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#PeruvianSpiceBerry from #IncaTea

The dry leaf smells like mulled wine, with fragrant elderberry, cinnamon, and cloves. Pour a bit of water on these leaves and they brew up fast!  Wow, what a dark red berry brew after only a few seconds! Brewed, this tea gets much more tart, thanks to the powerhouse of hibiscus flowers.  The ingredients list also include purple corn.  I’m not sure how it adds to the flavor, but the brewed tea is a vibrant purple-pink color. This tea is best served warm, though the fruitiness might be suited for an iced tea, I’m not sure all the spice is Read More

Aria Blend

Aria blend from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co.

Immediately evident in the dry leaves are whole cloves and some seed pods that I thought at first were anise but, after looking at the ingredients, I decided must be fennel. The attractive-looking combination also includes bits of licorice and marshmallow root as well as orange peel and peppermint plus cinnamon and ginger. I used a heaping teaspoon of the tea leaves in a cup of water at approximately boiling temperature and then watched it steep for about the next four minutes. It smelled all nice and licorice-y while steeping and became a nice light yellow color, which reminded me Read More

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Sherlock Holmes Black Tea by Adagio

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Adagio Tea Description: All at once exotic and mysterious and perhaps a little bit insane, with a lingering hint of smoke. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is one of Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends, inspired by the character of (who else?) Sherlock Holmes. It’s a blend of Adagio’s Lapsang Souchong, Assam Melody, and Oriental Spice, all of which are black teas. The dry leaf smells reasonably strongly of smoke, with a hint of spice underlying. Exotic and enticing! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave Read More

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Happily Headless (Custom Blend) from Adagio Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black/Green Where to Buy:  Adagio Tea Description: You’ll lose your head over your loyalty to this kingly brew! Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: WARNING: POTENTIAL GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS (But really this is season one so if you’re not aware of this you might be living under a rock…) I have to say, I’m quite happy I watched enough GoT to understand the character reference here! I’ve really only seen the first two seasons and part of the third. I think the ingredients picked out by this blender are pretty well thought out too; though Read More

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Product Review: Caramel Chai Tea Latte from International Delight

Product Information: Where to Find:  Where International Delight products are sold. Tea Description: Exotic flavors of cinnamon, clove & ginger blended with notes of sweet caramel & fragrant black tea. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Rarely do I go into the grocery store and think that I’ll find something tea-like in the dairy section.  I find milk (of course) and half and half and I do use these products in my teas to make a latte on a rare occasion.  Occasionally, I’ll see a ready-to-drink iced tea in the dairy section, but it’s my experience that most of these Read More