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Review of Red Blossom Tea Orange Blossom Phoenix Oolong

Tea tasting equipment at Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Tea tasting equipment at Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the current Secretary of State, was in the Bay Area last week conducting fundraisers, and stopped off in San Francisco to meet Mayor Ed Lee at Red Blossom Tea Co. in Chinatown. They enjoyed a tea tasting with tea shop owner Alice Luong, and Secretary Clinton purchased a cup of tea to take with her, and some loose tea as well. According to Luong, Clinton “asked quite a lot of questions” about technical aspects of tea brewing, like proper water temperature, and seemed to be a regular tea drinker who prefers “stronger, darker tea.”

Red Blossom Tea Company is one of several tea shops in San Francisco’s Chinatown along Grant Avenue, which offer informal tea tastings for free, as well as more formal tastings, like the one Clinton and Lee enjoyed, for a fee. The shop is a traditional Chinese tea shop, with lots of wood tones, red and black in the decor. The company specializes in fine oolongs and other rare teas; I tasted a few teas when I was there several years ago with friends, and purchased their Orange Blossom Phoenix Oolong. Continue reading

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Review: Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea

Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Downton Estate Blend tea from Republic of Tea. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

The BBC’s popular serial drama, _Downton Abbey_, has returned to PBS for a 5th season!  Full of beautiful costumes, sets, and English countryside, this historical drama also includes tea as a regular part of life, as it was in Edwardian, and now “Roaring Twenties” era – English society.  The program has inspired a variety of products, from high fashion designs, to furniture and jewelry, to china and other housewares, to tea blends.  The Republic of Tea is the best-known company to have come out with a whole line of tea blends inspired by Downton Abbey.  The teas are available at Cost Plus World Market, and at some independent tea shops like Thyme for Tea in Niles.  I purchased this tin of tea for about $12 at the Cost Plus on Coleman Ave. in San Jose.

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Last chance this weekend for tea at the Dickens Fair!

Brochure and complimentary teapot from High Tea at Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Brochure and complimentary teapot from High Tea at Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in Daly City closes this weekend, and tea at Dickens is still as popular as ever!  The Dickens Fair runs weekends only, between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the Sunday before Christmas; it’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday, December 21).  General Admission is $30 at the gate, but you can get disounted tickets if you know one of the workers or performers. Take a look at these other articles for more information about having tea at the Dickens Fair:

“How to have afternoon tea at the Dickens Fair in San Francisco”
“Review: Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair”
“Take tea with Charles Dickens for two more weekends at the Dickens Fair”

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Review: Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale

Bruce Cost Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Bruce Cost Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Bruce Cost Fresh Ginger Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale is a tasty variation on traditional ginger ale, not only because it has lots of ginger flavor – unlike more familiar ginger ales – but also because it is infused with jasmine green tea!  Bruce Cost is one of the vendors who attend the San Francisco International Tea Festival every year, and I first tasted their Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale there a few years ago.

The ginger ale comes in 12-oz. glass bottles with a sepia-tinged ivory paper label and black lettering, which reads: “Whole leaf tea, floral and earthy with tannins”, “Separation is natural.  Shake gently.” “Bruce Cost Ginger Ale Unfiltered”, “Made with 100% fresh ginger (no extracts) & pure cane sugar”, “Jasmine Tea”, “Proud descendent of the original soft drink, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is delicious, sparkling and rich with whole ginger, long enjoyed for digestive comfort”. It contains 160 calories per serving (bottle), and the ingredients are: carbonated water, pure cane sugar, 100% fresh ginger, premium brewed jasmine green tea with filtered water, and citric acid.  Some vendors also sell the Original Ginger Ale in cans, as well.  It sells for about $2 per bottle.
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Review: Sticky Fingers Red Raspberry Scone mix

Sticky Fingers Red Raspberry Scone mix.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Sticky Fingers Red Raspberry Scone mix. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Scone mixes are a good item to keep in your tea party pantry for those times when you don’t have 30 minutes to make a batch of scones from scratch, but you still need something to eat with tea, and you want something a little more special than toast.  Enter the packaged scone mixes!  With the company tag line “homemade taste for modern lives,” Sticky Fingers was the first brand of scone mix that I saw in San Jose-area stores, and it has expanded to include several flavors that are available in local Safeway, Target, Nob Hill, and Cost Plus World Market stores, as well as Lisa’s Tea Treasures in Campbell and at Santana Row.  The scone mix is packaged in a foil-lined paper sack, and includes enough dry ingredients for 12 medium-sized scones; the only ingredient that the user needs to add is water, but you can enrich the scones by adding milk, cream, or a combination of those and water when you mix up the scones.

The company website says that all their mixes contain no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans-fats or saturated fats.  Ingredients for the Red Raspberry mix include: unbleached enriched flours (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin, mononitrate, riboflavins, folic acid), sugar, canola oil (with ascorbic acid and rosemary added to preserve freshness), buttermilk powder, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), freeze dried raspberries, natural flavor, and salt.

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Review: Peet’s Summer House Iced Tea

Peet's Coffee & Tea on Santa Clara St.  Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Santa Clara St. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Summer has definitely arrived in San Jose, with the highest June temps we’ve seen in years!  Definitely time for lots of iced tea, and happily, someone has designated the month of June to be Iced Tea Month.  While cold tea, served with or without ice in the glass, has been a familiar drink in the United States since the middle of the 1800s, especially in the warm Southern states, “iced” tea is generally agreed to have been “invented” – at least formally introduced – to Americans at the 1906 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri.  Iced tea became a sensation and has remained a popular warm-weather beverage ever since then.  Iced tea is easy to make at home, with a glass jar or decanter and some cold water in the fridge, but when you’re out and about, sometimes it can be difficult to find a good iced tea.  Various dine-in and fast-food restaurants serve iced tea, and most coffee shops in the San Jose area do, as well.

 

Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Santa Clara St. usually has a few cold tea-based drinks on the menu, but if you want your basic iced black tea, their Summer House Tea is a good choice.  It is a blend of black teas specifically created for making iced tea, and it is only served iced in-store.  You can also buy it as a loose-leaf tea in tins, or in tea bags, for about $7 per tin or box of tea bags.  The company website describes the blend this way: “Iced tea is an altogether different drink from its steaming counterpart, calling for a smoother, more refreshing flavor.  Summer House contains three teas from China and India for a blend that’s at once slightly sweet, toasty and mildly brisk.”

Peet's iced tea.  Photo from the Peet's company Facebook page.

Peet’s iced tea. Photo from the Peet’s company Facebook page.

I tasted the Summer House Tea for the first time a few years ago.  I would not consider it a smooth-flavored tea, and I didn’t taste any sweetness or toastyness.  The description suggests that the blend is a mix of Assam (for the toastyness), with some other Chinese teas.  There must be some Darjeeling in the blend because there was a good amount of astringency (“briskness”) in the flavor, as well as a citrusy tartness.  The tea is served unsweetened, and although I usually don’t add sugar or honey to my tea – hot or cold – I would add a small amount of honey to this iced tea.  It would also be tasty with a slice of fresh Meyer lemon.

Stay hydrated this summer with lots of iced tea! You can even change it up by adding fruit juice and sparkling water to make ice-cold spritzers.

Copyright 2013, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read?  Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my blog The Cup That Cheers, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea!

For more information:
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Peet’s Summer House Iced Tea product page
“The Perfect Cup: Tasting Tea”
“Tea Tasting Terms”
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea”
“Chinese black tea in San Jose”
“Iced tea and how to make it”
“Iced tea punches and mocktails: variations on a theme.”
“Sweet tea: the ‘Elixir of the South’”
“Review: Amandine Decanter by Teavana”
“Cool off with tea ice cream”
“Review: Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea”
“Review of Haagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream”
“Review of Tazo Organic Spiced Black Tea Latte concentrate”
“Review of Oregon Chai Original Chai Tea Latte concentrate”
“Use tea in refreshing fruit spritzers this summer” 

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Review: Numi Orange Spice White Tea

Numi Orange Spice Tea. http://www.numitea.com. Used with permission.

San Jose stores offer many spicy tea blends that are perfect for autumn and winter cold weather. Numi Orange Spice White Tea is one of the better ones. The tea is packaged in regular tea bags sealed in a plastic-lined paper pouch. The label reads: , “White Tea/Lower Caffeine”, “Numi Organic Tea”, and “Orange Spice/White tea, real orange peel & spice” on the front. The back reads: “For the perfect cup: Bring fresh water to a boil, allow to cool slightly, then pour over a bag of Orange Spice. While pondering ancient myths, steep 5 – 6 minutes. For iced tea, steep 2 tea bags, cool and pour over ice”. The ingredient list reads: “organic Cinnamon, organic Orange Peel, organic Cloves, Fair Trade Certified™ organic White Tea, organic Hibiscus, organic Allspice, organic Ginger, organic Lemongrass, organic Schizandra Berry, organic Dried Lime.” The back also reads “the tea bag is made of natural biodegradable filter-paper, not GMO corn or plastic ‘silk’. This outer package is made from 72% recycled content. Organic and Fair Trade Certified. Certified B Corporation, meeting standards in sustainability.”

I was surprised to discover that this was a white tea blend, and contained so many ingredients, when I opened the package. The tea inside smelled like a standard orange spice blend, but wasn’t as dark as your regular orange spice black tea, like old favorite Constant Comment. The orange, ginger, cloves and cinnamon were the dominant scents and flavors, with perhaps a little extra acidity from the lemongrass and dried lime, but no apparent flavor addition. I was happy to find (since I don’t like it) that the hibiscus was also hardly there. I’m not familiar with Schizandra berry so I’m not sure what that was supposed to add to this tea, but I couldn’t taste anything besides the orange and spices, including the white tea! White tea has such a delicate flavor and aroma that I wonder why Numi added it to an otherwise strongly flavored spice and herb blend; didn’t they realize it would get completely lost under so many flavorful ingredients?

However, I like orange spice tea blends, so I enjoyed Numi Orange Spice White Tea and can recommend it to other tea lovers who also like tea flavored with citrus and spices. It was a tasty addition to my meal, but it would be equally good with a piece of shortbread in the afternoon, or even just by itself. You could add a tiny bit of sugar, honey or sweetener to this tea, but I don’t recommend that you make it very sweet, even if you usually like sweet tea, because that will overpower the refreshing tang of the citrus. Because of the citrus in this blend, I also don’t recommend the addition of milk, because of the likelihood that the dairy will curdle on contact with the citrus.  Numi Tea is offered at certain restaurants and grocery stores in the Bay Area; Eric’s Delicafe as well as Safeway grocery stores and Whole Foods in the San Jose area sell the brand.

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read? Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my other blog, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea!

For more information:
Numi Tea website
Numi Orange Spice White Tea product page
“Review: Vital Tea Leaf Angel green tea and Siberian Rose tisane”
“Review: the Royal Wedding tea from Lisa’s Tea Treasures”
“How to make holiday orange spice tea”
“Review: Buccaneer blend from SerendipiTea” 
“Review of Stash Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong”
“Review: Orange Blossom 100% White Tea from The Republic of Tea” 
“Review: Passion blend from SerendipiTea”
“Review: Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea”
“Review: Twinings Earl Grey tea”
“Review of Tazo Organic Spiced Black Tea Latte concentrate”
“Review of Oregon Chai Original Chai Tea Latte concentrate”

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Review: Sconehenge Original English Tea Scones

Sconehenge Original English Tea Scones 4-pack. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Pre-made scones make an appearance in the San Jose area! For those who don’t know, scones and biscuits are very similar, and they can both be either sweet or savory; they contain most of the the same basic ingredients (scones usually have eggs, while biscuits don’t), but they are combined differently and result in different textures — scones are crumbly and biscuits are flaky. Pre-made crumpets have already been offered in upscale grocery stores like Trader Joe’s for several years, but up until last year, scones had to be homemade, or ordered at a local tea or coffee shop. Last year, some Safeway stores in the Bay Area started selling pre-made scone dough in the refrigerated food aisle, but Whole Foods stores in Campbell, Cupertino and Los Gatos are now carrying pre-baked, packaged scones from Sconehenge Bakery. Sconehenge Bakery is a family-owned bakery and cafe in Berkeley, California, which has actually been around for several years, but their products are only now appearing outside the Berkeley and San Francisco areas.

I received a 4-pack of Sconehenge’s Original English Tea Scones as a gift recently; they had been purchased at Whole Foods in Campbell. Sconehenge Original English Tea Scones contain unbleached flours (it’s not specified what kinds of flour are used, but I suspect pastry flour and all-purpose flour), buttermilk, butter, eggs, sugar, baking powder, and salt. That is the ingredient list for just about any basic homemade scone – no chemical preservatives – so that’s good to see. The package label reads, “The recipe for SCONEHENGE hand-made scones contains no artificial additives and is adapted from that used by an English monastary to attract long lines of appreciative patrons.” The whole “baked by monks” story could be debatable, but the taste and texture of the scones aren’t: they’re really good!

The scones had good flavor, and tasted homemade, with no chemical preservative off-flavors; they are crumbly like a scone should be, and sweet, but not covered in frosting like scones sold at coffee shops. They are sweeter than I make my scones (I tend to make my scones only slightly sweet, so you can pile jam or lemon curd on them and not be overwhelmed by the sweetness), but tasted surprisingly fresh for a packaged baked good. Even after a few days (in the fridge), the scones didn’t taste stale, and although they had a firmer texture, they were still crumbly and had good flavor. I wouldn’t say they are better than homemade, but I will say they’re just as good!

For those who want to taste Sconehenge scones fresh from the oven, (or are attending the Berkeley Coffee & Tea Festival this weekend!) visit their bakery and cafe, located at the corner of Shattuck Ave.. and Stuart St., where you can sit and eat breakfast and lunch, as well as buy their baked goods. Their menu offers Mexican breakfasts, as well as American pancakes, waffles, and other favorites. Be advised that the cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Sconehenge Bakery and Cafe
2787 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA, 94705
510-845-5168

Sconehenge products include 16 scone flavors, including Raspberry, Crystallized Ginger and Lemon, Peach, and Honey Pecan, as well as English muffins, galettes, cookies, brownies, and shortcakes. They all sound like good additions to the tea party pantry. The scones are highly recommended, for convenience (even though making scones is not really complicated) and for flavor. I will definitely look for these again, and try some of the other flavors. When you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven, and can’t take the time for afternoon tea at a local tea shop, but you crave a scone, Sconehenge scones are a great solution!  Pair them with lemon curd, jam, or clotted cream, make a nice cup of tea, and you’re set!

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read? Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my blog, The Cup That Cheers, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea or Pinterest!

For more information:
Sconehenge Bakery website
Sconehenge Bakery Cafe menu
Sconehenge Bakery and Cafe review on Yelp
Sconehenge Bakery and Cafe review on Chowhound
Review of Sconehenge’s Honey Pecan English Tea Scones on Snacktion
Basic scone assembly video with Chef John on YouTube
List of Bay Area treats
“What should I keep in the pantry for tea parties?”
“Favorite tea-time recipe from Gourmet magazine: Meyer lemon curd”
“Slightly spooky savory black olive scones for Halloween”
“Review: Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Campbell location”
“Tea 101: what do we mean when we talk about tea?”
“Tea and food pairings for black teas”
“Review: afternoon tea at Satori Tea Bar”

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Review of Whittard of Chelsea’s Summer Pudding Tea

Whittard of Chelsea Summer Pudding Tea.

San Jose tea-lovers have a lot of tea options when shopping online. Summer Pudding black tea from Whittard of Chelsea is a great treat to buy online. Summer pudding is a vintage English dessert that is great for summer time because it is a no-bake treat, a combination of day-old bread, fresh fruit, sugar and cream, so it doesn’t heat up the house to make it.

Summer Pudding tea blend is a berry-flavored black tea. The company website describes it like this: “A cracker! Created because blackcurrants and particularly the dessert ‘Summer Pudding’ are Giles’ favorites. Combining the taste of the best soft fruits – strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant and blackcurrants – into a tea blend just seemed to develop naturally!” The ingredients are: Black tea, juniper berries, blackcurrants, blackberry leaves, redcurrants, flavouring. Website brewing notes read: “Always drink lightly brewed with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of leaves per 6-cup pot. Boil freshly drawn water, warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Add the tea and pour on boiling water. Brew for 2-5 minutes. Do not add milk.”

I found this tea to be have a very pleasant aroma and flavor. The dry tea leaves are whole and medium-sized, slightly twisted, mixed with visible pieces of green raspberry leaves, and a few juniper berries. I couldn’t detect any juniper in the flavor or aroma of this tea, so I assume the juniper was in there for appearance. I also couldn’t detect the red and black currants in the flavor or aroma, but I could smell raspberries and strawberries. The berry flavor carries through into the brewed tea nicely, not overpowering the tea. I never followed the company recommendation of using only one teaspoon of tea leaves to 6 cups of water; I used the more standard 1 teaspoon to 1 to 2 cups of boiling water, and didn’t find it too strong. I think this tea would make a refreshing iced tea, as well.

Whittard of Chelsea is one of England’s oldest and most established tea merchants, but there is no Whittard’s vendor in the Bay Area. The closest source is Annie’s Tea Time, a vendor based in Southern California, which carries Whittard of Chelsea tea and other products from the UK and ships them to customers all over the USA. Annie’s Tea Time sells a 4.4 ounce package of loose-leaf Summer Pudding Tea for $13.50, but you can also get a small free sample of the tea, with purchase.

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read? Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my blog, The Cup That Cheers, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea or Pinterest!

For more information:
Whittard of Chelsea website
Loose-leaf Summer Pudding Tea product page
Annie’s Tea Time website
Summer Pudding product page at Annie’s Tea Time
“Whittard Tea” (no longer available in USA) on TeaDog
“Victorian recipe reborn: summer pudding”
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea”
“Celebrate the Fourth of July with a tea party picnic!”
“Iced tea and how to make it”
“Greet the summer in San Jose with iced tea during Iced Tea Month”
“San Jose kids can spend a summer afternoon with tea and books”
“Use tea in refreshing fruit spritzers this summer”
“Review of ‘Time for Tea’ exhibit at historic Ainsley House”

More tea reviews:
“Review: Vital Tea Leaf Angel green tea and Siberian Rose tisane”
“Review: Amandine Decanter by Teavana”
“Review: the Royal Wedding tea from Lisa’s Tea Treasures”
“Review: Buccaneer blend from SerendipiTea”
“Review of Stash Coconut Mango Wuyi Oolong”
“Review: Orange Blossom 100% White Tea from The Republic of Tea”
“Review: Passion blend from SerendipiTea”
“Review: Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea”
“Review: Twinings Earl Grey tea”
“Review of Haagen Dazs Sweet Chai Latte ice cream”
“Review of Haagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream”
“Review of Tazo Organic Spiced Black Tea Latte concentrate”
“Review of Oregon Chai Original Chai Tea Latte concentrate”

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Review: Tea-tasting at Peet’s Coffee & Tea in San Jose

Peet's Coffee & Tea downtown San Jose. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach.

Although better known for their coffee, as a major competitor to Starbuck’s, Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a good source for loose tea and good-quality bagged tea in San Jose. The California-based company offers free tea and coffee tastings, both pre-scheduled ones and for walk-ins, in their Bay Area stores. That’s right, you can walk in to a Peet’s Coffee & Tea store in the San Jose area, and ask them to set up a tea tasting for you right then and there!

The South Bay Ladies’ Tea Guild went to the Peet’s store in downtown San Jose on Santa Clara St. recently for one of their tea tastings, and were very pleased with the experience. Peet’s staff prepared seven teas and tisanes for tasting, all from their organic tea collection:

  • Gunpowder, a rolled Chinese green tea which was savory and slightly smoky in flavor and aroma. Peet’s describes its flavor as “bittersweet and slightly smoky character”.
  • Jade Mist, a Chinese green tea that was fresh-tasting and savory. Peet’s describes it as “fresh, bright taste with a mildly brisk flavor … with aromatic hints of green peas and kale, leaving a crisp aftertaste.”
  • Ancient Trees, a pu-erh from Yunnan in China, that was earthy and mildly smoky. Some of the tea tasters thought the first infusions were too strongly “dirty” but the later infusions were milder and more enjoyable. The staff member who led the tea tasting said this was one of Peet’s most popular teas. The website describes it as “rich, earthy, nutty and densely flavorful, as thick and dark as coffee, yet exceptionally smooth.”
  • Darjeeling Fancy, an Indian black tea with a mild astringency, smooth aftertaste and surprisingly rose-like aroma. The website says it is a second flush Darjeeling and has a “sweet, floral aroma, and a pungent taste.” Although I don’t tend to like Darjeeling teas – I find them too bitter – I am happy to say that I liked this one; that may be due to the milder tannins in second-flush Darjeeling teas. I did notice that it became much more bitter than astringent after 5 minutes of steeping.
  • Buddha Peak Ceylon, a Sri Lankan black tea that had a slight lemony aroma. The website says it has “bright malty flavor and brisk tanginess.”
  • Pure Peppermint, a tisane that was strongly minty and refreshing. The website reveals that it is Oregon peppermint, which “has an intensely minty quality.”
  • Red Rooibos, a South African herbal tisane that featured the tart, almost citrusy herbal flavor characteristic of rooibos. The website describes its scent as “saffron-vanilla”, with a rich “faintly malty” flavor.

Peet’s has a Tea Wheel with information about all of the teas they sell, but the staffer who conducted the tea tasting was

Peet's tea tasting set-up. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

very knowledgeable as well. He was careful to heat the water to the proper temperature, used a timer to infuse each tea for the proper amount of time, and provided cups of plain water so we could cleanse our palates. The attention to detail also included separate tasting cups for each type of tea, so that the fragrance and flavor of one tea would not influence the next. While the company seems to spend more on promoting their coffee, it’s good to know that they take good care with their tea as well! There are over 10 Peet’s locations in San Jose alone, along with two in Milpitas, two in Santa Clara, and more stores throughout the Bay Area.  Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a good tea-tasting destination in the San Jose area.

Copyright 2012, Elizabeth Urbach.

Like what you read? Leave a comment below, click on “Subscribe” above, visit the San Jose Tea Examiner page on Facebook, read my blog, or follow me on Twitter @SanJoseTea!

For more information:
Peet’s Coffee & Tea company website
“The Perfect Cup: Tasting Tea” from the Peet’s website
“Tea Tasting Terms”
Peet’s Coffee & Tea article on Wikipedia
“Peet’s Tea Assam Golden Tip (review)” on Lainie Sips
“Tea tasting 101: characteristics of a good-quality black tea” 
“Tea 101: what is pu-erh tea?”
“Chinese black tea in San Jose”
“Tea-tasting San Jose area day trips: San Francisco’s Chinatown”
“What you need to make a good pot of hot tea”
“Tea 101: How to brew a pot of hot tea using loose tea”
“What are the different kinds of green tea available in San Jose?”

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