Review: The Republic of Tea Super Green Tea: Serenity

Green Tea, Holy Basil Tea, Lavender Tea, Matcha Tea, Republic of Tea No Comments »
Emma’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The Republic of tea's main message is to enjoy tea, and life sip by sip, this cup pleasant, balanced, and a perfect meditation. "
Emma’s Teaview: 9/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

From my tea beginnings I have loved The Republic of Tea. I’ve also recently enjoyed learning about matcha and its rituals. When I heard that The Republic of Tea created bagged matcha and green tea blends with other herbs, I couldn’t wait to try it.

Keep in mind, these blends aren’t your typical, vegetal matcha. The addition of herbs and green tea leaves make for a lighter, more balanced flavor. I eagerly opened up serenity when my package of tea arrived; serenity is a blend of lavender, and holy basil. The scent of the dry tea is holy basil dominant; you have to smell it four, or five times to get hints of lavender, which makes for a tea even those who don’t enjoy floral flavors could get on board with .

I followed the directions for steeping, and heated my Cuisinart Perfectemp kettle on the green tea setting, and steeped for 3 minutes. The liquor is light green with hints of straw yellow. On the palate, lavender is prevalent, with the zip and sweetness of holy basil coming secondary. I rarely sweeten tea on the first sip; this one doesn’t need additional sweetness at all. The Republic of tea’s main message is to enjoy tea, and life sip by sip, this cup pleasant, balanced, and a perfect meditation.

— To purchase The Republic of Tea Super Green Tea: Serenity, 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.

Teaviews Member: Emma Emma
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Emma's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Emma.

    


Review: The Tea Shelf Glendale Nilgiri Oolong

The Tea Shelf No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Subtly complex, containing notes of honey, baked bread, and mild spice"
Katie’s Teaview: 8.6/10
Your Reviews: 4.8/10
4 reader reviews | Add your review »

teahelfnigiriglendaleThis 2015 leaf comes from the Glendale Estate. It’s my first tea from the Glendale Estate, a group of three gardens located in Nilgiri, and I hope it isn’t my last chance to sample them because this tea was an excellent experience. The leaves are mid-sized, curled black and gold. I begin by steeping one teaspoon per cup at 195° for three minutes, my standard for oolongs.

I get an amber-brown liquor that smells of honey and baked bread, a relatively rare combination to find in oolongs. The flavour is subtly complex, containing notes of honey, baked bread, and mild spice with a slightly mineral aftertaste. With the flavour notes it has, you would think it’s a bold tea, but it’s nuanced and subtle and delicious. I steep again for five minutes and get a cup that’s milder but still brilliant. It has all the same notes as before, but more subdued and even subtler.

There are certain notes in tea that I love more than others, and baked bread is one of them. It’s rare, but it occasionally pops up for me in lightly roasted rock oolongs. The note of cinnamon is nice, the honey is great, but it’s the baked flavour that makes this tea stand out from others.

— To purchase The Tea Shelf Glendale Nilgiri Oolong, 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.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Katie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Katie.

    


Review: Canton Tea Co. Glenburn Estate First Flush Darjeeling

Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Uncategorized No Comments »
CJ’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Grows on you as it grows more complex."
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
Your Reviews: 3/10
1 reader reviews | Add your review »

As a lover of thick, foamy, strong, Irish Breakfast-type black teas, I have to downshift a lot when I try a Darjeeling.

They call it the “champagne of teas,” but in my view, champagne is a beast compared to a cup of this Darjeeling. For a company with a Chinese name, Canton provides a fine specimen of these dry delicate, first-flush, (first crop) leaves from India.

For the most enjoyment, I recommend you drink this from your thinnest, finest, china. Save the chunky mugs for the aforementioned breakfast blacks.

The first thing that hit me when brewing up these slender, grey/green leaves was the floral aroma. It was overwhelming enough to make me pucker. The taste followed suit with an almost powdery-dry bouquet of roses and lavender–even some mint.

As I sat with it, I garnered some fruity tendencies. I noted the much sought-after “muscatel” wine-like notes, as well as something sweeter. Canton says it’s pineapple on their website. So I’ll go with that.

If you like delicate, multi-faceted, teas, this is for you. I rate it a 9.

 

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Glenburn Estate First Flush Darjeeling, 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.

Teaviews Member: CJ CJ
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on CJ's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by CJ.

    

Review: Craft of Tea Bright World

Black Tea, Craft of Tea, Yunnan Tea No Comments »
Emma’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The liquor is a gorgeous golden hue, the flavor is round and smooth, slightly nutty with the characteristic tang of black tea"
Emma’s Teaview: 7/10
Your Reviews:Add your review »

Bright World Yunnan Gold black tea is hand blended with high grown estate black tea and yunnan buds. Craft of Tea owners travel around the world tasting teas and choose the most high quality leaves for their blends. The company specializes in allowing customers to choose and buy small samples of tea in order to try the widest variety of different teas to decide what flavors they do and do not like.

I decided to try this tea on a day when I was feeling a bit down and wanted to change my perspective. Though the site doesn’t explain why this blend is called bright world, the golden color of the steeped tea could have something to do with it. The dry leaves smell a bit like pipe tobacco, light and slightly nutty.

I followed the directions and added 1 tsp of tea per 8 oz of water and let the tea steep for 4 minutes. I drank my tea without any additives, though I think a splash of milk would do this tea good. As I mentioned previously, the liquor is a gorgeous golden hue, the flavor is round and smooth, slightly nutty with the characteristic tang of black tea. I seriously enjoyed this tea and look forward to having a few more cups.

— To purchase Craft of Tea Bright World, 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.

Teaviews Member: Emma Emma
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Emma's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Emma.

    

Review: The Tea Shelf Billimalai Long Ding

Green Tea, The Tea Shelf No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The scent is surprisingly bold, all lilac and artichoke."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.6/10
Your Reviews: 4/10
1 reader reviews | Add your review »

I have had a couple teas from The Tea Shelf, and so far, they’ve been consistently quality leaves. Green teas are often a true test of a company, because they can be very expensive while simultaneously being very mediocre. This long ding is reasonably priced, which usually either means it’s a good deal or a not particularly good leaf that isn’t even worth the lower price tag.

The leaves are a somewhat dull colour in my opinion, but they are a beautiful shape: Long, flat spears. I brew a heaping teaspoon per cup at 160° for one minute. The scent is surprisingly bold, all lilac and artichoke. The taste is more delicate than the scent, but it has a buttery texture with hints of floral and vegetal notes. There’s a mild underlying smokiness and a subtle mineral hint that balances the largely vegetal finish.

I steep two more times, two minutes for the second infusion and three minutes for the third. It holds up well for all three cups, picking up some more subtle smokiness. None of the steeps have bitterness or acidity.

Overall, it’s more aromatic than flavourful, which can be either good or bad, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s complex but not over complicated, making it easy to drink and simple enough to brew. It’s very affordable, but tastes like a high quality green tea, so it is definitely a good deal. I would definitely buy it and keep it around for when I want an easy brew that has some character and class.

— To purchase The Tea Shelf Billimalai Long Ding, 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.

Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on Katie's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by Katie.

    

Review: Golden Leaf Tea Charcoal Roasted Jade Oolong

Golden Leaf Tea, Oolong Tea No Comments »
CJ’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Unusual-in a very good way."
CJ’s Teaview: 10/10
Your Reviews: 9.5/10
2 reader reviews | Add your review »

I love me a roasted oolong. Never met one I didn’t like. The more heavily roasted, the better.

Roasted is another word for “baked” actually. After an oolong tea is oxidized and dried, it can be roasted for various lengths of time and various temperatures. Oolong tea is the most complicated to produce because there are so many variables: cultivar, oxidization time, drying time, and roasting time, if any.

By contrast, green tea is not oxidized at all, and black tea is fully oxidized. Green teas don’t get roasted, with the exception of Japanese Hojicha. I’ve never heard of a roasted black tea. though there is a smoked Chinese version known as Lapsang Souchang, which to me, tastes like cigarette ashes, though many a fine palate treasure it.

All that to say that a roasted oolong tea takes a lot of love to make. And it shows in the flavor. I’ll likely be ordering more of  this version because my sample was too small to get the most out of it.

What I did get, though, was a toasted, nutty, delicate first infusion. The second brew was a kaleidoscope of peach and vanilla and flowers -and a bit of nuttiness.

Golden Leaf calls this a “heavily roasted” oolong, though they admit, it isn’t typical. The difference, says their website, is rather than a long, hot bake, they give these leaves many quick roasts at a lower temperature. It was lighter in color than even most medium roasts, and the first infusion is deceptively delicate in flavor. The second batch is where the steamy aroma and complexity of flavor emerged.

I steep my teas for a long time, so I didn’t get a third infusion, but I loved the two I did get. I rate it a 10.

— To purchase Golden Leaf Tea Charcoal Roasted Jade Oolong, 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.

Teaviews Member: CJ CJ
Teaviews.com Reviewer
» Read more about this reviewer on CJ's profile page.
» Find a list of recent posts by CJ.

    

WP Theme & Icons by N.Design Studio
Entries RSS Comments RSS Log in