Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tea Journal

 
 
Do you drink a lot of tea?  Do you journal about it?  I have started in the last year writing down all the teas I drink.  I have a page (or two) for each tea company.  I write down the name of the tea- I list whether it is green, white, black, Oolong, Herbal, Rooibos, etc.  I then also give each tea a rating of NO! to 3.  I also add a "B" by the name if I blog about that tea. 
I carry this journal in my purse.  If I am at a store and I wonder if I liked a tea or if I tried a certain tea I can look in my journal.  I recommend making a journal if you plan to drink a lot of tea.
On the cover of my book I put two pictures, the first picture is one of my older sister and I from 1976...I was 4 years old and she was 7. Then I added a picture of my niece, three nephews and I drinking tea together....here I am at 41, my niece is 11, my nephews are 9,7,and 4.

Tea at the Orrville Rib Fest

This joint venture between Main Street Orrville and the Orrville Lions Club is set for August 9 & 10, 2013.
  
 
 
 

Lipton Ice Tea



Fun at the Orrville Rib Fest...I had great time with the Orrville C&MA youth group.  I was able to "work the window" and make sandwiches.   Bob's sausage wagon had really good ice tea as well!!!  For .50 you could get blackberry or peach syrup.  The tea at the rib fest was a nice refreshing drink.  And as you can see in the background Robert Childs is EATING A CRICKET!  We had a little entertainment after the rib fest closed.
 
great time with all the girls- Ashley Bolin, Brittany Bolin, Libby Wagner, Leah Caskey, Kendra Bowman, Audrey Swartzentruber, Amy Childs, Stacy Coblenz, Olivia Caskey, and Bonita Bowman...Look for us at the Wayne County Fair in Wooster too!



Here I am with the Orrville Lions and the Blues Brothers...
 

SMITH Bon Bon

I received a new tea from Robin this morning.  I love getting these plastic bags at work.  We had our first miss.  This is one of Robins favorite teas, but for me, I thought it was a miss.  I thought the color while it was steeping was beautiful.  Unfortunately the stevia after taste was too much for me.  As my nephew would say, we all have different taste buds :)
 
 
 
 
A delightful, caffeine-free confection in a cup, combining the creamy flavor of Northwest grown peppermint leaves with the sweet cinnamon, licorice, ginger, and distinct notes of chocolate. One sip and you'll feel like a very grown-up kid in a candy store.
Ingredients
Cinnamon bark from Viet Nam, Pacific Northwest peppermint leaves, Pakistani licorice root, Indian ginger and sarsaparilla root, and sweet stevia leaves from China.
Preparation
For best flavor, bring freshly drawn filtered water to a boil. Steep five minutes, or about as many licks as it takes to get to the center of a Charm's blow-pop.


Friday, August 9, 2013

LAUGHING MAN TEA French Lemon Ginger

 Ahhh, Robin did it again!  She found some fun new teas for me to try!  Charlie came to work with three bags of tea. The first one I tried was this Laughing Man Tea.  Boy, was I shocked when Robin said that this was from Hugh Jackman's tea shop!  I immediately had to go to the website.    I became a Hugh Jackman fan when I saw the movie Someone Like You- a movie he did with Ashley Judd.
 
Someone Like You Movie Poster

Someone Like You (2001)



I tried the Lemon Ginger Tea and I was a fan. The lemon was not overly strong and citrusy.  It was a nice mix.  I am a fan!  It might be a bit pricey for tea, but then remember it goes for a good cause.

love getting bags of teas from Robin.  The guys at work give me a hard time about having this bags of suspicious looking "weeds" on my desk.  They do not know what they are missing by not joining me in drinking these teas!!!!
 

French
Lemon Ginger Tea

This is sure to be an instant classic! The soothing organic medley gives a refreshing lift to your cup and is a lovely compliment to any meal. 2.5 oz.
Price :

$13.00

 
Wish I had known about this place when I was in Tribeca New York with last fall!!!!  Ashley was studying Tribeca in school, so we went there so she could see what it looked like.  I would have loved to visit this place.
 
 
 
Good cause: The tea shop is part of the Laughing Man charity orgaisation, founded by Hugh Jackman alongside friends Barry and David Steingard
 
Care for a cuppa? The 43-year-old served a delighted young fan
Hugh Jackman has opened up a cafe in Tribeca New York called Laughing Man Coffee & Tea
 

Running Hugh Jackman’s Coffee Company

Hugh Jackman is an actor, a dancer and an awards host. (Heck, he’s even Wolverine!) So why did he help start Laughing Man, a small coffee and tea company in the crowded, caffeinated land of New York City? The answer lies in Jackman’s humanitarian work, Paul Newman’s legacy and his longtime friendship with Barry Steingard, a former coffee wholesaler and cafĂ© owner.
In 2009 Jackman traveled to Ethiopia as part of his work with the relief nonprofit World Vision. There he met with farmers, including a man named Dukale, who was trying to diversify his crops and join the global Fair Trade coffee market.
Back in New York, Jackman met up with longtime friend Barry Steingard, who mentioned that he and his son, David Steingard, were getting back into the coffee business. Jackman saw an opportunity, and asked if they wanted a partner.

ABOUT US
It's not our story we want to tell. They story we want to tell is how you and I made the efforts necessary to give individuals the opportunity for freedom, dignity, livelihood, and laughter. How we each participated in whatever way we could to look out for the person next to us. Did we create something to solve a problem? Did we create a company that is willing to share its success? Did we simply choose to buy something that has a mission over something that does not? With Laughing Man, you don't need to be anybody but yourself to make a difference.
Hugh Jackman and I wanted to start something that recognizes the power of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, livelihood, and access to such opportunity. Laughing Man Worldwide helps entrepreneurs help humanity by creating and developing new business, and in return for that help, Laughing Man worldwide receives some ownership. 100% of Laughing Man Worldwide revenue goes back to education, community development and new business development. We don't ask for charity. We ask for ideas, believers, and support from you to welcome our products into your home.
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea is the first venture under this model and 50% of Laughing Man Coffee & Tea goes back to Laughing Man Worldwide to further its mission. Every day, the Laughing Man team works hard to build a great company for its customers and keep doors open for others. Every day is unchartered territory, but if we succeed as a company that you trust and respect, we succeed in our effort to hold the door open for the next person.

The rest of the story is up to you and me. What is the next Laughing Man venture? Who is the next person to believe in ALL BE HAPPY? When you look back, what kind of vision do you wish you pursued? Our vision is simple may all be happy, mal all be free of disease, may all have wellbeing and none suffer misery of any kind.
KLM,
David Steingard, CEO
Laughing Man Coffee Fair Trade Coffee

 

Paromi tea...Coconut Almond and shipping surprise

 
My friend Robin introduced me to Paromi Tea, and after trying Paradise Mate and Oolong Lemon Ginger I knew I had to order some tea from this company!  I placed an order for Chamomile Lavender and Coconut Almond teas.  With this company you get 15 sachets for $10.00.  And ya'll know I love sachets!  I also really like the glass containers the tea comes in. They are darken containers so the tea will not go bad with the light coming in.
Well, today I was running errands at lunch.  I swung by my house to pick up my mail before I went back to work.  I saw a big box on the porch, I thought "What in the world is this?"  I took the box back to work and opened it.  I was pleasantly surprised to see it was my Paromi Tea.  It was a big box, and it was packed VERY well.  I pulled out the teas and found that there were four teas inside, not just two.  I headed down to see my friend Charlie (Robin's husband) to show him the teas I had just received.  I told him he had to take some home to Robin.  We looked at the teas and smelled them- I was so excited. 
I went back to my office and decided I needed to call Paromi and let them know that they sent me too much tea.  As I looked closer in the box I noticed that there was a note inside.
I was SHOCKED to see a note from Paromi Tea saying that they read my blog and that they were sending me extra tea.  I was giddy with excitement.  I was taking it all over the office sharing with people.  Charlie took Coconut Almond home for Robin.  Tim took Sleep with Me home for his wife Chrissy. Cindy took Coconut Almond and Sleep with Me tea home to try.  Judy took home Sleep with Me tea.  Melanie took one too, but I forget which one.  Steve tried Coconut Almond at work and he said it was very good.
 
 

Here is Steve trying the Coconut Almond.  He said he liked it.


Here are the two teas  I purchased...Chamomile Lavender and Coconut Almond

 Here is what Paromi sent me as a treat...Sleep with Me and Hibiscus Berry
 
Now big dilemma, what do I try first???  I decided to go with Coconut Almond

I love the mesh sachet/mesh bags- I feel like you are getting loose leaf tea quality.  You get chucks of tea and not tiny pieces like in bagged tea.

the color is beautiful...and the taste...I LOVE IT.  I bet I have 50 teas in my kitchen and I can not think of any tea that has these flavors and taste.  I can taste the almonds right away.  And the smell is divine.  It is very fun.
 
 
Hand-picked Assam black tea from the Nahorhabi tea estate in North India provides the strong base of this savory blend. California almonds deliver a distinctive nutty flavor while slices of sweet coconut from Indonesia add a subtle layer of complexity. South Asia meets West Coast in this aromatic elixir.
Ingredients:
black tea, coconut, almond, natural coconut and almond essence


Brewing Instructions:
Place 1 sachet in 10-12 oz boiling water and steep 5 minutes. Take this opportunity to clear your head. For a great second brew, reuse the sachet, steeping longer. Our Coconut Almond is great on its own or try adding regular, coconut, or almond milk.


Caffeine:
Caffeinated - About 1/3 of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.


Origin of Key Ingredients:
Hand picked Assam Black Tea: Nahorabi Tea Estate; Sibsagar District; Assam, India
Almonds: California Coconut: Indonesia
 
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

MIGHTY LEAF Organic African Nectar

 
 
Savor the finest rooibos when you journey to the fertile tropics with our Organic African Nectar rooibos tea and savor the fruits of the "Alluring Continent." Made with naturally caffeine free Organic African rooibos tea, also known as red tea, this Mighty Leaf signature rooibos blend teems with tropical fruit and blossoms. It promotes calm and relaxation.
 
 
 
 Organic African NectarIngredients Organic rooibos leaves, natural flavors, organic hibiscus flowers, organic marigold flowers

 
I love the mesh tea bags!  This tea is okay.  It's not wonderful, but it is not bad either, it is just not my favorite.  I think that the rooibos flavor is the strongest flavor I am tasting.

OOLONG ORANGE BLOSSOM Taste test Tealightful vs Let's Do Tea

 
 TASTE TEST  Oolong vs Oolong
 
Time to taste two Orange Blossom Oolong Teas and see which one is better....
 
 
 










Okay, so I brewed the Tealightful Orange Blossom Oolong according to the label for 4-5 minutes.  It was way to strong.  So, I re-did it an steeped it for 3 minutes and it was really good.  I could not taste the orange, but I the jasmine taste was wonderful!  I have discovered that I really like the jasmine flavor!!!

http://www.tealightfultreasures.net/shop/productdetail.aspx?prod=T20224
 Product # T20224
Oolong Orange Blossom - 4 oz.
Oolong tea with orange oil and jasmine blossoms.
Toasty notes of spiced orange and fragrant jasmine. Stunning cold with fresh squeezed oranges.
Price: $13.50

 Next is to try Let's Do Tea Orange Blossom Oolong..... 
 
Okay, so I steeped a cup of tea and I could not finish it!  It was almost chlorine tasting.  I could not taste the jasmine flavor at all.  I am not sure if I could taste the orange or not.  It was just so strong of almost a black tea flavor.  I did not like it at all.  I have tried other Let's Do Teas and I have liked them, but this one was not for me!
 
http://www.letsdotea.com/

Orange Blossom Oolong tea 3 oz  $9.95

ingredients - Oolong tea, Jasmine Petals, Fruit peel, and natural flavoring 

HANDS DOWN TEALIGHTFUL WINS!!!!