I love this tea; it’s almost got a “harissa in a cup” thing going on. If I can indulge in synesthesia for a moment, it tastes the way a sunrise over the desert looks and feels, if that makes any sense—the cool velvety night air, the golden-red light washing over the buttes, and finally the first hot, dry, dusty breath of Day. Putting the dry tea into my teapot made me sneeze from the pepper. The flavor is very cinnamon-y and a little sweet, and then there’s a nice burn at the back of the throat at the end. The label says “almond rooibos”…so I guess the almond is adding some sweetness and smoothness as well. So good! I was feeling a bit congested, and this really helped. Honestly, this has got my brain turning a bit and I’m kind of tempted to try this as a brisket rub.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pepper

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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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