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Kettle Corn Maté from 52Teas

August26

Kettle-Corn-MateTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Mate

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

If you could smell this through the internet, we would be sold out instantly. This is an amazing blend of roasted yerba maté, freeze-dried corn, marigold petals and organic flavors including popcorn and honey flavors. This is a seriously comforting cuppa. It’s all the goodness of kettle corn, but it won’t get stuck in your teeth. =)

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I was glad to read 52Teas’ announcement of their tea of the week for the week of July 14.  Not because of the “Kettle Corn” part (although, that sounds amazing) but because of the Yerba Mate part.  It’s been a while since 52Teas released a Yerba Mate blend (or a Guayusa blend!) so I was excited to try another Yerba Mate blend from them.

When it comes to Yerba Mate, I usually go with a slightly lower than boiling temperature – 195°F – and steep the leaves for 8 – 10 minutes.  This time, I went with 8 minutes and I’m pleased with the results.  Because Yerba Mate doesn’t have the tannins that Camellia Sinensis leaves have, you don’t have to worry about the cup becoming bitter from oversteeping, so take advantage of that and get as much flavor as you can out of this tea!  It’s worth the effort!

Because this is yum!

When the cup is piping hot, this doesn’t really taste much like Kettle Corn, but as it cools (slightly – you still want the tea to be hot!) those flavors begin to develop.

At this point, I feel I should mention that my experience with Kettle Corn is limited to the few times that I’ve had it from the commercially packaged offerings that I can find in the grocery store which add up to probably fewer than a handful of times, and the once or twice that I’ve had the Kettle Corn varieties of microwave popcorn.  I haven’t ever had Kettle Corn at a fair, then again, I don’t attend fairs.  Not my kind of thing.

But from the Kettle Corn experiences I’ve had, this is very similar to what I remember.  I can taste the sweetness of honey and the flavor of popcorn.  A pinch of salt added to the cup will help to accentuate the “sweet and salty” aspect of the Kettle Corn experience, and this really helps the popcorn notes shine through as well as give the cup a really intriguing contrast of flavors (I absolutely LOVE the combination of salty and sweet).

The Yerba Mate is a good base for these flavors.  It’s got that robust, roasty-toasty sort of flavor that ties in well with the popcorn notes.  It adds warmth to the cup which enhances the whole experience and gives it a “freshly popped” popcorn type of taste.

After having tried this both hot and iced, I have to say that I prefer it hot.  It’s alright iced, but the flavors become somewhat muted in the process.  When served hot, the Kettle Corn flavors seem truer – as if someone had liquefied some Kettle Corn and added it to my cup of Yerba Mate.  When cold, the flavors seem to all meld together and it’s difficult to discern what I’m actually tasting.  It tastes more like a cup of caramel-y … something.  It’s still good, but it doesn’t taste like the Kettle Corn Yerba Mate that the hot cup offers.

Tasty!

Earl Grey Black Tea from Verdant Tea

August26

Earl-Grey-teaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black & Oolong

Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea

Tea Description:

We start with our most popular tea, Laoshan Black for a chocolatey base, and build a crisp flavor with Yu Lu Yan Cha and a long sweet aftertaste with roasted Wuyi Oolong from the Li family. We accent the sweet richness of the teas and meld them together with a touch of vanilla, and finish with the fine organic bergamot oil. The result is decadent, creamy, rich and subtle.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of the more unique Earl Grey tea blends that I’ve tried, and it comes as no surprise that this blend should come from Verdant Tea – because they always seem to take a very unique approach when it comes to classic tea flavors like Earl Grey.

That’s one of the things I absolutely love about this company – this is a company of artists!  They think outside the box when it comes to traditional favorites.  Sure, they could have taken one of their superior black teas and added bergamot oil and said, “there you have our Earl Grey.”  But, they didn’t stop with just one of their superior black teas, they chose two – their Laoshan Black and their Yu Lu Yan Cha – and then they added their Wuyi Oolong just to kick it up a notch (or two!)

Wait a second.  Oolong and Black tea?  OK … so since Wuyi Oolong tends to be a darker Oolong, I went with 195°F and 3 minute steep time for the first infusion.

The dry leaf smells amazing.  The bergamot notes are strong, but I can also detect those sweet notes of vanilla in there too.  And then I smelled the chocolate-y notes of the Laoshan Black.  These chocolate-y notes were very THERE as the tea steeped.  My mouth was watering from the aroma that filled my kitchen.

The brewed liquid – surprisingly – smells more of the Laoshan Black tea than it does bergamot.  I was a little worried … but just a little, because this is Verdant Tea, after all, and I hoped they wouldn’t disappoint me.

When the tea is very hot, the Laoshan Black tea is a very dominate flavor.  After allowing the tea to cool to a drinkable temperature, though, the other flavors began to emerge.

Oh my!  This is lovely!  The Laoshan Black tea with its distinct chocolate-y flavors remains a dominate flavor profile in each sip.  (Yeah, that means I get chocolate happiness with every sip!)  And I like the way this tea melds with the flavors of bergamot and vanilla.

The vanilla tones are subtle at first, but as I near mid-cup, the vanilla flavors are developing.  It’s creamy and sweet, but unlike some of the Earl Grey Creme teas that I’ve tried, it’s not a dominate flavor.  It doesn’t “soften” the bergamot, it complements the flavor profiles of the Laoshan Black and the Yu Lu Yan Cha Black teas, encouraging those chocolate-y and malty notes to come forward.

The Yu Lu Yan Cha Black is a tea that I will be reviewing at a later date.  I was actually going to be writing that review now, but, when I went to the Verdant Website, I noticed that the Yu Lu Yan Cha Black is currently out of stock and the Earl Grey was still in stock, but in very low quantities.  (In other words, if this tea interests you, you should go forth and buy it now before it sells out.)

The Wuyi Oolong offers a very soft toasty, nutty note that offers a very harmonious flavor that marries perfectly with the chocolate and malt notes of the black teas.  It also offers a nice – almost buttery – texture the cup that melds nicely with the creamy notes of the vanilla.

The second infusion is as delightful as the first – although it is a little different from the first cup.  Most notably, the Laoshan black tea has mellowed a little, allowing the other flavors some “play time.”  This cup is smoother and creamier than the first.  I’m tasting a sweet potato note as well as notes of fruit from the Oolong.  I am not tasting much from the bergamot nor the vanilla, but this is still a very tasty cup of tea!

As lovely as this tea is, I have to admit that the bergamot flavor is not as strong as I would like it to be.  I like a bright, bold bergamot note and that is something that I’m just not getting here.  I do get a nice tangy tingle of bergamot in the aftertaste and this flavor dances on the palate long after the sip.  I like that … but I do find myself wishing that there was more of that tangy bergamot during the sip to contrast with the sweet chocolate-y flavors of the Laoshan Black, the hints of toasty flavor from the Wuyi Oolong and the malty, sweet notes of the Yu Lu Yan Cha Black.

That said, I really enjoyed this blend and it’s a tea that I’d be happy to drink any time.  It’s a really delicious tea with lots of layers of flavors to discover.

Taiwan Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong (2014) from Fong Mong Tea

August25

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Fong Mong Tea

Tea Description:

The hand-plucked leaves of Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong Tea are grown in the famous Ali Mountains (Alishan) in Taiwan. At the elevation of 1000 meters above, the mountainsides are covered with fog or clouds which are ideal for growing Oolong. Withbetter drought tolerance, also higher yield, the price is usually lower than Alishan Oolong. 

Jin-Xuan is a special variety of Camellia Sinensis (tea plant) developed through research at the Taiwan Tea Agricultural Research center. This special variety is known for producing an Oolong with a special fragrance and a very light creaminess. Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong brings one of the great locations for growing Oolong tea together with one of the special Oolong varieties.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I reviewed this tea previously but it’s a new year and along with a new year comes a new harvest.  And an AliShan Oolong is worth at least two reviews (maybe more when the new harvests arrive, right?)

And Fong Mong Tea has some really spectacular Oolong teas from Taiwan, including this amazing AliShan Jin Xuan!  It’s beautifully sweet and creamy, with notes of flower and hints of vegetation.  So many fantastic layers of flavor!

As I do with all AliShan Oolong teas, I use my gaiwan and fill my YiXing Mug with the first five infusions (following a 15 second rinse).  I use 180°F water to steep each infusion.  The first infusion is steeped for 45 seconds, and I add 15 seconds to each subsequent infusion.

The first cup (which is the combination of the first five infusions) is so smooth and creamy.  The floral notes and vegetative notes are softened by this sweet, creamy taste that reminds me of fresh cream.  It tastes indulgent and luxurious.

But even though it is a creamy and sweet tea, there is complexity to it.  Layers of flavor.  The creaminess is not overly heavy so that I can explore the floral notes which are reminiscent of orchid.  There is a honey-like sweetness just beneath the floral tones.  The next layer I notice is a mild vegetal flavor.  It’s very soothing and has a silky smooth mouthfeel.

The second cup (the combination of infusions 6 – 10) was even nicer than the first!  It is still quite creamy – which was surprising, as I had expected some of those creamy notes to wane considerably with this cup – and the tea is delectably sweet.  The vegetal notes are less discernible now, and I taste more floral notes and even a hint or two of sweet fruit.  Melon!  NICE!

The honey notes are still there.  The creamy notes are not quite as strong, but they are sweeter and more like vanilla!  So while the creamy notes are not quite as velvety and thick, the vanilla notes more than make up for it!

An absolutely LOVELY AliShan!  If you haven’t tried Fong Mong Tea – you really should!  You’re missing out!

Fenouil Tisane from Les 2 Marmottes

August24

Les2MarmottsTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Tisane

Where to Buy:  Les 2 Marmottes

Tisane Description:

Fennel, magical blend of flavors!  Who can resist its sweet anise, its sweet and sugary notes? It is a symphony of flavors of the South, who said at first sip and do not easily forget.  This is indeed the mark of a great deceiver.  

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I absolutely LOVE the aroma of this tea.  Licorice!  Love!   The dry leaf has a stronger fragrance than the brewed liquid (not surprising) but they both smell absolutely amazing.

I steeped the bag at 195°F for 8 minutes and while it was steeping, I enjoyed the delightful licorice aroma that filled the kitchen.  Fennel is not an herb that I usually keep in the kitchen, mostly because I’m the only person in this household that enjoys its sweet, licorice-y taste.  I used to keep it on hand back when I was blending my own tea blends (it was one of the ingredients of my Masterpiece Chai blends), but since I closed my business, I haven’t had much need to keep it around anymore since, as I said, I’m the only one who really likes it here, and when I’m cooking, I’m cooking for more than just me.

So, it was a real treat to have this tea and enjoy the smell of fennel in the house again!   Although, I have to admit that I have never actually had a cup of infused, 100% fennel before.  I’ve had it in teas and tisanes as part of a blend before, but never have I consumed a 100% fennel infusion before.

But it’s really tasty!  It tastes like black licorice, and since I’m a huge fan of black licorice, I’m loving every sip of this Fenouil Tisane from Les 2 Marmottes.  It’s sweet – almost sugary sweet – and it doesn’t have quite as much sharpness or snap as the black licorice that I’m fond of generally has.  This is a “softer” version of black licorice … black licorice’s sweeter younger sibling.

But it is very enjoyable.  I found it to be very soothing – this would make a great tisane to reach for if you’ve an upset stomach.  If you’re not particularly fond of the taste of black licorice, you probably won’t enjoy this either.  But if you like black licorice, you’d really enjoy this tisane.

Crimson Grove™ Black Tea from Mellow Monk

August24

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk

Tea Description:

Crimson Grove™ is a special presence in the world of tea — a black tea made with leaves from the same green-tea cultivars used to make traditional sencha. The flavor is brisk and clean, with a green-tea-like sweetness and a smoky, nutty taste, finishing with overtones of nutmeg. If you like, say, English breakfast tea, you will be positively enchanted by this tea. So order up some scones and brew up a pot of Crimson Grove™.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Really NICE!  Having tried less than a handful of Japanese black teas, I can tell you that this is a real treat for me to be able to enjoy this Crimson Grove™ from Mellow Monk.  All of the teas that I’ve tried from Mellow Monk have been very enjoyable and they are the purveyor of one of my all-time favorite green teas.  And this Crimson Grove™ is yet another memorable tea from them.

The flavor is sweet and warm.  As the description above suggests, it has the smoky notes and the notes of nutmeg.  Nutmeg is my favorite spice, so, I’m loving the nutmeg-like notes here.  It tastes a bit like someone grated some fresh nutmeg over my cup of black tea!

It’s a very flavorful cup.  It’s not an overly aggressive black tea, though, so I wouldn’t turn to this tea as my first cup of the day for that vigorous shake awake that I look for when I want that jump start at the beginning of the day.  This is smooth and sweet, with a lighter body.  This is something I’d want mid-day for that little pick-me-up to keep me going.

Another awesome offering from Mellow Monk.  If you’re looking for exceptional Japanese teas, this is the place to shop for them!

Rooibos Cinnamon Vanilla Tisane from Tea of Life

August23

RooibosCinnamonVanillaTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Tisane Description:

Pronounced “roy-boss” and means “red bush” in Afrkaans, studies have shown this tea is comparable to green tea in the amounts of EGCG it contains.  Rooibos is totally pure and natural.  It contains no colorants or preservatives.

And Rooibos tastes divine!  It is less bitter than most teas.

Learn more about Tea of Life and Amazon Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

I confess that the first time I had a cup of this tisane, I accidentally oversteeped it.  I had started it brewing and walked away and forgot about it.  Some twenty to twenty five minutes later, I remembered it.  Fortunately, it’s a rooibos blend and rooibos doesn’t get bitter the way a tea (Camellia Sinensis) would.

However, I didn’t figure it would be a fair assessment to write this review based upon that steeping, so I waited until the next evening (tonight!) to try brewing it for my usual steep time for a rooibos tisane (ten minutes) and this time actually setting a timer for it.

And while this review will be based upon my cup from the 10 minute steep, I will also add some thoughts on the cup that steeped longer.  (Both cups were steeped with 195°F water.)

This is a very flavorful rooibos blend.  It seems a simple enough combination:  rooibos, vanilla and cinnamon.  This combination makes me think “Snickerdoodle” and well, it does have a snickerdoodle-ish taste to it.  The rooibos has a sweet, nutty flavor to it, and when combined with the vanilla and cinnamon, the result is a taste that’s a lot like the classic cookie.

The cinnamon is a warm but not spicy cinnamon taste, and one that marries well with the sweet, creamy notes of vanilla as well as the warm, honey-like sweetness of the rooibos.  It’s a pleasant cup of tea that’s not too sweet, but makes a nice late-night snack if you’re craving something just a little sweet but don’t want to wreck your diet by indulging in a real snickerdoodle cookie.  This tea makes a tasty and healthier substitute.

Milk Oolong Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

August23

MilkOolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here.

Tea Description:

Upon opening the bag, you’ll be greeted with a heavy scent of fresh, sweet cream.  We crafted our Milk Oolong by blending our Green Jin Xuan with natural milk flavors for a delightful, creamier taste that’s sure to please.

Ingredients:  Green Jin Xuan, Natural Milk Flavors

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here.

Save 25% off when you sign up for the Selection Club.  Use the coupon code SISTERSELECTION25 when you join.  This discount is applicable only to the monthly Selection Club subscription and not the retail selection of teas.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve been spouting praises about Simple Loose Leaf for quite some time now, and the reason is simple:  every month, I open my mailbox to a package containing five different tea samplers.  I like that.  It’s what I call happy mail.  It’s happy mail because it makes me happy.  It’s not a bill.  It’s not junk mail.  It’s TEA!  What could be better than that?

Well, one thing that’s better than receiving the tea is actually brewing it and drinking it.  And this Milk Oolong from my August Selection Club box is an absolute delight to sip!

Sweet, creamy … luscious!

A Jin Xuan Oolong is the tea that is generally referred to “Milk Oolong” because of it’s naturally creamy, milky flavor.  Simple Loose Leaf has taken this one step further and added natural milk flavors to give it a very creamy, decadent flavor that goes beyond the natural flavors in the Jin Xuan.

In the tea community, there is some debate on whether or not this flavoring should actually be done.  I find that I enjoy both the pure Jin Xuan and the flavored Milk Oolong so long as the flavoring is a quality flavoring, and this tastes like it’s a good quality product.

My first two infusions (following a 15 second rinse) were combined to make my first cup.  And the first cup is very creamy and sweet.  A background note of nutty flavor and a light vegetal tone.  Later infusions were not quite as creamy – some of the creamy notes begin to lighten up as I continued to steep the leaves.  This allowed for some beautiful floral notes to emerge.  Lily?  Orchid?  Somewhere between the two.  Lovely!

A true delight – this Milk Oolong from Simple Loose Leaf’s August Box!  If you haven’t yet joined the Selection Club, well, why not?  It’s a great service from a company that provides exceptional customer service.  A win-win!

Organic Cranberry Lemon Black Tea Blend from Boston Tea Co.

August22

cranberrylemonTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Boston Tea Co.

Tea Description:

Enjoy this tartfully-sweet tea whether it’s morning, noon, or night! The perfect blend of our premium organic Chinese and Indian black teas with organic cranberries and lemon will leave you taste buds dancing with delight!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t sure how I would like this blend, because even though I’ve enjoyed many cranberry flavored teas as well as quite a few lemon flavored teas – to have these two tart fruit flavors together in one tea seemed a little too tarty for me.

But this is alright.  It’s not my favorite tea that I’ve tasted from Boston Tea Company, but, I’m enjoying it.  The flavors of cranberry and lemon go together surprisingly well.  I usually see cranberry and orange as a combination but seldom do I see cranberry and lemon.  And it’s a nice combination.  Yeah, it’s tart, but it’s still tasty.

I think what really saves this tea for me and makes it tasty instead of way too tarty is the black tea base.  It’s a smooth, robust black tea.  I taste sweet notes of malt and these sweeter notes of the tea as well as it’s strong, bold taste seems to take some of the attention off the fact that we have two sour fruit flavors in this blend.

Not that the tea base overpowers the fruit notes, but, it manages to curb some of the really sour notes so that it tastes just a little less tart than I anticipated it to taste.  So I’m able to experience some of the sweeter notes of the berry and the bright, refreshing flavor of the lemon without feeling that urge to pucker when I take a sip.

I steeped one of these silky pyramids in boiling water for 3 minutes.  It produced a flavorful, aromatic cup that is not too tart, but it is a bit more tart than it is sweet, so if you’re one who fancies a sweeter cup, you might want to add just a pinch of sweetener to soften the sour just a bit.  I enjoyed it as is, and I tend to be a little sensitive to tart flavors.  This tea just “toes the line” at being a little too tart.  It’s very tart but not quite there.

Overall, a pleasant tea – this makes a really tasty and refreshing iced tea.  I think this is even better iced than hot – the tart notes mellow out just a little bit and make for a very smooth and juicy tasting drink.

Peruvian Spiced Berry Tisane from Inca Tea

August22

peruvian spiced berryTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Fruit/Herbal Tea

Where to Buy:  Inca Tea

Tisane Description:

This is our Original blend to characterize the true ancient Incan recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:  Hibiscus Petals, Elderberries, Currants, Purple Corn, Apple Pieces, Pineapple Pieces, Cinnamon, Cloves and Natural Flavors. This is the tea that the founder Ryan came across during his hike. Its is an enlivening herbal, fruit tea blend of purple corn, berries and spices.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I wasn’t sure exactly what to think about this new tea made with purple corn!  Weird, right?  But, I decided that I had to give it a try.  It was just weird enough.  Not so weird that I’m put off by the thought of it, but weird enough that I’m really intrigued!

The aroma of the dry leaf is spicy and sweet.  I can smell the cinnamon and cloves, and the sweet notes of pineapple and berries.  I steeped the pyramid sachet for 6 minutes (I don’t usually go over 6 minutes with hibiscus blends because I don’t want the tisane to become too syrupy) in 195°F water.

The brewed liquid is a dark plum color (hibiscus!) and smells of spiced fruit.  The cinnamon and cloves are still a dominant scent to this, but I like that it’s not overwhelmingly spicy.  The fruit notes come through nicely, smelling a bit like a spiced berry compote.

Tasty!  Really tasty!

This Peruvian Spiced Berry is the first of the teas created by Inca Tea.  It’s their “original.”  And it certainly is original, because as I said, I can’t recall ever encountering a tea that is made with purple corn.  And Inca Tea’s original is a tasty offering!  I am really enjoying the combination of berry flavors and spice.

I taste a bit of corn in this too!  The corn adds more of a nutty, grainy sort of background note than a strong, obvious “corn” flavor.  This ends up tasting a bit like a liquefied spiced berry cobbler – YUM!

Yes, there’s hibiscus and rosehips in this, and this would ordinarily make for a tart cup, but the warmth of the spices and the sweetness from the apple and pineapple soften those tart notes so that the tartness of these herbs does more to accentuate the berry flavors rather than stand out on their own.  There’s still some tartness, but it’s a berry tart rather than a hibiscus tart that I’m tasting.

There is some texture to the cup too, but it’s not coming off as syrupy.  It’s pleasantly thick without feeling as though my tongue is coated with hibiscus syrup.

I really enjoyed this – my first experience with Inca Tea!  I will be trying more from them – and I’m looking forward to it!

Wildberries Flavored Green Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

August21

WildberriesSBTTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

Wildberries = Blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, elderberry, and black currant. Premium Organic green tea with organic flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Here it is … my first review of one of Southern Boy Teas green tea creations.  I was excited to learn of SBT’s expansion into other tea types – they’re not just black teas anymore – since I usually prefer green or white iced teas (I find them more refreshing than black tea).

And this Wildberries Flavored Green Tea is VERY refreshing.  Mmm!  It’s bursting with berry flavor.  My first sip I could really taste the elderberry and black currant flavors.  In the aftertaste, I started to pick up on the other berry flavors, strawberry, blackberry and raspberry are the flavors that seem to tickle the palate in the aftertaste, with an emphasis on the raspberry notes.

The blueberry is a little less conspicuous.

As I continue to sip, I start to notice more of the berry flavor throughout the sip, not just the elderberry and currant.  Now I’m tasting more blackberry, strawberry and raspberry throughout the sip, and I can even pick up on some blueberry notes.

And the green tea base is ideal for these flavors because it’s a lighter tasting base.  I feel that a black tea base might be a little bit too much.  It could work, and I’d certainly be more than happy to try it, but I like the softer flavor of the sweet green tea with light buttery notes and how the green tea allows the berry flavors to really express themselves fully, while not hiding off in the background.  I still taste the green tea, but it doesn’t intrude upon the berry notes.  It’s a very lovely balance that’s been achieved.

To brew this, I went ahead and used the “hot brew” method.  I filled my kettle with one quart of water and heat it to 175°F.  Then I allowed the sachet to infuse for 1 1/2 minutes.  Then I poured the hot liquid into my tempered glass pitcher (to temper it, I just run it under hot tap water for about a minute to get the glass warm so that the hot liquid doesn’t shock the glass and cause it to break).  Repeat with another quart of water heated to 175°F, this time allowing the sachet to steep for 2 full minutes.  Then I stashed the sachet in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator to see how a resteep would taste.

The verdict:  The resteep is still VERY flavorful.  Almost – if not just as – flavorful as the first half gallon that I prepared.  This tea is a winner!  It’s one that I’ll be getting more of!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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