Shou Pu’erh/Little Red Cup Tea Co

It’s been a while since I have had a decent Pu’erh or even written a review about one. I guess I’m pretty specific in my personal Pu’erh tastes.

Enter Little Red Cup’s Shou Pu’erh.

I have to say I was a little afraid when I infused 1 teaspoon – maybe a little more – loose Pu’erh in my strainer and cup. It was SO dark in color – near black. Normally I would LOVE that for a straight-up black tea – but this was a Pu’erh – and I was pre-judging it before I tried it. Shame on me! I was ‘assuming’ it was going to be SO hardcore and over the top strong that it would be hard to drink. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!

The flavor was smooth, silky, somewhat – but not overly – earthy, and down right delicious! It wasn’t wormy like some Pu’erhs. And it had hints of cream or vanilla, too!

As it cools – naturally – at room temperature – sweeter notes came into play.

This was a tasty and surprising pu’erh that I would certainly have again!


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Leaf Type:  Puerh

Where to Buy:  Little Red Cup Tea Co

Description

Our Fair Trade Shou Pu’er Tea (熟普洱) is grown and produced by members of the Wa minority in Lincang, Yunnan — about as close to the birthplace of tea as it’s possible to get. This shou pu’er brews smooth and dark, silky and earthy with hints of vanilla. It’s a lovely tea: mellow, moderate, and enormously pleasant.

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Beauty Tip: Sage Tea for Grey Hair

When it comes to hair upkeep – I’m not the best or consistent – far from it – actually. On a personal note I have been battling some anxiety issues which have caused me to have scalp issues and I haven’t wanted to color treat my hair the last 8 months. While doing some light research on ‘Grey Hair’ I came across a lot of information about Sage and Tea helping with it. The more I searched it the more I realized there were more and more benefits to combining sage and black tea leaves and using it on your hair and scalp.

To make the basic sage tea all you need is sage leaves and water. But you can personalize the tea rinse by adding other optional ingredients given below.

3-4 sprigs of fresh sage (or 1 tablespoon dried sage leaves)
2 cups water

Optional add-ins:

A handful of fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary (it works with sage to provide richer color)
1 teaspoon black tea (it darkens grey hair as well as improves shine)
1 clove (strengthens hair and enriches the color)
1 teaspoon henna powder (adds reddish tones)
1 tablespoon vinegar (helps fix the color)

How to make:

Place the herbs and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes (keeping covered). Remove from the heat and allow it to steep until cool (2-3 hours). Strain the spent herbs.

You can use the sage tea two ways:

Apply it to freshly washed hair. Work it in from roots to ends. Do Not Rinse. Next, squeeze out the excess liquid and towel dry your hair. Do it 2-3 times a week.
You can also massage sage tonic into your scalp and hair every other night.
It takes 2-3 weeks to get rid of the majority of your grey hair.

Once the hair is sufficiently dark, use the rinse weekly to maintain your color.

I haven’t put this to the long term test as of yet but I hope to soon! It seems easy enough and oh-so-NATURAL! No nasty chemicals!

Sage tea is a great rinse for grey hair, but you can also use it as a hair refresher or moisturizer. If you work out a lot, consider using sage tea to replace your shampoo. Being an astringent, it prevents clogged hair follicles as well as revitalizes your hair.

As you may already know – Sage is a common spice used in kitchens all over the world. The Latin name, Salvia officinalis, means “to save,” reflecting the curative properties the herb was believed to possess. Sage is a traditional topical treatment for graying hair, and the herb may promote new hair growth, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Sage has antibiotic, anti-allergic and antiseptic properties and is a source of magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B and C. Before using sage as a beauty treatment, consult your doctor to diagnose the cause of your thinning hair, as it could be the result of a health condition.

If you have already tried this – let us know about your experiences in comments!

Organic Green Tea/Newman’s Own- The Good Ole Standby. . . . .

Sometimes you just have to drink a bagged tea and honestly when it comes to a bagged green tea I find this one ‘not too shabby’.

I tend to have this one ‘on hand’ for the Green Tea drinkers in my office. It’s a good ole standby. I haven’t had a complaint yet from those who have sipped on it.

Personally, my favorite way to drink this Organic Green Tea from Newman’s Own is to have it ‘on ice’. It’s easy to add natural flavorings to it, too, such as freshly squeezed lemon.

If you haven’t tried a bagged tea in a while – or if you are looking for something for the ‘grab and go days’ – give this a whirl. You might be surprised!


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:   Newman’s Own

Description

Organic Green Tea

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Gunpowder – Tightly Rolled Green Tea/Oliver & Pluff

It’s been too long since my last decent, straight-up gunpowder cuppa tea! I was digging deep into my stash and came across Gunpowder from Oliver & Pluff and knew I HAD to have a cup…PRONTO! You see, it’s been way too long since my last sip of a tea from Olive & Pluff, too! GOSH! What’s wrong with me!? That’s a post for another day and another blog!

In the meantime, here are my thoughts on Gunpowder from Olive & Pluff!

It’s labeled on the package as Gunpowder – tightly rolled green tea. On the website it’s also referred to as Pinhead Gunpowder. And said to be ‘Temple of Heaven’ grade. With a product description of ‘Lightly roasted and tightly rolled green tea. Named due to its similar appearance to actual gunpowder’…it seemed like a pretty standard explanation.

But the flavor profile? They say…it’s a combo of refreshing lemon and light vegetable. An excellent green tea for everyday brewing. Witness the “agony of the tea leaf” as the tightly rolled leaves fitfully unfurl to fully expand in hot water.

I say…I would agree with that claim for the most part. I have to point out that I think the natural lemon notes in this Gunpowder are of the more impressive I have sipped from a Gunpowder. That, I LOVE. I found the vegetable pairing was pretty sturdy, too. I would consider it ‘light’ but more of a 60/40…lemon…vegetable.

What I also love about Olive & Pluff is that you get a little bit of history with their tea. With this one comes the Colonial American History. They state – In 18th century British America, tea was an expensive, exotic import, first popular with more wealthy colonists, then with the middle classes as well. According to mercantile records, various grades of gunpowder tea were a common import to America.

Interesting tidbit of history and lovely cuppa Gunpowder! CHEERS!


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Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Oliver & Puff

Description

Lightly roasted and tightly rolled green tea.  Named due to its similar appearance to actual gunpowder.

Notes:  Refreshing lemon and light vegetable.  An excellent green tea for everyday brewing.  Witness the “agony of the tea leaf” as the tightly rolled leaves fitfully unfurl to fully expand in hot water.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

GOÛT RUSSE 7 AGRUMES/Palais des Thés

I recently found this tea buried in my yet-to-be-sampled-stash. I don’t know why it took me so long to try it. I probably saw ‘fruit tea’ on the label and disregarded it while wanting a black tea. But in fact, this tea does have a black tea base. It’s a flavored black tea.

Gout Russe 7 Agrumes from Le Palais des Thés hails from a delicate recipe that combines black tea with the tart flavors of 7 citrus fruits: lemon, lime, sweet and Seville oranges, grapefruit, bergamot, and mandarin.

Many of us have had orange flavored black teas but this takes it to the next level. It wasn’t an Earl Grey type flavor – just a straight up citrus of all sorts type flavor. I really enjoyed it. It’s terrific hot but delightful iced, too!

Gout Russe 7 Agrumes from Le Palais des Thés…I give it two thumbs up. If I had 3 thumbs…I would give it 3 thumbs up!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Palais des Thés

Description

An outstanding blend of black teas, evoking lemon, lime, sweet orange, bitter orange, grapefruit, bergamot and mandarin. Created by Le Palais des Thés during its first years of existence, this cocktail of 7 citrus fruits was later added to different base teas. An exclusive recipe. Can be served hot or iced.

Different of the teas produced in Georgia, Russian blends are the ones that have been drunk regularly in Russia since the 17th century. These latter teas, which in the beginning were blends of black Chinese teas, became more diversified at the end of the 19th century by the introduction of Indian teas at the Russian court, most notably Darjeeling. Since then it has been the custom to refer to all blends of Darjeeling and different Chinese black teas as Russian blends teas, whether or not they are scented with natural citrus extracts.

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