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Lapsang Souchong is a smoked black tea from the Wuyi region of China, and is processed over a pine fire for its smoky taste.
from $8.00 Lapsang Souchong Black
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Blackberry and White Sage black tea, a berry delicious loose leaf tea from the Maya Tea Company.
from $7.00 Blackberry Sage Black
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Creme brulee in a cup, this sweet tea is perfect for dessert or an after-dinner drink.
from $7.00 Crème Brulee Black
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Cinnamon Apple pie in a cup! Try this decadent loose leaf black tea for dessert.
from $7.00 Cinnamon Apple Black
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Loose leaf masala chai tea, with an Assam base and large pieces of cinnamon, cardamon, ginger and cloves.  Add milk for a chai latte.
from $8.00 Large Leaf Masala Chai
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Citrus bergamot flavor makes this Assam black tea a perfect version of Earl Grey.
from $11.00 Earl Grey Assam Black
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Organic Chinese Gunpowder green tea with the fruit flavors of lemon, cranberry and orange make this Cosmopolitan tea a citrus delight!
from $7.00 Cosmopolitan Gunpowder Green
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This nutty green tea has walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts, and coconut and pineapple fruit in Chinese sencha tea.
from $10.00 Walnut Sencha Green
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Gen Mai Cha is made with Japanese Sencha green tea, toasted rice and popped rice, also known as the popcorn tea.
from $11.00 Gen Mai Cha Green
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Yerba mate and lemon grass give this traditional masala chai tea a new herbal kick.  High in caffeine and citrus flavor, this is a creative new chai blend.
from $9.00 Maté Chai
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Mimicking a snickerdoodle recipe, this herbal tea is sweet and spicy with cinnamon chips, ginger root, fennel seed and vanilla.
from $6.00 Vanilla Spice Herbal
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A perfect tea for sickness and for the immune system, Seven Seas has cinnamon chips, ginseng root, peppermint, echinacea, sarsparilla root, licorice root, organic rooibos.
from $9.00 Seven Seas Herbal
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The First Chai Try
September 04, 2012

Chai Latte With Masala Spices and MilkThe first time I tried chai was in the kitchen of my parent’s house, and served by my younger sister.  “You have to taste this—” she insisted, pushing a mug across the countertop to me.  She refused to elaborate on its contents.  The flavors, she said, would speak for themselves.

Considering Water
May 18, 2012

Water quality is essential for brewing good tea. Photo by Damien A WeidnerThe quality of water affects the taste of your tea; this is beyond dispute.  The relative quantities of mineral salts, oxygen and trace elements determine the relative "liveliness" or "flatness" of a particular cup. To that simple substance we add the basic flavor of the leaf itself or an herbal substitute.

Comfort and Refreshment
May 17, 2012

Comfort and Refreshment from tea. Photo by by ChicagoSageComfort is a complex idea; it evokes childhood memories, a feeling of safely and warmth. Anyone who started drinking tea when they were young, or anyone who lives in a cold climate, knows the soothing warmth of a hot beverage.

Black Tea: Mango
May 07, 2012

A ripe mango on a tree during harvest.Drinking this tea is a bit like drinking Autumn sunshine. Subtle. Warming. Hints of tantalizing flavors around the edges. Smooth as a golden drop of honey.