Tea: Pineapple Bacon Rooibos

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Company: 52 Teas
Tea: Pineapple Bacon Rooibos

No, this is not an early April Fools, this tea is for real. 52 teas is no stranger when it come to putting bacon flavor in their tea’s, but this is the first time it is with rooibos….. AND PINEAPPLE! I love pineapple! Plus I have been wanting a non-caffeinated tea for nights when I have to go into work early.

The dry leaf of the tea is a little weird. The smell reminds me of bubble gum flavor couch syrup…… I don’t know why. The brew it self has that typical rooibos earthy smell with a tinge of pineapple gum flavor. Now the first time I tried this tea, I didn’t get much bacon flavor, just a salty after taste. Then Frank (52 Teas) suggested that I add a pinch of salt to bring out the bacon flavor. THAT HELPED A LOT! With just a shake of salt in my big 16oz mug the flavor really came together  The citric woodsy flavor of the rooibos combined well with the pineapple flavor, which was paired with a savory slightly smoke bacon flavor.

Overall a very interesting tea. The smell is a bit weird (but hey it’s a weird tea), but the warm brew is a tasty concoction of flavor. It would be a nice tea to try for fun or to give to somebody to see there reaction. Did I also mention that this tea is VEGAN; all of 52 teas flavorings are vegan, and Frank uses imitation bacon bits. There are currently 10 left  4 left.

P.S. If you don’t want the bacon flavor so much, just don’t add salt and use a pinch more sugar for a nice pineapple rooibos tea.

Brewing Specifics

  • leaf: 1tsp
  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 205F
  • Steep: 8-10 minuets
  • Add a dash of salt to your cup.

Tune: Woodkid- Run Boy Run

This song was recently posted up by a fellow Steepster that goes by TheTeaFairy. I don’t know much about the artist except that I think they are Russian  It is really good and I have been replaying it for the past half hour. I love the composition, the mix of of STOMP like percussion and the mix of classical instruments is just beautiful.

Tea: Eight Treasures Yabao

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Name:  Eight Treasures Yabao

OMG! IT’S BACK, IT’S BACK, IT’S BACK!!! This is one of my favorite teas from Verdant Tea for the summer. It is a unusual mix that is sure to please floral and light tea lovers.

The lore behind this tea is that it is based of the Chinese tea blend “Eight Treasures”, which while sometimes varying in blend it is usually a mix of green tea, flowers, fruits (orange and goji berry, ect.), and added rock sugar. It is a spring time tea that is meant to decrease body heat, aid in digestion, and boost your energy. What makes Verdant’s take on the tea so wonderful is the use of Silver Buds Yabao tea in it. Yabao tea (or Old Tree Bud White) is a unique type of tea. New fresh bud clumps are picked off of tea trees (not the bush kind) and then lightly processed much like white tea. However, unlike white tea is can be aged. Verdants Yabao is supper sweet and crisp with notes of cedar and peppercorn.

This Yabao while good can be a bit weak, however, in this blend it’s flavor attributes are harmoniously amplified and creates a wonderful summer tea that is good warm and iced.

The smell of the dry leaf is like smelling a bunch of hand picked sweet flowers and nectar; sweet and airy. The wet leaf becomes deeper with damp cedar notes backed with warm vanilla. The taste of the tea is’t self is simply divine. It is like drinking the nectar of sweet flowers drizzled with vanilla and a tinge of tingly spice left on the tongue  When it is iced the vanilla becomes more of a creamy texture with the jasmine and Yabao more present making it tasted like flowers that have been plucked from a cedar forest that still have morning dew on them.

Overall this is a great crisp, light, and floral tea that is sweet enough on it’s own and in my opinion embodies spring time. With just 2 tsp of leaf you can make 16-24oz of pure spring time bliss for you or your friends.

NOTE: While this tea has green jasmine tea it isn’t over the top or dominating in flavor. It is more of a sweet jasmine then a dry floral one. So jasmine wienies (like me) don’t need to worry.

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Instructions

HOT: I brew mine a little different from Verdants steeping. First I brew 1 tsp in per 8oz for 1 minuet, then pour into a pyrex. I add another tsp of leaf to the pot and brew for 2 minuets, and pour into the pyrex. Then I brew one last time for 2:20 minuets and pour into the pyrex. Makes 3 8 oz servings NOTE: You can skip the last steep if you want it a little stronger.

INSTANT ICED: Fallow the same guidelines as above, but either brew leaves in 4oz of water or double the leaf used. Pour the steepings into a heat resistant pitcher and put in equal parts ice to water. Will make 16-24 oz to 32-48 oz depending on the method used. You can also brew it up normal using the hot method and wait for it to cool, and then put into the fridge or freezer, but this method is faster and just a tasty.

Brewing Specifics

  • leaf: 2tsp
  • Pot: Glass
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 185F
  • Steep: 1 minuets; 2 minuets; 2:20 minuets.

Tune: Tequila

I need to get ready to hang out today, so have this song and this excerpt I ripped of from wikipedia.

In 1957, Gene Autry’s record label, Challenge Records, signed Dave Burgess (born 1934), a rockabilly singer-songwriter from California who often recorded under the name “Dave Dupree.” At the end of 1957, having produced no hits, Challenge Records looked to Burgess, who organized a recording session on December 23 in Hollywood. In the studio that day were Burgess on rhythm guitar, Cliff Hills on bass guitar, the Flores Trio (Danny Flores on saxophone and keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce), and Huelyn Duvall contributing backing vocals. They gathered primarily to record “Train to Nowhere”, a song by Burgess, as well as “Night Beat” and “All Night Rock”.

The last tune recorded was “Tequila”, essentially just a jam by the Flores Trio. There were three takes, and Danny Flores, who wrote the song, was also the man who actually spoke the word “Tequila!”. Flores also played the trademark “dirty sax” solo.[3] The song served as the B-side for “Train to Nowhere”, which was released by Challenge Recordson January 15, 1958. Duvall recalls that the record initially found little success, but, after a DJ in Cleveland played the B-side, “Tequila” skyrocketed up the charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart on March 28, 1958.

Daniel Flores had written “Tequila”, but, because he was signed to another label, the tune was credited to “Chuck Rio”, a name he adopted for the stage. Those present for the December 23 session began recording together again on January 20, 1958, under the name the Champs; the group technically formed after recording “Tequila”. The tune has been noted to have the same sound and structure of Bo Diddley’s 1958 release “Dearest Darling”.

Tea: Cuba Libre

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Today’s tea comes from 52 Teas and is called Cuba Libre. I decided to make this ice tea style; it tasted fine warm, but this just seems more like an ice tea to me. The first time I made some I did my usual 2 steeping in one cup and added a bit of sweetener. It tasted pretty authentic…. AND STRONG! A little too strong. The second time I made this I did a combined 3 steeps and found it to be perfect. So from a little over 1 tsp of tea you can make 24 oz of tea. Minus the bubbles it tasted exactly like cola with rum in it! I am getting a slight lime tang, but if you want that to be more a flavor you will need to add that.

Overall this is a pretty interesting tea. It would be great to serve at a party as an interesting non-alcoholic option or it you just want to drink an out of the ordinary ice tea. So if you want to get your hands on it I would do it soon. Last time I checked there are only 7 left 6 left  4 left 2 left  GONE.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 1.5 tsp
  • Steep Time: 2:35 minuets (then 3:15 for the other two)
  • Sweetener:  2 small spoon fulls for 24 oz
  • Temp: 205 F

Tea: Laoshan Genmaicha

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This wonderful tea comes from Verdant Tea. It is there awesome Laoshan Genmaicha. I have had a genmaicha once before, but didn’t really get excited over it, but I decided to give this one a try…….. glad I did. It has a nice robust flavor without being to overpowering or burnt tasting. Unlike most genmaicha this one is a Chinese green tea base. This one in particular that has a rich green bean and buttery taste. With the addition of the toasted rice it almost seems like it just makes the base tea a little more fuller tasting, and adds a great nutty flavor. I just love sipping this tea during my meals. It is almost like I am getting my greens in with out having to eat them; which is good when you are eating sloppy joes. You can also get a good bit of steeps out of it as well. Not to mention the fact that I  love the symbolical combining of the wonderful green tea that Verdant brings in and the use of Verdants’ local rice fused into one tea. From what I have heard from reviewers that have had more experience with genmaicha, this one in particular has a supreme quality and taste compared to most genmaicha. 

Overall I would recommend this to some one who likes Genmaicha or wants to try one that is out of the ordinary.

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Specifics

  • leaf: 1tsp
  • Pot: porcelain
  • Water: 8oz
  • Temp: 185F
  • Steep: 2 minuets 

Tea Related: Possible 52 Tea’s Pay As You Go Monthly Subscription.

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Frank from 52 Teas is considering making a monthly pay as you go tea subscription, compared to the lump-sum subscription options currently available. For just $24.99 every 3 weeks, ($29.99 for Canada and International) you get three 1-2oz packets of custom blended loose leaf artisan tea.

However, for this subscription to become a reality he needs enough people willing to join to start this service.

Here is his proposal via Steepster forums:

“So, in the past we’ve had a few requests for a way to subscribe on a recurring payment basis (ie signing up and paying every month as opposed to paying for a 3- 6- or 12-month subscription up front).

I think I have a way to accomplish this, but it will cost me a little extra and I wanted to see if I could get a headcount of folks still interested in this. The offer would be something like this:

You would get three weeks of tea delivered every three weeks for $24.99. Canadian/Overseas subscribers would get the same for $29.99.

The only way I could do it logistically would be to have folks sign up, and THEN hold 3-weeks worth of tea. Depending on when in the week you signed up (and how popular our tea was that week, your first shipment would go out in 2-3 weeks, but from then on, it would just be on auto-pilot. You would get three weeks worth of tea every three weeks. And your payment method (We would be using Paypal for this, so (I’m pretty sure) it could be your credit card, bank account or Paypal account) would be charged every three weeks. Thoughts?” You can read feed back on the subject here.

So if this sounds like an interesting proposal and are serious about joining the subscription drop him a line and tell him your thoughts here at http://www.52teas.com/contact-us/

*NOTE: Zoomdweebies and 52 Teas is the same guy

Midsummer Night’s Dream

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This tea is from DAVIDs TEA and is called Midsummer Night’s Dream. I deiced to have this the other night. It was one of the samples that came with my Christmas sale order.The dry-leaf was very pretty. It was for the most part all yellow color with flecks of red rose petals. It smelled almost like orange blossom tea; though that’s not what it is. I also have no idea what a gooseberry is, but it sounds good.

The taste of this tea is nice. It made a nice yellowish, pink liquor and smelled like citrus tea. The flavor how ever doesn’t taste like orange blossom tea. It reminded me a lot of Sweet Tarts or Spree candies. It had a nice berry-citrus taste with a pleasant tart after taste. I added a pinch of agave, but it really wasn’t needed. I did do another steep, and it was ok. It was more like flavored water, but in a good way.

It should be noted that while this tea has spearmint, it doesn’t really come up much. I actually forgot that it was even in there until the last steep; were it was easier to detect. It seems that instead of really adding to the flavor, it adds a nice vapors texture to the tea.

Overall I would recommend this tea to citrus-fruity tea lovers or anyone who likes Sweet-Tarts and Spree candies.

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Specifics 

Leaf: 5 grams

Pot: Porcelain

Water: 8 oz

Temp: 205F

Steep: 7 minuets

Sweetener: a pinch of light agave, but not needed.