This tea always reminds me of home – I first tried it when I lived near their tearoom in Portland, OR and I’ve kept a supply of it in my cupboard for a couple years now. Part of the reason might be that my husband likes to buy in bulk and it’s taken a while to work our way through the six canisters he bought me one Christmas!

It’s overwhelmingly smoky, and both smells and tastes like a campfire. I like to mix it with other blacks, like a good Earl Gray, to add some different elements to it. Alone it’s a bit of a one-note but still a nice comfort. If you can’t sit around the campfire with your family, at least your tea can taste like it!

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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