Jasmine Bloom Flowering Tea from Nuovo Tea

jasmine_bloomTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Nuovo Tea

Tea Description:

Meant to delight your eyes as well as taste buds, these awe-inspiring ‘display teas’ unfurl when added to water, revealing delicate flowers hidden within. The practice of hand-sewing leaves into ‘blooming teas’ is an age-old Chinese art form that dates back centuries. Adagio has infused state-of-the-art packaging into this ancient delight, ensuring maximum freshness and superior flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really enjoy brewing “art teas” like this Jasmine Bloom Flowering Tea from Nuovo Tea.  It’s fun to watch the art reveal itself.  It starts out as a hand-sewn bulb of tea leaves, and as it brews, the leaves begin to unfurl, revealing a beautiful “blossom” tucked inside the tea leaves.

This particular art tea unfurls pretty quickly in comparison to some that I’ve encountered.  After my first infusion of 3 1/2 minutes, it was still a bulb, but I could see that quite a few of the leaves had begun to open up and away from the bulb to form the blossom.   I’m sure that with another minute, this art tea would have been unfurled and revealed to me the beauty inside.

But I didn’t want to oversteep the tea.  I don’t brew these art teas just for the art, after all … to me the true art is the beauty of the flavorful liquid so I’m always mindful of this and take care to brew each cup carefully – whether it’s an art tea like this, or a loose leaf tea or even a bagged tea.  I want the best flavor I can extract from any tea.

The first cup is delicate and sweet, with notes of jasmine and hints of buttery vegetables.  There is also a pleasing fruit note that is reminiscent of a sweet melon.

For the second cup, I infused the partially open bulb for 4 minutes, and within a minute, the bulb had opened and I could see the pretty white flower peeking from inside the tea leaf “blossom” that enveloped it only minutes ago.  Beautiful!

This cup had a stronger flavor than the first cup, but, I think I prefer the delicate quality of that first cup more than this stronger tasting cup.  Oh, it’s still tasty, don’t get me wrong!  But, I really liked the soft, buttery notes that I experienced in that first cup, and now, this is more like a grassy green tea with notes of jasmine.  I appreciate that the jasmine is soft and not tasting like soap.  It’s not a bitter tea, it’s a pleasing jasmine green.

A beautiful tea experience – these “art teas” make a great tea to serve when you have guests! Be sure to brew them in glass teacups (I don’t think that these little bulbs are quite large enough for a large teapot) so that everyone can watch the splendor as it unfolds!  They make a great conversation starter … not to mention produce a really tasty cup of tea.

Casablanca Twist Green Tea Blend from Nuovo Tea

casablanca_twistTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Darjeeling

Where to Buy:  Nuovo Tea

Tea Description:

An interesting twist on classic Moroccan Mint tea, which traditionally combines Gunpowder green tea from China with fresh mint. We kept the latter, and replaced the smoky notes of Gunpowder with the muscatel highlights of a Darjeeling from India. The result is very a refreshing cup, with bold, cool minty notes, smooth and relaxing texture and flavor. Very intriguing cup. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  I’m really liking this Casablanca Twist Green Tea Blend from Nuovo Tea!  I don’t usually get all “wow-ed” by a mint tea like this one, but, this one is pretty darned good.  Oh, sure, I like mint, and I do enjoy a minty tea every now and again.  But I don’t often take a sip of a minty tea and exclaim “Wow!” like I did with this tea.

And what makes this more surprising is the mint level in this tea.  This is very minty.  I might even go so far as to say it’s too minty had it been with any other tea blend.  But, because I am liking the way the peppermint marries with the Darjeeling base, where I can taste subtle tones of muscatel behind the strong mint notes … I have to admit that I like this blend just the way it is!  I like the way the lighter, crisper Darjeeling notes play in the background as the cool, refreshing mint struts its stuff in the foreground.  I like the change up here, using a Darjeeling tea.

Although, here is where I hit a wall of confusion:  this tea is categorized as a “green” tea, but from what I could learn about this blend, the Sungma Summer Darjeeling is used for this blend and to my knowledge, that is considered a “black” Darjeeling.

However, since I steeped it as I would a green tea (180°F for 3 minutes), I find the flavor of the Darjeeling tasting even lighter than it probably would had I brewed it at a higher temperature.  I don’t know.

What I do know is this:  I like the way the fruity notes of the Darjeeling tea and the crisp peppermint taste together.  I think that a tad less peppermint could make this even better, because some of the nuanced flavors of the Darjeeling could make their way forward.  As it is though, this is an enjoyable blend – it tastes amazing with a thin slice of lemon!

Rooibos Peach Tea from Nuovo Tea

rooibos_peachTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Nuovo Tea

Tisane Description:

Fragrant, juicy and fruit floral is the best way to describe this peachy flavored rooibos.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

This Rooibos Peach Tea from Nuovo Tea is a very flavorful tea, indeed!   Lots of juicy peach flavor with hints of nutty, honeyed sweetness.

But before I start talking about the tisane, I have to talk about the packaging from Nuovo!  I love the “stacking” tin concept!  There are three tins, and they all connect one on top of the other, with the top tin serving as a lid for the middle tin, and the middle tin serving as a lid for the bottom tin.  Very cool and a really great space saving idea for those of us who have more tea than they do places to put it!

Today, I’m sipping on the tea that is in the middle chamber:  Rooibos Peach!  As I eluded to earlier, it is loaded with peach flavor!  And the peach tastes sweet and juicy – just like biting into a fresh, ripe peach!  Mmm!  And while I’m not always crazy about the flavor of rooibos, here that nutty sweetness seems to play well to the flavor of the peach.  It brings a slightly honey-esque tone, and a hint of a woody flavor in the distance.

This is tasty served hot, but, its even better when it cools.  I drank about half of my cup, walked away for about fifteen minutes because I got busy doing something else (housework, ugh!!!) and then I returned to my cup to find it had become almost “cold.”  I took a sip and found out that it’s even tastier like that!  This makes a great caffeine-free (and sugar free!) alternative to sodas and soft drinks for your kids.  This is the kind of drink that you can feel good about giving to your children!