Friday, July 31, 2015

Pom pomegranate sweet tea


 
 
 
I tried this tea, since it was on sale.  It was okay....probably nothing I would buy again, since it was 12 oz and on sale it was $2.00!  The taste was good, sweet, but not overly sweet.   But, I am not going to spend $2.00 on 12oz of tea unless it rocked my socks off :)   I have to admit I love the excuse that I buy a tea just to be able to blog about it.

 
from the website:
Pomegranate Sweet Tea is a California twist on Southern tradition. We start by gently brewing black tea leaves, giving them the time needed to release natural flavor, color and body. Then we add just the right amount of pomegranate juice—with all its antioxidant goodness—and a smidgen of pure cane sugar. Refreshing sure tastes sweet.
  • gluten-free
  • contains no wheat, milk, eggs, soy, fish or shellfish
  • has no contact with peanuts or tree nuts on the line
  • flavored tea with other natural flavors

Ingredients

Black tea (water, black tea extract), sugar pomegranate juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid.

Storage Tips

POM Tea is a perishable product and it should be refrigerated at all times to retain the integrity of the product, its taste, freshness and its antioxidant benefits.

Nutritional Information

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Arizona tea blueberry white tea


 
Enjoying my TEA, a good book, the AC, and my cat!
 
 
 
I was at the store the other day and saw this white tea.  I did not know Arizona made a white tea.  It was on sale for $1.00 so I thought I could try it- and if nothing else, at least blog about it.  The more I drank it, the more I liked it.  It was a bit sweet, I think if I had another container on me I would pour half into it and then add water to both.  I personally just do not like my tea so sweet.  The blueberry flavor was really nice.


from the website:
Before making our first foray into white tea, we experimented with a lot of different flavors. And time and again, employees and friends told us that the combination of blueberry and white tea was the right mix of both sweet and smooth. And because both white tea and blueberries are rich in antioxidants, it’s a decadently healthy combination. Our nutrient-rich formula also contains Panax Ginseng, Selenium & Vitamins A, C and E.

PREMIUM BREWED WHITE TEA USING FILTERED WATER, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE SYRUP), PEAR JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE, BLUEBERRY JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE,HONEY, NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), PANAX GINSENG, VITAMIN E ACETATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, SODIUM SELENITE

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THIRD STREET Iced Green Chai- ICED


The other day it was almost 90 and the humidity was high, so I thought I would make some iced chai. 
I had gotten this Chai concentrate at a scratch and dent/discount store.  I was unsure what to think since it was green chai, but decided I would never know until I tried it.  (Side note- I sometimes find green teas to be grassy tasting).  But, I loved it!  I did note that this tea did have a strong pepper taste.  The second time I made it I put more milk in it to lessen the strength of the tea....and I lied it better.   I put about 1/2 soy milk and 1/2 chai and then added ice.  It was great!   I recommend that if you have Chai around that you make it cold in the summer and have fun

 
 
From Wikipedia- The Kashmiri version of chai is brewed with green tea instead of black tea and has a more subtle blend of flavourings: almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and sometimes saffron. In Bhopal, typically, a pinch of salt is added.


 
from the Website:

Our Story

We know, we know. It’s nearly impossible to imagine life without chai. But in 1995, chai was – actually, chai wasn’t. Back then, you’d say “chai” to someone and they’d glaze over, like you were speaking Ewok. So when we (we being a few kids at a coffee shop) started selling the homemade blends of teas and spices we loved sipping after long training rides and even longer nights (again, we were young, ahem), people probably thought we were nuts.
Most people, anyway. But not Boulder people. In 1995, Boulder, Colorado was already a mecca for sustainable, somewhat “experimental” things, welcoming all kinds of new-comers to an industry they were calling natural foods. And as we were already swimming in a sea of tea and tofu, we set out to make our own mark.
Well, in any case, we set out. To say that we had really grand aspirations is a little grand. We really just wanted to make enough money to buy our next bikes. To do the kind of work that would make us happy. To make something that would make other people happy. Maybe those are grand aspirations themselves, but we really had no idea whether this chai thing was going to catch on. So we stuck to the happiness metric.
Then chai got sticky, too.
Since 1995, Third Street Chai has joined the leagues of the most loved chai in the nation. We’re not feigning humility by saying we’re not quite sure how it happened – because even though we’ve grown, we haven’t changed. We still make everything we sell, just like we used to (guess the pots are a little bigger, now that you mention it). From sourcing to blending to brewing to biking to work, it still happens right here in Boulder. And it’s gonna stay that way.
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

David Rio Masala Chai- Iced Chai


 
It's July, so there is heat and humidity in abundance.  I love my chai tea, but on a day with 100% humidity I don't want a hot drink.  SO, I got out my chai teas and decided to play around.  Here was round #1- David Rio Masala Chai (powder)


 

 
The smell right off the bat is great!!!! I love those spices- and wishing I had some Indian food to go with my drink.   I put a scoop of chai in my bullet blender cup, added 4 ice cubes, and then filled with soy milk.

 
From Wikipedia-   Masala chai  is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Originating in India, the beverage has gained worldwide popularity, becoming a feature in many coffee and tea houses. Although traditionally prepared by a decoction of green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves, retail versions include tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates. In some places the term "chai," alone, can refer to the beverage.
 
The traditional masala chai is a spiced beverage brewed with different proportions of warming spices. The spice mixture, called Karha, uses a base of ground ginger and green cardamom pods. Other spices are usually added to this base or karha. For example, most masala chai found on the street, in restaurants or in homes incorporates one or more of the following along with ginger and cardamom, namely: cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves. In the Western world, using allspice, to either replace or complement the cinnamon and clove, is also common.
Traditionally, cardamom is a dominant note, supplemented by other spices such as cloves, ginger, or black pepper; the latter two add a heat to the flavour. The traditional composition of spices often differs by climate and region in Southern and Southwestern Asia.
For example, in Western India, cloves and black pepper are expressly avoided. The Kashmiri version of chai is brewed with green tea instead of black tea and has a more subtle blend of flavourings: almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and sometimes saffron. In Bhopal, typically, a pinch of salt is added.
Other possible ingredients include nutmeg, mace, black cardamom, chilli, coriander, rose flavouring (where rose petals are boiled along with the loose-leaf tea), or liquorice root. A small amount of cumin, is also preferred by some people. A small amount of turmeric may be added to aid those suffering from a fever.
 

 
Easy as that- just blend!

 
It was cold, frothy, and DELICIOUS!!!!
 
don't forget to play around with your teas!!!!!  I am looking forward to round #2

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tee Infre


I got a homemade scone from Quince in Kidron and some tea from Switzerland!  Made a great start to my Sunday morning.   http://www.quincebakeryandcafe.com/

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My friend was in Switzerland and saved me the teas from the hotels that they stayed in.  These teas are a decaffeinated black tea with bergamot and are VERY good.


And what goes better with tea, than scones!!!