5 Tasting Notes

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“…much like Arizona My eyes don’t shed tears, but, boy, they pour When I’m thinkin’ ’bout you”

PS: This tea is currently available. Not sure why steepster says it is not.

This tea truly does awaken the senses. I feel a picture of Arizona’s Red Rocks would be a fitting accompaniment for this tea if you’re not so blessed to be able to enjoy the Arizona desert landscapes in person. http://everypictures.blogspot.com/2012/07/red-rocks-arizona-united-states-of.html

There is a beautiful picture of red and orange dust being carried over the red rocks by the wind in the above link. That’s what this tea reminds me of. The flavours of the tea come to your tongue like a warm desert breeze. As you let the tea roll over your tongue you will notice the different tasting notes. The spiciness of the ginger and tellicherry peppercorns. The comforting embrace of cinnamon and cardamom. The sweetness of white tea. An overtone of Sage completes the flavour profile as it brushes over and cleans your palate.

I was worried that this tea may be similar to evergreen spice due to a similar ingredient list, but it really is uniquely it’s own. The white tea really makes a difference giving it a sweeter taste than evergreen spice which has oolong as its base. Evergreen spice’s flavours seem to come in layers that are separated in time. Conversely, Cricket is like a warm breeze that carries that flavours to your tongue in one beautiful swoop.

Give it a try.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppercorn, Sage, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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“Honey Wildfire”

This tea brews a beautiful fiery amber colour and tastes of wild honey. Note: I tend to steep my tea for longer than specified, usually around 5 minutes. The sweet white tea is balanced by the floral notes of Snow Chrysanthemum Flowers. It seems to have a calming effect on me, much like chamomile tea.

The 100 g cake is a fantastic deal. Many of Brenden’s high quality teas can be a bit pricey, but this tea strikes a perfect balance between quality and economy. It is also beautiful to look at with beautiful orange, midnight blue and deep purple colours against a backdrop of silvery white tea.

Brenden’s beautiful description of this tea is what inspired me to sample his teas and I’m glad I did. Come to think of it, although the title of this post, “Honey Wildfire”, was meant to describe the colour and taste notes of the tea, it also melds beautifully with the description of Brenden’s love interest. She is Honey Wildfire.

5 Star.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Orange Blossom

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This tea should please ginger lovers. The 2 strongest flavours coming through for me are ginger and elder berry. I think I taste an undertone of eucalyptus.

The brew tastes like fresh elderberry juice with spicy notes of ginger that linger on the tongue after a few sips. I love that Brenden uses whole ingredients rather than extracts; it makes the tea seem so much more wholesome, especially when you’re looking for a tea to make you feel better.

I think the greatest thing about this tea is that it tastes better when you’re sick. It’s like a warm hug on a cold day. The price is right. Give it a shot if you’re feeling under the weather.

Flavors: Berries, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My favourite of the 3 teas I ordered from Brenden, this tea is an experience.

Opening the bag you smell the spearmint and cedar leaves and you’re immediately transported to the forests of Northern Michigan. Steeping this tea smells like an evening campfire at the end of a long day of hiking. Removing the tea from the water I get a strong smell of spearmint.

Beginning of sip tastes of the organic Chai spice blend (organic ginger, organic allspice, organic cinnamon and organic cardamom). Midsip you get a hint of roasted cedar that is mellow and not overpowering. Finishes with a cooling taste of spearmint.

Fantastic tea made from wholesome ingredients. My first experience with tea from a small batch company. Wow, what a difference!

I don’t taste much of the oolong, but honestly, I didn’t want to with this blend.

The tea is currently available as of February 22, 2016.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cedar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey, Smoked, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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Flavors: Cardamon, Cedar, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey, Smoked, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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