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).

 

 

 

 

 

Houjicha

Houjicha is a Japanese roasted green tea. According to Wikipedia, houjicha is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. So that explains the reddish color and the smoked scent of this tea.

Before my Japanese friend head back to Japan, I ordered another bunch of Japanese snacks and teas. I got one pack of sencha, matcha and a 20 pack of houjicha. I didn’t get the tea box because we didn’t want a bulky packet but she put it in a zip locked bag so the freshness is still kept.

I like the color and design of the tea pack but bf has mistaken it for … condoms! >.<! I guess it’s because of the glossy sachet packaging. Hmm..  What do you think?

Anyways, the brand name of this houjicha is Oi Cha Ito En. According to a friend, this is one of the famous beverage brands in Japan.

Steeping time is 30 seconds to 1 minute in 85 degrees C water.

Since this tea has a lower amount of caffeine compared to other teas like sencha and matcha, you can drink this before going to bed. When it comes to taste I find it unique because of the roasted smokey taste. I’m not sure if my description fits but just imagine sitting at a bonfire and smell the scent of burning dried leaves.

 

 

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Cute design. But please this is not condom! 😛

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Hojicha
Reddish brown in color just like autumn

Genmaicha

Another tea has been added to my collection. Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice. This type of tea is also known as the popcorn tea because you can hear a popping sound during the steep. I’ve been ordering this type of tea from my Japanese friend every time she travels to her motherland.

I did a bit of a research (Google-ling) about this tea. The brand is Seiyu Acknowledged by Everyone. Sounds a bit weird to me, but at least it is acknowledged not only by the Japanese folks but everyone… Lol. But seriously, that is the brand name. Google does not have enough information about the brand. Maybe the Japanese Google has more?

Anyways, personally I find this tea mild in taste compared to sencha and matcha. It has also a sweet and nutty taste. I think genmaicha would be the perfect tea for the first time green tea drinkers because of the subtle taste of tea.

This pack of tea comes in 20 teabags perfect for people like me who are always on the go or for those who does not have teapots. Brewing time is just 30 seconds in 84 degrees C water. You can find this on Ebay too, I think. If not ask the store owners who sells Japanese products. If you are living in Norway, you can find genmaicha in the tea shops.

 

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The box.

 

Instructions in Japanese. Of course.

 

Not much waiting. Only half a minute!

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.

Rooibos Tea

Redbush tea or rooibos tea is a good alternative to green tea because it is caffeine free and its benefits are similar to green tea. Rooibos tea comes from South Africa, from a rooibos bush. It is no way a relative of green tea, since green tea is made from Camelia Sinensis plant.

A week ago, I was at the mall looking for some kitchen tools and home decors. So I went into a shop that sells both, then I found the tea section. I feel like a dog who found a bone or someone who has found treasure in the woods. I stood there staring at the different kind of teas, figuring out what to buy. They got fruit teas, herbal teas, green teas, white teas and black teas.

I bought a pack of rooibos tea with rhubarb, vanilla, rose petals, honey, raspberry and aroma. It costs 39 NOK. Not bad for a 100 gram tea.

When I got home, I immediately brewed a pot of my new tea. The kitchen got filled with vanilla scent and I enjoyed every single brewing minute.

When it comes to taste, it is sweet but not sugar sweet. I think this kind of tea is great for making iced teas.

A Discovery

The other day I made a discovery while I was checking out our pantry. Because I am petite (I only stand 5’2.), I cannot reach nor see what is on the top shelf of our pantry so I got me a chair to help me. I found some paper plates, paper cups, a pack of chocolate powder and a jar of coffee powder. I was about to get down from the chair when I have decided to reorganize that shelf and then that’s how I found a pack of Xi hu Longjing tea. It was standing alone in the darkest part of the shelf. No wonder I did not notice it right away. I asked my partner why he did not tell me that he has this tea. He told me that he forgot about it since we have other green teas as well.

I am not familiar with this type of tea. So I made a little research on the internet.

Longjing tea is a type of green tea originated in China. It is also know as the Dragon Well Tea. This is one of the best teas produced in China. There are different kinds of Longjing tea, but I am not going to discuss it here. The one that I found is Xi hu Longjing. According to Hojotea.com, this type of tea is produced at the tea gardens in Xi Hu area at an altitude of 100 meters.

I used our cafetière to brew the tea. I boiled 300 ml of water, let it rest for a while til it reach the temperature 85 degrees C and then I poured the water on the French press and brew the tea for 2 minutes.

It was an exciting moment for me because I have never tried this tea before. In my opinion, the Longjing tea has a mild taste and a sweet scent. I recommend this tea to everyone.

 

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Stylish tin can.
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Details.
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125 g of loose Longjing tea leaves.
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The tea leaves itself.
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The French press.
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The color is actually green but it looks like yellow in the cup.

 

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Enjoying Longjing tea while listening to an audio book by Oliver Burkeman.