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    Handmade Tea Seed Harvest

    Photo: Tea for Me Please Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea, cumin, fennel and anise seeds Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown This tea was really interesting because of its use of seeds. I have never experienced any of these ingredients in a tea before. It was definitely a fall inspired change from the fruity blends that the summer months brought. The base black tea was earthy and sweet with mild smoky notes. The cumin, fennel and anise seeds added a spicy, almost broth-like quality. Caleb’s tasting notes describe this tea as savory and I would…


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    Handmade Tea Blueberry Limón

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of lemon peels and big, juicy blueberries Ingredients: black tea, blueberries, lemon peels Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown August brought another cocktail inspired blend from +Handmade Tea. I have to confess that I munched on several blueberries while reviewing this tea. They were delicious! The steeped tea was on the mild side since no artificial flavorings were used. Anhui black tea provided an earthy and sweet background that paired perfectly with the blueberries and lemon peels. These are two fruits that I never really thought of putting together but they…

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    Handmade Tea Kiwifruit Cocoanut

    Instagram: teaformeplease Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: small, dark with large chunks of kiwi, varied pieces of coconut Ingredients: black tea, coconut, kiwi Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown My monthly shipment from +Handmade Tea is always eagerly waited for and July’s box did not disappoint. The accompanying tasting notes explained that this blend was inspired by a tea based cocktail that +Caleb Brown recently had.  Kiwi is not something I’ve been often in tea and when I have, it wasn’t done well. I knew that this one would be different because the pieces were so large and did not contain any…

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    Handmade Tea Wolf Peach Island Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark and slightly curled Ingredients: black tea, tomato pieces and sage Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep reddish brown Savory teas have become very popular lately so I wasn’t too surprised to see one in my June shipment from +Handmade Tea. I love that Handmade Tea provides sample tins of the individual ingredients because it gives me a chance to really experience the unusual ingredients that they use. The tomato had a very interesting flavor all by itself. It wasn’t quite brothy or soupy but it had an almost fruity sweetness. The aroma of the sage…

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    Handmade Tea Iced Lemon Mint

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of lemon peels and bits of mint Ingredients: Panyang Congou black tea, lemon peel, peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown I am a complete mint addict, especially once the warmer weather comes around. Caleb at +Handmade Tea  must be a mind reader because this blend was right up my alley. The base black tea was sweet and earthy yet mellow. It provided the perfect stage for the lemon peel to add just a bit of citrusy zing. The mint really came through at the end. The refreshing and…

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    Handmade Tea Hoppiness is Happiness

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: deep green, needle like. lots of apricot pieces Ingredients: pan fried green tea, apricots, common hops Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very pale Each month’s shipment from +Handmade Tea brings an unexpected surprise and April was no different. I have never seen hops (yes, the kind used to make beer) in a tea before. The green tea was mellow and vegetal without no bitterness. Apricots are not usually something I enjoy but they added a fruity sweetness without being overwhelming. I was really glad that each ship includes mini tins of three ingredients because it allowed me to…