsh. It was much, much, lighter than I expected, so no brute here. There is an interesting peppery note that wasn’t hot and spicy, just flavorful. It is slightly malty with a lingering aftertaste. Not exactly beige. It may, or may not be what you want from an EB but I liked it. The first mug was 3 g, 195 F, for 2.5 minutes – because EB often hurts my stomach. For giggles, the second mug with new leaf was 3 g, 212 F, for 4 minutes. It made little difference. It was slightly more robust but really still a comfortable, yet forgiving tea. If you need tea to shout at you in the morning, this probably isn’t it. If you prefer a calmer voice saying, you can do it, maybe this will speak to you.

gmathis

Of late, in the morning, I need a tea that says, “That’s OK. You go back to bed. I’ll go into work for you.”

K S

Whoever puts that tea on the market is guaranteed the biggest seller ever!

ashmanra

Ooo, cherry pipe tobacco…

Cheri

gmathis That sounds like a great tea. I like it.

gmathis

OK, Steepster vendor/blenders, the gauntlet has been thrown down: breakfast tea that does the job for you while you rumple back under the covers.

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