So today’s post will include 4 teas because I was unable to post on friday (and I tend to stay away from technology on the weekends ;)).
Blueberry Tea (White Tea) –
The first tea I would like to talk about is a white tea called Blueberry Tea. This is another tea that was given to me as a gift and the gift-giver doesn’t know what happened to the tea store she got it from. This is a fairly light tea that has a slight hint of blueberry taste to it. It is one my absolute favorites, which is strange because I am not normally a fan of white tea. The tea turns the water a light green/brown when it is done steeping. I find it to be very thirst quenching. It is pretty good warm, and very flavorful when its cold(almost more than warm).
You can find out more about it here, and even order some if you’d like! :)
Slim & Slender (Wellness Blend) –
Last week I went to Teaopia and purchased a “teaser” tea box set. It’s an orange tin that has 9 individual tins in it, with various types of tea in them. They said they will make around 15 cups of tea from each tin, but I always find I can make more.
The first tea I tried from this boxset was a wellness blend called Slim & Slender. I’ll admit it wasn’t a good start to the box set, but that’s what you get from trial and error with new teas. This tea includes Yerba Mate, King of Pu-Erh (this tea is awful on its own in my opinion, nevermind in a blend), stinging nettle, carrot pieces, aloe vera, red rose buds, mallow flowers, calcium lactate, sunflowers and magnesium citrate. This tea is supposed to boost your immune system and burn fat.
The one thing I will agree on from Teaopia’s review, is the taste. It has a wonderful flavour of guava/pineapple/lemon. It suprised me that I enjoyed the taste, I thought I would hate it as soon as I found out Pu-Erh was in it (the stuff is reched on its own). The water turns yellow/brown at first, as soon as it touches the tea leaves. Then if you watch carefully you can see the red slowly leak out the more it steeps. By the time its done, the water is a red/brown color. Teaopia recommends that you steep it for 6-8 minutes, which I actually abided by this time (for the first time ever, I usually just leave the infuser in until the water is gone).
The reason I gave it such a low rating was because it really made me thirsty afterwards. The after taste doesn’t last too long afterwards (which can be good or bad). And I’m not sure if this is related to the tea (which it could be because it’s a wellness blend), but I was in a terrible mood for the rest of the day after having this tea. I felt extremely tired and drained. Which is funny, but I thought the tea would make me feel refreshed.
Sweet Energy (Mate) –
The second tea I tried from the Teaopia box set was called Mate Sweet Energy. This tea has green mata (full of health benefits), aloe vera bits, figs, dates, orange peel, mallow flower and sunflower petals.
When you first put water into the tea with the infuser, it turns a bright blue-ish green. Once it steeps a bit more it turns into a darker green color. It was quite neat to watch, and I found myself showing people at my work. Perhaps it was the aloe vera turning the water this color? I let it steep for 6-8 as per Teaopia’s instructions, and it turned out great. It gave a tight, yet refreshing taste and you get a nice green tea / fruity after taste. It’s really nice hot, and I think would be good if you ahd a stomach ache because there is a nice taste to the tea but it isn’t too over powering. I tried drinking some when it was cold but it didn’t taste like much, so I would recommend this one for hot drinking only. I also think the look of the tea reminds me a little bit of fish food flakes, but we won’t think of that ;).
I have posted some pictures of the tea steeping below. Please forgive my cup, it is loved and very well used. Also the tea color is a bit off due to my blue cup, but you get the idea.
Peaches & Cream (Oolong) –
This is the 3 tea that I have tried from my 9 piece Teaopia box set. It’s an Oolong Tea called Peaches & Cream. The look of oolong tea is quite distinct because the leaves are individually rolled up (not sure if you can tell from the picture, but you can look closely). As it steeps the leaves slowly uncurl, which can cause your tea ball infuser to fill up quite fast(see picture). So if you have a clear tea pot, I would recommend putting it in their and watching the leaves do their thing. This tea contains papaya pieces, peach pieces, pomegranate flowers, safflowers and natural aroma. This oolong tea is less oxidized tahn others, and matches well with the papaya, peach and pomegranate.
The Peaches and Cream tea smells exactly like you think it would (the smell is even stronger in the dry tea). It seemed a bit weak, but perhaps because I didn’t put as much tea in, with fear that it would cause the infuser to bust open when the tea leaves opened. Nothing too special about this tea, I gave it 5 because it does have a fairly nice taste, but it isn’t very strong. And it is neat visually to watch the leaves uncurl. It might be nice if you made it stronger, added sugar and drank it cold. Might be nice and refreshing on a summers day.
Happy tea drinking!!! :)