Congou Mao Jia by Bruu Tea

Hello Tea Friends!

This tea comes from the February Tea Club box and though it’s not currently available on their website it may be available soon.

The tell-tale signs of silver tips in this tea signifies selective harvesting that has been plucked every day to ensure only new shoots are gathered. rown in the mountainous region of the WuYi mountains China, the tea is allowed to ferment briefly which results in a slightly dark hue on the leaves. A smooth tasting tea, though surprisingly pungent, it would be a good first green tea to try if you traditionally drink black tea. Origin: Zheijiang Province, China. Grown 5000ft above sea level.

Opening the packet I am met with a dry, sweet grass and wood scent. The leaves are long and thin for the most part, with some silver tips present and a few sticks/stems. For a green tea the leaves are surprisingly dark.

Steeping Instructions: 1tsp – 80C – 2-3 minutes

Once steeped the tea is yellow in colour and bares a sweet and floral, grassy scent. Very green and mineral.

The first few sips reveal a medium strength and fragrant melody of sweet grass, flowers and fresh broccoli. In fact the vegetal factor is part fresh, young cabbage and broccoli. There is some dryness in the after taste too. Some bitterness but in a nice way.

As it cools the flavour thickens and develops thick mouth feel and richness.

Super fragrant and flavourful, this is a delicious green tea. Perhaps too dry for my personal taste but this would make a delicious iced tea.

Happy Steeping!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Bruu Tea (This tea is not currently for sale)
Description:

A smooth tasting green from the WuYi mountains of China, hand picked and fermented to give the leaves a darker hue.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Holiday Gift Idea Alert! November’s Tea Box Express

If you have that person on your list that you want that special unique item for and they just happen to be a tea drinker (of any kind!), I highly recommend thinking about sending them a gift from Tea Box Express.

Tea Box Express offers amazing curated boxes that feature teas, tea accessories, tea trinkets and different snacks to go along with the tea. Basically, each month you receive an instant tea party. I just love this box. Yes, it is a bit pricey when you first look at it, but the value of what you are getting is typically double if not more each month. This month alone, the box featured a tea accessory that I’ve had my eye on for some time and that tea accessory typically sells for $18 without shipping or taxes. This box is definitely a wonderful value and one that is quite memorable to boot!

November’s box had so many amazing treats! A gorgeous leaf shaped shortbread cookie, a Tea Bling, two different kinds of tea from Nunshen, a chocolate treat, and these awesome flavored agave pouches-pumpkin flavored and caramel from Pura.  I was quite pleased and couldn’t wait to dig in.

Let’s start with the My Tea Bling.  This is the accessory that I’ve had my eye on for some time. My Tea Bling is a clip that you use when you are drinking any kind of bagged tea to give your tea a bit of pizzazz-there is a lovely disc full of sparkles at the end of the clip. I use this all the time when I’m at work and am so happy to have one. I’ve received a lot of compliments on my this sparkling accessory.  I just use those tea filters you can pick up pretty much anywhere, make my own tea bags, ad attach this as a nice weight to keep everything where it needs to be.   (Mug Cozy featured below is from Nandy’s Nook)

An oolong and chai tea were the offerings for the tea part of the box. They came from Nunshen, a company I hadn’t heard of before but one I’m now actively checking out.  The tea was a bagged tea (which worked perfectly with my new Tea Bling) and we were sent a few oolong tea bags and chai.  I wasn’t crazy originally with the idea of a bagged chai tea but after having the tea, I’m addicted.

The chai bagged tea packs all of those lovely chai flavors without the spices being overwhelming to the point where you have to add milk or sugar.  The tea was pleasantly balanced and was a great tea for the afternoon when I needed that pick me up to keep going.

The oolong offered was also quite delicious and one that I found myself searching my bag for to see if I had anymore.  Smooth and subtle with those familiar oolong roasted tones. . .another great afternoon treat. I think I favored this tea more than the chai but that’s just because I’m partial to oolong.  Plus this oolong tasted delicious with both the cookie and the chocolate candy treat.

Flavored agave (from Pura.mx) is something I never had really thought about checking out but after enjoying the caramel and pumpkin flavored pouches included. .  .I need to have a constant supply of this on hand.  Both the Pumpking and Caramel were amazing in tea lattes and added that special kick that typically you can only get in coffee houses.

So many wonderful treats, trinkets, and goodies all packed into this box.  Any tea drinker or enthusiast would love this box. Really great gift idea for anybody on your list.  My family loves enjoying all of the treats together and we always have a family tea party with the box.  (Pics of the cookie and chocolate treat-don’t they just look delicious!)

I really can’t wait to see what we receive in the next box!


Here’s the scoop!

Where to Buy: Tea Box Express
Description

Tea Box Express is a monthly box for tea lovers. Every month features a new whole leaf tea and unique accessories.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Ginger Bread Man by Bruu Tea

Hello tea friends!

With Christmas almost here and the cold weather set in I’m drawn to the festive teas. This one was from my late November tea club box and I’m only just getting around to trying it.

Ingredients: Rooibos, Almond Pieces, Pistachios, Orange Peel, Coriander, Flavouring, Pink Peppercorn.

Opening the packet I am drawn in by the scent of ginger biscuits. It’s the most ginger biscuity thing I have ever smelt that was not actually ginger biscuits. It’s incredible! Ginger with baked bread and sugar but also a touch of spice.

Steeping instructions: 1tsp //  100°C  // 3-5 mins

Once steeped the tea is golden red in colour and bares a sweet yet spicy ginger biscuit and Rooibos scent. Very similar to that of the raw scent.

The first few sips reveal a very sweet and gingery note that lingers in the after taste. When I say ginger it’s more like a ginger candy than raw ginger, sometimes blends are too much on the ginger front but this is such a sweet ginger and it’s very nice. Very biscuit like! Also a touch of dryness in the after taste.

After those initial first few sips it remains sweet and with a touch of actual Rooibos flavour with a creamy orange and  ginger and peppercorn spice. The whole blend was well done,  it doesn’t taste too much like Rooibos at all which is favourable with me.

I can’t say much other than it tastes like sweet and creamy ginger biscuits with a dry after taste. It truly does.

Bruu Tea have done some good blends but this may be my favourite so far. It’s very delightful and festive.

Until next time, Happy Steeping!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos blend
Where to Buy: Bruu Tea
Description:

The rich, naturally woody taste of rooibos is already a perfect treat for cold days, but the added tastes of gingerbread and orange in this blend allow you to truly spoil yourself. Caffeine-free and incredibly festive, this decorative infusion makes a wonderful gift – for others or yourself!

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Strawberry Spritz Iced Tea From Teabox

300Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Teabox 

Tea Description:

Strawberries – sweet and luscious – are the perfect summer treat and this tea blend is just as so.
Yielding a gorgeous brownish-red color liquor, this tea is complex, charming and subtle. Sweet aroma of fresh strawberries and mint makes the brew inviting. The mellow, silky-bodied liquor promises to render your palate with tangy flavors of strawberry and orange that linger on for the long haul Marked by a long, fruity finish, this medium caffeine tea is suited for a soothing sip throughout the day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Strawberry Spritz Iced Tea just sounds amazing, doesn’t? It brings to mind relaxing thoughts of reading a good book while enjoying a bright and sunny day. So relaxing.  This blend is a lovely blend of black tea, strawberries, orange peel, mint, vanilla and cinnamon. Quite an array of bright and vibrant flavors.

Brewed up per the pouch instructions-190F for 5 minutes, I happily poured the brew into my mug.  I think I may have overleafed just by the aromas I’m getting from the tea. Darn!

From what I’m getting, this tea has amazing promise and may deserve a cold brew session.  There are strong sweet strawberry and orange notes in each sip. The astringent factor of the black tea base seems to be a bit stronger (again, probably due to overleafing!) than I would have liked. The rest of the flavors are mellow and give a nice background for the other flavors to pop. I wish the mint or vanilla was a tad stronger to give the tea a bit more of a complex feel and flavor.

This tea is pretty good. Even with my overleaf issue. I wish the strawberry notes or orange notes were a bit stronger, but all in all, very decent. I truly believe this is a blend that needs to be enjoyed as a cold brew.  Can’t say I would want a ton of this one but I’m very glad I was able to try the blend.

I didn’t realize Teabox offered flavored blends like this.  I’m off to see what other fun blends they have to offer! 

Lime Green with Envy from BlendBee

Lime-Green-with-EnvyTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy: Amoda Tea

Tea Description:

You don’t see as many lime teas as you do lemon because it’s so much more sour than a lemon and can be tough to balance in a tea. Here it really works though. The lime is tame. The strong green teas and the raspberry leaf give the tea backbone – a little bit earthy, vegetal and what hints at a black tea flavour.

What’s In It: 
All organic ingredients: sencha green tea, china green tea, lemon peel, raspberry leaf, lime extract.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Amoda’s Monthly Subscription Box here.

Taster’s Review:

Let’s all say that when I opened up this month’s Amoda Tea box, I squealed. . . LOUDLY! I love Amoda Tea’s monthly box and to see a company that I have been wanting to try for some tea featured, well, I was a happy girl to say the least.

Each month Amoda Tea puts together a thoughtful offering for their customers.  What I love is that when I open the box up, they have lovingly packaged my teas with my name on it. That just makes you smile!

This month they featured BlendBee, a company that I first heard about on Twitter.  When I saw that there was a sampling of Lime Green with Envy, I couldn’t get my infuser out quick enough.  This tea is described as a green tea with a sour twist. That is a lot for a tea to live up to. So I prepared my water and sat somewhat patiently while the tea steeped.  3 minutes later I was ready to take my first sip.

My initial thoughts? Wow, they got this right! I can really pick up that lime flavor.  Sour but not overly so that I’m puckering up as I drink the tea.  The green tea base is laying down a nice flavor that is somewhat grassy with notes of a vegetal finish.  Each flavor contrasts the other in a very nice way. This tea was crisp and refreshing!

As much as I loved this tea hot, I wanted to try it cold so I popped in a few ice cubes, threw the infuser back in the tea and let it steep for a few more minutes.

What I got in return was one of the best iced teas I’ve had in a bit. This will be one of those teas that I’ll be remembering for some time to come. Cold this tea just shines. I would love to finish this glass off with a nice lemon or lime wedge and possibly turn this tea into a mojito even. Cooled down the lime flavor really shines thru and I’m reminded of summer.  A great tea to have to bring some sunshine in your day.

This month’s offerings have made me realize that I need an Amoda Monthly Tea Box in my life every month.  I will be asking for a subscription for Christmas and if Santa doesn’t bring me what I want? I’ll be getting for myself!