Matcha Chocolate Recipe

Matcha Chocolates Recipe by Oolong Owl

I really wanted to try other uses with my matcha, since I have quite a bit of it. I found making chocolates was super super easy to do! I used flavored matcha which added extra flavor to the chocolates!

What you need:

White chocolate

Matcha

Ratio: 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of Matcha to 50 grams of white chocolate

Tools: double boiler or microwave to melt chocolate. Silicone mold. Tea strainer to sift matcha.

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I used a white chocolate, or whatever this stuff is:

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I’d test with chocolate chips if they will melt – some don’t melt!

Here are the matchas I will be using for my chocolates: Strawberry, Tiramisu and Pistachio flavored Matcha!

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All three matchas are from Red Leaf Teas – they have a HUGE selection of flavored matchas and you can set how strong the flavoring is and quality of matchas!

I will be putting my chocolates into these silicone muffin cups I got from a dollar store! I think a silicone ice cube tray would work too (I have one, but it’s in the shape of bullets lol!)

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Lets make some matcha chocolates!

Step 1. Melt the chocolate as per microwave instructions, or put the chocolate into a double boiler set up (hot water, with a metal mixing bowl ontop).

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Step 2. Sift matcha into the white chocolate. This is an important step to make sure you don’t get any matcha lumps.

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Step 3. Stir in the matcha. OOhhhhh yeah!

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Give your chocolate a taste to check if there is enough matcha in it. Adjust accordingly.

Step 4. Put chocolate into silicone mold

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Step 5. Pick up and drop the cup a dozen or so times to remove the air bubbles. It was hard to photo this, but if you’ve ever seen how they make macaroons, they do the same thing of dropping the pan against the counter to get rid of the air bubbles.

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Step 6. Chill until set! Mine took less than an hour.

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Step 7. Meanwhile, lick the bowl while you wait for the chocolates to be done. Mmmm… pistachio!

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Step 8. Once the chocolates are firm, peel chocolate from the mold. OMG YUM!

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For the chocolate shown above, I added both matcha chocolate and plain white chocolate and swirled them with a toothpick for a marbled effect. I used the tiramisu matcha for this one!

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Sakura Blossom Chocolate? Why not? Let’s celebrate spring with MORE CHOCOLATE!

I used a salt-pickled sakura blossom tea (Read my review of it here!) which I got from Yunomi.us

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I soaked the blossom for 5 minutes to remove the salt.

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I then put the sakura blossom into the silicone mold and pat it dry a bit with some paper towel.

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I poured on some plain white chocolate

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And finally topped it off with a layer of matcha chocolate made with Strawberry matcha!

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Gorgeous!

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My matcha chocolates came out very rich, loads of earthy matcha flavor with no bitterness!  I ate one chocolate and it got my tummy angry – these chocolates are best to nibble on a bit! Out of the three kind of matcha chocolates I made, I like the tiramisu the best!

The Tiramisu matcha chocolate was super creamy, milk chocolately and with a hint of coffee! Very delicious!

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My next favorite was the Sakura Blossom chocolate. The balance was good between the white chocolate, strawberry matcha and floral. The sakura blossom had a strong, floral, salty and cherry flavor, but was mellowed out by the chocolate – with the salt flavor adding an extra level of yum! I think this would of been better with a cherry matcha, though the strawberry matcha chocolate on its own was pretty tasty too!

The pistachio matcha was pretty good – the flavoring came out very well! I think next time I will marble that with plain chocolate and some of the tiramisu. YUMMMM!

Other ideas for matcha chocolates I was thinking about is to put a steeped tea leaf in the mold and pour the chocolate over it. I’d also like to try doing a pattern with the white chocolate and pour the matcha chocolate on top. I am also tempted to make a smore!

Design a Tea – Sample Review

Design a Tea is an online tea seller that lets you create your own tea blend from various teas and a list of flavorings. You also have a choice between your tea being in bagged form or loose leaf.

For bases, you can choose between black, oolong, green, and rooibos.

Flavorings? You can choose 2. Here’s the list:

Almond, Amaretto, Anise, Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Caramel, Cinnamon, Chai, Cherry, Chestnut, Chocolate, Cider, Coconut, Cranberry, Ginger, Hazelnut, Honey, Irish Creme, Lemon, Mango, Maple, Mocha, Nutmeg, Orange, Passion Fruit, Peach, Pear, Pecan, Peppermint, Pina Colada, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Rum, Spice, Strawberry, Vanilla, Wintergreen and Zabaglione.

Plus, you can request herbs be added to your tea as well – 27 to choose from! Like hibiscus, peppermint, and ginko. They also have other base teas, and you can add additional herbs to enhance the tea.

On top of ALL THAT you can customize the label on your tea. Or have each tea bag packaged individually with clip art and your own text (wedding favor!). Plus they got must more on their site, like signature blends like “Angry Pumpkin” and “Dingo Love” tea.

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Phew. That’s a lot.  So, what did I get?
Design a Tea Free Sample! SAMPLE?? FREE?!?!?!! Well, I had to pay for shipping of a $1. But also get $2 credit on the next order! Whoa!

You get to make 2 teas, so I came up with flavors combinations I don’t see too often, but wish I could try.

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Banana Pecan Oolong – which I discovered is a Formosa oolong. I love banana oolong teas and would love to see more out there. Pecan is a nice nutty flavor too.

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DRY LEAF: Smells like banana to me. I took it out of the bag and discovered I should of kept it in a bag, it was pretty dusty looking.

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The tea was in T-sac like tea bags.

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STEEPED: Smells really creamy banana! There’s debris because I was crazy and taking out the tea from the bag for photos, making a huge mess putting the tea back in. I followed the instructions and did a 3.5 minutes steep with boiling water.

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TASTE: Roasty pecan flavor is quite strong with an aftertaste of creamy banana. I almost taste a bit of caramel too. The oolong has a nice toasty taste complimenting the pecan flavor. The pecan flavoring is really nice! I do pecan flavoring again! The banana is okay – doesn’t taste very natural to me – though growing up I had banana flavored medicine, so I could be associating it with that.

Chestnut Zabalione Green Tea

Chestnut is an uncommon tea flavoring that I wish I saw more of. Or more in stock /waves fist at out of stock Lupicia Chestnut

I am a creamy fan, so I thought this tea would be interesting.

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DRY LEAF: very creamy smelling! The leaves look like they are coated with some kind of powder – the flavorings.

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STEEPED: Smells like sencha to me but with a creamy sweet scent. Interesting.

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The instructions were kinda vague. “near boiling water”? Eh??? I used 175F and steeped for 1:45 minutes.

TASTE: Buttery sweet green, with a nice creamy flavoring and a sweet yet tangy nut like finish. Almost reminds me of Lupicia’s Momoko with the really great creamy taste, but without peach flavoring. Very tasty!

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The experience with these samples from Design a Tea was quite a bit of fun. Much more fun than Adagio’s custom blend as you get much more control. I really like the green tea chestnut/zabalione one and ordering more of it is quite tempting.

Also tempting? Trying to come up with a gross flavor combination! Cider + Wintergreen? Pumpkin + Pina colada? All rooibos of course.  Ah, I’m weird.

So, my cuddly tea peeps, totally check Design a Tea out! If you ordered from them, what flavor combinations did you get? Please share!

Blushing Geisha from Steep City Teas – Tea Review

Blushing Geisha is a hibiscus floral green tea blend from Steep City Teas, one of my favorite online tea sellers.

This tea caught my eye right away, but I was a little leery of it. It was expected, from the name, the tea would be red and hibiscusy. Many of us tea drinkers have been terrorized by over hibiscus – vibrant red tea that tastes so tart your throat has a spaz, and that was supposed to be “strawberry tea”?

However, after having some of Steep City Teas stuff, I figure it had to be good.

DRY LEAF: I opened the package, closed my eyes and smelled the tea. Smells kinda like sweet cherries mixed with a little floral. I look at the tea. Very pretty!

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Deep green tea leaves, lovely white jasmine blossoms, yellow marigold petals, orangey safflowers and deep red hibiscus bits. Blushing Geisha looks just as pictured on the website!

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There’s a couple of these funky flowers too:

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STEEPED: I followed the recommended steep time of 212F for 2.5 minutes. 212F? Oh boy, I’m scared as that seems too hot for a green. I’m used to 175F or even 160F for green tea.

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Here comes the hibiscus lightning!

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Gorgeous orange-red cup of tea! Stunning!

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Here’s the best my camera can do to capture Blushing Geisha’s pretty colour. I need a lipstick in this colour! Nail polish too! OMG!

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Smells slightly tart and fruity – uh oh – hibiscus!

The steeped leaves look very pretty as well! They kept their vibrant colour! The splayed out flowers remind me of hair ornaments a Geisha would wear.

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TASTE: In the back of my mind I was worried this tea was going to be a tart hibiscus terror along with an overcooked bitter green, but I knew Steep City wouldn’t do that to me, right?

In that gorgeous orange red tea was just absolute beauty – the tea starts out light and innocent, but then as you sip, it becomes stronger in flavor – tangy tart that is slightly fruity and a beautiful soft jasmine swirling at the end of sip. The tart is very drinkable, say at 4/10 on the Tart-o-meter. The floral is gentle, say a 2 or 3/10 on the Floral-o-meter.

Absolutely no bitterness in my cup of Blushing Geisha. A teeny bit of dryness, only there if I’m looking for it, though I could be mixing it up with the tangyness. The green tea flavor is quite light here, though the floral fruity hibiscus take over in flavor.

SWEETENED: Sweetened? Why not?  WHOA WHOA WHOA! With a little german rock sugar, Blushing Geisha changed quite a bit – and it is a flavor I haven’t had before. In sum, Liquid Flower Fruit? The sugar cut through the tangy tart very easily so there is little tart present. The fruity note really pops, but is also a soft floral jasmine in nature. It’s like having a fruit tea accented with fresh flowers. I think this flavor is mostly from the hibiscus, wow!

I think I like sweetened a little more, but Blushing Geisha was very good unsweetened.

As I get to the bottom of my pot of tea, I’m like, “Grrr, I want more!”

RESTEEP: I resteeped the leaves for 3 minutes with more boiling water. The colour is a more orangey brown with a bit of red. Taste? Much lighter, little bit of hibiscus fruity tart and a wave of floral. I’m not a fan of the resteep as it’s too light for my tastes.

COLD STEEPED: I steeped for 2 hours and it was weak, 3 hours it was still weak. Then I had to go out and Blushing Geisha got an 8 hour cold steep. The cold steep came out more tart and less dimension than hot. Hmmm. Maybe I need to ice this one instead.

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ICED: Oh yeah, now this is really good! I added german rock sugar, honey and a couple thin lemon slices and it came out deliciously light, fruity with a slight hit of fresh green tea taste. The fruity hibiscus is simply amazing here. The jasmine is really slight too and adds something a little exotic to my iced tea. It’s almost like a sophistcated fruit punch. YUM! I gotta say, this is one of the best iced teas I’ve had.

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COMMENTS: Steep City Teas expertly uses hibiscus. EXPERTLY. FREAKING SCHOOL’D, that’s what! I’m very impressed with this tea and I’d like to keep this in stock often.

Blushing Geisha would be a great tea for someone new to teas – this tea is easy to steep, great with sweetener and as an iced tea. It’s not too tart, floral or vegetal of a green. This would also be a great tea for kids. I wanna make an entire pitcher of this iced next time I have a dinner party – toss in a few of the steeped jasmine buds and some sliced fruit!

Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong from Verdant Teas – Tea Review

Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong  is an oolong from Wuji Mountains, picked in the fall season of 2011. This tea is from Verdant Tea, an online tea seller. Verdant has some unique teas teas – mostly unflavored but some seasonal blends as well. All high quality. Verdant Teas are very high rated on Steepster, you’ll see at least 4 or 5 on the highest rated teas first page.

So, I’ve been meaning to do a Verdant Tea order for a long time. #1 on my wish list for last christmas/birthday was Verdant’s Tea of the Month, which no one got me, booo! I held off and I racked up enough verdant loyalty points to get $10 off and a couple new teas came in stock, so I made some huge puppy eyes at my husband to order for me.

I picked out this oolong in particular as it was described as being creamy, caramel, hazelnut, elderberry, custard, orchid and honeydew – I like a bunch of those!

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Anyways, Verdant Teas has great customer service. I messed up my shipping address a bit, and they fixed it ASAP. My teas arrived and my husband was opening the box for me and I flipped out – MY TEA! MY BOX! I opened my box and it sat for a week or so – I needed that perfect day to have my very first Verdant tea. Today’s the day. LETS DO THIS!

DRY LEAF: Long deep green, almost black, leaves that smell almost like sesame to me.

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STEEPING:  I used my teeny pot I got from Daiso. I didn’t have my gaiwan yet – I’ll make it work! Anyways, I followed the instructions on the package, I used 200F water and short steepings.

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I used about 1 heaping teaspoon of dry leaf. I tried to weigh it, but my scale decided it to have fun and every few seconds it would tick back a gram, driving me crazy.

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I did a rinse, then while pouring the first pot, the tea smelled very woodsy and amazing! My cup of shui jin gui wuyi oolong is a lovely golden colour!

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INFUSION # 1 ~ 5 seconds

OMFG What is this sorcery?!?!?!!?!

SO GOOD! Where has this tea been all my life? This oolong is exploding with rich flavor, like I steeped it for 5 minutes, but I only steeped it for 5 seconds. Very nutty, kinda roasty and savory caramel, the taste reminds me of the smell of roasted chestnuts – the kind roasted on a street cart. Theres even a bit of spice thrown in. Dancing throughout my sip there’s a bit of sweetness and a teeny bit of floral that reminds me of an orchid flower. I need another orchid, I killed my last one.

INFUSION #2 ~ 8 seconds

Doh, I looked on the brewing instructions on the Verdant website and it said boiling water and steeping starting at 10 seconds! BOOO! Whatever, I’m still continuing on with what I’m doing. Next time – consult website brewing instructions first.

Flavor is very similar to the first cup, but I found it more briskly caramel and nutty with less floral. Still packing huge amounts of flavor. As my cup cools, I’m getting a little creamyness on my lips. Very smooth tea! OOOOH MAN!!! /SQUEEE!

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INFUSION # 3 ~ 12 seconds

Still amazing! The nuttyness is so delicious and rich – and this cup I’m getting some of that lovely hint of floral. I’m thinking a 3/10 on the Floral-o-meter. I’m getting that honey note now, and it’s fabulous mixed in with that caramel like flavors in this tea.

INFUSION #4 ~ 15 seconds

I was doing the “Dance like an Egyptian” dance while I waited my 15 seconds. I’m weird. I need something to occupy myself while I wait for my tea. Steeping number 4 is very similar to 3. This tea has amazing flavor power! I love that deep and rich roasty spice note that hits the back of my throat.

INFUSION #5 ~ 20 seconds

The leaves of this oolong have gotten quite huge now, sporting a lovely dark olive green colour. Infusion #5 is just as full flavored as the other steepings, though it is getting a little sweeter and slightly juicy end of sip.

INFUSION #6 ~ 25 seconds

The tea is slowly changing, this cup is again, slightly sweeter – lots of honey and floral notes, bit of spice hitting my throat. Less rich nuttyness, but still a full flavored cup of tea. DANG! I should start making dinner, but I just want to continue on having more tea and acting crazy. I think I’m tea drunk and I feel so happy. My owl is still wearing a tea strainer on his head.

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INFUSION #7 ~ 30 seconds

Very similar to the last steeping and still packing lots of flavor in my cup!

INFUSION #8 ~ 35 seconds

Is this tea gonna quit? No, it won’t. It keeps fighting on! The nutty notes are phasing out, the spice is still there with those juicy honey orchid notes. The flavor is now noticably weaker, but still good. I thought I’d get this steeping flavor back around infusion 4! Oh, I just noticed a bit of a mineral note with this cup! What a surprise!

INFUSION #9 ~ 40 seconds

You know, there’s still colour in this tea – still that gold colour cup of tea! The flavor has reduced again, but there is still good amount of taste left. This oolong has become more mineral in flavor and slightly vegetal – kinda like juicy bell pepper. I’m undecided with the mineral flavor – its new for me – it’s reminding me of the well water I’d get when I lived up in the interior of British Columbia.

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INFUSION #10 ~ 50 seconds

I couldn’t remember if I was supposed to do 45 or 50 seconds for this steeping, went with 50 seconds. I dealt with dinner stuff and returned to tea drinking. Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong is much lighter in flavor again and not as mineral tasting as the last steeping. It on this vegetal kick on that is light and slightly creamy. If there was no mineral taste to this tea, I would of forgotten that I was drinking an oolong – this reminds me of a 2nd or 3rd steeping of a good green. I wonder if I could squeak out another infusion?

INFUSION #11 ~ 60 seconds

Nope, I think this tea is at the end, IMO. I just get some mineral taste and there is some sweetness remaining. I went to finally cook dinner (궁중떡볶이 yum!) and came back to a cold cup of tea that was very light in flavor with a bit of mineral and sweetness left.

COLD STEEPED: Verdant Teas mentioned on their site that this tea makes a good cold steeping. I cold steeped this tea for 7 hours. I was planning to do this overnight, as per instructions, but I forgot ;___; So I had to wait for this tea during the day.

0930h!

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1630h!

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The cold steep tastes quite similar to the first couple steepings of this tea hot, but with a sharper nutty flavor. Actually, the nuttyness here now tastes like almonds to me instead of chestnut. Very refreshing too! Not bad, but I think I prefer this hot as I get the full fun experience of this oolong. Also waiting 7 hours was very painful!

COMMENTS: Very good run! I got quite a number of steepings from my Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong! I didn’t totally follow the right instructions, but it worked well. Verdant Tea was right on the ball on the tea flavor notes on this tea, though I thought the hazelnut was more chestnut or almond to me.

A day after, I brought this tea with me to have during dinner with my husband’s parents. I got about 5 longer steepings it and it was very good!

Overall, a very good first experience with Verdant Tea. I can’t wait to try the other teas I got in my order! Hopefully I can write a less crazy scattered review.

Meanwhile…..

Green Tea Owl is tea guarding duty on my box of Verdant Teas – He will owl snuggle anyone who tries to take my teas

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Daiso Haul #2 – More tea ware!

I had broken my 2 cup tea pot not too long ago. I was looking online for a new tea cup, but I felt kind of sad. I could spend $15-$20 and get a nice tea pot, or I can get a couple cheapy Daiso tea pots for $1.50 to $4 each and if I accidentally break another one again, I won’t feel as bad.

So.. DAISO TEA WARE HAUL! (again)

I found two nice small tea pots. They hold around 15 to 16 oz each.

The blue print one came with an infuser and was $4!

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I also snagged a white tea pot for $3. You know, a backup tea pot! I’ve been tempted to get some more white tea pots and paint them. Though, I need to research what paints I should use for it to be food safe / durable.

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Both tea pots pour very nicely too!

After I picked out my tea pots I looked at all the tea cups and mugs. I was really tempted to get a couple cute cute mugs – the Daiso classic mugs of bears, bunnies and frogs on them. However, I wanted some tea cups to go with what I have.

This tea cup is the same as my old one, but a different print! yay! Only $1.50 too!

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The tea cup on the left is the one I purchased first.
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I also found this really pretty printed cup, and it also came with a lid! Also only $1.50.Daiso tea ware haul - Oolong Owl (5) Daiso tea ware haul - Oolong Owl (6)I found out afterward, on the sticker on the cup, that this is an egg steaming cup. Ahh, makes sense, thinking back to when I had a steamed egg dish at a sushi restaurant.

However, this cup is pretty much the same size and shape as the other tea cups, just with a lid. I’ll make it work!

I was very tempted by many other tea wares there, but I picked out what I liked the most. Then I also filled my basket with other random stuff that one finds at Daiso.

So hopefully these tea pots will last me longer. I’m happy that I’ve started to get a small set of small tea cups started for guests. Not that I get many.. actually no one … but it’s nice to be prepared!

Sakura Tea from Yunomi.us – Tea Review

Sakura Tea is a floral herbal tea via Yunomi.us, an online seller of Japanese teas and supplies.

Yunomi.us has a large selection of Japanese teas – including Japanese black teas, gyokuro, and matchas!

My package came from Japan – sweeet! I received my Sakura tea to review.

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This Sakura tea is from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations, and is made from whole, salt-pickled sakura blossoms. This tea is also a herbal. I wanted to review this tea as I’ve never seen a straight up sakura blossom tea before!

I was warned this tea was very Japanese. Ehhh – they said that about some video games I loved like the Fire Emblem and Persona series, and I liked them!

DRY LEAF: I carefully snipped open the package. Inside is 3 sakura blossoms.

Smells like… pickles? O__O Okay, I’m kind of scared now.

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The sakura blossom is covered in what appears to be a coarse salt. The out-of-the-package blossom reminds me of candy in a way.

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STEEPED: I followed the Sakura Tea Steeping Instructions on yunomi’s site.

I added the blossom to a cup.

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I soaked the blossom in hot water for 5 minutes.

WOW!

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Freaking gorgeous! The blossom is lovely, delicate and erethral! /SWOOOON

I love taking pictures of this tea! I went a little crazy with pictures!

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After that, I transferred the blossom to my tea cup, and poured 165F water over it.

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Man, this tea would be amazing to serve at a wedding or tea party! Looks so gorgeous! Imagine if I filled my blooming glass tea pot with this tea? Wow! <3

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TASTE: The moment of truth. Please don’t taste like pickles!

Quite a light tea – I get a cute kiss of a sweet cherry taste that is floral. The sakura tea’s flavor flutters softly towards a more savory flavor that’s a little salty. The more I sip away, the more stronger and floral this tea gets.

I gotta say, I quite like the floral here. I’m so used to jasmine and rose florals – sakura floral is on another planet. A cute planet, with fairies, white chocolate, tiny tea cups, big pink dresses and cuddly white owls. The floral is sweet and fluffy.

The soaking water – I’m apparently supposed to keep this and add it to taste. I took a sip…!@#$%^&*!!! SALTY! Not a fan of this water!

IN GENMAICHA: It was suggested in the product description that the blossoms are very good in sencha or genmaicha. I have some regular genmaicha on hand, so lets try this!

I added a soaked blossom to my genmaicha. The sakura blossom added a nice light sweet cherry floral to the genmaicha – with the light saltyness combining well with the savory toasty rice flavors.

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I can see the sakura blossoms would be really tasty in Sencha! Too bad I don’t have any unflavored sencha on hand. A fabulous buttery green would go into amazing accented by this lovely sweet and slightly savory floral!

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COMMENTS: Yunomi’s Sakura Tea is very interesting tea and nothing I’ve ever had before! I’ve most my life so far in Vancouver Canada, and I’ve had a couple mornings walking to school or work in the spring rain + crazy wind and eating wads of sakuras that flew into my face, and this tea tastes nothing like that!

On it’s own, this Sakura tea has great floral flavor, but I’m not too big on the savory salty taste at the end, that is too weird for my tastes, unfortunately. However, this tea was a fun experience! With the blossom added to genmaicha – very tasty!

There’s much more I can do with these blossoms. You can make a latte, or add to sake, cookies and cakes. I described this tea’s flavor to a friend and he thinks it would be really good in sake. I’m not big on alcohol  so that’ll be something one of you tea peeps need to try for me and report back.

Yunomi also has a sakura blossom latte recipe, but I did not have enough blossoms in my sample to try this out.

I have another blossom left – and I’m going to save it for an interesting idea – if it turns out, I’ll post it!

My fellow tea readers – you like floral? Want an adventurous tea? How about a traditional japanese tea flavor? Want a breathtaking pink tea to impress others? Yunomi’s Sakura Tea is very lovely and one of the most fun tea experiences I’ve had!

Orange Brulee from Della Terra Teas – Tea Review

Orange Brulee is an oolong blend featuring caramel and creme flavoring with orange. This tea is from Della Terra Teas, an online tea seller of very interesting tea blends.

You know, they need to do more oolong blends. Before I purchased this tea I was looking over my oolong collection – all floral with a hint of a fruit. I decided to try this one as the caramel elements in this tea sounded unique to me!

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DRY LEAF: The oolong tea is in large, but tight dry blobs accented with orange peels and cute squares of caramel.

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Those caramel cubes are cuuute! Though they also look like tofu to me, in a good way. I dig the tofu!

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The tea smells is intensely orange! I opened the package and my kitchen smells like orange! It attracted other oranges in the area.

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STEEPED: While steeping, the tea smells strongly like candy oranges! I’m talking really sweet smell – I’m actually a little scared here, it smells too sweet for me!

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The result is a yellow steeped cup of tea with a bit of cloudyness. The tea forcast is in – happy oranges and some foggy oolong tea!

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I steeped Orange Brulee as per package instructions: 185F for 2.5 minutes.

TASTE: Lovely orange flavor, reminding me of a sweet sugar mandarin or cutie orange with a little orange marmalade, with a delicious melt-in-your-mouth savory dark caramel dancing in a thick creamy flavor! The oolong has a bit of a grassy bite at the end. The orange is the main flavor here at first, then the caramel takes over the mouth. I’m finding there is a weird aftertaste with this tea – like I’m drinking a liquid version of a creme brulee with candy orange peels with the sugar and candy brulee’d together. It’s good, but weird too.  Cool, this tea is a little more orangey with a strong caramel taste – with less creamyness. The bottom of the cup is especially more caramelly as there was a little debris in the cup.

Phew, despite the smell, this tea is not crazy sweet. It is on the sweet side and I don’t want to try this with extra sweetener as I think I’d push it over that line of “too sweet” easily.

RESTEEP: I did a 185F 3 minute resteep. The tea is still very full of flavor and very orange! There is a slight burnt caramel flavor at the end, along with loads of sweet honey, caramel and more sweet orange flavors. Very little creamyness in the resteep.  This cup truely tastes like a cup of orange candy! I think I could get another resteep if I really wanted to.

COMMENTS: I’d describe Orange Brulee as an candy orange caramel creamsicle of a tea. I love the orange caramel flavors together!

Orange Brulee is quite sweet from the orange and caramel flavors – if you are the type that always adds sugar to your tea, I’d taste this first before adding sweetener. Hey, save the calories? For some, this blend might be too sweet.

Della Terra Teas, you guys always have some really fun teas! Tea peeps, give Orange Brulee a shot if you love sweet, candy-like tea blend!

Oolong Owl’s first blooming tea

Happy Easter 2013 everyone! I hope you are having amazing tea today! I don’t overload on sweets on Easter, the day after Easter I do as I raid all the grocery stores cheap leftover easter candy! Muhahahaaa!

Anyways, my first blooming tea!

I HORDE blooming teas. I have a bunch that I never used.

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My husband bought me a bunch at the LA Farmer’s Market. They were really cheap. I might as well use one to test out this tea pot. In fact, I dunno what flavor this one is.

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Alright! Let’s go!

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I had to read up how to steep it this thing. Apparently Teavivre’s blooming teas use boiling water *cringe* so I’ll try that.

Adding the water!

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Serious, its a blooming tea in a glass pot! I know it looks kinda suspicious! Let’s zoom in with the tea pot filled with water!

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Uh Oh! It’s starting to hatch!

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At this point I started getting impatient. I started wiggling the tea pot a bit, causing some hot water to splash out the spout and burning me! ERRR! HATCH!

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That’s it? I was expecting.. explosions. Of the floral encounter kind.  Anyways, this was pretty cool – I did like the surprise of not knowing what was going to emerge from the ball of tea.

The taste?

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Flat white tea.

I’ve had worse white tea (all bagged) but I’ve had much better white tea. The longer the tea sat, the more astringent it got to the point of leaving a freaky feel on my teeth. Again, not sure which company did this tea – I’m sure there are better tasting blooming teas out there!

Alright. Now what do I do with that flower thing in my tea pot? I took it out of the tea pot.

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I decided to put my first blooming tea in a small jar so I can admire it longer. I’m unsure how long it’ll last in a jar.

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Well, I put a lid on the jar to keep out bugs and dust. Let’s see how long this lasts – if it ever becomes mush, I’ll update and let you all know!

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It seems really creepy that I put this flowering tea in a jar. It’s like having a science display of appendages or baby animals. Eww. But the tea looks so pretty!

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Tropical Mango from TeaJo – Tea Review

Tropical Mango is an assam black tea blend flavored with mango and orange peel. This whole leaf tea blend is from TeaJo.

I received a sample of this tea from TeaJo, hearing about it over Steepster. Very generous sample – 10 cups! Love it!

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DRY LEAF: Vibrant fruity mango smell. Almost reminds me of apricots too.

Nice presentation with the whole leaf black, mango lumps and teeny reddy orange petals.

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STEEPED: Lightly natural mango scented. Yum! Kinda creamy of a mango smell too!

I steeped this tea as per instructions on the package – 212 for 3 minutes. Though I usually use a gravity steeper, I’m feeling lazy this morning. The night before I steeped up a fruity herbal and left it the fruity remains overnight. So I really need to baking soda it or my next tea will taste more fruity than it should be.

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Tools: large mug, DavidsTea perfect infuser thing and a plate as a lid. YEAH HIGH TECH BABY!

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bleh, I should really hurry up and get a new 2 cup tea pot.

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TASTE: A brisk tasting black tea that has no bitterness at all. The black tea, assam, is full flavored and quite nice. The mango comes out at end of sip and as an aftertaste. The mango tastes natural, like that perfect ripeness.

Sweetened with german rock sugar, the mango pops out more, as predicted, but is also kind of creamy. It makes me think of those filipino mangos with that creamy fruity flesh. The mango really peaks in flavor at end of sip, very nice! As the tea cools, the mango becomes more juicy in flavor. This tea is great sweetened, oh yeah!

ICED: I just had to try this tea iced to see how the mango comes out. I steeped Tropical Mango double strength, poured over ice and a little honey. Very nice flavor – it tastes like that classic iced tea, but with a bit of that juicy mango. Of course, this tastes better than store bought as the sweetness is not over the top and the mango tastes more natural. The black tea is not bitter, but has a little maltyness to it.

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COMMENTS: Tropical mango is a black tea for people who love black teas and want a fruity blend that is simple yet effective.

I’d probably would of missed this blend, as I prefer more elaborate blends – but I’m very happy to of tried it. Tropical Mango has a really nice mango flavor and a fantastic black tea base. I’d probably drink the rest of my sample iced, yum! Thank you TeaJo for the sample!

Coconut Creme from The Persimmon Tree – Tea Review

Coconut Creme is a creamy white tea blend from online tea seller The Persimmon Tree.

Ahhh Coconut Creme. My very first order with The Persimmon Tree I bought a sample of this tea and was blown away. I was also blown away with their Coconut Chocolate too!  Coconut Creme is pretty amazing – I was very pumped that The Persimmon Tree sent me some for review. I love coconut, though I haven’t gotten into that coconut water trend – I prefer drinking tea instead! Since moving to the US, leaving my family back in Canada, I’ve been absorbed into my husbands family – who do not like coconut. Now I get my coconut fix in my teas, since its a flavor that isn’t in my house often.

It appears that my little totoro friend decided to help with this review. Or he came to wear a tea leaf on his head.

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DRY LEAF: Leafy bai mu dan white tea – a mix of green and browns, accented with blue cornflowers, orange safflowers, sprinkled with small flecks of white coconut ribbons.

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The dry leaf smells very coconutty and delicious!

STEEPED: I steeped this tea for 3 minutes at 175F (my kettle doesn’t do 180, which is what The Persimmon Tree suggests) and rather not take the chance I’ll overcook it at 185F.

Lovely dark gold tea with a sweet coconut aroma!

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TASTE: Up front coconut taste. I’m talking real coconut taste, like busting open a coconut and chomping on the coconut flesh – the flavor here is the soft sweet top layer that has a little remaining coconut water on it. The white tea base, white peony / bai mu dan, is fresh and refreshing. The aftertaste is a lovely creamyness from the coconut. The white tea base and the coconut flavor is balanced perfectly so that you can enjoy them both!

I added a little german rock sugar to my cup of Coconut Creme and the tea became more refreshing and juicy! The coconut pops into a smooth taste – very lovely! Though this blend is naturally sweet on its own, adding sugar is a nice treat!

COLD STEEPED: 3.5 hours cold steeping of Coconut Creme! I was planning for 2 hours, but I lost track of time. I was a little worried this tea wasn’t going to work cold steeped and I wouldn’t get any coconut flavor.

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The result is a surprisingly sweet and coconutty drink! This is what coconut water should be! Cold steeped Coconut Creme has lots going on, making each sip interesting – Nicely sweet, refreshing and energizing, the white tea is lovely with a hint of floral, the coconut is bright and very creamy. Really good!

COMMENTS: If you love coconut teas – you are gonna love The Persimmon Tree coconut blends, and if you prefer white tea, this Coconut Creme tea will impress you. Fresh and real tasting coconut, not that packaged overly sweet coconut flake stuff. The tea is nicely refreshing too!

The biggest surprise was how good Coconut Creme cold steeped!

BONUS PIC!

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