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Yunnan Gongfu Fragrant Black Tea from Teavivre. . . .

It is gray and overcast with rain threatening to move in and stay a while. That’s a real tea day in my book! But my breakfast tea caused extreme pain to my delicate esophagus, which has endured years of reflux. I have tossed out that cup and moved on to try this. I love Teavivre’s Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tip tea. It is a staple in this house. I am betting this one will be good, too! First, the dry leaves live up to that title – fragrant, indeed! Steeped western style, I have a hearty, rich cup. I used Read More

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Beneath the Pines from Global Tea Hut. . . . .

I had a little bit of trouble getting to this tea. I had to use a combination of my foot and a can opener to wrench the tin open. Packaging difficulties aside, this tea tastes a bit like what I imagine seafood tastes like. (No, I’ve never had seafood. Of any sort.) This is a flavor profile that doesn’t usually pop up in black teas. In part, the taste probably differs from a straight black because the tea has been fermented. Fermentation is how a “black” tea becomes a “pu’erh” tea. To make it more confusing, people in Asia think Read More

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Edgar Allan Poe Black from Simpson and Vail. . . .

My first thought about this brew was “WHO DIED?!” As you’re steeping, your cup’s contents very swiftly become a really disturbing dark red/black/maroon color. Which is, of course, SO fitting for an Edgar Allan Poe blend. You’re launched headfirst into a vat of the macabre. If someone asked you what you were drinking, you could deadpan “the blood of my enemies.” IT WOULD LOOK LIKE YOU WERE RIGHT. The flavor is tart, earthy, smoky, and rich rich rich (yes, I typed it thrice). It’s a blend of black and pu’erh with bergamot and beetroot. I couldn’t pick up any of Read More

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English Toffee from DAVIDs Tea. . . . . . .

I love toffee. When I was younger I used to not even want them to be coated in chocolate, I just wanted that salty, sweet, and nutty toffee. As an adult, I appreciate the creamy chocolate coating much more, and when I think of an English Toffee tea, cocoa definitely comes to mind. So does caramel, nuts, and that buttery toffee taste. I have been eating toffee my entire life, I am a self proclaimed expert! So when I try any kind of toffee tea it is going to take a lot to knock my socks off. I actually delayed Read More

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2014 Bingdao Laozhai Huangpian from Wymm Tea. . . .

I broke a lot of rules today. Some of them were my rules. Some of them were tea rules. But everything came out okay! The first rule I broke was – no tea on an empty stomach. This is my rule. I have a sensitive stomach, a dodgy esophagus, and I can get heartburn looking at a bowl of chili. I wasn’t hungry and I wanted tea, so RULE DISREGARDED. The second rule I broke was – rinse puerh leaves and discard the rinse water. I confess I break this rule a lot. Sometimes I am glad, sometimes not. This Read More