Tea: Salted Caramel

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Company: Davids Tea

I received this tea as part of my 3 free samples with my last order with Davids Tea. I have been wanting to try a salted caramel tea for a while now. Caramel and black tea just go so well together. I used my whole 5g sample in 2 cups of boiling water and steeped it chai style for 5 minuets. I was afraid that I might have diluted it to much, since it didn’t seem like there was a lot of leaf in the packet. However, after dividing the tea into two cups and topped it off with sugar and natural vanilla cream it was perfect. The caramel flavor is really strong! It tastes like a dropped a caramel square in the pot; which is pretty much the only thing that could be better then this tea. The only downside of this tea is like with most DT flavored black teas, the base is extremely week with the caramel dominating in flavor. With this tea though this doesn’t brother me a lot, since the caramel is supposed to be the main flavor anyways. I highly recommend this tea for the up coming winter. It is sweet, thick, rich, and hearty. I also recommend Continue reading

Tune: Mothras’ Song
(Mosura No Uta)

I have been hooked on this song for a while now. I just love it’s sweet melody that it has. It a song from from the Toho series; the same one that does Godzilla. This song is for Mothra (Mosura) which is a giant moth creature that generally protects earth and it’s people and is categorized as being, “Pure of Heart”. The song was first sung by  the twin sister group, The Peanuts. The fairies’ famous song “Mosura No Uta” (“Mothra’s Song”) was first written in Indonesian, though the Shobijin (fairies) often sing Japanese approximations to the original lyrics. The song was composed by Yuji Koseki.  These are the lyrics in both Japanese and English: Continue reading

Tea: Adagio Teas Part 1

 

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Lately I have been trying some of Adagio sample sizes of their flavors so I decided to make a series of post going over their vast tea selection. Most of all the teas I will be reviewing can be used to make your own custom blends. I hope my reviews help you choose which teas you want to use to mix your very own tea creations! Continue reading

Tea: 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Ice Tea flavors review part 1

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Tea: Monkey Fart, Neapolitan Ice cream, Rainbow Sherbert, RazzleBerry
Company: 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Collection

Today I am going to be reviewing 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Tea’s collection in a two part series. There just are too many of them to review at once, so I will be reviewing 4 of them for today. I also have a post on how to brew these tea bags here if you wold like to know how to do so.

A few quick things that I want to mention about this collection is that each tea bag makes up to 2 quarts each and sell for about $2.99 each. However, there is a discount if you buy multiples of a flavor. For instance if you buy 4-9 bags of a flavor it cost only $2.49 each, which saves you between $2-$4.50 of the regular price for that quantity. If you buy 10+ of a single flavor it only costs $1.99 per bag, which can save you a minimum of $10 compared to the regular price. I would also like to mention that these prices include free shipping in the U.S.A. That means that you can try at least one flavor from this collection and only have to pay $2.99 for it (if shipped in the U.S.) Trust me though, you are going to want to try more then one of these flavors.

The first tea that I will be reviewing is Monkey Fart, which is my favorite flavor so far out of the group. Continue reading

How to make 52 ice tea text photoDuring the hot summer months one of my most favorite things to drink is ice tea. One of my favorite brands to make ice tea with is with 52 Tea’s Southern Boy Ice Tea bags. Here is a quick step-by-step process so you can make ice tea with 52 Tea’s ice tea bags at home. Now 52 Tea’s says that you can use the bags to make one quart at a time and to save the bag for another day to use. Personally I like to make 2 quarts all at once so I will show you how to do that. If you wish to only make 1 quart at a time, just half all of the measurements for your water and sweetener (except the 2 cups to steep your tea), and skip step 8. 

First thing that you need to do is clear off a spot on the counter or flat stove top and gather all of your equipment that you will need which are: Continue reading

Tea: Hand Picked Autumn Tieguanyin

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Tea: Hand Picked Autumn Tieguanyin
Company: Verdant Tea

I was meaning to do a more in-depth review of this fine tea, but I am out of time for it. Verdant Tea has it on clearance at just $4.20 an ounce! Ok, on to the review.

So far out of all the oolongs that I have tried, my least favorite is  non-roasted or un-aged Tieguanyin. I mean they taste good with there buttery greens and floral flavors, I just a little boring. However, this tea is different. It was processed in such a way that it while having those classic flavors it has a nice tangy gram flavor to it. It adds a lot of depth to it. I recommend brewing it in 6oz of water for western style; the flavor is way stronger.

So if you always drink Tieguanyin, want to try something new, or can’t resist a sale I highly recommend checking this tea out. I would hurry though. Last I checked there was only 4 pounds left.

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Tea: Banana Pudding

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Tea: Banana Pudding
Company: 52 teas

Ok when I saw this tea I had to grab it. I love Franks banana flavor and it has coconut? YESTH!!!

Ok the dry leaf smells exactly like banana pudding. It’s a really strong sent too. Very sweet and creamy, with a lot a banana and a hint of coconut. The brew smells just as good as well.

Ok one thing I have noticed is that Franks banana flavor doesn’t come out when it is hot. I mostly tasted sweet black tea. But hey, you eat banana pudding cold right? So after I put a nice bit of lite agave nectar in my cup and left it in the freezer to get cold……. it was perfect. Supper sweet and pudding like. I loved the hints of coconut as well. The black tea base is good as well with a nice light malty flavor and little astringency. I bet this would do great as an ice late’.

Overall it is a very good tea and definitely taste like banana pudding. The only down side is that it isn’t as good warm, but that is fine with me.Idea pops in head, I SHOULD EAT VANILLA WAFERS WITH THIS!!!!

The amount of pouches that are currently left is 12 None are left. If you would like it to come back put yourself on the waiting list to get it re-blended.

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Specifics

Pot: Porcelain
Water: 8oz per steep
Leaf: 1.5 tsp (5 grams)
Steep Time: 2:45 minuets; 3:00 minuets
Sweetener: a good small spoon full per 8 oz
Temp: 200F

Combined two steepings in one cup.

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.

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.