Ganesha Green from Nepal Tea LLC. . .

I know you aren’t supposed to judge a tea by its name – but that is exactly what I have done with this tea which is Ganesha Green from Nepal Tea LLC. I couldn’t tell you why I was drawn to this tea because of its name I just was.

The company says that this tea is “A step up from our Kanchanjangha Verde, Ganesha Green is a finer pluck, medium bodied with prominent marine flavors, such as kelp and seaweed.”

I can’t say as I have tried their Kanchanjangha Verde but I can tell you what I thought of this tea based on my personal experience.

I thought it was pretty bold for a green…more on the grassy and seaweedy side of things for sure.

As you may know – brewing green tea is considered rather complicated since steeping green tea for too long or in too hot water will result in a bitter and astringent brew regardless of the quality of the leaves.

I found this to be one of the more tricky greens, too! I was able to play around with it at least 2 to 3 times. My personal preference was to steep for about 1.5 minutes. I found anything longer than that the tea turned a bit bitter to quite bitter depending on how long you over infused it for.

1.5 minutes was my HAPPY ZONE. It was just the right amount of green and the right about of savory I look for in a greener-seaweedy type green tea. Some might call it a soupy type tea or even a greener miso flavor.

Regardless…once I found my HAPPY PLACE with this tea…I was a fan!

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  Nepal Tea LLC
Description

A step up from our Kanchanjangha Verde, Ganesha Green is a finer pluck, medium bodied with prominent marine flavors, such as kelp and seaweed.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Moroccan Mint from Swallowtail Teas. . . .

Today I was in the mood for more of a classic tea.  And then I remembered.  Moroccan Mint from Swallowtail Teas was one of the teas I was hoping to review this week.

Being a huge fan of green teas and mint blends, Moroccan Mint was one of the teas that I became obsessed with when I first started drinking teas. To the point that I completely burnt myself out of drinking the classic blend. But time has passed and I will admit- it is past time for me to go back to the classics.

I brewed up this delight with the recommended parameters and sat myself down to do some work. After I while, I realized that I was no longer working but both hands were hugging my mug and I had totally started to reflect on the weekend coming up.  I started thinking about what fun activities I could do with my kiddos and hubby.  I wasn’t thinking about the stressful requests coming into my inbox but wondering where we could go out to eat and when we could visit my parents.

That is the sign you have a fabulous tea on your hands.  A tea that transports you, your mind, your soul, just your everything into a state of calm and happy without you even realizing it.  The tea itself is everything you could ask for.  Crisp, fresh, minty, slightly smoky, with a subtle vegetal hint here and there.  The mint and the crisp factor of the tea are really the stars and keep me coming back for more. A classic done in a classic way. No frills, just delicious spot on flavor.  Oh how I love my gunpowder green teas!

Beside the teas amazing flavor, the tea is presented in a really unique way.  I’m used to teas being sent in pouches and tins, but never in an old fashion type tin.  The lid reminds me of an lid from days past where you have to pry it off with a butter knife. The label is old school and just adds to the classic overall feel of the tea.

For being my first venture with Swallowtail Teas, I’m already hooked.  The prices are right and so far this first tea is exactly what a tea should be.  Can’t wait to explore more of their offerings.

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Here’s the scoop!

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

Swallowtail’s take on a classic tea blend, Certified organic spearmint and Pinhead Gunpowder. Vegetal, smokey, and balanced.

 

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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
Description

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!

Jade Cloud from The Spice and Tea Exchange. . .

I needed a tea experience tonight. My husband wanted to know what I meant when I asked if he wanted to join me for a tea experience, and I told him, “You, me, the kid, on the floor with the tea tray and NO ELECTRONICS!”

But I had to choose a special tea to gong fu, and I really wanted to try something new. This one looked interesting, with its thin, twisted leaves that are such a dark green.

The first steep was really smokey. The company calls it toasted chestnuts and I’ll buy that. I don’t think I have ever had toasted chestnuts so I can’t say for sure. But definitely woody, nutty, toasty, and earthy come to mind. There is a long lasting aftertaste reminding me of the liquor from cooking mustard greens or turnip greens, a Southern favorite in the USA.

The second steep changes pretty remarkably. As the stronger flavors step back, a light floral taste comes forward – very light, with Southern greens still in play. My husband liked the second steep much better, and the kid did, as well. We plowed through four or five steeps and still wanted more tea, so I got fresh leaves and a new kettle of water and we started all over again.

This time I gave the leaves a ten second rinse to try to duplicate the taste of the second steep in the first. But even with the rinse the first steep had a lot of smokey flavor, which my husband noticed right away. After my “I told you so” we moved on to the resteeps again.

Again, these are earthy green and lighter. Husband and the kid say they enjoyed it, and preferred the later steeps over the first. I have to say that I enjoyed wending our way through all the flavors this tea had to offer.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy:  The Spice and Tea Exchange
Description

Special grade of green tea produced in high-elevation gardens of Hubei, China. A smooth and mellow cup, with a sweet aroma and the slight flavor of toasted chestnuts.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lime Jello from 52Teas. . . .

A friend of mine won a giveaway hosted by 52 Teas awhile ago. The perk of my friend winning the giveaway is that I still got to try the teas she won without adding too much to my ever growing stash of teas. Among her winnings was this Lime Jello Green Tea.

Lime Jello Green Tea is made up of a blend of green teas, lime leaves, limes, pineapples, marshmallow root and natural flavors. It smells like…well, lime jello. Now I have never been the biggest jello fan but the smell of jello powder, with its artificial and candy-like fruit scents, has always appealed to me so this tea captured my nose and with that, my attention.

As I drink the tea, I definitely get lime candy though it is not as in-your-face pungent as the smell of the dry leaf would suggest. Then again, the taste of jello is never as strong as the smell of the powder so I can’t be too upset about that. In addition to the lime, I get a touch of bitterness from the green tea base that I feel keeps this grounded while the marshmallow root makes this come off light, like any jello-inspired tea should be.

One thing that surprised me about this blend is that there is a creaminess here that I wasn’t expecting. Even more surprising is how this tea manages to stay light even with the creamy element, which is much more commonly found in heavier/richer dessert teas.

Lime Jello is not something I would have ever thought I wanted made into a tea but now that I have had it, I will say that I approve. It is bright and fun and a great treat for warmer days.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

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

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!