Enjoying A Liquid Proust Tea. . . . .

Pu’erh is a new-ish, mostly unexplored territory to me, so I don’t have a huge range of language to use to describe it, or a lot to compare this particular sample to. That said, ready or not, WE’RE GOING INTO THIS REVIEW.

This is a really deep, wooded, hay-like, rustic taste, like an old barn that’s not in use. (No, like, gross animals. Just the structure and the hay and some age.) Which I really like, actually. It’s calming. There’s also a hint of cocoa here, but it’s not strong. The “candy bar” element, despite the tea’s name, isn’t the forefront.

This tea tastes like being outside and away from society. It tastes like what I imagine living in a Tiny House might be like. Wander around, hook it up to campgrounds in the trees. Sip tea. Work on your art. Look out the window for inspiration. When that inspiration runs out, go to another place.

Is it obvious, here, that I want a Tiny House? In addition to my real house, of course. Which I think is against the whole “GOING TINY” ethos of “less is more.” I just want to go glamping away from my troubles for a while.

This tea seems like the kind of straightforward “tastes good in a simple way” vibe that I would like to attain in more aspects of my life. I’ll enjoy drinking more of it.

Unfortunately, you will not, as it is not currently available at Liquid Proust. It appears, from his most recent blog posts, that he will be whittling down his tea involvement while he gets his MBA.

I’m very happy for his personal development, even though his blends will be missed! He’ll still be around, if you want to befriend him online or get straight teas.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Flavored Puerh
Where to Buy:  Liquid Proust
Description

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

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea

Not too long ago I took a sip or two of Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea HOT. It’s was just fine and dandy but I was eager to try it ICED because I had an inkling that it was going to be AWESOME and I was right!

I guess one could add a sweetener of their choice to Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea if they wanted to do it ICED but I didn’t. I infused it – thru ice in – and BAM!

Green Gogi Tea from Dave & Solomon’s Tea when done ICED is wonderfully flavored. All of the ingredient ratios were done perfectly to my liking. Some companies tend to over use pom juice but not Dave & Solomon’s – the Pomegranate that was used was the perfect addition. The lemongrass was ‘just noticeable’ and that seemed to work terrific. The Green Tea and Sencha were on the sweeter-green tea side and of good quality and flavor. The Goji Berries were just what you would expect and made for a fun and flavorful tea! This was sweet, fruity, and mouth-watering! Well done!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Flavored Tea
Where to Buy: Dave & Solomon’s Tea
Description

This tea is no longer available on the website but click below to see what other green tea offerings they have.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Equestea from Geeky Teas

EquesteaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Geeky Teas

Tea Description:

Black tea, apple pieces, natural caramel apple flavor and cinnamon bark. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Who doesn’t love My Little Pony. I mean c’mon! They even have bronies! I have loved My Little Pony forever. I remember playing with my ponies and doing their hair for hours straight as a kiddo. So when I saw that Geeky Teas had a fandom tea based off of My Little Pony- I said yes please!

This particular tea is a take on a caramel apple tea with cinnamon and a black tea base. Geeky Teas black tea base is very hit or miss with me and seems to be a bit more on the finicky side sometimes. But when it is good, it is good!

Brewed this up like a black tea with water prepped at 212F, allowed it to steep for about 3 minutes. The whole time the tea was steeping you could smell this wonderful aroma.  Reminded me of a bakery.  Sweet and almost nutty.

The waiting time was finally over and I took my first sip. Oh my goodness! This may be the best tea I’ve tried from Geeky Teas yet! This tea is amazing. I really wasn’t in the mood for a black tea but oh my goodness!! This tea really does taste like a caramel apple.  The black tea provides a lush smooth silky like background while the apple brings a tartness, the cinnamon gives the tea a bit of a spiced feel, while the caramel apple flavoring gives you that sweet nutty flavor.  Seriously good tea here! I’m in love!

I’ve said it before but if you haven’t checked out Geeky Teas, you need to!

Island Coconut Tea from Bernideen’s

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Brand:  Metropolitan Tea

Available from:  Bernideen’s

Product Description:

Wonderful Flavor releases tropical memories of secluded beaches with palm trees bending to the sea.

Taster’s Review:

I received a tin of this tea in a recent swap in a tea group that I co-moderate.  The lady who was my swap partner is the proprietor of Bernideen’s in Historic Old Colorado City:  Bernideen!  Now, I’ve not been to Bernideen’s but, if I ever have the opportunity to travel to Colorado City, Bernideen’s will definitely be on my list of places to visit!  It looks like such a wonderful shop, full of charm!

This is a somewhat persnickety tea, but I discovered that it was worth the effort to figure out the right way to brew it.  The first time I steeped it, I steeped it for a little too long; the tea was bitter.  The second time, the water was too hot; the tea was bitter.  But the third time I steeped it, using extra care to make sure I not use too much leaf, too much time, or water that was too hot, I ended up with a pretty amazing cup of tea.  It may seem like a lot of work… but in the end it was worth the effort.

So, let me share with you my recommended parameters for this tea:  Water should be no hotter than 200°F; if you normally use a heaping teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup of tea, I recommend using a bit less … say a level teaspoon as opposed to the heaping?  Steep for 2 minutes; 2 1/2 minutes is really pushing it.  Your diligence will be rewarded with a deliciously brisk black tea that is brimming with delightful coconut flavor.

The black tea used here is most likely a Ceylon as most of the flavored black teas in Metropolitan Tea’s catalog possess a Ceylon base.  When brought together with the coconut notes, the Ceylon seems rather sensitive, more sensitive than with other flavored black tea blends that I’ve tried from Metropolitan Tea (as a former tea purveyor, I can say that I’ve tried quite a few of their offerings over the years).  That doesn’t make this a bad tea, just one that requires a little patience and attentiveness to prepare it properly.

The black tea is pleasantly strong – not really what I’d call “bold” but, more of a crisp tasting black tea that has a fair amount of astringency toward the tail.  The astringency leaves the palate clean, which is especially nice as the flavor of the coconut lingers a bit, making a very enjoyable aftertaste.

The coconut is strong but not overdone.  It isn’t as strong a coconut essence as some teas I’ve tried, but I think that the level of flavor works well here.  It is sweet and creamy without being cloying.  Very nice.

Thank you to Bernideen for sending me the wonderful package, it was a joy to be on the receiving end of one of your swap packages!  What a lovely cup of tea!