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Decaffeinated Breakfast from Taylors of Harrogate . . . .

I like to keep bagged black teas on hand for when I need a no fuss cup of tea. I’ve really enjoyed Taylors of Harrogate in the past, so I was anticipating a high quality bagged tea that was smooth. This tea did, in fact, start out that way. It was bright and refreshing, as stated on the packaging. However, as I got to the back of the sip, I was met with an unpleasant aftertaste. It tasted like something had spoiled. It wasn’t an over-steeped black tea taste, as this was steeped at 212 degrees for 4 minutes. It Read More

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Carnival Candy Crackle from Tickled Tea. . . .

I discovered Tickled Tea in the summertime which meant I got to take advantage of their limited edition summertime blends. Among those was Carnival Candy Crackle, a rooibos with candy pearls AND crackling candy that had my inner child adding it to the cart before I could stop it (her? me?). I discovered Tickled Tea in the summertime which meant I got to take advantage of their limited edition summertime blends. Among those was Carnival Candy Crackle, a rooibos with candy pearls AND crackling candy that had my inner child adding it to the cart before I could stop it Read More

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Brunch In Paris from Plum Deluxe. . .

I type this in West Virginia, which might be as far, thematically, from Paris as possible. I need, very much, to channel some class. This blend, Brunch In Paris, is a chocolate/orange mix of black and honeybush. The honeybush is naturally sweet, so it and the chocolate are the primary flavors here. The orange is more subtle, but it does sneak up from the corner now and again to whisper in your ear. (Creepy. Why did this suddenly get creepy?) I’m not sure why orange and chocolate are supposed to say “Paris,” but then, I haven’t been there in 2 Read More

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Indian Masala Chai from Storehouse Teas. . . .

This black tea is visually stunning! Blended with traditional Indian Masala spices in their whole form, you can see the cinnamon, cardamom, and clove within this blend. In addition to being able to see the spices used to create this blend, you can immediately smell the clove and cardamom as you open the package. It’s recommended to brew this for approximately 5 minutes, and it does brew dark – even for a black tea. On the palate, this tea has a spicy aftertaste that I would almost describe as peppery. I drank mine hot without sugar or milk, but I Read More

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Timid Red from Tea Taxi. . . .

Tea Taxi is one of those tea companies I hear about all the time, but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried. They have a bunch of fun looking mixes, complete with sprinkles and cute names. Today’s pick was Timid Red, which I mostly reached for because there are little red hearts in it. Cute! In addition to the tea, this mix rocks “Candy (sugar, cornstarch, cellulose gum), natural flavors, sunflower, safflower, [and] calendula.” CANDY AS THE FIRST INGREDIENT? The flavor itself is mostly vanilla with a kick of grenadine and a very light floral note. It’s a savory and sweet Read More