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Let’s Go Bananas! Banana-Themed Teas

Tea with bananas?  That’s crazy, right?  Or maybe it’s just crazy delicious.  Let’s take a look at five banana teas I’ve tasted lately. Grilled Spiced Banana from A Quarter to Tea – Let’s get started with the weirdest banana tea I’ve come across.  Not only does this blend feature bananas, but it also uses smokey flavors to convey the “grilled” part of Grilled Banana.  Brewed, this tea is shockingly creamy, much more like banana creme brule than any overpowering smoky lapsang souchong.  The hint of smoky adds a nice savory note to the sweet banana, like the tasting the sweet-salty Read More

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Easy as Pie: Black Cherries and Sweet Cream from A Quarter to Tea

It’s getting to be summertime and cherries are in season.  You can see them in a glorious, burgundy bundle at the grocery store or the farmer’s market.  With summertime cherries on my mind, it seemed like the perfect time to try Black Cherries and Sweet Cream tea from A Quarter to Tea.   The dry tea leaves and the first minute of steeping was all about the cream, wafting sweet waves of vanilla out of my mug.  As the tea cooled and I got my first taste, the cherries started to shine.  This tea is named for black cherries specifically, Read More

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Treat Yourself to #SmoothSensualitea from #CupOfLove

Having a hard day?  The hours at work getting too long?  Did you get doused by a car passing through the rain puddle?  Just need something to make you relax?  It’s hard to go wrong with a tea named Smooth Sensualitea from Cup of Love.  That’s a tea blend that you know will treat you right. So kick off your shoes, hang up your coat, and breathe a sigh of relief: it’s tea-time.  This rooibos blend is naturally caffeine-free, good for when you need to keep your cool or if you want to brew a cup at bedtime.  This blend Read More

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Perfectly Pink #LadyMendl blend from #SunshineCottage

Another lovely tea from the crafty world of Etsy, this time it’s Lady Mendl blend from Sunshine Cottage.  The Lady Mendl tea blend is based on a cocktail of the same name.  The alcoholic beverage was all pink pizzazz, served in a martini with grapefruit juice, cointreau, and gin. With so much pink citrus in the mix, this tea is surprisingly creamy, with delicious, juicy grapefruit at the forefront, and sweet, candied orange in the undertone.  There are even passion fruit pieces in the dry leaf, adding to the popping, tropical flair of these flavors. The black tea base is Read More

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Kick Back and Relax with Hammock Blend from Plum Deluxe

Brewed hot, this tea is smooth and bright, with the fullness of black tea and crisp orange, and just enough vanilla to smooth out any astringency.  The tea is creamy even without milk and sugar, but not so sweet or over-flavored to come off as artificial orange-creamsicle.  In many ways this is definitely still a classic black tea.   With a name like Hammock Blend, this tea is meant to be a cold summer beverage, so I brewed a batch hot with sugar and let it chill.  Iced and sweetened, I will say that the sugar complements the orange and Read More