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Lord Bergamot Tea from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker Tea Description: A flavor somewhat superior to traditional Earl Grey. Fragrant Ceylon Dimbulla and Uva are artfully combined with select teas from India’s Assam valley, then scented with the flavor of bergamot from the realm of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Lord Bergamot from Steven Smith Teamaker is one of my all-time favorite Earl Grey teas.  So I was very happy when this tea was included in April’s box from Knoshy. What makes Lord Bergamot so great?  I think it has to do with Read More

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No. ’11 Méthode Noir Black Tea from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker Tea Description: An elegant blend of high-grown Ceylon black teas aged and scented in a Pinot Noir barrel. Deliciously complex with a subtle taste of oak, nuances of Pinot Noir grapes and herbes de Provence. An unlikely, but rewarding, pairing. Taster’s Review: During my last visit to the Smith Teamaker shop in Portland, I saw a package of this Méthode Noir Scented Black tea and I had to grab it.  Having tried one of Steven Smith’s aged-and-scented-in-a-barrel teas previously and loving it, I was confident that this would be Read More

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No. 25 Morning Light from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker Tea Description: Awake to a festive gathering of highly sought-after teas, combining floral, nutty Darjeeling with bright, lively Nuwara Eliya, caramelized North Indian Assam and a pinch of fragrant Douglas Fir needles. Whoa, tannenbaum. Learn more about this tea blend here. Taster’s Review: I debated with myself about when I should publish this review.  I thought originally that I should publish it on Christmas morning, since the number of the tea is 25 for the holiday, but then I thought – no, since this is a very limited tea, Read More

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No. 49 Assam FTGFOP1 Black Tea from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker Tea Description: The legendary breakfast tea from the upper Assam valley of India. Full-flavored, rich and chewy with notes of caramel and malt, this tea is bright and coppery in the cup and makes a great wake-up any time of day. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I’ve consumed many excellent cups of Assam tea over the years, but I can think of none that I have enjoyed more than this one.  And that, in no way, is intended to take away from any of the delicious Read More

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No. 96 – Jasmine Silver Tip from Steven Smith Teamaker

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Steven Smith Teamaker Product Description: Delicate, tender green tea leaves from China’s Fujian Province are harvested each May and steam-fired to maintain their flavor – then placed amid just- picked jasmine buds, which open slowly to share their fragrance. Many call it the perfect marriage. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I live in the Pacific Northwest, and there are many things to love about living here.  I love the change of seasons (coming from Southern California, where it would seem that there is one season), I love all the Read More