Monday, July 18, 2011

You probably figured this out but...

...this blog is on hiatus. I'm running out of pantry space for new types of tea. Don't worry, I still love tea (Earl Grey with a little bit of milk, please), and I'm still blogging. Now, though, it's at Strangely Charming, Hop on over there to read my physics-related musings, rants, quotings, and light verse which rhymes 'Pope' with 'nope'.

See you there,

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Creamy Nut Oolong

My Tea Thoughts:
March 6, 2010

k. Before even opening the canister, I was impressed by the awesome container -- it's a sort of stacked arrangement of cans, each one serving as the lid to the next. The tea itself is a wonderfully large-leafed oolong, with plentiful additions of what's identified on the package as "apple, caramel bits, almond pieces, safflower, sunflower, and mallow flower."
Smell. This tea smells rich and sweet, with just a hint of warm fruit.
Drink the steam. The steam tastes about the same as it smells.
Sip. The basenote is oolong -- and what an oolong! Round, warm, smooth -- everything a tea should be.
Slurp. The slurping of this tea reveals some unexpectedly bright notes, a perfect contrast to the caramel and oolong that have come before.
Gulp. A smooth-as-silk tea with a perfect finish, just the right mixture of bright and dark notes. If tea is like music, this one is a professional symphony orchestra.
Think. Creamy Nut Oolong is a wonderful dessert tea, but could also be good with a light meal -- perhaps for an unconventional breakfast tea.

This tea was a gift all the way from Calgary, Canada! Thank you, my dear newly Canadian friends. (Read about this family's adventure up north at their blogs: and

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

CoolCast #2 -- Brewing Tea

Here is the second CoolCast!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

CoolCast #1 -- Types of Tea

This is the first in a series of monthly "CoolCasts," or short recordings about the basics of tea. Consider it tea education if you like, just enjoy!

Happy Sipping,

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sencha Gojiberry

My Tea Thoughts:
December 29, 2009

Look. I am blown away. Sencha Gojiberry has huge, long green tea leaves (wonderful!), plus all sorts of other stuff -- according to the package, it's "Pomegranate, Blueberry, Lemongrass, Cornflower, and GojiBerries." The tea is a clear reddish hue, a beautiful tint rarely seen in green teas!
Smell. The scent of Sencha Gojiberry is a strong, sweet berry note.
Drink the steam. This tea's steam is intricate and complex, best described as a meadowy flavor.
Sip. The basenote is a normal green tea with one difference: the lemony hint.
Slurp. Berries! Berries! Berries! That's all I can say about this exotically fascinating tea.
Gulp. Sencha Gojiberry's texture is smooth and silky. I'm impressed.
Think. This tea might be good iced, since it's fresh and flavorful. This tea was a gift from my uncle and my soon-to-be-aunt, his fiancee, so thank y'all so much! It's terrific!

Happy Sipping,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish all my readers Merry Christmas, and God's blessings! Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Happy Sipping,

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Almond Biscotti Black Tea

My Tea Thoughts:
December 19, 2009

Almond Biscotti Black Tea leaves look like normal black tea, with one important difference: the almond slivers. After brewing, it's a clear auburn color, with minimal sediment compared to some teas.
Smell. The smell of Almond Biscotti is almost unbelievably sweet, nutty, and luscious.
Drink the steam. This tea's steam is not very flavorful; I could hardly taste the tea quality of it. (Fortunately, steam drinking is not a very important step.)
Sip. WOW! What an incredible basenote. It's sweet but not too sweet, with a really good black tea as the main event.
Slurp. Slurping highlights the 'biscotti' notes. Almond and honey are a couple I can pick out.
Gulp. This tea's texture is smooth yet strong. I am in love.
Think. Almond Biscotti Black Tea could go well with real almond biscotti! I'll have to pick some up. This tea was a Christmas present, so thank you -- you know who you are.

Happy Sipping,