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Bonfire in a Cup: Smoky Spice from 52Teas

As we endure the last cold nights of the season, it seemed the perfect time to brew up a cup of Smoky Spice from 52Teas.  This blend combines two of my favorite cold-weather sensations: woodsmoke and cardamom. Nothing quite makes me feel as cozy and nostalgic as holding a hot cup of spicy tea, with the smell your neighbor’s wood stove on the wind. Growing up in New England in a family with an Eastern European heritage, it seemed like we were always having winter bonfires and mulled cider or tea, celebrating some equinox or natural deity.  These winter memories Read More

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Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Majesteas Tea Description: Our own special blend of fine black tea will delight the single-malt whiskey lover. This tea combines peaty smokiness with a hint of citrus. Region: China, India, Sri Lanka Leaf: Black, full leaf mixed with cut pieces Water Temperature: 212F Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes Preparation: Makes a good afternoon or morning tea, can be milked and sugared Flavor Profile: Medium strength, smoky, peaty and smooth Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas is a heavy-duty tea for sure!  If you are a fan of Lapsang Souchong this tea will Read More

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No. 07 Lapsang Souchong Black Tea from Joseph Wesley Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Joseph Wesley Tea Description: Joseph Wesley’s Black Tea No. 7 is a malty, robust, full-bodied tea that is as sensual in its appearance as it is seductive in its taste and aroma. A uniquely crafted iteration of the famous and oldest of all Chinese black teas Lapsang Souchong, this tea beautifully balances its smoky undertones with rich malty plum and chocolate overtones. Harvested in the famed tea gardens of the Wu Yi Shan rock cliffs and crafted by the tea masters of the Tong Cheng Village in China’s Fujian Province, this tea’s Read More

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Lapsang Souchong Crocodile Black from Dammann Freres

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Dammann Freres Tea Description: A black tea with a more smoky flavour than that of its Chinese counterparts. A great smoked tea from the Island of Formosa ; merits discovering. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The ‘Crocodile’ in the name of this tea is certainly intimidating; I picture it snapping at you when you take a sip. Almost like getting whiplash from the intense smoke I suspect I’ll be tasting. The smell of the dry leaf certainly seems to support my theory; however some very quick research seems to indicate Read More

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Lumberjack Black Tea from Tippy’s Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Tippy’s Tea Tea Description: An original creation made by Tippy’s, we think you’ll love it. This is the truly manly man’s tea. It is rich and flavourful and wouldn’t be complete without some extra smokiness. Simply must be experienced! Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I wasn’t a big fan of Tippy’s Midday Flight (the only other tea from Tippy’s I’ve tried) but I really want to love this company because they’re Canadian (supporting tea companies from my country is awesome; especially with the poor state of our dollar), affordable, and Read More