Teavivre Tea take 2

The lovely Alison at Teavivre sent me a second batch of teas to test.  I had so much fun with the first lot that I couldn’t believe I didn’t find time before now to try these.

Teavivre tea

As with my first review, please bare in mind the following is my layman explanation of these teas.  You can view the Teavivre website for any health benefits, caffeine content, their origin and pricing etc.

First up was the Tie Guan Tin Oolong Tea (Anxi Monkey Picked Ma Liu Mie)

Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea 1I loved how these leaves opened gently when I poured the water over them.  The aroma reminded me of jasmine but softer and slightly sweeter and had a lovely light refreshing taste.
Anxi Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea 2

Second up was the Goddess Oolong Tea (Tie Guan Yin Iron)

Goddess Oolong Tea 1This was quite similar in smell and taste to the first tea although I would have to say had a very slight bitter taste at first.
Goddess Oolong Tea 2Then it was onto the Milk Oolong Tea (Taiwan Jin Xuan)

Milk Oolong Tea 1This tea has a slight grassy nose with a flavour which I would kin to black tea – I did not really pick up a milk aroma.  Might have to try this one again.

Milk Oolong Tea 2

Next up was the Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea (Taiwan Monkey Picked Ma Liu Mie)

Taiwan Tie Guan Yin oolong Tea 1

The leaves of this tea didn’t seem as tightly packed as the others and had a beautiful smooth soft taste – I think this may be my favourite.
Taiwan Tie Guan Yin oolong Tea 2
Finally it was the Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea (Da Hong Pao Big Red Robe)

Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea 1The leaves of this tea were very different to the others and was the only one which had a slight brown tinge to it once brewed.   It is regarded as the king of Oolong among all the Chinese Oolong Teas and one of the China’s Top Ten Teas.Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea 2I  am not sure my palette is sophisticated enough for these teas but I thoroughly enjoyed doing my own little tea ritual all the same.

I was not remunerated or asked to do a review on these teas. I did a this post as a courtesy after receiving the tea.

Kristy’s Tea Taste Test

What a fun day I had taste testing all the tea’s Kristy sent me.  All the teas are from The Octavia Tea Company.  They have the most beautiful packaging.  Reckon I would buy their tea for the packaging alone. 🙂

Kristy's tea

 First up was Kristy’s favourite, The Lemon Green Organic Green Tea.

Cleanse the body and relieve stress with this soothing blend of antioxidant-rich green tea and therapeutic herbs. Gentle notes of lemon-lime accented with a kiss of honey-like sweetness give this tea an exquisite, graceful flavor to be savored sip after sip.

There is the most wonderful aroma when you open the packaging.  The leaves are light and crisp.  The aroma is of fresh lemons with a hint of lime.  Once the tea had infused I felt the the aroma lessoned.  The tea has a lovely light fresh flavour and the water gets a pretty soft lime hue.

Lemon Green organic tea Lemon Green Organic tea 2

 Next up was the Wild Blueberry Organic White Tea.

Capture the deep, luscious flavor of juicy blueberries in a cup of tea. This enchanting infusion is made from an exquisite white tea blended with organic blueberries and a touch of sweet-tart hibiscus. Known for its detoxifying, stress-relieving properties, white tea has a delicate, nectar-like flavor contains powerful antioxidants and anti-aging properties.

I was hit with the most magnificent intoxicating scent when I opened this tea, the smell filled the room – heavenly!  I loved how the water slowly tinted a beautiful rosé and the scent after steeping was as strong as when I opened the packaging.  The flavour is absolutely wonderful as the berry nose came through 100% in flavour.  So far, I think this is my favourite.

Wilb Berry Organic white tea Wild Berry organic white tea 2 a Wild Berry organic white tea 2 b

 Then there was the Dragon Well Green Tea.

Dragonwell is the most famous Chinese tea, with broad, flat leaves shaped like the blade of a sword. This voluptuous tea envelops the palate with a lovely orchid-like fragrance, a delicious, roasted chestnut-like flavor and an earthy, lingering finish. Often called the national drink of China, Dragon Well is frequently given to visiting heads of state. This tea is rich in antioxidants and promotes mental alertness.

I am sure the Chinese will be insulted with my opinion of their most famous tea but in my unprofessional opinion, it smells like samp and beans, something only South African’s will understand.  The savoury aroma follows through to the taste.  I must say the water turned a lovely light bright green.

Dragen Well green tea Dragen Well green tea 2

 Next in line was the Rose Oolong Tea.

Inspired by the alluring ambiance of a rose garden after a spring rain, Rose Oolong is a smooth, soothing tea rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties. The fragrance of crushed rose petals harmonizes with an exquisite oolong tea base, evoking a sense of calm and tranquility. Often a favorite category among tea connoisseurs, oolong tea is known for its detoxifying and metabolism boosting properties.

I love anything rose so knew I would enjoy this tea. The aroma was wonderfully strong on opening the sachet, it reminded me of a rose scented body mist I used years ago.  I loved how the rose petals floated to the top of the water which had the softest yellow glow. The tea tasted exactly like rose flavoured Turkish Delight.  Fabulous!  This tea is on an even par with the Wild Blueberry as being my favourite.

Rose Oolong tea Rose Oolong tea 2

 Then it was onto the White Chai Tea.

Nourish your spirit! Swirls of sweet cinnamon, sultry spice and playful pink peppercorns dance with white tea’s delicate, honey-like nectar. This whimsical concoction is inspired by the healing herbs used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine and blended with an antioxidant-rich white tea base, giving it a warm, soothing character. A transcendent experience.

I was excited to taste this tea after reading all the ingredients – lemongrass, cinnamon, ginger, pineapple cubes, pink peppercorns, coconut flakes, clove and cardamom.  The smell of fireballs, a sweet we used to eat as kids came to mind and the smelt exactly like they tasted.  I know, that sounds odd and this tea tastes exactly the same too.  It leaves a slight tingly peppery feel in your mouth. This is a perfect winter tea.

White Chai tea White Chati tea 2

 Last was the Jasmine Pearl Organic Green Tea.

One of the world’s finest delicacies and most prized teas, Jasmine Pearl is lavishly infused with the intoxicating fragrance of jasmine and hand-rolled into pearls that bloom in your cup.  After harvesting, the tea leaves are layered with jasmine flowers, which bloom in the cool night air. Although the jasmine flowers are removed from the final product, the sweet, soothing scent remains—captured by the leaves themselves. Jasmine tea is said to ease anxiety and promote well-being.

I grew up drinking jasmine tea after a Chinese meal so knew immediately I would like this tea.  I love the hand rolled pearls which gently opened in the heat of the water.  This tea has a strong full jasmine flavour and I found myself consistently smelling the tea as is brewed.

Jasmine Pearl organic green tea Jasmine Pearl organic tea 2

Kristy, thank you so much for sending me on a wonderful tea journey in my own home.

What’s been happening

Since being away a few things have happened.

The most important and fabulous of them all as a few of you already know was Pete’s accolade of being awarded the Business Continuity Consultant of the year from the BCI (Business Continuity Institute) of London.

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Business Continuity Consultant of the Year
In this category the judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional all round skills across the full spectrum of BCM capability. Applicants will have in depth and breadth of experience and will be able to demonstrate how they have helped clients, from a wide client base, embrace BCM techniques and embed BCM within their organisation’s culture. The winner of this category will be able to show the judges that they have an innovative approach to the discipline, are an outstanding problem solver and a worthy ambassador for the Business Continuity Management sector. All entries should include the length of time the entrant has been involved in BCM and any relevant professional qualifications they have as well as any examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

This winning individual is a consummate professional, with passion and drive for his customers. His diverse background includes extensive knowledge and experience in Business Continuity, from delivering countless BCM projects, to developing customised BCM strategies. His entrepreneurial spirit and leadership has given him exposure to different sectors and verticals in business and the market.

The winner of this category has more than 5 years’ experience as a dedicated Business Continuity Manager. Judging focused on how the individual has used Business Continuity Management techniques across their employing organisation to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective responses to individual impacts weighed to the application, which could be further enhanced by showing how BCM has influenced strategic thinking within the organisation. In this category judges looked for a unique individual who has truly embedded BCM using creative and original approaches and techniques.

Business Continuity Consultant of the Year
Peter Frielinghaus MBCI,
Senior BCM Advisor
at ContinuitySA

PJF BCI award

It was wonderful to be with Pete when he won this very well deserved award and to see how loved and respected he is by his colleagues – they couldn’t wait to come and congratulate him.  I have never seen such genuine and heartfelt respect for my husband by his peers before.  It makes his being away from home so often much easier.

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After succumbing to the constant harassment from my family, I cut my  hair.  I had about 9 inches (22cm) chopped off the length.  Not entirely sure how happy I am yet and think I would have preferred it all one length.  There is a small piece in the front that has been cut shorter and constantly irritates me plus the ends flick in all different directions no matter how I try and blow wave it.  Good thing is it will grow.  You can see the length in the picture above.

Clearly I am similar to Samson who lost his strength when his hair was cut as  I lost a portion of my brain for a while as I gave myself a second degree burn on the inside of my hand.  It hurt like all kinds of hell and hope I minimised the blistering by immediately putting lavender oil over the burn and sitting with my hand in a bowl of water for 6 hours!  I also took 8 aspirin over the course of the evening – probably more than I take in 2 years.  For 2 days afterwards, I had a bad case of tinnitus which I put down to perimenopause and after consulting Google found it to be a side effect of taking excess amounts of aspirin. Oops!

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I am now an official member of our community’s Police forum.  It really is important to be part of the change you want to see and having the official member status makes my voice all that more important plus it is nice being in the know of what is happening in our village.

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If it wasn’t enough to burn my hand, my beater broke while mixing icing.  I am not a Kenwood or Kitchen Aid owner – maybe one day but in the meanwhile I have started pricing new electric mixers.  I must have missed a few chapters as I think they are frightfully expensive.

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The lovely Kristy over at Eat, Play, Love and I have started a tea exchange.  Not entirely sure how the whole thing is going to work yet, we are the guinea pigs.  I am delighted to say Kristy’s “American” tea has arrived with me and my South African Rooibos has yet to get to her.  There was a mix-up at our post office which caused a 3 week delay in it leaving here! I will do a review next week Tuesday.  If you would like to be part of our tea exchange, please let me know.

Kristy's teaRight, that’s enough rambling from me for today.  What’s been going on with you?

Green Tea Granita

This is a fabulous palate cleanser so if you are having a dinner party, wow your guests with the Green Tea Granita.  Alternatively serve it as a light dessert.  Either way, this is best served in small ice cold bowls or shooter glasses.

Green Tea Granita

 

Ingredients

500ml boiling water
50ml castor sugar
250ml green tea

Method

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water.
  2. Add the green tea.
  3. Let it cool and place in the freezer for two hours. Check and as ice crystals form on the side scrape them to the centre.  Repeat until everything is iced up.

 

Submitted by:  Nic Prinsloo, Clarnes