Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Beleave Teas
This colorful green tea with diced dried apricot has a sweet and bright flavor. Organically grown in China.
Learn more about this tea here.
Beleave Teas isn’t a tea company I hear a lot about but I have to say I don’t know why. They provide a great variety of teas that are fresh and so far pretty tasty.
This particular tea blend is a lovely blend of dried apricots and a gorgeous helping of green tea. Mixed together you would think this would be a soothing loving tea . . and you are correct!
Brewed up per the package instructions, this tea gives you a lovely subtle blend of stone fruit love with a hint of a vegetal slightly grassy green tea base. Kind of a sweet yet subtly sweet blend that gives you a moment to reflect and settle. This tea isn’t one that will blow you away by leaps and bounds but for a gentle tea it fits the perfectly.
This is one of those teas you keep on hand and drink when you need a bit of a soothing calming loving tea to help you thru your day and into your evening. The flavors are really lovely and creates a setting that makes you fall in love with it. The flavors may not burst out of the tea cup, but the deliver spot on flavor, which sometimes is exactly what you are looking for.
If you haven’t taken a moment to check out Beleave Teas, its another awesome tea company to check out next time you are in the market to pick up some new tea!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: 52Teas
Green Tea, Freeze-Dried Blueberries, Nutmeg, and Natural Flavors
Looking thru my huge tea stash I have I saw that I still hadn’t tried this particular tea from 52Teas yet. I love 52Teas and have reviewed them for both SororiTea Sisters and my own blog, CuppaGeek. I love the passion and uniqueness I find in the teas they offer.
This particular green tea is no longer available to purchase, but I still wanted to give my thoughts. That is the one problem with 52Teas is that when you find a tea you like, you need to act quickly and pick some of the tea blend up before it sells out. Because once a tea at 52Teas sells out, that is it. There isn’t anymore available unless you get lucky and there is a reblend. And I don’t blame them at all for running the business that way. That is what makes 52Teas so unique. There is a constant flow of new teas being released so you’d have to and some point say good bye to others just to keep the inventory straight.
Blueberry Scone Green Tea is a blend of green tea, blueberries, natural flavors, and nutmeg. The nutmeg part just throws me and that is where the baked good or pastry note I’m assuming will fall into place. I took one whiff of the dry leaf and just sighed. The blueberry and nutmeg aromas mingled together so nicely. Really giving a blueberry baked good feel.
I brewed this tea up with water prepped at about 175F and allowed the tea to steep for about 4 minutes. The instructions did say 5-6, but I wanted to error on the side of caution.
Finally the tea was done and ready to try. I took my first sip and just wow. This tea blend is delicious. The flavors really mix so well together. I will admit that the nutmeg really made me hesitate there for a second because I wasn’t sure how the green tea and the nutmeg worked but the base of this tea is a lovely rich and buttery smoothness with just hints of the nutmeg running thru it. The major tasting note you walk away with is the blueberries. The blueberries in this tea really taste like fresh blueberries that are in a decadent and rich blueberry sauce. There is almost a blueberry jam quality to what I’m picking up. Just wonderful.
This is one blend I hope makes its way to the reblend section soon. I only have a taster pouch and now I wish I had a much larger one! I think what I have left will go to a cold brew pitcher because this tea will be amazing as an iced tea!
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Teabook
Our green tea comes from Hunan, Zhejiang and An Hui provinces in China. In China today, most green teas are still pan fired like originally done in the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368); this helps to dry the leaf in a way to prevent much oxidation to preserve the green color. From a health perspective, green tea is increasingly popular for its content of EGCG (epigallocatechin), an antioxidant which studies show may have a number of health benefits. Green tea flavor and aroma are often referred to as vegetal, mild, cleansing, and sometimes savory or buttery. The tannins range from bitter to sweet depending on the variety.
Learn more about this tea here.
Teabook is an tea company with a very interesting concept. They provide consumers with individually wrapped servings of loose leaf tea. The packaging looks very similar to that of a tea bag. Each month you’ll receive a box from Teabook with that month’s tea in it individually packaged for your convenience. A very cool idea. To have loose leaf tea packaged in a way that you don’t have to re package it to make it portable makes me want to instantly run out and sign up. Right now it looks like they mainly have straight teas on the site, but I can see this being just a fantastic new way for loose leaf tea drinkers to get their tea.
This tea that I am trying from Teabook is a Dragon Well. I have tried several different types of Dragon Wells from different tea companies and was excited to try out this offering. I brewed this tea up with the water temp at about 180 per the guidelines provided on the package. I poured the contents of the package into my steeper and watched the leaves dance as the water was poured in. I let the tea steep for about 4 minutes and took my first sip.
The major flavor note that you get from this tea is a nice pleasant vegetal note that is rich and satisfying. I took my cuppa into a meeting. As the meeting was progressing, I started to notice that the pleasant vegetal note started to turn more and more into a deeper richer and dare I say darker vegetal flavor.
As much as I love my green teas, I have to say this one may just not be for me. As the tea cools, that seaweed like flavor becomes more and more pronounced. It reminded me of a rich black tea that you allow to cool for way too long and it has become too astringent for you. Similar situation here.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this particular offering yet. I think this would be one to try again later on but I still love the idea of Teabook and plan on checking into it. Such a great concept!