Emerald Ice from WhiteAugust Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  WhiteAugust Tea Company

Product Description:

All the good stuff. Beautiful green tea, Ginger, Jasmine and tropical fruits. Our beautifully refreshing melody was made for iced tea and packed with antioxidant richness.

Taster’s Review:

I tasted this tea back in January, but I saved the review for it until May because Emerald is the birthstone for May (and my birthday is in May), so I thought it was appropriate.  Also, because this tea is outstanding as an iced tea, I thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the better iced tea options.

The aroma of the brewed tea smells amazing with notes of flower, tropical fruit and ginger.  It is so delightful!  When I first smelled this tea, I thought back to the Hawaiian Ginger plant that my gramma had in her back yard.  I don’t remember if it smells like this or not – but the tropical/gingery/flowery scent made me think of the Hawaiian Ginger… and warm memories of my gramma are always welcome!

The flavor is just as delightful (if not more so!)  The green tea is the dominant flavor, but, not by much.  It is a nicely balanced set of flavors.  The green tea tastes light and fresh and has a moderate astringency.  It has a unique “green” tea taste in that it doesn’t taste grassy or vegetative, exactly.  Nor does it have a buttery taste that is sometimes associated with green teas.  It falls somewhere in between butter and vegetable, without tasting like either one, if that makes sense.  It is delicious though, and melds well with the flavors.

The jasmine is the next flavor I detect, followed by the ginger.  The ginger doesn’t have that peppery taste, it is more of a mellow spice that nicely compliments the bright flavors of tropical fruit.  In the background rests the tropical fruit flavors.  I taste pineapple distinctly, but I am finding the other flavors difficult to specifically discern… mango perhaps?  Papaya?  It tastes sweet and juicy and delicious.  The jasmine lingers throughout the sip and into the aftertaste.

The unique and delicious combination of flavors in this tea makes it one of my favorites from WhiteAugust!  It is delicious hot, but even better iced!  Refreshing and exhilarating!

Razzleberry Green from 52Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  sorry, this limited edition tea is no longer available…

Product Description:

Our buttery sweet Chinese sencha green tea with real freeze-dried blackberries and raspberries and all natural flavors. This is a great treat for these waning days of summer. I think I’m going to make another big icy stein of it right now.

Taster’s Review:

Even though 52Teas is one of my favorite tea companies, I’ve only become familiar with their teas within the last two years.  So the limited edition teas that had sold out before I started becoming an avid customer – like this Razzleberry Green – were teas that were sadly out of my reach.

Fortunately, back in February, 52Teas offered some sample size packages of some of their retired blends.  The samples were random (I didn’t know which samples I would receive), but I was so happy to find this one amongst the samples I ordered.

This is really delicious.  The Chinese Sencha is light-bodied, buttery and sweet.  The “razzleberry” flavor is a combination of raspberry and blackberry, and it is a subtle flavor that slowly develops as I continue to sip.  The sweet “razzleberry” flavor seems a perfect match for the creamy flavor of the Sencha.

It is delicious hot, but even better as it cools.  A very refreshing iced tea!  This blend has a light sweetness to it, so I found it unnecessary to sweeten it when it was hot, but as it cooled, I found that a little sweetener (just a tiny drizzle of agave nectar) really brightened the fruit flavor.

This is a delightful tea.  I wish it were still available so that I could tell you to order some!  But I will say this:  you should visit 52Teas website and watch for their tea of the week updates (or better yet, just subscribe to their newsletter, you’ll receive an emailed update with information about each week’s tea, as well as updates on any mid-week specials).  If you love outrageous flavored teas, there is no tea company out there that does them better!

Latte Matcha from Teanobi

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Teanobi

Product Description:

This Matcha is specially blended for a Matcha Latte. This blend provides a smooth rich texture and deep green tea flavor to make a full bodied Latte, just add milk. This blend dissolves quicker than any of our other products for instant use. Can be used both steaming hot and iced.

Our Premium Latte Matcha is made with a higher grade of gyokuro leaves. This yields a finer texture and more delicate flavor. The aroma is sweeter and the flavor is less bitter than our standard matcha. Both are a delight to drink they just have a slightly different flavor profile.

This tea is made from Gyokuro grown exclusively in the Shizuoka region of Japan. There are no preservatives or additives of any kind. Imported directly from Japan to preserve peak freshness.

Taster’s Review:

The first time I prepared this, I did so using the package instructions:  1 cup of steamed milk to 1/4 tsp. Latte Matcha.  It was good, but, to be honest, I wanted the Matcha flavor to be a little stronger.  I felt like I was tasting too much milk.  So, the second time I prepared it, I used a little more Matcha (not quite 1/2 a tsp.) and this was perfect for me!

The flavor is so rich, creamy, and smooth.  Yes, it’s vegetative, but, that’s to be expected.  This IS Matcha!  It has a wonderfully mild sweetness.  There is no bitterness to this Matcha, which I found kind of odd, because I always expect a light bitterness in the background.  Perhaps its the milk that offsets the bitterness?  I don’t know.  Anyway, for those of you who often find Matcha to be too bitter for your personal taste, try it as a Latte using this Matcha!  I think you’ll be surprised at how good this one is!

I have blended this using my bamboo whisk (a chasen) and I have blended it using my handheld frother.  Both work just fine, although I prefer the handheld frother for the latte.  It becomes more frothy and creamy – just like a coffee shop green tea latte.  One big difference, though, is that this one hasn’t been sweetened, so you can decide if you want sweetener in it or not.

I really enjoyed this Matcha.  It’s not only great for making a Matcha Latte, but it also is quite nice in smoothies too.  Here’s my recipe:

  • 8 oz. of yogurt or Kefir (I prefer Kefir, coconut Kefir if you can find it!)
  • Banana
  • 1 cup (or more if you desire) of frozen fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp of Latte Matcha (or more if you prefer)

Blend until creamy smooth.  Enjoy!

Now, I warn you, this smoothie will not have the most appetizing color.  But it is delicious, and it makes for a very satisfying (and healthy) meal replacement.

This is a great Matcha – at a great price!

Green Tea, Japanese Sencha from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Sencha green tea is one of the most popular teas in Japan and know for high antioxidant content. Sencha is said to have more antioxidants than other greens teas that is why we use this for our mixtures.

Taster’s Review:

This is an excellent Japanese Sencha.

Overall, this cup is impressive in its mild flavor.  It doesn’t try to overwhelm me with its grassy tones.  The grassy flavor is soft and mellow.  It is lightly sweet.  There is a background note of floral tones that remind me of the air on a breezy day in a flowery field.  A pure and simple tea.

There is a buttery note to this tea that develops as I continue to sip it.  It was barely there when I first started sipping this cup, and now that I am nearly finished, that creamy buttery taste has developed nicely.  There is also a light astringency at the tail of the sip that cleanses the palate.  The aftertaste is sweet and lightly vegetal although it does not linger long.

This is my first tea tasting from Supple Skin Boutique, and I’m very impressed with the quality of this tea.  It is delicious and I like that it is certified organic.  To be truthful, I do not drink tea because it is good for me or because it offers healthful benefits to my skin.  I drink it because I like the way it tastes – and this one tastes great.  That being said, it is nice to know that tea is good for me and helps maintain skin health!  It’s like having my cake and eating it too – but without all the guilt and calories!

Discover Joy – Lemon Vanilla Green Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicate and bright with just a hint of vanilla.

Ingredients Yunwu Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Lemongrass, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle, Oatstraw, Lavender, Ashwagandha, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is truly a joyous tea!

The green tea flavor is light and smooth.  I don’t get a strong “grassy” or “vegetable” taste to this, although there is an overall herbaceous background to this cup.  The green rooibos add just enough “sparkle” and lightness to the cup to keep it from being too overwhelmingly creamy.

As you can probably ascertain from my previous comment, this is a very creamy cup of tea.  The vanilla tones are sweet and undeniably creamy, but I think that the presence of the lemony tones help to cut through some of the sweetness so that it doesn’t come across as cloying.  The result is a flavor that is quite decadent and dessert-like without being too sweet.

The ingredients list ginger as one of the ingredients, but I must tell you that I really don’t taste much from the ginger except for possibly the faintest hint of spice in the distance.  It is barely noticeable, and had I not read the ingredient list, it is not something I would have commented on because it is that faint.  The same is true of the lavender and the ashwagandha (aka Indian Ginsing).

That being said, I can’t say that this blend would taste quite the same with these ingredients omitted from the blend.  Their role in this blend may have a bit more to do with the motto of Teamotions:  “Teas for emotional well-being.”

There is absolutely no bitterness to this tea, and no real sign of astringency either.  It is sweet and luscious and a bit like what I’d imagine it would taste like if I were to put a slice of lemon meringue pie in the blender with some green tea.

I really enjoyed this tea – much more than I thought I would.  It’s one of the better lemon/vanilla or lemon meringue type teas I’ve encountered.  It’s so  yummy, that I’d recommend this tea based on flavor alone … consider the health/emotional wellness benefits a bonus!

Lime Green Tea from Hampstead Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Hampstead Tea

Product Description:

The tropical floral zest of lime is a sophisticated complement to our green tea. The classic citrus overtones are reminiscent of beachside evenings.

Ingredients: Fairtrade green tea, lime zest

Taster’s Review:

I am always just a little surprised when I come across a bagged tea that tastes great.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve tasted quite a few great tasting bagged teas, but, there is always some part of me with very low expectations when it comes to bagged tea.

This is definitely a great tasting bagged tea!  The lime flavor is abundant but does not overwhelm the taste of the green tea.  The green tea base is a light-bodied, fresh-tasting green tea with very little vegetative taste to it.  It has a natural sweetness to it that offers a nice contrast to the tart and tangy flavor of lime.

The lime flavor is vibrant and refreshing.  Very clean and bright in citrus flavor with a hint of floral note in the background.  The flavor of this tea evokes images of walking through a citrus grove when its in bloom.

This is a delicious bagged tea that is just as convenient as it is tasty.  And its organic and fair trade.  Just one more thing to feel good about with Hampstead Tea!

Buddha’s Tears from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

Buddha’s tears roll tenderly from the tea plant; made with the bud and first two leaves. Carefully plucked and hand-crafted into tiny pearls, they are then scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. Once removed from their floral cocoon, the tiny pearls are ready to be brewed. With a pale liquor and delicate taste, Buddha’s tears provide a soul-soothing treat at any time of day.

Ingredients- Green and White tea scented with Jasmine Flowers

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely jasmine tea!

The ingredients confuse me just a little – this is a “pearl” jasmine tea, and so I don’t know where the white tea comes in to play, unless they are considering the bud attached to the two leaves the white tea.  But, it hardly seems necessary to fuss over such details.

These little “tears” unfurl slowly, releasing their intense flavor… which means many happy infusions for this jasmine enthusiast!  The flavor is sweet and silky.  Sometimes jasmine can come off as slightly bitter or soapy, but not this time.  The jasmine simply tastes lightly floral.  It is very soothing and restorative – and to get full effect of the relaxing effects of this tea I strongly recommend inhaling deeply – taking in the fragrance – before you sip.

The green tea/white tea is delicate and very soft … like clean air and crisp spring leaves!  It has a very comforting feel to it as it washes over the palate.  A delightful tea any time of the day, I find it most welcome later in the afternoon to help calm frazzled nerves.

I do not recommend sweetening this tea as it would overwhelm the gentle flavors of this tea.  I prefer it hot, but it makes a nice iced tea as well (and when I ice jasmine tea, I do add a little sweetener just to perk up the flavors).  It is a refreshing and beautiful tea, no matter how you choose to serve it!

Green Mango Peach from Tea Forté

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Honeybush

Where to Buy: Tea Forté

Product Description:

Fragrant mangoes and peach scent every cup of our lightly steamed green tea with honeybush and a touch of peppermint.

Taster’s Review:

I received a “single steep” package of this tea along with my KATI tumbler, and before I get too deep into reviewing this tea, I want to say that I just love these single steep packages!  They are pre-measured with just the right amount of tea for my KATI cup.  Armed with the KATI tumbler and some of these single steep packages, a tea lover has just about everything they need to brew a delicious cup of loose leaf tea anywhere they go!  Just add hot water!

Now… on to the tea!  The flavors of mango and peach permeate each sip of this tea.  It is intensely flavored!  The green tea base is able to hold its own though, and isn’t overwhelmed.  I can taste the fresh, light taste of green tea in the background.

Less noticeable is the flavor of the honeybush, although I can taste the honey-like sweetness from it.  The mint in this blend offers a herbaceous, somewhat medicinal taste to the cup that is reminiscent to menthol.  I don’t find this to be off-putting, but I can see how others might.  The flavor doesn’t overpower the cup, and I will say that the mint flavor lends a very nice minty aftertaste to the tea experience.

I like the ginger’s presence in this cup.  It is not too strong, but it adds a nice dimension of flavor and cuts through the sweeter notes of the fruit.  It has a well-rounded taste to it.  A lovely afternoon cuppa!

Mao Feng Mountain Green Tea from In Nature

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  In Nature

Product Description:

Alpine Mao Feng is our premium grade green tea. Only the finest and freshest buds find their way into this outstanding product.

This tea brews to give a pale yellow-green colour with a characteristic aroma and rich flavour with a clean and refreshing aftertaste. Words are insufficient to describe its taste, the only way to truly know it is to taste it.

Taster’s Review:

After reading the above description from the In Nature website, I have to say that I completely agree.  Words ARE insufficient to describe the taste of this tea.  I am struggling as I type this to try to adequately describe what I am experiencing as I sip this tea. Definitely a challenge, this tea!

But I mean that in the best way imaginable.  This tea is truly sublime.  It brews to a beautiful pale green color that possesses a very faint vegetative aroma, offering only a hint of what is to come with the sip.

The flavor is delicate.  Beautifully delicate with a crisp, clean taste.  It has a very smooth flavor with a pleasant sweetness.  In the background there is a faint whisper of the aforementioned vegetative notes.  It doesn’t taste grassy, only lightly vegetable-like.  There is also a hint of butter to this cup, but it doesn’t leave your mouth feeling “coated” with butter like some green teas can.

Just before the end of the sip, the faintest note of sour is introduced to the palate.  It is a very refreshing note, it perks up the palate and keeps it from feeling too overwhelmed by sweet tones.  The astringency here is also quite refreshing – cleaning the palate and leaving it ready for another sip.

I love the soft presentation of this tea.  It doesn’t need to be an overwhelming flavor, instead, this tea offers an intriguing mystery that keeps me sipping.  I really have enjoyed this experience with In Nature!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Chai Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains

Where to Buy:  Where Matcha Mountains Products are sold

Product Description:

Spice up your life this season with our chai matcha latte made from organic freshly ground spices cardamon, cinnamon, cloves… and japanese matcha. Accent our chai with a cinnamon stick or dollop of whip cream and enjoy hot or cold.

Taster’s Review:

THIS IS SO YUMMY!

This is a perfect Matcha Latte … and a perfect Chai Latte for that matter.  It is so good.

This is gently spiced – not something I would categorize as spicy.  More like warm and soothing.  It is sweet but not cloying.  It is smooth, rich and creamy.  The combination of adding steaming milk and the Matcha make for a very foamy, frothy beverage.

The Matcha base tastes vibrant.  It has a light vegetative taste.  It isn’t as vegetal as a typical Matcha.  Perhaps that is because it’s a latte mix, or perhaps it’s because the spices cancel out some of the grassy tones, or it could be because the milk offsets the vegetative qualities of the Matcha.  But if you’ve tried Matcha in the past and found that strong vegetative taste to be a little off-putting, try this!

I absolutely LOVE this Matcha Latte.  I love it so much, in fact, that my cup is empty!  I don’t usually finish off the cup before I finish writing the review… but, in this case, it tasted so good I couldn’t stop!  It’s a yummy treat!

Tropical Mist Sencha from SpecialTea Brew

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  SpecialTea Brew

Product Description:

Chinese Sencha Green Tea, marigold petals, cornflower petals, fruit pieces, flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious tropical tea. It is flavored lightly so the green tea is the primary focus of this cup, and that’s the way it should be.

The green tea is a Chinese Sencha and it is light and buttery.  The creaminess from the butter taste lends itself well to a smooth, silky mouthfeel that lingers well into the aftertaste.  It is not astringent.  It has a mild sweetness to it that melds well with the fruit flavors.

The description does not go in to detail about the tropical flavors that are used in this blend, but, I can detect a pineapple note.  It is very much a seamless fruit flavor – like a tropical superfruit.  I hesitate to call it “tropical punch” because this tea is in no way like punch.  This is green tea gently flavored with a tropical essence.  However, you know how when you drink tropical punch, it is difficult to discern which fruits are in there?  In that way, this tea is similar.   The aftertaste is sweet with a hint of tartness that tickles the tip of the tongue.

This is nice served hot, but it is spectacular served iced!  A delightful summertime refreshment!

Green Caramel from The Persimmon Tree

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Red Rooibos

Where to Buy:  The Persimmon Tree

Product Description:

Ingredients:  Organic Green Loose Leaf Tea, Organic Rooibos, Caramel Pieces

Characteristics:  Bold, Organic

Flavors:  Sweet, Grassy

Taster’s Review:

This tea is a yummy treat, and while it does have a certain dessert-like taste to it, it is one that would be equally as nice to have as a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon or as something to get you through the doldrums that hit just before lunch!

The base of the tea is light-to-medium bodied, with a sweet, fresh green tea taste and a hint of roasted nut flavor that is very complementary to the sweet caramel-y flavor.  I can also taste subtle notes of buttery taste – I don’t know if this is from the caramel or from the green tea – but it certainly adds to the YUM factor.

The overall cup is sweet and crisp, and while it does have a certain comforting appeal to it, it is also rather invigorating!   I am loving this tea!

Because this tea has a very autumn-y kind of feel to it, I prefer it served hot.  It doesn’t need any additions because it’s delightful as is.  It might even be alright iced too, but to be honest, I finished it up so fast that by the time it would have cooled to judge it on its merits cold – it was all gone!  This would be a delightful accompaniment to a tray of fruit (fresh apple slices, perhaps?)

What a pleasant way to spend the afternoon!   YUM!

Jasmine Pearl from Objective Tea

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  At the time of writing this review, the website for Objective Tea appeared to be closed.

Product Description:

Origin: Yih Ling Yih, Taiwan (3900 ft)
Cultivar: Moli Lu Xiang Pian
Cultivated: 2009

Breathing in the rosy aroma of jasmine never seems to get old. This green tea, flavored with young jasmine flowers will have you brewing tea all day long. Jasmine is used as a stress

reliever in traditional chinese medicine, and taking in the sweet scents of jasmine pearl you will know why.

Taster’s Review:

While doing my basic research for this review, I could not find the website for Objective Tea, and it would appear that they are no longer in business.  However, this is such a delightful jasmine tea that I felt it needed to be celebrated in this review!

I love jasmine pearls.  For the longest time, they were probably my favorite tea.  Since that time, I have discovered many “favorites” but jasmine pearls still remains right there at the top – probably within the top five.

This is one of the finest jasmine pearl teas I’ve encountered in recent memory.  It has a very pleasing jasmine essence that is fragrant and delicious.  The green tea is soft with light vegetative tones.  It has a light sweetness to it that compliments the floral notes of the jasmine very well.

The jasmine is vibrant.  It has a slight sharpness that borders on being slightly bitter, but, it is nothing that I would consider overwhelming.  Instead, I am finding it to be an agreeable contrast to the sweetness of the cup.

I steeped this in my gaiwan using short steep times, and then I filled my special Jasmine Yixing mug with the first five infusions.  The combination of these multiple infusions delivers a smooth, supple mouthfeel with buttery background notes and a beautiful jasmine flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

I love this jasmine tea, and even though I am so enjoying this, it is almost bittersweet, since this will be the first and last time I’ll be able to enjoy it.

20 Percent Off Jasmine Petal Green Tea

Two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal Green Tea

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If you’ve never had this quality tea, it’s a revelation when you taste something like two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal green tea. This is the sort of tea you taste as much with your nose as with your tongue, as its delicate, flowery Jasmine flower scent lingers over the cup.

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Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

Sencha of the Earth from Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Obubu Tea

Product Description:

Balancing sweetness with bitterness, the Sencha of the Earth or 大地の煎茶, was named because it comes from standard tea plants over 30 years old. The strength of these plants is simply amazing, and we can feel the power of the earth as we drink it. Grown on northwest facing slopes near the Wazuka River.

Taster’s Review:

Another fantastic Sencha from Obubu Tea!

It brews to a pale green that is much more translucent than Obubu Tea’s Sencha of the Autumn Moon that I reviewed previously.  It possesses a slightly nutty aroma with a hint of spice in the background, and a vegetable front note.

This tea tastes so fresh and vibrant, like a run through a dew-drenched meadow of clover on a sunny afternoon.  There are strong notes of vegetation that are a little more grassy than vegetable, and unlike some Sencha teas I’ve encountered, I don’t get that heavy buttery quality.  There is a note of creaminess, but it is more like creamed spinach than it is creamy butter.

This tea is appropriately named, because there is also an earthy quality to the flavor of this tea that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before with another Sencha tea.  With this earthy note and the aforementioned grassy tones, this tea truly is a Sencha of the Earth!

This Sencha is delicious hot or iced, but I recommend trying it first as a hot tea so that you can fully appreciate all of the subtleties that this tea has to offer, because as it cools some of the flavors mute slightly, and this becomes much more vegetal-tasting than it is hot.  One thing worth mentioning, though, is that as it cools, I notice more of a gentle pepper-y taste in the background that is quite delicious.

Regardless of how you choose to serve it, you should definitely try this tea!

Green Peace from Chad’s Chai & Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Chad’s Chai & Tea

Product Description:

The Moroccans liked to blend green tea with mint, and we couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly! Refreshing and calming, Green Peace is an inspired blend of extraordinary green tea and spearmint leaf. It can be enjoyed by itself or with food, and simply must be tried iced!

Taster’s Review:

I tried this before knowing anything about it except for its name.  I could smell the mint, although it was not overwhelming.  When I tasted it, I could taste the mint, but, it didn’t taste like a typical “Moroccan Mint” to me… it tasted like there was something a little different.

And there is!  Where many mint green teas settle for either peppermint or spearmint, Chad’s Chai & Tea chose to use both mints to create a real depth of flavor.  But even with two different types of mint, the mint flavor is not overwhelming here, and I am able to taste the Chinese green tea.

Although the website for Chad’s Chai & Tea does not specify what type of Chinese green tea is used for this blend, it looks like a gunpowder green tea.  The tea has a light, creamy butter taste in the background which when combined with the minty flavors, comes across as a very creamy mint taste.  Delicious!

This tea tastes invigorating, but there is a certain soothing property to it as well.  I feel more relaxed as I continue to sip it.

With mint teas, sometimes they are just too MINTY… but, this one is just right.  A nice balance between green tea and mint flavors, and I like the blending of the two types of mint.  A very pleasant mint green tea!

PRODUCT REVIEW: Organic Mint Green Tea Concentrate from Third Street Chai

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Third Street Chai

Available on Amazon

Product Description:

Ingredients:  Filtered Water, Organic Green Tea with Mint Concentrate, Malic Acid

Taster’s Review:

For my husband’s Superbowl party this year, I prepared a gallon of this tea – and it was gone when I returned home after the game!  Apparently it was a big hit!

And for good reason – it’s not only tasty but very refreshing too.  It has a clean, crisp minty taste that quenches the thirst without tasting overdone (not too minty) or too sweet.  In fact, this concentrate is unsweetened, which I like!  It allows me to decide just how sweet I’d like the tea to be.  And I find it to be really delicious without any sweetener whatsoever.  For the aforementioned party, I did add some agave nectar, and after a quick taste I found that a small amount of sweetener brings out some of the mint notes of the tea.  But it tastes great with or without sweetener, and I like that Third Street Chai leaves it up to the tea drinker whether they’d like it sweet or not.

The green tea is a very light taste here, but it isn’t overwhelmed by the mint.  It has a delicate vegetative taste – this is a very light grassy taste and I don’t think it’s enough to be off-putting to even the most sensitive palate.  This is a green tea that even those who don’t care for green tea can appreciate.

It is super convenient too!  Just mix 1 part concentrate to 7 parts cold water.  I actually use a little less water because I add ice which dilutes it – however, since this is so easy to make, it would be equally as easy to make tea cubes to chill the tea.

This would be perfect for your next BBQ!

Organic Dragons Well from Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Product Description:

Dragon’s Well Green Tea originates from the mountains surrounding West Lake in the Zhejiang province of China. Today, this tea remains a specialty of this region. The name was given according to legend of a dragon that lived in a well near West Lake Village. It is said that it saved the village from a long drought by bringing rain. The tea has a unique appearance of smooth, flat green leaves with pointed ends – resembling that of a sparrow’s tongue.

Taster’s Review:

An excellent Dragons Well tea!

The tea is crisp and light-bodied and yet full of flavor.  It is grassy/vegetative but there is also a pleasant fruit-like flavor in the forefront that mingles deliciously with the vegetative quality.

The sip approaches the palate with a sweet, almost creamy taste.  The fruit flavor then presents itself, and it is somewhat citrus-y.  A grassy undercurrent is present throughout the sip while the taste of lightly buttered vegetables weave in and out.  The sip finishes with a light astringency with a nutty aftertaste.

I brewed this in my gaiwan and it produced four delightful infusions that way.  It is a very mild tea, one that is very enjoyable later in the afternoon when a black tea might seem too heavy.  A nice way to unwind!

Bird Pick Tea & Herb comes through with yet another high quality, delicious tea!  I’m really impressed with this company.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Original Matcha Latte from Matcha Mountains

Where to Buy:  Where Matcha Mountains Products Are Sold.

Product Description:

Our original mix is ideal for getting you going in the morning or as an afternoon “pick me up”. Our original mix is for people who like the taste of green tea, although a few drops of vanilla extract or syrup is great. Simply mix with hot water and add your favourite frothed milk product. This product has the highest portion of matcha per serving and has a thick creamy texture.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!

I love Matcha and have been drinking it for years (although I will say that in the last year or two I have been drinking more than I had in the previous years), but I must admit that Matcha Latte drinks are a bit new to me, having only tried my first Matcha Latte in the last year or so.  But, since that time, I’ve been hooked!

This Matcha Latte mix has a sweetness to it, but it isn’t too sweet nor does it overwhelm the natural flavor of the green tea.  I can taste the distinct bittersweet taste of the Matcha, which I really enjoy.  This is incredibly creamy and energizing.

I love that this product is organic, and I also like that I can choose just how creamy I want this Matcha Latte to be by choosing my own milk – I can go with skim milk for less creaminess or I can really go for it and use half & half for an out of this world creamy experience.  Or if I prefer a non-dairy option, I can use almond milk or rice milk, or even coconut milk!

This is a versatile, delicious treat!   This product may be a little difficult to find since Matcha Mountains does not seem to sell it retail, however, it appears that it is sold in various Cafes and it is well worth the effort to find this latte mix because it’s outstanding!

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