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Huang Jin Bolero from Adagio Teas. . . .

This Anxi oolong isn’t currently available on Adagio’s site, but I’m reviewing it so you know what to look for if it returns or if something like it pops back up! Here we have a lovely oolong with a nectar/nut flavor that’s closer to green than black. It’s a very light flavor that stays with you after you swallow it. This tastes like that point in the late afternoon when you’ve stopped paying attention to time. Dinner will come eventually, you guess. This feeling is, more accurately, the feeling of long summers at summer camp. This tea is summer camp Read More

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Edgar Allan Poe Black from Simpson and Vail. . . .

My first thought about this brew was “WHO DIED?!” As you’re steeping, your cup’s contents very swiftly become a really disturbing dark red/black/maroon color. Which is, of course, SO fitting for an Edgar Allan Poe blend. You’re launched headfirst into a vat of the macabre. If someone asked you what you were drinking, you could deadpan “the blood of my enemies.” IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU WERE RIGHT. The flavor is tart, earthy, smoky, and rich rich rich (yes, I typed it thrice). It’s a blend of black and pu’erh with bergamot and beetroot. I couldn’t pick up any of Read More

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Presidential Peach from Impeach Teas. . . .

When I saw the title “Impeach Teas,” I was like “is this some kind of movement to impeach the Donald?” It does not appear that the proceeds are used in that way, though they do appear to be fairly woke. They donate some proceeds to charity; the canisters are recycled; part of their process involves “an off-grid energy-independent green mill.” First things first: this is a beautiful mix. It looks like fireworks. It has red white and blue accents (flower petals). This is a really juicy peach Ceylon tea. I made it iced, because HELLO? SUMMERTIME. It has a very Read More

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Feng Huang Wuyi Black from Verdant Tea. . . .

Need a pick-me-up when you’ve spent the afternoon scanning and filing papers? Because I do. I imagine that your struggles are different, but you identify on some level. Today I went in for Feng Huang Wuyi Black by Verdant Tea — a new tea with caffeine. Gotta call in those reserves. The dry leaves are really long and twisty and dark. You know how the Death Eaters in Harry Potter fly around, leaving those long trails behind them? They look like that. I literally looked at the twists and thought “THE DARK LORD HAS RISEN.” Would the Death Eaters drink Read More

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3-In-1 Milk Tea from Gold Kili. . . . . .

I have finally found the Holy Grail of Lazy Tea People: Matcha for black tea. This Instant 3-in-1 Milk Tea is black tea (type unspecified) with sugar and milk added. It’s all ground up, pre-steeped (I imagine?), dried, and ready to go. You just rip open the packet and dump it in a mug. If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say this is probably some kind of English Breakfast tea. It’s probably more like tea-bag stock than loose-leaf stock, though I can’t say that definitively. I mostly can’t tell because it already has the sugar and cream in Read More