Thorns and Roses/Grimoire Tea

When you purchase tea from Grimoire Tea, they arrive in the cutest little bottles with the most unique labels giving the name and description of the tea purchased. You can tell that she takes the time to really think about what she is representing when coming up with her labels. The top is reinforced by a solid layer of colored wax. This company could not have been more unique with their packaging! I just love her presentation!

I was immediately able to smell the green tea but it was also incredibly floral due to the jasmine and rose petals. There was also a mild fruity sweetness that I attributed to the elderberry. It was a very pretty tea to look at.

Thorns and Roses steeped to a pretty rose gold color. I really enjoyed the steeping process of this tea. In the beginning, it was a pale yellow, as most green teas are when they steep. As the tea continued to steep, it slowly began to change color as the elderberry warmed up.

The flavor was very floral with a soft, sweet aftertaste. The elderberry was able to soften the rose and jasmine which, for me, made it even more enjoyable. I did not add any sweetener to this tea but you absolutely could, if you wanted to bring out a little more of the elderberry sweetness.

This would make a really nice evening tea to help you relax at the end of the day. Jasmine is known to help relax the senses. While this may not be a tea I would keep on hand, I did enjoy the sample. If you enjoy floral green teas you will love Thorns and Roses by Grimoire Tea.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Grimoire Tea

Description

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Golden Jin Xuan Oolong/Totealy

I am one of those people that never wins anything. I do weekly giveaways on my Instagram and I LOVE to give tea samples away! But I never WIN anything. Well, I can’t say that anymore. I entered a giveaway on Totealy’s Instagram page and actually WON! WHAT?! They sent me 4 “mystery teas” and I was so excited to open them!

When I opened this mystery bag I was greeted by an incredible sweet, milky aroma. I could have sat there and smelled it all day. In all honesty, I probably sat there for about 5 minutes. I immediately knew that it was a milk oolong and I was SO excited! I have never had the opportunity to try a milk oolong and I have always wanted to! Just my luck that my first tea from Totealy would be on my wish list! The curled tea leaves were absolutely beautiful. This was going to make an amazing cup of tea.

The instructions on the card are very clear. Steep Golden Jin Xuan at 205ºF for 1.5 minutes. It then goes on to explain that brewing for a shorter time will bring out the floral aromas and longer to bring out the creaminess. It also explains that you can brew their teas multiple times.

Since I could already smell the amazing sweetness of the florals I decided to start with their recommended 1.5 minutes. I could absolutely get the sweet floral aroma when steeped for this time. It didn’t have the creaminess that I wanted so I decided to steep again. I added 30 seconds to the same tea leaves. The flavor completely transformed. It was incredible how smooth the tea was with a perfect amount of sweetness and grassy “tea” flavor. I was able to get 4 solid steeps out of Totealy’s Golden Jin Xuan. I probably could have gotten a 5th but it had lost its creaminess.

Overall, I was thrilled with my first experience with a Milk Oolong. It was exactly as I hoped and expected. Totealy has an amazing quality Golden Jin Xuan that is wonderful from the moment I opened the bag and was engulfed in that sweet floral creaminess to each individual steep.


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Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Totealy

Description

Our sweetest tea, Golden Jin Xuan hails from Taiwan’s Pear Mountain, where it is cultivated at 3,300 ft. After harvest, the Jin Xuan leaves are bathed in natural milk flavors, resulting in a nourishing brew for both tea newcomers and seasoned sippers alike.

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Worry Free/Biron Herbal Teas. . .

The life of an elementary school teacher comes with A LOT of stress. I’m always in the market for a tea to help me erase the stress of the day and help me relax once I get home.

Unfortunately, a good herbal blend with just the right mix of jasmine and chamomile is hard to find. Biron Herbal Teas knocked it out of the park with their WorryFree Blend. Just opening the sample pack I received was enough to melt the worry away.

The most prominent aroma was the jasmine with the perfect mix of chamomile. It reminded me of college when I used to grow and dry my own lavender in my dorm room. Looking in the sachet you can see the full dry jasmine and chamomile flowers. You can tell that Biron spent a lot of time looking for the perfect ingredients for this tea. By the time the cup was finished I was fully relaxed and ready for a peaceful nights sleep.

If you, like me, need help relaxing after a crazy day and you LOVE Lavender this is a great blend to try! I’ll be stocking up on this one myself! Time to take a trip to Macon!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Biron Herbal Teas

Description

This fragrant Jasmine, Lavender blend contains a hint of honey and Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese traditional herbs such as Ashwagandha and Kava Kava.

Each herb in WORRYFREE was carefully selected, creating the perfect blend for harmony and relaxation. Recommended for type-A’s that need a holiday from stress and anxiety.

Pour a cup of WORRYFREE, breathe in the delightful aroma and let go of the worry and angst.

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Sencha/Buckhead Tea Company. . . .

I am not usually a big Sencha fan. Typically, I find that no matter what I do it comes out bitter and incredibly astringent. I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I was able to get 3 solid steeps out of this tea.

The first steep brought a sweet umami aroma and a grassy flavor that reminded me of a spring day just after a rain storm. There was a heaviness to it that left a creamy feeling on the tongue. There was absolutely no bitterness. The second steeping had the same heavy, creamy flavor but had a bitterness that wasn’t present in the first steeping. The third steeping brought the sweet umami flavor back. It was very smooth and made a great sipping tea.

I think it is time for me to re-think my feelings on Sencha. Perhaps my taste has changed, perhaps I’ve just gotten better at making it? This is a fabulous morning tea for those who aren’t looking for the strong flavor of a black tea but still like a little heavy creaminess in the morning. It would also be great as a mid-day pick-me-up!

As I reconsider my feelings towards Sencha, this is absolutely a tea that I could keep on hand to remind me that, made well, this is a wonderful green tea that is worth being enjoyed often.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Buckhead Tea Company

Description

Green tea lovers enjoy Sencha, a steamed green tea from Japan, for its low caffeine levels, robust flavor and refreshing nutty and fruity aftertaste.

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Iced Jasmine Matcha Latte Recipe. . . .

There has been a lot of talk recently about blending Matcha with other teas. I am a HUGE supporter of tea blending and Matcha is no exception! One of my favorite “hot weather” combinations is a Iced Jasmine Matcha Latte. It combines two of my absolute favorite green teas- Jasmine Pearls and Matcha. Add just a touch of sweet cream, or any other sweetener and a splash of milk (or milk substitute) and you have the perfect iced tea latte!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp Imperial Grade Matcha

4-5 tsp Jasmine Pearls Green Tea

10oz water heated to 175ºF

Italian Sweet Cream (optional)

16oz Cup (I’m using a glass) full of ice

Directions:

1. Heat the water to 175ºF

2. As the water heats- sift 1 1/2 tsp of Matcha into a Matcha bowl

3. Once the water is at the correct temperature, add 8oz of water to the Jasmine Pearls and let steep for 3 minutes- If you plan to use a sweetener add to the Jasmine now to allow it to dissolve

4. While the Jasmine is steeping prepare the Matcha

5. Once the Jasmine has finished steeping, add it to the cup of ice.

6. Optional- I like to use an electric whisk on my Matcha before I add it to my Jasmine. This gives my latte a nice foam at the top

7. Add Matcha to the Jasmine

8. Optional- Add a splash of Sweet Cream or any other Milk/Milk Substitute product you’d like to taste

Now Enjoy Your Iced Jasmine Matcha Latte!!