Golden Tips Tea: Review of Delicious Tea and a Beautiful Experience

Golden Tips Tea Review
As someone who drinks and loves tea like it’s her job, I fully understand the worldwide obsession and fascination with tea. It’s healthy, “green,” and always fresh and delicious.

But it goes further than that.

We love tea, not only for each of the above reasons, but also for the fact that it’s an experience. At times a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and extra special experience.

Other times, tea’s an extra special experience similar to a refreshing shower in the morning.

That’s what makes tea so uniquely wonderful – it’s an extra special experience that can, and does, often mean different things to different people.

Said another way – tea is always just what we need when we need it most.

Golden Tips Tea Review
I was reminded of the beauty of the tea experience recently. I was sent a beautiful set of teas from Golden Tips Tea in India – in exchange for reviewing them on the tea blog. As always, I jumped at the chance to review tea! The fact that the “experience” would be extra special and extra exotic caused me to reach new levels of excitement!

When the package came… from India!!!… I couldn’t open it fast enough.

Seriously. How exotic is that? Tea. From India. It’s these beautiful people I have to thank for one of my greatest passions in life – Chai Tea Lattes. The flavor of Chai Tea has been one of my greatest obsessions since I first tried it many years ago.

A tea that, over the years I came to love as much as Chai is Darjeeling Tea. I was ecstatic when I saw Darjeeling was included in the samples.

Naturally it was the first one I made.

Golden Tips Darjeeling Tea Review
The Turbo Moonlight Darjeeling is the best Darjeeling tea I’ve ever tasted. It is smooth, beautiful, exotic, and delicately delicious.  I could drink it all day, everyday.  It’s a wonderfully relaxing experience hot and refreshing on ice.

Each of the teas in the set were out of this world. Each were delicious and beautiful.  Possibly the most important thing that stands out about each, however, is the experience, itself.  Words cannot fully describe the experience but suffice to say it’s a unmistakably beautiful one.

It’s as though you open up a whole new world for your love of tea. You experience tea that was lovingly grown and packaged so far away – from people who “get” the tea experience as much as you do.

Like I said, it’s almost impossible to describe just how wonderful the experience is.  It’s extra special – just like the tea, itself.

A few ways to experience Golden Tips Tea: 

Obviously, you can simply go to Golden Tips Tea and order the tea or teas of your choice – Something I’d HIGHLY recommend!  However, there are also a few different options that’ll allow you to experience different teas and different exotic flavors. Below are a few ideas.

Golden Tips Tea offers a “Subscription Program” where you can subscribe to tea deliveries – experiencing many different varieties and flavors.  This would be a really fun and exciting way to spread your tea experience across 3, 6, or 12 months. Click through the link to learn more about the program.

Golden Tips Tea also offers a great number of Samplers – the sampler packages include…

  • Black Tea
  • Beginners
  • Introduction
  • Darjeeling
  • Assam
  • First Flush
  • Muscatel

Do a few of the names above sound unique to you??? All the more reason to “experience” them through a “sampler!” I had never tried Assam Tea prior to the Golden Tips Assam Tea.  Assam Tea is a black tea which is named for the region (Assam, India) in which it is grown.

Assam tea is bold, fearless, and deep colored. As someone who loves BOTH tea and coffee equally, I often make comparisons between the two. If I were to do so with Assam Tea, I’d call it the “Espresso” of teas.  It’s more of a wake up call where Darjeeling is relaxation in a cup. Now that I’ve tried Assam tea, I’m a huge, huge fan.

I was also new to Muscatel Tea. It had a milder, somewhat sweeter flavor than Assam but I fell just as deeply in love with it. When doing tea (or food reviews on my food blog for that matter) reviews, I often pay extra attention to the first words that come to mind with the initial taste. With Muscatel tea, the first words were: lovely, understated, delicate, and lovely. Yes, I repeated myself.

I do that sometimes!

Even the different teas I was familiar with were given a whole new exciting experience. My beloved Darjeeling seemed even more special and exotic than ever.

 Golden Tips Tea Review
In addition to my Golden Tips Tea experience introducing me to a few new teas that I’m now obsessed with AND making me love a few old favorites even more, it also has given me a wonderful new idea for a new collection I want to start… Tea Boxes!

The beauties below are just a few that caught my eye (well, both eyes to be exact) on Golden Tips Tea’s website. Click through for more information. Can you imagine how gorgeous a tea box collection would be. I’m excited for starting this colleciton in the New Year!

Golden Tips Tea Box
Golden Tips Tea Luxury Tea Box
Golden Tips Tea Pinewood Tea Box
 

Matcha Bowl and Whisk Set: Beautiful Gift Idea

Matcha Bowl and Whisk Set

The beautiful Tea Ceremony Set Bowl and Whisk Green/Brown, pictured above, makes a perfect gift set.

The Matcha set features utensils used for a traditional tea ceremony: Tea bowl, tea whisk and tea scoop.

Click through for more information. This is gorgeous!

Want to know how to make traditional Japanese Matcha? Click the link for a video from DoMatcha.

Video: How to Make Traditional Japanese Matcha

I have recently fallen head over heels in love with tea-related videos. I’ve always been MAD about cooking videos but the obsession with tea videos is a fairly recent thing. Look for a lot more tea videos to be added to the tea blog because I’m pretty sure you’ll become as hooked as I am.

The video below is from DoMatcha (makers of extraordinary Matcha). In this video, DoMatcha host Calli O’Brien shows how to whisk up a traditional matcha.

Find DoMatcha and Matcha Bowls, Whisks, and Sets on Amazon!

Matcha Whisk Holder (similar to the one she uses in the video above):


Blue Matcha Whisk Holder

Matcha Accessories (Bowls, Whisks, Sets):

Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot… Yes, Please!

Simple Brew Loose Leaf Tea Pot

Well, this certainly simplifies things when it comes to making loose leaf tea. This is the Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot (400ml) and, if you’re like me, you’re wondering where it’s been all your tea loving life.

The beautiful glass pot allows you to watch your favorite teas infuse and make magic. A built in strainer keeps all of your tea in the pot for future use. Here’s one of my favorite things about it – The simple brew teapot is also easy to clean. You simply unscrew the filter from the lid and wash.

It just doesn’t get any simpler than this. See Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot (400ml) for more information.

Buy Loose Leaf Tea on Amazon


Tea Forte’ Collection – Makes a Gorgeous Gift for Any Tea Lover

Tea Forte' Gift Set
The beautiful Tea Forte Tea Chest Collection 4.20 Ounce makes a thoughtful and exotic gift any tea drinker would love. The set includes 40 pyramid infusers with Two infusers each of: Earl Grey, Orchid Vanilla, Ginger Lemongrass, English Breakfast, Chamomile Tisane, African Solstice, Black Currant, Formosa Oolong, Citrus Mint, Jasmine Green, Bombay Chai, White Ambrosia, Sencha, Estate Darjeeling, White Ginger Pear, Raspberry Nectar, Green Mango Peach, Hazelnut Turffle, Lemon Sorbetti, Blueberry Merlot.

Beautiful, thoughtful AND delicious!

Features:

  • An expansive collection of 40 infusers, two infusers each of twenty Tea Forté blends.
  • Comes in a beautiful, reusable serving box. The open lid reveals a detailed tea menu for easy blend selection.
  • Included tea types: Rooibos, Black, Herbal, Oolong, Green, White

See Tea Forte Tea Chest Collection 4.20 Ounce for a closer look.

Perfect Gift Idea for Tea Lovers: Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher

Tea Wisdom

Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher

I was recently sent a beautiful little book to review on the Crazy Tea Chick blog and I’m absolutely in love with it. What’s even more important is that YOU’LL fall just as head over heels in love with it as I have.

I write a lot (make that A LOT) of book reviews. Between Self Help Daily and Get Cooking!, I find myself writing self help book reviews and cookbook reviews throughout the week.  However, it’s been ages since a book brought as many smiles to my face as  Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher has.

This beautiful book is a collection of tea quotes, quips, and literary snippets – the majority of which I’ve never even read before.  I’ve made a few graphics here to share a few of the quotes with you.

Simply put, I have gotten a lot of joy from this book. The quotes are often funny and always entertaining.

There are also gorgeous pictures throughout the book.

Even the book, itself, is beautiful! While the cover is listed as “paperback,” it’s one of those books that I refer to as a “soft hardback” simply because the material is much more durable than “paperback” would lead you to believe.  When I think of paperback, I think of my mom’s old romance novels. She’d flip and fold them so often the covers would bend in half – making the lovebirds on the cover look almost monstrous.

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Tea Wisdom

Not only is the book durable, a joy to read, and beautiful – the pictures throughout the book include some of the author’s own illustrations.  They add a lot of charm to an already perfectly charming book.

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Tea Wisdom

I hope you’ll click through and order your own copy of  Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher.  While you’re there, I have one more piece of advice for you – you should grab a few extra copies for gift-giving.  If you were to combine this beautiful book with a great tea mug and extra special tea bags (or leaves), you’d create your own Tea Lovers Gift Basket – a unique gift anyone would enjoy!

 

Tea Wisdom

Click through one of the links above or the following link to purchase this beautiful book on Amazon: Tea Wisdom: Inspirational Quotes and Quips About the World’s Most Celebrated Beverage

White Tea and Wrinkle Prevention

The Tao of Tea White Tea
We all know that tea is magical. A tall glass of iced tea or a piping hot mug of tea can transform even the most ordinary day into an extra special day.  Not only is it delicious, it’s healthy.  For those who love White Tea, new research suggests that it may be as good for the way you look as it is for the way you feel.

According to a recent lab study, extracts in white tea exert an anti-inflammatory effect that slows the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers — those super-supportive intracellular structures that skin needs to stay firm and wrinkle-free.

While more studies are required, White Tea is believed to be a valuable weapon in the war against aging.  What’s more, White tea may have special fat-fighting powers!

While they’re still coming up with all the proof they need in the labs, common sense says that – in addition to avoiding sun during the middle hours of the day, using sunscreen, eating healthy, and not smoking – drinking more tea isn’t just a healthy idea.. it’s a beautiful one.

White Tea from Teavana:


Teavana Sweet Asian Pear Loose-Leaf White Tea, 16oz (1lb)

Teavana Raspberry Pineapple Luau Loose-Leaf White Tea, 16oz (1 lb)

Teavana Very Berry White Loose-Leaf White Tea, 2oz


Teavana Silver Yin Zhen Pearls Loose White Tea, 16oz (1lb)

Moroccan Tea Mints – With Matcha, Peppermint, and Spearmint

Moroccan Tea Mints
The delicious Teavana Moroccan Mint Green Tea Breath Mints, pictured above, are blended with real matcha tea.  The peppermint and spearmint oils leave you with minty breath that smells as good as the mints taste.

These mints are exclusive to Teavana and come in a beautiful container sporting the wonderful Teavana logo.

Click through for more information!

Green PolkaDot Box

Adorable Christmas Tea Pots

Christmas Tea Kettle

You may think it’s early for me to start thinking about Christmas, but I’ll let you in on a little secret… I never actually stop thinking about Christmas.

I love to fill my home and life with as much things that totally embrace the season as possible – from the kitchen to the bathroom. Heck, even my iPhone and vehicle get decked out.

The adorable tea pots in this post are must haves for tea lovers during the Christmas season. They make beautiful gifts – just be sure to grab at least one for yourself, otherwise the temptation to keep it when you see it may be too much!

The Dol Victorian Gingerbread House Holiday Christmas Tea Pot is shown at the top of the post while the too cute to be believed Smiling Gingerbread Collectible Holiday Tea Pot is pictured below.

Gingerbread Man Tea Pot

Back to Back Polka Dot Posts? Why The Heck Not?!

Mason Drinking Jars with Polka Dot Lids and Straws
I realize I JUST did a post for polka dot loving tea drinkers, but when I saw these Set of Four (4) 15-oz Colorful Polka Dots Mason Jar Beverage Cups ~ 4 Clear Glass Drink Cups with Metal Lid, Straw Included, I knew I’d be pulling a back-to-back.

So here we go…

This adorable set includes four glass Mason Jar Beverage Cups with colorful polka dots metal lids & straws.  Naturally they’re perfect for lemonade, smoothies, protein drinks, iced water, and juice – but, you know me, all I can envision in them is iced tea. Lots and lots of iced tea.

While they’d make a great gift idea for just about anyone, I see no reason to not buy the first set for yourself.

Click through the link or picture for more information.