No. 25 Morning Light from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Description:

Awake to a festive gathering of highly sought-after teas, combining floral, nutty Darjeeling with bright, lively Nuwara Eliya, caramelized North Indian Assam and a pinch of fragrant Douglas Fir needles. Whoa, tannenbaum.

Learn more about this tea blend here.

Taster’s Review:

I debated with myself about when I should publish this review.  I thought originally that I should publish it on Christmas morning, since the number of the tea is 25 for the holiday, but then I thought – no, since this is a very limited tea, and I was told only one batch was made and once it’s gone, its gone! – I should publish this review early enough so that anyone who might be interested in the tea can have time to order it before it disappears.

And … you really SHOULD try this tea.  It’s amazing.  I should start with a disclaimer:  I love Steven Smith.  He is like a rock star, a god, an icon, even!  Of the tea world.  I love that he is located locally, and that it takes mere minutes for me to get to his tea shop (well, a few minutes drive, after how ever long it might take for me to coax my husband in to taking me to the shop), and I love how every tea that I’ve tried from Steven Smith Teamaker is delicious.

But this … this is really special, even in the array of amazing teas from Steven Smith.  It is a blend of three teas:  a Darjeeling which gives the blend a sweet, floral intonation, a woodsy note and a hint of lightness to the overall cup, Nuwara Eliya Ceylon which provides a pleasing, even and bright flavor, and an Assam that adds a sweet, caramel-y undertone and a touch of maltiness and richness to the cup.  These three teas, together, offer a very full and satisfying flavor without coming across as too heavy.  It’s a very palate pleasing combination.

But, Steven Smith didn’t stop there, because a blend of just these three teas might make a very enjoyable breakfast blend, but this was to be a holiday tea… and what would be a more perfect addition than a touch of pine?  Douglas Fir needles, to be precise.  The needles give the tea a fantastic flavor – a touch of crisp, mountain air – it tastes of pine, of course, with hints of refreshing, invigorating mint.

It’s really good!  It’s the kind of cuppa that puts a smile on my face and puts me into the holiday spirit!  Which I’ve needed … because I don’t even have the tree up yet!  Yikes!  I guess there’s no time like the present.  And now, thanks to Steven Smith, I’ve got the inspiration I needed to get busy with the task!

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Anne (LiberTEAS) is a stay-at-home mom living in the Pacific Northwest.She loves tea and she loves writing – so writing tea reviews enables her to bring these two great loves together.
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