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Two leaves and a bud Jasmine Petal Green Tea

http://www.twoleavesandabud.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/jasminepetalhigh-300x214.jpgSome Jasmine tea is simply tea leaves that have been harvested, prepared as green tea, and then jasmine flavor is added.

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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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Organic Keemun Congou from Two Leaves and a Bud

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

Product Description:

Keemun Congou tea is a crisp black tea with a slight smoky character it is often used as one of the main base teas for English breakfast tea. Our organic Keemun Congou has a thick reddish brew and clean finish with a smooth sweetness.

Taster’s Review:

How about a cup of pure deliciousness?

There is something that is just so rewarding about a cup of Keemun tea.  It is so rich and flavorful.  And this Organic Keemun from Two Leaves and a Bud is top notch!

The cup possesses a delicious malty note that rivals some of the best Assam teas I’ve tasted.  There is also an intriguing note of smoke – not a strong one – but enough to give it a certain depth and character.

The tea tastes biscuit-y and smooth – a very well-rounded cup with an irresistible “chewiness” to it that keeps me sipping.  There are notes of savory cocoa in there too, as well as a delightful undertone of sweetness to this cup that tastes a bit like molasses to me!

The aroma of the brewed tea is worth experiencing too, so I do recommend inhaling the fragrance of the tea before you take a sip.  It has such a rich, inviting scent!

This is a tea that I could drink every day, and at just $8.75 per 3 ounces, it is certainly an affordable luxury!  This tea has the gusto to get me going even on one of those sluggish days when I’d rather stay in bed, curled up under the covers.  This tea warms me up and gets me ready to face the day!

I love it!

Organic Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Two Leaves & a Bud

Product Description:

Strong but sensitive – we like that in a tea. These organic, golden orange pekoe tea leaves are grown on the rolling hills of Darjeeling, India. This rich drink evokes the quality tea from India, and we think its subtle astringency pairs perfectly with dessert.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve said it before:  I love Darjeeling tea.  It has such a lovely elegance to it that is reflected in its color, its aroma, and its flavor.

This Organic Darjeeling from Two Leaves and a Bud is a delightful Darjeeling – with a clean, almost crystal-like flavor that seems to sparkle on the tongue.  Is it any wonder why Darjeeling is often called the “Champagne” of tea?

The flavor has a lovely floral background and a somewhat woodsy tone to it.  It is slightly musky and has a clean fruit note that offers a slight sweetness to it.  The astringency is not overwhelming, but does leave the palate feeling slightly dry and clean … and ready for another sip!  This is a tea that I could probably drink all day long!

Having previously reviewed this tea, I can’t say that my opinion has changed much since that first tasting.  This is one of the finest Darjeeling teas I’ve encountered and it is offered in the convenience of Two Leaves and a Bud’s beautiful, silky tea sachets.

And, yes, I have many times stated that loose leaf is better than tea sachets.  That being said, I have never been disappointed by a tea from Two Leaves and a Bud!  They seem to be the exception to the rule!  The teas from this company are always top-notch – regardless of the sachet!

I really like this Darjeeling from Two Leaves & a Bud, and in a way, it sort of epitomizes what Two Leaves and a Bud is about for me.   High quality, delicious tea.

Better Morning Blend from Two Leaves and a Bud

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

Company Description:

It’s time to pry your eyelids open again – try doing it with an energizing combination of lemongrass and peppermint, while a citrus aroma perks up your nose. Stinging nettle and rose hips give this herbal tea a great taste. If you decide you’re a morning person, it’ll be our little secret.

Taster’s Review:

As I mentioned on Steepster, I had my doubts about this tea before brewing it.  I couldn’t imagine that an herbal tea would make a good “morning” blend.  Night-time, sure!  Even late afternoon.  But morning?  Yeah, I had my doubts.

But, I am doubting this one no more!  While it is caffeine-free, it is very invigorating!  The lemongrass is light and citrusy – offering hints of lemon and lime.  The peppermint tastes crisp and clean, but is not overwhelming.

Overall, the blend is very well-balanced.  No one ingredient overpowers the others, each seems to work in synergy with each other to provide an excellent, naturally caffeine free way to start the day.

This would make an excellent morning tisane for those who need to reduce their caffeine intake – or really, anyone who is just looking for a lighter tasting morning tea.  It has a very bright and vibrant quality that may just make you forget that you need caffeine to start the day.

Organic Better Rest Blend from Two Leaves and a Bud

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

Company Description:

If the sandman has passed you by, try this relaxing blend of chamomile, peppermint, hops and valerian. Lemon balm and rose hips make this herbal tea a soothing and healthy part of your bedtime ritual. Sip, sip, saw logs!

  • Finish: Slightly Sweet
  • Caffeine: NONE   Light   Moderate
  • Top note: Honey
  • Middle Note: Smooth
  • Taster’s Review:

    As I reviewed the ingredients for this tea (Lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, orange peel, lemon balm, fennel, ginger, rose hips, anise, valerian, and hops), a couple of things stood out to me.

    First of all, this blend contains hops, and this is the first time that I’ve noticed hops being part of a tea blend – other than my own Meadow Nocturne blend (which is no longer available).   Hops is an herb that can be used to help one relax, and it is also useful in aiding digestion.  There are probably other teas out there that use hops, I just am not familiar with them.

    The second thing I noticed is that this is not only a blend that is useful in encouraging a good night’s rest, but can also be quite useful in helping soothe an upset stomach.  Not only are hops useful in this area, but peppermint and ginger are also good for digestive issues.  This would make an excellent bedtime tea for someone who might have acid reflux!

    Finally, I noticed that the blend contains fennel and anise – two of my favorite herbs.  I love the licorice-y taste of these herbs, and I like how the licorice flavor comes out in this blend.  It isn’t a strong, dominate presence, but, it is just enough to give this tea a deliciously different taste from the other “bedtime” herbal teas.

    And this IS a deliciously different bedtime herbal blend.  There is no one flavor or herb that seems to stand out above the others.  All seem to work in delightful synergy to create a very smooth, lightly sweet tasting cup that offers a sense of tranquility for not only the mind but also the body.

    I can taste gentle notes of peppermint, ginger, citrus, and licorice.  All of these flavors are tied together with a sweet, honey essence.  It is not an overly sweet flavor – it is itself rather calm and gentle, but because of the honey note, it doesn’t need sweetener – a nice bonus!  This is truly an EXCELLENT bedtime blend.

    Be sure to stop by the all-new website for Two Leaves and a Bud.  Just like this blend – it’s positively lovely!

    Organic Tamayokucha from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Green

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    There’s a reason this is our best selling green tea – it has a sweet, light flavor you want in a cuppa’ green tea, without being bitter. How do we do it? These whole tea leaves are gently steamed as they dry. Tamayokucha has a beautiful green hue you’ll enjoy seeing in your cup as much as savoring on your tongue.

    • Caffeine: None   LIGHT   Moderate
    • Top note: Smooth
    • Middle Note: Rich but light
    • Finish: Complex texture

    Taster’s Review:

    I recently received a newsletter from Two Leaves and a Bud, and this tea was named their “Steep of the Month.”  So, in honor of that, I decided to steep myself a cup of this beautiful tea!

    I love the color of the brewed liquor.  It is the palest hue of chartreuse!  The aroma wafting up from my teacup is very light, and smells a little bit like earth and grass after the rain.

    Having reviewed this tea previously, I don’t know that there is much more I can say about how good this tea really is.  And it is!  It is remarkably light, but yet has a full, well-rounded flavor.  There is no bitterness to the taste, just a sweet, slightly nutty flavor, with an agreeable vegetative quality to the cup.  A very pleasing buttery characteristic washes over the palate as I sip.

    I just love revisiting teas like this one.  Truly a pleasure!

    Organic Mountain High Chai Tea from Two Leaves And A Bud

    Tea Type: Black Tea

    Where To Buy: Two Leaves And A Bud

    Product Description:

    A traditional chai that starts with true Assam tea (not cheap “blending tea”) and adds only the true ingredients of chai: Cinnamon, Clove, and Cardamom. Fabulous with milk and honey!

    Tasters Review:

    I waited a while to try this one.  Not sure why.  Maybe because I have been tasting a lot of Chai lately.  Many of them seem to be over-spiced and/or all seemed the same.  After my first sip of this I knew it was different.  The flavors were wonderful and I could have sworn I tasted a lovely orange flavor to it eventho it doesn’t mention citrus in the product description but I could have sworn it was there!  The spices are just right for my palate and there was a bit of juicy-sweet with the spices tossed in.

    In short…I really like this! The Chai flavors are subtle and the orange is just 1 step ahead of the spices! This was very nice!

    Organic Better Morning Blend from Two Leaves And A Bud

    Tea Type: Herbal

    Where To Buy: Two Leaves And A Bud

    Product Description:

    Better Morning Blend features a zing of lemon, a refreshing touch of citrus, peppermint, kombucha, and aromatherapy to stimulate your senses. A balanced, sweet flavor that’s reason enough to get out of bed. If you suddenly decide you’re a morning person, it’ll be our little secret!

    Tasters Review:

    This was surprisingly good!  By that I mean…many herbals don’t catch my interest often and this one did!

    It was lighter on the herbally-medicine-E taste and the lemon was perfectly done.  The mint was subtle in the end of the sip on to the aftertaste.

    Throughout the sip the gentle citrus was a nice touch.  I really think what made this work is that everything was present but it wasn’t over done.  It was tasty as well as good for you and a nice way to start the day.

    I’m very happy with this herbal!

    Peppermint (Organic) from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Herbal

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    This refreshing, minty, organic peppermint tea aids in digestion and gives clarity of thought. Ours is 100% pure peppermint and 100% caffeine-free (many peppermint teas are not). Fresh, pure aroma will lift your spirits and quiet your mind. Perfect after breakfast or dinner–the mint-after-a-meal custom dates back to ancient Rome, and has been a favorite cure for indigestion since Biblical times. Makes a crisp iced tea!

    Taster’s Review:

    I like spicy food.  Unfortunately for me, it doesn’t really like me.  After I eat something a little too spicy, I find myself suffering from some rather uncomfortable indigestion.   But, I can’t let something like this stop me from enjoying the foods that I love.

    Instead, I’ve learned how to combat it.  I just grab an herbal tea like this one – pure Organic Peppermint Tea from Two Leaves and a Bud – and it offers me soothing relief (plus leaves my mouth feeling minty fresh!)

    Having already reviewed this tea, I don’t know that I have very much more to say about it.  Two Leaves and a Bud haven’t changed anything about this tea – it’s still 100% pure, Organic Peppermint.  This tea has no fillers and no extra unnecessary herbs.  Just naturally sweet, fresh-tasting peppermint that is vibrant and alive with flavor.  And that’s all that I need to get the “job” done.

    This not only makes a delicious hot cup of soothing relief when I have indigestion, but it is a delightfully thirst-quenching tea when iced.  Pure, pristine and perfect!  That’s this Peppermint to a … TEA!

    Organic Tropical Goji Green Tea from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Green

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    Tropical Goji Green is an organic Japanese-style green tea grown in China. We start with traditional Japanese sencha, then add organic Goji berries and natural tropical flavors to make this tea slightly tangy, but also rich and smooth. Great iced!

    Taster’s Review:

    Yes… yet again, apprehension:  nervous to try this tea – needless hesitation because this tea turned out to be quite delightful.

    The dreaded goji berry!  I need to get over my tendency to immediately assume I won’t like a tea with goji berry!  Because, the truth of the matter is, that while I have come across a few that have not been to my liking, MOST of the teas that I’ve tasted with goji berry I’ve enjoyed.  I guess it is because the first goji berry tea that I tried was way too sour and since that time, I’m inclined to think that all goji berry teas are going to be equally as distasteful.

    But… not this one!  This tea is delicious.  The combination of the tropical fruit flavor and the goji berry creates a unique tropical/berry flavor that is a very welcome departure from the typical tropical flavor.  Not that I dislike tropical flavor – I quite like it.  But sometimes it seems way too overdone.

    This tropical tea is deliciously different.  The berry is not at all sour.  Tangy, yes… but I find it more on the sweet side than tangy or tart.  And smooth.  There is a buttery richness from the Sencha – it is fresh and very slightly vegetal.

    A very pleasant tea to drink hot, but, even more enjoyable to drink iced!  Very refreshing and silky smooth!  I like it a lot!

    Assam Breakfast from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Black

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    A best-seller! Assam tea is famous for its lush flavor, amber color, and a smooth, multi-layered “malty” flavor. We have chosen a traditional, orthodox full leaf Assam, which makes for the perfect breakfast tea. Our Assam grows in NE India, where low, rolling hills creating a great environment for rich tea. Hot days and cool nights bring out the fullest flavor!

    Taster’s Review:

    This is an EXCELLENT Assam tea.

    It is surprising to me at how good it really is – given that it is a bagged tea.  If nothing else – this tea is proof that a superior quality leaf can be found in bagged form!  Sometimes, you just have to look for it.  Well, you needn’t look any further … because I have found it!

    It is a full-bodied tea – with a nice texture that is almost “chewy.”  This chewiness is further enhanced with the noteworthy maltiness in this Assam – most Assam teas have a malty note to them; with some Assam teas the malty note is quite delicate while in others it is very strong.  Here, it is very strong.

    And while it does possess that stout, robust, get-up-and-go quality that the best Assam teas have, it also has a very pleasant smoothness and an almost caramel-y sweetness that hits at the end of the sip.

    This is a very delightful cup of Assam tea!

    While the suggested brewing parameters for this tea are 5 minutes – I only steeped this cup for 2 ½ minutes.  The result is a full-flavored, malty cup of Assam without any bitterness and minimal astringency.  I fear that brewing it for a full 5 minutes may result in a slightly bitter cup, this stemming from my knowledge and history in working with Assam teas, but not from my specific knowledge and/or history with this particular Assam.  So feel free to experiment and find what works best for you.

    I highly recommend this Assam tea to all tea lovers, especially to those who have a fondness for Assam tea.  You may just find a new favorite with this one!  Yes, it really is that good!

    African Sunset from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Rooibos

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    Two leaves’ African Sunset rooibos (red) tea brews up rich and lemony with just a hint of lemongrass tang to craft a sweet and interesting flavor. High in anti-oxidants and trace minerals with zero caffeine, African Sunset and other red teas only grow in South Africa. With a spicy, somewhat astringent herbal flavor, African Sunset makes for a great tea alternative.

    Taster’s Review:

    As alluded to in the above description (from the Two Leaves and a Bud website), this tisane does have a sweet and interesting flavor.  Rooibos tends to have a naturally sweet flavor – often to the point of being too sweet for my liking (and I have a sweet tooth!)  But it’s not so much that it’s sweet, but it’s the funky aftertaste that comes along with that sweetness.  It reminds me of artificial sweetener – not my favorite flavor.  But that is not to say that I dislike all rooibos blends – there are some that bring together just the right combination of flavors to offset that funky sweet flavor that I dislike.

    Like this blend – African Sunset – from Two Leaves and a Bud.  The tart lemony flavors successfully cut through some of the sweetness to give the cup a nice balance.

    I previously reviewed this tea, and I like it just as much now as I did back then.  It is light-bodied and fresh-tasting – and a very nice tea to enjoy later in the evening.  It is naturally caffeine free so this tea won’t leave me feeling restless at bedtime.  When served hot, it is a comforting tea to curl up to and sip leisurely.  When served chilled, it is a refreshingly light beverage.  It’s a nice tea to have on hand at all times!

    Açaí White Tea from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  White

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    Special harvest long whole-leaf tea leaves and buds create this super light but full tasting white tea. Light enough in the cup to be called “white” with acai flavor to round out a great cuppa’.   The rich taste is a distinct combination of berry flavor and subtle chocolate. Try iced with a touch of agave!

    Taster’s Review:

    I admit it – I’ve never actually tasted an açaí berry.  I’ve had quite a few teas that are flavored with açaí berry.  Many of those teas have been quite tart to the point of being too sour for my personal taste.  As a result, I’ve acquired a bias against açaí berries.

    But, after tasting this tea, I’m thinking I may need to rethink my thoughts about the açaí berry!  (Yeah… think about that sentence for a moment)

    This is a really tasty tea.  It has a soft, gentle white tea flavor that is fresh and smooth, and is not obscured by the flavor of the açaí berry.  I can taste the chocolate-y notes that the company description suggests, and I can also taste the berry and the berry flavor is sweet.  Yes, I said SWEET.  Not tart.  Not sour.  But pleasantly sweet!

    This tea is not completely void of tartness (it really wouldn’t be a berry flavored tea without just a little bit of tart flavor, would it?) and there is a tart note that hits the palate in the finish.  It sort of tingles!  It’s not unlike the way my mouth feels and tastes after eating a fresh berry.  Not pucker-y tart – just a tingly tartness that lets me know that I’m drinking a berry flavored tea.

    And I like it!

    Organic Mountain High Chai from Two Leaves & a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Black

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves & a Bud

    Company Description:

    Chai is typically made with black tea and a variety of sweet flavors such as cinnamon and orange peel. Two leaves and a bud offers a traditional chai that starts with real Assam tea (not cheap “blending tea”) and adds cinnamon, clove, and cardamom spices. Fabulous with milk and honey! Add some frothed milk and Vanilla Sugar to make an awesome Chai Latte!

    Taster’s Review:

    OK, I have to admit that I’m a bit biased when it comes to chai.  As a tea artist, I spent about a year creating my own chai blend, and I’m quite proud of it.  But that doesn’t mean that I can’t have an appreciation for other chai blends as well.

    This is a fairly simple, straight-forward chai blend – a good, solid Assam tea base with the basic spices:  cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.   However, the simplicity of this blend should in no way indicate that this tea lacks in flavor, because it doesn’t!

    The Assam tea is malty and rich, and gives this tea a bit of tooth!  The cloves are very pronounced in this blend.  The spices are not spicy hot, but they do add a pleasant warmth to the cup.

    I enjoyed this tea as a latte (and used my handy-dandy Aerolatte Frother – which I also purchased from Two Leaves and a Bud a few months ago!), although I did not steep the tea in milk.  I find this to be a rather messy endeavor, and I’d rather not deal with the clean-up.  Instead, I brewed the tea in water (using a bit less water than I normally would for a sachet) and then zapped a splash of milk in the microwave to get it warm (but not too hot).  I then whipped the milk into a very rich froth with my Aerolatte Frother and poured the brewed tea over the foamy milk and stirred in a drizzle of raw honey.  The result is a cup of creamy goodness:  warm and spiced and delicious.

    Organic Orange Sencha from Two Leaves and a Bud

    Tea Information:

    Leaf Type:  Green

    Where to Buy:  Two Leaves and a Bud

    Company Description:

    East meets West in this Japanese green tea blend! Sencha is the most consumed tea in Japan. It is long leafed tea, finished in the sun. Our Orange Sencha includes sunflowers, orange peel and just a hint of Italian red orange to add the slightest sweet & spicy tang to this classic green tea.

    Taster’s Review:

    What a refreshing tea!

    The Japanese Sencha tea tastes fresh and crisp.  The orange flavor is sweet and juicy.  They come together in one cup to create a beverage that is light and rejuvenating.   They are well-balanced with neither flavor overwhelming the other.  I also note a very slight sharpness to the cup from the sunflower petals.  It is just enough to help cut through some of the sweeter notes.  The result is a tea that is sweet, tangy and enjoyable any time of the day.

    I think what I like best about this tea is that the flavors are delicate, natural tasting and in harmony with the high quality Sencha tea.  It tastes like tea – it doesn’t taste syrupy or over-done with the flavoring.  It doesn’t taste like one of those powdered soft drink mixes.  It tastes like tea!

    I tried it first hot.  It was smooth and delicious, and I was quite content to finish my cup the way I began.  But then my husband came in and offered to take me out to lunch – how do I refuse that?  My teacup was left on the kitchen counter to get cold.

    When I returned home several hours later, I found that the tea was just as delightful cold as it was hot – perhaps even more so!    This would make a fabulous sun tea – just pop a few of the silky pyramid sachets into a jar of cold water and sit it on a sunny porch to steep.  A few hours later you’ll have a jar of sunny, delicious goodness that will be a delight to kids as well as adults.  A perfect summer-time treat!

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