Category Archives: Green Tea

Tea Vivre’s Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea

 Brand: Tea Vivre’s Jasmine “Dragon Pearls” Green Tea

Rating: 85/100
Steep Time: 1-2 minutes
Steep Temperature: 176 Degrees
Price: 
100g (3.5oz) for $13.90 ; 200g (7oz) for $26.40 

         I am not normally a lover of extremely floral teas. So, I was pretty weary of trying this one! To my surprise, I didn’t mind it. The floral quality was not overpowering, instead it was sweet, succulent and quite crisp.  It is interesting how the floral smell of the tea changes when steeped into a sweet flavor. It took these leaves 3 steeps to unfurl completely. And after the third steep, the flavors started to dissipate quite quickly. 4 steeps is quite impressive for a lighter bodied green tea, though!

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           One of my favorite things about steeping tea is watching the leaves slowly unfurl with each steep. There is a sense of calm when watching these pearls slowly unfurl from a pearl into long,thin green tea leaves.  It is very beautiful and soothing to watch!

Back to the review! There is a tiny bit of a green tea flavor,which is shown in the crispness I talked of earlier, which shows through a bit in the first steep. However, but the third steep, the jasmine is slowly dissipating and the green flavor starts to become more prominent.

Although I am not a lover of floral teas, this one was not too bad. If someone loves floral teas, I bet they would really enjoy this tea! Sometimes jasmine teas can taste and smell like they have been artificially scented, and this one does not smell artificial at all! I like that it smells like real jasmine, which allows the flavor quality of jasmine to truly become part of the green tea!

 

disclaimer: I received this tea from Tea Vivre to sample. Thank you to Tea Vivre for sending such generous samples of their teas!

Arbor Teas’ Chun Mee Green Tea!

We are very excited to celebrate fair trade month! Not sure what fair trade means? Let us break it down for you…What does fair trade mean? When something is Fair Trade Certified, it protects the environments,through helping farmers and workers to practice sustainable farming,remove dangerous chemical and preserve their land. This is very important when it comes to tea, as you don’t want to be ingesting those harsh chemicals without knowing. Fair Trade gives you the confidence to trust the tea company and the tea farmers, and also reminds you that your tea is socially sustainable as well as environmentally sustainable.  The social sustainability goes towards empowering families to keep their children in school,and enables these people with access to health care, and representation. If you want to learn more about Fair Trade Practices and tea, check out Jim at Shui Tea‘s blog post “Soulja Boy Teaches Fair Trade” to go more in-depth! What can you do as a consumer? If you are unsure whether the tea you are buying is fair trade, or sustainably farmed, contact the company and ask, most companies are more than happy to have a customer relationship with you and will answer promptly!

Why Arbor Teas? Their tea catalog of nearly 100 teas are all completely certified organic by the USDA. Roughly two-thirds of those 100 teas are also Fair Trade Certified! “Sustainability is a major focus of our business. We recently became the first (and only) tea company to offer our whole selection of teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging.  We’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of our products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers.”(Arborteas.com)

Brand: Arbor Teas Chun Mee Green Tea
Tea Rating: 93/100
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 175 Degrees
Price: 5 oz. for $9.95

First things first: This tea is hand rolled with a slight arch to make it look like eyebrows! How Bizzare and intriguing! The dry leaves do look like very tiny eyebrows…maybe for a mouse, or a chipmunk.The dry leaves smell very sweet and grassy. After steeping,the first thing I noticed was that all the leaves almost completely expanded and unfurled! The unfurled leaves  are the tea liquor was a medium amber color and smelled almost cinnamon-like, with hints of fruitiness and a darker scent, that reminded me of fresh-baked cinnamon chocolate chip cookies. With a smell like that, I could not wait to taste the tea!

The flavor was very full-bodied in my mouth, and smooth upon swallowing. The taste was a bit astringent and tart,which reminded me of the tart flavor in plums and peaches. I get a very faint sweetness in the tea, but the tart flavor overpowers the sweetness. I also taste a slight hint of smokiness,which reminds me of roasted chestnuts. Finally, the mouth feel is heavy, and full, like you just sipped on melted butter. The slight astringency in the tea left my mouth feeling clean, slightly dry,but overall very refreshed after sipping on the liquor. All these flavors meshed together to create a very pleasant cuppa. I really enjoyed this tea, it was different from other green teas, and I would recommend it to someone who isn’t very fond of the greener, more vegetal teas.

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Ito En Iced Tea Showdown!

Today I am review Ito En’s Oi Ocha Teas, in light green and dark green packaging! You can find these teas at many local grocery stores and can also purchase them online on Amazon!

Ito En is also very immersed in social media, you can find them on…
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Minisode #1- How to Cold Brew Tea!

How to cold brew tea:

#1) get a very large pitcher, that is either a gallon or half gallon.

#2) add about 1/4 cup of tea to half gallon or 1/2 cup of tea to gallon pitcher.

#3) fill with cold water

#4) Put in refrigerator,covered for 6-8 hours for first steep, and 12-15 for second steep.

#5) Pour a cup and enjoy!

For curiosity sake, I steeped the tea once,even though Chris & Amy didn’t say anything about that. It tastes just as good at the first steep! So after you are done with your first steep, add more cold water, stick in the fridge for another 12 hours and enjoy a second time the next day!

Review of LeafSpa Tea’s Eagle Nest Ever Drop Green Tea:

The leafspa eagle nest ever drop tea is a very full bodied green tea. The tea has vegetal notes as well as creamy,thick notes that remind me of a black tea. The green tea really coats my mouth and is creamy before I swallow. After swallowing, there is a hint of dryness on my mouth, reminiscent of cotton, but for me,this doesn’t take away from the tea at all.

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Bourgea Tea’s Lucari Chai

Brand: Bourgea Tea

Tea Rating: 80/100

Steep Time: 3-4 minutes

Steep Temperature: 180 Degrees

Upon first look at this tea, I noticed that there were amber cane sugar crystals in the blend, which made me weary, as I am usually not fond of sweetened tea. This tea includes a blend of Sri Lankan Green Tea, Viet Nam Mekong Cinnamon, bits of pineapple and a chai  blend from India. The smell of the dry tea is very spicy, so spicy that it felt like it had cleaned my sinuses. The smell of the steeped liquor was reminiscent of hot spiced cider, with lots of cinnamon. The specialty cinnamon used in the blend really packs some serious heat! The flavor of the tea is light and enjoyable, with a nice cinnamon twang. I would really love to make this tea on the stove, with boiling milk,water and  the chai! The tea would really shine being prepared this way! I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. Looking at the dry leaves, I didn’t spot much green tea, but it must have been masked by the other ingredients. After steeping, there were large leaves everywhere! What a surprise!

I really admire what Chris has done with Bourgea Tea, on my college campus, in the cafe’s there is very little tea selection.The story of the company is Chris was unsatisfied with the tea selection of the cafe on his college campus and started a project to supply great loose leaf tea to the students around him. He started to make the tea bags by hand and sold them in the cafe. ” BourgeaTEA has never lost the vision of challenging the way people think about tea and its emphasis towards college students and living well.”(BourgeaTea.com) This statement and vision is the reason I started this tea blog. When I started getting into tea, I thought there was a stigma about tea, about that only stuffy people drank tea, but through learning more about tea, and working through the stigma, I found out there is more to tea than that!  Check out BourgeaTea, they are doing great things right now in the tea world!

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Utopian Teas’ White Monkey Paw

Brand: Utopian Teas’ White Monkey Paw

Tea Rating: 85/100

Steep Time: 1-3 minutes

Steep Temperature: 180 Degrees

Utopian Teas is a newly opened online tea retailer. They currently offer 2 oolongs and 2 greens for buying, but will be adding some varietals soon. All of their tea s come straight from individual plantations within the Fujian province & Wuyi Mountains in China. Which ensures good,high quality leaves!

This tea is sourced by Utopian Teas from the Wuyi Mountains in China. The Wuyi Mountains are located on the border between the Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, in South Eastern China. The many peaks of the Wuyi range reach about 6,000 feet above sea level. The mountains are located in an area with deep gorges, winding rivers, and many caves. The mountain offers up some of the best areas for biologists to study due to the many varieties of plants and animals. It is widely regarded as the richest depository of tea varieties in the world. The soil on the mountain has large rocks from an ancient volcano that was once there, which gives the teas from the Wuyi Mountain a very unique character.

This is a green tea made top two leaves and the bud of new season growth and is picked in early spring.The dried leaf is said to look like that of a monkey’s paw, which is where the name originates from. The dry leaf smells sweet and sensual. This tea is so delicate it reminds me of a white tea, more than a green tea, as the flavor is light and delicate.The liquor smells fresh,which follows through in taste too. There is some fruit flavor and nuttiness in the tea, which play together perfectly. The best part is the natural sweetness on the finish, which makes me crave another sip. This tea would be good for tea folks who was to get into Green Teas, but fear the vegetal quality in some green teas. I also identify some slight floral notes in the tea, but that is very very slight, and may go unnoticed by most.

Finally, for Tea Tuesday on Twitter, Utopian Teas is running a very awesome deal, where if you buy 2 teas, you get 2 teas completely free. That results in 8 oz. of free tea! What a great deal! Be sure to check it out, as it ends tonight,June 29,at Midnight EST! You  have the chance to get all of their teas for the price of just 2! http://t.co/dbJB4iG


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Review of Jasmine Pearls from Canton Tea Co.

Brand: Canton Tea Co. Jasmine Pearls

Tea Rating: 90/100

Steep Time: 1-3 Minutes

Steep Temperature: approx. 170 Degrees

This is a green tea that is infused with the jasmine flower. An interesting thing about this tea is the leaves are the Silver Needle white tea harvest, but are processed as a green tea. Usually Jasmine teas are very perfume  like, where you have to be very careful when steeping them, because one mistake could lead to disaster. I didn’t find that with this tea at all. On first impression, the pearls were gorgeous, they looked soft and smelled divine. The pearls are much smaller than I have experienced in the past. The tea is not like some jasmine teas that can be excessively scented through oils or flavoring,which usually cause a highly floral taste and aroma, which is unsettling for me. Instead, Canton Tea Co. naturally scents the Silver Needle hand rolled pearls with Jasmine Blooms. The smell and taste of the Jasmine was authentic, and not artificial. The aroma of the tea was of Jasmine flowers, sweet and soft, calming me down and reminding me of a sleepy time tea. The color of the liquor was very light, as expected from the white tea leaves. The white tea is tasty, I could taste the creaminess and sweetness from the Silver Needle tea. I steeped this tea 4 times, and by the 4th steep, the Jasmine had slowly gone away, but the Silver Needle was still as tasty as the first steep. In addition to the Silver Needle flavors, the taste has sweet finish, leaving the Jasmine flower smell in the aroma and the sweetness from the Jasmine in the cup. I really enjoy this tea, and imagine that it would be amazing iced!
For more information on Canton Tea Co. teas and other products:
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picture is property of Canton Tea Company and was borrowed from their website for the use of visual appearance of the tea.

Review of LeafSpa Teas’ Organic Blink Bonnie

Brand: LeafSpa Organic Blink Bonnie

Tea Rating: 88/100

Steep Time: 2-3 Minutes

Steep Temperature: 175 Degrees

LeafSpa Teas’ Blink Bonnie tea is a very aesthetically pleasing tea. The tea is from Sri LankaThe dry leaves consist of green,white and nutmeg colored sprials, that are about 2 inches in size spirals. These spirals are hand spun and they give the impression of a large spiral, which when the leaves unfurl, you see that you have more leaves than you started with, which I understand that more than 1 leaf was in the spiral, and shows 2 leaves and a bud in the middle, which is really fun to see unfurl after a few infusions! The liquor is a pale honey/copper color and has some similar smells that were in the dry leaf, which was a savory smell. The wet leaf really had more of a black tea smell to it, which was reminicent of a ceylon tea to me, smelling tanin like and a tiny bit malty. The tea is silky and light.It really does not stay around in your mouth very long, but the flavors taste great within my mouth. I automatically pick up are some astringency, which again echos a black or oolong tea. I also taste some earthiness, and sweetness in the flavor. The sweetness reminds me of a plum or a peach, but is quite light. I don’t really pick up any traditional green tea flavors,I don’t taste any grassiness, or nuttiness, or ‘green’ flavors. Regardless of the tea not fitting into the common green tea category, my favorite aspect was when I sipped the tea and swallowed, my mouth watered afterwards, making me want more. Breathing in after i’ve sipped, I get a refreshingly cool, almost menthol-like feel in my mouth, which is great.

I really enjoyed this tea, and I have started to drink it more often. I bought 2 tins during my last order from Leafspa because I liked it so much!  have had nothing but a good experience with Steven and Jennifer from LeafSpa. Not only do I recommend them because they are from New Jersey, where I am from and I love to represent my home state, but because LeafSpa is a wonderful company and are working towards great goals to maintain organic and fair trade teas and contribute to their  community and the environment through improving global trade conditions. Check them out!

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Review of Utopian Teas’ Green Spiral Tea

Brand: Utopian Teas’ Green Spiral

Tea Rating: 87/100

Steep Time: 1-3 minutes

Steep Temperature: 180 Degrees

Utopian Teas is a newly opened online tea retailer. They currently offer 2 oolongs and 2 greens for buying, but will be adding some varietals soon. All of their tea s come straight from individual plantations within the Fujian province & Wuyi Mountains in China. Which ensures good,high quality leaves!
This tea is sourced by Utopian Teas from the Fujian Province in China. This province is on the Southeast coast and is a major producer of tea. Unlike many other province’s in China, the Fujian Province produces a wide variety of teas, for example; a variety of oolongs, white tea, black tea and some scented teas.
What an interesting green tea, it’s like none i’ve had before.  The liquor was very dark in color, a very dark yellow shade, versus the pale yellow or pale green color that is commonly found in green teas. The flavor is very full and flavorful. It doesn’t taste vegetal,or grassy much at all, instead this tea has a deep earthy aspect, that reminds me of some black teas.The mouth feel was also thicker than the greens that i’m used to, but I like that aspect. The tea is like of nothing that i’ve ever tasted, the look of the dry leaves resembles gunpowder tea, but that is the only thing the two have in common. I like it, especially on the first day back from the weekend.

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Adagio Teas’ Genmaicha

Genmaicha is  a Japanese green tea that is notoriously known for pairing green tea leaves with popped rice and corn to create a curious flavor profile. Originally in Japan, these tea was served for the poor who could not afford the expense of tea, but still drank it. Adding the rice and popped corn to the tea took away from the price of the tea, making it cheaper to afford for lower classes. This tea can sometimes be paired with matcha, for added ‘umph’ and energy.

This was a very interesting tea. I really enjoyed it. I grew up eating puffed rice cereal for breakfast, so this tea,steeped, really reminded of a mixture of puffed rice,maybe some seaweed-y ocean smell (that could be because I was at the beach all weekend?) and some caramel on the nose. The tea itself is a rather light infusion, but has a robust flavor of the popped corn and rice that could have overrode the delicate green tea flavor, but didn’t. I like the two paired together, and as suggested by what TeaCast.net did by adding some matcha to it. When matcha is added to the tea, the flavor of the tea is enhanced, as well as the color of the steep turning to a very green color. .All in all, I really like this, and would reconsider buying it in a bigger container, as i only purchased a sample of the tea.