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    Our Home Tea Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Tea

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark green, small rolled shapes Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teapot Liquor: dark gold That picture isn’t rabbit pellets, it’s green tea! The leaves are hand rolled into those tiny balls.This tea was basically your run of the mill “gunpowder” green tea. It was vegetal and faintly smokey with a sweet finish. There was no astringency and it was overall a very smooth cup. The taste was a little flat though. It was not as full bodied as I would have liked and the  flavor profile was not very complex. I think part of that may have to do…


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    Our Home Tea Blackberry Tea

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small and dark with a strong aroma Ingredients: black tea, blackberries Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker Liquor: very dark brown As soon as I opened my sample packet I was hit with a very strong fruity aroma. The base tea was smokey and brisk while the blackberry flavor came through as more of an aftertaste. It wasn’t very sweet but had a pleasant berry-like tartness that became more pronounced as the tea cooled. This would make an excellent iced tea, especially with just a touch of sweetener (I’d probably go with agave on this one). This tea…

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    Our Home Tea Honeybush

    Country of Origin: South AfricaLeaf Appearance: very small, reddish brownIngredients: honeybushSteep time: 7 minutesWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea MakerLiquor: pale reddish brown This tea was sweet and smooth with a nice roasty, honey-like flavor. There was no astringency to speak of and the clean finish made for a really refreshing cup of tea. Both the dry leaf and steeped tea were incredibly aromatic. While similar to rooibos, honeybush is in fact a different species of plant. It’s hard to put my finger on it but I very much prefer Honeybush. I think it is because it is more mild and yet complex at the same time. I would definitely recommend…

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    Our Home Tea Chun Mee

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark green and slightly curled Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 190 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic gaiwan Liquor: greenish gold Chun Mee, also known as “precious eyebrow”, is a hand rolled green tea. The taste was smooth and buttery with mild fruity notes. The aftertaste was somewhat smokey and there was very little astringency. I prepared it in a gaiwan and was able to get several infusions out of a very small sample of leaves. That being said, this wasn’t the best quality Chun Mee I’ve had. There were a lot of broken leaves and it wasn’t quite as robust as I would…