Review: Tea Forte Kati Tea Brewing System

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Thumbs up!"I've had this now for a few weeks, and it has yet to see the inside of a cupboard."
Katie’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 8.5/10
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This brewing setup involves a handleless cup, a mesh infuser, and a lid. As a bonus, the system comes with three of their individual tea packets, called Single Steeps. A word on Tea Forte’s Single Steeps: They’re simply pre-measured packages of loose-leaf tea, which is actually pretty clever. They aren’t quite as handy as bagged teas, but they’re more portable than straight loose leaf.

The first thing I notice about this is that it’s quite attractive, though I find that trend throughout all of Tea Forté’s teaware. The colour is crisp and bright, and I especially appreciate the white interior so I can see the colour of my tea. The infuser, while I wouldn’t mind it being deeper, is larger than it looks in the pictures, so leave have a reasonable amount of room to expand.

Downsides: The volume is a bit low for my tastes. When I brew in-cup, I like a large vessel, and I currently use 18-ounce cups. This is, of course, just a personal preference. The cup is also initially very hot to the touch so it’s hot to carry immediately after brewing. This also means the cup isn’t retaining heat in as efficient a manner as it could.

That being said, this does hold the heat better than your average single-wall cup, so your tea stays hotter longer. The bottom also never gets hot, so you don’t have to worry about coasters. As the filter is rounded, it is extremely easy to clean out. I also appreciate the versatility of this system. The lid can be used as a rest for the infuser, and both the lid and infuser can be used in any other cup that will fit them, and I have found many that will.

I’d say one of the best gauges of a new tea device is how often it gets used. I’ve had this now for a few weeks, and it has yet to see the inside of a cupboard. I use it almost daily for when I brew Western style, and I’m glad to have it in my collection.

For a wide selection of Gourmet Organic Teas be sure to visit Tea Forte.

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Review: Art of Tea Liquid Jade

Art of Tea, Bergamot Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Green Tea, Organic Tea, White Tea No Comments »
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Its OK"Faintly bergamot with a hint of honey."
Katie’s Teaview: 6.1/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 7.3/10, Sophie gave it 7.5/10
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Art of Tea is a middle-of-the-road company for me. I have had a few really fantastic teas from them, but they have yet to really wow or disappoint me overall. This particular blend bears resemblance to the classic earl gray teas, but this green and white mix is a far cry from classic.

Three minutes at 195°. The leaves of this blend are somewhat choppy and small, so I’m not shocked that I can barely pick out even a hint of the base tea. While it’s hard to pull out much flavour overall, rather than being flat, this tea is clean and bright.

Otherwise, the cup is exactly as Art of Tea describes it: Faintly bergamot with a hint of honey. The scent is floral and hay-like but very faint. I personally love bergamot, so while this is a fine blend, I prefer ones with a bit more citrus kick to them. I actually had the chance to try Art of Tea’s Earl Grey Creme some time ago, which was quite enjoyable. As bergamot teas go, I would rather buy that one than this.

This is a fine tea but not different or delicious enough to be particularly memorable. So it doesn’t push my opinion of Art of Tea either way, which means in my book, they remain a good company, though not exceptional.

Vendor Alert! For a wide selection of green, black, white and oolong teas, as well as teaware and tea-related accessories, be sure to visit Art of Tea.

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Review: American Tea Room Toasted Fig Pu Er Blend

American Tea Room, Black Tea, Coconut Tea, Dandelion Tea, Fennel Tea, Fig Tea, Pu'er Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs up!"The combination of a milder pu-er with a truly unique and captivating blend of fruits and herbs makes this tea a true winner and the best tea I have sampled in a very long time."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 10/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 10/10, Geoff gave it 9.2/10, Dan gave it 9.4/10, Chantal gave it 8/10, Lynn gave it 9.5/10, Shaiha gave it 9.6/10, Sophie gave it 8.7/10, Laura gave it 9.4/10, Erika gave it 8/10, Katie gave it 9.1/10
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I recently made a purchase at American Tea Room’s e-store, and the great folks at ATR threw in a few samples of some of their new teas for me to sample. Among them was a tea called Toasted Fig…the name alone had me intrigued. I examined the lable more clearly and learned that this is a blend of organic pu-er tea, figs, dandelion roots, coconut flakes, and fennel. Undoubtedly, this is a unique combination. After learning that this was a Pu-er based blend, I have to admit a little hesitation, as my limited experience with pu-er has convinced me that pu-er is not really my thing. But one whiff of this blend assured me that this would be a great tea. Additionally, my fellow Teaviewer, Lynne referred to this tea as a “winner” on the staff forum, and since we often have overlapping taste preferences, I knew I would like this tea.
The scent of this tea is warm and hearty. I couldn’t wait to brew this blend. I used 200-degree water and a 5 minute infusion time, as recommended. The tea brews to an intense reddish-brown color. The tea has a rich and smooth flavor. The coconut, fennel, and figs combine to form a sweet and hearty flavor that is the essence of this tea, but the pu-er gives the tea earthy udnertones. Thanfully, the earthy character of the pu-er is comparatively mild; it does not overpower the tea and is well-balanced by the other ingredients.

Whether you normally like pu-er or not, this tea is worth trying. The combination of a milder pu-er with a truly unique and captivating blend of fruits and herbs makes this tea a true winner and the best tea I have sampled in a very long time. I can’t wait to brew a fresh cup of this tomorrow morning.

This tea truly needs nothing added, but if you feel so inclined, it does handle dairy and/or sweetener well. I experimented with a drop of agave nectar and a splash of cream, which turned this sturdy blacke tea into a decadent dessert-style beverage that was out-of-this-world delicious. This is a tea I intend to purchase.

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Review: The NecessiTeas Strawberry Kiwi

Apple Tea, Fruit Flavored Tea, Herbal Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Kiwi Tea, Rose Hip Tea, Strawberry Tea, The Necessiteas No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"The infusion resembled a rose-laden white tea in palette. As for the other "palate", all I can say is I got what was promised from the title."
Geoff’s Teaview: 7.8/10
Other Teaviews: Sophie gave it 7.1/10, Raven gave it 7.9/10, Laura gave it 7.5/10
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The combination of strawberry and kiwi fruit is a poetic one. I first learned how delectable it could be in the form of frozen yogurt. In Southern California of all places. Strawberries already held my biased sway, but I had no idea that kiwi danced so well with it. The opportunity to find it in tea form never came to pass…until now. It’s in obscure flavor combinations like this where The NecessiTeas shines.

Ingredients for this are apple pieces, hibiscus, rosehips, kiwi, strawberry and natural flavors. Two years ago, it was revealed by a tea industry “inside man” that fruit pieces don’t steep well – even sun-dried and freeze-dried ones. I tested this on a few combinations myself, and aside from a successfully subtle strawberry vanilla white tea, I agree. Loud botanical blends with fruit pieces require an extra kick to make the flavor more pronounced. That’s where the use of flavoring agents come into play, preferably natural ones.

Right off the bat I can say it lived up to its promise in perfume. The fragrance was all strawberry sweetness with a tropical fruit edge. The appearance was like trail mix and candy. I think I even spotted a green shard of Gummi Bear in there; doubtful, but it certainly looked like one.

Brewing instructions on the package called for 1 1/2 teaspoons in 8oz of boiling water steeped for five minutes. I read the teaspoon-age as a tablespoon-worth, so that’s what I went with. The rest I obeyed to the letter.

Since there was some hibiscus in the mix, I thought that this would infuse darkly. Instead it lent a light pink liquor with a faint fruit-sweet nose without the tartness. In fact, light was an understatement. The infusion resembled a rose-laden white tea in palette. As for the other “palate”, all I can say is I got what was promised from the title. It tasted like strawberry-kiwi. If anything, I was disappointed with how light it turned out. With a “natural flavors” dub – and given The NecessiTeas’ other blends – I expected something louder and bolder. That isn’t to say it wasn’t good; oh my, yes it was! I guess my expectations were a bit high. But its hard for anything to live up to frozen yogurt.

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Review: Stash Holiday Chai

Cardamom Tea, Chai Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Ginger Tea, Stash No Comments »
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Its OK"Not very chai-like with the flavor of the rum overpowering the other spices."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 5/10
Other Teaviews: Shelly gave it 7/10, Laura gave it 6/10
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stashholidaychaiI don’t tend to be a lover of bags teas simply because the convenience doesn’t outweigh the drawbacks of the lower grade teas that are usually used in them. That being said, some of the more enjoyable bagged teas I have tried have been from Stash Teas. In fact, they make one of my favorite bagged chai of all times. So when I was given the opportunity to try their holiday version of the chai, I was most defiantly game for it.

My sample was bagged of course and wrapped up in airtight packaging. As their teabags are far from clear, I couldn’t really make out the individual spices but they were all finely chopped. According to the website, they consist of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, and cardamom along with natural flavorings of gingerbread and rum. Aromawise, the scent of the rum totally overpowered all the other spices so I wasn’t able to pick them out that way.

I used boiling water and let the teabag steep for 3 minutes. Again the aroma was all about the rum. Being that this is a chai tea, I fixed up with half-n-half and rock sugar. Then I took my first taste.

I found that this is a very mild chai that doesn’t take well to the traditional chai additives. About the only taste that does make it thru is the rum. Now mind you, rum is my liquor of choice however I prefer it without the cream. A bit of sugar can be fine though in certain instances. Anyways back to the tea. It was drinkable but as a chai I found it to be a disappointment. Not one that I would recommend to anyone that likes their chai to be spiced heavily enough to stand up to cream and sugar.

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Review: JING Organic Jade Sword (Bagged)

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Thumbs up!"The cup was still slightly sweet and carried a faint fruitiness. "
Erika’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Raven gave it 7.5/10, Lynn gave it 8.5/10
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jingreeswordbaggedToday I found myself looking for a simple green tea.  After digging through my collection, I came up with JING Tea’s Jade Sword.  This tea is available as both loose-leaf and bagged and my sample was the bagged variety.  The contents appear to be high quality for bagged tea and consist of long and twisted deep green leaves with some visible brown stems.  The bag is not of the common paper type, but rather in the shape of a pyramid, which is biodegradable and wrapped separately in an individual envelope.

The scent of the dry leaf was very sweet and clean with a grassy/vegetal quality.  To prepare my cup I used one tea bag in water brought to a boil and allowed to cool to 160-degrees, with a 2½ minute steep.  Once the water was added, the grassiness of the tea came to the forefront, creating a classic green tea flavor.  The cup was still slightly sweet and carried a faint fruitiness.  The color of the liquid was a vivid yellowish/green.

According to the website, due to the high quality of this particular tea, the bag can be reused up to three times.  I tried this using the same water temperature for each cup and adding 30 seconds to the second and third cups.  The second cup was just as tasty as the first, presenting the same basic flavors.  The third cup, while good, seemed to fade a bit.  Overall, I really enjoyed this tea as a basic, everyday type of drink.

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