tea (n.) \ˈtē\ 1. shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Red Rooibos and Lemon Grass

I have seen similar attempts from other tea companies, but sometimes you just can't mess with the goodness of simplicity.  Lemon Grass has been a long-time favorite of mine since childhood.  Tangy, yet smooth in nature, it boosts the natural sweetness of the red bush tea.  A simple and excellent blend to try.  Add honey if desired and brew using typical herbal blend temperature.
  • 1/2 tsp Rooibos Superior Grade Organic (SpecialTeas #950)
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Grass, Course Cut (Upton Teas #BH65)
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 1 tsp of mix/ 8 oz. cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 10 min.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Halmari CTC BOP

Upton describes as, “A bold CTC style tea with rich flavor. The dark liquor will readily take milk. Especially suited as a bracing morning tea.”  It must be the famous crush-tear-curl method that I don't like.  I've tried other teas like this before and I find them overly harsh.  Stick to the full leaf or broken versions. 

TA27: Halmari CTC BOP
Origin: India
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 3 min.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Certified Organic Peppermint

A refreshing cup indeed!  Mix with any green tea using a 1:1 ratio for a study boost, very similar to Moroccan Mint teas.  According to Upton this herbal infusion is, "Fresh tasting, highly aromatic, with a very round peppermint flavor."

BH46: Certified Organic Peppermint
Origin: USA
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 1 g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 8 min.