Green Tea

Green Tea Review: Fleur De Geisha from Le Palais Des Thes

Fleur De Geisha

Company/Brand Name: Le Palais Des Thés 

Name: Fleur De Geisha

Category: Delicately Flavored Green Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Japan

The Leaves: Fragrant, dark green leaves

Additions: Aroma

Flavor: A high-quality green tea with a touch of sweetness and loaded with flavor

Overall: This tea is perfect for those quiet, spring and summer time moments. I found myself quite taken by the flowery, cherry blossom aroma. It was subtle, yet fragrant enough to captivate my senses.

Tea Review:

Upon opening the Fleur De Geisha tea canister, I was met with a delicate and exotic cherry blossom fragrance that was simply intoxicating. When I finally got around to brewing a cup, I once again took a moment to inhale the aroma of the green tea before taking my first sip.

Upon taking my first taste, I was taken aback momentarily because the flavor was much more powerful than I had anticipated. I had been expecting a more subtle taste experience. Yet, there was a delightful grassiness that was complimented by a touch of tanginess on the tongue that I rather enjoyed. It certainly made me take notice.

At this point I really could not comprehend the sweet-floweriness of the Fleur De Geisha, so I experimented with a simple method that I had learned from watching a tea master.

I deeply inhaled the steamy, lush fragrance and then took a sip of hot brew. Voila! There is the sweet, cherry blossom taste I was looking for!

Overall, I discovered that you’ve got to really relax into this tea to enjoy the complexity of it. If you try to rush the experience, you’ll be disappointed.

Take it slow and remember to deeply inhale often for a luxurious experience.

Packaging:

Fleur De Geisha Packaging (Colorful Tea Tin)

You’ll find that if you explore the Le Palais Des Thés web page, that you have several options when ordering any one selection of tea.

For instance, if ordering the Fleur De Geisha green tea, you have the option of a large silver pouch, slim silver tin, gourmet tea bags, the colorful tea canister I had received or, a stunning cherry blossom designed washi (Japanese paper) tea canister.

I don’t know about you, but I love having choices!

Preparation Tips:

The tea canister I received recommended an infusion time of 4-5 minutes. The Le Palais Des Thés website recommended a steep time of 3-4 minutes at 167F.

However, I found that a steep time of 2 minutes at a water temp of 160F led to the most enjoyable cup for my personal tastes. This tea can easily get bitter, so a lower steeping time and water temperature really does the trick.

I used my mini-glass teapot to for brewing the leaves. And, as with all the teas I review, I used filtered water, which is simply a must for the best flavor.

Additional Notes:

Iced Tea – This green tea is also brilliant as an iced tea. In fact, it became my preferred beverage as the days got longer and hotter!

Plus, this tea encourages you to slow down and savor all the nuances. You could drink this tea on the go, but why? Take a great novel out to the deck, or even poolside, and give this delicious green tea a try. It will tantalize your taste buds while also soothing your need for a bit of dramatic flair.

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If you’d like to purchase this green tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to Fleur De Geisha web page. Enjoy!

Le Palais Des Thés : Fleur De Geisha

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Green Tea Review: Thé Du Hammam from Le Palais des Thés

The Du Hamman

Company/Brand Name: Le Palais Des Thés

Name: Thé Du Hammam

Category: Flavored Green Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: China

The Leaves: Long, flat green leaves sprinkled with large flower petals

Additions: Flower Petals (Rose, Sunflower, Mallow), Aromas

Flavor: A light, floral green tea with sweet notes of exotic fruit

Overall: A scrumptious, flavored green tea that inspires the imagination and tantalizes the taste buds. I think we’re going to be long-time friends!

Tea Review:

When I first opened Thé Du Hammam I was briefly mesmerized by the glorious perfume of the leaves. The smell reminded me of luscious strawberries with a touch of vanilla, wrapped in a flowery bouquet.

It’s the kind of fragrance that lifts the spirits and excites the senses.

Because I was so fascinated by the smell of the leaves, I brewed up a cup straight away!

As the leaves and petals blossomed in the hot water, I detected a faint aroma of berries and vanilla in the air. My anticipation was nearly unbearable.

Then, to fully enjoy the moment, I settled into a comfy chair and took my first sip and it was simply divine.

On the nose there was a sweet, almost sensuous scent with hints of vanilla bean, exotic flowers and berries. Then as the green tea cascaded into my mouth, the intoxicating fragrance lingered.

At first, I detected a flavor that prompted a memory of marshmallows; fluffy, light and sweet. Then notes of orange blossoms and exotic fruits engaged my senses before the underlying vegetal note made a subtle and refreshing appearance.

Next, a slight tanginess on my tongue left the final impression before the last bit was swallowed.

The finish was graceful and soft like a delicate flower.

One of the key pleasures of this green tea was the fragrance, so inhale deeply and slowly before each sip for maximum enjoyment!

Packaging:

The Du Hammam Packaging (Silver Pouch)

Thé Du Hammam tea came in a foil-lined, silver pouch with label that was printed in both French and English.

Upon exploring the Le Palais Des Thés web page, I discovered that there are several packaging options for the “Les Créations” collection.

For instance, if ordering Thé Du Hammam you have the option of a large silver pouch (like the one I received), a slim silver tin, gourmet tea bags, or a colorful tea canister.

I just love having options!

Preparation Tips:

The directions on the bag where straightforward, just use a water temperature of 170F and a steep time of three minutes.

However, I found that I preferred the taste of Thé Du Hammam when infused for about two-three minutes in water that was about 163F. By reducing the water temperature, there was less bitterness and I was able to enjoy all the subtle flavors more fully.

Lastly, I only used filtered water to sample this lovely, flavored green tea. The flavors are too fine and elusive for tap water.

Additional Notes:

Iced Tea: I really enjoyed this green tea iced; the sweet-berry-fruitiness really stood out when the tea was chilled. There was also a slight creaminess to the overall taste, that made Thé Du Hammam a delightful and uplifting chilled drink.

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If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to Thé Du Hammam web page. Enjoy!

Le Palais Des Thés: Thé Du Hammam

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Affiliate Links: No

Photo Credits: A Girl With Tea

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Types of Tea: An Introduction (Video)

Enjoy this lively, quick video that will walk you through the six types of tea. Plus, a few tisanes too!

Watch it in full-screen mode to get the total, awesomeness effect from the types of tea video. Have fun!

Photo Credits:
Flickr.com/Creative Commons Attribution License ~
Camellia Sinensis: Gwydion Williams
Puer Tea: Teajournaling
Rooibos: Akuppa
Yerba Mate: Juan Pablo Olmo
Fruit Tea: Moonlightbulb

Fotolia.com/Standard License ~
White Tea: Esolheim
Yellow Tea: Delphimages
Herbal Tea: KateP

Wikipedia/Free Art License ~ Guayusa: Anna Premo
Wikipedia/GNU Free Documentation License ~ Oolong Tea: Lateasquirrel

A Girl With Tea ~
Green and Black Tea

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I Dread The Greens

Adagio Masters Collection

Yesterday, after the 16-inches of snow had been plowed and the cars de-iced, I settled in with a pot of Gyokuro Imperial from Teavana.

I had been putting off trying this green tea since October, the day I purchased it at the Teavana store at the Mall of America, simply because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.

I realize that the above may sound quite absurd, but I tend to not be a big fan of green tea. Yet, I really do want to like it.

Of course, my familiarity with green tea is quite limited. I’ve only had two loose green teas my entire life, both of which I surprisingly liked: English Tea Store’s Jasmine with Flowers and Pinhead Gunpowder.

Despite this agreeable encounter, however, my aversion to green tea continued to linger. I’m not sure of the primary cause, but I seem to dread the greens.

Although, my recent scare (drove to work in a bizzard and almost went into the ditch several times) seemed to have given me the chutzpah to finally give the Gyokuro Imperial a try.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the flavor in my cup; it was quite vegetal tasting. But then the flavor started to grow on me, the creamy finish certainly helped.

The color of the liquor was a beautiful greenish-yellowish hue, which I attempted to capture via my digital camera. While I was doing this, my pot of green tea went cold and turned a dark, piss yellow. This wasn’t very appetizing, so I ended up throwing the rest away.

I could have done a second infusion with the leaves, but decided against it because it was getting late.

Hopefully, someday I will start to appreciate green tea more fully and stop dreading them!

For now, I think I’ll stick with my robust black tea and venture every so often in green territory.

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Green Tea Review: Honest Tea Jasmine Green Energy

Honest Jasmine Green Energy

Company/Brand Name: Honest Tea

Name: Jasmine Green Energy

Category: Green and White Tea Blend, USDA Organic

Form: Bottled in a glass container

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not Applicable

Additions: Agave syrup, which adds 17 calories per serving, or 34 calories per 16 oz. bottle

Flavor: Sweet and flowery at first, then slightly grassy with a bitter aftertaste

Overall: A strongly flavored bottled tea that will surprise those who are used to a mellower tea concoction and amuse those who enjoy a little bite to their tea.

Tea Review:

I’ve had this bottle of Honest Tea hanging out in the fridge for a while; I was waiting for the right time to give it a try. Today, I wasn’t able to get to my tea kettle because the kitchen was going through a little remodeling, so it seemed like a good day to sample this particular brew.

I found this bottled tea to be quite tart tasting. Yet, I wasn’t turned off by the bitterness at all because the combination of flavors was quite interesting.

When I first take a sip, the flavor is sweet. Then the jasmine expresses itself alongside a hint of grassiness. Finally, as the brew makes its way to the back of my throat, the taste becomes bitter.  Yet, the sweetness still lingers, so a bitter-sweet flavor is my final impression.

Preparation Tips:

Twist the top off and drink!

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Honest Tea

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Green Tea Review: English Tea Store Jasmine with Flowers

Jasmine With Flowers

Company/Brand Name: English Tea Store

Name: Jasmine with Flowers

Category: Green Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Fujian Province, China

The Leaves: The cut, dark green leaves are splashed with pieces of dried yellow petals. The aroma of the leaves is simply intoxicating; a bouquet of sweet and fragrant jasmine flowers.

Additions: Jasmine Petals

Flavor: A sweet and flowery tasting tea

Overall: The Jasmine with Flowers is a delightful green tea that captivates the senses and brings beauty to everyday life.

Tea Review:

The flavor of the Jasmine with Flowers is representative of the exotic scent the dried leaves and petals revealed when I first opened the tea package.

A sweet-flowery taste stands-out, yet it is delicate enough to allow the green tea to reveal its refreshing essence.

Interestingly, as the liquor travels down my throat a sense of creaminess occurs leaving me feeling as if I’ve just sipped something quite remarkable.

This green tea takes me away to some exotic Asian flower garden where blossoms fill the air with a delightful perfume. The enchanting sweetness begs me to linger and enjoy the moment.

Overall, I found the jasmine in this tea both calming and uplifting; a perfect combination for meditation or simply taking a few moments in the day to relax.

Packaging:

I had ordered the Chinese Teas sampler pack and my 1-ounce samples were shipped in plain, black bags that appeared to be thick-plastic.

On the label was just the name of the tea, no steeping instructions were included. I had to go to the website for brewing tips. On the plus side, the bags are re-sealable.

As a side note: In the sampler pack I had received, the Jasmine Dragon Tears Lychee, Congou China Black and Shanghai Lychee Jasmine where all missing. Instead, I was shipped three packages of the Lapsang Souchong and a duplicate of the Jasmine with Flowers. In all fairness, the sampler pack webpage does indicate that: “substitutions may be made according to availability.”

Preparation Tips:

For the best flavor, the English Tea Store website recommends that the Jasmine with Flowers green tea be steeped for 1 to 4 minutes in steaming water (150-180F). I found these instructions useful, although, I did use filtered water becasue the taste of this delicate tea can be bungled by chlorinated water.

Since there were no instructions regarding the amount of tea or water to use, I went with the general guideline of one teaspoon of tea per cup of water.

I tried a stainless steel, mesh ball infuser and T-Sac paper tea filter; I found that they both worked quite fine for keeping the leaves separate from the drinkable brew. However, I much preferred using my little mini-teapot to allow the leaves plenty of room to unfurl.

Additional Notes:

Iced Tea – The Jasmine with Flowers makes a delicious and energizing iced-tea drink that is sure to please.

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If you’d like to purchase this tea straight away, just click the link below, it will take you directly to the English Tea Store web page. Enjoy!

English Tea Store

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Green Tea Review: English Tea Store Pinhead Gunpowder

ETS Pinhead Gunpowder

Company/Brand Name: English Tea Store

Tea Name: Pinhead Gunpowder

Tea Category: Green Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of Tea Leaf: China

The Leaves: The leaves are rolled into small, shiny circular shapes

Additions: None 

Flavor: A highly-flavorful, slightly vegetal green tea that has a smooth and sweet smokiness

Overall: 4.4/5

I found the Pinhead Gunpowder to be a nice introduction to the world of green tea because it isn’t too “green tea” tasting. In fact, it has an enjoyable combination of flavors that come together to create a tasty cup.  

Packaging:

I had ordered the Chinese Teas sampler pack and Pinhead Gunpowder was one of the selections.

Each of the one-ounce samples I received in the sampler package came in a thick-plastic, black bag with the name of the tea on the front.

No brewing tips were included on the tea pouch, so I had to visit the English Tea Store’s website for more information. But, the bag is re-sealable which makes it quite convenient.

As a side note, when my samples arrived I discovered that three of the selections advertised on the webpage where not included in my order. Instead, I received three duplicate packages, two of the Lapsang Souchong and one of the Jasmine with Flowers.

In all fairness, the Chinese Teas sampler pack webpage states: “substitutions may be made according to availability.”

Tea Review:

I really enjoyed watching the leaves unfurl as they steeped, especially since I am used to only drinking tea from tea bags and not seeing the tea leaves at all.

Once the leaves were fully infused they took on an ever so slight smoky aroma, the smokiness isn’t harsh, but almost sweet smelling. Perhaps a little like fine tobacco.

The first sip is somewhat vegetal tasting, but not so much as to be a turn-off. Even this lover-of–black-tea found the flavor stimulating and pleasing.

Then there is the sweet-smokiness, which doesn’t sound that appetizing, yet it works. It actually gives my brew some complexity and robustness that I wasn’t expecting.

Lastly, there is a touch of astringency that is refreshing and left me wanting another cup of Pinhead Gunpowder.

On the whole, I liked it especially becuase it reminded me of faraway places where I have never been. It’s like getting a taste of the orient without having to leave my comfy chair! 

Preparation Tips:

The English Tea Store Chinese Teas sampler pack webpage states that green teas should be brewed in steaming water (150-180F) for 1 to 4 minutes.

I fiddled around with different water temperatures and steeping times, but found little difference in taste. I even poured boiling water over the leaves accidently a couple times and still had a drinkable brew. The only difference was the level of astringency, which increased along with the water temperature and/or brewing time. This tea is quite forgiving.

Because there were no recommendations on how much tea and water to use, I went with the general guideline of one teaspoon of tea per cup of water. However, as the leaves unfurl they tend to take up a lot of space, so depending upon the filter method, the amount of leaves used may need to be adjusted.

I tried both a large paper filter as well as my new mini-glass teapot (with a spring like filter in the spout) to steep the leaves. Both methods worked great. But, I do prefer using the glass teapot; especially for this tea because it allowed me to watch the leaves unfold as they steeped.

Vendor Provided Sample: No

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Amy

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Green Tea Review: Lipton Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit

Company/Brand Name: Lipton

Name: Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

Category: Green Tea, Flavored

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Natural Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin, Peach Juice Solids, Concentrated Mangosteen Juice

Flavor: A sweet-fruity tea, with just a touch of bitter, vegetal taste

Overall: I have to admit, that I haven’t had the best taste experiences when it comes to Lipton tea. But, when a friend told me how much she liked this tea and gave me a sample, I thought what the heck; I’ll give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised. I actually liked the flavor of this green tea, especially when it is iced, and ended up purchasing a box for myself.

Tea Review:

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit Iced

As the tea brewed, it filled my kitchen with a fruity-sweet bouquet; this increased my expectation for a positive taste encounter.

I was not disappointed; the first sip is flavorful and sweet. I found the fruitiness to be slightly “fakey” tasting, but not so much as to ruin the overall flavor.

I wasn’t able to discern the flavors of mangosteen or peach in my cup.

Of course, I’ve never tried a mangosteen fruit, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, I do know what peach tastes like. Occasionally, a somewhat peachy flavor did make an appearance, but it was quite elusive and certainly not a strong contender in my brew.

Then, to round out the cup, there is a hint of vegetal, or “green tea” taste, which at times even takes on a slight maltiness.

Packaging:

Lipton Green Tea Superfruit Packaging

The Lipton Green Tea Superfruit comes in a colorful rectangular box which contains 20 tea bags. Each tea bag is individually wrapped in a paper envelope.

Preparation Tips:

The package directions say to: “Bring cold water to a boil and pour over tea bag. Brew 1 to 1 ½ minutes or to desired strength.” However, I found that if I let the water cool to about 170 to 180F and then steep the tea bag for about 2 minutes, I had a better tasting brew.

Additional Notes:

Iced Tea – When I sampled this tea over ice, it took on a very pleasing malty taste, like beer. I quite enjoyed the Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach chilled much more so than when drinking it hot.

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If you’d like to purchase this tea from Amazon.com just click the link below. Enjoy!

Green Tea Superfruit White Mangosteen and Peach

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