Tuesday Tea - Tea Co-op December Box - Simple Loose Leaf

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December Selections:

Chinese Sencha Green
Santa's Gingerbread Holiday (see our previous review)
Yunnan Noir
Jade Oolong
Honeybush Hazelnut

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Chinese Sencha Green

Review:

This month when I opened my box from Simple Loose Leaf I was disappointed to see that there was only one tea that I hadn't tried before. Three of the teas ended up being from Adagio, but I was glad to see that one of my favorites from last year (Maya Tea Company's Santa's Gingerbread Holiday) made an appearance. I wasn't initially a fan of it, but during the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap someone sent me an amazing tin of Gingerbread cookies that tasted just like this tea. It really grew on me, so I'm glad I have a second chance to enjoy it.

Today I'll be reviewing the green selection from the box, Chinese Sencha Green. I'll be the first to admit that I don't tend to drink sencha often. I have to be in a very specific mood to enjoy a strong vegetal flavor in my tea. I typically pair it with something salty, such as Chinese takeout, but it also goes well with sushi. This particular sencha has a more mild flavor than I'm accustomed to. When first steeped the flavor is somewhat vegetal, but as it cools off the flavor mellows out and it becomes slightly sweet. The mild flavor wasn't what I was expecting, but since I can't order takeout tonight I find that I prefer the tea this way. 

My Rating: 74/100

Would I order this again? Yes. I have a feeling that this would be fabulous as an iced tea.

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Tea Places - St. Louis Bubble Tea - Saint Louis, MO

Description:

St. Louis Bubble Tea provides a unique experience.  We are the first to offer authentic bubble teas in the St. Louis area.  We offer many different types of drinks, from milk teas and flavored teas to icy slushes and snows (smoothies), our menu has over 150 items to choose from!  We also offer a wide selection of food plates and snack items.  Fun atmosphere for all ages.  Visit us soon!  

Other Information:

Address: 12865 Olive Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314.878.1668
Hours: Sunday noon - 8pm | Monday - Saturday 11am - 9pm (subject to change)

Review:

I worked across the street from Saint Louis Bubble Tea for almost 5 years and made this a weekly stop for lunch every Saturday. They have an area just inside the front door where you can sit around with friends and talk, or just wait for your order. They also have a few tables on the other side of the building, but I forgot to photograph them the last time I was in.

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The food is pretty standard Chinese food, but the crab rangoon is probably the second best in the STL area (Green China in St. Peters wins the gold). What I really love about the crab rangoon is that it is more savory than sweet and it has a lot of black pepper in it. I’ve never seen it made this way at any other place. The food portions here are very generous so you can split between 2-3 people depending how hungry you are. They give you a mountain of fried rice so it’s always a good thing to order when you’re splitting.

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The bubble tea menu is extensive and takes up most of the wall space behind the counter. Even as long as I’ve been a customer I still haven’t made it all the way though the menu.

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I've become a creature of habit lately so I've been ordering either the almond milk tea with boba or the lavender milk tea. As you can see from the menu they have a lot of choices, some are more tasty than others. A few might make you pause and ask why? There are some odd choices, but there is something for everyone.

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The building is pretty sad looking from the outside, but don’t use that as an excuse to not stop in. This is one of those hidden gems in St. Louis and I always make sure to stop in as soon as I get into town.

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My Rating: 95/100

Would I visit again? Absolutely! I try to stop by every time I'm in town since we don't have anything quite like it up where I'm living right now.