Candied Yams from Bluebird Tea

There’s something supremely fun about unusual seasonal blends that only come out at the most festive times of year. When I heard about the blend, Candied Yams from Bluebird Tea, I had to get a taste.   So, Candied Yams?  I’ve had my fair share of mashed sweet potatoes (yams) and squash with butter and brown sugar, and the sweet, earthy, orange mash is a delicious side to any holiday dinner.  (We’ve even forgotten to put the sweet potatoes out during dinner one year, and ate it with spice cookies during dessert, and they were still a winner).  No wonder Read More


Halmari Gold Assam by Golden Tips Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Golden Tips Tea Description: Assam is a celebrated tea growing region in the world and there is no doubt over the fact that Assam black teas are the most sought-after in the world. However, even in Assam, there are those rare and special days when ideal climatic conditions backed by intuitive manufacturing excellence garnered by years of experience prepares something as rare as this Halmari Gold Clonal Black Tea. Handpicked from superior P126 clonal bushes at the Halmari Tea estate, the opulent appearance of the tea is characteristic of an almost equal combination Read More


Oriental Beauty Cake from The Mountain Tea Company

Tea Information: Leaf Type: Oolong Where to Buy: The Mountain Tea Company Tea Description: It’s no wonder this tea is also called Champagne Oolong.  This Oriental Beauty in compressed cake form tastes of apricots, thick with honeyed spice.  Simply break off a piece and enjoy. 3.8 oz Other names: Champagne Oolong, Formosa Fancy Oolong, Braggart’s Tea – Peng Feng Cha – 椪風茶, White Tip Oolong – Bai Hao Oolong – 白毫乌龙, Dong Fang Mei Ren – 东方美人 Water: 85°C Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Oriental Beauty Cake from The Mountain Tea Company is one of the prettiest teas I have ever Read More


Doke Thunder Second Flush from Rare Tea Republic

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  Rare Tea Republic Tea Description: Ripe apricot, butternut squash, sweet finish. A juicy ripe apricot aroma leads to an exceptionally flavorful liquor with vegetal undertones of cooked butternut squash and a lingering finish. . Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I bought a sample of this, along with about 12 others, from Rare Tea Republic a week ago and today I picked it from my grab bag of RTR teas to taste. This is an Oolong? I had to check three times to be sure. I was extremely sleepy when having Read More