Seattle’s weather has been cold and extra grim, so it is chai time! Today I have Matcha Lemongrass, Ashwagandha Cinnamon, and Turmeric Ginger Chai Instant Lattes from Vadham Tea. Vadham Teas’ Chai Latte mixes have vegan-friendly milk and sweetener and prepackage for easy use. Each box is 120grams, 8 grams x 15 packets of instant chai mix. They all contain instant black tea, so even the Turmeric Ginger has caffeine. To make, mix a packet in 7oz/ 200ml / just under 1 cup of hot water. For today, I used 200F/93c water and mixed it with an electric frother. Matcha… Continue reading, hoot!
I have been in travel mode this summer, both for tea festivals and escaping the home office as I lack an air conditioner. The Tea Spot sent me some of their teas packaged as Simple Steeps, which are pre-portioned to go teas for $5 a box. I sneaked a few tea tastings while I traveled, but let’s sit down and give them a full tasting. Simple Steeps Matcha I believe I’ve had Tea Spot’s matcha before in their Matcha Fitness set, which came in a cute tiny tin. This time we have matcha in a thin packet which Tea Spot got… Continue reading, hoot!
A few weeks back, I reviewed the Russian Blends collection, a set of 5 Earl Grey teas, which I selected to review. More often than not, when a tea company contacts me, I choose the teas I want to write about. However, there was a mix-up and I got BB Detox, White Anastasia, and Jasmine Green tea bags from Kusmi Tea first. White Anastasia, I am totally down with. However, anything with “detox” in the name makes me run for the hills and I laugh at beauty claims. I’ve said this multiple times, if tea did anything magical, with the amount… Continue reading, hoot!
After my Will It Tea Egg stunt, I started to question my Hibiscus consumption. I need a caffeine-free tea that I can drink iced in the evening. I don’t know how some of you can drink a vat of puer then go to bed because if I drink tea after 3-5pm I am not sleeping well that night. My body can only handle 1 or 2 tea benders a month, and I save that for tea conventions, festivals, and gatherings. That said, let’s try some stuff Adagio Teas sent me. I got Green Rooibos Bonita and Green Rooibos Key West.… Continue reading, hoot!
Years back I reviewed BlueChai, which was pure butterfly pea flower tea that steeps up blue, but turns pinky purple when lemon is added. Since then, butterfly pea flower tea has been popping up more and more, and it is easier to find online. More and more tea sellers are making blends with it and coming up with neat teas. Adagio Teas sent me an exclusive tea – Bella Luna Blue – which they only sell when there is a second full moon in a calendar month, aka blue moon. The next blue moon is March 31, 2018. Strangely, there are… Continue reading, hoot!
Happy Hootyween! Let’s drink some weird stuff! I got some interesting Korean herbal teas while at the 2017 World Tea Expo. When I got them home, I had to get a friend to tell them apart for me (thanks Nish!). While at Jade:Lee’s booth, he used a gaiwan to infuse all his teas, including the herbals. I honestly don’t know what the hoot I am doing to steep it, so… gongfu style it is? Pumpkin Tea This tisane looks like kibble and has a weird smell that I cannot describe. I used boiling water and 1 gram of pumpkin to 17ml… Continue reading, hoot!
Amoda Tea Box is a monthly subscription box based in Vancouver Canada. Since I last review them, they now have their own teas that focus on primarily herbal, matcha, and wellness blends. The subscription boxes similar as before, sourcing high-quality teas from small independent tea vendors. Today I am going to drink a subscription box and a wellness blend. June 2017 Amoda Monthly Tea Box This is the June Box, reviewed in October because I am seriously backlogged since World Tea Expo. Willapia White Lavender is from Beach house Tea Co, and is a blend of white peony, lemon verbena, wild… Continue reading, hoot!
SAKU Tea is a tea bar located in Bellingham, WA that I keep meaning to visit. Their tea bar has a large tea menu, as well as some unique tea lattes. They also host events and workshops. What the Tea Owls and I are tasting today is their Superfood Latte Blends line – Maca Cocoa Jade, Vanilla Maple Jade, Ruby Cocoa, Ruby Ginger, Golden Orange, and Golden Chai. These latte blend bases are made with either matcha, beet, or turmeric, and they are all organic. SAKU tea started a Kickstarter to ramp up production and volume of their Superfood latte teas.… Continue reading, hoot!
True Tea Club is a monthly subscription tea box based in the UK. They do loose leaf teas, focusing on black, green, oolong, white, rooibos, and herbal. They send 4 teas a month and you can let them know if you don’t want a certain type of tea so they can customize your boxes. They also have options for vegan friendly, dairy free, nut free, or decaf only. In addition, subscribing gets you 15% off at their shop, so you can purchase teas you like at a deal. Pricing ranges depending how much tea you want a month, starting at… Continue reading, hoot!
I have a bad sweet tooth. As much as I drink all this oolong and puer, I still like having tea that tastes like sweets in hope that saves me from eating a slice of cake. Maybe. Tisano sent me a bunch of their Chocolate Tea to try and their product sounded very interesting. Tisano Chocolate tea is 100% pure organic cacao shell with no flavorings – that said, a caffeine free tisane. Dry Bits I was expected a handful of cacao nibs, but instead I got these thin curls of bean. These are technically cacao shells made by some special… Continue reading, hoot!