Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tay Tea- Twiggy Loose Leaf Oolong Tea Blend

I got an awesome Tay Tea sampler full of morning teas from my mother's friend for Christmas. I absolutely loved every single one of them (especially the Kyoto) and I just had to review them! Although I had never heard of this company before, it is fast becoming one of my new faves. I plan on reviewing all of the teas in my sample set eventually, but I went ahead and decided to review this one first because I have yet to review an Oolong. 

Company: Tay Tea
Price: $16.00
Suggested Amount: 1 Teaspoon for 8oz
My Amount: 2 Teaspoons for 14oz
Caffeine: Light Caffeine

1st Steep: 
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Temp: 185°F
2nd & 3rd Steep:
  • Time: 3.5 minutes
  • Temp: 185°F
Ingredients: Oolong tea leaves, chrysanthemum flowers

Dry: Nice, full, beautifully curled leaves. The flowers make it aesthetically pretty.

Steeped Tea (SO PRETTY)
Tea Liquor:
  • 1st Steep: Gold
  • 2nd Steep: Gold-Yellow
  • 3rd Steep: Yellow
1st Steep
Flavor: Smoky, full-bodied, smooth

Notes: This tea is absolutely wonderful! It has that wonderful smoky flavor that you is usually expected with most Oolongs, but what it was missing was what truly made this a new fave. I've found it hard to find Oolongs that aren't bitter and have sharp aftertastes, but this one was VERY smooth (I think maybe because of the chrysanthemum flowers). The 2nd and 3rd steeping were a little weaker but heavy enough to still be delicious. The roasted taste made this tea a wonderful tea to start a cold winter morning. Overall, I would definitely recommend everyone give this one a try.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mighty Leaf- Green Tea Tropical

So I picked this tea up at the supermarket because my mom had raved about this brand and I'd heard that it was a good supermarket tea. Read my review to see why I don't think I'll be getting this tea for myself again. Maybe for my mom who's still trying to get used to the flavor of green tea- the fruit flavor might help her.
Tea Box and Sachet
Sachet w/ Dry Leaves
Name: Green Tea Tropical
Company: Mighty Leaf
Price: $7.66; Sachets
Suggested Amount: 1 Sachet for 8oz
My Amount: 2 Sachets for 16oz
Caffeine: Not very much

1st Steep: 
  • Time: 3 Minutes
  • Temp: 175°F
2nd Steep:
  • Time: 3.5 Minutes
  • Temp: 175°F
Green tea, natural tropical flavors, natural flavors, flower petals, pineapple bits

Dry: Smells wonderful, you can definitely pick out the pineapple smell. Nice full leaves and very minimal tea fannings. You can see the blue cornflowers, some red flower, but I didn't see the pineapple bits that others have talked about.

Tea Liquor:
  • 1st Steep: Very nice deep golden colour.
  • 2nd Steep: Dark Yellow
2nd Steeping
1st Steeping
Flavor: Fruity, Weak

 On first taste I unfortunately found this tea to be weak and lacking in any tropical flavors. With some previous experience with teas that have artificial flavoring, I knew that a tiny bit of sugar might help bring out the tropical taste I was looking for. After a teaspoon of sugar I found that the tea did get much better, but as the tea cooled instead of getting less bitter like other teas, it actually got more bitter. I wouldn't suggest a second steeping because its just weaker.

Overall, I guess I would suggest this to someone who isn't used to Green teas and wants to slowly get into it.