Chai Spice Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha/52Teas. . . .

I let my daughter pick the teas we would drink together during our visits. She loves chai, she loves marshmallow treats, and she loves tea so this was a natural choice out of my box for her to try.

When she started making it, I hadn’t seen that it was a Genmaicha, so when the water hit the infuser basket I thought, “Oh no! Someone must have left coffee in the pot!” Ah no! It was the roasty scent of genmaicha, that comforting burned aroma that smells like warmth in winter time, like a campfire on a late fall night, like a warm mug clutched by frozen fingers.

Add to it the scent of chai spices and you have a real comfort food vibe. This tea has a lot of whole or large spices in it, so stir it up to distribute them according to your liking. We love cardamom and this had lots, giving it a lovely lemony flavor.

The funny thing was that almost together, as I was about to say that these were very pleasant chai spices, one daughter said, “Oh, it’s so cardamom-y!” at the same time the other said, “It tastes like marshmallow!” I think we each picked out our favorite flavors and focused on them.

And the good news is that it resteeps like a champ! Since these are almost all limited edition teas, you want to get all you can out of your favorites.


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Description

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

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Phoenix Dan Cong Duck Honey Snowflake/SerendipiTea Studios. . . .

Gongfu Brewing. . .something has always scared me away from trying to brew tea up in the tea ceremonial fashion and kept me to western brewing.  I think scared may be the incorrect word. I think intimidated is better.

I was intimidated by the amount of teaware you had to have, intimidated by having the right teaware, and also intimidated by making a complete fool out of myself for trying. But when March rolled around and I turned 40-I finally convinced myself it was time to finally immerse myself into learning something new.

And learn something I did.  I found myself taking notes after notes from different videos on YouTube from amazing tea bloggers like Tea for Me Please and tea companies like Mei Leaf.  By the time it was all said and done, I found tea ware that I already had that would work to get the party started.

So to test this out, I took a sample of Phoenix Dan Cong Duck Honey Snowflake from Serendipitea Studios and brewed the tea both in the gongfu method and western style.  The different was night and day.

With the gongfu method, I was able to get these rich gorgeous notes of sweet floral that I was not getting with the western style.  These pops of sweet floral thrilled my tastebuds and I found myself eagerly drinking this tea down.  Towards the middle brewing sessions, I would find myself describing the tea as being delicate but with a bit of power behind it.  Yes this tea is delicate but this tea demands your full attention as well. There was also this slight savory touch that I could note here and there but couldn’t really pull what I would compare the taste to.

With the western style, I was still able to pull out those beautiful floral notes with a sweet touch but I will say that the flavors were not as bold and not as alluring. Still delicious but I would say I prefer the gongfu method for this particular tea. The flavors were just more pronounced and more on point.

Regardless of how you brew this tea, this tea is fabulous and one that I will be getting more of for myself soon.  I’m beyond thrilled with the tea itself and have found myself wanting more so I may be ordering quicker than I intended to.  Smooth, lush, floral, with just a hit of a contrasting flavor here and there. Can’t ask for more from your tea.


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Leaf Type: Oolong

Where to Buy:  Serendipitea Studios

Description

Elegant just like its name, Duck Honey Snowflake is a seasonal winter hand-picked harvest of regular Duck Honey Aroma all-natural tea. This winter version is much more florally delicate than the regular and contrasted to caramel like sweetness, its sweetness brings a rather icy wintry feel.

From the coastal area in Canton province, Phoenix Mountain possesses mineral-rich soil and is constantly surrounded by mists and fog, covered by wild tea tress and tea farms, as well as the folklore of the Phoenix Dan Cong Tea. Many wild tea trees are at least 100 to 200 years old.

It’s a special type of organic Oolong treasured for its highly distinctive natural aroma, and is also believed to be the ancestor of all Oolong teas. Well-known for its ten aromatic categories, it delivers rich and complex flavor. Local tea scholars and connoisseurs from China study and try to organize these all-natural teas into hundreds aromatic subgroups. Mandarin uses the word ‘Xiang’ or aroma for each specific type that mimics certain flower or fruit aroma. Phoenix Dan Cong’s aroma is never artificially added or perfumed but exclusively cultivated, artisan crafted, and each aroma comes from the tea plant’s natural aromatic compound.

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Raspberry Almond Coffee from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Tart berries combine with sweetness, nuts, and a bit of Slytherin darkness to form this really well-balanced tea. It’s like a date with a mysterious, complex woman.

I’m surprised it’s white tea, actually, because there’s so much flavor flying out of it. White tea is the new Hip Thing To Drink. It’s usually pretty delicate, which makes the punch of this surprising.

What makes white tea white tea? LET ME TELL YOU, KIDS. GATHER ROUND. BRING YOUR BLANKET.

White tea is called white tea because of its color. It is tea leaves plucked very early in the tea’s life, before it unfurls and turns a rich green (green tea). The tea is also not oxidized, which is a process that darkens the leaf (black tea). The leaf, aside from its natural paleness, also still has its white fuzz. These factors combine for a really light, delicate flavor.

Usually. Not here.

This tea is basically the romantic interest in a film noir. She’s pale, dramatic, and has a few tricks up her sleeve.

This tea isn’t currently available, but if you contact A Quarter To Tea, they will often make custom orders of 4oz or more.


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Leaf Type:  White
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Roasty and warming with sweet almonds and a bright fruity finish.

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The Famous Lion Chai /T by Daniel . . . .

Instant tea mixes have always intrigued me.  More or less for the convenience factor. In the mornings, I am rushed.  Even waking up early doesn’t seem to help me get everything done, in place, everybody out the door- with there still time to always be able to make a proper cuppa.  Especially anything I might want to add a touch of frothed milk or creamer too.

So when The Famous Lion Chai from T by Daniel came my way, I was pretty excited to check the concoction out. Without even looking at the ingredients, I added 2 tablespoons of the mix into my frother, added the recommended 8 ounces of milk, hit the button to froth/mix up and away I went finishing up making lunches and making sure homework was in book bags.

A few moments later I heard the ding indicated the tea was ready, poured the mix into my tea cup, and away I went.  After taking my first sip though, I noticed a flavor hanging out in the background that made me wish I would have checked the ingredients. Hazelnut.  I know I know. The majority of the world loves hazelnut, but sadly I am not one of them.  And after taking a few more sips, the resounding flavor I was getting was split between caramel and hazelnut.

Now the good thing about these flavors being so pronounced and in the spotlight-there really isn’t a harsh artificial flavor that I’ve gotten when trying mixes like this one in the past.  For me personally, the best part of this blend is this honeyed cinnamon flavor you can catch here and there.  Really light and sweet with just a hint of a spiced kick.

Overall, well played T by Daniel! Even though I’m not 100% in love with this mix, I know my kiddo would love and eagerly gulp away.  And I would have no problem serving this to him in the mornings instead of the soda he seems to grab. I’m sad to say this just isn’t a blend for me.


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Leaf Type:  Chai

Where to Buy:  T by Daniel

Description

Get ready to make your tastebuds ROAR!

Our most popular tea of all time is now available for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home!

A luxurious smooth blend of premium black tea and exotic spices such as cinnamon and hazelnut, this delicious chai premix can be made with milk or water (or your favourite milk alternatives!)

One sip of our famous Lion Chai will make you understand why its our “MANE” beverage!

 

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Pu-Erh Bordeaux/Socra Tea Detroit. . . .

This tea evokes the flavor of Bordeaux (red) wine by pairing pu’erh with berries, florals, grape skins. When steeped in water, the tea immediately darkens into a lovely red-brown. (The hibiscus petals probably help with that.)

Despite the deep color, the flavor is very mellow. It’s deep earth and fermentation notes, mostly, from the pu’erh, which doesn’t fade to the background as teas often do when they have a flavor profile they’re trying to emulate. The grapes are a little tart and sweet, but not as strong as I might have expected.

I don’t mind this smooth and calming pu’erh, but I think that with so many ingredients, I was expecting something more potent. It’s possible that’s why the tea is no longer available on the site. Not every tea can be a smashing success, but I’m glad I tried it.

 


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Leaf Type: Puerh

Where to Buy:  Socra Tea Detroit

Description

This puerh is no longer available but click below for ones that are.

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