Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVert

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: TeaVert

Product Description:

A lot of famous teas come from the region in China called The Golden Triangle, which was the source of many Imperial Tribute Teas or in modern days called “famous teas”.

Tribute Teas were chosen by the Emperor of the last four dynasties for remarkable taste and qualities. The teas were exclusively available only for royal tastes and sometimes even were used as tax payment. If any of the Tribute teas that did not satisfy the royal taste, they would be given to court officials, who could drink the tea or sell it illegally for profit.

In Chinese, “Mao” means fluffy, and “Feng” means mountain peaks. Our organic Mao Feng grows in the mountains of central Zhejiang province and is harvested only in early spring from leaves picked at the right moment and carefully processed. The highest grades use only one bud and the first leaf. Each day the leaves will be different, and they produce a slightly different batch of tea.

The leaf has a pleasantly sweet, mildly fragrant aroma, with a hint of apricot.

The brew in the cup usually infuses to a very pale yellow with a hint of green.

The taste is mellow and sweet with a nice hint of subtle grassiness.

Mao Feng Tea drinkers say that the first brewing is fragrant, the second brewing is sweet, and the third brewing is strong. The tea tastes clean and refreshing, and lasts a long time on the tongue.

Like a great wine, it also has to be a good year.
Preparation

Heat water to 185-195 F, steep 3 minutes

Tasters Review:

First I want to say HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY from the SororiTEA Sisters!  You know SororiTEA Sisters find ANY reason to drink…TEA, that is…so St. Patrick’s Day is yet ANOTHER reason to “drink up”!

My posts today will feature GREEN Teas.  My first post for today is Mao Feng Green Tea from TeaVert!

I really enjoyed this tea!  It’s a mellow-sweet, slightly buttery yet vegetable-esque and subtle grassiness type taste all wrapped-up into one with a grassy/dried apricot aftertaste.

In short, it’s a darn good Green!  I’m VERY impressed with TeaVert’s Selection and am looking forward to sampling and reviewing more of their teas!

 

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Bountiful Black Tea from Tea Addiction

Tea Type: Black Tea & Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Black tea, rooibos, cacao nibs, coconut, apple, and vanilla flavoring. A unique blend of coconut scented black tea, smooth rooibos, cacao nibs, vanilla, and apple make Bountiful Black most pleasing to the palate.

The flavor is rich and sumptuous. Trust us when we say you’ll enjoy every delightful sip.

Tea Fact: Because Bountiful Black contains black tea, it also has caffeine. However, if you like the flavor of both black and rooibos tea you’re going to love these two blended together.

Tasters Review:

First I want to say that the name of this company is pure genius!  With the 2nd most popular (only to water) beverage world-wide being tea – we all know there are TEA ADDICTS out there…and two of them are right here at SororiTEA Sisters!

Bountiful Black Tea from Tea Addiction is nice and sweet and smooth and dessert like!  The Chocolate isn’t overly noticeable but this is darned tasty!

The Coconut and Vanilla as well as the apple bits seems to play more of a part here – but I think this tea is just DANDY!

 

 

Honey Orchid Black Tea from Golden Moon Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Golden Moon Tea

Product Description:

One of the best teas we have tasted. It is so rare that it is actually its own varietal without any flavorings or scenting. The honey flavor literally explodes on your front palate with a subtle finish of fresh orchids.

Tasters Review:

Marcus over at Golden Moon Tea contacted us recently to try their new and improved Honey Orchid and I will say they NAILED IT!  LiberTEAs previously reviewed this and it’s one of the very few 100’s I’ve seen her rate on her steepster log!  I agree with her saying this is pretty awesome – that’s for sure!

The aroma of the dry leaves smell like a honey-buttered whole wheat bagel I often have from my local coffee shop here.

The color of the liquor after infusing is quite light for a black!   It’s surprising! BUT…it’s NOT light on flavor!

I guess the honey comparison comes into play because it IS smooth like honey and it has that natural sweetness of REAL honey…not that fake stuff! I really like the smoothness of this.

There is a chewiness to this tea as well…I  REALLY like that little characteristic!

I would say the Orchid/floral connection would be just as you move the sip from the front of your mouth to the back of your mouth right before it ‘goes down the trap’…so to speak!  The floral notes are subtle and refreshing in a way I have never tasted before!

As this cools it seems to become juicer – I think this is an interesting touch – as well!

This tea is more complex than I was expecting and I LOVE that!

Another thing I noticed with this tea is that the leaves are screaming for a 2nd infusion…here is what I found with the 2nd infusion…

This time around it’s still sweet and silky-smooth but more woodsy but in a good way. It’s smells chewier but tastes a little less chewier.

YUMMO!

My favorite Golden Moon Tea thus far!  WOW!

Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

This enchanting oolong is softly flavored by the wonderful union of red aronia berries, bright mango cubes, passion fruit and dark red rose petals. A royal treat for even the finest of palettes.

Origin: Formosa (Taiwan)

Ingredients: Formosa Oolong, Mango, Aronia Berries, Rose Petals

Steeping Guidelines:
Water: 176°- 194°F | Use 1 Tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 2 – 3 minutes

Infusion tips:
Use COLD filtered or spring water, whenever possible
Don’t over boil water, Don’t over steep tea
Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
*Vary time according to taste, & remember that steeping tea leaves beyond 3 minutes does not contribute to flavor, only bitterness.
If you want a stronger taste, use more tea leaves instead of steeping for a longer time

Tasters Review:

DRY – Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea looks like a woodsier Oolong mix.  The aroma is mostly oolong and mango.  I can tell there is a little something else fruity-wise too but it’s not really identifiable as berries or passionfruit.

Once infused the liquor is pretty dark for an oolong- much like a medium-brown colored black tea.  It smells slightly fruity and woodsy.

The taste is DARN GOOD.  It’s a smoother oolong taste with hints of sweeter-wood but the fruit notes pair up beside the oolong very well.  All of the fruit ingredients mesh well with each other and no one ingredient really barges in front of the others.

The rose hides out in the background and if I didn’t take the time to really notice it I probably would miss it.

Plum Proud Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Black tea delightfully married with French plums, cranberries, and raspberries then kissed with just a touch of strawberry essence. The refreshing tea was made to be iced. A lightly fruity way to quench your thirst.

 

Tasters Review:

I’ll admit it…I’m Plum Happy!  For those of you have read many of my past reviews – you may recall my love for plum started when I was a toddler thanks to my Grandmother as did my love of Tea!  She was a remarkable woman!

This tea makes me happy and would make any Tea Company Proud!!!

Here’s why…
It’s a good flavored black tea and the Plum is the first flavor that grabs your attention…but the cranberry isn’t too far behind…nor are the Raspberries…and HECK…you can even taste the strawberry essence!   This is VERY tasty and the flavors all play nice with each other!

AND this is the perfect amount of fruit in a black tea!  It tastes true and it’s terrific!  I LOVE that no hibiscus was used in this!  It proves a great fruit flavored tea can be done without it!

This is almost wine-like…both in aroma and in taste. I sampled the first half of this cup hot and LOVED it and drank the 2nd half of the cup cold and LOVE it just as much.   The more I sip the more in love I fall!

A Girls Best Friend from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:
You’ll be distracted by this bright and shiny Tea. A luxurious strand of Sri Lankan black tea, faceted with blueberries, elderberries and hibiscus gems.

Tasters Review:

First…I would like to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from SororiTEA Sisters!

“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

Well, I can honestly say they aren’t THIS GIRLS BFF!  I would much rather have tea!  That’s why I thought this was a perfect tea to review today!

I really LOVE White August Tea Company’s Creative Tea Names and Descriptions!  Most of which are trademarked, I might add!

This one lives up to it’s name!  I really enjoyed it…A LOT!

A Girls’ Best Friend Tea from White August Tea Company  smells wonderful! It’s filled with various plump berries and black tea!  The black tea is pretty strong in flavor and I like that!  The flavor of the berries is lovely too!  It’s slightly tart but more importantly juicy!  AND…ya know what!?  The Hibiscus is subtle and more than tolerable!   This surprisingly has a velvety yet floral finish. YUM.

Companies who over-do hibiscus in their blends need to take some notes from White August Tea Company!  They do it right!  Just enough to tie in and play nice with the other flavors!  This is really something special…a good tea to give as a gift or to sip with friends!  A pure delight!

Lemongrass Tea from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Common name: Citronella

Used for calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. Also considered as a mild insect repellant.

Used as diuretic for detox as well as antibacterial and antifungal.

Used on dogs to reduce barking and as an aid to retraining

No established contraindications.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tasters Review:

Did you know that LEMONGRASS can help dogs bark less?  I guess I never knew that!

Another thing I must point out is that my other Lemongrass herbal teas don’t really look like this.  This one looks like a pale-tannish-yellow color and has lemongrass but also what looks like root and powder in the mix!

It really didn’t have an aroma prior to infusing but afterwards…it was pleasant but not over the top!   It infuses to a VERY clear and clean pale almost completely clear color liquid-wise.  It’s a very gentle lemongrass and a gentle herb type taste.

This isn’t too bad!  I think it would make a nice base for blending!   It does leave a refreshing aftertaste, too!  I give this one a thumbs-up from Supple Skin Boutique!

 

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