Steeping Temperature and Time May Affect Antioxidants In Tea – ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily posted an interesting study by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) regarding how steeping temperature and time might affect antioxidants in tea. While the results might not surprise some of you, the short article is still worth a full read:

Steeping Temperature and Time May Affect Antioxidants In Tea

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Red Lily by Tea From Vietnam – Review

Dry leaf aroma: Cacao nibs, malt, and faint suggestions of spiciness.
Wet leaf aroma: Carob, pepper, and subtle vegetal undertones.
Preparation: 1 tsp in 10 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.

First/only steeping: 3.5 minutes at 200 degrees.
While hot, Red Lily has a chocolate and malt aroma. The predominate flavors are cocoa with essences of malt, carob, pepper, and a subdued spiciness. As the cup cools, the spiciness comes forward and a suggestion of plum appears. The cocoa remains true throughout the cup and pairs wonderfully with the spiciness as the liquor changes temperature.

Notes:
Because this is a rolled tea, I under-leafed my cup. Next time I will add more leaf to see if I can coax out different nuances.

Flavors: Carob, Cocoa, Malt, Pepper, Plums, Spice

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Tea From Vietnam Has Arrived!

Oh happy mail day, my order from Tea From Vietnam has arrived! They were generous to include 5 extra samples for me to review. The teas I received (including my purchases) are:

Dragoncloud Green
Fish Hook Green
Four Seasons Oolong
GABA Oolong
Golden Lily (Jin Xuan) Milk Oolong
Green Mist Mountain
Gui Fei Oolong
Red Lily Black
Ta Oolong

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Eco-Cha Gift Set

Today I received a beautiful Eco-Cha gift set that I purchased over the Black Friday weekend. It is quite lovely and contains:

* Alishan High Mountain Black Tea (50 grams).
* Aged Gongfu Teapot (Made with local clay, in Yingge, Taiwan, in 1989)
* Re-usable wooden box

I’m looking foward to seasoning the pot and trying the High Mountain Black Tea!

You can purchase this gift set directly from Eco-Cha.

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Lichee Congou by Silk Road Teas – Review

Dry leaf aroma: Lychee, dusky grape, slight floral undertone.
Wet leaf aroma: Slightly musty with suggestions of lychee.
Preparation: 2 tsp in 16 ounces of water, brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.

First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 212 degrees.
The hot infusion smells wonderfully of lychee with a delicate undertone of grapes and roses. White hot, the liquor has a dominate essence of lychee and a suggestion of sugary rose. As the cup cools, notes of hibiscus mingle with the lychee and the floral undertone is less pronounced. This tea lingers pleasantly on the palate and I think it would be wonderfull chilled.

Flavors: Lichee, Grapes, Rose

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Golden Lion Assam 1st Flush by Tealyra – Review

Dry leaf aroma: Malty sweet with a hint of pipe tobacco.
Wet leaf aroma: Alfalfa.
Preparation: 1.5 tsp in 10 ounces of water. Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.

First/only steeping: 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Pleasant malty molasses aroma with a beautiful sable liquor. While hot, the undertones are pure malt and molasses. This Assam definitely stays true to its bouquet! As the cup cools, a sugary astringent aftertaste develops. A nice, substantial mouthfeel is present thoughout the cup.

Notes:
This was a delightful Assam to start my day and I hope to be able to keep this one in stock, which is saying something for someone who has so much tea!

Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sugar

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2015 Fujian Mao Feng Supreme by Tealyra – Review

Dry leaf aroma: Sweet and grassy.
Wet leaf aroma: Vegetal with hints of spinach and sweetness.
Preparation: 1.5 tsp in 10 ounces of water. Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.

First steeping: 2 minutes at 175 degrees.
This Mao Feng is delightfully mellow with a buttery and delicate vegetal taste. I detect undertones of chestnut at the end of the sip, and as the cup cools there are notes of creamy water chestnut.

Second steeping: 3 minutes at 175 degrees.
The second steeping has deleveloped a lovely creaminess and has taken on more of a water chestnut undertone. There is a very slight vegetal tang at the end of the sip.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Vegetal

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New Cast Iron Teapots

Today I received 2 cast iron teapots from World Market that were an excellent deal at $14.99 each on sale! Both teapots have a capacity of 26oz and appear well made, especially for the price.

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Tea From Vietnam

I’ve placed an order for tea from Vietnam at the appropriately named teafromvietnam.com. So few people in the west get to expereience tea from this region so I am excited for this opportunity to review several delicious-sounding teas! My order includes:
Dragoncloud Green
Fish Hook Green
Golden Lily (Jin Xuan) Milk Oolong
Red Lily Black

These teas come directly from Vietnam, so it might be 2-4 weeks before I receive them. I’ll post reviews as soon as possible, I am looking forward to the experience!

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