(Gifted to me by my friend Jen D AKA “J-Law”) I’m a coffee drinker. I have generally found tea to be boring, and often the tannins in black tea and the ‘green-ness’ of green tea are unpleasant to my palate. Herbal teas have been a thing I use when I’m sick, liberally dosed with honey, lemon and whiskey— consumed for medicinal value of the herbs rather than for the flavor. This is the first tea I’d ever had that I actually enjoyed on its own merits. This is a really good blend, with a full, smooth & smokey flavor. Yep, this tea is a smoke-bomb! It is very strong, gives a boost as good as coffee, but does need cream and sugar to balance the smoke, just like they drink it in the Motherland. This stuff will wake you up with visions of being bundled up in a horse-drawn sled, being carried across the steppes, with a warming cup of this tea in your mittened hands, breathing the fireplace odor of Baba Yaga’s hut as it looms on the horizon. This is a tea for Adventures!

Flavors: Smoke

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I’m a daily coffee drinker, but trying to educate myself about tea and get into drinking tea more often. I’ve mostly been into herbal teas for their medicinal properties, but not cared much for the flavors I’ve found. (Rooibos for allergies, green tea for antioxidants & weight management, mint for tummy trouble, kava for calm, etc.)

I am often tempted by teas in the tea aisle at the grocery store or at coffee shops just because they sound nice or smell good, and by tea vendors at Steampunk events. At this point I have sort of a ridiculous collection of teas, for someone considering herself basically a non-tea-drinker.

I’d really like to have a good working knowledge of teas, a bit of vocabulary and some general ideas on types of teas. So here we go! Pip Pip Cheerio!


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