Cloud & Mist Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy:  Mark T. Wendell

Product Description:
This tea is a unique find, deriving its name from the high altitude growing areas of the Wu Lu Mountains in the Jiangxi province of China. Grown in the gentle mountain clouds and prevalent mist, this tea consists of single bud and leaf sets that unfurl magnificently when brewed. The brewed liquor has a herbaceous aroma, a smooth and sweet taste and appears a modest yellow-green in the cup.

Tasters Review:

I assumed this would be grassier tasting based on the aroma but it has a wonderful Sweet-Buttery-Almond Type Taste to it-  with a little grassiness is the middle of the sip – but then ends smoother.  Smoother than I expected, too!

This is a good green tea!  For those of you who think green teas are grassy or mossy tasting and leave funky-floral aftertastes…give green another try if that is what turns you off on greens!  Cloud & Mist from Mark T. Wendell is different and very pleasing!

Plus…Cloud Mist Green Tea is one of China’s top ten teas.  Perhaps you’ve seen it by another name from other companies?

They sometimes go by Yun Wu Green Tea, Cloud and Mist Tea, Cloud and Mist Green Tea, Cloud Mist, Yun Wu Lu Cha, Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea, Mount Lu Cloud and Mist.  Regardless this is a nice, clean cuppa.  Very unique and refreshingly-sweet.

 

 

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Rare Darjeeling Green , light, natural aroma and subtle flavor.

This rare Darjeeling green tea is cultivated at about 7000ft in the Himalayas, at the renowned Makaibari Estate, the oldest (est. 1859) and most respected tea estate in the world, and also the world’s first biodynamically cultivated tea garden. This exquisite green tea has a light amber color, a mild, natural aroma and subtle flavor, with delicate floral hints.

Tasters Review:

I haven’t been this excited about a plain green tea in a LONG time!  I swear Shanti made this tea especially for me!  So I will take this time to say THANK YOU Shanti Tea!!

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea is a medium strength green tea but it’s pretty equal in all aspects of grassy, buttery, sweet, juicy, mouth-watering, floral, and it’s VERY smooth.  I guess one could say that this Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea didn’t play any favorites when it comes to one taste over the other and I am fine with that.  Everything works out and plays nice with each other.   There is a pleasant aftertaste which really makes me smile!

This is a really nice tea!

I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS TEA!

HEY!  Did I mention, I like this tea?

Sweet Orange Maté from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

The popular fresh taste of fruity, sweet oranges goes well with the moderately strong, spicy, slightly smoky Mate tea. The strikingly decorated, delicious specialty is a high-grade offer for the rising demand for Mate tea. The well-balanced addition of pleasant licorice gives the necessary sweetness to this fresh and slightly tangy blend. Similarly to black tea, mate tea is stimulating with a short brewing time (5 minutes); this effect diminishes with longer brewing times (10 minutes).

Taster’s Review:

This is a perfect tea for Halloween!

But, first, I have a confession to make.  The first time I tried this tea (about a year or so ago), I didn’t like it.  Today I am trying it again for the first time and … I don’t know if it is because my palate is acquiring a taste for Yerba Maté, or if the blend has been changed a little bit since the last time I tasted it, but, as I sit here writing this, I am finding more to enjoy about this tea than I did with my previous sampling.  I guess it just goes to show that one should not judge something based on first impressions alone!  Things change, including our tastes!

Now, I’m not saying that this is my favorite tea.  But I am enjoying it right now.  And as I said, it reminds me of Halloween.  The licorice flavor is stronger here than I remember.  I like the sharp yet sweet flavor of the licorice that reveals itself mid-sip.  The sip begins with a smooth, earthy note from the Maté that is mellowed just slightly by the sweet, juicy orange.  This is followed immediately by the sharp note of licorice, and the finish is orange-y and licorice sweet.

I remember when tasting this tea previously, I found the maté to be quite harsh and too earthy for my palate.  Now, I am finding the maté flavor to be fresher and smoother in taste.

I consumed this tea hot with a drizzle of raw honey.  The honey highlighted some of the sweet orange notes as well as curbed the licorice sharpness just enough.  A very enjoyable cuppa!

Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos from Domo

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Domo

Product Description:

Tasters Review:

Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos Tea

For hundreds of years the Khoisan people of South Africa have enjoyed rooibos tea, not just for its sweet, delicate taste but for its medicinal value. Now Domo has captured the spirit of the wild with a subtle blend of red rooibos and natural vanilla. Domo Flavour-Infused Rooibos is a whole new way to enjoy tea, and thanks to a high antioxidant count and no caffeine, it’s also one of the healthiest teas you can buy. Try Domo Vanilla-Enhanced Rooibos and rediscover the spirit of Africa.

Contents: Vanilla-Enhanced African Rooibos Tea, 1lb resealable pack

Dimensions:

$20.99 CDN

I must say I am blown away with the new offerings over at Domo!  Here is another new product of theirs…

Savanna Vanilla African Rooibos!

So far from the new products Domo is offering I am VERY impressed with the Aroma!  The aroma prior to whisking was Vanilla Hot Chocolate-type smell…VERY tempting!  After whisking a stereotypical yet highly scented Vanilla Rooibos.

The Color is that of a cloudy dark reddish brown.  There are very small pebbles of powder floating on top which later I found to be sugary delights!  The Taste is…WOW!  Not only is it rooibos sweet but it’s SUGAR Sweet! And a lovely Vanilla! This is very VERY sweet and sugary and treat-like!

If you like sweet and you like sugar or if you try anything vanilla flavored – you will probably like this!  If you are looking for something to satisfy your sweet-tooth…try this!  Or if you are like me and just like trying new things!  This is NEW…try it!

Red Sunset from Red Leaf Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Red Leaf Tea

Product Description:

A rare tea from Europe, the Red Sunset Tea uses black tea as base and has a natural fruit flavor that adds a hint of sweetness to the aromatic brew. The tea has light floral notes and vitamin C as well due to the added rose petals. Enjoy this sweet loose leaf black tea hot any time of day for a delicious pick me up.

Tasters Review:

Red Sunset from Red Leaf Tea smells like black tea with fruit and floral notes.  It’s a nice Reddish-dark brown. Taste-wise it is really good and quite flavorful!  It’s a sugary-sweet tasting flavored black. It reminds me of Rose Marzipan from Teavana without the intense Rose…you know that candied-sugar cube in that blend…that is what the sugar-sweet taste remind me of.  There is a floral back-end to it but NOT an intense rose…it’s a delicate type floral and very nice!

The more I drink this the more I like it…and I mean really, really LIKE it!!!!  I have been happy with most – if not all – of the Red Leaf Teas I have tried thus far!  Check them out when you can!

Caramel Sutra Chai from Domo

Tea Type: Chai

Where To Buy: Domo

Product Description:

Caramel Sutra Chai Tea

Chai has been the drink of choice in India for hundreds of years – a delicate, aromatic blend of freshly ground spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves which calls to mind all the adventure and mystique of ancient India. Now Domo has captured the spirit of the Indian sub-continent: Domo Flavour-Enhanced Chai is a fresh blend of spices with natural cane sugar and premium black tea, designed to seduce you with its sweet aroma and rich, sensual flavour. It’s a temptation you’ll love giving in to.

Contents: Caramel Sutra Chai Tea, 1lb resealable pack

Dimensions:

$20.99 CDN

Tasters Review:

Have you ever had a friend – whether it be in High School, College, the Work Place, or just thru an association or another friend that is just so different…so unique that you are just drawn to their personality and enjoy being around them because they are so VERY interesting and unlike another else you have ever met or been around?

Well, Caramel Sutra Chai from Domo is just like that friend.

This is truly unique!  I’ve NEVER tasted ANYTHING like it before.  It was truly a surprise on several levels!  It seems to be perfect for the time of year…FALL.  It’s very much reminiscent of Fall flavors and scents!

Prior to whisking I could smell wonderful Fall Spices along with the chai aroma, sugary-sweet caramel, and almost a hot chocolate type smell as well!  Very wonderful, indeed!  During and After whisking it was a very flavorful Fall-like-chai type aroma.  I could still pick up on the Caramel smell as well.

The taste is out of this world!  It’s brilliant that I can pick up on the sugar AND the caramel tastes as well as the chai!  As it cools I can taste more Chai than Sugary-Sweet-ness…but the aftertaste is a lingering caramel and very nice!

YUM.  This is very different, very satisfying, and I seem to be drawn to it because how unique yet flavorful it is.  This is a Chai Product you MUST check out!

Sencha Yuzu Green Tea from Rishi Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Rishi Tea

Product Description:


A variety of citrus rarely found outside of Asia, yuzu is a classic ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Yuzu has a complex citrus flavor and floral aroma that pairs well with our refreshing blend of first flush green tea and matcha. We developed a unique drying process and blending technique that captures the fresh essence of yuzu without the use of added flavors. This entirely natural blend is refreshing and pleasantly sweet with citron flavor and offers an aroma of roses and geraniums.

Ingredients: green tea and dried yuzu citrus fruit. / Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Click Here to read about our 2009 World Tea Championship winners!

Tasters Review:

This morning…I am in the presence of greatness!  That’s according to the World Tea Expo!  Rishi’s Sencha Yuzu also known as Yuzucha is a 2009 World Tea Expo Winner!

I must say this is truly unique…and I like unique!

It looks to have the powdery Sencha along with Yuzu pieces and lemon grass in the blend.  The aroma is a lovely but not over-done citrus.

I did two infusions of this.  As suggested my first attempt – I infused for 2 minutes and it was great!  I could taste the citrus and true green tea.  It was a little vegetal and a little sweet and grassy but then also citrus!

As for the 2nd infusion I also went with their suggestion of a minute to infuse and it was still very good – a very high quality solid green tea taste…sweet grass and vegetal, indeed.  But the Yuzu Citrus Fruit Flavor wasn’t as bold as the first infusion.  However, what I could taste of the Yuzu was still quite good.  Both infusions seem to leave a toasted-nutty sort of taste which was unexpected yet tasty.

I really like this offering and understand why it has won awards!


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