Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tavalon Sweet Lemongrass

I won one of Tavalon’s Twitter contests so I used my prize to buy an assortment of their teas. I’m not a big fan of herbals but their Sweet Lemongrass was included so I figured I would try it anyway. According to my dictionary it is a tropical grass that is native to southern India and Sri Lanka, yielding aromatic oil used as flavoring and in perfumery and medicine. The dry tea pretty much looked like dried grass but with slightly more variance in color.

This tea just wasn’t for me. I usually love Tavalon’s teas but I think my dislike of this particular selection has more to do with flavor preferences. It wasn’t offensive; it just tasted like lemon flavored water and I guess that I’m just not a lemony person. I do keep this tea at work so I can get a vitamin c boost when I feel under the weather. It wasn’t bad but I probably wouldn’t recommend this tea.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Tavalon Menage a Gummies

I’ve been intrigued by Tavalon’s gourmet gummie bears for some time so when I saw the Tavalon booth at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival I took the change to pick up a small jar. While not exactly “healthy” for you they use all natural ingredients, some of which are organic. They smelled amazing due to the fact that they use real fruit extracts instead of artificial flavoring. I love finding something I can indulge in without feeling guilty afterwards.

At $5.50 for 4oz they are probably the most expensive gummy bears I have ever had but I have to say that it was worth it. They are simply melt in your mouth delicious. They come in acai blueberry, pomegranate white tea and peach green tea. I actually found myself rationing them so that I wouldn’t run out too quickly. These sweet treats would make a great gift for a tea loving friend.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Den’s Tea Sencha Fuka-midori

For a long time I wasn’t a fan of sencha. Now I realize that my first few attempts were with relatively low quality tea. Den’s has always seemed to be THE source for green tea so I ordered their green tea sampler and this tea was included. The leaves were a dark emerald color and smelled fresh but not quite the freshly mowed lawn smell I was expecting. I brewed this tea in a cast iron tea pot called a testubin with 170 degree water for two and a half minutes. This was longer than Den’s directions but my testubin is fairly large and I was worried about ending up with a weak brew.

The brewed tea had a slight roasted aroma but also retained the fresh smell of the dry leaves. This tea was naturally sweet and had a taste that lingered long after taking a sip. It was not bitter in the least. I compared a cooled cup and a still hot cup and they were both equally delicious. I think I would be hard pressed to find a green tea that was a refreshing as this selection. It was perfect for a warm northeastern day like today.