Been a garbage week, so one half of my tea haul arriving in the mail today was a welcome respite. This has translated into oversteeping this cup by about 20 minutes, but fortunately I don’t think it suffered much…

Not gonna lie, this stuff smells dank and not at all like vanilla or orange. When I stick my nose in the gravity pot, it’s all cardamom and some herbaly whiffs in spite of seeing almost nothing but apple pieces and orange peels. What kind of dark sorcery is happening with this tea? It’s like Whole Foods distilled into a perfume.

Fortunately, this tastes smoother than it smells. Somehow, it’s managed to capture a vanilla-y smoothness with no vanilla in the blend. The orange half is is a little dicey, since I’m mostly just seeing apple in the pot, but I think I can’t judge this fairly until I do a more-lucid, not-forgotten second steep later.

Flavors: Apple, Cardamom, Vanilla

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30-something dead-eyed designer.


90+: Holy grail teas, fight me on it
80-89: Very good, will probably keep on rotation
70-79: Good teas that I won’t go out of my way to restock
60-69: Ehhhh…the kind of tea I only reach for when all the better ones are gone
50-59: Tea purgatory, whereupon I toil simply to finish the box
-50: The reject pile


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