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Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea by Teavivre

Recently I’ve been going through an all-black-teas-all-the-time phase, so trying this oolong was a refreshing change. In addition to the great flavor, I also loved how intact the leaves were, and how they were rolled into neatly compact pearls. I steeped this tea at 212 degrees for 2 minutes (using the entire sample packet). The packet suggested 1-2 minutes; I sampled it after 1 minute and decided I wanted it stronger, so I left it in for another minute. The rolled leaves start to expand as soon as they’re submerged. They’re pretty tightly rolled, but they expand a LOT. I’m not really Read More

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Wild Black Tea from Teabook

 Tea Information: Leaf Type: Black Where to Buy: Teabook Tea Description: Our red tea comes from Yunnan, Fujian, and Hunan provinces in China. The original name for black tea is red tea because of the general color of the infusion; it is still referred to as red tea in China today. Flavors that can define red tea are often robust, woodsy, or toasted and might have notes of walnut, raisin and chocolate. From a health perspective, some studies have established that red (black) tea may help protect lungs from exposure to cigarette smoke; new studies are starting to look at its possible Read More

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Passion Dragon Green Tea from Mountain Witch Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy: Mountain Witch Tea Company Tea Description: Passion Dragon Green Tea is one of our bestsellers at the farmer’s market. Green tea flavored with passion fruit, lemon and a pop of spice. Especially great as an iced tea.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Being such a fan of Mountain Witch Tea Company, I couldn’t wait to try another green tea of theirs.  I have had a couple in the past but have found that I tend to like their flavored black teas better than their flavored green teas. First off, I Read More

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Earl’s Paradise Black Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co. Tea Description: Earl Grey loose leaf tea blend with a papaya + strawberry twist. No one at The Nest (Bluebird HQ!) can start the day without a cup of this fruity, refreshing tea. Didn’t think you could improve the classic? We will happily prove you wrong! No words are gong to do it justice, it simply is paradise! Insiders tip: try it without milk for perfection. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Bluebird Tea Co. kindly provided a 2-cup sachet of this tea as a sample with my last Read More