Thursday, December 17, 2009

Steepster Ultimate Holiday Tea Contest

Steepster recently announced one of the most awesome tea contests that I have ever heard of. The grand prize is a tea bundle worth more than $800, including an über cool Sorapot. To enter you can tweet about which tea in the bundle you would make first if you won or you can post on the discussion board topic. The contest ends at 8:00pm EST on December 18th so get a move on it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tea Palace Sencha Aloe Vera

Sencha has become one of my favorite green teas because I love the delicate flavor. This blend sounded really interesting as I had never seen aloe vera in a tea ingredient list before. The dry leaves were deep green with visible pieces of pineapple. They smelled very fruity and slightly vegetal. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker set on strong green. The tea was a deep gold color and retained the same sweet aroma that the leaves had.

This tea was much better balanced than I was expecting. It was sweet and fruity but the sencha still shone through in the background. It also stood up well to resteeping. However, midway through my second cup I started getting a strange aftertaste that was almost medicinal. I believe this is from the aloe vera. My boyfriend had some sweetened with stevia and really liked it that way. I might not buy this tea but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup if it were offered.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Upcoming Reviews and a Giveaway

I am running a little behind in my tea reviewing duties but soon I’ll be posting five reviews of offerings from Golden Moon Tea. Their sugar caramel oolong tea is one of my all time favorites. I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas but Golden Moon is one of the few companies that know how to do them right. You can search their catalog based on the country of origin, time of day, type of cuisine and even your mood. Keep an eye out for these posts because commenting on each of them will enter you in a drawing to win some samples for yourself.

I have decided that from now on I will bite the bullet and pay extra for EMS shipping. I shipped my last TeaChat special order SAL and it still hasn’t gotten here yet, the suspense is killing me. Lu Yu has not made his appearance yet either.