TotD – Orange Blossom Special

TotD - Orange Blossom Special

Today’s tea of the day is Orange Blossom Special from Tea Source in St. Paul’s Highland Park.

As you can see from the photo, I shared this with Ben of BenCredible.com during a podcast we recorded on snake oil sales (or, Search Engine Optimization).

This one’s a little too fruity for my taste. I have a feeling that anything with “blossom” in the name isn’t going to be a good fit for me.

Speaking of Blossom, what’s up with Mayim Bialik these days? She’s still in the biz, according to IMDB.

TotD – Tazo Awake

Tazo - Awake Tea

I stopped in at the Riverview Cafe today without my children to pick up some tea. The thing is, I don’t have kids, so I feel a bit out of place every time I go to the Riverview Cafe since the place is always hopping with kids and could really use a stroller parking lot out front. It’s crazy, but in a good way. Just not my scene at this time in my life.

They have a wide selection of Tazo teas, and being early in the day, I leaned toward the caffeinated ones, and what would possibly have more caffeine than a tea called Awake?

The tea seems to focus more on caffeine than flavor, but that’s what I was looking for, so all was well. Riverview is a put-your-own-lids-on kinda place, so I was in a position to place the tea-bad perfectly in the to-go cup. In my opinion, the key is to trap the string with the lid so the bad hovers between 1/2 and 1/3 of the way into the cup. Any deeper and it will over-steep the bottom of the cup. I don’t even want to talk about drinking a cup of tea where the bag is all the way at the bottom of the cup the entire time. Nasty.

This shot was taken with my car window rolled down, while snow was falling and the wind was blowing the tea bag’s tag around.

TotD – Green Dragon

Green Dragon - TotD

This is the best green tea I’ve had all week. It looks like marijuana buds when dry and grows like crazy once water hits it. Apparently, the water at the office hits the sweet spot for green teas. Not so hot that it makes green teas acidic.

I bought this particular green tea, Green Dragon, at Tea Source for Ben of BenCredible since he has a bit of a dragon fetish, but had to review it on here before giving any to him.

The foam in the background is in the podcasting studio. Look for the podcast on Technology Evangelist later today.

TotD – Toasted Rice (Gen Mai)



TotD – Toasted Rice (Gen Mai), originally uploaded by edkohler.

Today’s tea of the day is a toasted rice green tea from Tillie’s Bean in Minneapolis.

It’s a little bitter,and becoming more bitter as I drink it. probably because I can’t stop the steeping in this type of tea pot.

The toasted rice dealio does seem to provide some extra body, but without a way to stop the steeping, it goes downhill fast. Actually, steeping for 1-2 minutes, then pouring into a togo cup would do the trick.

And yes, that is Ben of BenCredible.com poking his head into the picture. He had an Earl Grey.

TotD – Yerba Mate from Eco Teas

Yerba Mate

Today’s tea is Yerba Mate. It’s a green loose leaf tea that looks like weed. It has a musty green tea flavor, and is slightly bitter, but very drinkable, which is good because I have a pound of it. The instructions say to soak the leaves in cold water before adding hot water, and that the hot water shouldn’t be boiling. That’s a lot of work for tea, in my opinion.

I followed the steps today and couldn’t taste the difference vs. dumping hot water on it without a pre-soak. Using water that’s less than boiling is definitely key to making a good green tea though. Bitterness can go through the roof if you hit them with 200+ F water.

It’s high in anti-oxidents and has half the caffeine of coffee, so it’s a good wake-me-up you can feel good about drinking without getting such a buzz that all you can do is watch 10 second clips on YouTube.

This is available in a green package at the Seward Coop.

TotD – Cranberry Apple Zinger

Cranberry Apple Zinger

Today’s TotD is another fine product of the Celestial Seasonings brand.

When I was adding water – a relatively slow process where it’s dispensed from our coffee machine – it smelled like a fresh batch of apple cider. Once it had a chance to brew, it switched over to more of an Ocean-Spray chemical cranberry aroma. I can’t taste the chamomile, but that’s partly because I don’t know what chamomile tastes like. What what the heck is roasted chicory root?

The best party of today’s TotD, is the company. As you can see on my laptop screen, Aaron, Erin, Erica, Arik, and Chuck were visiting via Twitter while the tea steeped.

TotD – Orange Tangerine Zinger Again

April 5, 2007 Tea

Today’s Tea of the Day is Celestial Seasoning’s Orange Tangerine Zinger. Yes, that’s the same tea I had yesterday, but there’s a twist. Today I used two tea bags instead of one, and I have to say that it made a difference. Today it had both a scent and taste to it. If you happen to use a Bodum Assam 6-Cup Tea Press like I do, I’d highly recommend doubling the dosage on Celestial Seasonings teas.

In other news, Ben of BenCredible.com claims that I’ve stolen his Tea of the Day idea. While there may be some similarities, the biggest difference is I’ve actually posted a tea of the day every day since I’ve launched my tea of the day feature. In my opinion, Ben has forfeited any rights he may have possessed to the TotD concept.

Jeremy of the aptly named, “Jeremy Blog” has problems with the TotD concept, stating:

If you want to make hot water with flavor, at least put something good in it like chocolate. No this blog post is not really about tea, but more about the futility of trying to tell somebody about a tea that you like on a blog. Because lets face it, nobody else is going to have your exact opinion. And if they do, they need to get a life.

So Jeremy clearly has problems with tea drinkers, tea writers, and tea drinker’s readers. There’s a lot in that short screed, but I’ll just say that people can enjoy a tea review whether they happen to agree with the person or not. For example, my coworker Alex decided that he didn’t need to watch the movie Fast Food Nation after I told him I liked An Inconvenient Truth. Ya see, he trusts that my opinion of a movie is the exact opposite of his own, which has value in it’s own way.

TotD – Orange Tangerine Zinger

Tea on Macbook

Since there’s snow on the ground again, I figured it would be a good time to launch a new feature on The Deets: Tea of the Day, or TotD for short.

The first tea to step to the plate is Celestial Seasonings Orange Tangerine Zinger.

Why this particular tea?

It was collecting dust in a cabinet at work and somebody had to drink it.

The tea does indeed have an orange scent to it, but is rather flavorless. Like most Celestial Seasonings teas, it’s pretty forgettable, but that won’t stop me from using the remaining 3 tea bags in the cabinet over time.