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I thought I’d start my day by sampling this new player from Teavivre. I have no problem with black and smoky before 9 AM. I could just as easily enjoy a plate of barbecued ribs for breakfast.

When I snipped open the sample package, a wonderful smoky aroma burst forth. I set the tea maker on 195 degrees for two minutes and anxiously awaited the result.

The steeped beverage was a medium gold/orange color. A sweet smoky fragrance wafted from the glass teapot. I would love to find incense in this scent.

Even at my very first sip, the flavor was full, smoky, and slightly sweet. The black tea taste was there but it blended so well with the other attributes that it didn’t draw attention to itself. The overall sensation of this tea is like a cross between a campfire and a delicious plate of barbecued pulled pork.

The smoky flavor is well defined but not so severe that it leaves a prolonged aftertaste. It is a symphony of smoky, smooth, sweet, earthy, and delicious, with no bitterness.

This is another EXCEPTIONAL tea variety from Teavivre. I’ve tried a lot of selections from this company and they have never disappointed me.

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

Stoo try this with a whiskey cheese which is sweet and strong (sweeter cheese and nutty would be good but not smoked!) . Sweet unsmoked meat too! Yum!

Stoo

That sounds like a great combo, Bonnie! Thanks for the tip!

ScottTeaMan

Bonnie…….what about Jalepeno cheese?!?

Bonnie

Sure just not smoky with smoky…although this LS is delicate in a way. I think I would add a little sugar and then yes. The sweet with the spicy would be better…but that’s me. I like the counter-balance of flavors and textures.

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Bonnie

Stoo try this with a whiskey cheese which is sweet and strong (sweeter cheese and nutty would be good but not smoked!) . Sweet unsmoked meat too! Yum!

Stoo

That sounds like a great combo, Bonnie! Thanks for the tip!

ScottTeaMan

Bonnie…….what about Jalepeno cheese?!?

Bonnie

Sure just not smoky with smoky…although this LS is delicate in a way. I think I would add a little sugar and then yes. The sweet with the spicy would be better…but that’s me. I like the counter-balance of flavors and textures.

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I ventured into the world of serious tea drinking in the Summer of 2011. I started out slowly and gently with bagged tea but climbed to the incredible flavorful heights of loose leaf teas in October of that year. Once you go leaf, you never go bag (except when you get free samples)!

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