Tag Archives: loose tea

Diffusing infuser confusion

30 Mar
Dizzying, isn't it?

Dizzying, isn’t it?

Look at us, all fancy-like with our spanking new domain at snooteablog.com.

Now we can get really snooty.

See what great things are possible with technology?

Speaking of technology, humans have developed a staggering number of contraptions, devices, and gadgets that allows us to take our precious leaves from point A to point Tea. Continue reading

Herbal tea: Basics

23 Mar
The other type of Herbal Essence. Tastier, too.

The other type of Herbal Essence. Tastier, too.

We’ve gone over blacks, greens, and whites. But what about the rest?

Herbal teas are a simple bunch: essentially, any not-tea plant that you can put it in hot water and won’t kill you.

This leaves* a wide variety of options. Continue reading

Spring break special! Teajo’s mango Assam

17 Mar
Wake me up, before you mango-go...

Wake me up, before you mango-go…

The only thing better than tea is, of course, free tea.

Since Teajo is offering free Assam samples for new members, you can bet your pot that I jumped on it like Renly Baratheon at a Chippendale’s fest. Next thing I know, the Assample is at my doorstep and begging to be tasted. Fast shipping–plus the company has been nothing but warm and welcoming over the ‘Net.

Enter high hopes. Continue reading

White tea: Basics

16 Mar
Poor Fluttershy tea. She can't help it, it's just how she is.

Oh, finicky Fluttershy tea. She can’t help it, it’s just how she is.

Ah, white tea.

Think of that one friend who’s just got something about her. She’s the sweetest, kindest, gentlest soul you can imagine, taking in stray cats that flock to her porch, or whipping up a batch of your favorite cookies when that you get rejected from that Ultimate Dream Internship.

Unfortunately, that super sensitivity can make it a little difficult to hang out with her. She has a knack for getting sunburned, even on the greyest winter afternoon, and comes home covered in bug bites if she goes within a five-mile radius of the woods. Anything that requires athletic ability results in sprains and breaks–possibly a concussion. Not to mention she’s allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts.

But. She’s so sweet. She apologizes every time her condition creates an inconvenience, and you just can’t hold it against her. After all, she’s one of those people that are so hard to find in the world, one of those souls who has nothing but genuine love in her heart for other humans.

White tea is basically that friend. Continue reading

Green tea: Basics

9 Mar


(Has nothing to do with green tea, or anything green for that matter. But it’s catchy.)

Last week we covered black tea, now here’s the lowdown on greens.

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So you want to blend fandom teas

23 Feb
Ours Is The Fury, and it tastes like chocolate-roasted chestnuts dipped in cream.

Ours Is The Fury! And our Fury tastes like chestnuts roasted in cocoa and cream. (Image (c) HBO Store)

With the new Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer out, I couldn’t resist.

Back in June of 2011, I thought it would be fun to blend some teas based on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which had just taken off a few months before and became one of those crazy phenomena where college-aged bros were seriously, seriously into a show about ponies. Girl ponies.

As luck would have it, these girl ponies turned out to translate pretty well into teas, thanks to Adagio and Tumblr. So did the noble houses from Game of Thrones.

Heck, anything can be a tea. How? Continue reading

Level 2 Tea Hacking

9 Feb
Tea leaves:  just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Tea leaves: just another substance that makes your body feel good and your wallet feel bad.

Put on your robe and wizard hat, it’s time for another round of leaf-juice sorcery.

Now that we’re stepping up our game to loose leaves, this is where it’s really, really nice to have some teatime swag. Brand matters less than function. I’ve got a Teavana Perfect Tea Maker, but any infuser worth its salt will do. Note that with tea hacking, you will never produce the all-around “perfect” cup of tea. You will only produce a rather mindblowing cup of tea, which will incidentally be perfect for you.

Allons-y. Continue reading