Tea Time All things tea -- from leaf to pot to cup. http://www.lunch.com/teatime <![CDATA[ Strong Aroma, Mild Flavor]]>
It is an acceptable black tea, but the wild berry taste is rather muted. I would have hoped for a better flavor from what is basically Lipton's top-of-the line tea. Sadly, I found it just okay. That may be in part because I'm used to the fuller flavor from the loose-leaf varieties I normally brew. I can recommend it as a great-smelling black tea, but I wish the tasted better matched the scent.

~ Kort]]>
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<![CDATA[ Decent Instant Ginger Tea Drink]]> Ginger "tea". I've purchased a few different brands locally. I prefer the instant in this case because tea-bag varieties I've tried tend to lack flavor and be quite tame. I like my ginger with a kick to it!

Gold Kili's Ginger-Lemon drink has that kick, though it isn't the strongest I've tasted. That honor goes to Instant Crystal Honey Ginger Tea. The Gold Kili brand drink is almost as strong, yet its sweetness has a slightly artificial flavor. Not totally off-putting, but noticeable. The lemon flavor is there too, but very subdued. I prefer the honey taste of the other brand.

The Gold Kili instant ginger drink can handle more than 6-8 oz. of liquid without tasting watered down, and I recommend 10-12 for most folks. I can see it mixing well in various cocktails as well. Medicinal effects of ginger are well documented, though I don't know how effective they are in this formulation. Just be mindful that this is an instant beverage and not the same as one made with fresh ingredients. You get it for the convenience.

~ Kort ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Great Tea Mug, But Not Perfect]]>
The primary appeal of this tea mug after its temperature retention capabilities is it's nifty silicone tea bag holding lid. The tea bag cord slides into a slit in the flexible lid and is held in place during seeping. When done, one just lifts the flexible lid and can squeeze out the last drops from the tea bag into the mug. This isn't a perfect process however and I find myself scorching my fingertips and dripping tea outside the glass when I do it. Perhaps practice will make perfect.

I like the look and capabilities of this lid/mug combo, and plan on using it for quite some time. This is really geared at tea bag drinkers though, so if you prefer loose tea, then it may not be the idea cup/mug for you. If you want a large capacity mug that retains the contents temperature, then it is wonderful. The unique lid aid in this respect and helps with squeezing out the tea bags. Overall, I'd say this product is a win!

~ Kort]]>
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<![CDATA[Tea Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> http://www.lunch.com/Gourmand/reviews/actor/UserReview-Tea-2-1398257-209199.html http://www.lunch.com/Gourmand/reviews/actor/UserReview-Tea-2-1398257-209199.html Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:08:45 +0000 <![CDATA[ Aged Pu-Erh - 1997 Heng Li Chang Bulang]]> HERE before reading further. I received a sample of this tea for part of a tea taste test (OTTI) sponsored by Adagio Teas and two tea vendors.  It is a classic example of a sheng Pu-Erh and specifics can be viewed at the vendor's website.

Recommended brewing for the Heng Li Chang Bulang is with a clay pot. A gaiwan or even a western style glass or ceramic pot will work in a pinch.  I used a small glass "fair cup" to brew the tea and a strainer when pouring it into my cup.

The dry leaf aroma is almost non-existent, just a hint of the standard Pu-Erh scent. I did two quick flash rinses to remove any excess dust or possible off flavors caused by storage conditions.

1st cup: 25 seconds - The broth smell reminds me of the slightly damp basement of an old home up in the North East part of the USA. Not in an unpleasant though. In fact, it brings back childhood memories, but it is hard to pin down exactly what the scent is. I'm assuming it is due to the way this tea was stored. The wet leaves have an even more intense aroma, but it also have a slightly floral, citrus hint to them. The broth appearance is reminiscent of a lightly roasted coffee and has a nice sheen to it. Mouth-feel is good with an immediate impact at the tip of my tongue that works its way backward after swallowing. It has a clean, fall leaf/ woody flavor that is slightly sweet to my taste buds. There is a hint of aged cheese there and not in a off-putting way. No real bitterness to speak of, though there is a slight pucker to the mouth after swallowing. The aftertaste lingers in traditional "Hui Gan" (cooling and sweet) style.

2nd cup: 30 seconds - More of the same, with a cedar woodiness hitting me first and then the lingering Hui Gan. I let this one cool a bit, and the broth is not quite as appealing when room temperature.

3rd cup: 40 seconds - And more of the same but even more intense. A hint of camphor is making an appearance. I let someone else taste and smell it, and they agree it has an aroma that reminds us both of the interior of an old Quonset hut.  I've yet to notice anything remotely fruity, even with the sweet aftertaste. The tea has a drying effect that lingers well after I've stopped drinking.

4th cup: 1 minute - Increasing woodiness and sweet aftertaste. Between sips, the back of my throat is experiencing dryness like one might feel breathing the air near a campfire. Different, but not unpleasant.

5th cup: 2 minutes - The soothing autumnal flavor is still strong and the brews are still dark, though starting to lighten a bit. Allow a sip sit in your mouth for about half a minute and after swallowing you will notice the Hui Gan even more.

6th cup: 3 1/2 minutes - The broth is starting to lighten and flavors taper off to more of a wet leaf taste. Pleasant but no longer at peak. I'll end my tasting here, though I have the leaves steeping for even longer infusions. A quality aged Pu-Erh can be good for 8-20 (or even more) infusions, depending on your brew times and the amount of leaf used. The spent leaves show variety (from stems to buds) are large and in good shape considering they have been aging for 14 years.

Overall, the Heng Li Chang Bulang is a very mellow brew with a calming Cha Qi. My nerves were a bit frayed before I started drinking it but I'm now quite calm. I would recommend this tea to those people who enjoy sheng Pu-Erh. Pu-Erh is an acquired taste and has unique flavor that some people don't care for, but you can learn to appreciate it, and even love it, in time. With a good aged sheng, it's all about the time anyway.

~ Kort]]>
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<![CDATA[ Red DoMatcha handcrafted japanese matcha bowl]]> chawan, purchased from DoMatcha. Chawans are used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and are for drinking matcha; finely ground green tea powder whisked with hot water. Before acquiring this chawan, I would drink my matcha from either a wide soup cup or cereal bowl. I must say that it is more satisfying to drink matcha from a traditional vessel.

Chawans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from elegantly simplistic to rough and earthy. I chose this one because I hadn't seen many with a red glaze. It contrasts nicely with the bright green matcha after it is mixed and has complex enough patterning to keep the eyes interested. The patina of the glaze is smooth but with a slight texture for easy gripping. The bowl doesn't get too hot, is nicely weighted, and its flat "foot" keeps it from easily tipping. The interior is smooth with no ridges so the matcha powder is easy to mix properly. This style is slightly taller and thinner than most and is meant to be used in the winter since it more effectively retains heat. I will be using it year-round however.  If you are new to drinking matcha and don't want to blow you budget, this attractive chawan should be on your short list. Do yourself a favor and get a bamboo whisk (chasen) and a good quality matcha to mix in it.]]>
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<![CDATA[ An Exotic Black Tea]]> Black Dragon Pearl Tea tastes even better than I had expected. It is a smooth black/red tea that is strong without being bitter. There is a definite cocoa component, yet it subtly compliments the Yunnan tea flavor rather than overpowering it. There is also a sweet, earthy quality, but nothing near what one might find in a Pu-Erh tea. The pearls are good about five infusions, with the flavor starting to taper off in the fourth. The dry leaves have an aroma reminiscent of honey and 2-3 pearls per cup is a good place to start. If you have a glass teapot, you can enjoy watching the gold and brown marble-sized leaf balls unfurl in the hot water. The brewing tea has an almost malty aroma. To begin with, brew for about 4 minutes with near boiling water and adjust from there.

Black Dragon Pearls is a relaxing, comforting tea that I'll be keeping in regular rotation. My suggestion is that you purchase yours from Adagio Teas rather than Teavana; you get more ounces for your hard-earned dollar and shipping is less expensive as well.]]>
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<![CDATA[$5 your Adagio order Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-_5_your_Adagio_order-533-1693307-199866.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-_5_your_Adagio_order-533-1693307-199866.html Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:40:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ Decent Tea - Even If Samples Are Random]]> I converted to drinking only loose leaf tea last year and gave this gift pack a try. While it was decent, I have since had better and will probably not be ordering it again.

For one, it is impossible to tell the age of the teas in the tins. For Pu-erh, that's not such a big deal, but for green teas and the Jasmine, you want normally want to get a batch that is a fresh as possible. PierMall is a big reseller of products from around the world, and there is no telling how long what you get had been sitting in some huge warehouse, slowly losing flavor. Another consideration is that you get a random sampling of Chinese teas, no the specific types that is implied by their Amazon listing. If you visit their website, you will see that they draw from this selection:

* China Black Tea
* Tiekuanyin (Iron Goddess of Mercy)
* Oolong
* Lung Ching DragonWell Green Tea
* Yunnan Pu-erh
* Jasmine Tea
* White Tea
* Pu-erh Tea with Chrysanthemum
* Lychee Black Tea
* Rose Black Tea
* Rose Green Tea
* Osthsmum Green Tea

I don't know about you, but I'd like a little more certainty when buying a product. If you are new to tea and trying different varieties out, or are getting this as a gift, then it isn't such a big deal. Of what I received, the Oolong was the best. The Pu-erh was okay, though nothing special, and the Jasmine has a slight aftertaste, leading me to believe it was artificially flavored. Good Jasmine tea should be flavored by the scent of the flower, nothing else. The green and blacks were just okay.

You could do worse if you were to buy teabags, but not much. I would recommend buying good loose leaf tea from dedicated tea vendors who are more upfront about what exactly they are selling you. At this price, you really can't expect to get quality tea. But if you are looking for an inexpensive gift for someone who doesn't know their tea, you could do worse. At least afterward you have some cute little tins in which to store future teas! It may cost a little more, but I think one would be much better served by ordering samples from a company like Heavenly Teas or Adagio.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Balanced Premium Grade Shu Pu-erh]]> First, here's a little info on Pu-erh tea:

Pu-erh is aged, large leaf Chinese tea mostly from the Yunnan province that is low in tannins and has a rich, unique earthy flavor. They actually can improve with age, much like wine, cigars and cheese. All teas offer a variety of health benefits, but pu-erh has an extra one.  According to scientific studies, drinking it can help reduce cholesterol. By helping digestion--particularly of fatty foods--pu-erh is the perfect tea to consume after a heavy meal. It comes in two varieties; naturally aged (sheng) and fermented (shu). Shu pu-erh was developed so that we could enjoy the taste and benefits of sheng, without having to wait for years and  even decades for it to mature. Young shengs can be exceedingly bitter and astringent, but mellow with age.

Pu-erh typically brews up a dark reddish color and has a bold, earthy taste. Unlike most other teas, pu-erh is usually purchased in a compressed state rather than loose leaves. The leaves are pressed together during processing into a variety of shapes. To brew some up, you shave off some tea from the cake or brick and into your teapot.


I have now had the chance to sample a number of sheng and shu pu-erhs and I've come to the conclusion that given the choice, I'd rather have a naturally aged sheng in most cases. However, I sometimes get a craving that only the smooth, rich shu can soothe. Many shus don't live up to that promise, but the 2007 Menghai Golden Needle & White Lotus is not one of them. It has a satisfying flavor and calming energy that is hard to find at this price point. It brews up dark with a pleasant, mild earthiness, slight mineral note and a hint of a caramel sweet aftertaste. I usually get at least five good infusions from it as well (often up to ten), with the flavor profile shifting a bit each time.

Overall, a very satisfying shu pu-erh. It can be brewed up using western methods, but for the best flavor I recommend brewing it gongfu style. I purchased mine from jas-etea and recommend trying a sample before buying a full beeng.]]>
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<![CDATA[ My Favorite Black Tea]]>
Golden Curls is one of my top ten teas, and I'd encourage anyone who likes black/red teas to give it a try.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Superior Earl Grey]]> http://www.taylorsofharrogate.co.uk/ ).

I really love Earl Grey and the Best I have tasted yet is from Taylors of Harrogate.

Earl Grey is named after 2nd Earl Grey who was Prime Minister of Britain in the 1830's and the story goes that he received a gift of Black Tea scented with Bergamont Oil which he really  liked and that is supposedly the start of this fabulous blend but the story has never been proved so it may be just a clever marketing ploy.

Earl Grey Tea is made from a blend of Black Teas most often Chinese and India Teas but sometimes Ceylon Teas are used. It is then Scented with Oil taken from the rind of the Bergamont which is a fragrant citrus fruit.

Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey is a rich Black Tea and has a rather strong Bergamont taste which I really like and it is powerful and and extremly tasty with a very good and refreshing aroma.

And by the way if your really love your Tea, always use Loose Leaf Tea since only inferior Tea is used in Teabags.

In the Star Trek Next Generation Captain Picard really loved his Earl Grey as you can see from this video clip.

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<![CDATA[Numi Tea Flower Jewel Quick Tip by dwillwrite]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Numi_Tea_Flower_Jewel-533-1660907-193358.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Numi_Tea_Flower_Jewel-533-1660907-193358.html Mon, 8 Nov 2010 07:44:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Numi Tea Flower Jewel Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Numi_Tea_Flower_Jewel-533-1660907-192832.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Numi_Tea_Flower_Jewel-533-1660907-192832.html Fri, 29 Oct 2010 19:57:22 +0000 <![CDATA[ Beautiful presentation ...and a pretty good tea too!]]> For those looking for a more exotic tea drinking experience and who like white Jasmine tea, Numi's Flower Jewel is worth a look. About the size of a gum-ball, these jewels slowly open in water to form a flower shape around the central amaranth flower. They are meant to be decorative so glass teapot is a must when preparing this tea.

Decorative does not mean tasteless though. As a white tea, the flavor is mild, but rich and soothing. The jasmine is wonderful but does not overpower the tea. I have had stronger jasmine teas, but this one is quite balanced and tasty. I used a small glass pot when preparing it and was able to get more than 7 yummy infusions out of the jewel before the flavor and scent began to fade. The white tea tips are plentiful and of a high quality and don't get bitter if seeped for long periods.

I must deduct some points though for the high price to tea ratio and the fragility of the flower jewels. Pouring hot water directly on them can cause pieces to fall of and after the 3rd or 4th infusion more of the flower starts to fall apart, though to be fair the main flower shape remains fairly intact. Some even come out of the box starting to missing the central flower or bits of leaf. Better packaging might solve this.

If you want a tea experience that looks as good as it tastes and smells, or are entertaining and want a conversation piece, then Numi Tea Flower Jewel should be on your short list.]]>
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<![CDATA[Celestial Seasonings Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/brand/UserReview-Celestial_Seasonings-533-1472072-191767.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/brand/UserReview-Celestial_Seasonings-533-1472072-191767.html Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:30:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Numi Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/spirit/UserReview-Numi_Iron_Goddess_of_Mercy_Oolong_Tea-533-1652657-188032.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/spirit/UserReview-Numi_Iron_Goddess_of_Mercy_Oolong_Tea-533-1652657-188032.html Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:04:04 +0000 <![CDATA[ Have Mercy!]]> Tieguanyin Tea translated into English as "Iron Goddess Tea" is one of the most famous types of Chinese Tea. It has many different translations and is often called Tieguanyin, Ti Kuan Yin, Tikuanyin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess Tea, and Iron Goddess of Mercy Tea. No matter the name, it is a wonderful, easy drinking tea. Originating in Anxi County in Fujian Province, some of the best Tieguanyin Tea is also now produced in Nantou, in Taiwan. This tea is a variety of Oolong (or Wulong) Tea and has been very popular for centuries. The tea's leaves are dark green and rolled into tight balls. The "Tie" in Tieguanyin is translated into English as "Iron" This is because as you drop the leaves into your teapot they ring like iron as they hit the pot. The tea has the aroma of orchids with little to no hint of the grassiness of greens or the bitterness of blacks, and its flavor is long lasting. It is a wonderful tea and a great tea to begin with.

A variety of this tea comes from Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province. It is called "Monkey Picked Tieguanyin". According to legend, the tea leaves were very difficult to harvest because they grew on the cliff faces on Wuyi Mountain. Local Buddhist Monks trained monkeys to pick the leaves from the inaccessible tea trees. Today, Monkey Picked Tea denotes a high quality Tieguanyin, although it is no longer picked by monkeys (if it ever was). When buying tea make sure you buy it from a reputable dealer to ensure you are getting authentic tea.

Numi's Iron Goddess of Mercy tightly rolled leaves give a solid 'plink' when you drop them into your pot. Use about a tablespoon full for every cup. The bright, dark green leaves unfurl to about 7x their size after several infusions. Put sure to do a short rinse and 1 minute rest to clean off and "wake up" the leaves. This batch of tea from this specific vendor brewed up a lovely pale yellow broth with a light floral aroma on only slightly vegetal flavor with wonderful mouth-feel. It remained very sweet through several infusions with no apparent bitterness. I started the brews at around 3 minutes and gradually lengthened my infusions. It is only moderately oxidized and not roasted, making a very pleasant and drinkable tea cup after cup.

There are better teas if you are willing to pay for them, but at this price, Numi's TGY is an excellent daily drinker. Enjoy!]]>
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<![CDATA[Iced Tea Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> fun way to make iced tea is something I learned as a kid called "sun tea". My mother would put tea bags and cold water in a glass container and set it out in the sun. An hour or two later, she would take the bags out and refrigerate it. I am not sure if the sun did anything special, but it always tasted very refreshing, mellow and smooth, like a summer afternoon. Sweetener is optional, but not preferred.]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Iced_Tea-533-1332538-177532.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Iced_Tea-533-1332538-177532.html Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:11:15 +0000 <![CDATA[ If you must drink bottled tea...]]> A LOT worse than Ito En's Golden Oolong tea. Most of the sugary, over processed stuff out there is awful, and not all that good for you. I usually drink self-brewed, loose-leaf teas, but I gave this a shot when I encountered it by chanced in a grocery store. Unsweetened is a big plus, and I am a fan oolong teas. To my surprise it's quite good for what it is.

I lived on Okinawa as a teenager, and bottled oolong tea I purchased on the local economy was what started my appreciation of various kinds of tea. I'm willing to wager that Ito En's Oolong was the one that began it all. It has a mellow ta flavor with subtle hints of fruit and honey. Very soothing and refreshing. It will not replace fresh brewed tea as my daily drink, but in a pinch and for convenience, I will certainly be getting more of this.]]>
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<![CDATA[Tazo Refresh Tea Quick Tip by trailblazer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/food/UserReview-Tazo_Refresh_Tea-533-1428703-165742.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/food/UserReview-Tazo_Refresh_Tea-533-1428703-165742.html Sat, 25 Sep 2010 00:53:59 +0000 <![CDATA[ Trust the Source for Tea from Lover's Leap]]>
It's a big operation, but still very simple in many ways. For example, they keep their records with paper and pen, measuring tons of tea leaves picked and processed.

They offer very nice tours with guides that speak English. Stay close so you can hear them and ask questions.

Having seen the process from start to finish, I happily drink teas from Lover's Leap.]]>
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<![CDATA[ The Great Tea Kettle Race]]>
Don't believe me? Just go camping. Fire + water + something to hold the water (that doesn't melt) = boiling water. Voila! 

And yet, I felt the need to replace my $15 -- or maybe it was $10 -- tea kettle from a bargain store because although it boiled water, it didn't bring me joy.

When I saw that Le Creseut was selling its green tea kettle for $30 instead of its usual $70, I thought, "I want to go to there." I did. I turned a blind eye to all the other colors and shapes and picked up the green kettle.

But then I felt a little guilty. This purchase provided no new functionality to my kitchen. It was redundant, but I had justified it because it was pretty and from a brand associated with quality.

The Great Tea Kettle Race:

Perhaps, I thought, it's a higher quality and will boil water faster. I decided to test my two kettles.

I filled each with 4 cups of water. I placed them on burners next to each other. With my lovely assistant, I started the gas flame under both kettles at the same time and set it to the same heat level.

I hoped my Le Creseut would boil faster, proving itself a time-saving investment. I stepped away from the stove, grab mugs for my tea and waited. I watched wisps of steam rise out of each kettle's spout. I sang "I'm a little teapot" to myself a couple of times.

The Data:

The Le Creseut kettle whistled at 7:06.4.

My old tea kettle whistled 6:41.0.

My new kettle lost by 24 seconds. Admittedly, I cannot be sure that the starting temperature of the two kettles was exact. For that reason, I'm willing to assume that they are, for all practical purposes, equal in speed.

I also took the temperature of a cup of the water from each tea kettle a minute or two after they whistled. It seemed that the Le Creuset water was slightly colder, but it was also a more ideal temperature for tea.


Ultimately, I am happy because I keep my kettle out all the time, and I love the aesthetic of the Le Creseut tea kettle on my stove. It looks more classy and sophisticated in its own, green way.

Additional Notes and Tips:
  • Despite Le Creseut's fancy name and French origins, my kettle was not made in France. A little sticker told me so.
  • If you are not picky about color, but generally like Le Creseut products, visit one of its outlet stores. I've been to them in Gilroy and Camarillo, California. Then get on their mailing list to hear about deals and get coupons.
  • Beware. They always try to sell you utensils!
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<![CDATA[ It's Like Buttah!]]> Okay, not like the butter most people would expect, but a very smooth, full and slightly savory vegetal flavor. The first time you take a sip, you might not notice it, but let it sit in your mouth a bit before swallowing and then take another sip. The more you drink it, the more it will become apparent. It is very soothing to the pallet.

Jin Xuan Golden Lily Oolong from Summit Tea Company it a good if not great tea, especially for the price and quantity you get. A solid every day drinker. It is not as complex as some that I've had, but that could be due to how long ago it was harvested and a number of other conditions. Depending on how you brew it, a serving of these leaves is good for 4-5 infusions before the flavor wanes, making it an even better value. And even then, the broth is soft and sweet. Seeing the leaves unfurl from tight little balls to full leaves is somehow rewarding as well, adding to the experience.

If you like your Oolongs more on the green side, then you should give it a try. I know I'll be ordering another tin.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Easy to use Tea Machine]]>
It´s quite easy to use, you simply pour water in the water heater on top, add your Tea in the infusion basket below and then choose the right program for you Tea. When the water has heated to the right temperature it runs down into the infusion basket where the Tea infuses for the appropriate amount of time.
When ready it runs from the basket into to the kettle where it is kept warm for 30 minutes by a hot plate.

There are 8 programs to choose from.

1-  95°C - 3 min. Good for small leaves Tea´s like Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling and English Breakfast.

2 - 95°C - 4 min. Recommended for Puerh Tea.

3 - 95°C - 5 min. This one is good for Large leaf Tea's like Assam, Ceylon, Yunnan, Keemun, Earl Grey and                                      other  similar blends. This is the program I use the most.

4 - 70°C - 2min. Recommended for flavored Green Teas and Japanese Sencha.

5 - 70°C - 3 min. For Green Tea and some flavored Green Tea's.

6 - 70°C - 5 min. For White Tea.

7 - 70°C - 8 min.  For White Tea (buds only).

8 - Cleaning program.

Then if you want to,  you can choose to Infuse again and you can change the infusion time from 1 to 15 minutes.

I use program 3 the most and when I want more Tea I simply add one more spoon of Tea to the Infusion Basket and Infuse again.

The Tea is is quite excellent and the machine is easy and simple to use and in fact since I got it, this is the only thing I use to make Tea.

My only criticism of it is that I would like to have a one program where you could choose for yourself both the Temperature and the Infusion time because there are always some Tea blends that may not fit perfectly one of the 7 programs or what you want is slightly different from the set programs, cause everyone has his or here's idiosyncrasies.

You can see more information on their website and also a Video.

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<![CDATA[Tea Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/actor/UserReview-Tea-533-1398257-155653.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/actor/UserReview-Tea-533-1398257-155653.html Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:25:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Afternoon Tea.]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/Lists-533-2563-Afternoon_Tea_.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/Lists-533-2563-Afternoon_Tea_.html Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:49:28 +0000 <![CDATA[ Fine Ceylon tea 'picked, perfected and packed' at origin & 'ethically grown']]> This maker advertises his teas as "ethically grown." Dilmah, founded by Merrill J. Fernando, seeks to revive the tea trade in his native Sri Lanka, and to grow blends that favor local regions in this island rather than cheaper pekoe dust and mass-production methods that fail to move multinational profits back into the community. Similar to what some coffee exchanges are doing, Dilmah aims to do for tea-- to help Third World economies and sustain rural livelihoods.

I have liked their Ceylon Supreme and English Breakfast teabags;, and their Ceylon Estate fancier trapezoidally shaped net-bag brand. They have a clean, organic mouthfeel that holds up well to milk and sweetener, the way I prefer tea. They also have a line of green tea, and a pricier Watte estate line.

This gourmet Watte line seeks as with wine varietals from a single region to give, for the first time for tea, an appellation to bestow on a particular estate. These are more complex, aspiring to what a vineyard might seek to grow over decades to sell as its special concoction. So, I tried "Lover's Leap."

On the "WatteBoutiqueTea-dot-com" website, it's described:  "Sophisticated and fragrant, Lover’s Leap Ran Watte Tea is complex, with hints of fruit, honey and eucalyptus. Its light, golden infusion and greenish infusion beautifully conveys the delicate, yet firm liquor." I'd second that description. I favor darker, stronger, maltier tea, but the combination of an earthier tinge akin to green teas into this appealingly complex brew surprised me. I rarely rate five stars for anything, but this is fragrant tea.

After reading a depressing book, "No Man Is Vile," by William McGowan about the civil strife convulsing Sri Lanka in past decades, and after years not getting a sturdy Kandy black tea that I liked once when Trader Joe's carried it a decade ago, I made a note to try to support their devastated tea industry. Dilmah's line of tea comes with a little pamphlet that explains their mission to pack tea and sell it fresh and to control the whole process to ensure flavor, ethics, and quality. Their DilmahTea-dot-com website tells more of the good works they strive to share, and who can disagree?

Dilmah tea can be hard to find, and I only have bought it when three hundred miles away from my L.A. home, when visiting near Santa Cruz, California! The site says it's sold in 92 countries now. Perhaps other retailers carry it? If you have seen it around your neighborhood, please let us know.]]>
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<![CDATA[Ginger tea Quick Tip by lyssachttr]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Ginger_tea-533-1564181-114187.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Ginger_tea-533-1564181-114187.html Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:35:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Tazo Refresh Tea Quick Tip by lyssachttr]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/food/UserReview-Tazo_Refresh_Tea-533-1428703-113507.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/food/UserReview-Tazo_Refresh_Tea-533-1428703-113507.html Tue, 17 Aug 2010 21:52:37 +0000 <![CDATA[Matcha Powder Quick Tip by Kort_Kramer]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Matcha_Powder-533-1548179-104314.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/d/UserReview-Matcha_Powder-533-1548179-104314.html Tue, 10 Aug 2010 17:31:17 +0000 <![CDATA[ Value Matcha That Delivers]]> I am new to matcha tea (this was my first) but I am very happy with Malden's powdered green tea. I bought it based on the other positive reviews and a little research, and was very pleased. Sixteen bucks for 1/2 a pound puts it in a league of its own. Most of the other matcha powders are much more expensive. I've been drinking it daily for over two weeks (even sharing it with others) and still have well over half of it left.

Now if the matcha quality wasn't good then it wouldn't be worth it. After the sensory overload of my very first cup, I learned to prepare it properly and have grown to really enjoy the taste and extended "lift" it provides. It might not be "ceremonial" grade, but it blends well, has a lovely green color and has a bright, fresh flavor. Some people have said it has a fishy smell but I don't detect that. It is really more akin to freshly mowed grass. The added bonus is the health benefits associated with consuming the whole tea leaf -- win win!

I highly recommend getting a bamboo whisk and proper matcha bowl, but for quick office preparation, some hot water in a mug and a small spoonful works fine. Just be sure to stir it up a lot, and re-stir if you let it sit for a minute or two. It isn't bad with a little vanilla creamer and honey/sugar in the raw either. Matcha may not be to everyone's taste, but for those that enjoy it, Malden's bulk Matcha Powder is hard to beat.]]>
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<![CDATA[Green Tea Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-108-1334501-56384.html http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-108-1334501-56384.html Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:39:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Mad Tea Party Quick Tip by Insane24Se7en]]> http://www.lunch.com/OnlyWDworld/reviews/landmark/UserReview-Mad_Tea_Party-30-1440397-56114.html http://www.lunch.com/OnlyWDworld/reviews/landmark/UserReview-Mad_Tea_Party-30-1440397-56114.html Sat, 17 Apr 2010 05:42:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Green Tea Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> http://www.lunch.com/veganliving/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-34-1334501-55495.html http://www.lunch.com/veganliving/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-34-1334501-55495.html Sun, 28 Mar 2010 21:09:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Green Tea Quick Tip by Clay_Miller]]> http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-108-1334501-55440.html http://www.lunch.com/HealthyLifestyle/reviews/d/UserReview-Green_Tea-108-1334501-55440.html Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:45:06 +0000 <![CDATA[ Drinking Green Tea Everyday is Smart For Overall Health]]>
Green tea gets its color from its very short fermentation process of the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea is very high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. One of these is EGCG.  These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases including Diabetes and cancer.  Green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) regulates and inhibits cancer growth and kills cells that are growing inappropriately.

"I believe in green tea based on everything written about it," says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, LD, a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Green tea, white tea, black tea -- I like all of them."

Some health benefits of green tea:
• Raises metabolism levels
• Strengthens the immune system
• Lowers the risk of developing Diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease
• Helps regulate blood sugar levels
• Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels

It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of green tea a day to get its full benefits.  Most green teas may seem to be a little more bitter than other teas so add a little sweetener if desired.  Green tea sold in stores can be found for the same price as regular tea.

I drink at least one cup of Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea a day.  Unlike most people I don't add anything, even sugar, to my tea at all.  I like it the way it is.  Here’s to discovering a simple way to be healthier in addition to a good diet and exercise.]]>
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<![CDATA[Mint Tea Quick Tip by Davidd]]> http://www.lunch.com/veganliving/reviews/food/UserReview-Mint_Tea-34-1428597-55037.html http://www.lunch.com/veganliving/reviews/food/UserReview-Mint_Tea-34-1428597-55037.html Mon, 15 Mar 2010 17:07:59 +0000 <![CDATA[ One Simple Ride Yet Still So Classic]]>

In honor of the now hit Alice in Wonderland it's time to showcase one of the more simple, yet classic rides at Disney World: The Mad Tea Party. It's a simple concept, you get into an enlarged tea-cup and spin away! Sometimes you can get lucky and even be joined by Alice and the Mad Hatter. The two can be seen causing havoc around the park as they are two of the more playful characters. Do a search for them on YouTube and you can find some rather hilarious clips of both Alice and the Mad Hatter running around the World, interacting with the guests and sometimes even their fellow Disney characters.

The tea cups will always be a staple in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom. With the new movie out I'm sure they are more popular then ever. Like I said about, Alice and the Mad Hatter also make an apearance from time to time and after watching some videos of the two on YouTube I can see why. They are very funny, love interacting with the guests and somewhat have the rule of the Kingdom. It seems they run around the park having fun all day! Now I'd LOVE that job!

To check out the Mad Tea Party head to: http://disneyworldvideo.com/full.php/2010/03...derland-s-mad-tea-party

But if you want to see what Alice and The Mad Hatter like to do around the park, then check this out: http://disneyworldvideo.com/full.php/2010/03...rs-alice-the-mad-hatter

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<![CDATA[ Crouching Rooibos, Hidden Coconut]]>

This was my brother’s first ever loose leaf tea purchase, which we bought at the Teavana located in Glendale, CA. It’s actually a blend of their zingiber ginger coconut rooibos and their honeybush vanilla herbal, so this review would be more accurate had I also included the latter in the title… As it stands, I feel that by including it under this tea the steeping community here on Lunch would have a higher chance at coming across my opinion, even if it’s a blended one. ;P

The blend itself was more honeybush vanilla, less rooibos. Consequently, I’m sure most of the flavor is coming from the herbal side of the blend with touches of the rooibos coming through. But regardless of the ratio, this tea blend smells AMAZING. The first time Ryan and I cracked open the tin, our olfactory senses were bombarded with a sweep of gingery vanilla that pleasantly reminded me of Starbucks’ Tazo Vanilla Rooibos latte. I honestly didn’t wanna stop sniffing this tea. Interestingly enough, the vanilla plays largely a scented role… A lot of the sweetness is involved in the smell of this tea blend, of which I suspect the almond/honey/vanilla combination is responsible for.

But after steeping this tea for five minutes and giving it a sip, much of the sweetness has surprisingly subsided, making way for the flavors present in the rooibos side of the blend: apples, cinnamon, & ginger all swirling together with the red rooibos to form a nutty taste that isn’t actually as sweet as it smells. This is great because it still FEELS sweet; you’re smelling the blend while tasting it at the same time, so the vanilla and ginger eventually come together for a one-two punch that will certainly send you stumbling for more.

I can’t really hunt down the coconut in all of this, but I’m sure it just gets lost somewhere between the sweet honey-vanillas and the almond-cinnamon bits. The next time I steep a cup of this blend, I’ll log it under Teavana’s Honeybush Vanilla so as to spread the love evenly. That said, this tea is a delightfully tasty blend that smells better than it tastes. It’s not that knockout in round 2 that you were hoping for, but the zingiber ginger coconut & honeybush vanilla sure make for a great match nonetheless.

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<![CDATA[ "Who can be still while the muddy water settles?": Laozi]]>
He intersperses inspirational tales from Daoist masters, Zen practitioners, and Japanese and Chinese lore. His own visits and anecdotes explore the philosophical connections with tea and a more balanced harmony with nature and our own attitudes. Those familiar with "zazen" or "just sitting" may find a kindred set of spirits within these simply told pages.

Towler writes these, in fact, rather sparingly. It's as if they sound translated from another language. Many are, of course, but a slight remove from idiomatic English permeates this little guide. His two decades of study and practice may be credited, perhaps, for this pared down prose style, but I found it rather surprising. It may testify to his devotion to a stripped-down, more minimal outlook, but the book does appear on the short side without a lot of information as opposed to inspiration if you wish to learn about tea. The details about types of tea or how to make a cup are minimal, chapters are often brief, and the emphasis is more on the outlook of those who use tea more ritualistically or symbolically than on practical methods or culinary details about tea itself.

I review this in tandem with Sarah Rose's "For All the Tea in China" about the botanical espionage engaged in by the East India Company to smuggle out Chinese "bohea" black tea seeds to grow in India, so this type of larger cultural context and historical impact may be found there, for example. For Cha Dao, the stress is on no stress, the tea mind taking over and the reason for tea being not a substitute for coffee's jolts in our overstimulated world, but for a return to a dignified, less jittery way of relating ourselves to an essence of leaves and water, heat and coolness. Towler's rather timeless collection may not satisfy the hungry customer demanding instant knowledge, but it may soothe the tired wanderer seeking a longer-lasting, more restorative path to domestic wisdom.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Gold Peak Somehow Edges Out AriZona in the Battle of the Sweet Teas]]>

The best way to size up a tea, in my opinion, is to compare it directly to other teas in its category. Conveniently, I just had a can of AriZona Southern Style Sweet Tea last night, its taste relatively fresh on my brain—and tongue. The challenger? Gold Peak’s own Iced Sweet Tea.

They carry this at my local Pacific Theaters, and the first time I had it I hardly even noticed it was there… Next to the huge soda fountain machines by the concession stands, Gold Peak’s iced tea canisters are unassuming by comparison, timid in its plea to thirsty passersby. Fortunate, then, is he who takes the risk of trying something other than Coca Cola or—heaven forbid—Brisk Raspberry Iced Tea.

This sweet tea just feels lighter while you’re drinking it. Measured against the AriZona variety, it definitely tastes cleaner and more pure. The best way I can describe it is by comparing juice to water. AriZona’s sweet tea drink would be the former, thicker in substance and taste alike. Gold Peak’s version, on the other hand, would be the latter: thinner in substance and taste, less filler and more of what matters… tea.

Fortunate is the man who dares try the iced sweet tea in the unsuspecting canister. Fortunate is he who thereby benefits from ZERO high fructose corn syrup in said sweet tea compared to the AriZona alternative. Fortunate is he for this tea.


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<![CDATA[ One of Starbucks' Best Tea Latte Selections]]> I’ve had this tea latte from Starbucks a few times in the past, and each cup is slightly different from the ones before it. This might have something to do with the size cup you order, since I suspect each teabag is the same size. The smaller the cup, the stronger the tea flavors since there is less water volume for the tea to diffuse through.

Today I ordered a Starbucks tall, which is their smallest size. Consequently, I was able to really taste the flavors coming through the large, fine mesh Tazo teabag. I’ve never seen a teabag this big before, let alone made of such a high quality mesh compared to the normal paper stuff I’m used to (then again, I haven’t been a big tea drinker at all until recently). First thing to hit was the vanilla; like everyone has mentioned, there’s definitely an artificiality to the taste of vanilla in this drink, but it’s not unpleasant to the point of ruining the drink. Reason being the apple cinnamon flavors that hit soon after.

Again, I’m sure the flavors were twice as prominent because I ordered a smaller cup, but man could I taste the apple cinnamon flavors! Not too strong that I’d swear I was sucking on a sour apple Jolly Rancher, but just strong enough for me to acknowledge that the flavors are there… more akin to eating a bowl of Apple Jacks cereal in milk. Soon the apple cinnamon takes over—in a good way—as the vanilla takes a backseat to the fruity spices, offering quite a sensational tea latte that gets better over time.

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<![CDATA[ Essential preparation for doing business in Japan and with the Japanese, it is more than just sipping tea]]> This book contains descriptions of the history of the ceremony, the role it has played in Japan and many of the ways in which it is conducted. Learning the basics of the ceremony is not difficult, yet it can be essential knowledge when meeting and interacting with Japanese business executives. It should be required reading for anyone with a need to prepare for meetings and interactions with executives of Japanese companies.]]> http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/book/UserReview-Tea_Ceremony-533-1517028-78294-Essential_preparation_for_doing_business_in_Japan.html http://www.lunch.com/teatime/reviews/book/UserReview-Tea_Ceremony-533-1517028-78294-Essential_preparation_for_doing_business_in_Japan.html Tue, 24 Jun 2008 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[ There is no love sincerer than the love of food. - George Bernard Shaw]]>
I have made several of the recipes and everyone has been easy to follow and wonderfully delicious.

Table of Contents:
Metric and Imperial Conversions
Introduction: Ensconced in Scones
Sweet Scones (examples: chocolate chip orange, gingerbread, raspberry filled almond)
Savory Scones (examples: hearty grain, potato bacon, rye caraway)
Spreads (examples: curd, clotted cream, maple butter)
The Perfect Tea (the authors guide you through some tea time etiquette and ideas)

A few of my favorite recipes:

Blueberry Coffee Cake Scones - it has a streusel topping
Cheese Scones - Cheddar and Parmesan cheese with a dash of red pepper. I served it with chili one night.
Apple Oatmeal Scones - with apples, dates, oatmeal and molasses it's a hearty scone and a great on the go breakfast.
Citrus Curd - I love lemon curd and this recipe takes it to another level with a bit of orange juice and peel.

The recipes call for you to place the scone batter on a buttered 8-9 circle on a cookie sheet, then cut the scones yourself,then bake, and if necessary re-cut. I also received a scone pan for Christmas and I would highly recommend it. The baking temperature and time does not change and the amount of batter is perfect for the pan.

My only gripe about this book is its size, about 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, and the binding; it's next to impossible to keep the page open face up. I like my cook books to be able to remain open for easy access. Other than that this is a fantastic little book and I plan to keep on making a scone a day.
NordicWare Scottish Scone/Cornbread Pan]]>
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<![CDATA[ Another music from a different dancehall]]>
Unfortunate Cup of Tea's best feature is its memorable title and its album art of the band trying to stuff a man-sized green monster into a stereotypical thatched cottage. Perhaps this symbolizes the group's belief that they were subverting Oirish stereotypes. They had succeeded so far on previous albums, but they run out of energy here. Vocals are the best feature, but even they sound rather tired and dispirited. The band seems tuckered out--their grueling years on the road may have been too much too soon.

The Tull influence rears more derivatively than before as heard with the flute breakout on Self-Defense. Santana finds strong echoes in the langourous The Snake's Farewell. Most depressingly, Average White Band sounds like they could've issued the opening track, the interminable If That's What You Want. This stab at disco, with female (or really high-pitched male) backup chorus, thumping beats, and a tattered remnant of mandolin to betray its Irish provenance, is bewildering. For a few seconds, if you are a fan familiar with their music so far, you listen in sheer surprise at this jarring shift onto another dancefloor than their usual showband haunts; after a few minutes, you can't believe the band keeps the same steady chug-chug for still more minutes.

The remaining songs wander about. Those on what would have been side one, tracks 2,3,4 are merely passable at best. High Volume Love has a few moments that are sprightlier, but like the opening and the Self Defense, it's a track that far exceeeds its welcome. Many songs here pass five minutes and seem twice as long.

Side 2 is a bit better. There's more touches of traditional instrumentation here. Flutters of fiddle or flute, hints of whistles, more electric mandolin dart in and alas out of some tunes, but such touches are few compared with the middling mid-tempo and too pedestrian soft-rock of much of this album. I listened to the remaster of this, and it does come across with clarity. I wish more of the songs merited the studio revitalization. The title track and Turn Your Face manage some tunefulness thanks to greater grounding in folkish foundations; the concluding Everything Will Be Alright also mixes more familiar elements akin to their third album's approach. Dancehall Sweethearts had been faulted for more uninspired rawk tripping up the band's folky-hippie nimbleness; these genre-clashing moments are exponentially prolonged over this 47-minute album.

Granted it's at one of the nadirs of rock, 1974, but still, the lack of planning and editing that seems to have gone into the sequencing and the styles here makes me wonder how such a band could reach not only before this such strengths on their first two records but also on the two following, the trad Drive the Cold Winter Away and their pinnacle IMHO The Book of Invasions. After those, the later 70s took their toll as the steadier stadium-pitched rock began to overpower as often as it enhanced the folk increasingly on their last three albums. Such unevenness in their career is captured and summed up on Unfortunate Cup.]]>
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