Tea: Triple C Tea

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Tea: Triple C Tea
Company: none; My own personal recipe

This is the first post that has some of my own pictures in it. YAY!!!! PROGRESS! Anyways this is a tea that I like to make to help me relax at night. I love chamomile plain, but I am a bit of a spice fiend so I have been thinking of ways to add spices to it, and ended up coming up with a great tea blend. I call it Triple C Tea; cause the the three main ingredients all start with, “C.” Here is what you will need…

Main Ingredients:

  • Chamomile  (If you can’t buy it loose, use 2-3 tea bags for 16 ounces of water)
  • Cinnamon Stick (small or big)
  • Cloves (1-3)

Now there are two versions of this. One is just plain tea and the other is a latte form. The latter I use a bit more chamomile and spices; I use only 1 clove and Continue reading

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Tea: Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew

Curiosity

This tea is part of another Sip Down of my large stock of tea and comes from the lovely Verdant Tea. It is called Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew, and as the name suggests it is a curious concoction indeed. It takes some of the traditional ingredients from a sleepy time tea (spearmint, chamomile,fennel) and mixes it with cinnamon chips, the malty chocolaty laoshan black, Wuyi Big Red Robe, Peruvian Cacao Nibs, and Marigold. I at first was skeptical of it, being an odd combo, but found it to be a unique, relaxing, and tasty tea.  The malty and chocolaty black tea mixes with the cinnamon and fennel to make an almost brownie like flavor. The chamomile adds a nice creamy floral aspect, while the spearmint adds a nice touch of coolness. It tastes great warm and makes a refreshing ice tea; it’s a very relaxing mix. Did I also mention that this tea can take many steeps as well.

So if you are found of sleepy time tea. mint teas, or want to try something out of the norm, I would give this one a shot.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: two tsps
  • Steep Time: 1 minuets (then added 30 sec each steep)
  • Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave
  • Temp: 205F

Directions

HOT BREW

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot and leave it for 5 seconds, then pore out the water; this is to do a rinse.
  2. Pour under boiling water back in and steep for 1 minuet; continually added 30 seconds for each steep done.
  3. When it is done steeping strain it off into a mug or pitcher
  4. Add sweetener if desired
  5. ENJOY

ICE TEA

Note: use 4 tsp per 8oz of water; can make between 1-2 quart batches from 8oz steeps.

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot and leave it for 5 seconds, then pore out the water; this is to do a rinse.
  2. Pour under boiling water back in and steep for 1 minuet; continually added 30 seconds for each steep done.
  3. When it is done steeping strain it off into a  pitcher or extra large pyrex
  4. Add sweetener if desired
  5. Then add equal parts ice to your pitcher or pyrex (ex: 16oz of tea + 16oz of ice)
  6. ENJOY

Tea: Cocoa Canela )Organic

cocoa canela

This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up.

After having a few sips of this I thought I might try to put a little bit of cream or milk in it to see how it does. Sadly we were out of Almond Milk, so I had to try to use 2% milk. Now I am horrible when it comes to warming up milk. It always seems to get that weird flavor or I end up curdling it. This time it was weird flavor, plus it subdued the chocolate cinnamon flavor; but in a bad way.

The only thing I kinda have a beef with this tea is the choice in mate’. They used Yerba mate’, which is the greener, lighter flavored one. I wished they had used toasted mate’. I think it would have complemented the flavor a lot more then the Yerba.

Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 5g
  • Steep Time: 6 minuets
  • Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave
  • Temp: 205F

Directions

  1. After getting your water boiling poor it into the pot
  2. When it is done steeping strain it off into a mug
  3. Add sweetner if desidered and choice of creamer
  4. ENJOY

Tea: Smaug

Smaug 52

Ok, I know I already did a post about 52 teas and have a bunch of Verdant Tea samples to get through, but when you have a tea this awesome you have to write about it; plus I wasn’t going to be home a lot today, so I didn’t have time to do multiple steeps.

I first came across this tea while parusing 52 teas website, as I had not been on there in a while. When I came across it I first thought, “A tea with a Dragon on it?Automatic win!” Then when I read the ingredients I new I had to have it. Dragonwell Green Tea with cinnamon and cayenne, with just a touch of lapsang souchoung; 1 ounce of it in 5 pounds of green tea. However by the time I found this tea it was already sold out….. Oh the disappointment. But with a bit of hope I put myself on the waiting list for it. Sure enough after a few days later I notice it for sale again……… at 2:00 AM…….. I don’t sleep. Anyways I didn’t take any chances and insta-bought it right then and there. So glad I did

The smell of the tea when I opened my pouch was sweet cinnamon with a tinge of smoke. The brew was a golden yellow and smelled of cinnamon green tea, but not in a overpowering way. The base tea in this mix is great. Sweet and has an apple like sweet crisp. This is then accented by sweet cinnamon and hint of cayenne heat. There is also a wafting flavor of smoke that brings the flavor home. If it was still available (and I had the money) I would buy another pouch of this. I put myself back on the waiting list though; as I really do want to buy some more of this tea.

If you want to also buy some more of this tea, follow the link here and put yourself on the waiting list. The more people on the list, the better the chance of it being re-blended. If you want to see more reviews of this tea, check them out here on Steepster.

I would recommend this tea to anyone who likes green tea and even spice weenies; unless you just loath cinnamon.

P.S. To my non-geek people Smaug is the dragon from the movie and book, The Hobbit. Also I have no idea how to say it.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: Porcelain (I recommend glass though)
  • Water: 8oz per steep
  • Leaf: 1.5 tsp
  • Steep Time: 2 minuet  2.25 minuet  
  • Sweetener: not needed
  • Temp: between 160-175

Directions

  1. After letting your boiling water cool down between 160-175F poor it into the pot
  2. When it is done steeping strain it off into a pitcher or giant mug.
  3. Steep the leaves as before, but just a little bit longer.
  4. Pour that steep into the same pitcher or mug
  5. ENJOY

Tea: Banana Foster

BananasFoster-52teas

Due to my large amounts of tea laying around I have made a pledge to not buy any more tea until 90% of inventory is gone. So seeing how I have only a little bit of this gem left from last summer, I think it is time for a SIP DOWN!!!

When I opened up the bag a wave of feels and nostalgia hit me. This was one of the early teas I bought when I really started to get into loose leaf tea; which was about last summer in 2012. I was kinda sad to part with it, but it’s time.

This tea came from a limited batch from the awesome 52 Tea’s!!! I love banana fosters. Every time I go to Denny’s I order it. This tea doesn’t taste as good hot, but when it  is cold or put on ice, man is good. The malty Assam base mixed with freeze dried banana and cinnamon shine through; with a good heaping spoonful of light agave nectar as well.

So as sad as I am to see it go, I know there will be more awesome teas to try.

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Brewing Specifics

  • Pot: 8oz porcelain
  • Leaf: 2 small spoonfuls (little over 2 tsp)
  • Steep Times: 2:45, 3:00
  • Sweetener: 1.5 big spoonfuls of light agave

Details 

  1. Combined the two steeps into 4 cup Pyrex; so a little under 16oz.
  2. Added sweetener, and filled up the rest of the 16oz with ice. Made 1 quart.