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Super Starling’s Top Ten Wanna-Try Teas. . . . .

I have a long list of to-try teas, but these ten take the top! The Bees Teas, S’mores If you click on the tea, you will notice the ingredient list: “Black Tea, Green Tea, Cocoa Beans, Barley, Chocolate Flakes, Apple, Vanilla, Yogurt Bits, Sea Salt, Cocoa Powder, Dried Marshmallows, Graham Cracker Cookie Bits, Citric Acid” I love teas with a ton of ingredients. What the heck is that going to taste like? Put it in my mouth post-haste. 52Teas, Patridgeberry In A Pear Tea Speaking of ingredients… What’s a partridgeberry?! Have I tried one before and not noticed? I need Read More

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Earl Grey Manhattan from Aromatica Fine Teas. . . . . .

This morning’s pick, Earl Grey Manhattan, has won awards, guys. Awards. And not just “whoops!” awards where the award went to them accidentally. (Oscar joke! Timely!) A real “best earl grey” at the North American Tea Championship. The competition looked like this (Original Artwork by Super Starling!) And I can see why it did such a great job. The tea is obviously really high quality — it has deep earth, flower, and chocolate/raisin notes, a complexity that you just can’t get from a cheap-o tea bag off the street. (Or, I guess, in a supermarket. There probably aren’t a lot Read More

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Rose Chai from Tea Dude. . . . . .

This is a tasty chai, but I can’t taste the rose. Which totally stresses me out, guys. I want to be like “the rose notes are a pink rose, first bloom of spring, a tender, easy rose, like the kind you buy for a fresh love.” Or perhaps “this rose is a sultry red, the color of midnight kisses and lipstick on the collar. It’s the last wisp of your lover’s perfume on your clothes as you drive away into the shuddering rain, alone.” But I can’t taste that. I’m getting a lot of spices. Which is totally what a Read More

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Vanilla Crème SereniTea from Cup of Love. . . . .

This is a lovely black tea with vanilla/cream flavoring. It’s beautiful, with real nuts and flower petals inside. It feels SO ENGLISH and DECADENT. Like you’re at your lovely aunt’s home in London drinking out of real teacups, not some geek mug at your desk. You want to flip your pinkie out and take up embroidery. As I was sipping this, I thought “wait… haven’t I tried this?” So I did some research, and I had. I tried a few samples from Vampyre Teas back in the day because — obviously — Vampyre Teas. Come on, guys. Vampyres. My friend Read More

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Gunpowder Green from The Tea Spot. . . . .

I found out today that gunpowder green teas are called “gunpowder” because they’re a little smoky — not because they’re going to violently pop open when they unfurl. Which is sort of disappointing, because I wanted to watch some sort of mayhem in my steeper this morning. I also found out, while locating this tea on the Tea Spot’s site, that gunpowder tea is “commonly used by athletes to improve endurance over periods of 3-6 hours.” Well, then, this tea has found its audience, because I am a HUGE ATHLETE. Like, super-beefy. I spend upwards of 8 hours a day Read More