• Reviews

    Handmade Tea Balché

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: dark, curled and twistedIngredients: Yunnan black tea, cacao nibs, cinnamon and guajillo chili peppersSteep time: 4 minutesWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea MakerLiquor: deep reddish brown I’ve been impressed by every shipment that I’ve received from Handmade Teas but March’s offering terrified me. Chili peppers in tea? I am a very picky eater and I do not usually like anything much hotter than cinnamon or a tiny bit of garlic. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the peppers used in this blend were more fruity and sweet than they were flame inducing. The cacao and cinnamon added a decadent richness that helped balance the little…


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    Handmade Tea Murmur

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, pale greenish brown and covered in fuzzy down Ingredients: white peony, strawberries, cacao nibs Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: gold My February shipment from Handmade Tea featured Murmur, a Valentine’s Day inspired tea featuring a white peony base. It was a nice contrast to the strong black tea versions in my last two reviews. The first thing that struck me about this tea was the big, bright chunks of strawberry. They were unlike any that I had ever seen used in a tea. Subtly is the keyword when it came to the taste of this tea. The white…

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    Handmade Tea Gavati

    Country of Origin: China (for the two teas, not sure about the lemongrass) Leaf Appearance: Ingredients: oolong, black tea, lemongrass Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold/amber This is my second monthly shipment from Handmade Tea. I have to say that I continued to be impressed by the packaging, the quality of the ingredients and the personal touches. What other tea company includes the owner’s phone number in case you have any questions? I was actually a little hesitant about this blend because based on past experience, I’m not a huge fan of lemongrass. Happily, the flavor palate of this tea blew me away. The…

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    Handmade Tea Hark!

    Leaf Appearance: small, very green with large chunks of cinnamon bark Ingredients: whiskey barrel smoked yerba mate, full leaf peppermint and Saigon cinnamon Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold I had been hemming and hawing over signing up for the monthly tea club Handmade Tea for some time and finally decided to bite the bullet. Each month a different hand blended tea is sent out, along with a tasting video. Hark! was my first shipment and  I was beyond excited to give it a try. The first thing that struck me was the packaging. The hand stamped wax seals were such a…