Slimming Tea by Honey & Tea Culture | Day 30 of 100 Days of Tea

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, green tea, oolong tea, rooibos tea

Honey & Tea Culture’s Slimming Tea is like your favourite striped shirt. Both slimming, flattering, and shows better taste – whether from the jeweled purple tones in the shirt, or the sweetness of the fruity tea blend.

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Its a green tea based blend, with oolong wu yi, organic green tea, organic rooibos, ginger, pomegranate, , guarana, senna, birch, corn, stevia, natural flavours.

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When brewed, the tea is quite fragrant with fruity, and honeyed notes from the pomegranate, rooibos, and stevia. I don’t taste the oolong as much in this, but more of the green and rooibos.

Granted, with this tea being a sample size, I didn’t get to try this in terms of its ‘slimming’ capabilities but with the 3 kinds of tea in this there’s definitely a good amount of health benefits here from the oolong, and green teas themselves. The rooibos and stevia, having that sweet note definitely helped keep my sweet tooth at bay, as it was satisfying enough drinking it rather than trying to find unhealthy, sweet snacks.

Worth a try as an afternoon tea or nighttime to fight the dessert cravings!

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Day 26 of 100 Days of Tea | Samdayeon Jeju Tangerine Oolong Tea by Osulloc

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, oolong tea

A friend surprised me with a sample of this one day. Its been a while since I had oolong, so it was a nice surprise, especially because most oolong teas are rather floral but this was unique in having pieces of tangerine peel that added a candied, citrus aroma.

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This tea is produced by Osulloc, which is one of the major tea companies in South Korea, and this particular tea is from Jeju Island, the major tea-growing region in the country.

At first glance, the tea leaves of this blend are so black, you’d think they were a black tea. However this is because the tea maker let the oolong oxidize longer than is typical of other oolongs. (Side note if this isn’t familiar to you: black tea is processed to be fully oxidized, oolong is partially oxidized, and green is not at all oxidized)

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When brewed up, the resulting liquid is a golden orange, not unlike a tangerine. It has a sweet orange aroma, almost candied type of citrus flavour. Because its so flavourful, I wouldn’t recommend this to go with food or even snacks, but just on its own – either a refreshment in the afternoon or an after dinner dessert tea.

This strikes me as a fall tea due to the more oxidized flavours of the oolong, but I think it could be a great candidate to brew cold, for hot summer afternoons.

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Day 10 of 100 Days of Tea | Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, oolong tea

Teavana’s Pumpkin Spice Brulee was one of the better holiday teas from Teavana’s holiday sets. This tea reminds me of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is not surprising especially now they own the company.

A cozy, warming tea for winter, the predominant notes I found were cinnamon, clove, ginger and pumpkin. There are white chocolate pieces and hints of vanilla and caramel, but more muted, I don’t really taste them in the drink, though the chocolate pieces did leave some specks of oil on the tea.

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The base is oolong, which was a great choice I think because of oolong’s ability to be resteeped multiple times without losing much flavour. I discovered that this tea didn’t lose flavour even after resteeping, only weakening after the 3rd steep.

Full ingredient listing via Teavana: Cinnamon, white chocolate pieces (sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, dextrose), pumpkin, chocolate flakes (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa powder), carob pieces, oolong tea, artificial flavoring, ginger, chicory root, pumpkin seeds, cloves, allspice, nutmeg

Methinks this has potential to try out as a tea latte next – a tea version of PSL perhaps!

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Day 6 of 100 Days of Tea | Herbal Ban Nou Cha by Murataen

. Written by leafinhotwater. Posted in 100 days of tea, herbal tea, oolong tea

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I encountered Ban Nou Cha in the aisle of my local ethnic supermarket. It stood out amongst the other mainstream green / black herbal teas. It is a complex mix of herbals and tea leaves; thank goodness for the mandatory Canadian labelling that provides the ingredient listing in English as the original packaging is all in Japanese.

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If you like roasted teas like hojicha, you will love this. The main note is of roasted corn/soy/barley. I didn’t know there was oolong in it until I checked the ingredient list, as the roasted flavours dominate, but once I knew what to look for I could confirm there was a bit of an oolong taste. I’m not a huge fan of licorice but luckily it doesn’t play much of a role in this tea. Its a tea I find myself reaching for more in the winter, probably because of the warm, roasted flavours.

Full ingredient listing: Corn, barley, senna, soybean, pearl barley, dokudami herb, persimmon leaf, bamboo leaf, oolong tea, herb tea (tencha), licorice, loquat, wolfberry, mulberry leaf, five-leaf ginseng.

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