Anniversary Tea

Today’s tea is Harrods’ Anniversary. I bought a canister of this tea at Heathrow before my flight back to Bergen earlier this year. London is a big city and a long weekend is not enough to fully explore the city. As I’ve said in my London post, I travelled with a friend. I had to adjust my personal plans so my friend would also enjoy her stay in London as well. One of my plans is to visit Harrods to experience tea time and buy Harrods’ tea in London, but because of limited time and our joint plans, it didn’t happen. Fortunately there is Harrods at the airport. I went directly to their tea section and got stuck there for a while. I was contemplating what tea I should buy. There are lots of tea to choose from. I wanted to buy 5 different kind of teas but my budget won’t allow me. So one tea it is then!

Behold, Harrolds Anniversary.

Here’s the description (or should I say, their expectation) on the back of the canister:

“An earthy green tea combined with astringent ginger, peppermint and zesty lemon aroma. Part of an imaginative range of infusions, this tea provokes the senses and allows you to enjoy a special moment with every sip.”

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I love the tea canister!

Ingredients: Green tea 63%, Ginger root 19%, Mango cubes, Peppermint 4%, Flavouring (mango, bergamot, lemon).

 

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The sweet scent of mango and lemon welcomed me when I opened the lid. The sweet mango scent is in my opinion a bit too much, but I won’t let it ruin the first impression! After all, this is supposedly a celebration of love. So that’s probably the reason why it smells so sweet, well, because love is sweet! What do you think?

Brewing time for a cup is from 2 to 3 minutes. A bit longer than the usual brewing time for a regular green tea which is max 60 seconds. It is because the fruits in the tea that needs more infusion time.

So, going back to Harrods’ expectation, did it meet mine? I’ve been drinking this quite often after I bought it and I can say that this is one of the teas that I would share with my friends who aren’t into much tea drinking as I am. In my opinion, Harrods Anniversary tea is a good quality tea. If you think green tea alone is boring, then this tea is probably for you. For me, I love the subtle sweetness taste of mango bits, the tingling taste of ginger and the freshness of lemon and bergamot (though it’s just flavoring).

 

 

 

 

 

Spearmint Green Tea

Last week I went to an interview for one of the companies that I have applied for. The deal was to meet the interviewer at a restaurant at 6:15 pm but then suddenly she sent me a message that she would be an hour late. I said it is alright I can wait. I was there 5.45 pm and to take the bus home was not an option. I hate coming late to interviews, meetings and dates. I just chose to wait an hour at Starbucks Bergen (at Torget).

As usual, I ordered a cup of hot chocolate. I always order chocolate flavored drinks whenever I go to Starbucks. I finished it fast and yet I did not want to order another cup because I was already full. So I took my phone out and started reading the news. I got bored, so I stood up and checked what they are selling. They got mugs, tumblers, coffee, thermoses and teas.

They got around 5 types of teas. The one that catches my curiosity is their Spearmint Full-leaf Green Tea. So I stood there for a couple of minutes pondering whether or not I should buy it. I was also thinking that I already have green teas at home. I should finish them first. But I thought also that it is a good idea to have different kind of teas at home because I get visitors once in a while and my bf and I drink lots of tea.

I bought one pack/ canister of green tea with spearmint and lemongrass for 84 NOK (Norwegian kroner). I think it is a bit pricey for a 45 gram tea but with this cute canister I think the price is reasonable.The teabag is bigger compared to the other tea brands like Lipton and Earl Grey.

For one cup of Starbucks green tea, I used 80 degrees C water and steeped the tea for 2 minutes.

When it comes to taste, I find it really good and fresh. I never thought that I am going to like this because I am a bit skeptical to blended green teas because some of the blended green teas I have tasted before has a sour taste.

After the interview I went home right away and showed my bf my newly purchased tea. Upon seeing the label that it is from Starbucks he said why would I buy tea when I can buy coffee from Starbucks! He also added that I should have bought coffee instead because we already have lots of tea at home. He loves tea like I do but when it comes to Starbucks he is only interested in coffee.

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For 15 teabags, this canister is quite big.


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The teabags inside a plastic bag.


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The leaves.
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Matchy matchy! My bf’s Starbucks mug from the Philippines.

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Looks like a pillow after the steep.

Sencha from Shizouka

My Sencha story

Sencha tea was introduced to me by a friend of mine only 2 years ago. Before that, I used to drink Earl Grey and Lipton. My tea drinking habits were not that healthy before because I used a lot of sugar (because Earl Grey and Lipton teas dry my throat), when I say a lot I mean like 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar. No wonder I was close to being diabetic. My blood sugar was high so my doctor strongly advised me to cut down on sweets. Good thing that my friend invited me to her place one day and served a pot of Japanese green tea. From the first time in my life, I drank tea without sugar. My throat did not get that dry sensation and the aroma is just really good. I fell in love with Sencha instantly so I ordered my first pack of Sencha from our Japanese friend who is selling snacks and drinks from Japan. Sencha tea is also my very first loose tea.

Moving on,

I received the teas which I ordered from my friend a week ago. This is one of the Japanese teas, Sencha from Shizouka. A pack weighs 100 grams and it costs 85 NOK.

I transferred around 1/4 of the tea leaves into the tea can and kept the rest in the coldest place in the flat. As much as possible I want my tea leaves to remain fresh and to last longer. And then I brew a pot to myself. I used a teaspoon full Sencha leaves and filled the pot with water (80 degrees C) and brewed the tea for max 2 minutes.

When it comes to the taste, it is sweeter and a bit milder compared to other teas that I have tasted. But you can of course adjust the strength by brewing it longer, adding more tea leaves or using hotter water.

 

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Cool green packaging
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Instructions with pictures. Good for those who cannot read kanji like me.
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My tea caddy given by a friend.
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Sencha leaves.


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A peek inside the teapot.
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The set up today.

A Cosy Saturday Evening

After a long day at work, my friend and I drove to Ikea. She wanted to buy a broom while I was looking for storage boxes and teapots. But before shopping we had some pizzas and sausages. After that we started looking for the things that are on our shopping list.

Guess what. We ended up buying stuff that aren’t on the list! We’re not surprised! Ikea made us do it! Kidding! Seriously, Ikea is good in selling their stuff. So once you get inside, prepare for the battle of your will against Ikea’s magic.

Moving on. Since it’s Saturday I didn’t need to drive home early so I stayed at Kristine’s place til 10 p.m. We talked about about almost everything while enjoying fresh brewed Sencha tea in a teapot from Japan.

Kristine's teapot set
Sencha tea in Japanese teapot and cups

I absolutely fell in love with the Japanese teapot set. I’m getting one too! She bought this set during her visit to Japan last year.

Anyway, before I forget this post is my take in this week’s The Daily Post photo challenge. Symbol. For me a cup/pot of tea symbolizes warmt and hospitality.