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91

A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya

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

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 45 seconds

I fixed another packet of this Organic Green Breeze just so that I could take in the milk/dewy aroma offered from handing of the packet as I open and pour its content into my cup. I like the sweetness and milky aspect that my fingers are scented with. Weird!

I stirred and stirred my tea for about 45 seconds, the powder when mixed with water does not foam; instead the tea is a light green and most feint since each packets contains very little tea powder but enough for one to enjoy a cup of powdered tea with rich nutrients for starting one’s day right.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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79

A review of Plum Green Tea by Fruit Tea Garden

Company: Fruit Tea Garden
Tea Name: Plum Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: rose plum/ light purplish
Leaf Characteristics: tea bag smells sweetly of green tea

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

This is another tea that I purchased during a visit to the Miso Market in Cambridge, MA. I saw this box of tea amongst many on shelf and the pricing was high and yet I selected it because it was plum green tea. I knew it would be right for me. I drink lots of green teas and at times it is nice to find one with flavoring adding slight kick to a plain cup of green tea per se.

In retrieving one tea bag from the foil packet one can smell the sweetness of the plum flavoring. So, quickly I take the tea bag and adding the tea water to my cup and leaving it to steep for several minutes. Everything seems light in this tea; the coloring is light plum color and smells of plum and when I take sip of the tea it is plum that I am met with. Nothing is overtly, all seems just right.

I think this is a good cup of tea for this time of year, so instead of heavy desserts (fruit cakes and Marzipan bread or pudding cakes) have a cup of this tea as substitute or to accompany with a slice of your favorite rich, sweet-bread for this time of the season. Happy holidays!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

A review of Organic Green Breeze by Takaokaya

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

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minute

I purchased this newly tea powder from the Miso Market in Cambridge, MA. I was looking for their Taiwan Chai (orange-cream) tea powder but I could not find this and I forgot to ask the store owner of it when I was paying for my items. Anyhow, I found these small packets of tea powder and decided to give them a try.

I take one tea packet and empty it into my tea mug and I pour in some of the boiled water into the cup. I stir and stir the tea powder’s mixture with the water until all is dissolved. Tea is a lovely green color and the aroma is of green veggies. It is more of a sweet astringent where the tannins are stronger with antioxidants perhaps.

The tea packet smell of milk and when I taste the tea it is creamy and smooth in texture with a milky quality to it. This is good; I can see that I will enjoy this tea as well. The tea’s aroma is everything to the making of a good cup of tea; it smells of milk and when drinking it keep this in mind.

Thank you Miso Market for carrying these wonderful treats.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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81
drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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A review of English Teatime by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow
Tea Name: English Teatime
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: darkish red/ mahogany
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

This tea belongs to my mother-in-law yet, I help myself to a cup of this tea every now and again, as she takes notice of the tea bags missing. I take one tea bag and put it in my cup adding the boiled water to it. Tea colors right away to a pinkish dew, not dark red but more like mahogany; rose-wood red and smells very robust as fine black teas tend to. When sipping of the tea it is malty with creamy texture. This is a fine cup of tea and I don’t need to add a thing to it.

In all, this tea has a lovely color and aroma of a freshly brewed cup of tea; robust in texture and body with an invigorating aroma to waken or refresh one’s mid-day drawling of sobering thoughts. This is an ideal cup of tea for all occasions.

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

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70
drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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A review of French Vanilla by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: French Vanilla
Tea Type/Varietal: black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

I am having a cup of this tea with my evening meal as it seems late to be having black tea. Tea is wonderfully robust and rich. The vanilla seems to be distributed evenly and there is no after taste.

In all this is a smoothly tasting cup of Vanilla flavored black tea.

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

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89
drank Earl Grey Green by Bigelow
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A review of Earl Grey Green Tea by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Earl Grey Green
Tea Type/Varietal: green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: lightly green/ brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

I am enjoying another wonderful tea by the Bigelow family. From having steeped the tea for several minutes one can enjoy the tea’s aroma right away which is citrus in base from the flavoring of the bergamot and evenly distributed.

Tea’s color is light brownish with the citrusy aroma from the oil of the bergamot. Tea is smoother and creamier and I don’t feel that I need add anything else to it.

I mean this is good tea because the blending with oil of bergamot is not over powering, rather it is perfectly flavored.

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

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drank Vanilla Chai by Bigelow
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A review of Vanilla Chai by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Vanilla Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes

This is another delightful tea by Bigelow. Their Vanilla Chai tea is exquisitely sweet and naturally smooth. This tea is warmed and hitting all the right spot since I feel so very cold. I am enjoying this cup of warmth, the color is darken amber, tea’s aroma is filled with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg mingles in the air and as I sip this tea I imagine the exotic lands where these spices derives from…far away places with many distant lands.

I did not add anything to the tea. I find I like it best plain. It is full bodied tea with robust, malt and spicy notes.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

A review of Orange & Spice Herb Tea by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: Orange & Spice Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herb
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: reddish orange/ amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I fixed for myself a cup of this orange & spice tea and it is a delight to drink. It is nice and hot and filled with whole some herbs and spices like rose hips, hibiscus which gives it that zesty citrus flavoring that combined with the orange peels makes it for a cup of goodness tea.

I like this orange & spice tea and I thank the folks at Mullens Herbal Tea House for giving me this sample with my purchase. Happy holidays!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

A review of English Breakfast Tea by Bigelow Tea

Company: Bigelow Tea
Tea Name: English Breakfast
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark red
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

I came to have this tea as a sampler given to me during a visit to Mullens Herbal Tea House in Barre, MA. With my purchase they had given me a couple of tea sample packets wrapped with a photo of a Victorian woman taking tea and when I open this little envelope I find the Bigelow tea packet inside. Weird, I mean of all tea samples to receive is one I have been enjoying occasionally when I snag teas from my in-laws…only this time it was given me by tea tenders at the Mullens Herbal Tea House.

I take the tea bag and put this in my tea mug and add the boiled water into my cup and leave it to steep for two minutes. Tea colors immediately to a lovely dark red and smells rich and robust and when I sip the tea it is malty with a light roast flavoring. Tea is smooth and full-bodied, having no astringency.

Over all this English Breakfast blend is a strong cup of tea; ideal for those who like their tea with sugar/milk or cream.

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

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drank Korean Ginseng Tea by Dongwon
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A review of Korean Ginseng Tea by Don Won Co, Ltd.

Company: Don won Co, Ltd.
Tea Name: Korean Ginseng Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Region: Korea
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: loose powder/ cup
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light yellow/ honey in coloring
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

I took two pouches of this tea and emptied it in my cup, adding the already boiled water to it I stir and stirred it until the contents dissolved mixing with the water in my cup. Tea smells of honey and cream; not quite cream-sickle like but close enough. It is the ginseng that I am met with upon sipping of this tea. Tea is very mild and smooth with a creamy/milky texture. I really like this tea for its simplicity and yet packing quite a lot. I mean there is pleasure derived or to be from drinking a cup of this.

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

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