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A review of Ginger Peach Tea (Single Estate Indian Black) by Teajo Teas

Date: 10/03/2012
Company: Teajo Teas
Tea Name: Ginger Peach Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region: Northern India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ loose leaves
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: dark amber
Leaf Characteristics: The leaves are small and crinkly with minutes bits of orange peels, tea flowers and some rose petals. When steeps tea leaves are bit fuller being that they are finely cut.

Steepings I was able to have a few good steeps with this tea. Color is loveliest with 1st steep; 2nd and 3rd steep is slightly lighter. I like the color because it is like liquid caramel or fine whiskey.

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

Note: One spoonful of tea leaves into my mug and once the water started boiling I pour some of it into my cup with strainer, covering it and left to steep for few minutes. I can smell the ginger and orange peels straight away and it is a pleasant smell.

After the set time, I remove the strainer with the leaves in it from my cup to take in the color and aroma. Tea’s color is lovely amber and smells of the orange peels at first and when tasted there is the slight (piquant) sting of the ginger and more of the floral aroma is rising from the cup.

Tea is a strong malty cup of ginger peach.

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

Note: I had the water boiling a bit more before adding it over the leaves and into my cup. Tea is similar just hotter as I tend to like my cup of tea; very hot and this makes the ginger bit more noticeable.

I am not a black tea drinker but I like the tea’s color very much. It really is like caramel and malty in the brew. I am not trying to over state anything.

Thank you Teajo Teas for sending these samples my way. I happy to be a tea reviewer as it gives me a sense of purpose; something to be doing. Mind you I am always busy many activities; it is just that nothing I do pays; this tea’s color was worth the experience of brewing this cup.

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

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drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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A review of Mint Medley (Herb Tea) by Bigelow

Date: 10/02/2012
Company: Bigelow
Tea Name: Mint Medley
Tea Type/Varietal:
Region: Herbal
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light brown
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 185 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
Note: I had this tea as my cup of medicinal mint to end the day. I Steeped for few minutes with very hot water. I find that this medley of peppermint leaves and spearmint leaves is mild enough to sooth and help one to relax after a long day. If there is not chamomile tea then there is this cup of mint tea to soothe into the nighttime.

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

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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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A review of Wild Sweet Orange Tea by Tazo

Date: 10/02/2012
Company: Tazo
Tea Name: Wild Sweet Orange
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light orange/yellowish color
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings 1 steep in a medium cup of hot water

Note: I purchased a cup of tea while visiting my college library. College libraries have been sporting cafés, so this is not odd to see on campus. Anyhow, I had tried to ignore it but gave in and purchased a cup of tea at this Starbucks shop selling Tazo Teas. I selected the tea bag and was asked what size cup; I said medium and they filled it with hot water into which I added the tea bag with covering and a straw to sip the tea.

Tazo tea’s aroma are always very enjoyable and the tea’s flavor most noticeable and pronounced, this has always been my experience with them. Tea is very hot and smells very sweet with the lemongrass, orange peels and the other citrus vying for attention. Tea’s aroma is a medley, a citrus bouquet and taste very sweet with the lemongrass and citric being more noticeable.

In all, it was a good cup of tea and no need to say anymore.

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

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A review of Refreshing Orange Tea (Single Estate Indian Black Tea) by Teajo Teas

Date: 10/01/2012
Company: Teajo Teas
Tea Name: Single estate Indian black tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region: Northern India
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ leaf
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Reddish orange
Leaf Characteristics: The dry leaves are very finely curled with the bits of orange peel/ gojiberries mingling for a floral scenting aroma. When steeped, tea leaves are fuller in bits and the berries and bits of orange peels are more noticeable, with the orange peels more heavy in scented oils.

Steepings 2 good steeps with 2nd steep being better than first steep.

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

Note: I wanted to experience this tea to its fullest so I decided for the first steep to be brewed longer. I let the tap water boiled for a good five minutes until fully boiling and left it to cool down, with less steam. I place one teaspoon of the tea in my tea strainer and put this over my tea mug and then added the hot water over the strainer and into my cup. Tea seems to color at one, that brownish/orange glow and the smell of the orange peels permeating around me.

I let the strainer sit in the water for a few minutes more so that tea color is darker and stronger. I remove the strainer and put this aside and take my tea to have a sip. At first tea is bitter, not because of the orange peels but just tasting heavily astringent; It is a heavy –bodied tea, fullness since it leaves quite a lingering after taste when swallowed.

For this first steep I am not finding anything to like about this tea, I think I let it sit to long with the leaves in it.

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

Note: Since my first experience with this tea is not as good, I am having tea again with lower water temperature and steep only for a few minutes. Tea’s color is a pale orange color with slight orangery/berries aroma; it is a citrus aroma that I am finally getting which I did not get with the first steep. Tea was to heavy, over cooked perhaps.

I find I like this second cup much better and I can see warming the water for another cup with the same leaves. I don’t wish to add anything to this tea, just to have it plainly and a bit hotter. Water temperature can be at 200 Farenheit and to steep it for lesser time makes for a better cup of tea.

Overall, tea has a bright lovely coloring that peeks out at you with the orange peels and goojiberries intermingling in the air while adding layers to the teas texture. Tea’s characteristic is its bright color and full-bodied effect upon tasting of the tea.

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

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A review of Specialty Teas Green Tea by Trader’s Joe

Date: 09/30/2012
Company: Trader Joe’s
Tea Name: Specialty Teas Green Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: light brownish color
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

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

Note: Instructed is to let the water cool 5 to 7 minutes after boiling. I take one tea bag and put in my clean cup and add the water over the tea bag and let it steep for 2 minutes. I dunk the tea bag a few times after desired steep time and remove the tea bag.

Tea’s color is lightest brown, and smells of leaves in the tea cup. Tea smells very grassy like when wet after rain has fallen. I missed that smell somehow, since I have not has Trader Joe’s tea is a long while. When I take a sip of tea, I am met with something that is astringent in taste, that drying sensation on the tongue.

Overall, this tea is clean with a refreshing and mouth-drying effect, but not bitter; more like the taste of a full plate of greens veggies.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Basket

Date: 09/29/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: amber in color
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

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

Note: I took one tea bag and place this in my cup and I add the boiling water to my cup and leave it to steep for few minutes. After few minutes I remove the tea bag from my cup and take sip of tea. It is fine nothing exceptional, just a cup of tea and not green tea but black tea. This black tea reminds me of the basic difference: black tea is stronger in taste, and has more caffeine; has a brighter coloring to it and should be enjoyed with milk and sugar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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

Date: 09/26/ 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: dark bluish purple
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

1st Steeping:
Water temperature: 165 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes

Note: This tea has a lovely floral aroma; from the tea bag, to pouring in the hot water into the cup and leaving it to steep as this permeates the air, filling ones’ nostrils pleasantly with fruity aroma.

Upon sips of this tea, one is met with the hibiscus and blackcurrant intermingling with the green tea. Tea has not astringency; instead it is smooth, fine drinking tea; a muscatel true to form.

2nd Steeping:
Water temperature: 160 Fahrenheit
Time: 5+

Note: I am having this tea cooler in my little jug using the same tea bag and perhaps adding another when flavor runs out.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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A review of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Black Tea by Price Chopper

Date: 09/25/ 2012
Company: Price Chopper
Tea Name: Orange Pekoe and Pekoe Black Tea (Decaffeinated)
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

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

Note: I use one tea bag and put this in my freshly washed cup and add some boiling water into the cup and leave it to steep for five minutes. Tea’s color is a light amber and smell faintly of a roasted cup of tea. I am confused since this decaffeinated tea and I don’t notice anything different about it. It is not as dark as the other Pekoe tea that I have had and flavoring wise almost similar.

It is a milder tea, not as strong as regular non-decaf pekoe. This tea would go nicely with a sliver of lemon with a few squeeze of the lemon juice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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A review of Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea by Market Baskett

Date: 09/25/2012
Company: Market Basket
Tea Name: Premium Blend of Orange Pekoe & Pekoe Cut Black Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Black
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: Cup / Tea bag
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Dark Golden amber
Leaf Characteristics:

Steepings

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

Note: I steep this cup of tea for 5 minutes, after having poured very hot water into my cup. This is one of those inexpensive store brand tea that I return to when wanting something sample and not too troublesome to make.

I like that when pouring the water over the tea bag, it colors right away; at times a brightest red and then gets very dark the longer it is steep. Tea’s aroma is not astringent, it has a roasted aroma and when tasted it is like a mild malt with a smooth texture upon swallowing.

This is a good tea brand that I have been purchasing over time since the pricing per cup is just right.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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A review of Organic Masala Chai Tea by David Rio Fine Teas

Date: 09/24/2012
Company: David Rio Fine Teas
Tea Name: Organic Masala Chai
Tea Type/Varietal: Black / Green Matcha
Region:
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: small pan / 2 tea spoon
Plucking Season:
Liquor Color: Golden rosy brown
Leaf Characteristics: Added to this classic blend is the organic matcha, the ceremonial green tea of Japan. Matcha contains more than three times the antioxidants of other green teas, making this cup as heartful as it is satisfying.

Steepings

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

Note: After another of many morning walks, upon returning I suddenly felt I wanted something like a cup of cocoa. Instead I reach on the shelf for my tin of David Rio’s Masala Chai. I purchased this chai back in the summer during a store visit to Williams-Sonoma http://www.williams-sonoma.com) in Copley Square, Boston, MA. I must say I had forgotten about it until having moved and with re-arranging of things I came across it. So today, I took my small pan with a small can of condensed milk and one half cup of water; I put the water to boil and added the milk to it and after opening the Masala Chai (which is wrapped in a gold thin foil-like coffee bag) and smelling very rich. The granules are fine, like brown sugar but grainier in texture.

It is lovely to see a real chai, not a tea bag one. I put in one teaspoon into the pan’s milk/water mixture and decided to add one more tea spoon, making for one large spoonful of the chai.

I covered it and left to come fully boil. It is lovely to see when one removes the lid from the pan…it is a golden froth and when I pour this into my mug the chai’s aroma is all cinnamon, ginger and cloves that I recognized immediately.

I cannot wait to take a first sip. Burning my tongue, I continue with sipping it as I adjust to the tea’s heat and eventually I am able to swallow and feel the golden froth descend pleasantly as I swallow and sip some more.

I wanted this cup of chai to match what I have seen from tea vendors like Golden-Moon Tea. He once had a lovely photo of his favorite cup of chai. And color wise I did accomplish Marcus’s cup of chai.

Having this cup of chai while enveloped in one’s favorite throw and a journal or a good book out on the patio is one of the ideal ways to enjoy and cherish this chai tea.

I came in from the cold wanting a cup of hot-cocoa, instead I fixed a cup of warmly hot Masala chai, and it was wonderfully inviting and invigorating. I only had one large cup of it.

I am happy to have finally tried this chai. Thank you Williams-Sonoma for carrying such fine teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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