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Lemon Raspberry Rooibos from Simpson and Vail. . .

If I were going to name this tea, I’d name it “Lemon Lemon Lemon Raspberry Rooibos,” because the lemon is really the main feature here. It’s the spotlight-grabber. It’s the one that turns ALL the chairs around on The Voice. It’s a very zesty lemon. Not fake or sugary. Like someone actually squeezed out a lemon into a bowl and allowed you to drink some. It’s the real deal. If you like lemon, welcome to the main attraction. The raspberry is the slacker younger sibling. When it arrives in class, its teachers are like “we expect great things from you, Read More

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Dark Obsession Chocolate Rose from MarieBelle. . . .

When I was younger, I preferred milk chocolate and found dark chocolate too bitter. The older I get, the more I love dark chocolate. This tea was a gift from a family member, and it was so good that I put it on my wish list for the following year. Opening the tin and inhaling deeply, I could have sworn I was sniffing a box of rich, fine chocolates. This brews up to a very adult cup of dark chocolate tea. I have had a few chocolate teas that (sadly) smell like mildew instead of chocolate, although they tasted all Read More

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Mint Green Oolong from My Green Teapot. . . . .

If memory serves – this is my very first experience of sipping on a tea from My Green Teapot – and I’m very excited! Mint Green Oolong from My Green Teapot is the tea I’m kicking things off with and I have to say I’m already a fan! Talk about great first impressions! Many of you know I’m freakishly into mint! I absolutely LOVE mint! The minty-freshness…oooooo…..ahhh! So when I saw that this Oolong Tea was mint flavored I automatically jumped for joy and then ran over to my hot water apparatus and started heating! The fairly intense mint flavor Read More

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Sencha Pina Colada from Souvia Tea. . .

I pulled this Sencha Pina Colada tea out of a traveling teabox and the sample had just enough to try a cold brew and a hot tea. The cold brew sat overnight in the fridge while the hot tea was steeped for two minutes in 175F water. The hot tea looks quite murky so I was surprised when the taste was rather crisp. The base is only slightly vegetal on the tail-end of the sip but in this case I think it compliments the overall tropical vibe, balancing the other ingredients. The coconut makes this smooth, though not lotiony, which Read More

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Jack Frost from Bluebird Tea. . . . .

There are a lot of minty candy-cane inspired teas out there this time of year, so I was excited to try a more focused, herbal take on mint tea, with Jack Frost from Bluebird Tea.   This herbal blend is mainly spearmint and eucalyptus with a hint of sweeter flavors like coconut and vanilla.  That hint of sweetness makes all the difference– pure spearmint tea has a bit too much icy bite, feeling more like medicine than a calm cup of tea.  Jack Frost was smooth and cool without being too fierce or leaving me frozen. It might sound odd Read More