Severe Consequences from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m a fan of all things tea and Harry Potter, and lucky for me there are a multitude of amazing small tea shops that specialize in fantasy-inspired tea blends. I tried several teas from Riddle’s Tea Shoppe, and loved the tins and labeling for every single one.  I ordered Severe Consequences blend to complete a set, not sure if the flavors of the tea would suit my palate. Much to my surprise, the blend turned out to be my favorite flavor of the bunch.

This blend is named after one of the favorite things of strict and unscrupulous Professor Dolores Umbridge.  Like her outwardly pink and kitten-loving appearance, this tea is sweet and fragrant. Red fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry are as lush as breakfast jam against the black tea base.  Vanilla flavoring adds a buttercream dessert finish after all the fruit. The careful addition of rose petals make this tea feel extra fancy, suitable for afternoon tea, without taking over the blend with their floral scent.

You can order this tea with or without rose gold sugar pearls.  When brewed the pearls melt and add sweetness to the brew like a sugar cube.  I recommend including the sugar pearls– they make the dry leaf look even more precious.  Besides, you know Umbridge herself would not limit her indulgences. Brew this strong and sweet and serve it in your favorite dainty tea set.  Just don’t let your teatime cosplaying get out of hand, or there will be Severe Consequences.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Riddle’s Tea Shoppe
Description:

Severe Consequences is the preferred tea of Dolores Umbridge, and is a cherry, cream, and rose tea with strawberry and raspberry pieces. Floral, sweet, and perfectly lovely to look at, the optional light pink sugar pearls will keep you in line while you avoid telling lies…

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Chinese Wuyi Jin Jun Mei Black Tea Grade One / Apr Tea

Took a hiatus from some of the amazing teas I’ve been sampling the past few weeks. Not because I wanted to but because I had a bit of a cold.

Nothing serious but enough to knock my senses out a bit. Hoping against hope that I was better than yesterday I decided to open this 5g packet. Thought it quite odd they would use honey incense in the name but the moment I opened the packet it hit me. Then I had to blow my nose to make sure I was getting every ounce of this incredible aroma.

Honey and incense! The packet still smells like it even with the tea out in my pot. Needless to say I’m excited to try this. Oh wow. Oh man. This is beyond delightful. Everything about this tea is pleasure. Even the way the dry leaves looked before steeping.

Golden leaves mixed in with dark, chocolate-brown. The clear, dark, honey, liquid is a beautiful precursor to the flavor. No astringency, only sweet bits of honey rounded off with light touches of forest floor and hints of nuttiness. The mouth feel is incredibly smooth.

This tea just blows me away. If you enjoy black tea you absolutely have to give this one a try.


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy: Apr Tea

Description:

Wuyi Jin Jun Mei (金骏眉):Every 500g of Jinjun Mei tea needs tens of thousands of fresh shoots of tea buds, picking the fresh tea buds of the mountain original ecological species in Wuyishan Nature Reserve, to be completed through a series of complex withering, shaking, fermentation, rolling and other processing steps. The appearance of Jinjun Mei tea is small and tight. The color is gold, yellow, black and white. Golden for the tea fluff, buds, tight tight knot, round and straight, light body weight, uniform. Open Tang golden color, water with sweet, sweet through the incense, the bottom of the flower fruity display was unable to imitate and beyond the rare quality. Special aroma, dry tea fragrance; hot soup pure and refreshing; warm soup (45 ℃ or so) maturity and delicate; cold soup clear and elegant, high and lasting. Both hot and cold drinks are smooth, with “clear, and, alcohol, thick, fragrant” features. Even brewed 12 times, the mouth is still full of sweet, after the end of the leaves stretch, sprouts fresh, beautiful show.

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Eggnog Europa / Dollar Tea Club

Eggnog is the last thing I think of when I look for tea flavors.

Used to hate eggnog but the dairy free versions of it have grown on me in the past few years. The dry leaf aroma is pleasantly surprising.  It really does smell like eggnog.

Creamy, spicy, with a hint of earthiness. Same with the flavor.

A creamy mouth feel. It hits you with the same flavors as depth as eggnog with only slightly less creaminess than the real thing. The spices are perfect.

Too much more and you would have a chai, too little and it would be weak. This is a perfectly blended tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The Tea Club
Description

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Osmanthus Ceylon/Zesta Tea

Osmanthus is one of my favorite florals and makes an excellent spring tea. If you’re not expecting it and are accustomed to mild florals, it’s little overwhelming. Osmanthus is really sweet and usually doesn’t need any kind of sweetener! (Some milder variants go well with honey but this one, in particular, is on the sweeter side.) Stick to the 3-minute steep time—it doesn’t need anymore. If it’s too sweet, you might enjoy a second steep.

The first steep is very sweet, fruity, and almost overpoweringly floral. It’s not as tangy as Ceylon normally is, so you’re left with this smooth, mild sweetness reminiscent of apricots. It also kind of reminds me of honeysuckle, but slightly less of a woody flavor.

The second steep is a little better and has a more rounded flavor. You get a bit more of the tangy flavor typical of Ceylon, slightly bitter, with hints of apricot and a light floral taste. It’s definitely one of those teas I would share with a friend who has a sweet tooth. Pour the first cup for them and hold the second for yourself!

I like this one in moderation. It was a bit too sweet for me to enjoy in any frequency, but the second steep definitely won me over. I’d recommend this to anyone who is a fan of sweet and floral teas.


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Leaf Type: Black

Where to Buy:  Zesta Tea

Description

Native to Asia, Osmanthus flowers are famous in China for their flavour and scent. This tea combines handpicked flowers with fine Chinese black tea to brew a cup which is fragrant yet pleasantly light with a slightly fruity taste.

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Empress Rajini/Simple Loose Leaf

“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground,” Cersei famously said in the first season of Game of Thrones.

If you think fighting for dominance isn’t for you, try Empress Rajini. She seems to have her tea game on point. Think of all the tea you could have if you were in charge. Delicious, delicious tea.

I steeped this cup to go along with a donut I procured from the break room. (Why are there never, say, apples in there?)

The blend looked flowery and rich and dark, a perfect compliment to my chocolate-frosted confection.

And BOOM, I was right. This rose-lavender-fruit confection was the perfect counterpoint to the black tea in the blend and the chocolate from the donut. The whole thing was an IMMACULATE pick-me-up. Delicious. Wonderfully balanced, sweet, and ladylike.

I suspect Rajini is a fair and beloved empress.

If you don’t want to risk your life to rule, you could just buy the tea from Real Simple Loose Leaf, I guess.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf

Description

Black tea, lavender, and rose petals with mango and peach flavor

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