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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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A review of Toasted Walnut by Davids’ Tea

Company: Davids’ Tea
Tea Name: Toasted Walnut
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Liquor Color: brownish
Leaf Characteristics: tea leaves are laced with bits of coconut and other type nuts and the leaves are green. When steep the tea leaves are fuller somewhat and still green with the bits of the coconut not as visible…seeming to dissolve in the water.

  1. Steepings

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

I received this tea as part of the tea sampler from An International Tea Moment’s Green Tea Expedition. As they had suggested the order in which to try the tea; I am having this one. The tea seems to be heady with the aroma of the coconut and when sipping of the tea this is what one is met with. The tea has a slightly grainy texture with the flavoring of the coconuts.

It is a good cup of tea, not too strong is the mixture either and there does not seem to be any astringency. Overall this tea is sweetly mixed with the coconuts and almond giving it a vanilla bean taste as the aromas are presented throughout the tea.

Thank you for sending another good sampler my way.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokayausa.com

Company: Takaokaya
Tea Name: Organic Green Breeze
Tea Type/Varietal: Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon of tea powder
Liquor Color: green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

I am having this tea powder as morning pick me up (well if I believe it must be so); anyhow I fixed one teaspoon of the tea powder with some boiled water added in my cup and stir and stir until the tea powder’s content dissolved.

Tea did not foam; and the color is a dark green. When I take sip after sip of the tea it is astringent with a slightly smooth complexion. There is a milky dewy texture in the layering of this powder that I don’t find in some other tea powders that is salt base/ sea weed like and more perhaps for cooking with. I like them both and I am noting the difference in that this tea powder is creamy and milky with slight astringency when swallowed

I like this tea powder as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A review of The European Jasmine Tea by Suntory

Company: Suntory
Tea Name: The European Jasmine Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: soft drink
Liquor Color: golden amber—-light cinnamon
Leaf Characteristics: When I opened the tea bottle which had been in the refrigerator for many days there was not that pungent jasmine scent as I was very surprised since expecting of this.

I poured the tea in my cup and decided to have this with my evening meal. I took several sips of the tea whilst eating and noted the dryness of my palette and the fragrant aroma of the jasmine as I swallow the tea, which by the way is astringent as well. No sweetener at all. Tea is coldly unappealing.

I was thinking to throw the remainder of it away but then thought to microwave it for a minute or two and see how that fares up. I inadvertently put it for two minutes and walked away to wash my hands and when the microwave beeped, I opened the door, reaching for the cup which was piping hot and burned my fingers. I was so very mad at myself for being so dumb and not careful enough. I have had a horrible day so the burning was to awaken me to my on-going demise. I am numb with pain and yet the burned finger was to un-numb the numbness, instead I am feeling that it only added to my foolishness and stupidity. I let others use me and it is tiresome; but only I see this or I don’t see.

Anyhow, tea when warmed for two minutes livens the aroma of the Jasmine plant to that wow…pew! I was expecting when I first opened the bottle and the taste is still very astringent but not as drying as when the tea was iced tea. That coldness/dry mouth dissipates a bit more-so as tea is warmed.
Overall,
Would I purchase this again? No
Did you find the tea’s color to your liking? Yes
What of the tea’s aroma? As an Iced tea, the aroma is that of a dry white wine, that parch dryness effect from the jasmine plant as apposed to a tart, crisp apple.

This is good tea but not for this reviewer; her days with Jasmine are getting worse and worse since burning my fingers; I am taking this as a way to stay away from Jasmine; all things jasmine. I pray I remember this and don’t buy anything else.

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drank Green Tea Decaf by Bigelow
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A review of Green Tea decaffeinated by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Green Tea Decaffeinated
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: lightest brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

As I was fixing dinner, I wanted a cup of tea but I did not want anymore pu-erh teas or oolong even. I just looked around and reached for this tea. I opened the tea packet and took out the tea bag and put it in my cup and adding some cold tap water to my cup I microwave it for a few minutes.

Tea’s color is light brown; very pale and smelling slightly astringent. I mean it is a clean/with that morning freshness cup of tea but it is mid-day. I sip the tea thinking of nothing in particular for what it’s worth; simply enjoying the cup of tea.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes
I fixed two cups of this tea and the freshness and astringency remained with each cup of the tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A review of Açai Berry Raspberry Green Tea by Tea District

Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Açai Berry Raspberry
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: reddish pink
Leaf Characteristics: tea leaves are a mixture of Sencha green tea, safflowers and the natural açai berry & raspberry flavoring. This has a lovely floral aroma.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I had some of this tea left from the Tea District and decided to finish the remainder of it. I opened the pouch and pleasantly surprised I was to find there was tea still remaining (enough for 1 spoonful) which I put in my cup; and I add the cold water into the cup and put it in the microwave for a few minutes, leaving it to steep another minute.

The tea’s aroma is pungently sweet and spicy from the safflowers I imagine which makes this seems more like an herbal tea than a green tea I am thinking. As I sip this tea, it is sweet/sour orange/citrus like. I mean there is a slight saltiness that is left on palette after swallowing. I did not notice this prior.

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

I was able to steep the leaves again and this time the tea color is lighter pink and smelling more citrus with the berries at toe. I know this is green tea but with the leaves and berries and safflower it does seem more like an herbal tea.

This açai berry raspberry is quite nice; it is a naturally sweetened cup of tea with a fruity/citrus for a base and there is not astringency as derived from the freshness that can be enjoyed when having a cup of green tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea Powder by Hamasaen Br.

Company: Hamasaen Br
Tea Name: Green Tea Powder
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea powder
Liquor Color: green/ minty green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 30 seconds

Now that I have a new pack of this green powder tea I find that I can have it almost daily. Today I fixed another cup of this tea for strength and energy. I took one scoop of the tea and put it in my cup and adding the water to it, I stir and stirred it and there was foaming like milk giving the tea’s color a lighter shade of green. I would say misty foam of mint green.

I notice when sipping of the this drink that the foam makes it less astringent and smoother in fact and I can sip it slowly rather than just a quick gulp of the tea.

Overall, this tea powder drink is lovely misty green color when whisked properly resulting in foam like dew and the tea is smoother and richer perhaps. It is salt based and more marine algae or of the sea weeds plant.

This is one tea powder that I like. That is all.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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A review of Dieter’s Drink Lemon Flavor by PC Teas Company

Company: PC Teas Company
Tea Name: Dieters’ Drink Lemon Flavor
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region: Asia
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: dark blend of green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

I have this tea almost nightly or when needing to cleanse after long days of over eating. There is not one thing that I do not like about this tea since it does just what is claimed on the box.

This blend is lemon flavored so this is a change from drinking it plain. The lemon gives it more of a zest not that it needed improvement. I drink this tea plain adding nothing since I use for weight management and purification and to add sugar or sweetener would somehow taint the tea in my opinion.

I think this tea is one where the taste is either liked or not liked (acquired taste).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of 100% Organic & Pure Green Tea by Organic & Pure, Inc.

Company: Numi Organic Tea
Tea Name: Cardamom Pu-erh
Tea Type/Varietal: pu-erh
Region: Yunnan, China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: Dark Red, very dark like rich chocolate
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

As I have been having many pu-erh teas of late, I notice each time when pouring the tea water into my cup with the tea bag already in it that the teas’ color right away, first a light orange/cantaloupe color to the dark red resulting at end of steep time.

The tea’s aroma is pungently of moisture with hints of spice when I am sipping the tea. The mustiness is what I am met with when first trying the tea and with each sip and allowing the tea settle in my palate I note the spices.

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

The tea is steep for less time using the same tea bag and color is very much the same dark red and the pungent moisture/dampness is not as strong but still remains and this time more of the spice of cardamom is coming through.

As I have been sampling many spice teas of late for this season and the one spice seeming a stranger to me is Cardamom. So I thought to give a proper look up of it. I have read of this prior but had forgotten.

Cardamom is a peppery ginger lemon flavor—small black seeds from a tropical shrub are used to flavor herbal tea blends.

Cardamom was one of the first spices brought to Egypt along the trade routes from Eastern India. It grows only in rain forests with at least 150 inches of amount rain fall and seeds from cardamom can be used to sweeten the breadth.

In all this tea is a sweetly aromatic and spicy.

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

Cardamom is one of my favorite spices. I’m not sure about pu-erh though. Maybe I should try this one.

gmathis

I don’t know that I’ve ever had cardamom in anything but chai … normal cooking uses?

Nicole

Excellent in breads and pastries.

Bonnie

Cardamom is used in Indian cooking. Well, the only thing I want to know is how you liked the puerh with cardamom? The taste?

Bonnie

I looked at your blog and you do a nice job. It’s lots of work I know! Takes me forever to write only a small story!

seule771

I am sorry if I did not make it clear that with the added cardamom to the pu-erh acted as another layer to getting past the mustiness/wet/dampness of the taste. It was done nicely; the pu-erh is intact and the cardamom is just an adage; a layering of sort. It was the same with the ginger as well. I like Numi’s pu-erh and in fact I have wanted to keep stock of their teas but I have yet to accomplish this. Income is minus on my part. Thank you for reading and happy holidays. I don’t have friends here, I know this. Best.

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