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    Tea People Desi Masala Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of visible spices Ingredients: Assam black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very dark brown I love a punchy chai but sometimes it good to have one that I can drink straight, without the rigmarole of stove-top preparation. That’s exactly what this selection from +Tea People was. Cardamom definitely dominated the flavor profile. I believe that this is because the pods were cracked rather than whole as I’ve normally seen. The base black tea was a bold, malty Assam with just the right amount of astringency. It certainly could take…

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    Tea People Makaibari First Flush Vintage

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: amber You all know that I absolutely love Darjeeling. +Tea People was kind enough to send me a batch of samples that included several different selections from the Makaibari Estate. I’ve already reviewed their Darjoolong and Bai Mu Dan so it was high time that I dove into a 1st flush. The dry leaves and liquor were quite a bit darker than I was expecting. Most 1st flush teas that I come across these days look more like a green tea. The taste was floral and sweet with a…

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    Tea People Russian Caravan

    Country of Origin: China and Taiwan Leaf Appearance: varied black and green Ingredients: black and oolong tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teapot and mesh infuser Liquor: dark amber This is what I affectionately refer to as a “kitchen sink” tea. It’s a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong along with a Formosa oolong for good measure. The taste was actually quite a bit softer than I was expecting. It had the requisite smokiness but in a more subtle way. There was surprisingly little astringency. A subtle hint of brown sugar sweetness lingered in the finish. Perhaps that came from the oolong? All of the Russian Caravan…