13 Tasting Notes


A robust tea that makes one think of leather and smoke. But don’t let it frighten you off; it’s got plenty of heart. This tea is full of gruff flavor between the pu erh dante and gunpowder. The hazelnut is faint among the presence of the other two teas, but the blend is comforting in a way that reminds you of curling up in your father’s armchair, wrapped in a well worn flannel shirt.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Easily my favorite green tea to date. The citrus flavors are strong but don’t overpower the flavor of the green tea, and there’s absolutely no need for any kind of sweetener.

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While the novelty of the name/inspiration amused me, the ingredients are what sold me on making the purchase. Now I can’t imagine NOT having this tea in a permanent spot within my cupboard. The almond makes it sweet enough without needing to add any sugar, the soft yet warm cinnamon notes linger with every aftertaste, and the black assam steadies the entire cup. I prefer just a splash of milk in my morning tea, but have also happily sipped on a pure black cup of it as well. I cannot recommend this blend highly enough!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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One of the better chai teas I’ve had outside of homemade/from scratch. The peppercorn and star anise are definitely present, so if you’re getting used to the spices, I’d recommend sweetening it and adding some milk.

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Finally got around to trying this sample! Upon opening the package, it immediately brought to mind caramel candies! After steeping, I could smell the roasted mate at the forefront. I added a little sugar in the raw and a tiny bit of milk (again with the caramel candy vibe, I felt it needed a ‘creamy’ texture).

It’s definitely not terrible. By the second cup, it’s grown on me. It also isn’t likely to be one I’ll order in the future.

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Light, earthy oolong with the pomegranate sweeping in as a lively aftertaste. I wouldn’t try steeping it ANY more than twice; the flavor is the strongest in the first cup.

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Approachable, subtle, smooth, and delicious! My first foray into peach tea, and it still holds a special place in my memory.

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Initially tried this as an iced tea, and that’s probably still how I prefer it in general. The fruit really pops with the cold temperature, however, the spices pleasantly surface when brewed and drank hot! Bold, a little tart, but very nice either way.

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I like minty flavors in gum (or chocolate! or ice cream!), so while this tea is good, it’s not necessarily something I gravitate toward. That being said, it’s very refreshing iced on a summer day, possibly mixing it with some lemonade!

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I started drinking tea in late 2010 and haven’t gone back! Generally, I prefer black, oolong, or white teas, although I enjoy being surprised by the odd herbal or green. (Do NOT offer me anything with chamomile, though!)

Rarely do I doctor my teas before drinking; I enjoy the bare flavor of the brew. Most often I will drink hot tea over iced, too.

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