Tea Total Japanese Lime Green Tea

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Today is a day of FLAVOUR. Wow. I’m sitting at a local Columbus cafe enjoying a pot of Tea Total Japanese Lime Green Tea, and I cannot implore you more: get down to Columbus, if you’re in NZ, and try this tea! It has to be the tastiest, most mouth-watering, god-damned green tea I have ever had the pleasure of guzzling down my gullet.

My eyes scanned down the laminate menu of a great variety of teas, and the word “lime” jumped off the page quicker than tea pours from a teapot. I love all things lime: lime milkshakes, lime icecream, lime jelly, lime on it’s own, a wedge of lime in my rum, lime on the frosted rim of a margarita, even the colour is brilliant! and I cannot believe I’ve been twenty-four years on this rock without tasting lime in a tea! the travesty. I quickly skimmed over the remaining menu, knowing full well I would be passing it all up. So I ordered the Japanese Lime Green Tea as I read the blurb

“Green sencha tea flavoured with lime, lemon & daisies, a mild but cleansing tea to be drunk without milk”

and if that don’t get your taste buds in a twist then you, sir (or madame), are reading the wrong blog. A strong lime flavour washes over your body like the waves washing up on the shore of Japan, with faint lemons squeezed delicately over your still, calm body, daises floating all around you, occasionally bopping into you, nudging your arm toward the teapot to pour an other cup of tea divinity. The green tea base can be tasted throughout, from start mixed in with the lime, to after-taste lingering with lemon and daisies.

Alas, my teapot drained, I am living in the past twenty minutes. Reliving every moment, every sip, every slurp. Wishing I had savoured it just ten minutes more. Wishing I hadn’t bought a banoffee cronut for $6.00, decimating any justification to purchase an other pot of tea. Wishing.

Japanese Lime Green Tea, try it. Try it at your next possible opportunity.

Any other lime infusions out there? please share them with me



Red Seal Black Adder – A Liquorice Tea With Bite!

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Oh boy-oh! now here’s an intriguing tea! a very yummy (unless, of course, you absolutely hate liquorice) tea made from liquorice root, fennel seeds, peppermint leaves and aniseed. It’s rather tasty, indeed, and a lovely choice to accompany my basic breakfast of four-fruits jam on toast (mixed grain Burgen, if you must know). The sweet liquorice tea mingles marvelously with the sweet flavour of my jam-on-toast. This was especially pleasing, getting me past the urine colouring of the tea.

I must confess, I’m not the fondest of liquorice or aniseed, but in moderation, I can surely appreciate it. The biggest contributing factor to my disliking of excessive liquorice gorging is the strength of it’s flavour. And while this herbal tea has liquorice, aniseed and fennel seed, all with flavours of liquorice, building upon eachother, the peppermint smoothes it all out, providing an almost cooling sensation, and lacking spice of any kind. Only complaint with this tea I would have is how sweet it is. I suppose most people would enjoy this aspect thoroughly, I’ve not much of a sweet tooth these days.

A simply delectable tea, naturally sweet tea. Despite being caffeine-free, it certainly woke me up this morning in a delightful manner.

Bonus-points for sweetness without sugar

Liquorice-lovers: drink your heart out!

Liquorice-loathers: I dare you to try!

Glorious Tea

I drink tea for the flavours. The soothing melodies, the twinkling blends; swirling ecstasy dancing across my taste buds. Swimming throughout my guts and bathing within my soul.

This blog is a collection of my thoughts and opinions of various Teas.

No Milk. No Sugar. Just tea.

Glorious Tea. 

Greenfield Jasmine Dream Green Tea

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Within the blurb lies the description

“Light jasmine aroma accentuates clear and refreshing flavour of the noble green tea from Yunnan province.”

Now, it is rather difficult to go wrong with a simple green tea, or jasmine infused green tea. Greenfield and Yunnan province, unsurprisingly, certainly have not managed to blunder this one.

Jasmine Green Tea is a basic necessity for any tea-lover, and this Greenfield variety is a welcome version, indeed. I feel more relaxed with every sip. Soothing deeply, the flavours of jasmine and green Camellia caress my mind as my taste buds rejoice.

I would drink this tea shortly before meditation, or in the bath with many bubbles and scented candles, accompanied by a blunt. Such imagery of rested bliss floods my mind as I near the bottom of my cup.


Any jasmine-junkies out there?

Have you tried Greenfield? What’s your usual?

any and all opinions of Jasmine welcome.

Greenfield Festive Grape Herbal Tea

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The first thing to spring to mind when I saw this tea was a hot blackcurrant drink, and with that appeal, I could not pass it up, especially considering I had never tasted a grape tea before now.

Conjured from the strong red grape flavour are recollections of Merlot and Cabernet from a red period, lived perhaps too long, of my old wine days. This flavour, of course, is quite different from that of wine: sweet, pleasant, soft.

Present is a slight spicy tickle in the after-taste. A very short-lived tingle, I suspect created by tarty apples. Within the blurb you will find

“fine sweetness of dried apples sounds in harmony with mild rosehip flavour and the piquant acidity of hibiscus is softened by warm aroma of red grapes in the full festive flavour.”

Perhaps I was mistaken. It may be the Hibiscus providing the ever-slight tingle. Nevertheless, the apple flavour is vividly present, though overpowered by the much more vivid grape. Little else can be distinguished amongst the two.

The blurb also suggests the option of serving cold. I imagine it could make for a wonderful iced tea, perhaps even rivaling the hot alternative, without a doubt on a summer’s day or warming spring afternoon.

Are there other Grape infusions that have eluded me?

I shall keep an eye open. After all, I am rather fond of Grapes.