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Decaf Loose Tea

Decaf Loose TeaDecaf Loose Tea is a great choice when you are looking for a caffeine free tea or loose tea for children. Some of my favorite ones are Rooibos tea blends. There are also a large number of herbal varieties. Let's talk about my favorite ones.

  • American Tea Room St. Tropez - This is a green rooibos that is blended with red currants, rose petals, and blue mallow blossoms. This is a great tea that is great hot or iced.
  • Teavana Rooibos Peach Bloom Tea - This is a blend of green and red rooibos that also includes peach and safflower.  I also love to blend it with their Strawberry Kiwi Herbal Tea.
  • Chamomille Tea - When ever I want to relax or want a good night's sleep, then I reach for the Chamomille tea in the cabinet. Typically made from the flower blossoms, this sweet tea is known for its calming properties.
  • Teavana Strawberry Lemonade Herbal Tea - With summer coming, thoughts are turning to iced tea. This is a great tea blend for that and your kids will love it.

If you are looking for a great Decaf Loose Tea these are some great ones to try. Please share your favorite ones in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for new ones to try.

Free Teavana Black Friday Deal


Free Tea with purchase at Teavana.com
We are going to be posting several Black Friday tea deals as we learn of them.  Our first one up is from Teavana.  Starting today and running through Monday 11/30/2009 you will receive 2 oz of Rooibos Rose Garden loose tea for free with any purchase.  It is described as a flowery and fruity blend of green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, and pink rose petals.  And you will get to try it for free.

This is a great time to purchase gifts for others or to try out some new teas from Teavana.  Or just restock your tea cabinet with your favorites.

Here is our top gift suggestion:

Blooming Flower Tea Collection
Imperial Blooming Flower Tea Collection.  This lovely gift comes with four kinds of blooming tea as well as four tea tins and two double-walled glass tea tumblers.  Who says that flowers just have to bloom in the garden?

Again the deal is for Free Tea with Any Order - Receive 2oz Rooibos Rose Garden Tea with any order at Teavana.com Wednesday 11/25/09 thru Monday 11/30/09. You will also receive free shipping on any order over $50.  Avoid the stores and shop online this week.

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.