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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

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Banana Maple Oatmeal from The NecessiTeas. . . .

I have a coworker that’s always wandering around the office with a bowl of oatmeal. It’s like his familiar — except it’s not a black cat. It’s food. I’m always jealous of this oatmeal. You might be asking yourself “why don’t you get yourself a bowl of oatmeal?” I’VE HAD THAT IDEA, OKAY? Whenever I try to make my own, it never, ever smells as good as his. Forget food preparation. I’m over it. I’m just going to make this tea instead. This tea comes in a packet with real oatmeal and cinnamon and brown sugar in it. My desire Read More

Earl Grey Cider from 52Teas. . . .

The Earl and I have been buddies for a long time. He’s begun, gradually, over time, to let his guard down. This weekend, in fact, he invited me out camping. “There’s going to be cider,” he said. “I’m going full Johnny Appleseed on this.” “That’s rustic!” I said. “The castle’s a little stuffy. I’m branching out,” he said. “BRANCHING?” I said. “I LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE GETS MY PUNS,” he said. After a long day of hiking around a charming English forest, we set up our tents for the night. The following morning, he slow-simmered some tea over a small Read More

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Beneath the Pines from Global Tea Hut. . . . .

I had a little bit of trouble getting to this tea. I had to use a combination of my foot and a can opener to wrench the tin open. Packaging difficulties aside, this tea tastes a bit like what I imagine seafood tastes like. (No, I’ve never had seafood. Of any sort.) This is a flavor profile that doesn’t usually pop up in black teas. In part, the taste probably differs from a straight black because the tea has been fermented. Fermentation is how a “black” tea becomes a “pu’erh” tea. To make it more confusing, people in Asia think Read More

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Tropical Fruit from Storehouse Tea. . . .

Confession: I’ve written two reviews for this tea. The first review was written longhand in my journal after a party where I made a few non-tea-beverage tactical errors. It said: “This tea tastes like what’d it be like to receive a Care Bear Stare.” The rest of it is, basically, incomprehensible, mostly in terms of handwriting. So I’m writing it again. “Tropical Fruit” ‘s ingredients include organic orange peel, organic apple, organic rose petals, organic calendula, and natural fruit flavors. Apples, oranges, and flowers aren’t really all that tropical, but the result is still sweet and fun anyway. It tastes Read More