Alpine punch

Monday, April 2, 2012 – This is the second time that this has happened to me and I am beginning to wonder if cinnamon is giving me heartburn.

The first time this happened was after drinking super chocolate tea from Davids Tea. Now this time,  it was after drinking alpine punch. I was really looking forward to this tea – it smells like apple pie and tastes really good too! My cup was half full when the heartburn began and stayed with me for a good 24 hours.

For those of you who don’t know what heartburn is, well it is this horrible sensation that burns and is mostly felt in the back of your throat. Sometimes you can feel it all the way down to your stomach. It feels like acid is in your throat. Since I took chemistry in university I knew that a base would neutralize acid, so I drank a glass of milk. That helped a bit…

I almost afraid to have this tea again… that heartburn was really something else! For the moment I have a few other teas that I can drink  like lime gelato!

Lime gelato

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 – Another tea adventure… Last week I got a couple of samplers from Davids Tea and so far I like every one of them. If only I had gotten this green tea instead of the Korean Sejak a couple of weeks ago… That green tea was pure evil – I had a few sips and then threw out the rest. I salvaged it by mixing it with a herbal fruity blend – strawberry & kiwi.

The lime gelato is pure heaven compared to the Korean Sejak :) It smells great in its package, while it is steeping and while drinking it! The directions said to use 2 teaspoons but I used one Davids spoon (which according to David is 1 1/2 teaspoon – the perfect teaspoon for the perfect tea). I was afraid to put more after my previous horrible experience.  The suggested steeping time was 5-7 minutes so I steeped it for 5 min to be on the safe side. So far I have noticed if I steep for a short period the tea tastes better.

This tea was great – the ingredients are: apple, sencha-style green tea, pineapple, lemongrass and lime yogurt flavoring. I am not sure which flavor comes out the strongest but the combination of these ingredients tastes awesome! I am pretty sure this would make a great iced tea! I steeped it for a second time and it was just as good. I don’t think a third steep will retain a lot of the flavors unless I steep it for 7 min instead of 5 min.

This one tea that I will definitely be buying again! And so my tea adventures continue…

 

What is pu’erh?

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Friday, February 17, 2012 – The other day I wrote about my new tea find – pu’erh. It has been called the tea for coffee lovers. Pu’erh has the same antioxidant properties as green, black and oolong teas.  I love drinking tea and trying new flavors not only for the taste but also for the health benefits that come with drinking tea.

Here is a list of some of the health benefits of pu’erh tea:

  • it is known to lower blood cholesterol levels
  • can help with digestion (Chinese people tend to drink this tea after meals)
  • it can improve fat metabolism
  • some say it may help prevent and inhibit the growth of cancer cells
  • it may have anti-inflammatory properties

Pu’erh can be compared to a bottle of wine. The longer it is has been aged the better it tastes. It also contains less caffeine than coffee, so it is a great tea for someone who is trying to cut down on coffee. At first I wasn’t sure about this odd tasting tea, but if I drink it like coffee with milk and sugar it is great!

 

Discovering new teas

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 – At work the guy I share my office with has this nifty glass for making tea by Bodum. Eventually I want to get one too… He often makes Davids Tea – Love Tea #7 and the office smells so good! I wanted to get some too but ended up getting Coffee Pu’erh, since they were out of the other one. I had never heard of pu’erh tea and was curious. The girl who served me said that if I like coffee, this particular tea makes a great latte. So I decided to be adventurous!

The first steep ended up being as dark as a black coffee and smelled really great. I had my first cautious sip and knew I had to add sugar… it had this really strange taste that I wasn’t too sure if I would keep drinking this. I usually drink fruity teas and rarely add sugar. Since the girl from Davids Tea had said that this tea is sort of an alternative to coffee, then I was going to treat it like coffee. I had some caramel macchiato cream for coffee in the fridge – being adventurous I decided to add that to the tea.  I think that this cream brought out the caramel flavor of this tea – it turned out to be really good. The second steep was even better. I think I found my coffee replacement tea!