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

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India’s Original Masala Chai from Golden Tips

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Golden Tips Tea Description: Originating from India, Masala Chai or ‘Spiced Tea’ is one of the most popular black tea blends in the world. This ancient traditional recipe is prepared by blending a strong & robust black tea with an array of fresh & aromatic spices. Our signature ‘Masala Chai Spiced Tea’ is symbolic of the original house blend which has been cherished in India for decades now. A combination of Assam CTC & orthodox leaves blended in a varying ratio is taken as the base. The base tea is then blended with exotic Read More