Nepal Guranse Estate Organic Oolong Tea/Simpson and Vail

I have been wanting to write this review for quite a few weeks. It was THAT memorable. This Nepal Guranse Estate Oolong from Simpson & Vail is organic and from a pretty neat estate.

When it comes to the leaves of this Oolong they hail from South Asia…bordered by China and India…you guessed it…the leaves are from Nepal! Nepal is home to some of the largest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest which is the highest point anywhere on Earth. Nepal is comprised of 75 districts, one of which is the district of Dhankuta. Dhankuta is located in the Koshi hill Zone in eastern Nepal. It borders the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India, and enjoys the same soil and climatic conditions as Darjeeling.

The Guranse Tea Estate has planted pure young and vibrant clonal plants all selected to make high quality teas. They believe in producing only the best, therefore, their tea goes through a series of careful processes before it is packed and finally ends up in your cup for an entirely new experience of health and vitality.

Guranse is NASAA organic certified, JAS certified, and ISO 22000- 2005 certified. 95 % of the workers are women and the Company pays for several of the worker’s children’s education and pays for the salary of teachers at the village school. How great is that? The company also supports an older people’s home that is nearby, by providing meals, rations, blankets, and more.

When I read on the S&V website that Guranse Tea was more than just a beverage – I knew I had to dig deeper into this estate!

As for the sight, touch, taste, and smell of this tea…he strong brown, twisted, tippy leaves brew into a more mellow amber cup with a sweet, mild taste and a delicate fruity sniff and taste. The oolong itself is lightly rolled, semi fermented, and hand sorted!

This Oolong was pretty wonderful and learning about the estate and people behind it made me enjoy my cup even more!


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Leaf Type: Oolong

Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail

Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for teas that are.

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Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea from Umi Tea Sets

First off, my apologizes, this review is long overdue.  Life sort of happened to this admin and I’m slowly  getting back on track.  An additional review is coming for the lovely tea pot they also sent but for this review is for the tea that Umi Tea Sets graciously sent along.

To kick off this review right, let’s just start off by saying how excited we were to receive Dragon Well Lung Ching Green Tea.  Green tea is my favorite tea and always my go to tea to start any day off right or just to take a moment and enjoy, something I was desperately needing to do.

So to steep this tea up properly,  I found my always amazing Wall Tea Infuser Mug, prepped up some water, added my leaves and set myself up for a proper cuppa.

I allowed the teas to brew for a few moments and took my first sip. One sip instantly turned into a huge gulp of not so lady like tea drinking. I downed my first cuppa with abandonment and eagerly enjoyed every drop.  This green tea is smooth, delicious, simple, yet so alluring and enticing.

The first notes you get are a nutty variety with a hint of a buttery richness.  The tea’s texture is so incredibly smooth that you really do need to sit back and take a moment to really enjoy the tea.   The more and more I drank this tea and allowed the leaves to steep, the more the astringency notes start to come out but I am finding the charm in those notes.  I am adoring how well the astringency, vegetal, and smooth notes combine and provide a fabulous sip-after sip experience.

My next go with this tea is to try the tea as an iced tea and I can’t wait to report back on those details. For my first experience with Umi Tea Sets tea offerings, I’m instantly hooked. Really delicious and teh perfect tea for this green tea loving gal!

 


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Umi Tea Sets

Description

Longjing/Lung Ching tea, also known as Dragon Well tea, is a famous variety of green tea grown in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This is the source of the irresistible Long Jing (Dragon Well) green tea, the best of which smells and tastes like an essence of chlorophyll and creamed hazelnuts. The leaves of Dragon Well are broad and flat, no longer than the average finger nail, and is very similar to the Japanese green tea, “Sencha”. When steeped, the leaves open up revealing a very clean taste. Since ancient times, scene of West Lake and Longjing tea have long been described in quotes of famous literati. Su Dongpo said that “Good Tea as Pretty Lady”, a high praise of West Lake Longjing. It is green in color, fragrant, and sweet with beautiful shape, and due to these four splendiferous characters, known in China and other countries.

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Cold RemeTea/Laughing Tree

This summer has been a hot mess when it comes to anything weather related.  Our weather has been all over the board which has done a number on both my husband’s and my sinuses.  With the amount of high pressure and low pressure bands that have been hitting our area, we are literally taking turns on which one of us is having issues and once again, it is my turn.

Since all of this started, my tea taste buds have been 100% wonky and I’ve been mainly sticking to lemonades and even my kids fruit punch.  But I couldn’t take it anymore. . . .I had to have my tea!

Laughing Tree is a new tea company to me but I have been in love with all of the blends that I have tried from them and I totally forgot I had one serving left of their Cold RemeTea after sending off a few goodie boxes to the rest of the SororiTea Sisters.

Cold RemeTea is a delightful herbal blend of peppermint, thyme, echinacea, cranberry powder, hyssop, and elderberry.  The blend itself has a minty/herbaceous/savory aroma and that is exactly what the tea tastes like.  Yes, this is for sure an herbal tea but I really enjoyed this very unique blend.  The mint for sure helped put a pep back in my step.

So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every tea blend I’ve had from Laughing Tree and this is for sure one that I’ll pick up more for the future. A delicious way to battle colds and sinus infections in the future!


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Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Laughing Tree Tea

Description

A great tasting way to help fight colds, coughs and the occasional sore throat. You don’t have to be sick to enjoy the taste of this
soothing blend.
Ingredients: Organic peppermint, thyme, Echinacea, cranberry powder, hyssop, dried mulberry.

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Morning Booster/Immerse

Starting my day off with an herbal blend is not how I usually go about my day, but recently the SororiTea Sisters received a generous sampling of Immerse tea bags and I was eager to try these.  Immerse only produces organic herbal blends so let’s see how this one goes.

The first one I grabbed was Morning Booster- an herbal blend of roselle (hibiscus) and ginger.  This is not a combination I would have ever thought to put together but I was really intrigued.  Per the recommended steeping parameters on the box and the tea bag tag itself- this tea should be prepared with freshly boiled water and steeped for 4.51 minutes. ..  yep! 4.51.. .I’m not going to lie, that extra 51 second note is making me chuckle this morning.

After my water was prepped, I went to add in my tea bag.  The first thing I noticed was how dusty the tea bag is.  Not like dirt dusty but herbal dusty. The tea bag has quite the natural organic feel.

The tea bag may have steeped more than the recommended 4.51 minutes but I am quite delighted in this delicious mix of ginger and roselle.  The tart and spicy combination with a touch of sweetness really provides this lovely contrast and I found myself already draining this cup and setting out to have another. The ginger is spicy so be warned but it is a good spicy and not a I can’t breathe sort of spicy.  The tart/sweet tones that the roselle is bringing in really helps to balance out the tea.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this tea.  The packaging is gorgeous, the attention to detail is spot on, and the price is right.  I’m not sure that I would replace my morning caffeine with this blend but I could see myself drinking this after lunch to get over what I call the lunch wall.

Thank you Immerse for the samples! I will be sending these off soon to my fellow Sisters but before I do that, I’m off for another cuppa!


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Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy: Immerse Tea

Description

  • Organic Roselle
  • Organic Ginger

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Traditional Masala Chai/Blue Lotus Chai

Let me tell you how you can have an amazing pick up for your day.

(1)  Pick yourself up a tin of Traditional Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai.

(2) Once the tin arrives, instantly get the following:  water, pot, milk and a timer.

(3) Open the tin and enjoy the aromas of the chai mix.

(4) Boil 4 oz fresh water.

(5) Add one rounded scoop of the powdered chai.

(6) Stir. . . .add in milk or creamer and continue to heat the mixture

(7) Once the brew is the desired temp, I highly recommended adding on a dollop of froth milk/cream to throw this experience over the top.

(8) Enjoy. . .and let all of the cares of the day wash away

I will admit, I am not a chai fan but this chai mix has changed my mind completely.  After following the above steps, you are left with this delicious chai mix that really makes you sit back and take a moment for yourself.  All of those beautiful spices mingle so well together and if you use milk like I did, that added creamy note really makes the brew even more enjoyable.

I will say that you definitely want to drink this tea right after you prepare the brew.  I accidentally let the tea sit for a few minutes and it seemed like there was a bit of grit from the powder staring to accumulate at the bottom of the cup.

What is brilliant about this chai is there isn’t a teapot that you need to clean out, there is no tea leaves you need to fuss with, just a pot, some water, and the chai mix itself.  Now saying that, I do still love my loose leaf tea and would never part with having it, but this chai mix from Blue Lotus Chai is definitely a great tea to have on hand for those mornings or afternoons when you need a little pick me up and may not have all of the needed tea ware to brew up a proper cuppa or just need a cuppa asap.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Blue Lotus Chai

Description

With its deep and truly authentic flavor and amazing ease of preparation, our flagship product has become part of the daily rhythm of many homes. Tasting is believing!

Ingredients: Naturally brewed and flash-dried black tea powder; 100% Certified Organic powdered spices: ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves.

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