Monday, December 3, 2012

Tea Gallerie Review and Giveaway, Ends 12/9/12



As you've probably guessed (!), I'm a coffee drinker.  Mike, however, drinks tea.  Recently, we've both discovered loose leaf tea as opposed to bagged tea.

Mike's Mom always said I didn't like tea because with bagged tea -- you taste the paper.  When given the opportunity to review loose leaf teas from The Tea Gallerie, I jumped at the chance!

About Tea Gallerie




At Tea Gallerie, we want to help YOU make healthier and more exciting choices of drink and give you the opportunity to take time in your day to just be with your cuppa tea.  We are proponents of the tea culture and advocates of giving back to the community.  Our expertise is in making tea a complete sensory experience since tea is so delicate and sensitive yet versatile and unique- just like each and every one of our happy tea customers!

I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect.  And I really wasn't sure I could master brewing it.  It seemed a bit daunting to me.  But we took the tea to the MIL's (Mother-in-Law) house and she taught me.  No fuss, no worries, and a perfect cuppa tea!

We tried the lovely, bright and Christmas-y Peppermint Herbal Tea.  Herbal blended peppermint leaves for full flavor. Great before or after a meal! This tea is so refreshing.  I actually liked it without sugar -- how's that for amazing!  MIL swears by it -- it's now her favourite!  She tells me it really helps her relax after a long, stressful day.




Next up, we tried the  Coconut Cacao Black, A unique concoction of chocolate, vanilla, coconut scented black tea blended with the smoothness of rooibos and apples.   This is an unusual blend, but so very good.  It's almost like "drinking" a chocolate-coconut candy bar!  Very soothing, but also energizing.   Mike really likes this one.  He's made this his morning drink instead of sweet iced tea. GO MIKE!





Last, but not least, we tried the Organic Gunpowder Green tea, Organic Gunpowder green tea is a special tea rolled in the shape of a gunpowder pellet. This is a very popular tea, especially for those who like the smokey taste!  Green Tea is just fantastic. Mike and I switched to iced green tea about a year ago. So this was a natural for us.  This is a great tea for that afternoon rejuvenating break -- it's a pick-me-up!  I really like it the flavour... it's... a very "Southern" tea in my opinion -- the smell of Scotch Pine, a wood fire burning, sitting on the porch in late afternoon... that's what I get from it.




The Tea Gallerie has really opened my eyes (and my palette) to loose leaf teas.  I'm eager to try more varieties and flavours.  The Jasmine Blueberry has my name written ALL over it!

You can buy more than Tea at the Tea Gallerie -- oh yes!  Just visit the Gallerie Shop for some amazing teaware such as infusers, mugs, tea sets, and brewers.

Tea Gallerie is always eager to hear from their fans!  You can connect with them on their website,
Facebook, and @TeaGallerie on Twitter.

The generous folks at The Tea Gallerie have offered one of my readers the chance to win the same amazing tea selection that I received:  Coconut Cacao Black, Gunpowder, and Peppermint.

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

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DISCLOSURE:
I received the same Tea Gallerie package that is being offered to my readers.  I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item(s)


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47 comments:

eclairre said...

I learned that loose teas keep up to a year on the shelf.

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MomLovesDeals said...

I learned that oolong requires a very specific method of tossing, withering, heating, and cooling the leaves.

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Tara said...

I learned that tea could be rolled into shapes! A bullet? Neat!

Tara said...

I learned that tea could be rolled into shapes. A bullet? Neat!

mtbears819 said...

I like
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Maryann D. said...

I learned about Pu-erh tea. Pu-erh teas go through a distinctive fermentation process in which microbes act on the tea leaves causing them to darken and the flavor to alter.
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Heidi V said...

I like the teas are virtually calorie and sugar free. I learned the difference between black and green tea and how its Green tea is from leaves of Camellia Sinensis.

karmakaytlyn said...

I learned about black teas. " While in the western it is known as black tea, in East Asian countries and China commonly refer to it as "red" tea; this is evidently because of the bright golden-red color of the infusion. The tea leaves are withered and allowed to completely oxidize during the process of making black tea."

gibberish said...

I learned that different types of tea need different temps of water for maximum flavor ie 208 degrees for herbal tea.
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Myrna K said...

I learned that all teas derive from the same shrub, Camellia Sinensis.

john hutchens said...

tea has hardly ant calories

Paula L. said...

What determines whether the leaf becomes black, white, green, oolong, or pur-erh tea, depends on the way in which it is harvested and processed.

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casaflamingos said...

different teas should be steeped in different temperature hot water

Mer said...

I learned that the brewing temperature is different for different types of tea. Interesting!

barbara stenby said...

I learned that I make tea all wrong! No wonder it never tasts like when I go to the tea shop. Varying temps for each tea type. Going to go make a cup of oolong right now and try it.

Erika E said...

I learned that white tea leaf buds are processed into white tea immediately after picking by drying and withering the tea leafs.

Victoria said...

I learned that green tea isn't oxidized!

Kylie Carlson said...

I learned that Black tea is often called Red in East Asian countries as a reference to the color of the tea it produces.

ruthie1019 said...

I learned that teas are virtually calorie and sugar free. . (ruth ramos)

doodlebug said...

I learned that tea helps with metabolism and weight loss.

Danielle B said...

All teas derive from the same shrub

JeannetteNL said...

I learned that different teas brew best if they steeps at different temps and lengths of time.

Maria K said...

I learned different teas need different water temps.

o White and Green Teas: 175 degrees
o Oolong Tea: 195 degrees
o Black Tea: 195-205 degrees.
o Herbal Tea: 208 degrees.

puye said...

I learnedthat different tea needs different temperature.

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Alex Pakula said...

I didn't learn much...I have toured a couple of tea factories, but the site is very pretty!

ErinC said...

The earthy delight of pu-erh teas go through a distinctive fermentation process in which microbes act on the tea leaves causing them to darken and the flavor to alter.

BzzAgent KaciOhio said...

Black tea leaves are withered and allowed to completely oxidize during the process of making black tea. =) Cool!
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tina reynolds said...

East Asian countries and China commonly cal black tea "red" tea;

Valerie said...

I learned that the Tea originates from China some 5,000 years ago!

nightowl said...

I learned that the organic white tea they use is harvested in China, only a few weeks out of the year.
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Adrianne B said...

I learned that the way teas are harvested determines their type or classification.

Lynda Del. said...

I learned that they hand blend the teas.

Sumera Mahmood said...

Teas have no calories! What a pleasant shock :)

ltlbitone said...

I like the Libre Tea Glass for Loose Leaf Tea on the Go - Original

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Star S said...

I learned that different types of tea should have the water at different temperatures to steep properly

Kari Flores said...

The organic white tea we use is harvested in China, only a few weeks out of the year.

Katelyn Grider said...

I learned that in China, black tea is called red tea. hmmm.

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George Chaplin said...

that its very easy to make :)

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Bee W Bedard said...

I read that different teas need different temp of water

Diane W said...

over 75 teas to choose from

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I learned that tea lowers cholesterol.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

JBlanton said...

I learned that the water temp makes a difference in how tea tastes- I love herbal tea and water has to be 208 degrees

Melissa said...

I never thought about or realized but a number of teas actually contain vitamins in it. Another reason to drink it up!


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Elle S. said...

I wasn't aware that different teas should brew at different temperatures.
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