Coconut Grove is a Pai mu tan white tea accented with rose and coconut flavoring. This tea is from Steep City Teas, a new online seller of loose leaf teas, based in Miami. Hmm. Pai Mu Tan? Please correct me if I’m wrong – but I’m guessing that’s Bai Mu Dan? I’m guessing as I’m learning to speak Korean, and if Mandarin is similar, the romanization of sounds “B” and “P”, “D” and “T” and “G” and “K” get mixed up all the time. I find the flipping of the romanization makes learning from multiple sources painful and confusing at time. Ugg, … Continue reading, hoot!
I’m one of those tea drinkers that spends more money on tea than tea ware. So for me, tea ware has to perform well to put up with my constant use. The artist in me would really love to have more tea pots and cups, matching my mood, weather, outfit or manicure, but again, I think back that a $20 tea pot is $20 I can spend on tea. However, I really needed a new tea pot. When I had company over, I would use a gravity steeper (also from DavidsTEA) per person. I purchased a cheap tea pot from … Continue reading, hoot!
White Peach is a White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) blend with peaches and osmanthus blossoms. This white tea is from The Persimmon Tree. Check out my previous The Persimmon Tree review for more information on them. Mmm, peaches! I love peaches – I used to can them at home. Hours peeling, removing the pit, slicing and packing ripe peaches into tall mason jars. Even more hours of clean up in the hot dry weather of summer in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. The result: juicy peaches I can eat all year round without the icky, fake sweet and tinny taste … Continue reading, hoot!
Watermelon Xylophone is a white organic silver needle tea with amaranth and organic watermelon flavoring. This tea comes from Butiki Teas, a great online loose leaf tea seller. I love melon teas. Watermelon Xylophone is on my list of my favorite teas. I practice brazilian jiu jitsu – from that, I was introduced to Watermelon juice. Amazing stuff! After a ragged, sweaty jiu jitsu class, I get home and make watermelon juice. I would get all sticky and gross cutting up watermelon and squeezing out the juice with my gracie juice bag. Totally worth it! The result is delicious, refreshing … Continue reading, hoot!
I’ve this question often regarding matcha – same question I had before I started drinking matcha. The big question – Don’t I need a fancy bamboo whisk, scoop and matcha bowl to make matcha? matcha bowl (chawan) with bamboo whisk (chasen) and scoop (chashaku) The answer: No Thinking I needed a bunch of gear to make matcha put me off from buying good matcha for years. I love matcha – I’d get green tea lattes at coffee shops and bubble/boba tea shops. I’d go to asian super markets and buy “Matcha Milk Tea” kits were all you do is add … Continue reading, hoot!
YaYa Strawberry is a green tea with strawberries and papaya, inspired by Cuban-style smoothies. This tea is from Steep City Teas, a new online tea seller based in Miami. I gotta say, I’ve never been to Florida. After watching lots of Burn Notice and Dexter, I wouldn’t mind going to see all the sights (and eat all the seafood). It’s pretty cool to see a tea seller inspired by something – with Steep City creating exotic, Miami inspired teas. I miss some of the references as I’m just a Canadian just figuring the culture here in California, but I enjoy seeing a new … Continue reading, hoot!
Jasmine Daughter Rings is a green tea from Nature’s Tea Leaf, an online seller of loose leaf tea. This tea is hand rolled into rings. FYI, Nature’s Tea leaf two types of this ring-looking tea: Daughter Rings Green tea and the Jasmine version I’m reviewing today. DRY LEAF: This tea is so cool looking – 100% why I wanted to try it. So much fun! The rings are all rolled into rings. I tried to unravel one and it crumbled. It was like “NO! I only steep in rings!” Jasmine Daughter Rings teaspooned onto a plate. Kinda looks like a … Continue reading, hoot!
Onyx is a single leaf pure aged sheng pu’erh from Physique Teas, online seller of bagged slimming teas. Onyx blend is promoted as a detox type tea due to it being a pu-erh. I believe it! I find pu-erh during or near the end of a cold does wonders as it gets all the slime out. I can see it being good for hangovers, but I’m not much of an alcohol drinker these days to test it. I’m a tea drinker! DRY LEAF: Surprisingly Onyx is very light on smell. If I get my nose right on the bag and take a huge … Continue reading, hoot!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a black tea blend that tastes just like the name. This tea blend comes from Della Terra Teas, an online loose leaf tea seller. FYI – Della Terra has AMAZING and creative black tea blends. They do other teas, but the bulk of their lineup is black teas. Their chocolate teas are very chocolately and their marshmallow teas are extremely well done! Della Terra also has lots of good sales – for last black friday, in my opinion, had the best deal going out of all the online tea sellers. (I’m a tea nerd, I write … Continue reading, hoot!
Vanilla Orchid is a huang jin gui oolong flavored with vanilla. This tea is from DavidsTEA, an online loose leaf tea seller. What a morning! I have so many teas to try. I have a “try me” tupperware full of tea with more on the way. I recently did another DavidsTEA review, but the blue packaging and promise of creamy tea screamed at me to try it. I tried to talk myself out of it – I have a couple fun fruity blends and pu-erhs waiting, but no – Vanilla Orchid won. DRY LEAF: Tight lumps of dark green oolong. … Continue reading, hoot!