Review: Wise Owl Tea Bali Bamboo Tea

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Thumbs up!"It's vegetal and herby with a lemon acidity and a fishy aftertaste."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.7/10
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wiseowlbalibambooI’ve found that when bamboo is included in teas, even if the name is in the title of the blend, it tends to come across as an afterthought. There’s usually a dozen or so different ingredients, and you can’t actually taste the bamboo amidst everything else. So until this tasting, I couldn’t have told you what, exactly, steeped bamboo tastes like, but I was excited when I read the ingredients to this blend: Bamboo leaf and nettle. It doesn’t get more bambooey than that!

Having no idea what I’m doing, I go with my standby steep and infuse a bag at 195° for three minutes, giving me a cup with a crisp, clear bright yellow liquor. The cup looks and smells beautiful, giving off mixed notes of veggies and herbs. The flavour is more robust than I expected, although it’s still on the more delicate side of the scale. It’s vegetal and herby with a lemon acidity and a fishy aftertaste. The oily texture coats the mouth, giving the cup an overall smoothness.

Bottom line: It’s tasty and unique. It has flavour notes that aren’t unusual, but it’s somehow totally unique. Especially with the abundance of acidity, the flavour reminds me of a young puerh without any of the harshness those usually bring.

It’s not so good that I find myself wanting to run off and buy it, but I’m really glad I got the chance to sample it. It would be a fun herbal to have on hand, and it’s a definite ‘must try’ if you get the chance.

— To purchase Wise Owl Tea Bali Bamboo Tea, 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: Chai Diaries Rose Sencha

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Thumbs up!"Rose tea is one of my very favorite types of tea, so every time I have the opportunity to review one, I jump at the chance. Chai Diaries is a new brand for me and I’m intrigued by marrying rose and sencha green tea. The blend description on the company web site reads: “A gentle, […]"
Emma’s Teaview: 7/10
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ChaidiarieslogoRose tea is one of my very favorite types of tea, so every time I have the opportunity to review one, I jump at the chance. Chai Diaries is a new brand for me and I’m intrigued by marrying rose and sencha green tea. The blend description on the company web site reads: “A gentle, steamed green sencha blended with aromatic rose hips, strewn rose petals and safflowers makes this light, floral elixir about all things beautiful!” We all need more beauty in our lives, may as well start with our tea cup!

The leaves themselves are short and forest green with pops of both bright and subtle pinkish-red rose petals. The dry leaves on the nose smell of tartness and roses. Not as strong as rose water, but not fresh petals either.

I pulled out my prettiest painted tea cup for this endeavour. I boiled water and steeped the tea for four minutes in my over the mug infuser without any sweetener. The liquor is a yellow green color in the mug and tastes of roses and grass. It’s a very pretty tea, very delicate and smooth. I very much enjoy it and the price is fabulous for four ounces of sencha!

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Review: Craft of Tea Romantic Blossom

Apple Tea, Craft of Tea, Herbal Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Rose Hip Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs up!"This tea isn’t mellow like some herbal blends, but nice and strong. Though I normally gravitate towards a more hearty blend like earl grey or chai, I loved this tea."
Alexa’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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crafttearomanticRomantic Blossom by Craft of Tea is a fruity, flowery blend of orange, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, and apple. This herbal tea has a bright, citrusy smell. As I first smelled the leaves, I could’ve sworn that this tea contains cherries. Hibiscus, which smells very fruity, can often be confused for cherries, pomegranates, or cranberries. The particular hibiscus in this tea could easily be confused for cherries.

I steeped 1 teaspoon of this tea in a cup of water at 212F. After 2 minutes of steeping, the water was a dark pink. After 5 minutes of steeping, the water evolved into a deep fuchsia color. The smell of apples becomes more evident as it steeped.

The first sip you detect the citrusy orange, then the sweet hibiscus. When you let the tea sit in your mouth you can taste a hint of rose and vanilla. This tea isn’t mellow like some herbal blends, but nice and strong. Though I normally gravitate towards a more hearty blend like earl grey or chai, I loved this tea. It’s great when you want something bursting with flavor but no caffeine. Hibiscus can often be too tart or sour, but the sweet apples and fragrant rose hips help balance the tea.

Along with being caffeine-free, this tea has health benefits. Apple, orange, and rose hips contain vitamin C. Hibiscus is good for blood pressure and cholesterol. I look forward to enjoying this tea again during a cold evening. This tea is perfect when you have a craving for a nice fruity blend.

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