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Chocolate Rose Truffle Black Tea from 52Teas

I was looking for something strong today so I settled on this wonderful chocolatey blend from 52 Teas! I steeped 1 heaping teaspoon in about 12 ounces of hot water for 2.5 minutes, as recommended (although I admit I totally failed to do the recommended “wait 10 minutes after steeping for best flavor” thing. I get a little impatient for my tea, lol). Once it’s steeped, the tea is a medium darkness, not really red or orange but more amber-ish or cedar-colored. It has a few teeny oil droplets on top, which tends to happen when you put chocolate chips Read More

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As American As Apple Pie from CatSpring Tea

Yaupon, as a tea varietal, is entirely new to me, At first glance, it looks a lot more like a mate or a guayusa; flakes of greenish-brown leaf that put me in mind (albeit fleetingly) of fish food. Closer inspection reveals that they’re actually quite sizable chunks of (very shiny) tea leaves, although not as oxidized as I expected given that they’re referring to this as a “black” tea. Generously scattered among the leaves are cubes of dried apple, almond slivers, small pieces of beetroot, and cinnamon chips. Even dry, the scent is pretty amazing – spot-on apple pie spices! Read More

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Eden from Soleil Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Soleil Tea Tea Description: Eden is a premium black tea blend scented with aged Tahitian vanilla extract and Madagascar Ylang Ylang. The liquor is richly floral with warm notes of vanilla beans and sweet spice. Native to tropical rainforests, Ylang Ylang is known for its intoxicating fragrance akin to jasmine and neroli. Mature blossoms are picked at sunrise and steam distilled to extract the highest quality essential oil. Ylang Ylang has long been used to lower high blood pressure and promote relaxation in aromatherapy. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review:   Read More

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Banana Nut Pancakes from A Quarter to Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea Tea Description: What could possibly be better than having pancakes for breakfast? Drinking them of course. Ceylon is used as the base here and is paired with the flavors of banana nut pancakes drizzled in vanilla butter. Makes an excellent latte. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review:   I know I’m so late to trying this company’s teas. I remember when A Quarter to Tea popped up on the internet and for some reason, I think I was distracted by other teas at the time. I decided it Read More

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Earl Grey Creme from Bluebird Tea Co

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co Tea Description: Don’t we wish prime ministers today were as good as the ones in the good old days? Take PM Earl Grey, he was the cream of the crop. Not only did he help abolish slavery and reform the House of Commons, he also invented the legendary Earl Grey tea! So we’ve created this creamy tribute just for you old chap! Learn more about this tea here.  Taster’s Review: It’s been a long time since I’ve had this tea from Bluebird Tea Co. In fact, I think that Read More