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A review of Alishan Oolong Tea by Nuvola Tea

Date: 11/11/2012
Company: Nuvola Tea
Tea Name: Alishan Oolong
Tea Type/ Oolong
Region: Taipei Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light yellow
Leaf Characteristics: The tea leaves when brewed became plump and supple with a buttery taste to the wet leaves.

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I emptied the sample packet into my tea mug and pour the boiling water, leaving it to steep for five minutes. I like watching how fully the leaves plump while brewing and when I place the cover on my mug the leaves were able to fully steam/as if cooking so that when I remove the cover, I am met with this green/veggie like aroma; smelling so much like broccoli. As I taste the tea it is sweet and buttery like, there is absolutely no astringency to this oolong tea.

This Alishan Oolong is a floral bouquet with a smooth buttery finish of a taste when swallowed. I was able to have multiple infusions with this sample. I drink it first alone and later during the day with my diner, some Udon Noodles and it made for a very enjoyable meal since I felt like I was in a restaurant where they keep refilling your tea pot with oolong tea or something similarly.

Thank you Nuvola Tea for sending me a sample of this Alishan Oolong, it is quite nice, just as I remember. I had some of Fong Mong’s Alishan earlier this summer as well; they are both lovely teas that I have enjoyed with a full meal.

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

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drank Organic Easy Digestion by HELPS
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A review of Helps Organic Easy Digestion by

Date: 11/10/2012
Company: Helps
Tea Name: Helps Organic Easy Digestion
Tea Type/ Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color:
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I place on tea bag in a cup and pour the hot water into the cup and leave the tea to steep for five minutes. This tea smells sweetly of the anise fruit plant and taste sweetly. Tea’s color is light amber, more on the yellow side when held directly under the light. The tea’s aroma is a fruity herbal blending of anise, chamomile and mint leaf all goes to making this a very relaxing cup of tea to soothe one’s indigestion.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81

A review of Orange and Spice Herb Tea by Bigelow

Date: 11/10/2012
Company: Bigelow
Tea Name: Orange & Spice Herb Tea
Tea Type/ Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: golden orange / dark amber
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes

Note: I decided to fix myself a cup of this tea after dinner. Very simply, one tea bag in my cup and added the hot water to the cup and leave it to steep for five minutes.

Tea is an orange/peach color and has a lovely fruity bouquet of rose hips, spices, hibiscus and orange peel. When I take sip after sips of this tea, I find that it is a zesty blend of orange and spices. It is a very heady cup of tea, not to be having this time of day since it awakens the senses rather than calm them. It is a cup of excitement…joie de vivre and late in the day for it.

I am thankful that is all!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Date: 11/10/2012
Company: Arizona
Tea Name: Green Tea with Ginseng and Hone
Tea Type/ Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: bottled tea
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light honey
Leaf Characteristics:

I purchased this tea from a Family Dollar store because the price was right. I was thinking something sweet and soda like; so I got hubby to get it for me. At dinner, I fixed a cup of this tea with ice for us both. Tea is a lovely lemony honey color, texture is sweet but not too much so. The Ginseng is naturally sweet with a chamomile like scent and taste.

As I am drinking this Ginseng tea, I immediately think of Chamomile; something of the aroma and taste I find similarly to a warm cup of Chamomile tea.

I found this tea to be soothing and not at all overly sweet as soda or can juices can be.

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A review of Hand Picked Summer Tieguanyin by Verdant Tea

Date: 11/09/2012
Company: Verdant Tea
Tea Name: Hand Picked Summer Tieguanyin
Tea Type/Varietal: Oolong
Region: China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season: Summer
Liquor Color: a very pale yellow
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 minutes, increased to 2, 3 minutes

Note: I take 1 teaspoon of the leaves and put this in my mug and pour the hot water over it and let sit for a few seconds so as to rinse it, after which time I empty the cup of the water and pour some more of the boiled water into my mug yet again; this time leaving it to steep for a minute.

Tea is a lovely light yellow and smells very milky too me. I had to keep inhaling it just to be certain it smelled of milk, kind of creamy buttery even. I remove the tea leaves and take a few sip of the tea; at first it is buttery in taste, slight salty flavor, then one is met with a smooth cream-like finishing when swallowing the tea.

I liked that I used my large tea mug as the leaves did fully burst/plump with multiple steeping.

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

Note: For this next infusion, I pour the water over the tea leaves and cover my mug with saucer and left to steep for a few minutes. The color is same and yes, that milky-ness is still there and this time it is like almond and sweet bean as an after taste…tea is sweet and smooth there is no denying of this and there is something of a summer breeze that one feels; this morning the air was clear and crisp inviting one to go out for an early morning walk but I chose not to. This is perhaps why I selected it for a mid-day treat.

This is one of the better oolong I have had all because of the milky and almond-bean like quality that I am finding. Overall, tea is very light and a textural challenge making for more exploration.

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

You are steeping your tea like someone who’s fearless. You don’t have to have a lot of fancy equipment to get a great brew! Proof!

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86

A review of Green Tea Powder by Hamasaen

Date: 11/09/2012
Company: Hamasaen
Tea Name: Green Tea Powser
Tea Type/ Green tea powder
Region: Japan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ teaspoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very bright green
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 1 – 3 minutes

Note: I woke up this morning wanting for a cup of Matcha and I reached for this Green Tea Powder that I have had and enjoyed. So nothing newly; I simply take a teaspoon of the green powder and put in a tea cup and I pour the boiled water into the cup and begin stirring it until all the tea powder has dissolved. I am always amazed at how green the tea is and smells strongly of the sea…seaweed like or marine algae. When I sip it, a nice light tinge in on my palate upon swallowing the tea and I take another sip and another until the tea is gone.

In recent past I have tried both the matcha teas and this green tea powder cold and hot; I find I prefer them hot and this is because of the warmth that comes with holding a hot cup of tea in your hand; as this makes you want to hug it or hold it tighter; whereas if it is cold you simply want to be done with it and put it away.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A review of Green Tea with Peppermint by Akbar

I had purchased this tea during one of my impromptu store visits at a grocers in Brookline, MA; Bazaar Gourmet Royal Delicacies. When I reviewed this tea, I remember not liking the tea since I found the mixture of spearmint and peppermint to be too strong and evasive. I said it was like a toothpaste kind of freshness.

Anyhow, since moving and residing in where there is always perpetual dust and musty odor in the air, I have been placing the tea bags in groupings like sachets to use them as air freshener of sort. For months I have been doing this and the heady aroma of the peppermint with spearmint is still very noticeable.

Last evening, I took one of tea bags from a cup that I had a bunch of tea bags in and put this is my tea mug and poured very hot water over the tea bag and left to steep for several minutes. The tea’s color is golden brown and tea’s aroma is very fresh smelling and sweet. And when tasted, sip after sip it is a lively clean taste that is both refreshing to the palette and a delight to the nostril.

This tea makes me think of that after dinner mint or first thing in the morning for wanting fresh breath and off gum chewing.

I guess what I am saying is: if one is wanting for a refreshing cup of tea with effect for gum chewing than this is the tea for you since it has that fresh breath quality to it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
seule771

I have found many uses for this tea; as sachets in dresser drawers, in cups and small baskets filled with tea bags to freshen a room and when i reached for one to make tea with, it is still usable and makes a good strong cup of tea. I am saying the tea’s aroma cannot be broken, even after months of being exposed the tea bags are still quite good as teas. I like seeing them around as sachet/teabags that is all.

gmathis

Sachet—that’s a great idea!

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A review of 100% Organic Rosehip Herb Tea by Garden of the Andes

Date: 11/08/2012
Company: Garden of the Andes
Tea Name: Rosehip Herb Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Inviting rose with pinkish hues
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I pour boiling water over one tea bag that is in my cup and left to steep for a few minutes. Teas’ aroma is a lovely floral bouquet of hibiscus and rose hip and when I am finally having a sip of this tea I am met with a citrus flavor that is balance of the hibiscus herb plant and of that of the Rosehip fruits.

This tea has no Chamomile but it does have the soothing aspect of a cup of Chamomile tea with lemon. It is most soothing and relaxing as I try to make dinner and await the onslaught of unpleasantness that is in my life right now. I live always at the expense of another; having no control over my emotions; an example is the typing of these words to indicate as much; when there need not be a mentioning.

I am grateful always for that cup of warmth that is to be found in the taking of tea/having tea.

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

Having a safe place to vent is important. I don’t think you’ll find a one of us who hasn’t used a tasting note to unload some frustration.

And..do you know what? I am a hibiscus hater, but the way you describe this is so delicate and inviting, you’ve almost got me convinced to give it another try ;)

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review of Xingyang 2007 Shu Pu’er by Verdant Tea

Date: 11/08/2012
Company: Verdant Tea
Tea Name: Xingyang 2007 Shu Pu’er
Tea Type/Varietal: pu erh
Region: Simao, Yunnan, China
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Plucking Season: May 11, 2007
Liquor Color: reddish brown, cinnamon
Leaf Characteristics: Xingyang Tea Co Pu’er KH9200, small leaf and bud mixture

  1. Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 180 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: I don’t have fancy instruments for fixing this pu-erh. I opened the pouch sample and took one teaspoon of the tea and put it in my cup, adding the boiling water to it, I let it steep for several minutes.

I am always taken in by tea’s color and aroma in that I know if it is something that I will enjoy and indeed this would be the case with this pu-erh. It is a lovely reddish brown cinnamon color and I want to say more like stewed raisins or prunes when tasting of this tea. First sip is textural aspect of moisture/dampness reminding me of raw earthy wet ground and as I take in more of the tea I find sweet, savory, and distinctly warm sensation to ground the tea. I get a wonderful sea-salted caramel flavor on my palate with an earthy-sweet aftertaste.

It is good with multiple steeping; I simply add more water to my cup and let it sit, enjoying the tea hot always. I would say for me this tea is reminiscent of a cup of raisins/stewed prunes with the second steep and third being more-so. First steep is too musty and dampness in the taste to truly enjoy the tea.

It is an enjoyable pu-erh.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A review of Yunnan White Jasmine Tea by Verdant Tea

Date: 11/08/2012
Company: Verdant Tea
Tea Name: Yunnan White Jasmine
Tea Type/ White
Region: Taiwan
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: a very light floral tea shies of yellow
Leaf Characteristics:

  1. Steepings

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

Note: I have less than a teaspoon of this tea left and I thought to finish this off this morning since it snowed overnight. I figure, why not have some white tea?

I find this is a good amount to steep in a small cup since there is so little of the tea’s mixture. When steeped for two minutes the tea’s color is very light but not clear. I say a soft yellow since the pods like leaves were still in my cup and the teas’ aroma is still fully of jasmine in scent but not overpowering.

This tea is described as being silky and smooth: (that of the white Yunnan tea) with notes of cinnamon sweetness and the heady aroma of the jasmine permeates the air. And this combination helps us to understand what jasmine is all about.

The result is a perfectly integrated flavor that starts off with the textures of a white tea, and sweetness drawn out and extended by a silky jasmine aroma.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Invader Zim

Yay snow! I love snow, we have yet to get any here, which means we are overdue. This tea is one of the best jasmine teas I have ever tried. If you ever get the chance try out Teavivre’s jasmine silver needle. I have yet to figure who’s I like better, theirs or Verdants!

K S

Very nice review.

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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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