Gyokuro Kin from Den’s Tea – Tea Review

Gyokuro Kin is a top grade japanese tea from Den’s Tea, a Japanese green tea seller. This is my first time trying Gyokuro! I got this tea as a sample. But seriously, I don’t think I’d buy it just to try it. At this time, it’s $14 for 2 oz.  Den’s Tea also sells a more expensive gyokuro, Gyokuro Suimei at $23 for 2 oz. With that said, I’m very happy to have a sample of this tea! I was terrified I’d mess up steeping this tea and ending up with an expensive teeny cup of bitter hell. I’ll do my best! DRY LEAF: … Continue reading, hoot!

Earl Grey Heaven from The Persimmon Tree – Tea Review

Earl Grey Heaven is a creamy earl grey black. This tea is from The Persimmon Tree! Okay, I discovered this tea got a rename from Earl Grey Creme to Earl Grey Heaven. With that said, the packaging on my tea is the old name. My dad LOVES earl grey teas since Captain Picard ordered it. As a kid  we’d sit on the floor (we had couches, but preferred sitting on the floor for TV time) sipping crappy bagged oversteeped earl grey that tasted more bergamont, paper and bitterness. Despite having a loose leaf crazy daughter, Dad still uses the bagged tea variety. … Continue reading, hoot!

Strawberries & Cream from Della Terra Teas – Tea Review

Strawberries & Cream is a green and white tea blend from Della Terra Teas. Oh Della Terra Teas – your sales are amazing and I have a hard time resisting! I’ve done 2 orders in the last few weeks, plus winning a facebook drawing. There is no way I can pass up a strawberry cream green or white tea! DRY LEAF: Strawberry Candy smell – like a strawberry creamsicle! Nice red cubes of strawberries in this tea! STEEPED: Very tangy, sweet fruit smell coming from a pale yellow, slightly green tea! I did a 160F steep for 2 minutes. FYI, The … Continue reading, hoot!

Green Tea Leaf Rice Recipe

Adapted from a recipe by Zojirushi Do you do lots of cold steeps? Wanna reuse your leaves other than the compost bin? This fragrant green tea rice recipe uses steeped green tea leaves, perfect for tea lovers! This recipe can change flavors depending on what green tea you use. It also halves very well – though I steep up the same amount of cold steeped green tea to drink. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Prepare ahead of time: 2 cups of freshly cooked rice Cold Steeped Green Tea, leaves reserved. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To make the cold steep: Add 1 Tablespoon of the loose leaf green tea … Continue reading, hoot!

Ginger Zinger from Steep City Teas – Tea Review

Ginger Zinger is a white tea blend featuring ginger root, orange peel and peach pieces. This tea comes from Steep City Teas. I was eyeing Steep City Tea’s white teas. I sometimes pass over ginger blends, as in my mind I classify them as “If you tried one, you’ve tried them all” kinda deal. /the audience throws troll hate mail!  No no no,  I do like ginger, don’t get me wrong! Ehh, maybe I was traumatized by crappy bagged ginger tea. Anyways, I read the ingredients of this Ginger Zinger.. PEACH?! Hmm. Ehh, I’ll try it, I don’t have any fruity ginger … Continue reading, hoot!

Lady Hannah from NM Tea Co – Tea Review

Lady Hannah is a herbal berry tea blend from New Mexico Tea Company (NM Tea Co). Lady Hannah features apple, hibiscus, rosehip, pineapple, papaya, bramble berries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. First off – with my recent order with NMTea Co I purchased two 1 oz pouches of tea. They both came UNLABELED. NOOOO! Annoyingly, both teas were fruity herbals, but I was just able to tell them apart as one was more cherry whereas Lady Hannah is more berry. I labelled it myself after I figured out what tea was what. I’d be REALLY FFFING PISSED if I ordered a bunch … Continue reading, hoot!

Orchid Blend from Physique Teas – Tea Review

Orchid Blend is a berry flavored gaba oolong from Physique Tea, an online seller of bagged slimming and detox teas. Orchid Blend appears to be more of a woman’s tea, as it includes dong quai, the “female gingseng. It also has hibiscus flowers, lotus leaf, garcina and rosehips. Lots of tea bits that help with PMS, digestion, and stress! DRY LEAF: Mmm, smells like tasty sweet fruit with a slight zesty herbal smell! I love the smell of this tea! STEEPED: Strong herb smell that is quite pleasant. Weird deep brown colour tea. The tea gets lighter and lighter brown each … Continue reading, hoot!

Daiso teaware haul

DAISO! I love Daiso! They are sprouting more and more stores too! I originally went to the store in Richmond, BC Canada and was really sad to move out of Canada because at the time they only had the store in Canada and around San Francisco. However now they recently have opened a couple Daisos in my area, in Southern California yay! What’s Daiso? Well, it’s a japanese dollar store. Stuff is all $1.50 ($2 in Canada) and up. Need cute stationary, pencil cases, dishes, socks, lip gloss, yarn, gardening stuff, bath mitts, and kitchen stuff? Daiso has it and probably … Continue reading, hoot!

Starfruit/ Strawberry from ESP Emporium – Tea Review

Starfruit/Strawberry is a unique fruity white tea blend from ESP Emporium, an online tea seller. Okay – ESP Emporium – your shipping price SUCKS! At the time of this blog post, it’s $7.95 (unless you spend $45, then it’s free). I purchased my tea over a sale weekend, and they sent it First Class USPS with tracking. Come on, shipping 4 oz of tea probably costed $3-$4! My tea came with a coupon code at least! ESP Emporium has a big selection of fruity teas Anyways, onto the tea – STARFRUIT TEA???? YES! I’ve never seen starfruit tea! I love starfruit, it was my … Continue reading, hoot!

Buying Teas on a Budget: Deals, Samples and Sharing the Tea Love!

Once you get into teas you realize the HUGE number of great tea sellers and variety of teas. The world of tea opens up once you step away from the grocery aisle. There are tea sellers who carry cheesecake, root beer, bubble gum or cake flavored teas. Fandom teas are out there inspired from Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Tea sellers who sell grown in the wild teas picked from a hill somewhere in China. With that said, if you wanted to try it all – you’d need to spend lots of cash. Or, if you are … Continue reading, hoot!