Japan Genmaicha Yamasaki

My next tea that I’ll be reviewing from the samples given to the Garner Greenhouse by the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. is called Japan Genmaicha Yamasaki.  The package reads: Light golden yellow liquor with a unique toasty rice flavor tending sweet.  A tea that creates a conversation.  Luxury Ingredients: Green Tea.

That’s hardly teaser enough, but I’ve only got a little time before bed, so it’ll have to do.  Salad Fork! Read more of this post


Updates, Cause I can (AKA: Bad Day Monday!)

Today’s is going to be a personal post.  I wanted to take a little break from teas, though I have several that I’ve already sampled and need to type up.  Still, I just wanted to talk about stuff this time.  There were a couple of points this month where I didn’t post when I said I’d try to post more, and I’ll get into that in a bit.  Basically this is my what’s been going on, what haven’t I been writing about that I said I would, etc. post.  Feel free to use this post as you alternative to Ambien.  I promise the only side effect is my tendency to have Zombie Dreams may be contagious over the net…I don’t know, but I thought it would be safe to put the warning out there. Read more of this post

Pai Mu Tan

Pai mu tan is the next tea I will review from the many samples we at the Garner Greenhouse received from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. The package reads: A white tea offering jammy flavor with sweet notes and a delicious lingering finish.  Good body with a satisfying cup.  The Luxury ingredients are White tea.

And now my opinion, such as it is…

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Provence Rooibos

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!” Yes, it was my love of Monte Python and that one line from The Holy Grail that decided which I would choose next.  I was going to choose between the chamomile or the green tea, but then I saw what was in the Provence Rooibos and I couldn’t deny it!  It’s also from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. and it reads: Flavory with a floral and fruity bouquet; perfumy lavender notes.  Inspired by the ‘joie de vivre’ of France.  I find it funny that before really reading this bag of tea that I thought of a line from a French character, and the tea itself was inspired by a French expression.  The ingredients include rooibos (or a red tea leaf), elderberries, rosehip pieces, billberries, lavender blossoms, rose flowers, and natural flavors.

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Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1

Surprise!  I’ve come back to give you a Coffeelog, although I have to admit, it’s not a coffee variety I’m reviewing, but a tea variety from the Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd called Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1.  The package reads: A superior leaf lapsang souchong offers a crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of an oak fire.  It’s a black tea, and part of a package of free tea samples we received at the Greenhouse to decide on what new varieties we’d like to start carrying at the shop.  So, I haven’t been given money, and we may not actually start carrying this variety, though with a name like that, how could you not?  By the way, I was thinking of trying this one first but what cinched the deal was my toddler trying to help mommy by opening the package for me.  Well, then… Read more of this post

Chocolate Chai Tea

It’s late, I’m tired and extra grumpy, so I thought a soothing cup of tea would be in order. It was a toss-up between ginseng green tea or Chocolate Chai tea…I chose the chocolate. Read more of this post

Ginseng Green

Tonight, instead of coffee I decided to drink Gineng Green tea, due mainly that I was kept up all night last night with the coffee, and I want some sleep.  There’s no information really on the tea, not like the coffee, but as the name suggests it is green tea with ginseng. Read more of this post


I know I said I’d write every day, but I decided that though I may drink coffee on Christmas and Christmas Eve, I would just enjoy the time with family and friends and not blog about it.  Anyway, when I tried to ascertain the specific brew I was drinking on Christmas, the answer given to my “What kind of coffee is this?” was a good-natured “Black.” Read more of this post