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Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited

I steeped this tea for about 3 min at 212 with almost 2tsp and 1 cup water. I couldn’t find the product on the company’s website, so I just guesstimated the steeping specs. Which is always fun. I prefer to use the recommended specs if possible, in order to give the tea a chance to put its best foot forward (as it were), but I’m also fine with just doing whatever seems to work if there aren’t any recommendations. The water started turning amber pretty quickly after I put the leaves in to steep. I used a generous amount of leaf Read More

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Jump Start You Day with This Blend from Adagio Teas

Jump start your car with a blast of electricity.  Jump start your brain and your day with this high caffeine cuppa!  For tea lovers everywhere, it’s no secret that mate tea is a powerful pick-me-up, and often cited as a great alternative to coffee.  Well Jump Start blend from Adagio teas has toasted mate and so much more. There’s not just mate, there’s traditional black tea in the blend as well, a staple of every breakfast blend around.  But let’s take this caffeine level a step further:  kola nuts.  Kola nuts are caffeine-containing tree nuts, previously used as an ingredient Read More

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Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons. . .

A very palpable shift happens to me around  the end of August.  Whereas starting in early spring, I’m drinking iced teas like they’re literal manna from heaven, suddenly when autumn starts to peek its head around the corner, I abandon all my cold beverages. Jars upon jars of iced tea sit in the fridge, un-sipped (the horror!)– I’m just not FEELING it anymore, friends. Alternatively, suddenly, all of my spiciest chais, warmest and more comforting flavors of black tea are suddenly getting all the air time. I’ve been blowing through my current stash of black teas like they’re going out Read More

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Lemon & Orange from Taylors of Harrogate. . . .

If you’re ever frustrated by teas that don’t taste like the thing they’re supposed to, turn to this tea. It’s “Lemon & Orange” and it is, true to form, Lemon. And. Orange. It streaks through your mouth like a Tazmanian devil of citrus. Which is JUST the thing I needed this morning. It’s Monday AND it’s raining. I’m listening to a very fun playlist called “Sexy This Second” curated by Victoria’s Secret on Apple Music. It’s pumpin’, but it’s not ENOUGH. So I turned on my full-spectrum bulb. (It simulates sunlight.) Nah. Time to turn to tea. I said to Read More

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Country Chai Spice from Cozy Leaf Tea . . .

If your discerning palette is in search of organic teas, I’ve got a new company for you to consider: Cozy Leaf! They focus on organic ingredients, and have a bunch of teas, including one for lactating mothers, and two specifically for pregnant women: baby blessings and pregnancy. I have neither had children nor, accordingly, lactated, so today we’re sticking with my favorite: a nice black chai! This is a yummy, deep mix. It has malty assam instead of the funky darjeeling that’s typically found in chai, which makes it richer and mellower. The cloves and other spices participate in giving it that Read More