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A review of Instant Thai Tea by DeDe

Company: DeDe
Tea Name: Instant Thai Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: powdered Thai
Region: Thailand
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: orange
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: less than a minute of stirring, once water is poured in the cup

This Thai Tea I am so happy to have found a way to purchase it in packets. I found of this tea while grocery shopping at an international Miso Market and I had only purchased one packet if I remember correctly as this was last year. Anyhow, I found same tea being sold on Amzon.com and I nabbed what I found.

To make this tea, it is as said on tea packet: put 1 packet of instant Thai Tea with cream/sugar in cup, add 2ml of hot water, and mix thoroughly and drink it up as it is that good. I slurp and slurp at it. Tea is a lovely orange cream color like that of cream-sickle and taste a tad like Orange Sherbet ice cream.

I had a long walk which I have not done, daily as I normally do. I felt weighted down and today after having head out of door to simply have a stroll and not to stop anywhere or purchase anything; it felt good to be out and to walk. And to come home to treat myself to this tea is most wonderful.

Thank you!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

I love walking to!! :)

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A review of Harvest Apple Tea by Bamboo Leaf Tea

Company: Bamboo Leaf Tea
Tea Name: Harvest Apple Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: green/herbal
Region: Florida
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I received this tea as samples given to me with my tea purchase from Bamboo Leaf Tea and I am happy to say that I get to enjoy another good cup of tea. I brew this tea very hot and the flavor of the apple with the grassiness of the other herbal leaves mixture in this tea makes for a very good cup of tea.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes
I continue to drink this tea using the same tea bag and it is lasting with each sip as good as first cup of tea. It is apple flavored with a grassy note and other herbs; I think there is ginger in this tea as well since there is a spicy / zest to it.

Thank you for the samples provided with my order, as they have all been good teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

A review of Gingersnap Tea by Bamboo Leaf Tea

Company: Bamboo Leaf Tea
Tea Name: Gingersnap
Tea Type/Varietal:
Region: Florida
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: light green / brown which darkens with longer steeps
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I received this tea as a sample with an order that I had placed. This afternoon I reach for it as my evening, late day cup of tea. I am learning how to use the Bamboo Teas accordingly on my own since no literature was provided with this tea order.

I know I like my tea very hot. So after having boiled some freshly drawn tap water, I put the tea bag in my cup and add the water, leaving it to steep for several minutes.

The tea’s aroma is that of ginger and greens little like grass roots or such. It is a nice freshly aroma and when sipping the tea I find it to be refreshingly fresh and lively with the gingersnap adding a kick to this cup of tea.

The freshness of the tea draws you in and makes you want to have more and more of the tea.

How does it make me feel to be drinking this tea? It feels good and taste/smells lightly of ginger and of the earth…I am envisioning the bamboo shoots and their fields of abundantly grown shoots.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I continue to have more of this tea by simply adding the boiled water to my cup with tea bag in the cup. With each steep, tea is lighter in aroma, yet I can continue to enjoy the flavorful kick of the ginger and other herbs.

I have enjoyed this tea and look forward to trying the other samples given me with my order. Thank you Bamboo Leaf Tea for making such good tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

A review of Lemongrass Bamboo Leaf Tea by Bamboo Leaf Tea

Company: Bamboo Leaf Tea
Tea Name: Bamboo Leaf Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region: Florida
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bags
Liquor Color: lightest brown/yellow
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I purchased this tea quite a while back and never got to open the package until today. It is the day for it that is all.

I began my morning with a cup of this Herbal tea (Bliss & Balance) from another company and somehow I decided to continue with drinking herbal teas today; at least for now. Anyhow, I opened the packaged and found along with my order for their Lemongrass Bamboo Tea; I was given a few other tea bags for sampling. Thank you.

I take one of the tagless tea bag of the Lemongrass Bamboo Tea and put this in my mug and pour the boiled water over the tea bag and leave it to steep for five minutes. Tea’s color is lightest yellow-brown and darkens to honey with tea bag immerse for longer.

There is nothing to dislike since it is very mild tea it seems like. It is herbal tea with lemongrass for flavoring and it is quite nice as there is no astringency or after taste. I can feel a slight tingling sensation on my palette with each sip of this tea. I like the aroma in that it is mildly of grass or herbs…slightly outdoor aroma when it is hot and the grass is heated with the air inter-mingling of this scent.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes and longer with other steeps; I simply leave the tea bag in my cup and adding water to the cup to see how long the grassy flavor carried through the cup.

What I am linking of this tea is its color; that smooth yellow-brown (most pale) inviting you to sip and sip of the tea since it feels and taste of liquid with a slight tingling on the tongue. This tea is warm and depicting for a clean cup of lemongrass with no bitterness or anything. I do not feel the need to adding a thing to it; and another good reason for liking the tea all the more.

I think this is an excellent tea to keep stock of if wanting to experience something similarly to an herbal beverage with plenty of antioxidants that is good for you and your overall wellness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

A review of Bliss & Balance Herbal Tea by Dovetail Organics

Company: Dovetails Organics
Tea Name: Bliss & Balance
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: light honey/ yellow chamomile
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

This tea sample was obtained along with some other products from Nature’s Inventory last year sometime and I had yet to get around to opening the package. Today, as a way of ridding myself of some of these boxes and pouch/envelopes like from US Postal I decided to open them and examine what indeed I had ordered finally.

I find that this tea; Bliss & Balance to be a lovely and up-lifting tea as mentioned in their brochure. Since receiving only one tea bag; I put this in my cup, adding the boiled water over it and leaving it to steep for several minutes. The tea’s color is light yellow, reminding me of honey and chamomile tea. Tea’s aroma depicts notes of the rose petals and passion flowers; hints only since not at all over powering.

When sipping of the tea, I find it to be a nice cup of herbal tea that has up-lifted my morning and I have been fortunate to have several cups, with same tea bags, of this tea. It is said of this tea, that ‘it’s almost impossible to not smile when you are drinking this tea’ because of the smell of roses.

And there is the expression ‘everything is coming up roses’ but not necessarily so. This is a good herbal cup of tea as I did only have this one tea bag for sample.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Golden Tip by Eastern Tea Corporation

Company: Eastern Tea Corporation
Tea Name: Golden Tip
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bags
Liquor Color: reddish brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I have not had tea such as this in a long while; at least not since having moved. I buy cheaper teas as it has nothing to do with it being a favorite or not. It is purely economical and yet I find I waste the money since it is truly best to buy for quality what you like and will enjoy than to purchase on impulse because something is inexpensive and available.

I purchased this tea whilst at a Family Dollar store along with several other items. And when I got home I fixed myself a cup of this tea; brewing the water hot and pouring water’s content into my tea mug with tea bag in it and leaving it to steep for few minutes. The tea’s is both rich and mellow; yielding in color a reddish-brown infusion with a light character and by this it is not as robust in flavoring and aroma.

I drink this tea with slow sips as I went about preparing the dinner and some other chores around the house. I continue to sip of this tea and adding more water to my cup for more tea. What is good about this tea is that it is very mellow and why perhaps it tends to be highly recommended for serving as iced tea with lemon and/or honey.

I am simply having several cup of this tea whilst hot and savoring the smoothness in the cup with a somewhat roasted aroma.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96

A review of Chocolate Vanilla Mate (Yerba Mate) by Tea District

Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Chocolate Vanilla Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark reddish / rich chocolate
Leaf Characteristics: grounded mulch like leaves with the nibs of cacao giving it a roasted and chocolaty aroma.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I have selected as my tea of choice this chocolate yerba mate that I had purchased from the folks at Tea District, after having sampled several of their teas; I found this one to be quite nice, so much so that I ended up placing an order. I guess this is how it should work; you sample teas and find some that you like and place an order for keeping in stock in your cupboard.

I scoop out one heaping tea spoon and put this in my cup, adding the boiled water to my cup, I leave it to steep for five minutes. When done I strain out the tea grinds with strainer and observed as the tea is poured into another cup, how it has a lovely dark reddish color; similarly to coffee and the aroma is heady with roasted chestnut or more correctly hazelnut.

I enjoy taking sip after sips of this tea; and find that I must keep reminding myself that this is indeed tea and not coffee; having none of the astringency that some teas have and it is smooth and creamy and on the sweeter side of things, more-so than I remember it to being; perhaps having more of the cacao nibs than the sample packet contained.

Overall, tea is smooth with a lovely aroma of a strong heady roasted cup of coffee like tea and tea has the coloring of a fine cup of malt-like Goya drinks; and one again I find this tea to be very sweet; sweeten with the natural cacao-nibs and combined with the yerba mate.

I like this tea for all that it offers.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

I continue to enjoy this tea with more steeps for shorter time and find it to be as enjoyable as the first cup. In all this tea has a lovely color and a delightful chocolate/roasted flavoring!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86

A review of Organic Rock Oolong by Tea Savant

Company: Tea Savant
Tea Name: Organic Rock Oolong
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: Fujian China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics: small pellets that become full when immerse in hot water.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

It has been a while since having oolong tea. So today of all days I reached for this tea, completing my order from Tea Savant. I had purchased this tea, along with their Mandarin Savant and I am now getting to this oolong is what I mean to say in a round about way.

I take half of the tea pouch content and put this in my tea mug and add the boiling water to it and leave it to steep for few minutes. I like how the small pellets become full leaves as if just plucked from tea tree.

The leaves bunch on top of the water and the aroma is like that of green veggies, as I scoop out the tea leaves I notice how much fuller they are and very green like green-leafy vegetables. Tea’s color is pale green/lightest brown but more clearer upon sipping of the tea I note the freshness of this tea. It is astringent, stinging my taste buds whilst drinking it.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: five minutes

I continue to have this tea for the day; I began with it in the morning and have been sipping at it throughout the day; only adding freshly hot water to my cup, while immersing the tea leaves for more infusion/steeping. The astringency is light and the stinging is next too none with more steeps. What I note with longer steeps is the texture of the veggies like broccoli, I almost wanted to say spinach but it is smooth in taste and spinach is not buttery or creamy and this oolong is all that. It makes for a rich and bold cup of oolong tea that is cleanly on the palette.

I know that I like oolong teas and perhaps this is another reminder for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I love your descriptions, it makes me want to brew up some oolong right now!

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A review of Peaches ‘n’ Cream (flavored black tea) by Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company

Company: Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company
Tea Name: Peachs ‘n’ Cream
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I took one of the sachet tea bag and place it in my cup and adding the boiled water into my cup, I leave it to steep for several minutes. I am noticing the tea’s aroma right away which is that of peach and it is ideally beautiful on a day like today. We had snow storm the night before and today is for viewing the snow covering/hiding the cars etc., I seem to recall the last time I had this tea it was during one of the coldest night; so today after the storm, I seem to yearn for being intoxicated with the aroma of peaches.

I sip this tea whilst it is very hot so that I not only take pleasure in the tea’s aroma, all the while enjoying the smoothness of this black tea which is very light, milder yet for a black tea. Nothing is astringent or over powering since it seems to hit all the right notes.

Overall, this tea is just as stated on box: Flavorful and refreshing, this tea captures the flavor of fresh, juicy peaches. A hint of cream gives a touch of sweetness.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I continue to enjoy this tea for the rest of the mid-day and its flavor stands strongly of peaches ‘n’ Cream. There is the smoothness of this Ceylon (or of malt, similarly to Assam) which gives this tea its wonderful base making for good blending.

Why I like this tea? This is a true depiction of what is stated on the box; all that and more. this tea would be most enjoyable as wonderful cup of iced tea and throwing in some peach slices into the pitcher containing the tea bags.

This is a lovely tea that is all!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Matcha Green Tea Powder by Swanson Certified Organic

Company: Swanson Certified Organic
Tea Name: Matcha Green Tea Powder (100% Certified Organic)
Tea Type/Varietal: matcha
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose powder
Liquor Color: Soft mossy green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 160 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I have been fortunate to enjoy many matcha teas and I find them to either be of a freshly green cut grass kind of aroma to marine algae (sea weed) in taste. I trust this is correctly stated.

The matcha’s coloring determines for me which of the two it will be. This matcha is a soft mossy green coloring and it comes with a small scoop that I use to retrieve one small spoonful of the matcha and place this in my cup and I add the hot water to it and stirring it vigorously for that frothiness to come through. And it has.

I sip the tea and notice the astringency at once and it is not bad. This matcha has a smooth finish when swallowing of the tea. A good ‘umami’ liken to that of sea weed; I mean it tastes of salt as opposed to green veggies. It is also creamy and smooth; a good cream of broccoli soup which at times can be on the salty side of things.

The matcha’s that I have purchased have all been very nice and I trust the way that I fix a cup of tea is suitable enough for me to describe and enjoy that is all I mean to say.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I enjoy a lovely cup of tea most days,and I like sharing my tea experiences with the world. I have been doing this for most of two years now.

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