Friday, June 30, 2017

Pour me a cold one!

Whilst out making a purchase at a convenience store one day, I spotted bottles of ready made tea in the refrigeration section. A couple of the bottles were for green tea, but what really caught my eye was the bottle of afternoon milk tea. It's made by a company called Kirin, and from what I've been reading, it's made using tea leaves from the Kandy area in Sri Lanka. The product, however, is Japanese.

Ready made!

I was keen on trying it, and so decided to buy a bottle. It looked pretty good. Besides black tea, the drink contains a blend of milk, milk powder, artificial flavouring, and sweeteners. I certainly wouldn't say it's a healthy beverage, but I have to confess, it is delicious! 

Just pour!

It tasted like some Oolongs I've had in the past, with its floral scent and taste. I found it refreshing and it really quenched a thirst. It is pretty sweet though, and so would never think about drinking it regularly.

Cold brew!

Apparently milk tea is quite popular all over Japan. I'm thinking it's much like the Masala Chai made all over India, only it's offered chilled. I am glad I discovered it. It passes as a dessert to enjoy once in a while especially over the summer. I'm even thinking that making the beverage into popsicles wouldn't be such a bad idea! I will definitely swing by the store again and try out the other cold teas they have available.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Tea Spot: A simple taste of elegance!

Tucked away in an up-and-coming area of my city, is a cute little dessert shop called Roselle. I’ve heard about this place for several months now and have drooled over the pix on their website. I finally had the chance to swing by to try one of their tea infused desserts.

The treat I enjoyed was a  lovely piece of cake called “The Earl”. This bar is a “milk chocolate Earl Grey infused mousse, bergamot cremeux, vanilla sponge, crispy feuilletine”. Sounds sexy, no? The presentation was simple yet elegant. I almost didn’t want to break it apart. 

Divine dish!

I cautiously sliced into it and let each forked piece linger on my tongue, slowly melting the chocolate. It was divine! Creamy, crunchy, not overly sweet. I could even detect the earthy flavour of the tea. It wasn’t over-powering, but, it was there. I found myself separating the layers to get a closer look at the structure. 

Roselle didn’t have any Matcha infused desserts on this particular night, which is unfortunate. I was anguish to try an amazing looking cake they occasionally have on the menu. They also have an Earl Grey infused soft-serve ice-cream that I hear is quite a hit. That’s good. This gives me a reason to make another trip to their shop!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tea Readings: In the words of Jarod Kintz!

Who? Um, you know. The Jarod Kintz. Okay, I actually don’t know who this person is really. He seems to be a writer of sorts. I just happened to come across many of his quotes, some of which pertain to tea. They’re not super hilarious, but I did find myself chuckling over many of his words. Thought I’d share the ones about tea with you:

“My thermos does such a good job of keeping my tea hot that it feels like I’m drinking iced tea.”

“I am greedy with water. I made your apology tea dry. I’m sorry. You might try snorting it out of the bag.”

“A cat purring on your lap while you sip hot tea, is there anything better? Oh, and you’re floating in a zero gravity environment.”

“I laughed so hard I nearly spit out my hot tea. The strange part was the fact that I was drinking coffee at that moment.”

“If I could make tea out of your love, would it be hot, or iced? Would it be black, or green? Would it be sweet, or unsweet? Would you offer free refills?”

“I treat strangers like friends, friends like family, and family like strangers. And I make love like a cup of coffee that likes a cup of tea.”

“Coffee, it's not my cup of tea. Being in love isn't really my cup of tea either, but when it's steamy I'll sip it dutifully.”

~ Jarod Kintz

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Teaology 101: Today’s post is brought to you by the letter 'P'!

Enjoy the letter ‘P’ along with your tea! I could’ve been crass, but I have more class! Please check out all the previous letters:

A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O

Pan-fried:  This is a process usually associated to Japanese green teas, where the leaves are heated in wok in order to stop further oxidation.

Peak:  Associated to black teas, this is the high point during the tasting experience.

Pearl:  This is a process where large tea leaves are rolled into small, tight balls or pearls.

Pekoe:  Pronounced “peck-oh” as in “birds peck”, not “peek-oh” as in “take a peek”. Supposedly the term comes from a translation of a Chinese dialect which means “white down” or “white hair”. It refers to the fine white hair that covers the buds and some of the newer leaves.

Plain:  A neutral tasting tea that lacks character.

Pluck/Plucking:  The picking off of and collecting tea leaves during harvest traditionally done by hand.

Polyphenols:  These are antioxidant chemicals that have health benefits. They also give tea its briskness and astringency.

Pouchong: A fine, lightly oxidized tea that's between a green tea and an oolong. It is often used as base for scented teas such as jasmine.

Prune:  To cut away dead or overgrown tea bushes in order to increase its growth and maintain its shape and size.

Pu'erh:  Originating from Yunnan, China, this is a type of black tea that is produced by microbial fermentation and oxidation. These become better with age and as a result, more costly.

Pungent:  A strong black tea that's full of flavour and astringency without any bitterness.