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A Kid-Friendly Novelty, Delicious, Gross Swampwater from David’s Tea

David’s Tea company always have the cutest seasonal mugs, and I just can’t help but check out their fall collection as soon as it goes up on their website.  Their loose-leaf teas are generally all blends, and tend to be on the sweeter side.  That said, it is a colorful and friendly place to get started for those who are new to tea.   This Halloween season, I ordered a cute ceramic jar with glow-in-the-dark ghosts.  To get the jar, it came filled with tea, and this blend was such a good time I had to write a review.  The Read More

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A Grown Up Chocolate Experience: Cacao Tea from Mi Cacao

Chocolate tea can be a decadent latte, or a great dessert-replacement.  But most of the chocolate teas I’ve tried, have black tea or honeybush tea as a base, mixed with chocolate chips and chocolate flavors.  This tea, Cacao Tea from Mi Cacao, is a completely different chocolate experience. You may have heard about cascara tea at your local coffee shop, which is a brew made from the husks of the coffee cherries.  Similar to cascara tea, cacao tea is an herbal brew made with cacao shells.  These shells are the exterior pod that hold the cacao nibs, the essential chocolate-making Read More

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Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Enjoying Tea

In the early days of my loose leaf tea drinking, I first encountered jasmine green tea pearls.  I was working evening shifts at the college library and we had a small, varied supply of tea, mainly our favorite tea bags.  But one night, one of my coworkers had brought in loose leaf teas they were looking to share.  I was fascinated by these little green pellets in one of the tea canisters and dropped a few in mug even though we didn’t have tea bags or filters.  I watched the balls of tea unfurl and fill my mug with flavor. Read More

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Tealyra. . . .

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is one of many Tealyra teas shared with me by a friend. It is also the first Tealyra tea I am ever trying. Comprised of apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hip peels, white chocolate chips, flavoring, freeze-dried yoghurt and rhubarb pieces, I decided this might be best as an iced tea. I steeped the tea per the recommended steeping parameters, brewing this for 4 minutes in 200F water and topping it with ice. In light of the hibiscus and rosehips, I expected some of that familiar tartness but there is none of that here. None at all. Read More

Earl Grey Cider from 52Teas. . . .

The Earl and I have been buddies for a long time. He’s begun, gradually, over time, to let his guard down. This weekend, in fact, he invited me out camping. “There’s going to be cider,” he said. “I’m going full Johnny Appleseed on this.” “That’s rustic!” I said. “The castle’s a little stuffy. I’m branching out,” he said. “BRANCHING?” I said. “I LOVE IT WHEN SOMEONE GETS MY PUNS,” he said. After a long day of hiking around a charming English forest, we set up our tents for the night. The following morning, he slow-simmered some tea over a small Read More