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    Cameron Tea Taiwanese Sun Moon Lake Black Tea – Ruby

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown I’ve been on a real Taiwanese black tea kick over the last few months so I was really excited to dive into this one. It was fairly robust with notes of cocoa and a hint of spice. Their product description pegs it as a evoking cinnamon. I was reminded more of cloves but I could definitely see where they were coming from. There was some astringency but it never crossed the line into bitterness. I’m not able to read most tea packaging that isn’t in English…

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    Global Tea Hut July 2014 – Daughter of the Forest

    My June shipment from +Global Tea Hut arrived a bit jumbled up but they were kind enough to notify me that there might be an issue before I even opened the tin. A replacement is already on its way to me now. Talk about good customer service! Thankfully I’ve got the July tea to keep me company until then. The gift was a very nice bamboo trivet. I don’t usually use one when making tea so I passed it on to my mother. This month’s tea was originally going to be raw puerh but the weather did not cooperate so the leaves were made into a red tea instead. This particular type of tea is…

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    Le Palais des Thés Cinnamon Black Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: puerh tea, natural cinnamon essence Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: very dark, almost black I’m terribly behind on tea reviews and this one has been calling to me for months. Sorry about the wait +Palais des Thés! Even though the weather is warm now, the comforting cinnamon spice really hit the spot. The base puerh was very dark and earthy but a little one dimensional. In the case of flavored tea, that is not necessarily a bad thing. A big, complex puerh would not have allowed the cinnamon to shine through. I did find myself wishing…