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Come, let us have some tea and talk about happy endings. – Chaim Potok

That’s the power of tea. Tea time is always that special part of the day, where you relax with your camaraderie or yourself and think of all the beautiful things in the world. I’m a tea connoisseur and I love all kinds of tea. Light, strong, Mint, Soursop, first flush, second flush, Green or Black. 

For me it’s more about exploring the taste rather than addicting myself to one kind of tea. I, was pleasantly surprised when I received these beautes in the mail for a product review. The product was a ” F&B Product, For Review – powered by FBCI – Food Bloggers Council, INDIA” 


The product given for review, was Garnet Glow ‘s Tea Sachets. Mirthful with joy, I started savouring these for a period of 3 days.

About Garnet Glow

Garnet Glow, is an online Gourmet tea selling website, dedicated to bringing you, nothing but the best teas sourced from “China, India & Japan”. They have a carefully selected blend of teas, each premium in its own right, to match your personal taste. They also have “monthly subscription plans”, for a nomad tea soul, like me. You take a quiz and they send you blends accordingly, every month. Alternatively, you can also make your own blend 👍🏻

My Tea Samplers

I, received 3 blends. “Coconut Darjeeling Tea, Peach Tea & Masala Grove”. 

  • Coconut Darjeeling Tea : The tea was light and extremely cleansing on the palate. I, was expecting more of the coconuty flavour, but it was subdued. I did see, thin shreds of coconut in my tea and that was eye candy for my tea loving soul. A little more coconut aka tropical flavour would make this a total deal. 



Here’s how the tea looked like : 


  • Peach Tea : I, mean this from the deepest parts of my heart. I love Peach teas and the hot ones always second best to the iced ones. This peach tea was one of the best, with a subtle yet profound note of peach & that delectable fruity flavour. My favourite! 



Here’s how the tea looked :


  • Masala Grove : A perfect companion for your milk tea. The masala Tea had the perfect blend of aromatics in it. Just the whiff of the tea, will make you love this deeply. When it was paired with milk, the results were, clean notes and warm flavours, perfect for a rainy day. 



Here’s how the tea looked :


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Verdict : Garnet Glow Teas are truly premium in range and are specially blended carefully to provide the perfect feel. I, enjoyed my teas but Peach tea was my favourite. I, would blindly recommend it for anyone who in their sane minds love some fruity flavour. Even as the tea seeps, your kitchen is filled with the aroma. 

Do check them out at Garnet Glow and get yourself some love! 


P.S : Logo image is sourced from google images and is used purely for representation purposes only. 

Japanese Sencha Green Tea-By Mlesna.. Review. 

I‘m not gonna lie, but I’ve always been pretty much in a neutral zone when it comes to Tea. While, the whole of India rocks in the passion throes of Tea, I’ve always remained numb. Thinking what could it be that makes people go crazy with this drink. 

Maybe this has to do with my upbringing in the Middle East, where I was more in tune with packs of Suntop and Orangina. It wasn’t until I became a proud mum, that I even thought about tea. From then, the love has just surpassed my expectations. My drink anyday & everyday is ” Green Tea”. I just love it. I prefer milk & sugarless teas, so apparently, I love black teas too. But let’s not digress. Let me talk about Green Tea to you. 

I am a huge & ginormous fan of green tea. * awwh, look at my claque clapping away to glory* 

 

My favourite, hands down is the “Japanese Sencha”. The Sencha is a delicately flavoured tea, made using special techniques. The plaudits bestowed on the Japanese Sencha are nothing but the truth. The beauty of this tea is the pristine clarity obtained while drinking this.  

 

In my venture to find good Japanese Sencha, I looked no further. I found it in Mlesna. They are a SriLankan brand and every tea they produce, is par excellence. As far as I know, this brand is quite hard to find here in Bangalore.  

 

The only place I do procure this from is 1MG ROAD MALL. The assortment of Mlesna teas are found in the Food Court. Thankfully, they stock a nice decent collection of various teas. 

Here’s a brief description of the tea:

  • They claim this to be a fine quality Sencha tea,processed in the perfect Japanese way.
  • The delicate buds are harvested by expert tea pluckers. 

  

What I love about this pack of green tea?

Firstly,the packaging is super awesome with beautiful drawings. They are so good, I could have these drawings even framed. 

Secondly, the foil packaging is just great. Wish it was a ziplock one, to retain freshness.

Thirdly, It’s priced at Rs.200/- for 50 teabags. So, that’s amazing value for money. 

And lastly, The taste is just amazing. Nice & subtle.

  

Well, with all these awesome things packed into one, I couldn’t stop myself from a repurchase. 

The most budget friendly, delicious & spot on pack of green tea you will ever purchase. 

You can find this online at  Amazon

Have you guys tried this tea? Do leave your comments. 

Till then, have a happy time enjoying your cuppa! 

Kho-cha rose green tea review.

Nothing really equals the smooth nirvana of a nice hot cuppa tea. An early morning rise or a late night gossip, nothing is complete without that little brew, which eagerly awaits you at the kitchen counter or the teapoy.

Imagine finding the most perfect cup of tea and being elated with pure joy at every sip. I, for one have yet to find that perfect cup. My travels through the supermarket aisles, brings me across quite an astonishing variety of teas. The earl greys, green teas, oolongs,black teas, flavoured tea,etc… You probably get the idea.

So, here I am.. Drafting my first post dedicated to a ” tea review”.

  The reason I decided to give kho-cha a try is because it’s a Darjeeling tea bureau product. I am a total sucker for green teas and a one that lists rose as one of its blend ingredients is my must have. This one claimed to have a blend of rose petals. To make things a notch more irresistible, this came on an offer  a buy one get one. 😱


Alas, I am but a respectable lady and anything that declares itself as a buy one get one or 50% off product, has to be mine. Off I went and grabbed it without giving much thought. I got these at a throwaway price of Rs.285/- for both. That’s Rs.145/- each👍🏻

The sales executive suggested that this tea had added benefits of giving you a nice and clear complexion. A plus anyways to the numerous benefits of green tea.

The packaging is quite decent. Made from recycled paper, it’s has a rural touch to it.  A certain desi charm. The green tea comes in a small pet bottle,adding more of the rural finesse to it.


The imagery is quite a pleasure to see. Green tea leaves curled and packed next to each other with little rose petals peeping from beneath,scores points for me. Just this makes me wanna get the teapot whistling right away.

Here’s how the liquor looked after a 3 minute brew.


The liquor was a pale light green liquid with just faint tones of the rose petals. What made this stand apart was the lightness of the brew. The tea was anything but heavy on your palate. Felt like your drinking a nice warm cup of fresh water. No heaviness or a feeling of that deep tannin after taste.

The blend didn’t work wonders for me,because I was looking for some strong undertones of rose. This blend just stumbled with the rosy-ness, rather it felt like delicious clear green tea.

I had to add a strand of saffron to compliment the clear taste and it turned out wonderful.


I give it a thumbs up for the clarity and a palate cleanser kind of a taste. Sadly, it doesn’t amuse me much when it’s claiming to impart a certain rose flavour to the brew.

Pros:

  • Costs Rs.285/- for 100 gms. I got it at buy one get one offer.
  • Eco- friendly packaging if you are gonna excuse the pet bottle.
  • Saves you the hassle of finding tins or containers to put the tea in.
  • Very clear and light taste
  • Behaves like a palate cleanser too.
  • It can be used to build up other flavours.A neutral taste is what this tea promises. I use this tea as a base for masala chai. 

Cons:

  • Not a rose tea for sure. Extremely faint undertones of rose.
  • Doesn’t come with freshness seals.

Hmmm.. Yes, that’s pretty much all that there is. I’m giving it a generous 3 star.

You could source this from their website http://www.khochateas.in or most probably try to find a kho-cha tea boutique near you. I found my tea at “Golden tips”,Phoenix market city,whitefield, Bangalore.

Just In case you would wanna know how I made the brew. Here’s the rocket science recipe.

  1. 150mls of warm water.
  2. 1 tsp of loose leaves
  3. 1 tsp of honey
  4. A strand of saffron

Method:

  1. I usually boil my water and cool the water to 75 degrees. How do I know that? I do the finger dip test. Dip your pinky finger and if it’s hot but bearable, you have the perfect temperature.
  2. I add the teaspoon of leaves and just let them uncurl and wait for 3 minutes roughly.
  3. Strain it through. Add a teaspoon of honey and add a saffron strand for a spot on taste.
  4. If I’m in an adventurous mood I build up more flavours like cinnamon, lime,black pepper,etc.

Now Go ahead and get kho cha ing..