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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot – Hot Mama from Tea and Tins

Cinnamon comes in two common forms when it comes to tea.  There’s the natural, cinnamon-stick flavor, which is warm and spicy, and slightly floral, evoking the smell of baked-goods and breakfast. And then there’s the cinnamon candy flavor, which is hot, hot, hot like flaming Fireball candies or like red cinnamon chewing gum.  I like both kinds of cinnamon, natural and artificial, but I always find it helpful to know which kind of cinnamon I’m getting into before I take a sip. Expecting one and tasting the other is not always a pleasant experience. Let it be known: Hot Mama Read More

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Rooibos Masala Chai from Blue Lotus Chai

“Ready to savor in a moment” says the packaging, and it’s true: this tea is in a finely ground powder form, just mix it in your mug with hot water or milk and it’s ready to drink. I used the recommended ratio on the packaging, using a teaspoon of sweetener, and 50/50 hot water and hot (almond) milk. I used a stronger serving of the tea powder because I like my chai extra spicy. The powder is a rich, dark brown, smelling strongly of cloves and cinnamon. In the hot brew, the ginger brings its trademark heat and cardamom adds Read More

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Orange Cardamom Black Tea from Aftelier Perfumes

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Aftelier Perfumes Tea Description: This delicious full-bodied tea is flavored with Aftelier Chef’s Essences: the perfect marriage of mouth-watering blood orange and the spicy warmth of cardamom. Organic Red Pearls Black Tea, a rare tea from Fujian, is fully-oxidized Mao Feng tea leaves that have been rolled into small black pearls. They are then pan-fired where they develop a burnished sheen, toasty caramel-like aroma, and spicy, assertive — yet wonderfully sweet — flavor. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Orange Cardamom Black Tea from Aftelier Perfumes is a truly unique Read More

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Pahadi Masala Chai Tea from Pahadi Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Chai Tea (Black Tea) Where to Buy: Pahadi Tea Tea Description: Certified by the Tea Board of India, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Description Fiery Ginger, Black Peppercorn, Aromatic Cinnamon, Crushed Fennel seeds, Dried Mint, Green Cardamom, and Cloves are expertly blended in varying ratio along with the finest Assam black tea. Originating from India, Masala Chai or ‘Spiced Tea’ is one of the most popular black tea blends in the world. This ancient traditional recipe is prepared by blending a strong & robust black tea with an array of fresh & aromatic spices. The original Indian masala Read More

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Harmutty Assam by Golden Tips Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Golden Tips Tea Description: An outstanding strong and bold black tea from the popular Harmutty tea estate in Assam. The finely crafted dark black leaves boast of select golden tips and make for a bright red liquoring cup. The tea brings in an abundance of maltiness and a woody character which are cherished by connoisseurs who love their cup full-bodied. The lingering aftertaste engulfs your mouth. A perfect-start for a long day.  Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is a first flush Assam from Golden Tips Tea, picked in March 2014 on Read More