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1st Place Tea: Snowflake from Aromatica Fine Teas

Depending on where you live, you may have seen some snowflakes flying on the air this time of year, which would be the perfect time to brew up a cup of Snowflake tea from Aromatica Fine Teas. This is an award-winning blend, taking 1st place in the North American Tea Championships in 2011.  Thinking about tea championships puts some silly images in my head, like some kind of tea Olympics, with little packs of tea on a snowy downhill ski slope.  Anyway, the story is getting away from me. Like beautiful, white, creamy snowdrifts, this black tea is blanketed with Read More

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Oaks SFTGFOP 1 CL SPL 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Organic from Lochan Tea Limited

I steeped this tea for about 3 min at 212 with almost 2tsp and 1 cup water. I couldn’t find the product on the company’s website, so I just guesstimated the steeping specs. Which is always fun. I prefer to use the recommended specs if possible, in order to give the tea a chance to put its best foot forward (as it were), but I’m also fine with just doing whatever seems to work if there aren’t any recommendations. The water started turning amber pretty quickly after I put the leaves in to steep. I used a generous amount of leaf Read More

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Cream Flavored Black by Adagio Teas

I steeped 1.5 tsp of this tea in 10oz. of water (just about boiling) for three minutes. Adagio is a fantastic way to get into the loose leaf tea world! Also, I love their loyalty program, which pays me several cents’ worth of “points” every time I submit a tea review! I mean, my day job pays more, but still. Plus, Adagio is super user-friendly, so much so that I’ve gotten one or two of my (less-tea-nerd-ish) family members ordering from them as well! Anyway, back to the cream-flavored black tea. The tea is fragrant while steeping, and after steeping it’s become Read More

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Colombian Black Tea from Simpson and Vail. . . . .

Simpson & Vail has announced a few new Colombian Teas and I thought I would share with you their Colombian Black Tea today! Their Colombian Black Tea is from the mountainous region of Colombia, in an area steeped in biodiversity, along the western slope of the Andes, called the Bitaco tea estate. The gentle mist from the mountains, rich soil, and ample rainfall stimulates the growth of the tea bushes and produces this tea shouting its unique characteristics. The large, black wiry, slightly tippy leaves have a light malty aroma and brew to an amber cup with a smooth taste Read More

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Red Pearls (Hong Zhen Zhu) from Silk Road Teas. . . .

I recently finished up my sample of Red Pearls (Hong Zhen Zhu) from Silk Road Teas. I’m not going to lie…a single, small, dramatic tear ran down the side of my face as I consumed the last sips of this wonderful infusion! The color of the liquor itself was VERY dark laying there in my cuppa. It paired perfectly with the rainy days we have been having lately. Not that this is a gloom and doom cup but more like a comforting cuppa, instead! This is a high-grade Mao Feng leaf that has been rolled into shiny small pearls and Read More