Pine Oolong from Golden Leaf Tea

The dry leaf and the first brew of this oolong smelled like sour green fruit, like white grapes.  Brewed, the tea reminds me of a kukicha green tea, with a slightly fermented flavor with notes of sweet grass and new hay.  There’s an extra mineral sharpness to this tea, and that might be the “pine” part of this oolong.  There was an almost-lemon citrus flavor that made my mouth pucker with tartness.  I brewed this tea twice, and by the second steeping, the blend had more warm roasted tones and notes of honey, making for a smoother experience than the Read More


Mangue égyptienne Black Tea from Dammann Freres

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Dammann Freres Tea Description: A blend of black teas with sun ripened mango flavour lends to a warm and fruity infusion. Bits of fruits complete the aesthetic appeal. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This last week seems to have been unintentionally themed around mango teas; it honestly feels like I’ve had more of them now than I have had in the last two or three months. That’s probably because I’m a picky person when it comes to mango, but because it’s such a summer flavor there’s a surplus of mango Read More


Yunomi Tea Discoveries Club, Volume 17 (Part 1)

I received my Yunomi Tea Discoveries Club package the other day and I was excited to get started!  This month, the teas are focused on ’tisanes’ – herbal blends from various Japanese tea companies. Since this is a tisanes package and not Camellia Sinensis, I won’t be featuring part two of this series tomorrow night.  This is because I don’t usually drink more than 1 tisane per day, so I need time to consume these teas and write about them! This month’s package included Yomogi herbal tea which is a Japanese Mugwort tea, Longevity herbal blend which is a blend of 18 Read More


Mintberry Pine Green Tea Blend from M & K’s Tea Company

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  M&K’s Tea Company on Etsy Tea Description: Sweet roasted sloe berries doused in honey and liquid hibiscus, tossed with fresh spearmint and 3-distinct green teas, paired with real pine needles. That’s Mintberry Pine. It’s our limited-edition green tea holiday blend that offers a more complex, subtle taste (as opposed to mint exploding in your mouth with the force of a white hot sun). If you’re a green tea lover, mint lover, berry lover, or all three, this tea is perfect for you. Get it while it’s here! Learn more about this tea Read More


Winter Forest Green Tea Blend from ArtfulTea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  ArtfulTea or ArtfulTea on Etsy Tea Description: A festive blend of almond and orange with a strong pine-like flavor. Chinese sencha and Japanese bancha combine beautifully with refreshing orange and nutty almonds for a lift in any season! Ingredients: green tea, orange slices, almonds, pink peppercorns, safflower and natural flavors. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Yeah, I know that it’s the middle of summer right now and we shouldn’t be thinking about winter right now, but, when I read the description of this tea, I just couldn’t resist ordering it as part of my Read More