The cold that has slowly set upon me has really rallied my tastebuds into a level of noncooperation that I would have previously imagined beyond their grasp. Vanilla tastes like varnish, and pear tastes like soap. Straight tea it is!

I get caught up, sometimes, in how good black tea tastes with different flavors added. I forget that a straight, unblemished black tea all on its own still tastes divine. Call it a little silent blessing that this cold has provided me.

This Texas Iced Tea blend is amazingly rich. There is a depth to this orange pekoe that I haven’t tasted in quite some time, or at least haven’t noticed pushing it’s way past the orange/vanilla/coconut/cinnamon flavors that are in 90% of my tea. It has a layer of almost-spiciness underneath the body of the tea that is quite pleasant.

Definitely a very satisfying black tea to drink, and despite it’s name, preparing this warm proves to be very enjoyable. Come a little later in the spring, when sweet iced tea is more in season, I have no doubt that this will make a delectable iced tea. But for now, I’m quite happy to have it in a nice steaming brew.

This is currently one of the teas on TropicalTeaCo.com’s $1.00 an ounce sale (plus the March coupon), which makes the price unbeatable. I’ll probably put in another order on this and buy enough tea to last us through the iced tea season. The price really cannot be beat, and the flavor is amazing.

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.


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