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    Arbor Teas Organic Silver Needle White Tea

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: whole buds, covered in downy hairSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 180 degreesPreparation Method: glass gaiwanLiquor: pale gold Time flies really flies when you’re having fun but it’s still hard to believe that it has been six years since I have written about anything from my friends at Arbor Teas. This blog and my own journey with tea have changed so much in that time. The last batch of samples included teas like masala chai and earl gray. There’s nothing wrong with flavored teas but my tastes have changed quite a bit since then. The focus of the blog has shifted to the unflavored and unblended end of the…


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    Arbor Teas Organic Earl Grey

    Arbor Teas lists the ingredients of this blend as including organic black tea and natural bergamot flavor. One of my favorite things about earl grey is the distinctive aroma. I can sniff one out immediately and this one was no different. The dry leaves were uniformly brown and of mixed size. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was very dark in color. This tea was crisp with a citrusy tartness that was not perfumey or overpowering. The black tea base was robust enough to stand on its own. There was a dry finish to each sip and just the right…

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    Arbor Teas Organic Masala Chai

    Arbor Teas lists the ingredients of this blend as including organic black tea, organic green cardamom, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic clove, and organic black pepper. The dry leaves were very small in size, especially compared to the cardamom pods and cloves. It had a sweet and spicy aroma that was very pleasant. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for four minutes. The liquor was deep brown in color. I’m always a  little apprehensive to drink chai teas straight without milk or sweeteners, but this one was actually quite good. It still had the requisite amount of kick without being overbearing or throat searingly spicy.…

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    Arbor Teas Organic Greenfield Estate Ceylon

    According to Arbor Teas, this selection is a organic and fair trade certified black tea that hails from from Sri Lanka’s eastern Uva District. The dry leaves had a twisted appearance and were a uniform dark brown. They had a rich, nutty aroma. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for four minutes. The liquor was a deep reddish color. This tea was full bodied and brisk without being overly bitter. There were notes of chocolate and chestnuts that became more pronounced as the tea cooled. It had just the right amount of astringency to get the taste buds going. There was a subtle sweetness at…

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    Arbor Teas Dragonwell Lung Jing

    Like most of Arbor Teas’ selections, this tea is USDA organic and fair trade certified. The dry leaves had the emerald green, flattened appearance that dragonwell is known for. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 180 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was pale amber in color and had a slightly floral aroma. I love dragonwell because of its smooth and mellow taste. It is not too vegetal and not too sweet. This tea had the classic toasted chestnut taste but there were some subtle grassy and fruity notes as well. My second infusion was just as delicious. I paired it with some matcha infused dark chocolate.…

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    Arbor Teas Rembeng Estate Assam

    According to Arbor Teas, this tea was grown at the Rembeng estate in India’s state of Assam in northeastern India, near the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The leaves of this tea were small and twisted, mostly dark in color with the occasional golden tip mixed in. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was a coppery red. This tea had the classic Assam taste but I would say that it was a milder, more toned down version. It was rich and malty as expected but smoother than a lot of Assams that I have tried in the past. There was…