Tin Roof Teas

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This was one of the three free sample teas at Tin Roof Tea last Friday. I had a tiny bit of it in the store, but needed a good excuse to buy more tea when I already have more than I should. As it happens, that excuse came in the form of my friend saying that she needs some green teas to add to her cupboard and could I come up with some things she would like?

This one smelled so heavenly and tasted so good, I knew she would love it. Today we tried Anna’s Blend, a black tea with raspberry and yogurt flavors that reminded me of Marco Polo without all the drama of pulling the leaves at EXACTLY the right moment, and we had this one.

This one was hands down the favorite for both of us. The strawberry flavor is so natural that I felt like I had a cup of really good green tea and someone just crushed some fresh strawberry juice into it. The vanilla is very creamy and warm but not bold or in your face. This is so smooth. Anna’s Blend was excellent, don’t get me wrong, but this one was dazzling.

I am really sure this is the same tea offered by Teageschwender. The description is identical. I will gladly keep this one on shelf! Many thanks to Tin Roof Teas for making so many awesome teas available relatively close by! I believe they have about 300 in the store!

Sil

This sounds tasty

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If this isn’t the same Ti Kuan Yin that Teas, Etc. sells, I will lose that nickel I just bet!

This is a good everyday drinker, a bit darker than some of the more modern TKY’s. A mere three teaspoons made 36 ounces of tea of very good strength, as I made 18 ounces at a time and resteeped once so far. And it must be decent, because I already drank all 36 ounces by myself. I had a really horrible day yesterday and didn’t eat or drink from 9 am until 9 pm. Terrible, I know, but I am making it up to my body today by feasting on good tea! And M&M’S may get involved later but we won’t talk about that…

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I have been stalking Tin Roof Teas waiting for this to come in! My daughter purchased a tea called Madame Butterfly from Gurman’s in Dublin, Ireland. So many guests really love it, and I am especially pleased that it is a tea that children love with no added sugar! My bag is getting low, and I was hoping to find a US source so I could save a bit on shipping. The description of Fuzzy Navel sounded like it was going to be the same tea, or close enough to it.

The dry leaves look the same as well as the flavoring bits like the flower petals. The two cups of steeped tea side by side are exactly the same color. The aroma matches. The most important part is the flavor, and if it isn’t identical it is at least close enough to be virtually indistinguishable.

My whole kitchen smells like a peach cobbler. Warm, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream would be so good right now, but I am exhausted and need to go to bed!

Hooray! I have a US source for a tea I want to keep on hand, and I don’t even have to pay shipping because I am up there often enough to buy what I need. Plus a little extra. :)

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
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I finally got to Raleigh today to go to my favorite local (well, a little over an hour but close enough!) tea shop. I was supposed to go in and just buy some Fuzzy Navel to compare to Madame Butterfly, but my bestie mentioned that she wanted some greens for her cupboard so I had to look for a green I thought she would like, and the owner is evil evil evil – no, wait, he was just trying to make me happy – and made me smell the Ti Kuan Yin and I had to buy that, and I finally caved and bought this one! I really HAD to because one of my daughters is named Anna.

They were gracious enough to sell me the tea split into two bags so I can send half of it to her boyfriend in N. Ireland. AND they offered to do a special blend for me to replicate a tea I can’t get anymore, so I am pretty excited about that!

Isn’t it great when you buy something for a silly reason and discover that you love it? I steeped this for 3 minutes, right in the middle of their recommended steep time, and it is delicious. It is not bitter at all, there is no astringency, you can taste the black tea base just fine, and the raspberries are so sweet and fruity, with the yogurt lending a creaminess so the raspberries are never tart. This is quite a winner!

Want to save a fortune on buying Marco Polo? Try this. It is smoother. It is less fussy to make. You won’t be missing a thing, and the price is great – about half the price of Marco. And it is absolutely perfect without sugar or milk. If you were inclined to add those, I think this could probably handle it just fine.

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So after all the brewhaha (LOL!) last night with the transcript, I got up at six a.m. to get started again. Two hours later, testing the automatic GPA figuring, I put in a fake course and then erased it. But it refused to erase completely and left a “grade not available at this time” and refused to compute her final GPA. I tried to refresh the page to take it out and….took…out…everything…I had done. All of it. And I was finished.

YOUNGEST! I NEED TEA! Seeing my state, she asked if I needed Catherine, but I told her I thought I wanted Moroccan Mint instead. I can drink it hot or cold, plain or super sweet, and it’s good every whichaway.

Several cups later, the transcript is complete and printed, the FAFSA is done (twice because I didn’t see that I had clicked on the top item which was an ad for a company that makes you fill everything out yourself then charges you to file it for you so yes, we had to go to the right site and do it all over again sob sob sob) and now we can have LUNCH! If I was going to take up drinking, this would be the day.

Now to get the registration for school done and haggle with the insurance company over my son’s wisdom tooth extraction. Sigh.

There is no paperwork in heaven, save for the Lamb’s Book of Life. I bet I know what happens in hell…

gmathis

Preach on, friend! (But oh, to have a child that can gauge what tea to bring you based on your mood—makes up for the paperwork, eh?)

No paperwork…but I can’t wait for eternity to catch up on all the good books that Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have been cranking out for us all these decades ;)

JacquelineM

I LOVE that she asked if you needed Catherine :) :) :)

Hesper June

Whew! What an ordeal! Glad its done and so sweet that she made you tea:)

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Backlogging from yesterday: This is the tea that was the raison d’être for yesterday’s tea party.

My student mentioned during a lesson that she and her mother used to drink tea with a Moroccan lady who had moved back home, and said her mother really missed the fun they had. I invited them to come try some of my tea!

She said that the tea smelled identical to what her friend made, but her friend used fresh spearmint in hers so it may have been a little different. She seemed to really like it. I love it. I didn’t add anything at all to mine, but she and her daughter added White Gold honey and liked it.

I enjoy spearmint more than peppermint in my area and wanted to grow some, but by the time I got around to going to the nursery they we sold out. Maybe next year!

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Thank you ashmanra for sending some of this tea my way.

This tea is uncannily similar to the Fig Formosa from Teas Etc, from the name, to the appearance and aroma, right down to the color of the liquid. It’s been a while since I had the Fig Formosa from Teas Etc, so I can’t tell you without a doubt that they are the same tea … but, I suspect that they are.

Anyway, if this is the same tea, I’m happy to be drinking it again… and if it isn’t, well, that’s OK too. I’ll just talk about what I’m experiencing now and not try to hone in on my memories of the previous tasting.

Delicious fig flavor. I love fig, and this so reminds me of the flavor of the figs that I used to pick from the fig orchard belonging to the farm where I lived for a short while. One of my favorite things to do is walk through the orchard and pick the figs and eat them while they were still warm from the sun. Sweet and juicy and yummy!

This tea has a strong, delicious fig flavor. Very true to the fruit.

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I am drinking this cold today. The heat index is supposed to hit 115F so staying hydrated and cool is the theme of the day!

This is quite nice as an iced tea. I steeped this yesterday, hot, and made a resteep right away. I put about 40 ounces in a glass pitcher and stirred in a little less than 2 Tablespoons of sugar while it was still piping hot and let it cool briefly on the counter. It has been refrigerated since then, and if my tea is already cold I do not add ice.

The tea is beautiful, not cloudy at all, and even though there is some black tea in this blend, the color is a medium orange – really lovely! The fruity part of this is subtle and just adds a really nice touch to the tea. It is great by itself, and would be good with a meal as well.

Nice blend, TIn Roof Teas!

Michelle

Eep. Stay cool!

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My friend bought this today on our trip to Raleigh. She left enough for me to make a pot of tea, so I decided to make it several different ways.

First I tried it absolutely plain, and it tastes like a very nice, subtly orange flavored oolong. The orange tasted natural. I thought it was quite good. My friend was really wanting a total Creamsicle experience, so I played with it a little.

I added a little whipped cream and a tiny bit of sugar to one tiny cup of the tea. At this point, I would really have preferred it natural. I take almost all my tea with no additions so this didn’t do anything for me. Then we added a serious amount of sugar, and WOW did we have a sweet cup of tea, worthy of any Southern lady’s refrigerator. And that was really good.

The next stage of the experiment is underway. I resteeped the leaves and got a nicely colored liquor and pretty nice strength for a resteep. I combined the remainder of the first steep and the all of the second in a glass pitcher and put it in the refrigerator to cool and meld for another scorcher tomorrow. The heat index is supposed to be 115F here, so a cold, refreshing citrus-flavored tea will be very welcome.

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After reading Dylan’s paeans to Moroccan Mint, I broke down and bought some at Tin Roof Teas. He was right about how indispensible it is for summertime! After trying it, I began a quest to find the one I would love best.

Today I had a face off between four teas from four different companies. Tin Roof Teas won for me because the gunpowder green base is smooth, not smokey, and supports the fresh, tingling spearmint flavor so beautifully. Perhaps there is something about the addition of Egyptian Mint that makes it sing for me, too. I do not really enjoy peppermint in tea. Much as spearmint, so that is a big factor in my choosing this one. If you love peppermint more, you would want to go with the Market Spice version. Serendipitea was next, and very close, while Teavana lagged seriously far behind.

Dylan Oxford

Thank you so much for doing the field research for us :)

Azzrian

I had to google the meaning of the word “paeans” lol

ashmanra

It was fun! I <3 my new tea glasses!

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
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A big thanks to Ashmanra for sending me some of this tea!

This is splendid! It has a lovely flavor – tasting very much of Asian pear! Crisp, a little tart, and pleasantly sweet. I taste the floral tones from the orange blossom too. What I’m really digging, though, is how well the Asian Pear flavor shines through. So often, fruit flavors like this one tend to be added too lightly and are not tasted properly, or they’re overdone and taste artificial. Here, the flavor tastes authentic, It tastes like I’ve just bitten into a fresh, juicy Asian Pear! YUM!

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-Dry leaves are small and wiry. Wet leaves open up to a good sized tea leaf.
-Dry leaves have a citrusy aroma. Tea liquor aroma is more faint.
-Tea liquor is a medium coppery color.
-Faint citrusy flavor with a brisk finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Flavor is less intense than expected. No tartness.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
1798 tasting notes

It was 65 degrees and completely overcast when I went out on the patio for breakfast. That really put me in the mood for a pot of tea but I know today is tea party day and we usually have lots of black or oolong tea. I went with a nice, soft green with refreshing taste. This is so smooth and mild. I am not sure what the base is, but they call for 194F temp and 2 minutes steep time if that helps. It is as if pear juice has been added to a cup of really mild and smooth green tea.

Nicole

Tea Party day. I like the sound of that! :)

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Continuing my love affair with Moroccan Mint, I decided to share it with my bestie today after we had some Asian Pear from this same company. This is their own house blend of Moroccan Mint. Their gunpowder green base is smooth and not at all smokey. The spearmint is strong but not offensively so, indeed I love it!

Our experiment involved adding honey. I have had this plain and with sugar. When I was at Moo Mart (where we feel like cattle when we shop) I saw some raw mountain honey from the western part of our state. I wanted to try it in my MM.

We began with plain tea so my friend could get a clear taste of the tea. Then we added her Manuka honey from Bird Pick Tea and Herb. It was nice, but the honey flavor was definitely noticeable and different from adding sugar.

Next came the Moo Mart honey. When I opened it, I was really taken aback. It smelled like HORSE! Seriously, like horse!!! I thought mixing it with spearmint tea would dampen the horse completely down, but alas, when I lifted my cup it smelled like horse and the sip tasted a wee bit horsey. I love puerh, but come on. Horsey honey?

Next cup got raw sugar from Whole Foods, and that was the best of the sweetened cups. I think this is great plain, though, so I will probably only drink this when I want a cooling, sweet iced tea.

Jim Marks

What was the flower involved in the honey? That’s really bizarre.

My favorite honey is dark amber buckwheat — but it is terrible for tea because it has a very strong flavor of its own that can overwhelm a lot of teas. Fantastic in steamed steel cut oats, or something, though.

ashmanra

Jim, I don’t know what flower. I looked the label over pretty carefully and see it. Maybe they are wild honeybees with really bad taste! LOL! I think they have been visiting Bradford pears, based on the smell! :)

Jim Marks

It probably isn’t a single source, then. Usually those are a safe bet, especially for tea, because the blending of flavors tends to produce a fairly neutral sweetness.

Horsey smell? Maybe they were getting into the dingle berries. ;-)

ashmanra

Eeeewww!

Sandy

I didn’t know horseflies could make honey.

Dylan Oxford

I’ve always been partial to Orange Blossom honey. My sister is a honey enthusiast, and has roughly as many jars of honey on her desk as I do cans of tea. I’ll have to ask her about buckwheat honey.

ashmanra

Well, hello there, Sandy! Don’t be a stranger!
Dylan: I have a little organic, raw honey that a former student of mine sells from her farm. That is the one i should use until i get my own Manuka honey.I think you are right….I should stick with honey that has a provenance!

Jim Marks

Beester?

ashmanra

Jim, I bet a ton of people would sign up! There are foodies for EVERYTHING! :)

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drank Asian Pear by Tin Roof Teas
1798 tasting notes

I am 100% sure I have reviewed this before! Yet it didn’t even show that it is in my cupboard.

Ah well. We begin again. I bought this at Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh, NC. They used to be a Teageschwender shop so I expect this is sourced from the very same place. I found it to be delightfully smooth, and the pear flavor is light, as if you are eating a pear and the juice is still on your mouth and you taste the sweetness on your tongue. This is a sweet and subtle cup with no green tea bitterness at all, no sour taste.

ashmanra

Found my other reviews, oops! That was the day it wouldn’t let me add a new tea so I reviewed it under Teageschwender’s name!

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I had about five ounces of this left yesterday after drinking it hot and sweetened, iced, sharing it with hubby, and then making (and eating) three Zoku Popsicles with it. I am in love with Moroccan Mint and now I want those little glasses from Harney and Sons and maybe a bunch of other Moroccan glasses, too, because THEY ARE SO PRETTY!!!!

Sigh. On a happy note, I did discover that if I buy 250 grams at a time I will save a dollar.

Jim Marks

Are the glasses they use in Morocco the same as a traditional Russian tea service, or different?

Bonnie

Different. You can get a whole nice set for a good price on Amazon. I love the big exotic Middle Eastern metal teapot for serving. But thats for putting fresh mint in and sometimes some gunpowder and lots and lots of sugar! (I ‘m sure you’ve been served this at some occasion as a Chanter!) ….This is why I grow mint!

Jim Marks

I’ve had traditional tea service in restaurants, but have not had the honor of receiving hospitality in anyone’s home.

ScottTeaMan

Doesn’t the metal change the flavor of the tea?

Jim Marks

Probably.

ashmanra

They are different, but a similar size and shape more or less. Russian tea glasses seem to be clear or clear with website or gold filigree work and are usually used with a holder. Moroccan glasses are usually colorful and have more filigree work, and seldom have a holder. I have seen two styles with a ring of thicker glass near the middle, presumably to prevent burned fingers. I read that the glasses are to be filled aout halfway so as not to burn the fingers, and glasses should be held with the thumb on bottom and a finger in top for further protection against burning. One site said that if the tea is too hot for your fingers, it is too hot for your mouth, so apparently a wee bit of patience is required, something that took me a while to acquire when it comes to a fresh cup of tea!

Bonnie

Ya know, if this is what is traditionally used, then I would use it figuring that the flavor would be most authentic! The pot I’ve been served from in homes and cafe’s have been brass. There is no acid if only mint is used and sugar. (Don’t know about gunpowder tea or how much would be used) The flavor has always been wonderful!

ashmanra

I think it would depend on the metal also. I understand the sterling is supposed to “sweeten” both water and tea. Harney and Sons has a glass Moroccan pot that is pretty, and a great deal cheaper than sterling!

ashmanra

I love Steepster and tea! How much we have learned that would never have come to us otherwise!

Bonnie

I’d look for a stainless pot myself in the old style!

Jim Marks

I believe brass or nickel plated brass is most traditional for the pot.

Jim Marks

PS: 250 grams is a LOT of tea. Do you have a good storage system for that much leaf?

ashmanra

I believe it is about 9 ounces of leaf. I have a tea shelf and lots of tins, as well as part of one cabinet and a box. The 100 grams I bought will just be kept in the foil bag it came in. With guests drinking it, I don’t expect it to last terribly long.

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This was a fun tea tasting! Jim Marks suggested that I find out how traditional Moroccan Mint tea is made and served. I read a number of recipes and read how they pour from up high, filling a glass and pouring it back in to mix the sugar in well, and finally pouring from high up again to make a froth on the tea. I had the girls look on a map to see where Morocco is, look at the overall climate, and find movies that were shot in or set in Morocco. (Youngest is a huge Inception fan and was pretty excited about that one!) I described the tall, narrow tea glasses they use that are decorated in beautiful colors with gold filigree.

We poured our frothy tea and drank it. WOW! It has been a long time since I have had any tea with this much sugar in it, but it is DELICIOUS! I am amazed they drink this hot all year in Morocco, but it really is good and the mint is so cooling. They probably didn’t have refrigeration as a common option until recently! I think I like it even more hot than iced, too. (I had it iced at lunch with my banana sandwich.)

The article we read said that this is served to guests as a symbol of your hospitality and is served at least twice a day in most homes. A visitor in a gathering will be asked to judge who is the best tea maker among them. Now if that doesn’t sound like a bunch of Southern ladies gathered around serving their sweet tea to guests, I don’t know what does!

Thanks for the recommendation, Jim! This was fun, and I will definitely try serving it to guests this way in the future. I guess I have to go out and buy some of those gorgeous little glasses now! :)

I really love the spearmint and Egyptian mint in this, and I was disappointed to see that most companies use peppermint. I don’t know if I would like that as well, but I will certainly give it a try.

ScottTeaMan

Yes, but sadly many of the moroccan tea glasses are made in China now. ://

TeaBrat

Simpson and vail has a nice little set, theirs are from Morocco: http://www.svtea.com/Moroccan-Tea-Glasses-Set-of-6/productinfo/A1750/

ScottTeaMan

They’re nice, and that’s rather reasonable for moroccan tea glasses.

ScottTeaMan

All the sets are saweet…….

ashmanra

I looked at both links. Beautiful! I think I see these at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx a lot, so I may try there first. I have trouble trusting items made in China because of the potential lead content, but I guess glass would be safe since the painting is on the outside. Harney and Sons has some, but they cost even more and are solid red, but I consider the gold painting on them to be more traditional. I could be wrong.

Recommend your favorite brands of Moroccan Mint, please, everyone!

ScottTeaMan

The only one I ever tried was Stash’s Iced Tea Bags. It was really good.

TeaBrat

I really liked the Moroccan Mint from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – however they only sell it in teabag form. I will try Arbor Teas next, they have a spearmint one.

ScottTeaMan

Even though I like Peppermint better than Spearmint, spearmint would be better in Moroccan Mint tea!

Barb

That’s fascinating! I had a vague recollection that it’s traditionally served hot and sweet, and I think I knew about the glasses, but I didn’t know about the frothing and the pouring. Now I want to know what’s different about Egyptian mint.

Scott: all the sets are sending a little ping along my acquisitiveness nerve. I think I want the Genoa Gold set. I had to go look at Amazon’s selection to get a grip. Lots more pretties, and some a bit lower in price.

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, unless you don’t care if the glasses are Made in China. Amazon used to tell customers where their items were manufactured. Now, they rarely do. If they dont list where an item is manufactured, chances are it is made in China, FYI. :))

I had an Egyptian peppermint, that tasted like earthy mint; not as fresh and aromatic and tasty as the Organic peppermint harvested in the USA.

ashmanra

Tin Roof Teas used mostly spearmint, though it lists Egyptian mint as well. I haven’t had it before so I am not sure what it is imparting. I can only tell you that this is exquisite lay sweet and good, with or without sugar! I suppose I should try it with peppermint, too, though.

ashmanra

Hmm, I have some Corsican mint that I just started growing. Maybe someday I can make my own Moroccan Mint! I have Chocolate Mint and used to have peppermint, so I guess it is time to plant spearmint!

ashmanra

Autocorrect is playing havoc with me today! I think I may run over to the health food store and see if they have Stash tea and try theirs, too. Harney and Sons have a great price on the loose pound in a bag, but two of the five reviews are pretty dismal.

ashmanra

I thought I didn’t care much for the Harney and Sons Moroccan glass at first, but a student who just left told me they used to drink tea with a Moroccan friend and they burned their fingers all the time on the glasses. That rib in the middle might be there as a cooler handhold! One set on Scott’s link has the rib as well. Hmmmm….I know they also make metal holders for the glass cups that have a handle, too.

Cheryl

Stash’s is a personal favorite of mine, because it has mainly spearmint (plus peppermint, lemongrass). Adagio’s Casablanca Twist is a good peppermint version, as is Upton’s Moroccan (they used to use spearmint, but have switched to peppermint). I have Adagio plain spearmint and peppermint that I can add to any tea though too (greens/whites), when the mood strikes (it’s a way to use up less than favorite teas too) lol

Cheryl

Oh, and a disclaimer: am not personally a fan of gunpowder green, so that’s why my faves might be different than others. Gunpowder is traditional. (now runs from Amy Oh ….)

MegWesley

I might have to look into making some Moroccan mint like this. I might like it better. Of course, I might actually like loose leaf mint tea better than the bagged mint tea.

Jim Marks

TeaGeschwendner used to sell a very good Moroccan style, I don’t know if they still do.

I don’t know what your articles did or didn’t talk about, but traditionally, the tea leaves and mint leaves are left on a low boil in the tea pot for extremely long periods of time. The result would be horribly bitter if drunk straight and this is why they add so much sugar. If you prepare an orthodox steeping, you probably don’t need very much sugar.

Many hot parts of the world drink hot tea year round — especially desert places where sweating actually cools you (unlike Houston where it just gives you swamp butt). And yes, the mint is, I think, specifically added for the cooling effect as well.

And yes, you could just buy good gun powder green tea (Morocco is actually the largest importer of this tea in the world) and fresh mint leaves and make your own.

ashmanra

Tin Roof Teas used to be a Teageschwender tea shop but decided to source from several distributors. This is their own house blend, but I betcha it is based on the one from Teageschwender! I will have to look at their site. I bet going with them won’t save any bucks, though.

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Wow! I am so excited about this one! I have been reading about Moroccan Mint on Steepster for so long and I finally got some today! I never remember to look for it, but as I was buying my Fig Formosa today I saw the big tin and bought 100 grams. I already have plans for getting more….soon.

I made the first steep and hubby and I drank a bit of it hot and plain. We both liked it. The gunpowder green is smooth and the mint is so well blended, it doesn’t overpower the green tea but it isn’t shy, either! This really is about the mint, but it is playing so nicely and sharing the spotlight!

I wanted to ice some of it, and since the young lady who sold it to me told me it is drunk heavily sweetened and hot all year in Morocco, I decided to taste it hot and sweetened, so I made a second steep, planning to then put it in the refrigerator to try as a sweet, iced tea tomorrow. We drank some of the hot, sweetened second steep. It was fantastic! I combined the remaining parts of steeps one and two in a pitcher and put it in the fridge.

I can see this being a summertime staple. I can see not letting myself run out of it this. I want more NOW! Good thing my son lives near Tin Roof Teas and can more for me very easily! I am really excited about how beautifully it resteeped. That really makes it affordable, and I plan to drink a lot of it. This is going to be so refreshing here in our hot, muggy summer.

TeaBrat

yay for Moroccan Mint!

Jim Marks

I recommend reading up about how it is traditionally prepared and served and doing what you can to try and replicate that at least once. It is quite an experience.

ashmanra

Thanks, Jim! I definitely will!

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The aroma of the dry leaf is….candy. Grape candy. Almost grape Dimetapp. This is one of the most beautiful teas I have ever seen. This is SO fluffy that my 100 grams went into a bag that would usually be used for seven or eight ounces of tea, and that bag is STUFFED! This is so full of flower petals that you can hardly find the actual tea! Thus the recommendation to use two teaspoons, heaping, so that you get one actual teaspoon tea.

The liquor is purple. Yes, I mean really purple. And it still smells like grape Dimetapp. It is a good thing grape Dimetapp is a medicine or I would drink it by the gallon and be really huge.

I wasn’t sure I wanted my tea to taste like grape candy, though, and I am glad to say it doesn’t. The aroma is still quite strong but the flavor of the tea is much milder than you would expect from the color and the smell. This is a really smooth Formosa oolong base and I am not picking up any roast-y notes. The grape and fig flavor comes on the end of the sip, riding that aroma up into your sinuses. Then the flavor lingers on your tongue.

We made two steeps so far and the second was as richly colored and flavorful as the first. Those bright blue flower petals are now fully relieved of their color when I look at them in the pot, so I guess I know where this gets its purple hue.

This will be fun to serve next Tuesday for tea party day. I think I want to try this iced as well. I think it would be delicious!

gmathis

OK, where is Tin Roof Teas? You’ve mentioned so many fun places lately, I’m thinking I need to plan a southeastern tea tour!

ashmanra

Tin Roof Teas is in Cameron Village in Raleigh. They have almost three hundred teas and are tea and chocolate pairing specialists. O.O That’s right, I just said that.

The shopping area is so wonderful. Many stores, including TRT, say Dogs Welcome. Most eateries have sidewalk tables and one even provides dog bowls and a hose so your furry friend can have water or share your lunch. Let me know when you make that tour and we will get together for lunch! :)

gmathis

My current recreational travel budget can foot the gas to the end of my driveway. I may have to walk, so schedule that lunch thing for late in the year ;)

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Hmmmm. So yesterday I said this was a sip down, and in a way it was because I threw away the packaging for this tea. There is no way I am tossing these leaves, though, until every last bit of goodie is wrung out of them.

It started raining last night and has rained all morning so far, and will probably continue. I am having some quiet time alone today as hubby and kids go to church and I stay home with the puppy.

What else can you do on a quiet, rainy morning but make tea? :)

This is the second steep of these leaves and this is one of those teas where subsequent steeps are best. I suppose I could do a quick rinse of the leaves, but the first steep is enjoyable as well and I don’t want to waste. This second steep, though, is really excellent. When the timer went off for me to pull out the basket, I walked into the kitchen and was hit by this marvelous aroma.

Today’s steep has none of the astringency of the first steep and is lighter and more delicate. It is slightly floral but also has a mild walnut flavor. I am glad I used the huge tetsubin because I will definitely want lots of this, and I anticipate making yet another pot since hubby and my bestie will be joining me for tea later.

K S

I’m always curious when others mention using the leaf again the next day. How do you keep your leaf overnight?

Bonnie

I lay mine out to dry, but then I live in a dry climate so they dry in 20min.

ashmanra

LOL! Don’t gross out! When I pull the steeping basket out of the pot I put it in a cup on top of the stove and there it stays! I read a thread once that said the leaves should be kept wet, which I found counterintuitive, and some people said they put theirs In the refrigerator, but many just leave them out and make sure to use them within 24 hours. I don’t know what the best way is, but I haven’t gotten sick and my tea isn’t gross, so it seems to be working. :P

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This is a sip down, albeit a very long one. Hubby and I did yoga this morning and I think we both needed a little relaxation and stress relief. I lit the warmer for my tetsubin and made a huge pot of this and we have been sipping on it all morning. Well, I have been sipping on it all morning! Hubby said it was good but not his favorite, and only drank two cups. I will be extremely well hydrated by the time I finish all this, plus I am taking Tropical Green to my neighbor and we will drink that together, AND he ordered some Numi Emperor’s Puerh for me so I expect we will be drinking that as well. Note to self: don’t get too far from a bathroom. I know, I know, overshare! LOL!

I loved this tea when I bought it, and I still like it a lot, but it did come out a little sour and drying today. I was making such a big pot that perhaps I botched it. It isn’t bad, it isn’t ruined, it just isn’t as good as I remembered. Maybe I have been spoiled by Silky Green.

This is something I would prefer to have with or just after a meal or snack. It cleanses the palate very nicely. This pot has walnut notes and medium body. One bag off the shelf!

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Very green tasting. Refreshing and strong. Almost a gyokuro, but not quite which is represented by the reduced price. A tea I can devote a special pot to.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My friend who is trying to learn to like green and oolong teas is on spring break right now, so we are getting together to do yoga and drink tea every day!

Yesterday’s tea was this oolong from Tin Roof Tea. They used to source everything from TeaGeschwender but now use several different German companies for their tea.

We steeped this western style and made two pots. We have another winner for our tea convert. Hooray! She really liked it. And what’s not to like? This has such rich, full flavor. It is very smooth, not astringent, and resteeps well.

I sent some of Teavivre’s Jasmine Dragon Pearls home with her and based on the text received last night, I will probably be ordering some of that for her as well! Since I have lots of ironing to do for hubby, I better go make a pot for ME right now. :)

JacquelineM

I am getting ready to do the ironing too! I didn’t do it last week b/c I had a huge school project due Tuesday so now I have double. I’m not sure I did it all the week before that either so I may have double and a half! I’m in Get Things Done mood, so I’m not too worried. I’ll be thinking of you as I press and steam!

gmathis

Happy National Ironing Weekend … I have a laundry basket waiting for me. (As dire as the weather forecasts have been, I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth it to get started if it’s just going to get blown away ;)

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