I was in Chicago over Fourth of July and saw a TeaGschwendner shop while my mom and I were on our way to a party and of course I stopped :-). (Okay, I squealed “TEA!” and made two u-turns and went around the block twice to get back to the shop and find parking. Whatever. :-)) I bought O’Sullivan’s Favorite as well as a couple of others. I was a little surprised by the look of the tea, it looks like the tea leaves have been oxidized to death, leaving behind what almost looks like coffee grounds. And, as a matter of fact, I would totally recommend this boldly flavored tea to anyone trying to kick the coffee habit and I plan to get several coffee drinking friends to try this tea!

As I said, this is a boldly flavored tea that’s very strong. I loved the dark burgandy color of the tea at full steep, as a matter of fact, this tea greatly resembles the liqueur in color. This tea is a lot stronger than my normal Earl Grey’s and herbals, so I had to add sugar and some milk to fully enjoy it. Once I tried it hot and discovered how strong it was, I made it in the afternoon as an iced tea. Love it iced! The rich bold flavor gave me a very hardy tea that held up to ice and was completely refreshing during the hot and humid days we’re having around here. I’m definitely going to order more!

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I’m a tea drinker and tea lover and I start every day with a cup, and usually end it with a cup, too. And by “cup”, I really mean “bowl with a handle” lol. I’m always on the lookout for new teas, and, because I live in the South where we get really hot and humid summers, I’m always on the look out for a good ice tea, too.

I’m also a single mom, although my one and only chick has gone off to college, and I run my own consulting business. For the last couple of years, I’ve also been a blogger and about six month ago decided to see if I could turn it into a business. Everything you read about blogging as a business says to pick something you love, so I picked tea! I’m having a great time with that because I now I can buy all the tea I want guilt free!





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