Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Tea Spot: A piece of crepe!

The last time I was at Tsujiri, I had their amazing Houjicha Soft Ice-cream. It was a delight! I wanted to try some of their other offerings, and so headed back to the shop.

This time around, I went for the Matcha Crepe Cake. It is layers of crepes in-between layers of what appeared to be a Matcha mousse, similar to the Matcha Angel Hat Cheesecake I had at 
Uncle Tetsu’s Angel CafĂ©

Crepe cake.

The cake looked good enough. It was a sweet Matcha with a slight bitter aftertaste. It was smooth and much creamier than I thought it would be. Initially, I found the texture a bit strange, almost jelly-like. I soon got over it, though, with each bite.

It wasn’t a bad cake, and I’m glad I tried it. However, I wasn’t particularly wowed by it. I’ve had far better cakes, and so will skip this one.  I guess you really can't always have your cake!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pour me another round!

A few weeks ago, I tried a cold brewed milk tea which I really liked. I had mentioned that there were other similar products available at the shop I made my purchase, which I was keen on trying out as well. With the weather heating up, I figured the timing is perfect for another test drive.

This time around, I opted for the Golden Oolong Tea. This is an unsweetened blend of Huan Jin Gui and Tie Guan Yin from Taiwan. I’ve had Tie Guan Yin many times before, which also goes by the name “Iron Goddess of Mercy” if that sounds familiar. I don’t think I’ve ever had Huan Jin Gui which means “Golden Osmanthus”, but I was up for the cold combo!

Ooohhh, so good!

This Oolong blend wasn’t bad at all. Not as sweet as the milk tea drink I had the last time, but it was refreshing and easy to gulp down on a hot day. I liked the fact that it was unsweetened as I find some drinks with sugar added sometimes masks the true taste of the product. This beverage was smoky and sweet with light floral notes.

Though these ready made tea beverages are convenient and satisfying, they’re not cheap. They’re something to enjoy once in a while and hopefully over time as they become more popular, the cost will go down too. They are worth a try.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Steeping Beauty: Scent of a woman!

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted an article about a beauty product or routine. After some casual shop browsing, I came across a lovely tea inspired product that I felt was worthy of being shared.

I’ve always wandered into a beauty store called The Body Shop if I ever came across one. I just love their vast array of scents, scrubs, lotions, and creams, all produced without testing on animals. One such product I found on a shelf that got me all excited was a tea infused perfume. Made using Japanese green tea, The Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne is a blend of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, jasmine, violet, and of course, camellia. Much like certain green teas for consumption, the liquid is clear, and pale green in colour.

A spritz on my neck perhaps?

I really liked it! It smelled fresh, cool, and crisp. Not overpowering at all. It actually reminded me of Calvin Klein’s CK One, but more subtle. The sweet hint of green tea is definitely there. It’s a perfect fragrance to wear on a summer’s day. Light and breezy. Camellia sinensis at its finest!

I just happened to enter The Body Shop at a time when they were having a store sale. On this particular day, it was a “buy 2 items get 1 free” deal. Normally I stay away from such extra spending, but I found a couple of other fragrances that had my senses awakening. Along with my Fuji Green Tea Eau De Cologne, the Indian Night Jasmine, and White Musk Smoky Rose Fragrance Mist I also purchased is going to have me leaving a lovely trail of intoxicating aroma!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Teaology 101: Today’s post is brought to you by the letters 'Q' and 'R'!

Another double dose of letters, and for good reason. Not many words out there with the letter ‘Q’. Don’t forget all the previous letters either:

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

Quality: Distinctive attributes or characteristics of a good tea.

Queen's Tea: This a blend of various black teas created especially for Queen Victoria.

Ragged: A poor quality of tea that is rough and uneven.  See even.

Rainy: Dull tea liquor as a result of being processed during a season of rain.

Raw: A bitter tasting tea.

Red Tea: Not to be confused with Rooibos, this is what China refers to as black tea due to the reddish colour of the liquor.

Rich: Liquor that is smooth yet abundant.

Rolling: This is a process where withered tea leaves are rolled either by hand or a machine in order to give each tea its unique shape.

Rooibos: This is a tisane that means "red bush", and is a member of the legume family. It is a plant found in a very small area of South Africa.

Rotorvane: This is a machine used during the processing method where tea leaves are turned into CTC tea.

Rough: Irregular appearing tea leaves.

Round: A desirable trait in tea that is considered smooth.

Russian Caravan: A blend of various Chinese Teas, usually Oolong, Keemun, and Lapsang Souchong. The name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that transported teas to Russia.