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Friday, December 12, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Cinnamon Pear'

Tea Information:
Tea: Cinnamon Pear
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of August 25, 2014
Sweet, juicy pear paired (pun totally intended) with some warm cinnamon and premium black teas. This is a delicious tea–hot or iced. With premium black teas, freeze-dried pear pieces, cinnamon chips and organic pear and cinnamon flavors.

Ingredients: Premium black teas, freeze-dried pear, cinnamon chips, organic flavors.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, sweet, smokey
Steeped Tea Smell: cinnamon, bakey
Flavor: bakey, cinnamon, sweet fruity finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, yet sweet
Liquor: beautiful red orange brown!

the smell originally had me feeling this would be much fruitier than it was.
It's still good, but a subtle blend.

7th day of the 12 teas of christmas

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
not much change

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.



52Teas Loose Leaf Honeybush Tisane 'Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Honeybush'

Tea Information:
Tea: Ginger Pumpkin Cheesecake Honeybush
Type: Honeybush Tisane (Tea is technically only from the camellia sinensis plant)
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of September 30, 2013

I’m really late this week. I’ve been sick with a nasty stomach virus. I apologize for the delay. I’m afraid there will be no video this week. I’m still not feeling so hot, but I want to get this posted for you guys. I was going to release this last week, but I decided to run with the candy corn tea instead.

This week we have caffeine-free honeybush blended with ginger, cinnamon and organic flavors, including cheesecake. I figure I don’t have to say much more than that, but it is AWESOME. Get some today. I will probably be catching up orders this weekend or Monday. Be well.

Ingredients: Honeybush, ginger, cinnamon, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 8 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Sweet. Ginger. Cinnamon
Steeped Tea Smell:Ginger. Cinnamon. Woody
Flavor: Woody. Cinnamon. Hint pumpkin. Ginger finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: Watery cin ginger after
Liquor: Translucent dark orange brown

6th day of the 12 teas of christmas

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
More pumpkin and cinnamon

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

2013


2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Frankenberry Black Tea'

Tea Information:
Tea: Frankenberry Black Tea
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of October 21, 2013
If anyone from General Mills is reading this, please don’t sue us. My wife suggested we rename this tea Frank’s Berries so as not to get in trouble with the cereal company, but (and maybe this is just my dirty old man mind, but) “Frank’s Berries” just doesn’t sound right to me. ‘I like Frank’s Berries hot with a drizzle of honey…’ Uh, yeah, just doesn’t sound right.
This tea, on the other hand, is nothing but right. We’ve paired our premium black teas with freeze-dried strawberries, marshmallow root and organic flavors, including a touch of malt to give it a cerealistic (ie realistic cereal-like) flavor.

Ingredients: Premium Black Teas, marshmallow root, freeze-dried strawberries, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 5 tsp
Water: 1200ml at 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sour, berry
Flavor: bitter, astringent, sour
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter berry
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

do not like

5th day of the 52teas 12 teas of Christmas

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 750ml at 200°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, sweet
Steeped Tea Smell: sour, berry
Flavor: astringent, sour, a little bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter berry
Liquor: translucent dark orange brown

better at 2 minutes, but still a bit too astringent and bitter without sugar etc

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Nov 2013



Dec 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf White Tea 'Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei'

Tea Information:
Tea: Apple Jack’s Apple Harvest Shou Mei
Type: White Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Our Tea of the Week for the Week of September 15, 2014
Dear Princess Celestia Readers,
I’m not really a brony. I wouldn’t be ashamed to say so if I was, but I think it would be an insult to the passion of real bronies to claim to be. Instead, I am the father of a seven year-old daughter who LOVES the ponies. I have seen enough episodes (several of which I have seen countless times) to understand the passion of the true fans. It is a beautifully animated, well written, acted and produced series.
I actually created this tea and THEN thought it would be fun to tie it in with Apple Jack. I thought that perhaps my daughter (and maybe a few other people out there on the wide web) would get a kick out of it, no pun intended. I sincerely hope that the powers that be don’t sue us–remember, friendship is magic, and I don’t have any money anyway. Incidentally, thanks very much to Ketcham1009 for the beautiful vector art licensed under creative commons.
The Tea
YEE HAW! Listen up, everypony: this tea is a delicious blend of hay-like shou mei white tea, freeze-dried red-delicious- and granny smith- apples and organic flavors. This tea tastes like heaven and is great hot or iced. Don’t be surprised if drinking it leaves you uttering strange phrases like, “What in the hay is going on?”

Ingredients: Premium white tea, freeze-dried red- and granny smith- apples, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 9.5g
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cucumber, sweet, floral, green apples
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal
Flavor: vegetal, floral, sweet, fuzzy
Body: Light
Aftertaste: green apples
Liquor: lovely dark orange-brown

I love My Little Pony! Sadly this tea isn't very apple-y

Post-Steep Additives:
sugar
more apple-y and sweet, less floral and vegetal

I think this would make a great iced tea, however it is chilly out

also this is the 4th day of the 12 teas of Christmas

Resteep:
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Steep Time: 3 minutes

a little more vegetal and astringent

Resteep:
Water: 750ml at 180°F
Steep Time: 4 minutes

not much flavor, but lots of color

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

Oct 2014

Dec 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Qterra NOVO Travel Tea Brewer with CoolStraw

I have now heard about this tea brewer from trusted tea blogger friends, my mom (she heard from her patients) and online.

I'm interested and have passed it around to my sister and she passed it to her friends.

Read the below and let me know - what do you think?

Pierre's tea brewer, the Qterra NOVO Travel Tea Brewer with CoolStraw

"Over the next 30 days, we’ll have to raise $150,000 to pay the costs of final engineering, molds (very expensive) and materials for the first production run. By Kickstarter’s rules, we raise $150,000—or we get nothing."

"Understand, this is not a donation. In exchange for ordering a new Qterra NOVO in advance, you and all backers at that level will receive a NOVO (or 2 or 3) as soon as they’re finished. And you’ll get your NOVOs at a discount price."

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633162694/qterra-novo-travel-tea-brewer-with-coolstraw

The inventor, Pierre Baston, developed the Qterra NOVO portable experience to allow steeping tea leaves multiple times, then it cools the brewed tea rapidly to the perfect drinking temperature. Bonus: hand sized, spill-proof, pushbutton unit.

Good tea on the go!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/qterrabrewers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Qterra-Travel-Tea-Brewers/1590571547844554?ref=hl

Instagram: http://instagram.com/qterratravelbrewers

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633162694/qterra-novo-travel-tea-brewer-with-coolstraw

52Teas Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Peppermint Bark'

Tea Information:
Tea: Peppermint Bark
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: Wow. This week has been insane. I’m busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. And nothing seems to be going right. BUT I’m finally here to announce the new Tea of the Week, along with some re-blends and some new Southern Boy Teas iced teas!
First off, this week’s tea: my wife has been hounding me to make a peppermint bark tea. She makes peppermint bark every year at Christmastime and it’s all gone now and we’re back on the diet bandwagon, so I agree, it’s time for a peppermint bark tea. This is a blend of our premium black teas, fresh cut peppermint and organic flavors. I realize that almond bark is not really white chocolate, but I used some organic white chocolate flavoring (along with a bit of marshmallow to sweeten it up) to approximate the flavor, and wow is it delicious! I went easy on the peppermint–there’s nothing worse than a tea that tastes like mouthwash–and I think I struck a pretty awesome balance. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you guys think.
Our Tea of the Week for the Week of January 6, 2014

Ingredients: Premium black teas, peppermint, organic flavors.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 205°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: peppermint!
Steeped Tea Smell: toasty, perhaps a hint of mint
Flavor: smooth, minty, toasty finish
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, slightly toasty
Liquor: translucent red brown

Also the 3rd day of the 2014 12 Teas of Christmas

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.

early 2014


late 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

52Teas Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'Tiramisu Oolong'

Tea Information:
Tea: Tiramisu Oolong
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: 52Teas
Purchase: Here
Description: This week we have a nice toasty oolong blended with cacao nibs, marshmallow root and organic flavors, including some coffee, chocolate, rum and vanilla cake flavors. That’s right, we made a Tiramisu Oolong. I have a feeling this one is going to go fast. It’s a special dessert blend with an extra special base tea.
Our Tea of the Week for the Week of November 4, 2013

Ingredients: Oolong tea, cacao nibs, marshmallow root, organic flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: alcohol, hints of coffee and coco
Steeped Tea Smell: chocolate, coffee, hint of sweet vegetation
Flavor: vegetal, coffee finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: coffee
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

Resteep:
1000ml at 185°F for 3 minutes
still nutty, coffee, vegetal

Resteep:
750ml at 185°F for 3 minutes
mostly vegetal now

2014 second day of the 52Teas 12 Teas of Christmas

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing


I purchased this product. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.
2013

2014