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Steaz Green Tea Review

I used to drink a ton of soda pop when I was in high school and college.  Then sometime in my twenties I made a complete switch to water when I realized how much sugar was in them.  And of course with all the concerns about high fructose corn syrup, well it just isn't something I drink much these days.  Every once in awhile though, I love to drink something sweet and carbonated though.  I decided to give Steaz Sparkling Green Tea a try.

It is billed as a being organic and fair trade and made with decaffeinatedCeylon green tea leaves.  I'm a huge fan of fair trade, as there is some assurance that workers are treated fairly and paid a good wage for their work.  I tried the orange flavored version last night and I really loved it.  There is also a root beer and a lemon version readily available too.  According to the package it has sparkling filtered water, organic evaporated cane juice, citric acid, natural orange flavor, sodium citrate, organic Ceylon green tea, beta carotene (Vitamin A), vegetable juice for color and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).  Compare that to your favorite soda pop.

The flavors are nice and light and not too overpowering.  It is also not oversweet.  Definitely a bonus for me as I usually drink my tea unsweetened.  I will definitely be keeping this in my fridge on a regular basis.  How about you?  Have you tried Steaz?  What do you think of it? What are your favorite flavors?  Is there anything else like it that you recommend?

Christmas Teas

I've had a couple of people ask me recently what would be a perfect Christmas tea.  With the Holidays fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking of this.  Just think of those long, cold winter nights, the gifts to wrap and cards that you need to address.  Plus Christmas dinner!  Lots of occasions to have a hot pot of tea to sip. Here are some of my suggestions.

Art of Tea Holiday Berry Green TeaFirst up is Art of Tea's Holiday Berry Green Tea.  It has a base of organic Sencha & pan fired tea leaves and it is paired with strawberries, raspberries, cornflowers, rosehips, pink peppercorn, and safflower.  Most of the ingredients are organic.  This is a very colorful tea.  It is described to have a sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Toasted Nut Brulee OolongTeavana has a whole selection of teas that they recommend for Christmas and the Holidays.  I love their Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong tea.  This blend contains oolong and rooibos tea with apple, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, chicory root, ginger, coconut, hazelnut, almonds, and cardamom.  Toasting nuts in the oven is such a Christmas tradition, so this tea is the perfect complement.

Masala Chai NoirThe American Tea Room does not list anything as a Christmas tea but you can not go wrong with a classic chai.  A blend of black tea and spices is the perfect pairing to Christmas dinner.  Their Masala Tea Noir is a wonderful blend of black tea leaves with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and green cardamom.

All of these teas come in either sample sizes or 2 to 4 ounce increments.  Which is a great way to try out any of these Christmas teas.  What is your favorite tea for drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments below.

How to Make Matcha

Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves.  This powder is whisked into hot water to create a very fine tea drink.  There is a fine art to creating Matcha tea and this helpful video shows just how it is done.


You can purchase some really great Matcha from the American Tea Room.

Loose Teas

loose teasWhile there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas.  I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag.  We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.

Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves.  Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries.  Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water.  You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.

While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality.  Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.

What do you look for when choosing a tea?  What are some of your favorite loose teas?  It is definitely all based on personal preference.  My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced.  We would love to know what you like and dislike.

Le Palais Gourmet is Now American Tea Room

American Tea Room Your Ultimate Tea ResourceLe Palais Gourmet has been a fixture in Beverly Hills for years.  Recently they have undergone a renovation of sorts, changing their name to better reflect their company.  They are now known as American Tea Room.  There were several reasons for the switch, including an easier name for their customers to remember.  It does not signal a change in their really great tea selection though.

Recently I received some tea samples and they are definitely my new favorite source of loose leaf tea.  The three varieties in our tea cabinet are Immortal Green, Tangier, and St. Tropez.

Immortal Green is a green tea blended with peach.  I have always loved the pairing of tea with peach and this is a really delightful one.  The green tea is a very high quality, the leave unfurl nicely in the water, and the tea is wonderful to drink.

Tangier is a very special black tea blend.  It is Ceylon black tea leaves with saffron and and apricot petals.  Very exquisite.  I could drink this tea all day long, either as a hot tea or an iced tea.

I am a big fan of Rooibos tea.  It is naturally caffeine free, so it is perfect to share with my daughter or the times when I do not want to be kept up late.  St. Tropez is a green Rooibos with red currants, blue mallow blossoms, and a hint of wild berries.  It is a nice fruity tea.  I've tried it hot, but think it would also make a really great iced tea.  I highly recommend this one.

American Tea Room is a great choice for loose leaf tea, tea pots, and other tea accessories.  They even have a selection of teas in pyramid shaped tea bags, perfect when you are on the go.  As they change over from Le Palais Gourmet, they are also having a sale on their teas.  Check them out today and buy some for your tea cabinet.

What is Wrong With Tea Bags?

tea bagIf you are new to tea drinking or are a long time tea drinker, than chances are you are used to making tea with a tea bag.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you are missing out on having a really great cup of tea.  Loose leaf tea makes a superior cup of tea for a number of reasons.

The tea leaves inside of a tea bag are usually the leftover little pieces of tea that are too small to be used in a loose leaf tea.  These bits of leaves, or fannings, do not have the same quantity of essential oils that a whole tea leaf does.  These oils are what gives a cup of tea their flavor.

A typical tea bag does not allow the tea leaves the chance to unfurl and expand in the water either.  Tea leaves need to be able to do that to impart flavor to the water.  A tea bag just compresses the leaves together and doesn't allow for that.

It is however possible to get a great cup of tea while using a tea bag.  Look for a tea bag that contains whole tea leaves.  There are several companies that offer tea bags that unfold into a pyramid shape.  This allows the tea leaves to unfurl and expand so that the water can swirl around them.  One of my favorites is Mighty Leaf Tea. Right now Mighty Leaf is on Sale Today! Check it out.  I especially love their Green Tea Tropical and Chamomile Citrus.

If you have a favorite whole tea leaf tea bag tea, please share in the comments below.  We would love to check them out and add them to our tea cabinet.