Maple Forest from 52 Teas. . . . . .

Well, today has been such a rough day. Mila has been so fussy lately, I think she is cutting another tooth. I literally haven’t had a moment to myself all day. Thankfully, her daddy came to my rescue and got her settled while I took a hot shower and relaxed for a minute. Afterwards I, of course, needed to make a cup of tea. What better way to relax than a warm cup of tea, and maple tea to boot!

Maple Forest was one of the teas of the week this month at 52Teas. Unfortunately it is no longer available, but hopefully it will make its return sometime soon because I am now OBSESSED. The tea’s base is very similar to my other favorite, Toasted Marshmallow. It consists of Houjicha (a roasted green tea) and Shou Mei (white tea). The result is a roast-y, toast-y, and smooth drinking tea. Unlike Toasted Marshmallow, this tea contains maple and boy is it DELICIOUS. Because of the toast-yness of the Houjicha/Shou Mei mix, this tea is reminding me an awful lot of Sunday morning pancakes. Delectable! This would be a great cup to have with breakfast.

I certainly made space on my countertop for this blend and it will be happily enjoyed by me daily. I am sad that this tea is gone and glad that I stocked up, but I’m sure it will make another appearance in the future. So keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in trying it!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

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

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Bali from Dammann Frères. . . . . .

I had this yesterday hot, but got sucked into the vortex of Various Appointments and came back to it cold. And it was… much more awesome cold.

And I thought: “is it gauche to drink it cold? Where are the green tea rules?”

So today, I decided to risk being Terminally Uncouth and iced this as my Midday Ice With Lunch Soda Replacement. (Trying to quit soda is… going… okay. I’m a Trash Monster that loves stomach dissolving beverages. I’m trying to improve.)

And yum, guys. This tea is a springy garden blast. It’s got rich green notes, sparkly flower notes, and floral notes. Usually, I think that flowers taste like soap when they’re iced, but the Frères picked some that survived the process. Or they found other components around it that formed a moat around the Soap Effect.

The ingredients for this that make it click are jasmine green tea, aromas of lychee, grapefruit, blood peach and rose.

If the phrase “blood peach” stood out to you as particularly horrific/weird, that’s because you haven’t encountered one in a grocery store. (They’re ugly as sin.) They are grown in the United States, and can be found in specialty stores and at farmer’s markets. They can grow up to 12 inches. Thomas Jefferson grew them.

When I went to review this, I went to the Frères’ site and found that yes, this can be iced. It is not gauche. You can do it, too. That’s my suggestion for how to best enjoy this one.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green Tea
Where to Buy:   Dammann Frères
Description

A subtle balance of fresh, fruity and floral notes is found in this delicately scented green tea which is just as delicious whether you enjoy it cold or hot. (jasmine green tea, aromas of lychee, grapefruit, blood peach and rose).

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!