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As American As Apple Pie from CatSpring Tea

Yaupon, as a tea varietal, is entirely new to me, At first glance, it looks a lot more like a mate or a guayusa; flakes of greenish-brown leaf that put me in mind (albeit fleetingly) of fish food. Closer inspection reveals that they’re actually quite sizable chunks of (very shiny) tea leaves, although not as oxidized as I expected given that they’re referring to this as a “black” tea. Generously scattered among the leaves are cubes of dried apple, almond slivers, small pieces of beetroot, and cinnamon chips. Even dry, the scent is pretty amazing – spot-on apple pie spices! Read More

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Ararat Basil Infusion from Armeniac Teas

It’s usually hit and miss with herbal tisanes for me but this combo of Ararat dark opal basil and wild mint in Ararat Basil Infusion from Armeniac Teas is truly something special.  Eventho herbal tisanes usually are not my thing I tend to gravitate towards anything minty.  This didn’t disappoint! Not only does this Ararat Basil Infusion from Armeniac Teas has the perfect ratio of basil to mint to please the nose and the taste buds – it’s also pretty pleasing to the eyes!  Upon opening the bag I saw fluffy, springy mint and basil that were VERY fresh and ready to infuse! Read More

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Leatherbound from August Uncommon Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy: August Uncommon Tea Tea Description: Dark wooden walls shoulder the weight of endless rows of well-loved books. The brooding tannins and rich, buttery aroma of this tea mimic the inviting yet austere atmosphere of an old library. Hints of cocoa and sweet almond enliven the mix like the occasional contemporary novel whose glossy cover puts the leatherbound classics into relief. A drop of milk tips the flavor towards a dark creamy stout. Like sinking into a crackled leather club chair to ponder the pages between your hands. Learn more about this tea here.  Taster’s Read More

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Spiced Pumpkin from DAVIDsTEA

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Honeybush Where to Buy: DAVIDsTEA Tea Description: Is there anything more autumnal than a pumpkin? If there is, we don’t wanna hear about it. Not when pumpkin can taste this good. This sweet and comforting, all-natural blend combines pumpkin, honeybush, cinnamon, cocoa and real maple crystals. The result? A warming taste of fall we just can’t get enough of. And since it’s caffeine-free, you can enjoy it all day and all night. Now that’s pumpkin to get excited about. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I know you’re likely tired of hearing all about pumpkin.. pumpkin Read More

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Organic Oolong Tea from Buddha Teas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy: Buddha Teas Tea Description: Over the years, many different varieties of oolong tea have been produced, each with their own style and flavor, however traditional oolong tea remains the most popular among these. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Oolong has historically been my nemesis, although I have to say at this point that I’ve only ever tried loose leaf oolong with one exception (Teapigs Tung Ting Oolong, which is pyramid bagged). This oolong is also bagged, and in fairly small, square paper affairs that really don’t look like they’ll provide Read More