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15 Jun 2014

Review: English Breakfast by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Uncategorized

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I finally found a corner to hide away from all of life’s distractions (stressful and otherwise). For a long time, tea was my distraction – but life is too loud and brash at the moment to become a true escape. It can, however, provide a moment’s peace – warming your hands on a hot mug of tea on a rainy day is a nice treat – and there’s no better way to start your day than a hot cuppatea.

I’ve been craving a good English Breakfast lately, so when The Persimmon Tree was asking me to choose a flavour – I had to pick it. My cupboard used to be filled with tea bags (now filled with loose-leaf tea!) – English Breakfast was always a staple. Something strong and a bit smoky – a dark brew that held up even with a spoonful of sugar and a dash of thick cream – that is this tea.

 

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Malty! When a word is at the tip of your tongue, and the flavour is at the tip of your tongue – sometimes the package can be your saving grace. I still love showing off the unique tins the tea comes in, but the real star was the flavour.  A bold and smooth way to start your day – no crazy flavours or added bits – just an unadulterated blend of black teas. Traditionally an english breakfast would consist of a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan or Keemun teas – I’m not certain of the exact blend but there is definitely a balance of bright and dark.

For  my personal taste, it’s a bit light, so I added an extra teaspoon and brewed a few minutes longer than suggested to get the depth I was looking for – but keep in mind I do use 18% cream and 1/2 tsp sugar – gotta start the day off right. For making this tea iced, it’s a huge asset – makes an extremely refreshing cup with no milk or sugar added! Summer bonus for sure.

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If you follow The Persimmon Tree on twitter, you’ll be privy to sales that I haven’t found anywhere else! (Truly – I went looking to find where I had seen this sale code, in my email, Steepster, reddit – but it was only on twitter – check it out!)

Happy Friday! A friendly reminder: Use code “SPECIAL” for 20% off on your next order on

 

Thanks again to The Persimmon Tree for sending me some delicious teas to add to my ever growing collection! The best part about a tea collection is that you get to drink it. On that note, my kettle is boiling – bye for now!

[Interested in this tea or some others from an eco-friendly, detail oriented company with super fast shipping and killer rewards? Look no further than The Persimmon Tree's website or facebook page! ]

28 May 2014

Review: Mandarin Cream by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Back from a review hiatus with a couple more teas to try from The Persimmon Tree. You may remember them from my previous reviews of Rose Mojito, Banana Dulce and some others! This time I’m trying 2 types of tea I have never tried from their company: English Breakfast (a classic!) and Mandarin Cream – a best-selling oolong which is the subject of today’s long awaited post!

A few changes have happened at The Persimmon Tree since our last review! Along with some new delicious offerings, they now have a Reward Point system when you buy tea, review tea or even refer your friends! I just signed up for the program as I sipped my tea, it took less than two minutes AND they start you off with 20 points just for signing up! They didn’t ask me to talk about the program, but it’s pretty exciting so I thought I would share: friends, send me a message with your email address and name if you want to try The Persimmon Tree and I’ll send you a referral link, you won’t be disappointed!

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Back to the tea at hand – as you can see from the above photo, Mandarin Cream is an organic pouchong or twisted oolong tea, commonly scented with different floral or sweet flavours. In this case, it’s mixed with marigold petals and organic lemon myrtle with natural vanilla flavouring. I ordered it thinking it might taste like a creamsicle, but it surprised me with a much more mature flavour profile. It’s a best seller for a reason!

I steeped for 4 minutes at 195 degrees. Check out the gorgeous colour of the liquid, like a thick golden elixir. The scent rising from the cup was very familiar – with more sniffs I detected it to be the sweet vanilla! I’ve had my fair share of vanilla oolongs, very delicate and pleasing to the nose and mouth. With first sip I knew it would be a perfect evening tea on a rainy day – the oolong base shines the strongest, with subtle hints of vanilla and tart citrus cutting through from the lemon myrtle. I’ve tasted plain lemon myrtle tea and can say that this is delicate indeed, but in a good way that teases and relaxes your senses.

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I’m still settling in to my new home, still have boxes to unpack and haven’t found a home for my tea or a good photo set-up – BUT all of that aside, I can sit and sip this Mandarin Cream tea and know this is my home. I am comfortable here because home is where the tea is :)

Thank you so much to The Persimmon Tree for sending this marshmallowy tea my way! I’ve seen previous reviewers try this tea with cream and sugar and then it tastes like a creamiscle – well I think I’ll be trying this tea again very soon with that in mind! ICED, if the weather ever permits an iced tea. Come on summer!

Interested in this tea or some others from an eco-friendly, detail oriented company with super fast shipping and killer rewards? Look no further than The Persimmon Tree’s website or facebook page! Thanks for reading, come back soon for a special morning review featuring: English Breakfast!

27 Feb 2014

Jewelry by Daisy Chubb

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Other, Personal

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Welcome to DaisyChubb.com !
The newest exciting adventure to come is in a wee cubby at Plan B, Halifax!

Our cubby is home to two artists: BadLittleStitch and Daisy Chubb Jewelry.
If you’re here, you may have purchased some jewelry – thank you! Please comment if so, I’d love to say thanks :)

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Most of the jewelry (bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc) feature handmade paper beads. These beads are recycled from Lush Times, magazines and craft paper. Other found objects are used, such as glass pearls, wooden and metal accents – the sky’s the limit!

Currently you can purchase these in person at Plan B, Halifax, or contact me for a custom order.
Hoping to sell online at some point, but until then, shoot me an email or Ask me on tumblr for more details.

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Daisy Chubb Shop on Tumblr

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8 Jul 2013

Adventures with BzzAgent & International Delight!

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Other, Review

Hello friends! Long time no talk – I’m here for a quick blip of deliciousness.

Summer is upon us here in Halifax, although there are cold and rainy days like today, most days are hot and crispy! Well, my skin sure gets hot and crispy in the sun, oh my. We’re talking +40 C with the humidity! Now that’s a beach day!!

I feel so grateful to have been involved in this Bzz campaign for International Delight Iced Coffee. I’ve got to try every flavour for free! have you seen them in the grocery store? I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for the International Delight powdered drinks, and I love a good iced coffee from Starbucks or Timmy’s. This combines the two into a perfectly sweetened iced coffee experience!

Have you ever heard of BzzAgent? You can become a member at their website: http://www.bzzagent.com , it’s basically a buzz zone for new products – for this campaign they sent me coupons to try International Delight Iced Coffee free, and the two tumblers! You review the products and get to try them for free, it’s a lot of fun and right up my alley!

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I got two gorgeous double-walled tumblers from ID so we could take our Iced Coffee out on the road! We decided to go to a local duck pond for a hike, and to see some cute ducklings. Which we did! Score!

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Small and proud!

If you haven’t given the ID Iced Coffee a try yet, hype-aside, I honestly do recommend it. You fill a cup with ice and pour it overtop – I love the taste once the ice has had a chance to melt and mingle, as it is pretty concentrated! With that in mind, a little goes a long way – I was so surprised each time I went for another glass and there was so much left! Great bang for your buck too – consider the cost of your usual specialty coffee from a coffee shop… a cup of this costs about 60 cents. For a treat, try a little whipped cream on top with a drizzle of caramel – I should say – my favourite flavour is by far the Caramel Machiatto.

My favourite part is that it’s not super sweet – none of the flavours are. You can taste the coffee, and after all, isn’t that why you’re drinking coffee and not tea? Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. :)

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15 Apr 2013

Spotlight: Iced Green Tea

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Tea

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Summer is approaching – can you feel it?

Yeah… it’s slow coming. I took a walk in the woods today and found a patch of snow! eek! It’s no Saskatchewan, but what can I say? It’s still white and cold.

Well, what can I say? I’m an optimist! I’m already deciding which summer teas I want to stock up on for iced tea! Right now I’m drinking a cup of Watermelon Xylophone from Butiki Teas – I know it will probably be my favourite iced tea this year. I think my favourite teas to ice are white, herbal and green!

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That brings me to the feature website this week: Iced Green Teas!

Iced-Green Tea.com is an encyclopedia meets cookbook! Filled to the brim with green tea recipes, information, health facts and discussion, as well as reviews! Green tea can be finicky, as we remember from my past post How Green is Your Tea?

You can get some great tips on how to perfect your iced tea brewing (How to Make Iced Green Tea), how to make your own fruit infused iced green tea, or my favourite: What to do if you do not like Green Tea! Many people want to include more green tea into their diet for health reasons rather than just another tasty beverage.

Perhaps the best tip is that, if you don’t like Green Tea – ice some Black tea instead! I’ll take that even further and add in herbals tea or even rooibos! I always try to ice teas I love and see if they will make the cut in the summer. Funnily enough, I also do this with teas I hate! You would be surprised at how delicious  a perfectly horrible tea can be when you ice it with a bit of simple syrup. Or an iced latte? Personally – Cold brew is always the way to go:

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So join me in getting ready for Summer and start icing your Green Tea! Definitely check out Iced-Green Tea.com and see if you can get inspired too.

Thanks to Iced Green Tea for allowing me to review their website and take a gander! It’s definitely bookmarked for when the warmer weather hits.

2 Apr 2013

Earl of Anxi Oatmeal Honey Buns

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Recipes, Tea

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Hey honey bun!

Oh hello Spring – it’s still chilly enough that you can stuff yourself with filling, aromatic, good for any meal oatmeal honey buns infused with Verdant Tea’s Earl of Anxi. Yep, no joke. This is the good stuff folks.

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I used local honey and a big bag of old-fashioned oats from the supermarket. A little from column A, a little from column B. Use what you have at your disposal – and believe me when I say that you will end up with a hearty bun to please most any palate.

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Earl of Anxi Oatmeal Honey Buns

Ingredients:
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast
2 3/4 cup unbleached flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/4 cups Earl of Anxi from Verdant Tea
2 tbsp safflower oil (or oil of choice)
1/4 cup honey
1 egg for brushing (optional)
Oats for topping (optional)

Mix white sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add flour and oats and mix well.

Set the dry ingredients aside and brew your tea: 1 1/4 cups boiling water with 3 tsp Earl of Anxi tea for 5 minutes. You’re making a nice strong aromatic brew to add creaminess, depth and flavour to the finished bread. When tea is finished brewing, strain the tea leaves and melt in honey. Stir in oil and add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Knead until you have a smooth dough ball.

Place dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with saran wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

Form dough into buns and let rise once more for 30 minutes.

When dough has finished rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush tops of buns with beaten egg, sprinkle a few oats on top and bake for 13-15 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Enjoy with a pat of butter, a drizzle of honey or a teaspoon of marmalade!

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A HUGE thank you to Verdant Tea for having me as a guest chef and allowing me to play with some seriously amazing tea. I’m so lucky to have worked with them on this three part series. Happy Spring everyone!

29 Mar 2013

Review: Rose Mojito by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Uncategorized

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The tea formerly known as Amore! This post was scheduled to post on Valentine’s Day, but then it never posted! I’ve been having WordPress troubles that need some serious Spring cleaning – along with the rest of  my house.

The name of this tea was changed to Rose Mojito by The Persimmon Tree – and rightly so. It’s a white tea blend with rose petals and peppermint – just the right amount of mint to be refreshing and mellow instead of sharp and intruding. A relaxing blend that makes me feel like I’m at a spa – I’ll have to remember to drink this hot when I use my next fresh face mask from Lush.

A little tidbit from the website:

“Featuring a beautiful blend of organic flower-scented white loose-leaf teas, wild roses, organic peppermint and seasonally selected botanicals; the Rose Mojito is a great after meal pick-up or for sipping in the evening with someone you love due to the refreshing and aromatic qualities.” (The Persimmon Tree – Rose Mojito)

The gentle mint allows the quality white tea to shine through. I think I spied a blend of silver needle and bai mu dan, but the silver needles were plentiful and floral! A great companion tea for a library visit or a walk in the park.

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Where this tea will really shine in the summer is Iced. Since I’m desperate for some warm weather, I did come experimenting. Here is the recipe I came up with:

2 tsp Rose Mojito
muddled fresh mint leaves
zest and juice of one large lime
1 tsp sugar
1 oz. liquor of your choice (I used Honey Jack Daniels)
Sparkling Water

In a tall glass muddle fresh mint with sugar. Add zest and juice of lime and liquor (optional). Fill glass with ice. Steep tea in a separate vessel and pour over ice. Top with sparkling water and sip your cares away, mmm good. Let me tell you – it was perfection.

 

Thank you to The Persimmon Tree for allowing me to do this series of reviews. The Persimmon Tree is a tea company located in sunny California with high ethical standards regarding the environment, organic product, fair-trade and health! Check them out on Facebook, and keep sipping my friends!

8 Mar 2013

Site Spotlight: How Green is Your Tea?

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Other

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My journey with Green Tea has been an interesting one! There are certainly some green teas that leave a lot to be desired – but when you find that one that pleases your palate – oh it’s worth the journey! For me, a lot of it had to do with learning how to brew green tea. Some greens can be quite finicky, but I find it’s best to start with a low water temperature and go from there. The company you order tea from can give you some brewing advice, but there’s nothing more satisfying and efficient than your own experiments – and experience!

This brings me to Steve, the author of How Green is Your Tea? He’s been drawn to green tea as a beverage for different reasons than most people. Here’s a tidbit of his story:

“I have always been a tea drinker as I never acquired the taste for coffee like everyone else around me. But my love for green tea really started when I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or CLL.  CLL is the most common type of leukemia. Most people are diagnosed without symptoms as the result of a routine blood test that returns a high white blood cell count, as was in my case. I’m still in the early stages in what is called “Watch and Wait” mode, and my goal is to stay in this stage and never have to be treated!” (Source: How Green is Your Tea? About Me)

Visiting Steve’s site, you can see he is on a journey of discovering new and better ways to consume his tea – like him, I am a fan of Starbucks Green Tea Lattes. I also have plenty of matcha recipes on my site as well! Matcha Iced Latte, Matcha Icing, Matcha Cookies! My favourite so far on his blog is the Matcha Ice Cream recipe – holy wow – it looks so deep dark green and creamy. What can I say, I like my edibles ;) The great part is, the more you experiment with and try at home, the less you need to spend on pricey coffee shops!

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If you’re interested in learning more about green tea, why not pop over to How Green is Your Tea and find the perfect tea for your tastes and your health, such as: Did you know you can eat your green tea? A bunch of great techniques for brewing your tea – and my personal favourite: The advantages of loose tea over tea bags! Join Steve to help make the switch!

Thank you to Steve from How Green is Your Tea for letting me feature his budding website – it’s going to keep growing and evolving, so while it does, why not join him on Facebook?

I’ll drink to that!

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23 Feb 2013

Honeysuckle Puerh by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Another chilly day for a hot cup of tea. My personal favourite days, that’s for sure! This photo above is in a long path about a 5 minute walk from our house! Paradise!

Yes, it’s time for my third review from my Persimmon Tree series: Honeysuckle Puerh.

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This tea definitely appeals to the coffee drinker in me. It brews up to a deep dark brown and is full of rich, earthy tones that wake you up – but instead of being super acidic like coffee, puerh helps to calm your stomach. I love puerh after a big meal or unhealthy snack-fest. Honeysuckle is an especially nice treat after dinner – being naturally sweet and floral. It somehow manages to be both light in texture and deep in flavour, quite the contrast and quite the treat!

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Puerh is one of those types of tea that some people swear by for weight loss. I can’t speak to that – but I can speak of it as an aid in digestion! I have acid reflux and can sometime have an upset tummy – after a few cups of puerh like Honeysuckle, I’m back on my feet and don’t even realize I don’t hurt anymore. It’s always nice to keep some around, again, especially if you’re a coffee lover.

The Persimmon Tree’s website offers steeping suggestions: 205 degrees for 3-5 minutes. This tea is an especially good resteeper – I suggest starting with 3 minutes, increasing the time by one minute for each subsequent steep. It’s also amazing to enjoy as a latte with a pinch of brown sugar and hot frothed milk of any kind. A warm hug on a cold day!

Thank you to The Persimmon Tree for allowing me to do this series of reviews. The Persimmon Tree is a tea company located in sunny California with high ethical standards regarding the environment, organic product, fair-trade and health! Check them out on Facebook, and stay tuned for one more gorgeous tea, I can’t wait to romance you with this one!

 

 

20 Feb 2013

Gunpowder Green by The Persimmon Tree

Author: DaisyChubb | Filed under: Review, Tea

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If you are a lover of smoky teas but haven’t found a green to please your palate, Gunpowder Green from The Persimmon Tree may just be the tea you’re looking for.

This is the second review in my The Persimmon Tree review series!  Here’s a snippet from the website of the benefits of Green Tea, Gunpowder specifically:

“Studies show that green gunpowder tea organic (due primarily to its anti-oxidizing properties) can help in the following ways:

  • Countering fatigue, laziness, sleepiness and lack of energy
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Boosting immunity
  • Toning muscles and skin (anti-aging)
  • Eliminating toxins from the body
  • Reducing chances of cancer
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Increasing cardiac and arterial health
  • Reducing blood-glucose levels (good for diabetics)
  • Aiding weight loss (enhancing the rate of metabolism)
  • Boosting stamina and endurance” (Source: Organic Green Gunpowder Tea by The Persimmon Tree)

Many people want to drink more green tea for it’s anti-oxidant and other health benefits. I personally am not much of a “drink tea for the health” person – I love the taste! It’s my drink of choice, if it’s healthy, that’s just the cherry on top! If you can find the perfect green tea for your tastes, it’s a joy to brew a cup (or many!) a day.

Green tea can be overbrewed if you steep for too long or with water that is too hot! That causes some people to dislike green tea, well, try brewing this tea (or other greens) at 175 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Take a sip and see if you can taste the delicate sweetness and the vegetal astringency. A bite on the tongue rather than a bitter mess! Try it, it’s worth it.

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Lately I’ve been craving teas with a smoky character. Gunpowder Green is not as smoky as a campfire (Lapsang Souchong) but has a gentle warming quality that reminds me slightly of a Genmaicha, without the rice flavour. It’s hard to describe, but every sip fills the senses and warms from the inside out. It’s a lovely winter/spring tea, but here’s how I like to drink it in the summer:

Make your own Moroccan Mint! Add 1 tsp fresh or dry mint to 1 tsp Gunpowder Green tea. Brew at 175 degrees for 5 minutes, add 1 tsp sugar or sweetener of your choice. Pour over ice and enjoy – the smoky sweet minty iced tea is SO refreshing – I can’t wait for warm weather so I can brew some up! Until then I will snuggle up with a hot cup of straight Gunpowder Green.

Thank you to The Persimmon Tree for allowing me to do this series of reviews. The Persimmon Tree is a tea company located in sunny California with high ethical standards regarding the environment, organic product, fair-trade and health! Check them out on Facebook, and stay tuned for more!

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