Organic Energy Chai

Organic Energy Chai from Hampstead Tea. . . .

“Organic Energy Chai” by Hampstead Tea was originally “BIOCHAI” (all caps). The original bag (which I am sampling here) touted the ingredient “biodynamic black tea leaves.” They’ve since changed their branding to a more delicate branding scheme that involves a white background and no more claims of things being “biodynamic.” Which is sort of a relief, because when I see “BIOCHAI” or “biodynamic,” I ironically don’t think of something being biological at all. I think about things that are biologically enhanced, like a Terminator/Borg situation. Like this tea got taken over by nanobots. This delicate, sweet tea doesn’t seem like Read More

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Akiya Estate Arunachal Pradesh FTGFOP (CL – SPL) – 2016 from Capital Teas Limited. . . .

I would describe today’s tea (Akiya Estate Arunachal Pradesh FTGFOP 2016) as “juicy.” It has a plum/nectarine vibe to it like someone stealthed a little bit of Goya fruit juice in there. It’s a straight black, which makes this a delightful surprise. The flavor is bright & perky, like the appearance of the tea itself (golden tipped leaves, much lighter than the average black). I think this tea would be a good introduction to straight blacks. I, too, once feared the straight tea. How could it be so complex and interesting as everyone says? Are they cray-cray or something? Liking Read More

Molasses Spice Cookie Honeybush fromm 52Teas. . .

I used this tea as an experimental “guinea pig” in an attempt to figure out if this article was true. For those of you who are busy today, the upshot of the article was that the “scientific” best way to make tea is to microwave it. I made this tea a few weeks ago (traditionally), and forgot to review it. But I have a pretty good memory of how it was. So I decided to drop the tea into my gravity steeper and zap the whole shebang for a minute and a half. The result: weak tea that wasn’t even Read More

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Partying Like It’s Not My Birthday, Earl Grey Style. . . .A Quarter To Tea Blend. . .

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you combined Earl Grey with a cupcake? Don’t worry if that thought passed you by. Because it did NOT escape the lovely people behind A Quarter To Tea. And the result is super-fabulous. This is an Assam Earl Grey (yum! citrus!) with Bavarian Cream mixed in, giving it a super-creamy no-milk-needed vibe. It’s like an orange-and-vanilla cupcake. HAPPY. BIRTHDAY. TO. ME. (Note: It’s not my birthday. This fact saddens me 364 days a year, which is the overwhelming majority of the year. There is a song out there, called “Party Like It’s Read More

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2016 Loose Leaf Gu Hua Sheng from Verdant Tea. . . . .

I ordered a giant basket of pure teas from Verdant because I was trying to be more worldly. I was like “I am going to UNDERSTAND this tea. I am going to BECOME ONE with MORE VARIETIES.” Today’s pick: a pu’erh! That’s fermented tea. Sort of intimidating. All the pu’erh I’ve ever loved has been in a blend. The only other one I’d tried before this was sort of appalling, so I was nervous to try this one. (I only ordered a tiny sample, just in case). This one, 2016 Loose Leaf Gu Hua Sheng, tastes a little bit like Read More