Saturday, April 18, 2020

Harney & Sons Raspberry Iced Tea



Rosehips, hibiscus, orange peel, raspberry flavor, apple pieces, lemon peel, spearmint, raspberry flakes, peppermint. Contains natural flavors.


If you follow me at all, you have probably learned a few things...my favorite kind of tea is Oolong.  I make kombucha.  I love coconut and lavender in my tea.  And maybe by now you have learned I drink a lot of iced tea.  I have 3 gallons in my fridge at all times.

For my birthday, I received 5 different kinds of iced tea. One of them was this Harney and Sons Raspberry Iced Tea.


This is a really easy tea to make and it is delicious!  I filled the electric kettle and boiler the water, I add a 1/3 C of sugar, the bag and then I let it steep for 10-15 minutes.  Then I fill the rest of the pitcher with water and then put in the fridge and it is good to go.

The tea is great, it has all kinds of notes, not just raspberry.  I get some mint notes along with some citrus.  I give this iced tea two thumbs up!!!



Friday, April 17, 2020

Day 21, featuring Smith Teamaker, Fez



Today is day 21 of working from home.  I was fever free so I enjoyed working today.


I featured, Fez tea, today.  This is a Steven Smith Teamaker tea.  This is a great tea.  I love the mint in this tea with the hint of lemon.  The tea is light and bright.  It is one of my favorites from Smith Tea.

I first had this tea in 2013 when I actually drank this tea with Steve Smith while wearing a fez!!  True story!!


My sister and I wearing Fez hats while drinking Fez tea.


  2013 in Portland OR.


We drank tea flights with our Fez hats and Steve Smith actually joined us!!



Spring harvested full leaf Mao Feng China green tea, Pacific Northwest spearmint leaves and Australian lemon myrtle

I enjoyed a cup of tea...but I also made their iced tea.  It is great also!!  They sell loose leaf tea, their sachet bags, and iced tea bags for Fez tea.  I have them all and I am happy to share a cup with anyone...the Kettle's On!!  

Feel free to stop by the porch and pick up a cup to go.


I hope that you are finding joy and giving joy.
Blessings!!




Thursday, April 16, 2020

Day 20, Featuring Teas and Such, Grapefruit Oolong


Today is day 20 of working from home...day 30 of sheltering at home.  I am again fever free, so I am good to go!

I am featuring this tea company I have been following on Instagram.  I decided to take this time to help out a small business and get a new tea to try- win win!!


Package arrived!!  I also purchased one of their sampler packs- I can't wait to try these too! Right now they have free shipping too.  Check them out and look for their codes!


Today, I am trying the Grapefruit Oolong.  I love a good oolong.



Ingredients: Oolong Tea, Natural Grapefruit Flavor, Orange Peels, and Marigold Flowers


This tea smells amazing!!  The grapefruit aroma is so strong, I love it!! I open the package and the aroma is so great.  I love just smelling it.


I used my World Market mug, this mug is so fun, because it has a built in steeper.



Normally, I don't heat Oolong water to over 195 degrees, this tea said to go to 212 degrees.  I stayed at 195 degrees- it's up to you. I know I always say follow the label, but this time I didn't.  I steeped for 3 minutes and I got two great cups of tea out of one "serving" of tea.



This tea is so great.  It did not have the oolong flavors that I was used too, but I did enjoy the flavors a lot.  The grapefruit was not overpowering it has nice notes.  I liked the citrus notes.  This tea is light, but has lots of flavor.

Today we had our first staff meeting since we have all started working from home.  It was nice to see my co-workers on our Zoom call.  I dressed up, lol!  Okay, maybe not dress up, I did have fun wearing my new work shirt though.


I had another friend stop by today for a Chai.
If you drive by, please feel free to stop and have a free tea.


Hope you are finding Joy and sharing Joy this week!

Global Tastes, Tales of Darjeeling Tea

Here is another product test.

I am so excited to keep finding tea items.





What is Darjeeling you may be wondering???  Darjeeling: Darjeeling tea is a tea grown in the Darjeeling district, Kalimpong District in West Bengal, India.  Grown high in the Himalayas, an elevation of 6,700 ft, the 'champagne' of teas.  Typically “Darjeeling tea” refers to a black tea that is light to medium-bodied with fruity and floral notes, and perhaps a touch of briskness. The steeped liquor usually appears light golden to a darker bronze color with a strong fruity aroma.




This is my second tea product test from this tea company, I love their packaging. 

These teas are really good.  The flavors are bold and rich.  I love comparing the different Darjeeling teas.  It is fun to have the same types of tea with different spins on them.

These are the "Seasons" blends.  Each one represents a different season, Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.



The first one I tried was summer.  It has deep rich flavors.  I like my black teas with another flavor like a fruity element.   I don't normally do a plan black tea.  If I am going to have a plain black tea I will add milk to it.  Since this was a product test I wanted to try the tea on it's own- with nothing added.


I did one scoop of tea.  The water temp was 212 and I steeped for 3 minutes.


Once it steeps, this great steeper is set on the rim of the mug, and the tea drains into the mug.  I love using these kind of tea steepers to make the perfect cup of tea.


This is a nice black tea. There are several notes that come through.  This is not my normal blend, but it is nice. I would say if  you like plain black teas, you will like this one.


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Day 19, featuring Ohio Tea Company, Guayusa Spice Tea


I tried this awhile ago and I was not successful, maybe I will have to try again.


Can you believe it's been 19 days of working from home, I can't!  I am thankfully fever free and feeling great, so I am working today.


I am featuring Guayusa Tea from Ohio Tea Company.  I have shared this tea before, but I wanted to feature it.  I really enjoy it!  I am not a big fan of cinnamon in my tea, but this is subtle.  

Ever had Cinnamon Life Cereal?  This tea took me back to my childhood and eating that cereal.

From the website, "An Amazonian blend of energizing guayusa with full-bodied cinnamon and aromatic lemongrass. With more caffeine and double the antioxidants of any tea, guayusa offers clear, focused energy"



Organic Guayusa, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Cinnamon



Guayusa tea is a highly caffeinated herbal drink often consumed in South America, particularly in Ecuador. This infusion is made from the leaf of a holly tree (Ilex guayusa) that is native to the Amazon rainforest,  This plant is rich in antioxidants and caffeine that may promote weight loss, blood sugar regulation, and improved mood and alertness.

This is a lot like Mate, but I say less bitter then a Mate. 


I enjoyed two cups of this tea, out of the one loose leaf serving.  The flavors are subtle but blend so well together. I just really enjoy this tea.  It's light and bright.  I tried it both hot and cold.  I definitely prefer it hot, but that is just me.


I had another friend pop in today for some vanilla chai.  We social distanced appropriately.  Feel free to stop by for your free tea.

I hope that you are finding joy and giving joy.