White Tea from Teatulia

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Teatulia

Product Description:

A medium-bodied delicacy with hints of peach. Made from the youngest and rarest tea parts.

What Is White Tea?
White tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, however is minimally processed. It is harvested before the leaves open fully, when the buds are still covered by fine white hairs, hence the name. Once the buds and leaves are handpicked, they are very carefully and meticulously steamed and dried.

Is there Caffeine?
Yes, about 2/3 less than coffee

Feel Good About Drinking White Tea!
Because of the very careful and delicate harvesting process, white tea retains the most nutrients versus black or green tea. Recent studies show that white tea is 10% more effective in improving immune health than its green cousin.

Tasters Review:

The dry leaf of this White Tea from Teatulia smells like sweet basil…with a hint of mint underneath.   The leaves are a fuzzy and frosty.

The wet leaf has a very vegetal scent.

This has a very light and clean taste.  It’s a refreshing and relaxing sip all the way thru.  I can pick out the slightest bit of peach likeness, too!

The color of the liquid is a very, very light brown with a yellowish hue.

This has a nice relaxing, mellow flavor that I really like as an end to a hectic day!

If you want a good quality – plain/white tea…try this one from Teatulia!  It comes in loose leaf and/or bagged.  Both make for a more than decent cuppa!

Hojicha Stalk from Teanobi

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Teanobi

Product Description:

Hojicha is composed of large Japanese green tea leaves and stems which are roasted to yield its distinctive color and flavor. Our Hojicha Stalk is exclusively made from tea leaf stems. The stems provide a longer lasting flavor and more infusions. Enjoy a mild roasted flavor with a deep and pleasant aroma. Yields a deep red colored tea.

This tea is grown exclusively in Kyoto, Japan. There are no preservatives or additives of any kind. Imported directly from Japan to preserve peak freshness.

  • Imported in small batches to guarantee peak freshness
  • No preservatives, additives, flavorings or sweeteners of any kind.
  • Grown, harvested and processed in Japan

Tasters Review:

I’m new to Teanobi and let me start by saying my first experience with this company was a very good one!  I started off with their Hojicha Stalk which is a part of their Green Tea Loose Leaf Section!  Teanobi specializes in Loose Leaf and Tea Powders!  Their website is easy to navigate and their customer service emails have a quick turn-around.  They have a great Tea Guide on their website, too!  If you have questions about storage or brewing – check out their website for education and options!

I really love the fact that Teanobi stresses the health benefits of tea as well as the culture of tea.  This information is well explained on their website as well!

As for this specific tea – Hojicha Stalk – here was my experience with it…

The Aroma Prior to infusing was a cross between toast (non-buttered) and roasted nuts along with a refreshing woodsy smell.  The post infusion aroma was more of  a rich toasted/roasted nutty smell.  I thought the aroma was very rich and it really made me crave the taste of the tea!

When I took my first sip of this Teanobi Tea the words that first popped into my mind for description purposes were…Woodsy, Nutty, Sweet, and Fairly Smooth.

With other Hojicha’s I have tried I always get the “woodsy” and sometimes the “nutty” notes but rarely together and even more rare – with other Hojicha’s I have tried – do I get the sweet and smooth.  BUT…this Hojicha Stalk from Teanobi has each one of these wonderful tastes all wrapped together!  It really IS the complete package!

And speaking of packages…Teanobi doesn’t skimp!  They really do give you the most loose leaf per package!  When I received my package it was jam-packed with Hojicha-Goodness!  Very impressive!

I must say…this is my favorite Hojicha Tea I have ever tried!  I really liked everything about this offering from Teanobi!

Another thing I would like to mention is that I did try 1 cup hot and 1 cup cold.  I have found that Hojicha’s are kind of hit and miss COLD but this one is very tasty cold, too!  Again…I would suggest this one to anyone looking for a good tasting Hojicha or if you are looking for more Green Teas to try!

 

 

Raspberry Champagne Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

Lush and inviting, Raspberry Champagne blends the floral, honey-like notes of champagne with fresh, blushing berries. White tea is said to be the healthiest of all teas and is picked only a few days each year.

Tasters Review:

Raspberry Champagne from Octavia Tea smells like Raspberry and Flowers!   The taste is Raspberry and floral but very champagne-like and juicy.  The aftertaste is a sweet floral taste. The berry notes are wonderful!  I can even taste a bit of honey as well!

I tend to over infuse my loose leaf teas.  I infuse more of the actual loose leaf but for a little less time to avoid bitterness or overly grassy or mossy tastes in other teas.

When I over infused the amount of this specific tea here is what I found different from the original infusion…

The aroma was of Honey, Berries, White Tea…it was very nice!  The taste was pretty much the same as before but even more so.  The Raspberry really came out when I attempted this!

I also tried a 2nd infusion when I over infused the amount of loose leaf and the taste is a bit on the lighter-side…but still very tasty and satisfying.  I really enjoyed each attempt!  And I really thought this was a great flavored white tea!

 

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond Tea from TeaScapes

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaScapes

Product Description:

Earl Grey Vanilla Almond black loose leaf tea leaves are mixed with almond pieces and vanilla flavoring. The brewed liquor offers a pleasant flavor of bergamot mixed with the nutty tones of almond and creamy undercurrents of vanilla. This loose leaf black tea is perfect for desserts or for just a pure indulgence.

Tasters Review:

This is unlike anything I have EVER smelled in my life!  It’s powerful and has attitude!  And I like that!

The DRY Aroma – I can smell Almond right off the bat!  Right after that scent follows the Earl Grey!  I can smell both – both together and separately!  It’s very intense!  And VERY Unique!

After infusing – the almond tones down quite a bit and the Earl Grey comes thru even more.

The color of the infused liquid is that of a medium brown.

The taste is out of this world!

I can taste the bold black tea wonderfully!  Then I can taste the nicely done Earl Grey flavors and THEN the Almond barges thru!   The vanilla slides in towards the end of the sip and smooths it out pleasantly.

This is such a FUN tea!  I think it’s just GREAT!  I’m very impressed with the aroma, flavors, and creativity of both!   This is a REAL winner!

Product Review: Tea Pockets

Where to Buy:  Octavia Tea

Company Description:

Now you can enjoy the quality of loose-leaf tea with the convenience of a tea bag!  Tea Pockets make brewing loose tea easier than ever.

Unlike other fill-your-own tea bags, Tea Pockets are self-sealing and come with a string attached for easy removal after steeping.  Tea Pocket’s ultra-thin, almost transparent material allows water to completely circulate through the leaves, which yields a better tasting cup of tea.  Tea pockets are disposable, bleach-free, adhesive-free and have no paper taste.  Great for tea on the go.

50 fill-your-own tea bags per box.

Product Review:

As many of you probably know, I have been a tea artist (err… that is, I flavor and blend unique tea blends) for many years now.  And during those many years, I have utilized T-Sacs quite often – when sampling out my own blends.  Heck, I even sold them!

But, today, I have discovered a better product.  Tea Pockets!  What makes these so much better, you ask?  Well, these have a nifty fold-over flap (kind of like the old-school sandwich bags that mom used to pack in my lunches) to keep the tea leaves safely ensconced within the roomy pouch.  These also have a string loop to easily (and painlessly) remove the “tea bag” from the hot liquid.

And like T-Sacs, these are also bleach-free (and tasteless) so there are no chemicals to alter the taste of your tea.

This is THE WAY to make your own tea bags – which will be better than any commerically manufactured tea bag! – because you use your favorite high quality loose leaf tea!

Check out this How-To-Use video from the manufacturers of Tea Pockets:

PRODUCT REVIEW: Kati Loose Tea System from Tea Forté

Where to Buy:  Tea Forté

Company Description:

Loose tea by the cup…..simple.

Our double-wall ceramic tumbler and integrated stainless steel infuser make brewing loose tea by the cup simple. The innovative double-wall construction keeps tea hot and the tumbler cozy to hold. Includes three of our Loose Tea Single Steeps. Brews a generous 12 oz cup and is dishwasher safe.

Product Review:

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite new tea accessory!  The Kati Loose Tea System!  It has officially replaced my favorite tea mug.  I love this cup!

OK, so this is actually a “tumbler.”  But, let’s not get lost on semantics.  I love this cup!  Let me tell you why…

I love the shape of this cup, and how well it fits in my hands.  Because it does not have a handle, I cup my hands around the tumbler and experience the warmth from the tea.  And because it has a double wall construction, the sides of the cup are warm but not too hot.  This is a very important “selling point” for me, because my hands always seem to be cold.  I like that I can cup my hands around the tumbler and enjoy the warmth without burning myself!

The double wall construction also insulates the cup so that the tea stays warmer longer.  Another thing that helps to keep the tea warm is the lid!

The infuser is also a nice size.  I found that there was enough room to allow the tea leaves to expand fully without being overcrowded.  Generally, an infuser is something I don’t use because they aren’t large enough to accommodate the tea leaves properly, but, this one is just right.

Finally, I love the leaf design on the cup.  Sure, we’re just talking aesthetics here, and it has really very little to do with the tea inside the cup, but, it has a lot to do with my enthusiasm toward the cup.  I enjoy using a cup that makes me happy, and this cup (err… tumbler) makes me very happy!

Chad’s Chai All-Star Samplers

Where To Buy: Chad’s Chai

Product Description:

These sets make exciting and unique gifts–great for beginners and connoisseurs alike. Each sampler includes 25 tea filters so that you can begin immediately experiencing these amazing teas. Each tea comes in an airtight re-sealable bag and makes 8-10 cups. Labels include complete brewing instructions and ingredient information. Packaged using minimal materials in a 100% recycled box.

Tasters Review:

I was lucky enough to try Chad’s Chai’s All Star Gift Set 5 Tea Set a while back and there are so many things I LOVED about this Gift Set!

First let me tell you about the 5 Tea Set…it consists of:

The packaging is VERY creative, unique, and environmentally friendly!  Those 3 things are ALWAYS a plus in my book!  The packaging or box looks like a Chinese Food Take-Out/Take-Home Box.  If you thumb thru the Gift Set Photo’s on their website you will see what I mean.  Inside the decorative box are 5 individual envelops clearly labeled featuring 5 of their best sellers!  The samplers are generously packed full of tea!

I enjoyed each one of the teas in this gift set and have posted many of them individually here at SororiTEA Sisters as well!  I just thought this cool gift set was post-worthy as a SET as well!  Below I am copying/pasting more info about Chad’s Chai as well as how to order and receive free samples (all you have to do is pay shipping!)  Chad’s Chai is a great company and their gift sets are wonderful and tea and chai is lovely!

To place an order, or for more information
Phone: (336) 776-8577
Email: chadmorris@juno.com

15 W. Devonshire St., Winston-Salem, NC, 27127

Free Sample
We would love to send you a free sample of one or more of our teas. What we actually send you is a hand-filled pouch with 3-4 cups worth of tea and some filters. All we ask you to do is cover shipping costs.
Click here for details and to request your sample.

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