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Vanilla Black from The Toni Glass Collection. . . . . .

Vanilla is one of those flavors that always make a tea sound better. It is a standard flavor note in a lot of dessert teas and can range in flavor from creamy to sweet to fresh to bright and so much more. Tea company after tea company have vanilla tea offerings and yet they can taste world’s apart. This is The Toni Glass Collection’s take on a vanilla black tea. I steeped the tea sachet for 3 minutes in near-boiling water, despite a recommended steeping time of 5 minutes. The tea has a great vanilla flavor, like fresh baked cookies. Read More

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Presidential Peach from Impeach Teas. . . .

When I saw the title “Impeach Teas,” I was like “is this some kind of movement to impeach the Donald?” It does not appear that the proceeds are used in that way, though they do appear to be fairly woke. They donate some proceeds to charity; the canisters are recycled; part of their process involves “an off-grid energy-independent green mill.” First things first: this is a beautiful mix. It looks like fireworks. It has red white and blue accents (flower petals). This is a really juicy peach Ceylon tea. I made it iced, because HELLO? SUMMERTIME. It has a very Read More

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Persian Rose from Tay Tea. . . .

Is this tea? Or flowers? Because by the looks of it, I just steeped up a bunch or lovely pink rose petals with maybe a bit of tea. Even when the tea was done steeping and all the color had been drained from the flowers, the bits of tea leaf was few and far between. So, a tea that is mostly flowers…well that isn’t necessarily a bad thing depending on how you feel about floral teas. Some people love them, others not so much. Full disclosure…I am on the “not so much” side of this debate. However, as far as Read More

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Rebel from Wild Leaf Active Teas. . . .

My friends at Wild Leaf Active Teas have done a stellar job at creating bagged teas that have gorgeous tea leaves in them.  No crushed up leaves in their offerings! I’ve tried almost all of their teas and a few of them have a permanent spot in my tea stash.   My two favorites right now are Slim and Smart.  Slim (flavored puerh) has become a huge part of my daily routine.  Smart– green tea, peppermint, and Ginkgo  Bilbao- is slowing becoming my tea of choice right after lunch.  I have yet to be disappointed by any of the flavors Read More

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Firewater from Pelican Tea. . . . .

Firewater from Pelican Tea gets its name from the addition of hot habanero peppers to the tea.  But hot peppers aren’t the only unusual ingredient, this solid black tea also has toasted brown rice, an ingredient that is usually found in green tea genmai cha teas. I always like to get a whiff of my tea leaves before I brew them, but I was a little nervous about sticking my nose in the bag this time.  Would I get a noseful of hot peppers and run away sneezing like in the cartoons?  Well, I got lucky, this tea smells savory Read More