French Verveine Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Herbal

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Native Name: Verveine Odorante

Plucking Season: Verveine is typically Harvested towards the beginning of Summer, when in full bloom, and again in Autumn, just before the cold weather sets in.

Introduction: Also known as Lemon Verbena and Verveine Odorante, Verveine is a fragrant herb indigenous to South America, namely Argentina, Chile and Peru. It was introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 17th century where it was given the name Aloysia triphylla after the princess Maria Louisa of Parma and for its spirals of three (tri) leaves (phylla).

Soothing Aroma
Verveine’s soothing yet refreshing aroma comes from its essential oils, believed to have a calming effect on the nervous system, aid digestion and relieve mild depression. Its therapeutic qualities are similar to those of mint, orange flowers and melissa.

Verveine is a versatile herb and can lend its fresh, lemony aroma to any variety of teas, liquors, desserts and other culinary delights. Verveine steeps well in milk and makes an exotic addition to fine hot chocolate.

Flavor Profile: Soft, rich lemony aroma and smooth taste. Refreshing and soothing.

Ingredients: 100% Organic Verveine leaves

Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)

Tasters Review:

If you are looking for a nice soothing herbal tea that has lemon notes without the pucker try French Verveine from The Tao of Tea.

This is a very lovely herbally-lemon…a very smooth and gentle lemon. Everything is mellow about this tisane…but isn’t that the point!?

I know this is redundant but…it’s very nice and very relaxing!

I think this would be interesting to cook with too!  Perhaps with rice!  YUM!  I just might have to try that!


Ujaala Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Being in tune with nature (Prakriti) also means being in tune with your own nature. In Ayurveda, working toward a harmonious balance with nature and your body constitutions – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – helps bring Ujaala into one’s life.

Ujaala is a stimulating blend of black tea and spices. It will rejuvenate and renew your stamina and energy.

Flavor Profile: Slightly Peppery with an underlying sweetness.

Ingredients: 100% Organic High Elevation South Indian Black Tea Leaves, 100% Organic Coriander, 100% Organic Cloves, 100% Organic Marigold (Calendula) Flower Petals.

Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)

Tasters Review:

The dry mix aroma reminds me of a pale chai.  Post infusion – it smells like a sugary black tea with hints of spice…maybe more cinnamon than the other spice types.

The taste is wonderfully surprising.  If you are looking for heavy spices – this is on the light side but I’m totally LOVING it!   There is something naturally-sugary, too, that I can’t put my finger on but it’s delicious!  It’s slightly chewy but not the chewy one may expect.  This is VERY different and I really like it VERY MUCH!

Puer Tuocha (Xiao Tuo Cha) from Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Pu-erh

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Mini Puer Tuocha has a characteristic full-bodied and earthy flavor. Can endure long steeping times without gaining any astringency and can be re-infused at least three times.

Tasters Review:

I had a rough start with my Pu-erh journey.  I have finally determined it wasn’t necessarily that I wasn’t a Pu-erh Fan, per say, it’s more like I am a bit more finicky with my pu-erh personal tastes, I guess you could say.

Having said that…one company that has really impressed me with their pu-erh’s overall has been Tao of Tea.  With this specific selection from them I decided to try an infusion test.  Below are my findings:

1st infusion…2 mins
This was a Lighter Brown in color and the aroma isn’t as wormy/fishy as most pu-erhs and I am very happy about that!  The taste is VERY velvety and smooth and lighter tasting with slightly earthy yet honey and cocoa type flavors mixed in.  1st infusion rating based on personal tastes 95 – I really liked the taste of this one on the first infusion.

2nd infusion…3 minutes
I found it to be much darker in color and a bit more earthy/wormy in aroma but the taste is a hint sweeter and still quite velvety and smooth.  I would say 90 or more for rating on this one…based on my personal tastes.

I’d hated to give up on this one because I KNEW this would be good for more than 3 infusions!   It wasn’t  slowing down anytime soon!

3rd infusion…4 minutes….
This infusion was even darker than the first two! It smelled earthy but not wormy at all.  It was a bit sweeter than the last infusion but there is a ricey-type taste hiding underneath this time.  It’s interesting…the aftertaste is a little nutty but malty and more black tea/bold tasting.  Personal rating on this infusion about an 88-89 – still quite good!

4th infusion…4 minutes…
I could go on with more infusions with this one but have more tea from this great company to try so I will call it quits with this one…

This infusion is just as dark as the 3rd infusion…it smells like black tea with a hay-like aroma as well with a more woodsy-taste as well as being more malty.  I thought it was less sweet but still velvety.

I would still say upper 80’s even with it being the 4th infusion!
This is a very Sturdy Tuocha from The Tao of Tea!

Tao of Tea put a lot of thought in their Pu-erhs!  The quality is good and they have been known to break Pu-erh stereotypes – at least in my book they have!  If you have had some trials and tribulations with Pu-erhs in the past…give it another try and sample some of Tao of Tea’s Pu-erhs!  Experiment with them!  You just may find the right ones that will work for you!

Golden Tips Assam from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

The Golden Tips Assam is made from a distinct Camellia Assamica plant varietal growing only at a handful of estates. The leaves are withered, bruised with a rolling machine, oxidized and then oven roasted. In making the Golden Tips, the oxidization is slightly longer than in the case of making darker Assams. The Golden Tips are precious for the tea gardens as they fetch a higher premium in the market.

The high volume of essential oils in the Golden Tips Assam is evident immediately after the tea is served, as a thin layer of oil quickly coats the surface of the tea giving it a self-creaming appearance. These are beneficial oils that protect the body from carcinogens and give tea its anti-aging properties.

Taster’s Review:

This is quite honestly one of the best – if not THE best – Assam teas that I’ve ever tasted.

The leaves look a lot like a tippy Yunnan, lots of golden tips amongst beautiful, deep mahogany colored, twisted leaves.  It brews to a typical Assam color:  reddish brown liquor that has a light fragrance that is somewhat fruit-like with notes of spice.

This tea is so smooth – remarkably smooth! – with a sweetness that falls somewhere between honey-like and caramel-like.  It has a creaminess to it that I have never experienced from an Assam before.  This doesn’t need the addition of milk or cream … the creaminess is built right in!  Of course, if you wish to add it, I see nothing wrong with that.

This has many of the attributes one would expect from an Assam:  a deep, rich flavor with a malty quality, and a nice bake-y background to it.  It also has that delicious chewy characteristic that I’ve grown so fond of in an Assam.  But where other Assam teas end this one seems to just begin.

The creamy flavor that I previously mentioned seems to enhance the malty tones of the tea so nicely.  There are notes of fruit in the background.  And even the astringency is different here.  With a typical Assam tea, I expect a certain amount of astringency to hit the back of the palate at the finish.  But, this one doesn’t have that.  There is some astringency, but it is light – much lighter than most Assam teas – and it seems to hit the palate at the start of the sip, just before the flavors begin to arrive onto the palate.  The dryness from the astringency seems to get swept away by the amazing flavors of the tea.

This is truly a remarkable Assam.  If you enjoy Assam tea, this is one that you really must try.  But don’t be surprised if you will find yourself making a permanent space for it on your tea shelf.  This Assam makes me re-think what an Assam should be!

Tippy South Cloud Tea from The Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Reddish brown brew, sweet aroma with roasted undertones and full bodied flavor.

Tasters Review:

The dry aroma of this Tippy South Cloud from The Tao of Tea sort of reminds me of a lighter darjeeling type scent.  After I infused it – I thought it was  a bit flatter in aroma but it had a nut-like smell to it as well.  I thought the aroma alone was memorable!

The color is dark and bold.

The taste is well rounded and is a medium strength black tea.   It’s fairly smooth and not astringent at all! Even if over infused…which I did put to the test for my 2nd cup of this darling tea!

What a soothing and simple yet tasty black tea!


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