Thursday, July 31, 2014

365 Days of Tea - Day 40: Steeped Tea's Earl Grey De La Creme.

 This is my last tea from Steeped Tea, at least for now. They do carry a lot of great products so in the future, I would love to order from them. Also horray! 40 days since I started. :)

Earl Grey De La Creme. Its a black tea as you can tell.  Earl grey tea is a special kind of tea that is always a black tea with oil of bergamot as a flavoring. A bergamot is a type of citrus fruit, similar to an orange.

It looks quite pretty. You can clearly see the black tea leaves, and the wonderful cornflowers.

Its pretty dark.

It has a really deep scent. At first it carries a flowery scent, which comes from the corn flowers, but as that slowly fades away you collect a hint of citrus. Its nice, delicate yet complex. It isn't too prefumey either.

It doesn't taste as roasted as I would have expected. Though it does carry some interesting depth. Its not very flowery, but does carry a tiny hint of it. It actually tastes mildly creamy, though, it isn't thick. It also has a very delicate citrusy flavor, much like an orange and lemon mixture. I'm just glad that it isn't remotely as flower as that trash I had before.

This is finally something really good from Steeped Tea. It carried depth, and also quite delicate. It speaks with high class, but my one complaint is "natural flavors". I'd like to know whats in it. Keep in mind that I do review loose leaf teas at a higher standard then I review tea bags.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

365 Days of Tea - Day 39: Tea At Sea's Mountain Organic Indonesian Black Tea.

Graze saw my review of there box and they're sending me another free box, so that's pretty great news, and very nice of them. I look forward to review more of there snacks. I do have some more tea coming in the mail as well. Lots of exciting things going on!

Sadly though, this is my last tea from Tea At Sea. Perhaps I'll get more samples in the future? I guess we'll see. My experience with there tea has been really great, and I have high hopes for that company as well.

This is a black tea, so as we can tell: the leaves are very dark. The dark coloration is probably from them being rolled, and roasted.

Its brewing away. I like how my tea brewer, which is made for a glass mug, pretty much fits into any other mug, too. I don't always like glass mugs.

Its a pretty dark green, but my horrible photography does it no justice.

Teat At Sea usually offers very interesting aromas and flavors, and this is no different. It smells like a roasted mountain-side with a slight hint of sea breeze. Its carries a lot of depth, and complexity as well. The roasted flavor comes off very nutty, with an earthy under tone, and sea breeze finish.

It comes off as very dark and roasted flavor at first, but it's followed by a bit of earthiness. It almost tastes mildly salted, but that is from where it was grown. Tea At Seas's teas itself, may not be ground breaking, but where they are grown makes a huge differences. You can taste the care and love in every cup and it makes you smile.

I generally think that I had a great experience with Tea At Sea and would really hope to sample their products again in the future. I would highly recommend that anyone who is into tea, or curious about tea try out any of there products.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

365 Days of Tea - Day 38: Good Earth's Sweet Chai of Mine.

I know I've recently done a Good Earth tea but I've been drinking today's tea pretty often so I decided to review it. I've had quite a lot of this box so far, and I'll probably finish all of the tea bags. I promise to do more loose leaf soon!

Sweet Chai Of Mine is chai tea, which I know we'ved talked about a bit before. Chai tea is usually black tea mixed with herbs and spices. This tea nails that right on the head.

The bag of goodness.

Magical brewing vault. Turns hot water into magic water, then into tea. I drank that tea, sometimes all of it. I often find myself chewing on the mug, wishing for more.

Its hard to describe, but it smells like my nose popped off and walked into an Indian spice shop. The licorice root is a very dominating scent, but at the same time, its being layered with hints of cinnamon, glove, and ginger. There is even a very small trace of black pepper that tickles your nose. It smells great.

At first when you sip, it takes a moment, it lingers, waits. It tastes almost like nothing, but then, it happens. Suddenly your mouth is filled with a very deep, rich, mixture of roasted spices. The licorice rot makes it self known first, the clove, cardamon and nutmeg slowly come into focus. Its almost like a tea that changes flavors as you drink it. This isn't tea anymore, this is wizard magic.

Now, I can say that this tea isn't for everyone. This tea is for the office worker having a bad day, the late night gamer needing a break, the younger mother needing a piece of mind. There is a lot of depth here, which is extremely surprising for a tea bag. I like said though, not all tea bags are created equal.

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Healthy Snack Reviews - Graze Box: Calorie Counter Box 1.

At some point there will be a fancy post image for these reviews.

Graze is a snack box that you can set up to come in a set amount of time, its automatically set to once a week, but you can set it to every two weeks, once a month, or whatever you want. They offer a few different box types, but I choose the "Calorie Counter". The "Calorie Counter" box is (As stated on their website: "calorie controlled snacking our imaginative range of over 50 snacks contains no more than 150 calories per serving." They actually have a wide range of snacks, so you can go a few boxes without seeing anything twice. Its actually quite a nice surprise.

Each package is usually about one serving. Keep in mind that this box isn't huge, and fits in your regular mail box...That being said, its actually perfect sized for snacking. What do we have here?

  • Pomodoro Rusticshella (Cheese croutons, tomato baguettes, and tomato & herb almonds)
  • Key Lime Pie (Lime raisins, mini meringues, sponge pieces, and green raisins)
  • Chili & Lime Pistachios
  • Morning Energizer (Dried Cherries, dried, pears, and walnuts)
Lets review them all!

Key Lime Pie.

I do like raisins but I'm not a huge fan of limes, nor key lime pie. I went to key west about a year ago and tried supposedly the world's most famous key lime pie, and it was awful. The lime raisins were just a tad bit lime-y, it wasn't over-powering in anyway, so I actually enjoyed them. Sponge pieces are just sort of like a vanilla cookie, but a bit softer/chewier. They were pretty good, too. The green raisins were good, nothing special to say about them though, they're just raisin-y.  Now the mini meringues... They're like small little bites of heaven. They're hard, yet melt in your mouth. That almost too sweet flavor. Oh man, I wanted a huge bag of just those.

Pomodoro Rustichella.

I have not idea what that means. Its sort of like a chex mix, but a lot better. The cheese croutons, tomato baguettes, and almonds were all pretty good. Though, nothing really stood out, but it all mixed well together. If I ever got another box I wouldn't complain about this being in there for sure.

Chili Lime Pistachios.

These were actually really good. Although, as I said before I'm not a huge fan of lime. In this case though, they don't seem very lime-y. The chili flavor comes off a lot more strong, and it has a very subtle lime flavor to kind of cut into that spiciness.  

Morning Energizer.

This felt like your typical trail mix with higher quality ingredients. It was pretty decent. Walnuts are naturally really dry, so they counter-act that dryness with nice dried cherries. Although, I would prefer to not get this one again, only because it is my least favorite out of the bunch.

I think for the price it's a pretty good deal. I generally didn't feel like I was eating a bunch of crap, and I didn't feel sick after eating it either. A lot things like heavily butter popcorn will usually leave a person feeling horrible and this didn't do that at all. I'm pretty impressed with Graze.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

365 Days of Tea - Day 37: Stash's Organic Very Berry Herbal Tea.

 So Its Sunday night and we were suppose to have a big storm but it barely rained at all. On another note, I'm trying to find a graphics designer to illustrate a childern's book I wrote last year, and I'd like to publish it on amazon. We'll see what happens with that.

Yes, yes I know, its another tea bag. There are not always so bad, and Stash is actually making some pretty decent ones. When you're in a rust, a tea bag is a pretty good deal, too. Its organic, too.

Although you can't see it all that well, the tea bag is actually stained a light purple. Probably from the raspberries. I thought at first that it might contain blue berries but it actually doesn't.

Dark red-ish purple color.  Should be good!

It smells just like a berry popsickle. Strange I know, but its a very berry-like scent. A perfect mix of raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, and rosehips. There isn't a lot of depth to the aroma, but its still pretty good.

You know when you've eaten a fresh raspberry and its a tiny bit tart, and a little bit sweet? Its almost exactly like that flavor. Although, it does contain other ingredients but I think most of that flavor is lost. That doesn't mean that you don't get the health benefits from the other berries though. It tastes very unprocessed (even though the aroma kind of tells you otherwise) and fresh.

Although it is a tea bag as opposed to a loose leaf tea, I still think it stands on it's own. Its pretty decent, and I can only wish I had more. It would make fantastic iced tea, with a little honey.

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