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    The Tea Spot Clouds & Mist Sachets

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup Liquor: brassy gold The Tea Spot puts out a very decent line of loose leaf teas and they have just recently released sachet versions. Like most of you, I prefer loose leaf but when traveling or on the go the convenience factor of a tea bag often wins out. I couldn’t help but be impressed by this one. They were filled with a generous amount of deep green leaves that were mostly whole. The taste was fresh, light and vegetal. Notes of citrus and a bit of nuttiness added a…

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    The Tea Spot Mile High Chai

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices Ingredients: black tea, ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, peppercorns, cloves, natural chai flavoring Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark brown Somehow the word chai became synonymous with spiced tea here in the U.S. even though the word is actually Hindi for tea. Therefore when you are in line at Starbucks and order a chai tea, you’re really asking for tea tea. The correct term would really be masala chai, which indicates the typical spices used in this type of blend. This rendition from The Tea Spot was a fairly typical, plenty…

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    The Tea Spot Holiday Spice

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: small, dark with scattering of peels Ingredients: black tea, orange peel, cinnamon, clove oil and spices Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: reddish brown This blend is part of The Tea Spot’s Holiday Brews collection. Better late than never as they say. I’m always in the mood for a spicy tea anyway. Orange was definitely the dominant flavor but the spices and base black tea still stood out on their own. It was earthy and sweet with some astringency but it wasn’t bitter. Overall it was a well balanced cup that definitely brought to mind the…

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    The Tea Spot Red Hot Chai

    Country of Origin: South Africa Leaf Appearance: small, needle-like shape and reddish color Ingredients: rooibos, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamon and cinnamon, ginger & vanilla flavor Steep time: 7 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup Liquor: brick red This blend is part of The Tea Spot’s Holiday Brews collection. As soon as I opened the packet, I was hit with lots of spicy aroma. It was sweeter and softer than your traditional chai. The vanilla complimented the rooibos really well and helped to hide the rooibos aftertaste that I’m not a big fan of. There was still a slightly earthy flavor and the spice was everything that it…