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Gyokuro Green Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf Tea Description: Gyokuro is matured under full shade for three weeks and has an aroma of orange blossoms.  With savory and earthy tones this tea also has the memories of nori with a faint whisper of french beans and cucumbers.  Gyokuro is an exceptional tea that demands a unique brewing method to reach its full potential.  Using a lower water temperature is key.  Use water between 120 F and 140 F when brewing.  Use 1 to 2 grams of tea per ounce of water and let the tea steep for Read More

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Shimizu-En Kukicha Tea from Hisabo Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Hisabo – this special link will not only sign you up for their newsletter but also qualify you for special pricing for our readers!  By subscribing to the newsletter, you can get in on their limited edition teas! Tea Description: “A hug in a cup” is one way I’ve heard Kukicha described. Warm, delicate, sweet, comfortable. A cup that’s likely to take your heart along with your senses. It certainly did for the husband of Yumiko, the 17th generation daughter of the family who runs Shimizu-en. In Japanese tradition, it’s usually the wife that goes Read More

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Revisiting a Product Review: The One-Touch Tea Maker from Breville

Where to Buy:  Breville USA Product Description: The new Breville Tea Maker is a revolutionary tea experience. The fully automated tea basket moves down, then up, gently agitating the leaves to precisely infuse your tea. Push the basket button and watch the basket cycle in and out of immersion. Seeing is believing. Learn more about this product here. Product Review: Yeah, I know I reviewed this before.  I’m revisiting this product because if you’ve been reading my recent posts, you are aware that I recently had a tragedy involving my beloved One-Touch Tea Maker:  I broke the carafe or “jug” Read More

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Sweet Orange White Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  White Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf Tea Description: Our delicate Shou Mei white tea is balanced perfectly with a touch of citrus. Dried orange peel results in a sweet and refreshing addition to the citrus flavor dancing amongst the backdrop of the gently floral Shou Mei. Delicious served iced as well as hot, this tea makes an ideal light, summery drink with a twist of citrus. Learn more about this blend here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here. Taster’s Review: I was greeted with a burst of orange when I opened this pouch Read More

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Earl Grey Assam Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf Tea Description: The extremely popular and refreshing blend of citrus bergamot over a rich Assam black tea base. This Earl Grey provides a rich and smooth finish to a famous tradition. Best served hot with milk and sugar. Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s customized subscription program here. Taster’s Review: I was really excited to receive this month’s package from Simple Loose Leaf!  I have been looking forward to trying their Earl Grey Assam Black Tea since I placed my subscription order.  I love Earl Read More