Saturday, March 22, 2014

Argo White Peach


WOW, I love this tea!!!  Now you have to remember since it is a white tea that it should only be steeped about 2 minutes.  I think I steeped it about a minute and a half.  The flavor is delicate and true.  I really was not prepared to enjoy this tea, especially because Dawn said she did not care for it.  Also, I have a hard time finding a peach tea that I think has good peach flavor.  But, this is a winner!!!!


White Peach Loose Leaf Tea - 4.3oz


Product Details

Delicate white tea combined with fragrant peaches
  • Net Wt 4.3oz - packed in a recycled glass bottle
  • Makes 51 servings
  • All natural white tea
  • Premium loose leaf tea


Price:  $16.95
 

A note about white tea:

White tea is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried. The exact proportion of buds to leaves varies depending on the variety of white tea. For example, White Peony contains one bud for every two leaves, while Silver Needles, the creme de la creme of white teas, is made entirely from downy buds picked within a two day period in early Spring.
Tea leaves destined to be sold as white tea undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the unwithered leaves are merely steamed.

The result? A pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People who have tried both note that white tea lacks the "grassy" aftertaste so often associated with green tea. Furthermore, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Leaving tea leaves so close to their natural state means that white tea contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, than any other type of tea.
Test the water temperature. Before adding the boiled water to the white tea, it should be no more than 158ºF to 167ºF (70ºC to 75ºC) or 160-170ºF (71-77ºC) at the most. If the water is too hot, the tea will be scalded, causing it to become bitter and astringent

Also do not be fooled into thinking that white tea has little caffine.  Check the label, it can depend where it is harvested.  This is true for white tea from Fujian, China, because white tea from this region is from a tea plant that is naturally low in caffeine. However, white tea from other places is not necessarily low in caffeine. In fact, one tea and caffeine study showed that Indian tea can be even higher in caffeine than Ceylon black tea! While white tea from Fujian may contain as little as six to 25 mg of caffeine per cup, other white teas may be closer to 60 mg per cup. Similarly, the claims that white tea is especially high in antioxidants relate to a study on white tea from Fujian, and may not apply to other types of white tea

Massillon Discount Outlet for tea!

check out all the great teas!!!!  I love this place




Almost always there is a great variety of tea.  Check out all the ones that were here last night.  Seriously, if you want to try a variety of teas and not pay a lot, this is the place to come!!!!


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(330) 832-8006

Thursday, March 20, 2014

TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS Organice Speamint tea & PICKWICK Forest Fruit Iced Tea

Making my own iced tea...I love to experiment with the flavors.

Pickwick is a brand with an impressive history. Since 1753, Pickwick has become a strong, international tea brand. A tasteful brand that offers pure and natural products to enjoy at any moment of the day. Across the world, millions of people daily enjoy one of the different and delicious Pickwick tea blends. In this section you will find out more about the brand behind the tea.



Personality
Lively, lovely and delightful.
Herbal Power
Aromatic and sweetly minty, spearmint is widely used as a refreshing beverage.
Reason to Love
We like to think of spearmint as the fun-loving, slightly less intense cousin of peppermint. In fact, spearmint and peppermint are so closely related, and look so much alike, they’re often confused for one another. Soft and sweet, with that characteristic minty zing, spearmint is so named because of its pointy, spear-like leaves. Milder than peppermint, it is still aromatic and refreshing. We love it for its distinctly spearminty, mildly sweet flavor.
Taste
Fragrant, sweet and minty


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(330) 832-8006





This was a really good combination.... but I think anything with this spearmint would be good. This tea has wonderful flavor. The fruit is not as strong, so if you want a stronger fruit flavor I might suggest going 2 fruit tea bags of each, instead of 3spearmint to 1 fruit. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HARNEY & SONS Bangkok (Green Tea with Thai Flowers)

 I first had this tea in Oregon, when visiting my sister.  I thought it was really good and I purchased some loose leaf tea that day.  It was called Bangkok.  Then out one day at Target I thought this sounded good too, so I purchased it.  I have come to discover that Bangkok and Green Tea with Thai Flowers are the SAME TEA!!!!
I have read that some people make this tea cold, I wonder if using a coconut milk and making it could would be good.  I may have to try that next!!!


Dry LeavesLighter colored lemongrass is visible amongst the green tea leaves
LiquorBright yellow with slightly brown hues.
AromaThe aroma of this tea is a tropical mélange, including ginger and vanilla.
Caffeine LevelCaffeinated
BodyThis flavored green tea has a moderate to light body.
Flavors has a mixture of coconut, lemongrass, ginger, and vanilla flavors.
Brewing Time2 to 3 minutes
Brewing Temperature175°








same tea....just loose leaf



Our Review Bangkok
Many of the blends used in our flavored green teas are what might be considered sweet, as in a dessert. So, Mike wanted to do a tea that was more “savory.” Being a big fan of Thailand, he decided to lean on the flavors found in many Thai dishes (at least in the States), and that is what we have blended into the green tea: ginger for spice, lemongrass for some citrus flavors, and coconut for creaminess. It all comes together into a lovely tea. With our importation of coconut water, we get over to Bangkok at least once a year, and it is an amazing city. This confirms our opinion of choosing to honor the city and the cuisine of Thailand.

Our Review of Green Tea with Thai Flowers
Many of the blends used in our flavored green teas are what might be considered sweet as in a dessert. So, Mike wanted to do a tea that was more “savory.” Being a big fan of Thailand, he decided to lean on the flavors found in many Thai dishes (at least in the States.) And that is what we have blended into the green tea: ginger for spice, lemongrass for some citrus flavors, and coconut for creaminess. It all comes together into a lovely tea.

VITAMIN BURST, Acai Berry

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(330) 832-8006
I went to the Massillon Discount Outlet and my mom tried the Keurgic Vitamin Burst iced tea

http://www.vitaminburst.com/

Acai Berry

A delicious combination of powerful superfruit and luscious berries creates a refreshing fruit brew high in antioxidant Vitamin C.

she made it at home tonight and she really loved it.  Me, I took one sip and knew it had stevia in it.
I am not a fan of the after taste... but glad mom liked it!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lemon Tea Tasting, ARGO, TEA FORTE, AND TEAVANA


Dawn, from work, and I decided to do some Lemon Tea tasting.  I had Tea Forte Lemon Sorbetti and she had Argo Lemonello and Teavana Fresh Lemon Zest.  The Tea Forte is an herbal tea and the Lemon Sorbetti and Fresh Lemon Zest were green teas.





You can not buy this Lemonello on line, it appears to only be found in the stores.  Dawn picked this tea up while she was in Chicago.  The aroma of this tea was the best of the three teas. 



VS



#2


Based on Italy's most celebrated sorbet, this green tea is married with fragrantly fresh citrus and the sweetness of wildflower honey. A delicious taste of dessert any time of the day



Ingredients
organic lemon verbena, organic lemongrass, organic green tea, natural lemon flavor, organic lemon myrtle, organic lemon peel


 VS

#3

 http://www.teavana.com/the-teas
I went on line and it appears that this tea is no longer available. Which was okay, because we felt this tea had more of a grassy flavor.  I think it had a lot of green tea in it... which I am not always a fan of.

   
Okay the winner of these three teas for taste was :
1.Argo
2.Tea Forte
3.Teavana




Sunday, March 16, 2014

ARGO Black Currant vs TEA FORTE Black Currant



Dawn, from work, and I did another taste test.  The last taste test Argo won...so we decided to include them again.  Again on their own we liked both teas, but when we compared them side by side Argo beat Tea Forte again.

The Argo was lighter and sweeter.  The Tea Forte was darker and a bit stronger.  It as close, and again we liked them both, but when asked which one we prefer- we picked Argo!



Black Currant Loose Leaf Tea - 4.1oz


Product Details

Black tea with aromatic and sweet currants
  • Net Wt 4.1oz - Packed in recyclable glass bottle
  • Makes about 49 servings
  • All natural black Tea
  • Premium loose leaf tea


VS

Tea Forte Black Currant


Ingredients
black tea, blackberry leaves, natural flavors

black currant loose tea pouch
20-25 servings $7.00
Finest quality black tea leaves superbly blended with the bright fruity taste of just-picked currants. A delectable, lush cup with soothingly sweet blackberry undertones, floral notes and a delighting finish.

TAZO Passion Tea and PAROMI TEA Hibiscus Berry, iced tea

 Another attempt at mixing teas for iced tea....

This time I took two floral teas that I like and mixed them together.  2 passion tea bags and 1 Paromi Hibicus Berry and put them a in a gallon container of water.



HIBISCUS FLOWERS, NATURAL TROPICAL FLAVOURS,
 CITRIC ACID, LICORICE ROOT, ORANGE PEEL,
CINNAMON, ROSE HIPS, LEMONGRASS, FRUIT JUICE EXTRACT (COLOUR)

Tasting Notes Juicy berry, wine-like, earthy


MIXED WITH:

Ingredients:
fair trade organic hibiscus, organic rosehip, organic apple pieces, organic orange peel,
organic licorice root, organic blueberry, natural berry flavor.


The red flowering tropical hibiscus gives this herbalicious
infusion its unique tangy taste  and wonderful deep ruby color.
It is bold and flamboyant with a medley of fruit-forward
flavors and vibrant overtones of rich berries including
 blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blackcurrant.
 What follows is a delicious, tart,
sweet finish.  Naturally caffeine free,
rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals,
this full-bodied blend makes a bracing hot brew
or a refreshing.iced drink.
okay, this was NOT a winning combination.  not sure if there was too much
hibiscus flavor happening here or what, but I did not care for this iced tea!  I like both of these teas on their own, but I guess together was too much.