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Zen from Tazo. . .

I grabbed Tazo’s Zen™ at the dentist’s office without realizing the dreaded mint* was inside it. However, I’m pleased to announce that the mint isn’t the primary characteristic of this tea! * A note about mint: WHY IS IT EVERYWHERE? Mint is for toothpaste only. Anyway, this lemon-mint green tea is mostly lemon with a toasty green flavor. It’s like a roasty, nutty kind of green, which is interesting against the citrus-y (and, okay, a LITTLE minty) high notes. I think this is a nice choice for recovering from the harsh blows of a dentist visit. (I need $4k of Read More

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Pinglin Bao Chung from Terroir Tea Merchant. . .

Terroir Tea’s claim to fame is telling you about the terroir (origin of the tea, including environment, location, soil, climate, etc). Which is totally one of those things I love to know. Where did this come from? Who grew it? Can I go meet them? This particular tea comes from a place that allegedly smells like tea all the time because said tea is drying outside. I dare you to find a better location, except for maybe Disney World or something. What I like about this tea (aside from knowing about the enchanted town from whence it came) is how Read More

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Lemon & Orange from Taylors of Harrogate. . . .

If you’re ever frustrated by teas that don’t taste like the thing they’re supposed to, turn to this tea. It’s “Lemon & Orange” and it is, true to form, Lemon. And. Orange. It streaks through your mouth like a Tazmanian devil of citrus. Which is JUST the thing I needed this morning. It’s Monday AND it’s raining. I’m listening to a very fun playlist called “Sexy This Second” curated by Victoria’s Secret on Apple Music. It’s pumpin’, but it’s not ENOUGH. So I turned on my full-spectrum bulb. (It simulates sunlight.) Nah. Time to turn to tea. I said to Read More

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Country Chai Spice from Cozy Leaf Tea . . .

If your discerning palette is in search of organic teas, I’ve got a new company for you to consider: Cozy Leaf! They focus on organic ingredients, and have a bunch of teas, including one for lactating mothers, and two specifically for pregnant women: baby blessings and pregnancy. I have neither had children nor, accordingly, lactated, so today we’re sticking with my favorite: a nice black chai! This is a yummy, deep mix. It has malty assam instead of the funky darjeeling that’s typically found in chai, which makes it richer and mellower. The cloves and other spices participate in giving it that Read More

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Earl Grey Supreme from Harney & Sons. . . .

I have a friend who is always talking about how I have not truly lived until I have tried Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Supreme. She will lock eyes with me and tell me I need to go to an Au Bon Pain (or whatever) and get a cup. She is slightly terrifying. I grabbed a few-ounce sample while I was on vacation, but lost it. I didn’t tell her this, because I feared repercussions. Luckily, I found it, and today is the day. This is a very powerful, no-holds-barred bergamot-slam with a smoky underbase. This is a MANLY sort Read More