Review: David’s Tea Jumpy Monkey

Almond Tea, Chocolate Tea, Coffee Bean Tea, Davids Tea, Mate Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"This is a great pick-me-up without the harsh smack in the face that is your average pre-ground coffee bag."
Troy’s Teaview: 8/10
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jumpymonkey2.jpgBeing that I’m the first to review one of David’s Teas i should probably introduce the company first. David’s Tea is a Tea retailer and Teahouse, located in Toronto Canada, with a soon to open shop in Montreal. David (as the blurb on the about us page tells) grew tired of never finding quite the teahouse he wanted, so he went ahead and created it. I’ve never been to the place. Being that I’m a Californian with no family or friends in Toronto, I’m not likely to ever wander by, so what caught my attention was their website. Go ahead, take a quick peak, I’ll wait. Mesmerizing isn’t it? Now bad Tea with a snazzy website is still bad tea, but good tea with poor marketing just rots in the warehouse.

Of course this isn’t a Tea to begin with, its sort-of, Kind-of, a-lil-bit, Coffee…

Please lower your torches and let me explain. Yes nestled among Yerba Mate, White Chocolate, Nuts, and bits of bark and root are the unmistakable forms of coffee beans. Now personally I’ve never taken to coffee, just not my thing, but this Tisane, while containing whole roasted coffee beans, only inherits a bit of a coffee tinge. This isn’t Coffee, this is Yerba Mate, and white chocolate, with a mild caramel-chocolate coffee finish. Its earthy, sweet, and seems to stretch the tongue across fields of Vanilla, Chocolate, and caramel.

A few words of warning. First, this Tisane contains just about every stimulant the jungles of South America can offer, legally. Second, don’t pre-steep as it washes away the chocolate. Depending on your tastes I would probably go with an extra teaspoon’s worth, and take a second to appreciate that special Folgers commercial moment when you open the bag. This is a great pick-me-up without the harsh smack in the face that is your average pre-ground coffee bag.

— To purchase David’s Tea Jumpy Monkey, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Golden Moon Tea Pu-erh Chai

Cardamom Tea, Chai Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Golden Moon Tea, Pu'er Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"It's weird...kinda sweet and kinda wrong. This is pretty smooth and much less offensive than some pu erh."
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Dan gave it 9.3/10, Joe gave it 7/10
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goldenmoonpuerchai.jpg“Dark leaves, aged to perfection, produce a deep, russet-brown liquor. An exotic blend of rich, earthy notes enlivened by aromatic cinnamon bark and elegant green cardamom pods, highlighted with a smooth citrus bouquet. Sweet and full bodied. A mysterious adventure in every cup.” — Golden Moon’s website.

So let’s get real about pu erh. I am not really a fan. In fact, I kinda hate the stuff. I really don’t understand how anyone could actually like it. Oh yea, cuz its ‘earthy’ tasting. Yea, earthy if you mean like it was grown in the soil of a cattle farm lol. I have only had cheap pu erh and I keep some around for ‘health’ purposes–you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, the taste is so strong and distinct that it is hard to completely hide the taste or the smell. However, I’ve tried a number of samples from Golden Moon and since they have all been pretty good, I decided to request this one.

My sample package smells a little different than my other pu erh options do. It smells almost a little soapy in fact. I steeped this like a black tea and sweetened it as it is a chai. When I opened the tea maker while releasing the contents into my cup, I drew in a breath of the steam. There it is…the slightly sweet odd pu erh smell. Yuck! Before adding milk, I decided to allow this to cool so that I could taste it on its own. It’s weird…kinda sweet and kinda wrong. This is pretty smooth and much less offensive than some pu erh. There is a lot of cinnamon in it and it is a bit citrusy. It also has a kinda soapy after taste, which is better than the barnyard taste that I’ve experienced with some pu erhs. My suggestion is not to smell steam coming from the cup before you drink it. The steam actually smells a little worse than the drink tastes–seriously, plug your nose. I don’t know that I would really call this chai tasting, but its not bad—for pu erh. After consuming a small amount of this I counter-instinctively added a bit of milk to it. At least it made the stinky steam go away. However, it didn’t really make it any better because it dulled the cinnamon taste and just made it creamy soap tasting.

This didn’t turn me into a pu erh fan or anything like that. However, I do like to have some pu erh on hand and I think I actually like this a little better than Mighty Leaf’s Mocha Pu Erh. When I run out of that I will probably replace it with some of this. However, I will mix it with a strong chai or cinnamon tea so that I am not drinking a big glass of steaming stink alone. If you like pu erh and cinnamon chai, then you will probably like this. Best pu erh I’ve tasted to date.

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Review: Boulder Tea Hojicha Fuka-iri

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Its OK"I enjoyed this tea for its color and aroma, before and after the brewing process. The taste of the tea was a bit on the strong side for my tastes. But for an interesting, hearty brew, I'd give it a try."
Jamie’s Teaview: 6.5/10
Other Teaviews: Tiffany gave it 9/10, Troy gave it 7/10, Nicole gave it 9/10, Babette gave it 6.5/10, Vanessa gave it 8.5/10, Kendall gave it 4.5/10
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hojicha.jpgBoulder Tea’s Hojicha Dark Roast truly does have a beautiful, shiny dark color to the dry leaves, rich and chestnutty looking. Along with its pleasant, toasty aroma, it makes for an appealing winter time brew. The tea is quite hearty and does not require much in the way of steeping. Some sources suggest steeping Hojicha as little as 30 seconds, which I found very surprising. Given that the tea has a hearty flavor, this seems logical. Drinking this particular Hojicha reminded me of a beer loving acquaintance who, in the wintertime, drank only stout style and barley wine style brews, as they had a hearty food like quality that he felt was helpful during the cold months. And this is how I felt on drinking the Dark Roast Hojicha.

Excellent for winter time, with those short (oh, so short) days and often mercurial skies. It’s a hearty tea – a little strong, in my opinion, for early morning consumption, but well suited to a post meal cup.

This tea becomes a little too strong to handle if steeped too long, and I definitely recommend starting with an extremely brief steeping time. From there, you can play around with infusion times and the strength that you most prefer it at. As you pour your water, you’ll immediately note the strong flush of rich dark color come out of the tea, it’s quite surprising if you are used to paler teas or teas that require a longer infusion period. Hold back on your inclination, if you have one, to steep this for a long time. A small amount of tea will go quite a long way, as well, so there’s room for experimentation in that regard as well.

I enjoyed this tea for its color and aroma, before and after the brewing process. The taste of the tea was a bit on the strong side for my tastes. But for an interesting, hearty brew, I’d give it a try. And I’d try my first infusion at about 15 seconds to start, though it surprises me to say that! Once you see the rush of gorgeous color emerge from the leaves, as soon as the water hits, you won’t be surprised either.

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Review: Summit Tea Vienne

Apricot Tea, Chocolate Tea, Summit Tea, Vanilla Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"I couldn't help but be disappointed with the low intensity of the chocolate, however; whereas I was really hoping for a rich chocolaty flavor, the chocolate in this tea is more appropriately compared to a very watered-down chocolate milk flavor."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Laura gave it 8.5/10
Your Reviews: 9/10
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summitvienne.jpgMy experiences with Summit Teas so far have ranged from mediocre to decent, with my primary issue being that the heavenly aromas of the teas do not translate into strong flavors. All of the Summit Tea offerings that I have reviewed so far are products of Damann Freres, the noted French tea blender, and I approached today’s tea, Vienne, also a Damann Freres blend, with reasonable expectations that even though the tea smells fantastic, the flavor would be a weakened representation of the aroma. This tea is touted on the Summit Tea website as a calorie-free treat to satisfy chocolate cravings. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: I have a wicked sweet tooth, so teas that have chocolate flavor in them always get me excited. This particular blend has not only chocolate, but also apricot and vanilla, which I found to be a most intriguing and promising blend of flavors. The flavor of the tea was moderately strong, but consistent with my past observations, not as strong as I had hoped based on the dry blend’s aroma. The brewed tea is certainly tasty, and elements of chocolate, vanilla, and sweet, yet subtle, apricot are all definitely there. I couldn’t help but be disappointed with the low intensity of the chocolate, however; whereas I was really hoping for a rich chocolaty flavor, the chocolate in this tea is more appropriately compared to a very watered-down chocolate milk flavor. As a chocolate tea, it rates pretty low for me, but luckily the vanilla and apricot added enough interesting kick to make the tea a pretty good cup of tea that was worth drinking. Overall, I don’t think I will be purchasing this one for myself, and will continue my quest for the perfect chocolate tea.

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Review: Tea Guys Papaya Ginger White Tea

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Thumbs up!"The ingredients blend beautifully together to create a complex palate that evokes a tropical vacation. The combination of the fruit, spices and flowers complement the tea rather than masking its flavor."
Nicole’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 7/10, David_A gave it 9.5/10, Christine gave it 4/10, Kari gave it 6.5/10, Kendall gave it 8.5/10, Numi gave it 7/10, Laura gave it 7.5/10
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tropical-sunset-copy.jpgTea Guys lists the ingredients as including white tea, organic green tea, organic lemon myrtle, ginger, citrus peel, pineapple, anise, papaya, pomegranate, natural flavors, marigold and jasmine. The dry tea had a dazzling array of colors and a sweet aroma comparable to that of honey. The liquor was a light lemony yellow. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker, set on strong white.

Iʼve been impressed with every Tea Guys blend I have tried and this selection is no exception. The ingredients blend beautifully together to create a complex palate that evokes a tropical vacation. The combination of the fruit, spices and flowers complement the tea rather than masking its flavor. That is very difficult to achieve with white tea, especially with an ingredient list that is so complicated. I would definitely recommend this tea.

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Review: Choice Organic Jade Green

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Its OK"It is a subtle green flavor that would probably be more interesting to someone who is trying green teas for the first time. There is the sweetness but not the stronger vegetal flavor of a fresh tea."
Babette’s Teaview: 6/10
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choiceorganicjadegreen.jpgThere are some very good things to say about this tea. Above all, I am very pleased to see tea manufacturers package whole leaf tea in a way that makes it convenient for the consumer and for restaurant service. I would be very pleased with this option in the restaurant basket of bagged teas. The pyramid bag does allow the hydrated leaf to brew and expand more than the old-fashioned paper so that the tea leaves don’t clump together quite as much. This tea is much more tolerant of higher water temperature so that it has less tendency to become bitter. It is a subtle green flavor that would probably be more interesting to someone who is trying green teas for the first time. There is the sweetness but not the stronger vegetal flavor of a fresh tea.

It is also an economical tea. The Choice Organic Tea website offers Jade Green in a box of 15 teabags for $8.49 …œ or about $0.57 per teabag before shipping.

My caution about bagged tea and blended teas is that there is not the same level of quality assurance that there is with whole leaf. There is still a margin of sacrifice for the convenience of the bag. There are certainly times when I appreciate this and seek out the tea packagers who provide the highest quality tea in the most convenient form.

What I have found to be true is that when a company packages organic, fair trade tea it will say 100% organic, fair trade if that is true. They are legally allowed to blend teas and include non-organic and non-fair trade but still use the icons. I suspect that this is the case for Choice and their Jade Green.

But it’s still a nice cup of tea. And I think they’ve done a lot to give consumers the value and convenience they want in one product.

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