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Wild Style Black Tea from Old Ways Tea. . . .

A telltale nagging in my throat tells me a cold is underway. So I needed the toughest, most bracing tea out there. Enter: WILD STYLE BLACK TEA. You know, a RUGGED, BUTCH, RICH tea that’ll sharply inform my immune system HOW IT IS DONE. No mix-ins. Just the STRAIGHT-UP REAL DEAL. The sort of situation that calls for the CAPS LOCK BUTTON This tea has a thick and smooth flavor. It’s manly, but in a calming, non-smoky way. It tastes like berries, and growth, and getting a tan. It tastes like soil in softening in preparation for spring. It tastes Read More

Tropical Flip from 52Teas. . . .

HELLO FROM THE TROPICS, MY LOVELIES! I type to you from my cabana, where a fella with a GIANT leaf is fanning me in addition to the Bahama winds. My skin is tanning, not burning. I have a floppy hat. My hubs and friends are frolicking on the shore, leaving me alone with a novel, some tea, and the giant-leaf-guy. I feel their joy, but do not have to stand up. Ahhhhh. Oh wait. That isn’t happening at all. I just FELT that way because of this tea. Only the tea is real. Today’s sipping buddy is Tropical Flip Green Read More

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Brunch In Paris from Plum Deluxe. . .

I type this in West Virginia, which might be as far, thematically, from Paris as possible. I need, very much, to channel some class. This blend, Brunch In Paris, is a chocolate/orange mix of black and honeybush. The honeybush is naturally sweet, so it and the chocolate are the primary flavors here. The orange is more subtle, but it does sneak up from the corner now and again to whisper in your ear. (Creepy. Why did this suddenly get creepy?) I’m not sure why orange and chocolate are supposed to say “Paris,” but then, I haven’t been there in 2 Read More

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Timid Red from Tea Taxi. . . .

Tea Taxi is one of those tea companies I hear about all the time, but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried. They have a bunch of fun looking mixes, complete with sprinkles and cute names. Today’s pick was Timid Red, which I mostly reached for because there are little red hearts in it. Cute! In addition to the tea, this mix rocks “Candy (sugar, cornstarch, cellulose gum), natural flavors, sunflower, safflower, [and] calendula.” CANDY AS THE FIRST INGREDIENT? The flavor itself is mostly vanilla with a kick of grenadine and a very light floral note. It’s a savory and sweet Read More

Passion Fruit de la Crème from 52Teas. . .

I iced this blend with dinner tonight. It was the perfect accompaniment to a summer salad. The vanilla and white hold hands as the background to a lovely fruity top layer. It’s a chilly, sweet cream flavor that sparkles. This berry-and-sugar-tasting blend is the Wonder Woman of teas: quiet yet tough, feminine yet sturdy. And, like Wonder Woman, it’s a summer blockbuster that’s stolen my heart. I realize that calling a tea “feminine” might turn people away from it, which isn’t a result I want. There’s a weird bias against men liking “girly” things that doesn’t apply to women liking Read More