Green Tea / Hobbs Tea

Any new tea company I stumble upon is almost always a must buy for a tea adventurer like myself. This tea company was very new to me and seems to be new in general. They, according to the lady at the store who is a friend of the owner of the tea company, hand pack each bag and do not use any pesticides etc. It’s an uncommon Hawaiian grown tea. That all seemed wonderful so of course I picked up a box, glad to support a local tea company who is also well aware of the plight our planet is in.

That being said I was disappointed to open the box and see their tea bags packaged in plastic. But the disappointment doesn’t stop there. They describe the tea as Bright & Smooth. Interesting descriptors. It is smooth. Barely any astringency save for a bit with the after taste but bright stumps me.

The disheartening part is that there really is no flavor. It’s dull. Almost as if the tea leaves had been steeped a few times before they were packed. Considering the price I paid for the amount of tea in there it was even more upsetting.

Despite this I still encourage others to give it a try. Perhaps I just received a bad batch.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Hobbs Tea

Our rare, limited harvest tea is grown, hand plucked, and processed on a small farm at 4,000ft elevation on the slopes of Kīlauea Volcano, Big Island, Hawai’i. Beyond organic, and watered only by the rain, the bushes benefit from heavy mist, cloud cover, and the natural shade of native Ohi’a Lehua trees and large curly ferns. Situated above two active lava tubes, the garden’s fertile volcanic soil yields a smooth, sweet brew that is low in tannins.

Tasting profile: This refreshing tea is silky and smooth to the taste.

Ingredients: Whole leaf green tea

Caffeine: Medium

Each 100% plant-based bag is hand-filled, hand-tied and hand-sealed in certified biodegradable and compostable, non-toxic bags.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Notes on 2015 Shou Mei / Verdant Tea. . . .

Zero degrees and getting colder. The past few weeks have been full of intense cold and winter storms. Makes this one want a floral tea to remind me spring isn’t too far away. And vacation is even closer. This 2015 shou mei has a silky mouth-feel with no astringency.

After I unwrapped the ball I noticed that the leaves were an array of colors. Usual leaf colors nothing crazy. It reminds me of the bark on a Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree except darker with less pop. The flavor is quite floral with honeysuckle and other unique garden flowers. Scents of rose and gardenia overflow your senses if you smell the wet leaf. Just lovely!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Verdant Teas

No description as this one is not currently being sold on the site and is no longer available, however, the general description given for most shou is workable.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Palas Afternoon Tea from BOH. . . .

Orange Pekoe. The highest grade for a black tea. Shown not only in the taste but also in the leaf. This tea is a great example of this high grading. The dried leaves are picture worthy; while the wet leaves unravel beautifully. The aroma is a sweet mix of earth. Cedar and hints of wet wood.

The liquid is a clear, golden brown that is velvety on the tongue. The website says best enjoyed plain and I would agree. Do not ruin this one with milk, sugar, cream or likewise.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  BOH

With a light aroma, this full leaf Orange Pekoe ‘A’ afternoon tea is carefully chosen and picked from select tea fields. Its delicate flavours create a tea that is soothing and calming, best served and enjoyed plain.

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Imperial Ti Kwan Yin from Enjoying Tea. . . .

Oolong is such a delicate tea.

If you eat or drink anything heavy before some, like this one, you’ll often find that some of the intricate flavors are hidden. I find it best to cleanse my palette with a few small cups (maybe 4-5 tablespoons worth) and then begin to decipher flavors after that.

This seems like your typical Ti Kwan Yin. Some orchid notes in both flavor and aroma along with slight marine and grassy notes. A shorter steeping time reveals sweeter characteristics with stronger floral emphasis while a longer steep will, like most teas, bring out more tannins.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Enjoying Tea

This Oolong comes from the province of Fujian and is great when brewed Gongfu Style. This tea is named after the Iron Goddess of Mercy. When brewed, this tea offers a smooth taste, nutty flavor, and a sweet lingering aftertaste. This tea is also great served chilled.

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Unwind and Relax / Great Tea Road Co.

This is my first herbal tisane post for SororiTea Sisters. . .  or at least the first in a very long time.

As a purist I just tend to not drink much herbal but I do love Evening in Missoula and I was curious as to the taste of this one compared with that.

Let me tell you it is different. This one has a bit of a kick with the cinnamon. Personally I don’t find it very relaxing but then I may be biased with my love of the aforementioned tisane.

If you are a fan of cinnamon with hints of chamomile this could be a good fit for you.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Great Tea Road Co.

Amazing aroma with great taste. This tea will help you relax after your long day.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!