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Oh boy, this tea has character! Upon opening my sample packet, I was surprised on how fragrant the leaves were! Peppery, bready, peaty and herbal. Once steeped, the taste is bold, smoky and very peppery! On cooldown the earthiness asserts itself. Very smooth too—no bitterness and not much astringency. I guess you could call this a “piquant” breakfast blend?

(I added just a bit of milk)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
tfe

Love this tea as well. It has become one of our breakfast standards. But sadly, SpecialTeas is no more. We ordered a whole pound during their final sale last winter, but when that’s gone it will be a sad day. SpecialTeas indicated they have been bought by Teevana. At first, I (naively) assumed that meant Teevana would now carry SpecialTeas products, but no. Does anyone know if Teevana (or anyone else) will be offering this tea at some point, or does another company offer a similar Yunnan / Assam blend?

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tfe

Love this tea as well. It has become one of our breakfast standards. But sadly, SpecialTeas is no more. We ordered a whole pound during their final sale last winter, but when that’s gone it will be a sad day. SpecialTeas indicated they have been bought by Teevana. At first, I (naively) assumed that meant Teevana would now carry SpecialTeas products, but no. Does anyone know if Teevana (or anyone else) will be offering this tea at some point, or does another company offer a similar Yunnan / Assam blend?

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