With Azzrian’s permission I am posting a review she did on a handrafted tea of mine on Steepster. Thank you for the kind words. It means the world to me that you enjoyed something I put so much of my heart into.
Totally unexpected delight. First of all the aroma of this tea is of warm vanilla sugar and berries. The smell was so warm, so inviting, so sweet, and so natural smelling. It really reminded me of the caramelized sugar on top of a creme brulee with wild berry glaze on the side.
The very fist sip was that of raspberry but it quickly faded into a warm sugared apricot flavor but not a sticky sweet sugar, rather a very natural sugar flavor.
Finally, an apricot I could fully appreciate, as I have had issues with finding an apricot tea I like recently.
What I liked most about this tea, and its flavoring was that I could still taste the green tea base beneath it. Often times when I have tried blends from artesian, or smaller tea vendors I find that the flavors are artificial, cloying, or chemical. This tea was wonderfully mastered! I am impressed! This is one of the best teas from a non commercial tea vendor I have ever tasted!
The liquor appeared oily and heavy in the cup at first pour and I did have some reservations thinking maybe the blend would not be very good but I was so wrong. The tea did have a full mouthfeel to it with that heavy feel but it was so juicy, mouthwatering, delicious!
This is an inconspicuous tea, it does not force you to take notice, rather allows you to simply meld into its splendor! I found that none of the flavors fought one another for attention. While vanilla was not mentioned in the name or ingredients of this tea I swear I could taste a hint of natural vanilla!
There were actual pieces of fruit in the blend just as stated on the site!
I loved the fresh tart apricot, the sharp but sweet raspberries, and the wonderful green tea base, it is naturally sweet so no sugar is needed.
The caramelized sugar aroma was mesmerizing! My mouth is watering as I write this review just thinking about the juicy fruity flavors I so enjoyed! Time to go brew another pot!
Pictured: Raspberry & Apricot Green Tea Delight being cold brewed.
I just have have to share with a new matcha bowl that I had painted and had glazed. I also put into it a message that saw on Pinterest on another mug that really spoke to me, “No Tea…No Work” and to that I say a rousing “Heck Yay!” I plan on making more and will share them with you as I go along.
I wish the front was a bit clearer but I did want to mention it is a dark green and light green mix in drip like streaks. Just gorgeous.
To My Lovely Ladies of Tea Trade,
Today I wish you all a very Happy Mothers Day! I know I am a day early but I am certain all of us will be fawned upon tomorrow and thus distracting us from our social media responsibilities so I decided to send you my best and my appreciation for all you do, today.
I have made this card as a gesture of appreciation and recognition to all my tea drinking women out there. This goes to the moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and to even those who are mothers to their pets. Who says you have to have a child to be a mother. We women have that maternal instinct when we are caring for our nieces and nephews and even our little animal friends.
Today, I am specifically recognizing those that influence me the most and they are the “Lovely Ladies of Tea Trade” because it is you ladies that impact me the most on a daily basis. You ladies keep my day interesting and whats more you are in love with the very same thing I am and that is “Tea” of course. Giving us plenty to discuss all the time.
Regardless, of how busy we are and you know we are. We always make time for each other and I want to share with you just how much I’ve come to enjoy our daily interactions.
Thank you for all you do to brighten my day.
Happy Mothers Day!
P.S. I have also posted this on Google+
Recently, I have been seeing Gaiwan’s used more and more. Plus, I see more Gaiwans available for purchase in retail stores and online. All of the sudden I see them popping up everywhere. It is this reason I had decided to find out, “why all the rage?” Maybe I am missing out on something? Clearly, the way I went about using my little 2-sided Gaiwan, flowers on one side, writing on the other was probably wrong. How could it be so many enjoy using theirs and not me. So rather than blaming myself, I decided perhaps it was the Gaiwan. Good old fashioned blame someone or something else. (I know it was me)
There I was back in the market to purchase new tea ware. Imagine my excitement. I love buying new tea ware. Heck, I love buying anything tea. Clearly I am a fanatic with slight obsessive compulsiveness towards tea. I am sure none of you could relate. Tea-he.
I purchase the ones you see here. One has a dragon pattern and the other a crane. These are larger than my original one and the material it is made from is much thicker and clearly sturdier. I feel with these I can make a good cup of tea. Best part… I don’t burn my fingers.
Anyway, I know I am just blathering on about how cool my new tea ware is and I know your jealous, perfectly understandable but I promise there is a purpose to my back story.
I now understand why people love their Gaiwans… They produce amazing results! The teas I have tried so far are a Ben Shan and a Milk Oolong. Both of these I enjoy making in my traditional fashion and would have never complained about the flavor. After preparing it in my new pieces I feel like I am experiencing these teas in a new light. I can’t believe these could taste better than the best. I am not certain what magic these Gaiwans possess and I am certain I don’t care. Although, I am almost certain it has something to do with the shorter infusions.
I promise you from now on I will be frequently including the use of Gaiwans when preparing teas. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Plus, when you start working on your technique you will find a way that best works for you. You will no longer burn your fingers and experience little to no spilling. I can’t wait to invest in some more accouterments for the complete Kung Fu experience and report back.
Two thumbs ups for Gaiwans, I’m just sorry I was so late to the party. Fashionably late I hope.
Just recently purchased two new Gaiwans for my rather lacking collection. With the addition of these two I now have three. I particularly like these because they are larger than the first one I have a the material is thicker and stronger making them better for everyday use. The one I have always had is a bit more dainty and made of fine bone china. I am always worried I will break it, plus it is much to small for a proper cup. Below the first two pictures are of my two new pieces, the dragon and crane. The other two pictures are imagines of my first Gaiwan on either side as they have different imagines on both.