Tea Monday – An Ji Bai Cha

An Ji Bai Cha is needle-like a green tea and the name actually means white tea but it refers to the unprocessed white tea leave colour.
Apparently there was a legend in a 900 year old Chinese book about a a tea plant with white leaves and only in the 1980s did they discovered this legendary white tea bush.

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It is not just a really cool story, the taste is nothing compared to a “regular” green tea.
For me it has a fruity taste with a hint of lychee. The second brew is sweeter with no hint of tartness and very smooth.

You can infuse the tea for 1-2 minutes with 70-75°C. I prefer 2 minutes steeping time because the taste is a lot stronger.

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Since my parents brought me a pack of An Ji Bai Cha from Paper&Tea, I was sold on it and searched for it in Vienna after finishing it. I wasn’t that lucky because I discovered that it is quite a rare tea. The harvesting season is very short, only about 30 days in spring since the leaves eventually turn green when temperatures rise. Probably a factor on why they did not discover this tea sooner ;)

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I bought mine at this lovely tea shop in Bratislava and can only recommend you (if you have the time) to visit the shop. It has lots of great rare quality teas for a fair price because the owner is in personal contact with the tea farmers in Asia.

Have a nice week ahead of you!

 

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Cold brew green tea

It is gradually getting cooler the next days but for now I still prefer to drink tea cold instead of hot.

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What I really like is this ginger lemon green tea brewed with cold water in the fridge for 20 minutes.
I use a bit more tea than what I would usually use for a normal brew but again, I did not weigh it out and just went with my gut.

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I just go by trial and error, but if you like more detailed directions you can easily find those on google :)

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Have you heard of cold-brewing or have you tried it out yourself?
I heard that white and green teas don’t need that long to infuse but that black tea needs the longest, with infusion times being several hours.

Tea Monday – Jaksul

Korean green teas are quite hard to find here in Vienna, so naturally I took some home when I had the chance to visit Seoul in December.

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Jaksul is a special tea which is only harvested once a year in April! The name Jaksul means sparrows tongue and it is referring to the tea leaves resembling little sparrow tongues.

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I brewed my tea from Nokchawon at 90°C for 2minutes and it turned out smooth with a low but still noticeable umami note and a sweet after taste.

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The handmade tea cups are a recent addition and my favourites to nip on some tea. The gold particles sparkle when the sun hits them and makes tea drinking even more enjoyable for me. I bought them at Harry’s Tea Time in case you are interested in having your own :)

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Siki – Tea Room and Tea Shop

Siki is a newly opened Japanese tea shop at Währingerstraße 153 near Aumannpark.
In a separate room they even offer the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, chado.

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As you may know I love green tea and think that it is really great that more Japanese tea shops are opening in Vienna!
The first was Cha no ma (they offer the best matcha lattes in town!), then came Metcha Matcha and now Siki.
Those Japanese shops offer different products, teas and dishes so there is a right place for every green tea lover out there!

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After scanning the menu card I was really impressed by the Japanese green tea selection and other Japanese teas that are not available everywhere. There is also a small selection of Japanese food (curry, ochazuke and miso soup) and lots of sweet goods that fit to tea.

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After quite a while I finally decided on a green tea and picked Shoshun which I have never tried before. This tea is harvested in spring and has a sweet and mellow taste.
The price of 4,2€ includes a second infusion which is great and sadly not common to be offered.
The second infusion even tasted better than the first because of the intensified sweetness. I loved it and was really happy with my choice!

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Yatsubashi are traditional mochis and originate from Kyoto. The mochi dough is flavoured with sugar and cinnamon and red beans are the filling.
I paid 3,5€ for three pieces of yatsubashi, which I thought was a pretty good deal. Generally the prices are really decent!

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The shop owner was very friendly and even gave me a small matcha chocolate as a present and lots of business cards for my friends.
I can’t wait to be go back again and enjoy a nice cup of green tea with somebody dear to me.

Kusmi Tea in Donauzentrum

Last Monday the first Kusmi Shop opened in Vienna, in the shopping centre Donauzentrum.

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The bright shop which is held white is offering open tins with the tea to smell and decide which one to purchase. Prince Vladimir seemed nice but he could not come home just yet since I have already quite a few teas I need to finish first.
In the corner they also offer Løv tea which I always wanted to try out and now saw my chance.
The fruity smell and blend of Løv is beautiful caught my attention the most, a blend of white, green and rooibos tea with pieces of mango and pineapple and peach and apricot aroma.

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What I liked there was that if you buy Løv or Kusmi tea, you get taste samples to which brand you bought. I got 6 sachets of Løv is good tea and one Jasmin tea bag.

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I like more subtle tea with less aromas added but I do enjoy the Kusmi Detox tea with its lemon aroma, lemon grass and mix of green tea and mate tea.
The metal tins are elegant and practical for stacking and make a great gift. I myself got those five tiny cute little tins with Kusmi Tea from Kerstin for my Birthday.

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Strawberry green tea and green tea with scents of Moroccan spearmint make me think I am sniffing some very strong flavoured bubble gum. Rose green tea is more to my liking and makes me wish I had some Turkish delight for consumption. Behind the title Imperial label is a blend of green tea with orange, vanilla and cinnamon, liquorice roots and sea buckthorn berries. The smell is exotic and quite pleasant. Ginger lemon green tea is more simple and down to earth. Let’s see, tea always smell stronger than they taste so maybe the ones that don’t intrigue me that much aren’t that bad.

Most teas from Kusmi have a very intensive smell and they often remind me of scented candles. Do you feel the same way? Or do you love that strong waft of aroma?