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A review of KaiMatcha by Kaimatcha

Date: 11/19/2012
Company: KaiMatcha
Tea Name: KaiMatcha
Tea Type/Varietal: green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 small teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minute

This morning I woke up wanting a small cup of Matcha tea. At first I thought to fix it cold. So letting the tap water run and rinsing my cup with warm water, I took a small teaspoon of the powder and place this in my cup and adding the tap water to it. I stir and stir, noticing that the matcha did not foam, color is very dark green. I decided to put in the microwave for a quick 45 seconds. I stood there watching it turn the in the oven and turn and at some point I notice that it had filled and overflowed in the oven. So I pressed stopped and open the door to clean out the mess I had made.

I let the cup cool and stirred the remainder of the matcha and drink it slowly as it was quite hot. It did not taste differently, it was smooth in taste with that milky dew scent as I take sip after sip of the tea and some of this dew scent came from my hands from wiping the microwave. It is nice to realize, tea explode in microwave but the taste remain intact, well at least to this tea reviewer who seems most inept in all things.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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87

A review of Green Tea & Blackcurrant by London Fruit & Herb Company

Date: 11/18/2012
Company: London Fruit & Herb Company
Tea Name: Green Tea & Blackcurrant
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: purplish grape color but not of Concord grape
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 170 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I am fixing a giant glass of this tea for my mid-morning sips. I take two tea bags and one tall mug and put the bags and pour some freshly boiled water into the mug and leave it to steep for 2 minutes, covering it with a saucer lid.

I like the tea’s aroma as it is filling the air around me with the scent of hibiscus, blackberry leaves and the blackcurrant juices and hints of licorice as I am now removing the cover from this tea.

Tea is a dark purple with some hints of red when placed directly under the light. Color looks more like wine and smells of a sprintzer wine cooler but it is warm. In sipping the tea it is fruity and I am met with the acidity to be found in the hibiscus and eventually as I swallow and take another sip there is a sweetness to be found from the licorice roots.

My intention is to continue to sip this tea throughout the rest of the morning by simply adding more hot water into my cup. The tea color does lighten to a cup of cranberry juice with not that dry after taste when drinking cranberry juice. This tea is more syrup/liquor like and I think this is because of the licorice mixture with the blackcurrant juice and the hibiscus with the green tea.

I like that I can enjoy this tea time and again since it is a complex cup of tea; one either likes it or does not.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

that sounds delicious!! And unique, don’t see too many green teas with hibiscus in it around

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A review of KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha

Date: 11/18/2012
Company: KaiMatcha
Tea Name: KaiMatcha Premium
Tea Type/Varietal: Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 tea spoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green
Leaf Characteristics: When I open the tin I met with the brightest of green in color and the tea powder smelling strongly of fresh grass. A cleanly, astringent and milky aroma is what I am met with as I hold the can to inhale the powder’s aroma. It is a most pleasant smell.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 165 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minute

I am fixing for myself a cup of this KaiMatcha. I try not to have it every day so that it lasts longer. I know it is something I will purchase again and again, when I can afford it. I let the tap water run a bit longer while I take 1 spoonful of the tea powder and add this to my cup. I fill the kettle with water and let it boil, just short of coming to steam. I pour some of the water into my cup and stir gently. I stir with my small wooden spoon forward and back and across and I am pleased to see some foam forming as I do this. I do this until powder is mixed completely with the water and now I have lovely foam of green and smell both clean and brightly smooth. I take sip after sip since I am having this tea for strength, courage, for gratitude that the folks at KaiMatcha allowed me to have this tin of powder. They took a chance on me and sent it along for me to sample and I am gratefully enjoying each and every precious drop of this most wonderful of teas.

I think it is a great way to start one’s day if looking for clarity of mind and thought; as this tea can accomplish this and lots more.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Once in a while, a tea comes along and becomes more that just that…This is what you described in your beautiful review…I can feel the respect and the appreciation…good job:-)

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84

A review of Dieters’ Drink by PC Teas Company

Date: 11/17/2012
Company: PC Teas Company
Tea Name: Dieters’ Drink
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark green-brown
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I have not had this tea for a long while since I had been sampling the Triple Leaf Tea brand as they were to have been similar to this tea. I am happy to have returned to what I know and like since Triple Leaf teas are not for me.

I brew one tea bag in a cup of hot water for a good 5 minutes and start at once sipping and sipping the tea which is very hot and smelling strongly of herbs like Malva and the Persimmon leaf. This tea that I drink when feeling bloated and needing strong relief; shamefully admitting that body does not naturally process at times and an aide such as this tea is needed and I use it happily and at times made to feel shameful for consuming it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
gmathis

I have a very long- long- ago memory of trying persimmons in something (pudding? pie?) at a family dinner, and if my memory is halfway accurate, persimmon tea would be very tasty, especially this time of year.

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84

A review of Green Tea by Price Chopper

Date: 11/17/2012
Company: Price Chopper
Tea Name: Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup /tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light green
Leaf Characteristics: This is one of the more inexpensive astringent (clean and fresh tasting) teas that I have purchased as a store brand, it seems to be more-so than Trader Joe’s.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

I fixed myself a cup of this tea in the morning prior to venturing out for a volunteer posting that I had acquired for the day. I get to be out of the household and not be in the way or bothersome to folks.

Anyhow, I sip this tea lightly and enjoy the clean freshness of it. It is uniquely subtle and so very light and what I need; which a simple cup of tea.

This Price Chopper brand of Green Tea is a refreshing drink with a delicate, clean flavor and I think its freshness beats out Trader Joe’s tea that I used to enjoy and will always enjoy. I am not an expert; I like both teas: that is all.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It’s nice to have a good grocery-store staple!

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A review of Ripened Age Pu-erh Mini Tuocha (sample) by Teavivre

Date: 11/16/2012
Company: Teavivre
Tea Name: Ripened Age Pu-erh Mini Tuocha
Tea Type/Varietal: Pu-erh
Region: Yunnan China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ mini Tuocha
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark cranberry
Leaf Characteristics: Small coin like Tuocha

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes

Note: This is another sample sent to me from Teavivre and I am looking forward to trying this Tuocha. I cut open the sample pack and take out one of the individually wrapped Tuocha and remove the covering from it. It is semi-soft and rolled like a little weaved basket/ resembling a small bird’s nest, I take this and put it in my tea mug and pour the already boiled water into the mug, I place the saucer on the cup and leave to steep for two minutes.

When I remove the saucer/lid from my mug, the aroma starts to permeates the air around me; smelling of dampen earth, it is very noticeable smell (dampness in towels, basements, moisten soil) all images that I am conceiving as I breath in and out. The tea’s color is a lovely dark cranberry; more like dark cherries.

I take a sip and swallow and another sip yet again I swallow; there is that dryness effect on the palette and back of throat when I swallow. This pu-erh is somewhat like pu-erh I have had from Stash Teas, yet they were loose leaves. Anyhow, there a dryness and raw cacao nibs taste to this Tuocha and it is not bitter, in fact it is quite smooth and fuller in the body. I think I mean to say that the taste of this pu-erh is consistent throughout.

Upon first sip I am met with a dryness effect and very light on the palette, this tea is not heavy at all. It is very smooth and I definitely taste something of the cacao nibs…aspect of this tea. Or perhaps best to say that darken chocolate taste of both bitter/sweet chocolate when raw, unprocessed.

Do I like this tea? Yes. Do I like the tea’s color? Yes. And of the smell/aroma, is the teas’ bouquet to your expectation? Yes, I expected it to smell of dampened earth…a dewy, wet odor left from moisture permeating in the air. It smells as if something was not properly dried.

In all this is a good cup of tea for this inexperience palette.

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

Note: With this second steep and continuing to drink this tea for the remainder of the day I find the tea’s color to remain like that of cranberry or darken cherry and the tea is smoother and richer with more infusions. It is just a nice cup of tea, it has substance and one an experience palette would be able to place quite readily since nothing is hidden with this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha

Date: 11/16/2012
Company: KaiMatcha
Tea Name: KaiMatcha Premium
Tea Type/Varietal: Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ 1 tea spoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: bright green
Leaf Characteristics: When I open the tin I met with the brightest of green in color and the tea powder smelling strongly of fresh grass. A cleanly, astringent and milky aroma is what I am met with as I hold the can to inhale the powder’s aroma. It is a most pleasant smell.

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minute

I take ½ a teaspoon of the powder and put this in my cup and pour in the hot water stirring it as I pour, at first slowly than fast for about a minute. Tea did not foam at all, it is flat with a bright green color and when I take a sip it is astringent; a stinging effect on the palette, with the second and third sips I taste something more like milk with a rich/ creamy texture. This taste reminds me of those small cabbages slightly buttered with a dash of salt…bringing about the creamy texture of the cabbage.

I like this KaiMatcha and consider myself bless to be able to experience more mathca teas since they are at times quite costly. If one can find a can of pressed milk powdered like in the olden days when milk was not always drinkable or affordable to all; this is what this tea’s aroma is like with that milky dewiness that I am referring to.

This is indeed an enjoyable matcha. Thank you, KaiMatcha, for allowing me to know such a product.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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A review of Taiwan Gaba Tea by Fong Mong Tea

Date: 11/15/2012
Company: Fong Mong
Tea Name: Taiwan Gaba Tea
Tea Type/Varietal:
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

I am enjoying another great cup of this tea. I simply cannot find words for describing this tea. It is smooth with a complex texture; tea’s color is of malt and coffee like. There is not hint of one aroma or another that can describe what this tea smells like. It is not bitter, not astringent, and not fruity. It has a dry smell and not unlike water since water is clear with not a smell. Similarly is this tea with regard to odor.

The tea is dry on my palette and not heavy and when I take a sip, I simply want to sip continually without stopping, it is that good.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A review of Organic Yerba Mate by Guayaki

Date: 11/15/2012
Company: Guayaki
Tea Name: Yerba Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Region: Rainforest of South America
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dirty water/ brown
Leaf Characteristics: smells of dampness when steeping

  1. Steepings

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

I went from having a very lively cup of tea this morning to having this Yerba Mate this afternoon. Tea boasts a rich and robust mate flavor, toasty aroma, and a balanced finish. I keep missing this whenever I have tried this tea since it simply is not there. I can say the tea is toasty, but unlike granules.

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

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A review of Ruby Red Chai (Organic Spiced Rooibos) by Trader Joe’s

Date: 11/15/ 2012
Company: Trader Joe’s
Tea Name: Ruby Red Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Chai
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Sienna red
Leaf Characteristics: Tea bag smells strongly of cardamom, ginger, cloves and cinnamon

  1. Steepings

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

I take one of tea bags which are individually seal in a clear plastic bag, remove the bag and put this in my cup and pour the boiled water into my cup and covering with a saucer to steep for five minutes.

The tea’s aroma is heady from once water is poured over it and becomes nicer with longer steeps. When I remove the lid, tea’s color is a lovely red glow, Sienna like…it is early morning and who can say. Anyhow, I like the mixture of the cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg as I take sip after sip of this tea.

I can tell you the difference of this tea with the hibiscus and Rosehip tea that I had day before as this tea is spice tea, it is piquant and hot; no acidity or fruity/citrusy blend as contained in the Rosehip/hibiscus tea.

I was wrong in thinking they were similar since they are not. They are two distinct teas with their own character and base.

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

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