Tag Archives: Steeping

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.

Kickstarter: #Teplobottle – The Smart Bottle for Tea Lovers

Image from Teplo Kickstarter page

Hey there tea friends!

Just a quick note to make sure you are all aware of the awesome kickstarter going on right now. Shockingly, I didn’t know about it until my friend Michelle sent me the link. Thanks for keeping me in the loop, Michelle!

As of today there are only 17 days left for this project to get fully funded, so make sure you head over to check it out. Click here.

Teplo is a smart glass bottle that is paired with an app to not only help you steep your tea perfectly, but also keep it warm for you! How cool is that?! The design is super simple and sleek, but the technology that makes it work is anything but that. I’m sure this isn’t for everyone, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. I’m sure I’ve done a terrible job at actually explaining this, so check out the link and watch the video 🙂

 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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Fred’s Mr. TEA

With a slogan like “throw some tea in your trousers” how could you not like this tea infuser? I love that he sits in your cup like he’s hanging out in a hot tub. If you’re like me and think that tea doesn’t need to be stuffy get yourself a hilarious Mr. Tea!

I bought this when on vacation and my B&B had a terrible tea selection. No name brand, old dried out plain black tea…yuck! Luckily there was a cute tea shop in town. 🙂

Check out Mr. Tea in use with Tea Forte Green Mango Peach:

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Om Beaker Glass Teapot

Saw this on Design Sponge. What a cool teapot from CB2!

Review: Rishi Summer Lemon Organic Iced Tea

This tea is USDA Organic & Fair Trade Certified!

Abby says:

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Steep-your-own iced tea is great for serving lots of people and for tea fanatics like us! It is great to make-ahead so it’s always ready. For me, being without iced tea in the summer is a crime! Lucky for me, with this oversized Rishi Summer Lemon Organic tea bag, I can make 32 oz. of iced tea in a snap! What could be better than a tasty USDA certified organic and fair trade iced tea on a hot day in July?

Ok, ok, now you want to know how THIS is tastes. Of course. More good news – its tastes great! As a black tea, it has a nice robust earthy flavor with just a touch of lemon. Even cold, you can detect a hint of both smokiness and sweetness – not something you typically find. It is a unique, delicious tea that although it has its own strong flavor would go well with just about any summer food. I, for example, was eating a tasty piece of baklava from the Portland Greek Food Festival in all of its over-the-top sweetness glory while sampling this tea. It was a prefect combination! The earthy black tea cut the very sweet honey nicely, while the hint of sweet and lemon in this tea allowed for a nice mingling of flavors instead of just two harsh contrasts.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good ICED cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort

Katie says:

I suggest sipping your iced tea in these adorable bee glasses that I photographed for Stonewall Kitchen.

Temperature: Cold, over ice
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I share Abby’s enthusiasm about this tea. There are several things that made me choose to give it a very high rating.

1) This tea is both fair trade and organic. Those are two good things that for me boost the rating of any tea.

2) This tea is strong enough to make a whole pitcher quickly! You brew the tea in 16 ounces of boiling water, then after 5 minutes add 16 oz more cold water. At that point the tea is about room temp so when you add ice it doesn’t melt quickly like if you try to ice hot tea. Even when after a little ice melting this is still a strong & tasty tea.

3) This tea includes lemon right in the tea bag. You can enjoy the fresh taste of lemon iced tea even if you are without fresh lemons. Bonus!

Most of all, I enjoy brew-your-own iced teas because I like just a hint of sweet. I do enjoy the occasional glass of sweet tea. However, to drink it all day long (as is my style) I like to have just a hint of honey or agave nectar. The rich somewhat smoke taste that Abby was talking about really works well with just a hint of honey to make a nice complexly-flavored tea. If you like to make your own iced tea without waiting for sun tea or refrigerator tea then this should become one of your summer pantry staples.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good ICED cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort

Review: Teatime at Roebling Tea Room

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A review of Mountain Water Oolong tea.

This past weekend, Katie and I went on a little adventure to Brooklyn, NY! While there were tried to pack in as many things as we could, like: visiting ‘Cuse friends, seeing the sites, art, eating, taking in the nightlife, flea marketing and TEA! We found ourselves brunching at the Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg. This is a charming little spot that served good food and of course, good tea. Katie
and I both had what the waitress described as a “lighter oolong”.

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Overall Rating

Taste: Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

Abby says:

Temperature: Hot
Steeped: About 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Well, the server was right – this is oolong light. After steeping to a strong golden color this tea still had a light and mild flavor. It was very easy to drink and went very well with my meal, drunk beans. Even better than the tea itself was the unique presentation. Our tea was brought to us prior to steeping with large glass mugs filled to the brim with hot water. The leaves looks so pretty sitting atop the mug the the little ceramic white bowl. We each then dumped the leaves into the large infuser sitting the mugs and watched them steep. When finished we had large mugs of beautiful tea! If you had spotted us from another table you may have thought we were having a couple of beers with our meals.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

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Katie says:

What a fun tea house! Yes, like the tourist I was I took tons of photos…iphoneography.

Temperature: hot
Steeped: about 5 minutes
Served: with 2 cubes of brown sugar

When surveying the menu Abby & I chose this Mountain Water Oolong tea because it was mild and we had a full day of tea-drinking planned. After brunch we went to Moma to see some art and then off for tea tasting at Harney & Son’s store in Soho. (but we’ll tell you about that later)

This tea turned out to be a great choice! Mild yet tasty and a nice color. I very much enjoyed the flavor but did like the added hint of sugar. Although this was an oolong tea, I found it to be more similar in body to a green or white tea. It still had the unique oolong flavor but was lighter than most oolong tea that I’ve had.

Taste: Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

Doesn’t Abby look happy with her tea & Hope with her coffee?

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Review: Atlantic Spice Company White Tea

Atlantic Spice Co. Green Tea

(Photo by Katie Ring)

Overall Rating:

Taste 4.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 180-200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2-3 minutes (then re-steeped several times)
Served: Nothing added

White tea is one of my favorites because of its subtle yet complex flavor, and Atlantic Spice Company White tea is just that. In addition, each steep brings a slightly different flavor profile to the cup. This is a tea I like drinking all day, hot or cold. Generally with this tea I will steep it three or four times, each time leaving the tea in the hot water for longer lengths of time. On the first steep the tea will be a beautiful pale golden yellow and each steep following the color becomes sucessively weaker and more pale. The taste changes as well, while still keeping that signature white tea flavor.

White tea and this one in particular is great if you are looking for a satisfying subtle tea. Keep in mind that this tea is a little fussy and can easily be over-steeped. This tea is also loose, so it requires a teapot or filler tea bags.

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

Katie says:

Temperature: below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I have to say this was a welcome treat after last week’s Lipton white tea review. That tea was just OK, but this white tea, from Atlantic Spice Company, is fantastic! To me it is similar to the difference between homemade and store-bought food. The lipton tea had smaller leaves and more ingredients than seemed necessary. This one is just white tea, pure, simple, and with nice big whole leaves!

White tea, like green tea, is easily over-steeped. So, when brewing a cup make sure that your water isn’t too hot I suggest letting it boil and then cool for a few minutes or catch it right before boiling. You should also avoid over-steeping this tea;  just a minute for the first cup. I like to use a tea ball infuser like this one.

As Abby mentioned, when steeped properly this tea can be sipped all day. It has a mild yet satisfying flavor and with short steeping times it isn’t bitter at all. The best way I can describe it is that is has a very clean simple and refreshing taste. One of my all-time favorite white teas!

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

Steeping

Have you ever made a cup of tea that you expected to be wonderful and it ended up falling flat or tasted bitter?  It could be that you’re not a fan of that tea, OR MAYBE it wasn’t prepared optimally.  Different types of tea need to be steeped at varying temperatures and for varying lengths of time in order to produce the best tasting cup or pot.  It isn’t just the length of time that you steep your tea that matters. Other factors to consider are water temperature, amount of tea, and steep time. These will all vary depending on which type of tea you are preparing. Some teas  are more fussy than others. These will also vary between tea drinkers, as we all have our preferences when it comes to how we “take our tea”.

I love this graph found at theteaspot.com because it provides tons of information all in one spot.  Along the top axis you have the amount of tea  needed depending how you are steeping your tea, as well as the preferred water temperature and steep time.  While on the side axis you have many different types of tea listed by level of caffeine. Awesome. This way the graph can be read in different ways.  If you know which tea you want, you find it and locate the best way to steep it.  Or, if you are trying to decide what type of tea you would like depending of caffeine level, just scan the graph that way.  Note:  If you are steeping a cup of tea with a tea bag these same guidelines apply.

This is another fun way to look at how different types of tea should be prepared with the temperature listed on the tab and the steep time on the bag portion.  I found this little gem on pinterest.com.

I am guilty, just as I’m sure many of you are too, of not taking the proper tea prep into consideration when steeping tea. When it is early in the morning and I haven’t quite remembered my name yet, I am not always thinking about how long and at what temperature I plan to steep my tea. In these cases I generally go for some something simple, like a traditional black tea, or an herbal tea. These teas are fairly forgiving and if I steep for a couple of minutes too long or at too high a temperature, the flavor is not totally lost, even if it isn’t perfect.

Happy tea steeping everyone!  Do you have any tricks that help you prepare the perfect cup?  If so, we are always looking for new idea on how to get the perfect cup!