Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dobra Tea Pittsburgh: "Memories of Prague," Chai, and mochi

Today I went to Dobra Tea in Pittsburgh for the first time since it opened years ago. I loved it! Look through the menu before you go because there are many choices.

The staff were really in to tea. It's a relaxed atmosphere with open seating in shared seating areas (there are a number of different "rooms") and a little bell to ring if you need service. I must have been the only non-hipster there.

There are so many tea options, and not the cutesy tea blends I usually go for, but good world tea served in their traditional ways.

They also serve bubble tea! Instead of too-sweet syrup, they use the good stuff: matcha, oolong, or tulsi (those three were on the printed menu but the website lists more).

I'm so excited to go back! Who wants to come?

Above: Memories of Prague (black Assam leaf tea mixed with bitter chocolate).

The white blob is the powder on a mochi red bean paste treat! Imagine mochi ice cream but with sweet goop in place of the ice cream.

Not pictured: the spiced chai with milk in a ceramic mug! It's the best chai I've had yet!

Here's the rest of our chosen seating area after our cohabitants had left. Look at all those teapots! The glass one has a flame under it. Wonder what they all chose?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Classic Chai review (#32)

Flavored black tea
Margaret's Fine Imports 
$2.99/2 oz

Ingredients: Indian black tea, ginger root, cinnamon, green cardamom, vanilla flavor.

Whew! Hello cloves!

Ginger is most noticeable in the dry tea, but the steeped tea tastes mostly of cloves. A few friends and I have declared the dry tea smells like chocolate, but that just might be a combination of ginger and clove.

This chai doesn't have the pepper that many chai teas do, making it more Christmas spice/sweet.

I'll still be on the lookout for The Best Chai Ever award, but this is a great holiday spiced tea to enjoy over Christmas. I might try adding more cinnamon to it next time.

Also, did you know that cloves are the unopened buds from a clove evergreen tree? Mind. Blown.

Christmas packaging at Margaret's! (Tissue paper my own.)

Tomorrow I'm going to Dobra Tea for birfday/Xmas Eve!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Garden of Eden tea review (#31)

Flavored green/white tea
Margaret's Fine Imports
$4.50/2 oz

Ingredients: China Sencha, Kukicha, Pai Mu Tan (80%), dragonfruit pieces (dragonfruit, sugar), lemongrass, flavoring, freeze-dried kiwi and raspberry pieces, pomegranate arils.

This is the dry tea you smell through your nose, exhale through your mouth, and repeat. The scent is absolutely heavenly with dragonfruit and kiwi. I don't know how it achieves this, but it smells somewhat peppery/spicy despite its light sweet fruit. The green and white teas in it are very delicate and light.

Amazingly delicious iced, with a gorgeous green color. It's good hot too, with such a light flavor it's barely there! I might add more tea next time I steep. But, it's soft like a white tea should be.

It's blended at Margaret's by an employee, which is really cool. She used pomegranate arils, how unusual!

This tea smells so good, I could eat it!

It really opens up in steeping.

Next time I'll review a classic.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Candy Cane tea (#30)

Flavored black tea
Margaret's Fine Imports
$3.50/2 oz

Ingredients: Black tea, peppermint leaves, candy cane pieces--maybe peppermint oil too?

The dry tea smells amazing! With peppermint leaves AND candy cane pieces, it has that little extra touch of sweet.

It could use more of a vanilla taste, though, because the steeped tea is intensely peppermint! To counteract the peppermint, I've been mixing it with this basic chai.

This candy cane tea is great for the Christmas season: good for sinuses and surprisingly warming, too!

Christmas colors!

A warm brown liquor.

I just adore holiday tea.

I've been reviewing so many black teas lately--time for a change. Next time I'll review the softest tea you could imagine in paradise.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mad Hatter Tea review (#29)

Black tea
Mad Hatter Tea
£18.60/40 tea bags

Ingredients: "Mad Hatter Tea is a perfect balance of colour and flavour combined together to tantalise taste buds that simply revive the spirit, enrich the mood & adds peppiness and cheerfulness to the substance of life."

This is the smoothest black tea ever. EVER! Never bitter, never weak. I adore this tea, and I can't get enough of Mad Hatter Tea's twitter handle.

This box was a gift. It's only sold in the UK so... I have to beg for more! I'll ask the steampunks.

A taste of wonderland!

No tea ball? No problem.

That color!

My box has a rip... I think I need a new one.

Next time I'll review a Christmas candy tea.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chestnut black tea review (#28)

Flavored black tea
Margaret's Fine Imports
$5.99/4 oz

Ingredients: Premium Sri Lanka black tea flavored with roasted chestnuts.

I LOVE this tea. The dry tea doesn't particularly smell like much, but the end result after the flavor has opened up is really worth going out of your way for! The tea is subtly earthy and nutty with a smooth, sweet, almost maple flavor. I can still smell it from my empty cup.

Margaret's Fine Imports said people had been begging for the chestnut tea again, and now I absolutely see why. I've bought it a second time, in a large amount.

Delicious hot with milk. A wonderfully warming tea for holidays.

Rich, warm color!

The color in this photo is a bit washed out, but here's a closeup of the tea leaves.

Next time I'll review the smoothest black tea ever. EVER!