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Kenya Hand Rolled Purple Varietal Oolong Tea from What-Cha Tea

November24

PurpleOolongWhatchaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong (Purple)

Where to Buy:  What-Cha Tea

Tea Description:

A unique oolong unlike any other we have tasted before, made from the purple varietal tea plant which gives the tea a unique plum taste and purple tint. A rare and unusual tea which is not to be missed.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  What a delightful purple Oolong!

I steeped this the way I would usually steep an Oolong tea, using my gaiwan.  I “eyeballed” a measurement of leaves.  These leaves are so long and wiry that it would be difficult to measure them using my bamboo scoop.  So I poured out an amount that looked like it would be a bamboo scoop into the palm of my hand and then I put it into the bowl of my gaiwan.  Then I heated water to 180°F.  I poured in just enough of the heated water to cover the leaves and I let this sit for 15 seconds – to awaken the leaves – and then I strained off the liquid and discarded it.  Then I steeped the leaves for 45 seconds for the first infusion and added 15 seconds to each subsequent infusion. I combine two infusions in my teacup – so my first cup is infusions 1 and 2, and the second cup is infusions 3 and 4 … and so on!

PurpleOolongWhatcha1The brewed tea takes on a purple-ish color and has a sweet, floral aroma with notes of fruit.  There is a strong flavor to this tea:  tasting primarily of stone fruit and flower.  Just as the above description suggests, there is a strong and distinct plum note.  It is sweet with notes of tart.

The texture is lighter than a typical Oolong.  It doesn’t have that buttery mouthfeel like you might experience from a greener Oolong.  This doesn’t taste or feel “creamy.”  It tastes strongly of fruit.  The fruit notes bring a lot of sweetness to the cup and there is a slight “sugary” sweetness to the cup as well.  There is a moderate astringency to this tea – I can feel the insides of my cheeks pucker a bit at the finish.  But don’t let that dissuade you, because I find that the sensation enhances the fruit notes.

The plum notes were even more focused in the second cup.  Still sweet with notes of sugar cane.  The astringency is about the same in this cup as it was in the first.

The third cup turned out to be a bit different than the first and second cups.  This cup is not as astringent as the first cup – this is much smoother from start to finish.  The plum notes are softening somewhat now.  Still lots of fruit flavor, I’m noticing the flavors starting to become unified.  This is slightly less sweet and a little lighter.  I’m picking up on a slight creamy note now and an ever so slight vegetative note.  Neither of these new flavors are very strong – they’re off in the distance.  Floral notes are slightly more noticeable this time too.

This is a really delightfully different Oolong – one I’d recommend to those who are looking for something just a little off the beaten path!

Mother Nature’s Medley Herbal Tisane from Tealee

November23

MotherNaturesMedleyTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  Tealee

Tisane Description:

The tastiest detox tea around, this all natural herbal blend is jam packed with ingredients that are loaded with Vitamin C, and are known to aid digestion and reduce bloating. Stimulating ginger opens your palate, fruit and citrus notes follow and finishes with minty freshness. Delicious!  

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I love it when I discover a tisane blend like this and there is NO hibiscus in it!  Yay!  See there, tea companies?  It can be done!  You can make tasty tisanes WITHOUT hibiscus!

Here are the ingredients:

Ginger, Apple, Rosehip, Lemongrass, Organic Spearmint, Rose Petals

This is one of the tastiest “detox” teas that I’ve tried thus far.  There is a very pleasing balance of flavors.

My experience with this tasting is much like the above description suggests, only the first flavor that I noticed is a faint fruit-like sweetness – for just a moment! – and then I pick up on the zesty ginger note.  I enjoyed that immediate contrast.

After my taste buds recognizes the ginger, they’re allowed to further explore the fruit notes:  I can taste apple, which surprises me!  I didn’t expect to taste much apple here because generally speaking, when apple is used in a blend like this, it’s more about appearance and maybe just a hint of sweetness but not for a strong flavor.  But I’m tasting apple!  And I’m tasting notes of citrus from the lemongrass.

Just after mid-sip, I start to taste that vibrant flavor of spearmint.  It tastes very fresh and exhilarating.  Throughout the sip, I also get a hint of rose.  Of all the ingredients, the rose offers the least flavor in the cup.  It’s a really thoughtfully crafted medley of fruit and herbal flavors that I find very enjoyable.

The spearmint and ginger are really nicely matched.  I get that invigorating kick of peppery ginger that is countered by the crisp, cooling mint notes of the spearmint.  These two ingredients seem to keep each other “in check” – so that I’m not tasting too much ginger or too much mint.

Overall, a really tasty beverage that I would be happy to drink on a regular basis.  Many detox teas are something that I would drink because I felt the need to detox but not because I’m really enjoying what I’m drinking.  This is something that I am actually enjoying!  I’m impressed with this!

Assam Orthodox Black Tea (FOP) from Starglory

November23

StargloryBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Starglory on Amazon

Tea Description:

Black Tea is consumed because of its natural flavour and for refreshment. Excellent cup of black tea helps a person to start a day positively with full of energy. At the end of a hectic, tiresome and busy day if a perfect black tea is taken , it will re energize and refresh oneself. This is one best Orthodox Black Tea sourced from Upper Assam Gardens.

Learn more about Starglory Tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love Assam black teas, so when I was asked by Starglory Tea to try their FOP Assam Black, I was only too happy to oblige!

Immediately upon looking at the dry leaf, I can see something distinctly different with this tea versus other Assam black teas.  Most Assam teas that I’ve encountered tend to be a smaller cut or broken leaf.  But these beautiful, long, wiry leaves of chocolate brown appear to be whole!  When Starglory says “FOP” (which stands for Flowery Orange Pekoe – which basically means that the tea consists of large, wiry, and mostly unbroken leaves), they mean it!

To brew this beautiful Assam, I measured out 2 1/2 bamboo scoops of tea (I added an extra half a scoop because the leaves are so large and bulky) into the basket of my Breville tea maker and poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the vessel.  I set the parameters for 2 1/2 minutes steep time at 205°F.  I used a slightly lower temperature because it’s been my experience that Assam teas can be somewhat temperamental and a slightly lower temperature can mean the difference between a perfect tasting cup of tea and a bitter brew.

And this tastes perfect!

It is rich, delicious and malty, just like I want from an Assam.  But this tastes much smoother – no bitterness whatsoever!  Not even a hint in the background.  Just sweet, caramel-y notes that meld deliciously with notes of malt to create a thick, luscious flavor that not only entices me with its delicious flavor but also invigorates me.

The sip begins with a sweet note that becomes very caramel-esque as the sip progresses.  I begin to pick up on the malty notes almost right away.  There are notes of fruit and floral notes in the background.  It’s got that “chewy” sort of flavor to it, thick and delicious like the crust from a freshly baked loaf of bread.  Mmm!  It’s a very satisfying tea.

This tea doesn’t require any additions – it tastes great as is.  But, if you prefer a bit of honey or milk in your tea, this tea would take those additions well.  It would be great with a thin slice of lemon too.  Another great idea is to drop a piece or two of crystallized ginger into your tea.  This adds a little sweetness to the cup as well as a hint of ginger’s peppery flavor.  (Plus you get a tasty treat at the end of the cup!)

If you’re looking for an Assam that delivers the flavor of the Assam without so much of the harshness that is often associated with it – this is the Assam you’re looking for!

Maple Leaf White Tea from Lemon Lily

November22

Maple_LeafTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Lemon Lily

Tea Description:  

Loaded with blossoms, and scented with star anise and maple syrup, this white tea is show-stoppingly beautiful as well as a treat to sip. Again, we can’t stress enough that you need to let these delicate little cuppas need some time to cool. Once you do the grassy white tea blooms into the warm, smooth anise flavour, accented with a touch of maple.

Learn more about this month’s Postal Teas shipment here.

Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

Yay!  My Postal Teas box arrived!  It’s a happy day when I open the mailbox to find tea!  I just love receiving parcels from Postal Teas and I was very excited that this month the teas featured are from yet another new-to-me company:  Lemon Lily.  A cute company name that brings a smile to my face because it makes me think of my youngest daughter.  Her name is Lilith and we often call her Lili.

So the first tea I decided to try from this month’s box is Maple Leaf.  All three of this month’s teas sound delightful, but Maple is what captured my attention immediately.  I love maple!

I decided to brew this in my Breville One-Touch.  I don’t usually steep white teas in my Breville because the leaves tend to be bulkier and need more room to expand so I usually steep a white tea in a teapot or in a Smart Tea Maker like this to give those leaves the room they need.  However, upon examination of this tea, I saw that it was mostly flowers.  I thought that the tea would have plenty of room to expand as it needed to in my Breville given the flower to tea leaf ratio of this blend.

As an added bonus, because this tea needs time after steeping to develop its flavor, I was able to set the Breville to steep – 4 bamboo scoops of leaf to 500ml of freshly filtered water (remember, there’s a lot of flowers in this, so I used extra leaf to compensate); 170°F; 3 1/2 minutes – and go take my shower.  When I returned, the tea was brewed and it had been sitting for about 13 minutes.  That seemed to me to be adequate “development” time.

lemonlilyLOVELY!  I had my doubts about this after seeing all the flowers in this.  It was hard to find tea leaves among all the flowers.  But they’re there – because I can taste the tea.

I can also taste the flowers.  This is a beautifully floral tea, but I’m glad to say that it doesn’t taste perfume-y.  It has a wonderfully flowery aroma, it’s beautiful to smell as well as sip.

I can taste the notes of anise.  I like the way the licorice-y flavor of anise melds with the flowers.  They seem to play very nicely together.  The anise adds just a hint of spice to the sweetness of the flowers.  It’s quite pleasant.

And most importantly, I can taste the maple!  OK, OK, I guess you could argue that it’s most important to taste the tea.  And yeah, I’m with you on that.  But, when I drink a maple tea, I want maple baby!  And this blend has got the maple going on.

The sip starts off immediately with notes of flower.  I taste the lavender and chrysanthemum.  I like that while these floral notes are strong, they aren’t overdone.  Even though it looks like they might be overdone when you take a look at the blend – there is a really well-crafted balance between tea, flower and maple notes here.

Maple and lavender are not necessarily two flavors that I ever thought of combining.  But they work.  Somehow … they work very well together.   The maple seems to soften the sharpness of the floral notes just enough so that this doesn’t come off tasting like soap.  The anise adds just the right amount of warmth to the cup while adding a touch of sweet licorice that tastes right at home with the sweet maple notes.  The flowers add dimension to the sweetness while keeping everything balanced “just so” – to keep this from becoming too cloying or dessert-like.

And then there is the tea.  The tea is a softer flavor here, not just because white tea tends to be a delicate tasting tea anyway, but also because there IS a lot going on in this blend.  But I can still taste the subtle notes of sweet, hay-like flavor from the white tea.

A very enjoyable blend.  Quite a wonderful start to this month’s Postal Teas box!

Morningtime Black Tea from M&K’s Tea Company

November22

morningtimeteaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  M&K’s Tea Company on Etsy

Tea Description:

We don’t have a catchy intro for this tea. But it’s smooth, jolting, and flavorful. We consider this tea to be our flagship blend, perfect for the morning. Extra-strong Ceylon tea, Chinese Dianhong Gong Fu and Keemun tea, and Indian Assam tea: three continents in your cup! This blend is part of the Original 20 M&K’s Blends.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  The above description suggests that this is a jolting blend, and let me tell you, they got that right!

I was happy to find that the sample from M&K’s of this tea is just the right amount to brew 500ml of tea in my Breville One Touch!  I poured the sample into the basket of the tea maker and added the water and then set the parameters for 212°F and 2 1/2 minutes.

The result delighted my taste buds!  This Morningtime Blend is a great wake-me-up tea.  It’s a bold, rich tasting black tea.  Full-flavored and well-rounded.  The sip starts out sweet yet bold.  I notice notes of caramel and molasses mingling with malty tones, earthy notes and flavors of stone fruit and flower.  There’s a lot of complexity beneath that robust, jarring flavor of WAKE UP!

Toward the tail, I pick up on light citrus tones and there is some dry astringency at the finish.  The tea isn’t bitter, however, I suspect that it could very well become bitter if the tea were oversteeped, so don’t do that.  I recommend no longer than 3 minutes brew time for this tea and from there, experiment a bit and find that right time for you and your particular tastes.

Another thing that I’m appreciating about the blend is that it really is a blend.  A culmination of the four teas used to create the blend:  I can taste notes of malt from the Assam, a wine-like flavor and hints of smoke from the Keemun, citrus-like flavors from the Ceylon and a rich Chinese DianHong rounds everything out with its rich, satisfying flavor.  I can taste each of the components but they unite in this blend so well that it becomes almost seamless.

A really lovely breakfast blend type tea.  It would take the additions of milk and honey well, but I like it straight up!  It’s got just a little bit of edge to it that I like, but it isn’t too aggressive.  It gives me the alertness I need and the smooth, rich, roundness I love from a well-crafted tea.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve tried from this new-to-me company.  They have excellent customer service – they promptly reply to questions and my order arrived very quickly.  And I love these samplers!

Pina Colada Flavored Honeybush Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

November21

SBT-HONEYBUSH-Pina-ColadaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

Premium organic caffeine-free honeybush with organic flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’m not big on alcoholic drinks.  In fact, I can’t tell you when the last time was that I last had a drink but if I were to guess, I’d say it’s been several months and that would have been one drink and I probably didn’t even finish it.  I’m just not big on alcohol, I much prefer tea.  I’m drunk on tea.

But I do like this Pina Colada Flavored Honeybush Iced Tea from SBT!  It’s really tasty.  The honeybush base is ideal because it adds a pleasant honeyed sweetness and the nutty notes of the herb add a nice dimension of flavor to the tea.

The pineapple is sweet and balanced with the flavor of coconut.  I like that these two flavor profiles are so well matched.  They aren’t competing with one another and one doesn’t overpower the other.  They are content partners in this tropical tea-tail.  I’m picking up on light notes of rum too.  A light touch of rum that allows the tropical flavors to shine through.

And I love how easy it is to brew these teas from Southern Boy Teas.  I hot brewed this pitcher of tea, bringing 1 quart of water to 195°F and steeping the large sachet of tea for 9 minutes.  Then I poured the hot tea into my favorite glass iced tea pitcher and brought a second quart of water to 195°F and resteeped the pouch for 11 minutes.  Because honeybush is a tisane with low tannins, you can steep it for longer periods of time without bitterness.  This is the best way to get a full flavor from the tisane.

This is a really refreshing tisane.  I almost wish I had tried it a couple of months ago when we were in the middle of one of the hottest summers I can remember.  It would have made a great summertime “escape” for the taste buds.  Then again, it’s kind of a nice getaway for the taste buds now that we’re experiencing a rather wet autumn.  Hey, I still need some cold refreshment on days like this, don’t you?

Apple Spice Tea from Culinary Teas

November21

apple_spiceTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Tea Description:  

Our Apple Spice Tea takes our apple tea and add a dollop of cinnamon – excellent fireside tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely autumnal tea, this Apple Spice tea from Culinary Teas.  It’s got a rich and flavorful black tea base, deliciously sweet apple notes and warm cinnamon tones.  Culinary Teas has captured the essence of autumn in a teacup!

To brew this tea, I used 1 bamboo scoop to 12 ounces of boiling water and I let it steep for 3 minutes.  This produced a coppery colored liquid that smells as good as it tastes.  The aroma of cinnamon is so cozy and delicious and just beneath the cinnamon I can pick up on notes of apple.  Mmm!

The sip starts out sweet and immediately I start picking up on the cinnamon notes.  It’s a warm cinnamon.  This tastes like the kind of cinnamon that’s in your spice cabinet, not the kind of cinnamon that you’ll find in the candy aisle.  You know, those spicy cinnamon gummy bears?  Yeah, this doesn’t taste like that kind of cinnamon.

This cinnamon warmly accents the apple, bringing the sweet, juicy flavors of the fruit forward.  There are hints of tart to the apple too.  It’s more sweet than tart, but there is just enough tartness to offer contrast.

The black Ceylon base is bright and brisk.  It’s got a smooth, crisp character.  It’s moderately astringent.  The aftertaste is clean with mere traces of the cinnamon that had been there during the sip.

This is delicious served hot – it’s a comforting, soothing drink.  I drank it straight up, but I think it would take the additions of honey well, and it might be quite delightful with a splash of milk.  (A La Mode!)  But, I found this tea to be quite nice served iced as well.  It would make a refreshing alternative for your holiday beverage.

Caramel Chai Pu-Erh Tea from Inspired Leaf

November20

caramel-chai-pu-erhTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Inspired Leaf

Tea Description:

Bold spices and aged tea are mellowed to perfection with smooth caramel.

Inspiration#79 “Age is a state of mind. What’s yours?”

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yummy!  I like this way better than I expected to.

I mean … let’s look at the name of the tea, shall we:  Caramel – yep, love the stuff.  Chai?  Oh yeah, one of my favorite teas.  Pu-erh?  Um … not so much.

OK, so, I will be the first to admit that over the past few years, I’ve discovered that I actually like Pu-erh.  Most Pu-erh, that is.  But there is always still that lingering doubt.  My first few experiences with Pu-erh really tainted my brain and turned me against Pu-erh, even though most (I’d say at least 96%!) of my Pu-erh experiences since those first few have been positive experiences.  But those first few have set some sort of unbreakable alarm that sounds off every time I see the word Pu-erh (or any variation on the spelling).

So, I’m always just a wee bit hesitant when it comes to trying Pu-erh.

So, I didn’t expect to love this Caramel Chai Pu-erh the way that I’m loving it.

Since this is a blend rather than a pure leaf Pu-erh, I used my Kati Tumbler to brew it.  I added about 1 ½ bamboo scoops of leaf to the basket of the tumbler and filled the tumbler with water heated to 190°F.  I then waited 20 seconds and tossed out the liquid (a rinse!) and then I filled the tumbler with another 12 ounces of 190°F water and steeped it for 1 minute.  The result is a lovely caramel-y chai!

The base tea is a Pu-erh, but I’m not getting any brine-y, fishy or overly earthy notes from it.  I taste lovely spice notes from the ‘chai’ – notes of cinnamon and clove and ginger!  The nutmeg is a little less obvious but I don’t think this blend would taste the same without it.  The spices aren’t “spicy” but warm and comforting.  The earthiness of these spices melds with the earthy notes of the Pu-erh and the result is a very smooth flavor that you’ll want to curl up to.

The Pu-erh is very rich and mellow.  The sweet caramel tones of the Pu-erh accent the caramel flavoring to make a really lusciously sweet, dessert-y kind of flavor.

This is a very autumnal taste:  cozy, rich, warm and decadent.

I’d recommend this to anyone who doesn’t like pu-erh because of the strong earthy tones or that fishy-briny taste.  This tea doesn’t taste like that at all!  I believe you’ll be very pleased with the flavors!

Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea from Teavivre

November20

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Taiwan High MountainTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

Although Taiwan originates from Fujian, China, its flavor is quite distinct with Fujian Oolong tea. Like this Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea, it is recommended for beginners of Taiwan oolong. Different from the high aroma of Fujian Oolong, this tea has light floral fragrance. When sip the liquid, you can feel the sweet taste. If you want to taste new flavor, or try Taiwan Oolong, you can start with this Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea, by experiencing its flower scent and sweet flavor.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Based on the description above, this Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea from Teavivre sounds like it’s a “beginner” Oolong.  But that doesn’t mean that those of us who are more acquainted with Oolong teas can’t enjoy it too!  This is a lovely Oolong.

I brewed this the way I would ordinarily brew an Oolong:  in my gaiwan, of course!  I added 1 bamboo scoop to the bowl of the gaiwan, added water heated to 180°F and allowed the tea to “rinse” for 15 seconds.  I strained off the liquid and then steeped the leaves for 45 seconds.  I strained the tea into my teacup and then resteeped the leaves for 1 minute.  (For each subsequent infusion, I add 15 seconds.)

My trusty gaiwan is one that I’ve been using for years now, it has suffered a minor ‘chip’ on the spout (it’s one of those “easy” gaiwans and looks a lot like this one.)  But the gaiwan is still quite functional and since I don’t have to drink out of the gaiwan, the little chip doesn’t bother me.

As I said before, this is a lovely Taiwan Oolong.  It’s not as creamy as some Oolong teas and certainly not as floral as many greener Oolong teas I’ve tasted in the past.  But I like the delicate qualities of this tea.

It’s sweet but it isn’t a heavy or overwhelming sweetness.  The tea is soft and subtle.  The flavors are more delicate.  And I get what Teavivre meant by saying that this is a good starter Oolong, because the floral notes of some green Oolong teas can be rather overwhelming for a palate that isn’t familiar with those flowery essences.  The floral notes are beautifully gentle here.

It’s a mildly sweet Oolong with a nice, silky texture.  The vegetal notes are subdued, the floral notes are mellow, and there is a hint of sweet melon in the background.

Taiwan High Mountain2My second cup (infusions 3 and 4, combined) is a little creamier than the first, but it still isn’t a heavy creamy note.  The floral notes are slightly stronger than in the first cup, but they are not sharp.  This cup is still quite smooth and sweet and pleasant.

The third cup (infusions 5 and 6, combined) is very much like the second cup.  This still has a pleasant, light creamy note.  The floral notes are a wee bit stronger than previous cups and I notice just a hint of sharpness.  Still a remarkably smooth, light and refreshing cup of tea.

As I said at the start, this is a really lovely Oolong.  It is one I’d recommend to those who are new to Oolong teas, definitely, and also to those who are familiar with Oolong teas for a refreshing change of pace.  It’s almost like cleansing the palate, drinking this Oolong!

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  • It can be used to purchase any teas or teawares on the Teavivre website
  • By using this particular gift card, the customer can also get an extra sampler pack which includes 2 kinds of our premium grade flower teas.
  • The card can also be used to pay the shipping fee.
  • One gift card per order, please.
  • It can be applied on international. 
  • No minimum purchase required.

By now you’re wondering, COOL!  What do I have to do to enter?  Am I right?

Well, we like to make things easy around here, so, you can earn your first entry by simply commenting on this review/contest announcement post.  Just post a comment and be sure to include a way to contact you if you’ve won.  If you’re already registered with TeaTra.de – cool!  I can contact you via PM on TeaTra.de  If you prefer a Steepster PM, that’s fine too, just tell me who you are on Steepster.  If you prefer a private email contact, then you need to register when you comment and be sure to include your email with the registration and tell us that’s how you want us to contact you.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Flavored Iced Black Tea from Southern Boy Teas

November19

Pumpkin-CheesecakeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Our awesome premium organic Iyerpadi black tea blended with organic pumpkin and cheesecake flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  This is really yummy.

I’ve tried 52Teas version of Pumpkin Cheesecake tea previously and it was yummy too.  Rather than being a blend of black teas, though, this appears to be a single type of tea blended with the flavors.  I like the black tea base, it’s smooth and rich and provides an enjoyable and solid background of flavor for the flavors of pumpkin and cheesecake.

I like the combination of pumpkin and cheesecake especially because the creaminess of the cheesecake flavor really enhances the pumpkin.  I’m a fan of squash and I think that it just tastes better when there is a creamy element added to a winter squash dish, even if it’s a bit of browned butter that has been added to the squash mash.  That little bit of creamy really elevates the dish.

And the creaminess of the cheesecake flavors elevates the pumpkin here too.

This is sweet and there are hints of spice.  I taste subtle notes of cinnamon in the background.  Not a strong flavor – it doesn’t intrude and become a focus of the tea, but it’s enough to add just a little warmth to this autumnal iced tea.  The black tea is a rich, robust flavor that doesn’t get overwhelmed by the flavors.  The cheesecake is sweet, creamy and tangy.  The pumpkin is sweet, rich and savory.  It’s a really delicious combination of flavors that is very well rounded on the palate.

Really good!

To prepare:  I used the hot brew method for this, heating 1 quart of water to 212°F and then steeping the teabag for 2 minutes and pouring the tea into my glass iced tea pitcher (temper it first so that it doesn’t break from the shock of the heat).  Then I repeated the steeping process, resteeping the teabag for 2 1/2 minutes in a quart of 212°F water and adding that quart to the pitcher to make a half gallon of iced tea.  Delicious!

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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!