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    Handmade Tea Lambington Brew

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance:  Ingredients: Assam black tea, oolong, lemon peel, cacao nibs and coconut Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: reddish brown I always look forward to my monthly shipment from Handmade Tea and  they really knocked it out of the park with September’s blend. The blend of black tea and oolong was really interesting. It was earthly but with a subtle sweetness which took away a lot of the astringency of the Assam. My first few sips were all about the chocolate and coconut. It was rich and complex with a pleasant aftertaste. As it cooled, the lemon moved…


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    Handmade Tea Mighty Aphrodite

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: dark and twisted, rosemary resembled pine needles Ingredients: lapsang souchong, rosemary, rosehips Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and metal strainer Liquor: deep brown Named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty, this blend from Handmade Tea was mighty indeed. It was full of smoky, earthy goodness. The base tea of lapsang souchong brought to mind summer evenings sitting around a campfire. The dried rosemary even looked like pine needles, a visual reminder of that same memory. Their flavors echoed each other nicely but they were both discernible in the flavor profile. The rosehips added a fruity, tangy sweetness in the…

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    Handmade Tea Yerbaberry Mint

    Leaf Appearance: woodsy potpourri Ingredients: roasted yerba maté, organic chocolate mint and elderberries Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: dark brown This month’s shipment from Handmade Tea was exciting because it contained two ingredients I had never tried before, chocolate mint and elderberries. I love that tiny tins of each ingredient are included so that I can taste them separately. I’m not a huge fan of yerba maté because it can be bitter at times but the roasting took the edge off, leaving a pleasant nuttiness without the bite that I was expecting. The elderberries had a subtly fruity raisin-like taste. The chocolate mint was…

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    Handmade Tea Smoked Lemon Thyme

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: very dark green, bright lemon peels Ingredients: smoked green tea, lemon peels, thyme Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: very pale green What I love most about my subscription to Handmade Tea is that you just never know what they will come up with next. This month’s blend featured green tea that was lightly hand-smoked with vineyard grapevine oak and accented with lemon peel and thyme. It was incredibly aromatic and the thyme was particularly pungent. The taste was herbaceous with a pleasant citrus zing in the finish. The aftertaste was sweet and lingered in my palate long…

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    Handmade Tea Chase-Mallow

    Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: dark black, with greenish brown and red mixed throughout Ingredients: black tea, St. John’s Wort, hibiscus Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: reddish brown This tea was herbaceous and citrusy with a woodsy sweet finish. The black tea base was mild and provided and excellent stage for the other ingredients to really stand out. I was hesitant about the hibiscus since I’m usual not a fan but it worked well here. The lower water temperature may be the secret to that. I’ve never encountered St. John’s Wort in a tea before but it had a really nice lemony flavor.…

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    Handmade Tea Garden Rooibosch

    Country of Origin: South Africa Leaf Appearance: small, mixed green and brown Ingredients: green rooibos, elderflower, orange peel Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: amber I was really excited to try this blend because I have never tried green rooibos. It was nutty with a smooth mouthfeel. I’m not the biggest fan of red rooibos but I really enjoyed this more delicate rendition. It meshed well with the other ingredients but was still strong enough to stand on its own. The elderflower added just a hint of floral sweetness while the orange peel came through as a pleasant zing in the finish. This was a…