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Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour. . . .

Being Canadian, I was excited to try this tea! I wanted to know what ‘Canadian Breakfast’ blend would taste like. The dry blend smelled sweet and nutty – a good start in my books! I was surprised when the wet leaves smelled mildly earthy. The golden yellow liquor was very smooth, with roasted notes and mild astringency. Personally, if I were to steep this again, I would let it steep for 4 minutes rather than the 5-minute max. recommendation. That may tone down some of the astringency. I admit, I always think of maple syrup as one of the foods Read More

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Kukicha Green Tea by Aiya America

Steeping specs: 3 g 1 cup 175° 1.5 minutes This one was a tea that I could not find on the company’s website, so please forgive me if I don’t steep it according to the ideal specifications. I kind of guessed a bit and I hope I didn’t steep it too hot. It turned out pretty well with the steeping specs I tried, but who knows what would happen with different steeping specs? (I didn’t have a large enough sample to really experiment.) As it steeps I’m catching buttery, seaweedy fragrances. After steeping, the liquid isn’t nearly as clear as I would’ve expected. Read More

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Monkey King Jasmine Green Tea from Numi. . . . .

Steeping specs: 170° with one teabag in one cup of water for about 2 to 3 minutes This green tea is a great responsible option for travelers who need the convenience of a teabag but don’t want to go with a low-quality commercialized option. This one has fair trade certified ingredients (tea leaves infused with jasmine that is also certified organic) and a biodegradable teabag. So there’s some social responsibility for you. The tea water while steeping turns a yellowish color and immediately gives off a very very floral scent from all that jasmine. Jasmine is actually quite a piercing sent, unlike the green Read More

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Soleil Levant from Lupicia. . . . .

These Lupicia teabags are wrapped in the most adorably festive wrappers. Little animals partaking in in Christmas festivities adorn each bag and it is delightful. What is not so delightful? The chemical sent of this Soleil Levant tea bag when I removed it from its packaging. Unfortunately that chemical scent carries over to the steeped tea as well. Drinking the tea, I get a muscat flavor first and foremost from the white grapes. That mixes with a pithy citrus which ties in to a bitterness that underlies the whole sip. I think this tea shows potential but using the suggested Read More

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Bai Ye Varietal Dan Cong Black Tea * Spring 2016 from Yunnan Sourcing. . . .

Has the phrase “heavy pungent nectar quality” ever crossed your tea bucket list? It wasn’t on mine, either; but now that I’ve tried this tea, you might want to add it to yours. This tea tastes like flowers and honey. (And “heavy pungent nectar.”) It also supposedly tastes like “sweet potato,” which I’m not really getting, but I am not a nuanced person. I just get the big brushstrokes. If you’ve ever wondered what being a honeybee was like, this tea is your answer. You’re flitting between flower and hive here, getting your job done in sweet, sugary, natural beauty. Read More