Tag Archives: Green Tea

Review: Tiesta Tea Lean Green Machine

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here’s another one from Tiesta Tea! This time it’s a zesty green tea in their slenderizer line of teas. Lean Green Machine is a blend of green tea, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, bergamot oil and natural flavors. Isn’t it so pretty, too?! I love all the big chunky pieces.

As this tea steeps it looks and smells very vegetal. The tea leaves and other pieces expand, taking up a lot of room in the teapot! The smell is very fresh, of lemons a grass. As far as taste, for me, the most prominent flavor is the bergamot. Maybe because I’m used to tasting it in black tea? Or maybe because the orange peel and lemon peel act to accentuate the flavor? No mater, it tastes good – flavorful without being flowery. On second steep I found the lemongrass much more noticeable than in my first cup. So, that was fun!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves –  This tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Just a touch of honey

This is a delicious green tea. It has a clean, crisp, and just slightly green/earthy taste. For me the bergamot, lemon, and orange notes rounded out the green tea and softened the sometimes harsh taste of typical green teas. It’s a pretty tea that opened up to reveal big full leaves! I love when the steeped tea looks almost like fresh-picked picked leaves! This is a good choice to keep in the cupboard as a solid stand-by solid green tea.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Photos: katiering.com

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.

Review: Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: below boiling point
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

It seems like the flavor of lemongrass is one of those things that either you love it or you hate it. I love it! In this tea, i found the lemongrass flavor to be subtle rather than punch-you-in-the face. This might be because I didn’t steep it for long, trying not to end up with bitter green tea. The result was a light and fragrant tea, prefect for looking towards spring. I often drink green tea in the afternoon, because I like the way it tastes and it has less caffeine. Good Earth Lemongrass Green Tea made a nice afternoon treat!

Give this tea a try if you like green tea, like me! Be warned, however, if you are looking for a lot of lemongrass, you wont find it here. This tea would be better suited for those who like a hint of lemongrass or are just trying it out. Also, lemongrass is supposed to repel mosquitoes, so that’s a bonus – bring it with you into the back yard!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 tea leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 tea leaves – This tea requires very little effort.

Winter visit to Harney & Sons, New York

Whenever we visit NYC, Katie and I love to visit Harney & Sons. The experience is something that we both look forward to every time. This year we visited on a chilly winter day. The perfect type of day to find yourself is a bright and beautiful tea shop. Harney & Sons is such an inviting place, its smells divine and everything is pretty. The walls of tea will never cease to impress me. I just love looking at all the tea varieties stacked up next to one another, all the way up the wall.

Our tea guide was amazing. He knew his stuff about tea and had some deep and hilarious quips for us. He found the perfect teas for each of us: an espresso of tea for Katie and left of weird tea for me. I loved them both, Katie loved hers and agreed that mine was, in fact, weird.

You will see some reviews of these two teas pop up soon.

We didn’t have time to sit for tea and snacks this time around so we ordered some tea to go from the cafe in the back and browsed all of the lovely tea-things while we waited for them to be steeped. Then we were off, with our Harney tea in hand, for more NYC adventures: tacos, shopping, Santacon, Bryant Park and the most delicious Italian tapas in Brooklyn.

Until next time, thanks for the experience Harney & Sons!

Review: Republic of Tea Milk Oolong

 

Sorry folks, I was so busy drinking this tea that I forgot a photo!

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This Republic of Tea Milk Oolong is just so interesting to drink! Don’t worry, it is definitely interesting in a good way! It comes in beautiful little rolled balls of green tea leaves that almost bounce when dropped into the tea strainer of my teapot. As the hot water pours over them the leaves slowly start to unroll themselves as they steep. For a tea nerd, that’s fun to watch!

The presentation of it isn’t the only interesting part about this tea either. The taste is quite something too. It is unlike most teas in that it has a fruity essence with a milky, smooth feel. The tea drinks in a very silky, creamy way and the flavor is bright and complex with hints of fruit and earth. It you are looking for something a little different, give this one a try.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort

Review: David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

 Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

My life has been pretty hectic lately with March Madness just wrapping up, weddings, and the PBA tour being in town, so I was feeling really run down this morning. Then I remembered that I had some David’s Tea Some Velvet Morning in my cupboard. Just the pick-me-up I needed. First off, this tea is organic. Love that. Secondly, it contains a blend of green tea, orange peel, lemongrass, dandelion root, some berries I’ve never heard of and orange oil. This makes for a very tasty cuppa! The green tea and lemongrass make this tea soft and velvety (hence the name?) to drink, and the orange peel and oil add a bright citrus quality to wake you up. I also find this tea mild and very easy to drink. It may get strong if steeped longer and I’ll try that on my second steep, but in this case its mild nature works well for me.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

Overall, I LOVE this tea! It’s organic, so I feel good about drinking it. Then the ingredients blend to make a soothing, yet bright tea that goes down easy. In fact, I think I’m feeling better already and I can see pilates workout in my future.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate, but well worth the effort.

DelecTEAble - David's Tea Organic Some Velvet Morning

Review: Stash Decaf Premium Green Tea

Overall rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.:

Katie says:

Tea Type: Individually packaged bagged tea
Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: With a touch of honey

I LOVE this tea. I love that it’s organic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it’s decaf but still has flavor. This tea has the nice earthy/grassy taste you expect from green tea but in decaf form! This tea is delicious both hot and cold and is a great choice for someone like me who hates drinking plain water but loves tea. My recommendation is to make a hot cup in the morning and then immediately resteep (3-4 minutes for the 2nd time in little water, 1/2-1 cup). Let the 2nd steep cool and pour over ice for an afternoon drink. This will be a staple in my tea cabinet for sure!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding, a must try!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

Stash Premium Green Tea Decaf

Abby says:

Tea Type: Individually packaged bagged tea
Temperature: @180 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: nothing added

On dreary winter evenings, a fire in the wood stove, Downton Abbey on the TV and a steaming hot cuppa tea can’t be beat! The problem is, there aren’t many decaf teas that I enjoy drinking. I had high hopes about Stash Premium Green Tea Decaf and I wasn’t disappointed. It has a bright, grassy green flavor as if it were caffeinated tea.  Though, bagged, the tea still has a bold flavor. A tasty, quick option for a satisfying cuppa!

Note: Be careful not to oversteep! And.. don’t forget to resteep, you can get two cups from this tea bag.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 2 of 5 leaves — this tea is high maintenance but worth the effort.

 Review: Stash Organic Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea

 

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes for the first steap and one extra minute for each use after.
Served: with a touch of honey

What a nice, strong, green tea! It has a very classic and pure green tea taste: mostly grassy, a bit earthy. This tea does get bitter quickly, but when done right it has a very clean taste and can be reused again & again! I also love that if this tea gets cold just toss in some ice because this makes a delicious iced green tea! For the 1st steep I’d recommend morning but you could reuse all day since after the first steep most of the caffeine is gone. Yum. I’ll keep this in my pantry for sure!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

 Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Organic? Check. Fair trade? Check. Beautiful gunpowder tea? Check! What more could you ask for? Stash’s rolled greed tea has tons of strong, earthy tea flavor. It gets bitter quickly, because it’s a delicate tea, so don’t over steep. For the first steep 1-2 minutes should be enough. For resteeps add another 15-30 seconds each time. You will get a beautiful golden yellow cuppa full of grassy flavors and antioxidants!

This tea resteeps for days! I resteeped it fours times and still got good, albeit, light, flavor! If you enjoy potent green tea, give this one a try.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Get yourself some of this tea here:

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Review: Tazo China Green Tips

   

 
Green Tips shown as iced tea. Our Syracuse friends will appreciate glass choice.

   Overall Rating:

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @185 (below boiling point)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tazo China Green Tips is touted as “Fine fresh-tasting, spring-harvested green teas from China” on the package. I found it to be a very light green tea, almost reminiscent of a white tea. For me it tasted alright, but I found it to be lackluster. Admittedly, this may be a result of having recently had several very good loose-leaf green teas. Everyone knows that in most cases high-quality loose-leaf tea will have more flavor and complexity than bagged tea and I think my recent experience with this has affecting my palate and how I feel about this tea. Therefore, I’ll try this tea again. Maybe after a run with black tea, perhaps. I’m also interested to see how this tea tastes iced. I think to get more flavor I would use two tea bags for iced.

Taste: 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just ok.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort.

 

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged

Temperature: iced

Steeped: 2 minutes (steeped double strength  for iced tea)

Served: with a touch of honey

 Admittedly, I haven’t had this tea “hot” in a while so I might agreed with Abby’s rating there. However, this tea is really good iced! I’d say it’s as good or better than the iced teas at most cafes that make their own. ONLY STEEP for 2-3 minutes! I can’t stress this enough! Longer steeping will leave you with a bitter taste. For iced teas use double the amount of tea bags or loose tea and you’ll get the correct strength when served over ice. This is also a crowd pleaser of a tea, would be great at a BBQ. My husband, who is not a big tea drinker, recently told me that my matcha tasted “like the back of the lawnmower.” The nice light taste of this tea should please most, especially with the addition of honey or, my favorite, elderflower tonic.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort.

Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

 

Abby says:

Tea Type:
Temperature: @ 195 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here’s a twist on one of our favorite bagged teas! You may remember that we have reviewed and even hosted a giveaway for Zhena’s Coconut Chai (black tea). We love that tea for its bold flavors and interesting blend of coconut and chai flavors. Well, now there’s even more to talk about in this version. It’s green tea folks! Green tea with chai spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves) and coconut flavors. Switching from black tea to green tea means the flavor is lightened up a lot and the coconut is able to shine. It also mean less caffeine and more other good stuff that people are always spouting off about: antioxidants, anti-aging, super food etc, etc.

Though certainly a non-traditional chai, this tea still tastes really good! I didn’t taste much of the chai flavors, but the coconut flavor is pretty strong. If you like the taste of coconut, you’ll like this tea. If you are looking for a chai tea, you many want to try the black tea version. Personally, I think coconut is the bee’s knees, so I loved this tea. It is really easy to drink because the slight sweetness from the coconut blends with the grassy green tea and is more forgiving if the tea is over-steeped.

Other good news about this tea is that it is both USDA certified organic AND fair trade! You have to love that, a tea that tastes good and feels good to drink!

Zhena's Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai Green

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 tea leaves – this tea requires very little effort.

*Pro tip: This also makes a great iced tea!

 

Peek-A-Boo Tea Review: Sanctuary T Lunch Ching

Hey kids!  I just me, Abby, posting today. Sanctuary T sent us a bunch of samples and I just wanted to get one up here for you all ASAP. Katie doesn’t have these teas yet, so you will just have to trust my review for this one. Hopefully soon we will get together for a tea party to try some of the other samples they sent so you can get input from both of us!  Please note that while we were sent free samples of this tea to review we are just as critical of free tea. If we receive something we don’t like we give an honest review or skip it all together!

On to the quick sneak-peek review…

Lunch Ching

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 180 below boiling
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This Lunch Ching tea sample didn’t come with any information about it aside from the name, but looking at it you can see that it is a beautiful green tea. It tastes like one too! This tea has a strong grassy flavor with a satisfying umami taste. On this (well below zero) winter day it brings hope of summertime with bright green leaves and flavors!

Great for green or white tea lovers!  This tea has big flavor. Beware of steeping times and water temperature when making this tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Lunch ching

 

Look for more Sanctuary T reviews soon!