Agua di Jamaica is a fruit green tea blend from the delicious Steep City Teas! I heard that this is one of Steep City Teas popular teas. I’ve never heard of Agua di Jamaica – yay wikipedia! Yowza, that sounds pretty hibiscusy tart of a drink! I’m glad Steep City loaded this tea with lots of berries! DRY LEAF: Luscious, tangy fruity citrus smell! Very interesting appearance with the tightly curled green tea leaves, bright flower bits and fruit! Loads of big hunky fruits. Steep City isn’t kidding around here – get a load of this cherry: (I ate it later on, it was yummy!) STEEPED: … Continue reading, hoot!
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!
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!
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!
Sakura Sencha is a seasonal fruity green tea from Den’s Tea, a japanese green tea seller. This tea is SEASONAL and available for a limited time in the early spring. Seriously, I heard about this tea mid spring or so last year and I waited almost a year for it to be released again so I could buy it. DRY LEAF: SOOOO PRETTY! I love the little pink flower buds! The tea leaves are so thin and deep green! Sakura Sencha smells like luscious cherries! STEEPED: Very beautiful steep with the pink flower buds and tree looking things floating on the top! Grassy green … Continue reading, hoot!
Houji-genmaicha is a roasted green and rice tea from Den’s Tea, an online seller of Japanese green teas. DRY LEAF: Houji-genmaicha smells like roasted corn – kinda like the leftover overly brown kernels in an air popper. STEEPED: An interesting light brown and peachy coloured tea. It’s a little hard to see as I used a green cup verses something more functional to show the colour off. The smell of this tea is very roasted and strong. For the steeping, I followed the directions on the tea package – 30 second steep in boiling water and resteep for 15 seconds in boiling water. … Continue reading, hoot!
Creamy Eggnog is a green tea with creamy eggnog flavors. This tea comes from Butiki Teas, an amazing online loose leaf tea seller! Creamy eggnog? Yes, I’m taking about an eggnog tea. Yeah, it’s past christmas – I’m a little late on drinking this. DRY LEAF: Good looking green tea, accented with a little red. Actually this tea come with more red bits, but they were mostly at the bottom of the bag, which I didn’t realized until after I took my pictures! STEEPED: Gold colour tea with creamy sweet smells swirling out of my cup! TASTE: WHAT KIND OF … Continue reading, hoot!
Artichoke Green is a green tea from Adagio Teas, an online tea seller. I was thinking back to when I first ordered from Adagio and remembered I did order from them a bit before I got really into loose leaf teas. I had ordered a bunch of greens, whites and chai samplers. I’m a fearless tea drinker – I ordered a lot of Adagio’s “weirder” teas, some being amazing, with others being the worst tea I’ve experienced /cough toasted sesame /cough. But the teas I did like, I ordered quite a bit when sales came around. Artichoke Green being one of … Continue reading, hoot!
Lotus Nut Green Tea is from Nature’s Tea Leaf, an online seller of loose leaf teas. I’m pretty tired out today – and I think it is purely a Korean Drama show called “Faith” fault. I spent most of yesterday vegging out, drinking tea and watching (and screaming) at this show. Faith drove me mental with cliff-hanger-must-watch-next-episode endings that made me scream at my computer and give in to the show’s demands to watch the next episode. I gotta get back to swooning over tea instead of korean drama stars. This tea caught my eye with the lotus nut flavoring which … 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!