• Reviews

    Teajo Rooibos Chai

    I was excited to try this selection because I thought rooibos and chai was a unique combination. Teajo lists the ingredients as including African rooibos with cinnamon, ginger and other natural spices. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker set on strong, herbal. The liquor was a deep red and the spicy scent was very apparent, both in the tea and the dry leaves. I have to say that this is the first selection from Teajo that I have thoroughly enjoyed. It was a tasty and spicy with just a hint of the woodsy flavor of rooibos. It was definitely chai but in an understated way that wasn’t overwhelming to the…


  • Places

    Japanese Garden in Autumn

    I was bored this weekend so I dragged by boyfriend to the Japanese Garden at Georgian Court University. I’ve been meaning to go for some time and I figured we should make a run for it before winter is upon us. I was no dissapointed. The Japanese maple leaves covered everything in a blanket of bright red. They even had a restored traditional tea house in the garden. The inside shot was as good as I could get through the glass but you can get the general idea of the structure. I also hit up the newly relocated Whole Foods and found a neat little travel tea press for $10. I also picked…

  • Reviews

    TeaGschwendner Rooibos Cream Caramel

    TeaGschwendner’s lists the ingredients as including rooibush tea, caramel bits, and natural flavor. The dry leaves had the woodsy rooibos smell with just a hint of creamy sweetness. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker, set on strong herbal. The liquor had a deep red color that was typical of most rooibos teas I have had. This tea was rich and decadent with a pleasant aftertaste. The flavoring was not overpowering to the rooibos base but was just enough to complement it. I would be curious to know what they used to get the creamy taste because it so perfectly on the money. I even resteeped this tea a second time…

  • Reviews

    Teajo Tropical Mango

    Teajo does not list the ingredients on their website but I could definitely see pieces of mango among the black tea as well as some kind of flower petals. The leaves smelled promisingly sweet and fruity. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker. The liquor was a little on the light side for a black tea but had the same aroma as the leaves. I am sorry to say that there was nothing tropical about this tea. It was weak even as a straight black tea. I’m a strong believer that in order to make a good blended tea you have to start with a quality base. This tea lacked any…

  • Reviews

    Tea Guys Papaya Ginger

    Tea Guys lists the ingredients as including white tea, organic green tea, organic lemon myrtle, ginger, citrus peel, pineapple, anise, papaya, pomegranate, natural flavors, marigold and jasmine. The dry tea had a dazzling array of colors and a sweet aroma comparable to that of honey. The liquor was a light lemony yellow. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker, set on strong white. I’ve been impressed with every Tea Guys blend I have tried and this selection is no exception. The ingredients blend beautifully together to create a complex palate that evokes a tropical vacation. The combination of the fruit, spices and flowers complement the tea rather than masking its flavor.…

  • Teaware and Gadgets

    Hou De Double Fish Aroma Cup Set

    I have always been intrigued by the idea of aroma cups because aroma is one of my favorite qualities of tea. First the tea is poured in the aroma cup, the tasting cup is placed on top and then they are inverted so the tasting cup is on the bottom. The aroma cup is slowly lifted up, allowing the tea to flow into the tasting cup. The residual tea left in the aroma cup enables you to truly savor the scent of the tea. I was drawn to this particular set because keeping aquarium fish are another one of my passions besides tea. I love the look of the blue fish against the…