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Harmony Tea from Mellow Monk. . . . . .

Genmai cha is a special type of green tea with toasted rice.  Some of the rice kernels have popped in the toasting process, looking like little puffed, white popcorn pieces.  I’ve sometimes seen genmai chai billed as the “movie night” tea for its inclusion of these popcorn-like rice pieces. No matter what you name it, genmai cha is a unique and delicious tea experience. It was a long time in my tea journey before I put genmai cha tea into my usual rotation.  Beyond the puffed rice in the dry leaf, the next most striking impression about the tea is Read More

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Assam Gold Black Tea from The Persimmon Tree

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: The Persimmon Tree Tea Description: This smooth, malty infusion is the perfect alternative to coffee. Assam Gold can be steeped multiple times while retaining its flavor. Golden in color, this import from Northern India is a thick, comfortable black tea brew that warms and energizes after a tough, bitter, cold day. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: When I think of “Gold” in relation to “Assam”, I’m usually thinking of “Golden Lion” varieties where the leaves really are golden-brown in colour, frequently accompanied by what I think of as “lots of Read More

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Organic Black Tea from Arum Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: Arum Tea Tea Description: A sweet and malty flavor that jolts the taste buds, with a caramel undertone and a floral finish. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I don’t think I’ve come across a black tea quite like this before. For starters, it’s appearance reminds me more of an oolong. The leaves are black/brown in colour, but they’ve been rolled into oolong-like pellets, complete with leaf stem! The scent also puts me in mind of a dark roasted oolong – it’s rich and kind of earthy, with a metallic Read More

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Hot, Buttered Banana Bread from 52Teas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: 52Teas Tea Description: The original blend was a black tea base with freeze-dried bananas, walnuts and natural flavors.  Because walnuts are a tree nut and there are some people out there who are allergic, we’ve decided to take the walnuts out of the equation.  The actual nut didn’t add anything to the flavor, it just made the tea look pretty.  We’re all for pretty teas but not at the expense of an allergic reaction.  Because the flavorings we use contain no actual nuts, we were able to keep the delicious nutty flavor of Read More

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Golden Snail Yunnan Black by Whispering Pines Tea Co.

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Whispering Pines Tea Co. Tea Description: This Yunnan black tea was harvested in early spring (2014) and carries a robust and delicious flavor profile! The first thing you taste is a thick honey flavor giving way to creamy cocoa with a touch of malt. A heavy molasses-like sweetness lingers on your tongue while juicy morel plays with a hint of gardenia in the aftertaste. This tea is delicious hot as well as iced and holds up very well to three or more infusions! Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Black tea Read More