|My favorite green tea in my favorite tea thermos, both from China|
For years that tea was blended by Gypsy Zen Tea, a California company known for its creative blending of teas and other natural ingredients that has done me wrong twice. First I had to stave off its discontinuance of my beloved Cocaberry blend by mail order and Grocery Outlet shopping and then I had to go through that all over again when Gypsy Zen ended production of acai berry green tea replacement I compromised on.
Now I'm just playing the green tea field, brewing up individual samples of tea bags I've collected at Fancy Food shows and elsewhere as well as going through my own substantial stash of loose and bagged teas.
Below is a list of the teas I've sampled with any notes. I'm sure eventually I'll fall in love with another tea and eventually that tea will become unavailable but at least this way I'll have a lot of tasting notes to call on to find a replacement. Watch for Facebook and Twitter status updates for additions to this list.
Most of these teas are bagged, I'll note when they are note. These teas tend to taste best and not need additional sugar when brewed with just under boiling temperature water and steeped for only a few minutes.
Many bagged green teas in this country look like sweepings from the processing room floor - tiny bits of chaff and dried leaves. I've indicated when a bag seems to be filled with full leaves.
My favorite green tea of all time is the loose leaf jasmine blend I brought back from China. I keep it in an airtight container and just need a pinch to make a lovely cup.
- Stash Moroccan mint (a stand by - I think the mint helps the taste)
- Te sweetest jasmine pearls (the best so far -- nice fabric tea bag and nice leaves)
- Stash fusion green and white tea
- Harney green
- Te Shangri La (nice leaves, nice bag but didn't care for added flavor)
More to come!