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Kiwi Cheesecake Flavored Oolong Tea from 52Teas

October24

Kiwi-Cheesecake-OolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:  

Here’s a special treat–Fujian oolong blended with real freeze-dried kiwi, marigold petals and organic kiwi- and cheesecake flavors. A little tart, a little tangy, a little sweet, and all delicious!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I can’t say that I’ve ever had a kiwi cheesecake.  I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a kiwi cheesecake except for the photo on the label.  But I love kiwi (and it’s a fruit flavor that is not often used in a tea!) and I love cheesecake … and I love Oolong so I felt fairly confident that I’d enjoy the tea created for the week of August 25.

The aroma that filled the kitchen when I opened the pouch was a sweet, fruity scent.  I could smell the kiwi and I could smell the sweet, creamy notes.  To brew this, I didn’t grab my gaiwan as I normally would with an Oolong because I figured I didn’t really need it with a flavored Oolong.  Instead, I used my Kati tumbler.  I measured out 1 bamboo scoop of tea into the basket and heated the water to 180°F.  I debated with myself on whether or not I should do a rinse, ultimately, I decided to go ahead and try rinsing the tea for 15 seconds and then discarded the liquid.  Then I steeped the tea for 3 minutes.

The brewed tea has a much softer scent than the dry leaf.  I barely smell the kiwi and I worried for a moment that maybe the rinse rinsed the flavor right off the leaves!  Fortunately, it didn’t!  I may not be able to pick up on a strong kiwi fragrance but I can definitely taste the kiwi.

I can also taste the cheesecake!  There is a creaminess to it which is probably not just because of the flavor but because of the natural creamy notes of the Oolong tea.  I get a light, tangy cream cheese flavor.  The only thing I find myself missing here is a note of pastry or graham cracker crust.  There is a light buttery tone but I attribute that to the Oolong and not so much to the flavor of the pastry.  I find myself searching – in vain – for the crust of the cheesecake.  Normally, when I am trying one of 52Teas’ cheesecake blends, I can pick up on that crust taste.  This one, I’m not.

Perhaps it’s because I did the rinse.  Next time I brew this, I think I’ll try it without the rinse and find out if that improves the overall cheesecake-y-ness of this tea.

But really, the flavors of creamy, sweet, tangy cheesecake and sweet-tart kiwi are both represented very well here, and I like that while I do taste these flavors, the flavor of the Oolong is not lost.  It’s a sweet and smooth Oolong.  I am picking up on light floral notes from the Oolong and I like the way these delicate flowery tones play in the cup.  The Oolong seems to add depth to the kiwi notes and it was the right choice for the base for this blend.

This is a really unusual but very enjoyable cup of tea.

Product Review: Unsweetened MatchaBooster from Maeda-en

October24

matchabooster-unsweetenedProduct Information:

MatchaBooster is a ready-to-use matcha-based powder. It mixes easily in your favorite drink and can used as a cooking ingredient.

Boost up your lifestyle with Maeda-en MatchaBooster♪

Where to Buy:  Maeda-en

Description:

Green tea’s smooth and fresh green flavor. Enjoy traditional Japanese green tea!

Learn more about this MatchaBooster here.

Taster’s Review:

I was very excited to receive my shipment of MatchaBooster products from Maeda-en.  I have all four “flavors” – Sweetened, Yuzu, GenMai and this Unsweetened – and I figured that I’d start off with the basic Unsweetened variety and go from there.

This is a very versatile product!  Unlike traditional Matcha, it requires no sifting.  Just add it to whatever you want to boost with Matcha!

For the purposes of this review, I started out simply.  I made it in my favorite water bottle that holds 16.9 ounces of water.

It was very easy to prepare.  To promote your humble bottle of water to a bottle of Matcha on-the-go, just add 1/2 teaspoon to each 8 ounces of water.  So, for the typical 16.9 ounce bottle of water, I took a swig of the water – it leaves enough “mixing” room that way – and then I add 1 teaspoon of this unsweetened MatchaBooster to the bottle and gave it a vigorous shake.  It mixes quickly and easily.  Instantly even!  There are no lumps and no sediment at the bottom.

It tastes a lot like I added Matcha to my water bottle.  Only I didn’t have to sift it, and when I add Matcha to my water bottle, inevitably … there are lumps.  Little ones, but still, there are lumps and/or sediment at the bottom of the bottle.  (Exception:  when I’m using a Matcha product like this that’s intended for cold water bottle mixing – no lumps!  That’s what makes this product great!)

It’s a little “lighter” in flavor than a traditional bowl of Matcha.  It doesn’t have quite as much of that thick, creamy texture that you’d experience with a chawan of Matcha.  It isn’t as dense or rich as that traditional Matcha would be.  Instead, this is light and very pleasantly sweet.  It’s a natural sweetness and unlike some Matcha, this isn’t “bittersweet”.  There is no bitterness at all.  It has a pleasant smoothness.  It has a light vegetal flavor.  It … well, it tastes like Matcha, except that it tastes and feels a little lighter, an extra thin Matcha.

It certainly makes that boring bottle of water taste a lot better!

So I decided to try this product in something else.  I grabbed a bottle of pomegranate juice and I took a drink of the juice (again, to make room for the powder and the shake) and then I added 1/2 teaspoon of MatchaBooster to the bottle and shook vigorously.  My thoughts:  I could taste the Matcha but it wasn’t a strong presence.  The flavor of the juice was strong and I could taste hints of the vegetal quality of the MatchaBooster.  If you want more Matcha flavor, you would want to add a little more than 1/2 teaspoon.

That said, I certainly felt the energizing quality of the Matcha in the juice!  I really felt invigorated after drinking the juice.

And from there, you can let your imagination be your guide.  Want to give your orange juice a boost?  Add 1/2 teaspoon or more of MatchaBooster powder to eight ounces of juice and stir.  Or add some to your coconut water.  Or your almond milk.  Or your breakfast smoothie.

There are some intriguing recipes on the Maeda-en website.  Already, I’m thinking that this would be really good in my tomato soup!  Or try stirring a scoop of it into your favorite hummus!  This is a great way to add the goodness of Matcha to your favorite foods.

Balancing Ayurvedic Tea from TeaVeda

October23

BalancingTeavedaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Veda Company

Tea Description:

Organic decaffeinated black tea lovingly mixed with delicate flavors of jasmine and bergamot blissfully soothe and stimulate with our “Balancing” tea.  

Learn more about the teas from TeaVeda here.

Taster’s Review:

Of the different teas that I received from The Veda Company, this was the one I was timid to try.  I mean, you know that I love bergamot and jasmine, however, I can recall a couple of bergamot/jasmine blends that have been less than successful as far as I’m concerned.  And this blend has a decaffeinated black tea base and I’ve had a few decaffeinated black teas that I’ve not been crazy about.  So, a few of my ‘red flags’ popped up when I read the description for this tea.

BalancingTeaveda1But it’s actually alright.  Maybe even a little better than alright.  Yeah, this is definitely better than alright.  It isn’t the best tea that I’ve ever tried but I am enjoying it.

The bergamot here is on the subtle side.  It’s a little citrus-y, but not really a distinctly crisp, tangy bergamot note that I’d usually expect from a typical Earl Grey.  Perhaps the presence of jasmine softens it a little.  The jasmine offers a delicate floral note to the cup.

I am noticing a slightly ‘thinner’ flavor from the black tea which is a typical “side effect” from the process that decaffeinates the tea.  It doesn’t taste as rich or robust as a typical black tea would.  But I don’t taste that “chemical” aftertaste from the decaffeinated tea and that earns this tea big points.

It’s not my favorite from TeaVeda/The Veda Company, but I enjoyed it.  It’s a tea that I’d drink again if it were offered to me.  It’s pleasant and has a nice balance of flavors.  It tastes good served hot and it’s also nice as it cools.

Orange Spice Flavored Green Tea from Tea of Life

October23

TeaofLifeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Learn more about Tea of Life and Amazon Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve had quite a few orange spice flavored black teas, but not quite so many orange spice green teas.  At least, I’m not able to immediately recall very many.  But as I sip this Orange Spice flavored Green Tea from Tea of Life, I find myself wondering why, because this is quite nice!

Sure, it’s a bagged tea and yeah, I’d rather have loose leaf teas as opposed to bagged teas.  But many of the bagged teas that I’ve tried from Tea of Life have been enjoyable and this Orange Spice is one of my favorites that I’ve had thus far.

To brew it, I started with freshly filtered water and I heated it to 175°F in my Breville One-Touch.  (It doubles as a variable temperature tea kettle!  Bonus!)  I grabbed my favorite tea cup and let the teabag steep for 2 minutes.  Say what you will about bagged teas – they are convenient, and sometimes that convenience is important.  Taste is equally as important, so it’s good to find a bagged tea that is also tasty.  That’s what I’ve found with this tea from Tea of Life!

The green tea is sweet and buttery.  It has a nice, soft texture.  It isn’t bitter or astringent.  It isn’t overly “grassy” or vegetal either.  Just smooth and sweet.  It’s a great base for the flavors of orange and spice.

The orange is bright!  Sweet and juicy tasting!  The spices are gently warm.  I taste subtle notes of cinnamon and a hint of clove.  It’s not an overly spicy tasting tea – if you’re one who doesn’t like a spicy tea, you’ll find the level of spices in this tea to be to your liking.

I like that this isn’t overly sweet the way some orange spice teas can be.  Usually they’re all about the cinnamon and you get that “red-hot” cinnamon taste.  And hey, I like those teas too, but something like that would overpower the green tea and the flavoring here doesn’t do that.  It lets the green tea come through nicely, and offers a warm, cozy spice and sunny citrus flavor.  It’s something that works nicely as an afternoon tea when you want something to perk you up and would work equally as well as something that you curl up to in the early evening, especially on a cold autumn day like this!

Yeah, this’ll do!

Wedding Tea Blend from Harney & Sons

October22

weddingblendTea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

This elegant tea is a special tea for that special event. Mutan White tea with a touch of lemon-vanilla to taste, nicely offset with pink rose petals.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

A really nice blend from Harney & Sons.  The delicate white tea is flavored with just a hint of lemon and vanilla and rose, creating a soft, sweet, and brightly flavored cup.

The white tea is a sweet and smooth tasting tea and these characteristics are enhanced by the addition of vanilla.  The light touch of vanilla makes the tea taste just a little sweeter, a little smoother and a little softer.  It adds a pleasant creaminess to the cup.

And I like the way the creaminess plays with the notes of lemon.  The lemon is bright and tart, but not pucker-y tart.  The sweetness of the vanilla curbs the lemon so that it doesn’t come off as sour.  Instead, it tastes a little bit like someone may have dissolved a little bit of lemon curd into my tea!  YUM!

To brew this, I used a lower temperature (as is usually the case when it comes to white teas.  I almost always go with a temperature that is 170°F or lower, this time, I used the 170°F) and steeped the sachet for 3 1/2 minutes.

Something else that’s kind of neat about this blend is that because it is the “Wedding Blend,” it can also serve as a wedding favor!  You can even special order it with the name of the bride and groom and the wedding date imprinted on the lid of the little “tagalong tins” (these tins really are adorable).  How awesome is that?  Can you think of a cooler wedding favor to give to your guests on your special day?

Yunnan Jig Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

October22

YunnanJigBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

Black tea from the Yunnan province of China, the birthplace of tea itself. Yunnan black tea is easily identified by its abundance of soft golden tips, and savory cocoa and black pepper flavors. It is a very forgiving tea; will not taste bitter when over-steeped. Our Yunnan Jig has a sweet, almost creamy aroma. Rich and savory flavor, with a slight cocoa powder finish. Earthy and spicy and soft, smooth mouthfeel and finish. Classic Yunnan. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Co-Op program here.

Taster’s Review:

Mmm!  Now this is the kind of tea that I like to wake up to!

The dry leaf is beautiful.  The aroma is very leather-like, evoking thoughts of an old library with lots of old, leather bound books.  The leaves are long and curly, looking a bit like thick pieces of wire in colors of chocolate brown and gold.  When I see golden leaves like this, I immediately think of autumn and the leaves.  I love this time of year with the beautiful leaves!

And I am loving this tea!

I brewed the tea in my Breville One-Touch.  I poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the kettle/jug.  Measuring this tea is a bit of a challenge, because of the long, wiry leaves!  I measured out what looked to me like 2 bamboo scoops of tea.  I guess with teas like this, a scale would be really handy to have, but again, you probably won’t ever find a tea scale in my kitchen because I live by the ideal that tea should be simple and more gadgets don’t make it a simpler process to me.  I set the timer for 2 1/2 minutes and the temperature for 212°F.

The brewed tea has more of an earthy fragrance than a leathery one, although I do still pick up on some subtle leathery notes as well as a gentle spice-like note.  It’s a very masculine aroma.

The flavor is delightful.  And as I typed the word “delightful” I found myself questioning the word, because I don’t think that delightful is enough of a word to describe just how lovely this tea is!  It is rich and smooth from start to finish.  There is next to no astringency.  I only pick up on mere hints of astringency – a slight dryness – toward the very tip of the tail of the sip.  It is very slight.  It’s not bitter and while the description above states that it’s a very forgiving tea, I didn’t try to overbrew it to test that out, but based on what I’m tasting, I’d say that’s probably very true.  I’m not even tasting the slightest insinuation of bitterness here.

Notes of cacao and warm spice notes.  There is a sweet caramel-y note that offers a nice contrast to the savory notes of this tea.  It’s an amazing balance between sweet and savory which is what gives this tea it’s smooth character.  It is so well-rounded and palate pleasing.  It certainly has an invigorating quality to it, but this isn’t the tea that will give you that jolt that you might look for in that first cup of the day, instead, this will give you a warm caress that will gently nudge you awake and make you much happier to be alive and kicking!

Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha Iced Tea from Southern Boy Teas

October21

Marshmallow-Treat-GenmaichaSBTTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Southern Boy Teas

Tea Description:

Premium Organic green tea with organic flavors. Each 14g teabag will make one 2-quart pitcher of DELICIOUS iced tea. Re-steep the teabag and you can get a full gallon out of each one.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!

The first thing that blew me away with this blend is the smell!  The aroma of the dry sachet – it smells like a marshmallow treat!  And the brewed tea smells like that too.  The brewed tea smells a bit more like genmaicha than the dry sachet did, the dry sachet smells like a fresh batch of marshmallow treats.  Mmm!

This is seriously good iced tea.  If you liked the original Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha from 52Teas, you’re going to like this iced tea version from Southern Boy Teas.  It’s sweet and tastes like the name suggests.  It tastes like a marshmallow treat with a little bit of green tea flavor in there too.

Genmaicha is not usually a tea that I usually think of when I think “iced tea” because the toasted rice has a very warm flavor and it’s been something that I think tastes better when served hot.  But, this really works well as an iced tea.  It does have that delicious roasty-toasty flavor of the Genmaicha, along with the light, fresh green tea taste of the green tea.  The rice of the genmaicha gives this just the right amount of warmth to give this marshmallow treat a “homemade” sort of taste (and homemade marshmallow treats taste better than those commercially packaged treats!)

To brew this, I heated a quart of water to 170°F and let the sachet steep for a 1 1/2 minutes.  Then I strained the tea into my iced tea pitcher and resteeped the sachet in the second quart of water, adding 30 seconds onto the steep time.  (Then I stashed the sachet in an airtight container and put it in the fridge so that I could steep it again for another pitcher of tea.)

Really, really good.  I’m glad that this tea is now offered on the website (it was originally created as a “thank you” for the Kickstarter supporters) because I’m going to want more of this!

Vanilla Almond Black Tea Blend from The Secret Garden Tea Company

October21

VanAlmondTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Secret Garden Tea Co.

Tea Description:

One of our staff favourites! Pair with desserts such as marzipan pear tarts, lavender shortbread, and chocolate bon-bons for a decadent treat.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

This Vanilla Almond Tea from Secret Garden is so smooth!

By the time I started writing this review, I was more than halfway finished with my first cup!  It is just so tasty and so unbelievably smooth and easy to drink that it began to disappear quickly.

The dry leaf is quite appealing to the eye with lots of almond slivers and bright orange-yellow petals (calendula and sunflower) mixed in with the dark brown tea leaves.  To brew this tea, I used my Breville One-Touch and added 2 bamboo scoops to the basket and poured 500ml of water into the jug.  I set the temperature to 212°F and the timer for 2 1/2 minutes and I let the machine do it’s thing.

The tea brews up dark and sweet smelling.  I can pick up on delicate notes of almond and vanilla but mostly what I’m smelling is the black tea.  It’s not an overly fragrant brewed tea but I still find the aroma quite pleasant.  It reminds me a bit of freshly baked cookies!

But the real treat is in the sip.  As I mentioned above, it is one of the smoothest teas I’ve tasted lately.  There is very little astringency, especially the first few sips.  Now that I’m nearly finished with my first cup, I am picking up on more astringency than I experienced at the beginning of the cup.  It’s a slightly dry sensation that I’m experiencing but it’s quite slight especially in comparison to other black teas that I’ve consumed.

This is so smooth from start to finish.  It starts out smooth and creamy, I pick up on the vanilla immediately.  As the sip progresses, I notice the almond and the sweet, nutty flavor accentuates the creamy, sweet vanilla tones beautifully.  These two flavors were made for one another!

The black tea is a smooth, even-tasting black tea.  It’s probably a Ceylon.  It isn’t an aggressive, astringent, bitter or overly robust black tea.  It is smooth.  It melds amazingly well with the flavors of almond and vanilla.  There is a slight caramel-y undertone to the black tea that further highlights the sweetness of this blend.  I like that it is a sweet drink but not cloying.

Because it isn’t an overly sweet or cloying tea, I think it would make the perfect tea to serve along with dessert.  You really wouldn’t want something too sweet paired with dessert because the dessert is already sweet.  This is smooth, not too robust nor is it bitter or overly astringent.  It wouldn’t detract from the delightful confection that you’re enjoying for dessert.

It would also make a lovely afternoon tea.  A great tea to choose for a tea party or perhaps something to serve to guests after dinner.  I find it to be a very “welcoming” sort of tea.  When I sip it, I feel like it’s communicating to me:  “Welcome home.”

Apple Embrace Black Tea from Monarch Tea Co.

October20

AppleSpiceEmbraceTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Monarch Tea Co. or Monarch Tea Co. on Etsy

Tea Description:

This warm and inviting blend brings memories of sitting fireside with a good book. Notes of apple, cinnamon and spice come together to warm and soothe. Ingredients: black tea, dried apple, cinnamon pieces, blackberry leaves, safflower petals, natural flavours.

Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here.

Taster’s Review:

I was very excited to receive my Postal Teas box today.  This box is actually September’s subscription – which arrives in October.  Kind of confusing.  Maybe I should just call it October’s box?

Anyway, this month’s featured tea company is Monarch Tea Company.  I was excited to see that this is the featured tea company this month, because I had noticed that this company was featured earlier this year, before I became a subscriber.  I’m glad to have this opportunity to try some of their teas.

The first tea that I am trying is this Apple Spice Embrace.  Perfect for this evening for two reasons:  first, it’s a cold and wet day here in the Pacific Northwest and a warmly spiced tea suits me just fine on a day like this.  Second, my daughter is visiting this evening and its a tea that I think she’ll also appreciate.

I notice the packaging right off the bat.  The teas are in Kraft, foil-lined pouches and they are “sealed” with a bit of whimsical black polka dot fabric tape.  The front of the package has a label with the name of the tea and the ingredients (all the important stuff to know), and the back of the pouch is marked with the elegant Monarch Tea logo.  I like the combination of whimsy and elegance and simplicity.

When I opened the pouch, I inhaled deeply to take in the fragrance.  I notice a “black tea” aroma with notes of cinnamon.  The cinnamon isn’t overpowering and I kind of expected it to be (it seems that in blends like this, the cinnamon is the main event, and I like that it is a gentle presence here.)  There is a light apple-y scent beneath the notes of cinnamon.

I brewed this tea in my Breville One-Touch, pouring 750ml of freshly filtered water into the jug and measuring 3 bamboo scoops of tea into the basket.  Then I set the temperature for 212°F and the time for 2 1/2 minutes.  When I poured my cup of tea, I enjoyed the scent:  hints of apple mingling with notes of cinnamon and a front note of black tea – much like the dry leaf, although it isn’t quite as aromatic.

This is a tasty cup of tea.  The black tea notes are prominent.  A brisk tasting tea – I suspect a Ceylon – but there are some subtle malty notes to this as well.  It’s smooth and moderately astringent.  A sweet, honey undertone that complements the apple notes.

The apple note isn’t in your face.  It’s a subtle taste of apple, offering a slightly sweet, delicately tart flavor that reminds me of the flavor of an apple pie filling, complete with a light touch of cinnamon.  I think that the cinnamon is my favorite part of this tea because it is a rather light touch of the spice.  All too often when it comes to cinnamon in a tea, it’s been added with such a heavy hand that it becomes all about the cinnamon.  Here, the cinnamon softly accents the tea.  It’s a gentle warmth.  Lightly sweet, lightly spiced.

Overall, a really pleasant autumnal tea and as I eluded to at the start of this review, it’s just perfect on a day like today when it’s cold and wet.  I like that I’m curling up to a warm cup of apple-y spiced goodness.

White Currant Tea from Caraway Tea

October20

white-currant1Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Caraway Tea Company

Product Description:

Juicy aromatic currants paired with the delicacy of white tea leaves delivers a smooth flavor profile with a deeply fruity finish. There’s a lot of flavor is this healthy white tea.

Ingredients

China Pai Mu Tan, China Cui Min, rose hip peel, freeze-dried blackcurrants, flavoring, mallow blossoms, cornflower blossoms.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about UniqTeas hereUniqTeas is the “sister site” of Caraway Tea where you can create your own unique tea blend!

Taster’s Review:

Oh yum!

As I was preparing this review, I had the teacup sitting just under my nose (well, about a foot from my nose) and I enjoyed the fragrance of the tea.  It smells really yummy.  And as I was enjoying the aroma, I started thinking:  there really aren’t a lot of currant flavored white teas.  I’ve encountered quite a few currant flavored black teas and maybe a couple of currant flavored green teas, but I think I’ve only tried a couple of currant flavored white teas.

And that’s a shame, because I think that the tart with a touch of sweet flavor of currants seems really well paired with the crisp sweetness of white tea.

What I’m drinking now – this White Currant Tea from Caraway Tea – tastes a lot like a sweet wine, only without the tannic quality of a wine.  Sure, tea has tannins too, but I find white teas to be less tannic than black teas.  Perhaps this is because I brew my white teas at a lower temperature.  Or perhaps it’s because they’re just less tannic.  I don’t know.

Disclaimer:  I’m not a tannin expert.

So, imagine if you would, a sweet red wine without the tannins.  Now, imagine it … served hot.  That’s what I’m tasting now.  Since I don’t usually drink wine hot, I’m thinking that this tea is a stunner served iced.  (Then again, I don’t drink wine much at all.  Hot or otherwise.)

The currant flavor is lightly tart – not puckery – and there is a pleasant sweetness to it too.  The white tea is not overpowered by the flavors of this tea.  It is light and refreshing with delicate vegetal notes and a sweet, airy quality.  I also notice a hint – just a hint! – of a warm, gentle spice to this too.  Like a slight peppery kick.  It’s a nice contrast to the tart and sweet fruit notes and the light sweetness from the white tea.

A really good tea.  This is one that I’d happily drink again!

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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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