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    Art of Tea French Lemon Ginger

    Country of Origin: South Africa Leaf Appearance: mottled green and red, twiggy Ingredients: Organic Lemongrass, Organic Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic South African Honeybush, Organic Ginger, Organic Lemon Verbena Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: amber This herbal teasan was just the thing for unwinding before bed. Its citrus notes were balanced well by the earthy and woodsy tastes of rooibos and honeybush. The ginger came through as a mild spiciness in the finish. I’m not a very big fan of lemongrass or lemon verbena but they worked well here. The mouth-feel had a soft, almost creamy quality and there was not bitterness…


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    Handmade Tea Kava Paw-Paw

    Country of Origin: Africa Leaf Appearance: dark red, small and needle-like. giant chunks of fruit Ingredients: honeybush, kava-kava root, dried papaya Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown For those of you that aren’t familiar with Handmade Tea, it is a monthly subscription service. Each shipment includes a brand new blend along with individual tins of the ingredients. Tasting everything separately and then together is a great way to build your palate. This month’s blend was interested because I have never tried kava-kava or dried papaya in a tea. Honeybush is a close cousin of rooibos and I actually prefer because it…