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I LOVE this tea. It is, hands down, my favorite tea so far. It’s so good that I consider drinking it a “treat”.

My first experience with this tea was, strangely enough, at Uno’s Pizzeria. I was there with my parents, and my mom wanted to order tea. I warned her not to. “It’s Uno’s”, I said. “You probably don’t want to try their tea.” Little did I know that Uno’s stocks tea by the amazing Harney & Sons company…

My mother sipped from her mug and made a face: unmistakably, surprised delight! I asked if she had put sugar in the tea yet, which she hadn’t, and I sipped it. “Mom,” I said, annoyed, “you said you didn’t put sugar in it.” “I didn’t!” she exclaimed. Incredible. A plain black tea that naturally tastes sweetened…!?

This tea is perfect for fall, and for the holidays. It tastes like holiday potpourri smells—warm and full-bodied. The smooth “black tea” taste comes after a wave of sweetness caused by the spices. It tastes like apple cider, minus the apple. My only criticism is that the flavors don’t exactly “blend together” properly, so that sweet follows neutral follows spicy in a somewhat haphazard way—do you agree?—or maybe that actually adds to its charm.

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Be it winter or summer, I love warm beverages of all kinds. There are few things more soothing than sinking into a soft chair with a good book and a big mug of tea or coffee. I’ve been manually logging my tea-drinking experiences for some time, so I’m very excited to find that there’s actually a website dedicated to it!

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