• Reviews

    Tea Gshwendner Strawberry White Tea

    Tea Gshwendner continues to be one of my favorite tea companies. Nearly all of their teas that I have tried have been exceptionally good and their strawberry white tea is no exception. The manufacturer lists the ingredients as including white tea, strawberries and natural flavor. I surprised to see that the dry leaves really did consist of white tea leaves and large bits of strawberry. Many strawberry teas that I have tried used various other berries to create a faux strawberry that often results in a bitter brew. I made this tea using my Zarafina tea maker set on strong white. The liquor was deep yellow and the aroma of strawberries was very…


  • Places

    Tea Places: Cha Ma Gu Dao

    This past weekend I had the immense pleasure of frequenting a tea house in Montclair, New Jersey called Cha Ma Gu Dao. I was in awe as I had never seen so much loose leaf tea or serious teaware in one place. The whole place was very zen and relaxing. Their tea menu is larger than the menus of many restaurants. It was a tough choice but I decided on the high mountain light roasted oolong. The service was great and so was the tea. While there I also purchased a washi box, one of their three tiered tea tins and some white tea. Reviews of all three with be coming soon. If…

  • Teaware and Gadgets

    The Republic of Tea Citizen’s Traveler Press

    My local Whole Foods recently relocated so I stopped in to check out the new digs. In my shopping travels I came across this neat little tea press. It is basically a Bodum press with some cute graphics added by Republic of Tea. I found it to be generally useful and easy to clean. It also did not seem to retain odors from strongly scented teas, even when the leaves are left for a few hours. The double walled design keeps the tea warm for longer while also preventing me from burning my hands. It didn’t even leak when I absent-mindedly tossed it into my purse. The only issue I had with it…

  • Reviews

    Boulder Tea Hojicha Dark Roast

    Boulder Tea describes this tea as being very low in caffeine with a mellow roasted flavor. They also boast that it can be steeped two or three times. The leaves were dark and fairly large. I brewed this tea using my Zarafina tea maker set on strong green. The liquor was very dark for a green tea, almost resembling a dark Oolong. The aroma was fresh and woodsy with just a bit of smokiness. This tea had a vegetal taste and I could definitely detect the roasted quality. It has a sweet aftertaste that was very refreshing. I wish that I had more of this tea to sample because I have a feeling…

  • Reviews

    TeaGschwendner Fancy White Peony

    I realize that I’ve been a very bad tea blogger. I’ve been an even worse tea drinker. My lack of free time is really cramping my tea style. I hope to make a bunch of posts over the next few days to make up for it. Getting back to my beloved tea is my New Year’s Resolution. According to TeaGschwendner, this is a “new style” Chinese White Tea from the Fujian Province. It is created by plucking of the bud and first leaf in late March or early April. I wasn’t sure what was new about it since it appeared to be very similar to a standard white peony. The aroma of the…

  • 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…