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drank Fireside Spice by TeaSource
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Work – 12:00 PM

Tea of the morning! I’ve been sipping on this one for a couple of hours now while being productive at work.

This is a nice enough lightly-spiced black tea. The orange is strongest and is a bit zingy, verging on tangerine in flavor. The spices are quite mellow. I can pick out cinnamon and clove first, followed by a bit of floral cardamom. The base tea is smooth but doesn’t add much in the way of flavor.

Really, it’s a nice light orange spice tea, sort of Constant Comment-esque (although I haven’t had that in a very long time, so I don’t really remember it…). Very autumnal or wintry without being overly spicy.

I dig it. I won’t repurchase it since I have Prince Vladimir, but I’ll happily drink up the rest of the pouch.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Maddy Barone

This is one of my favorite teas from Tea Source. I thought they weren’t making it anymore. Prince Vladimir sounds interesting.

Cameron B.

This pouch is from last winter I think, so it’s possible they stopped making it. I do see it on their website, but it’s out of stock. Maybe they haven’t restocked it yet for this winter?

If not, I don’t mind sending you my pouch. :)

Cameron B.

P.S. – It looks like they don’t have Winter Spice yet either, so hopefully it’s just that they haven’t stocked their holiday teas yet!

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Maddy Barone

This is one of my favorite teas from Tea Source. I thought they weren’t making it anymore. Prince Vladimir sounds interesting.

Cameron B.

This pouch is from last winter I think, so it’s possible they stopped making it. I do see it on their website, but it’s out of stock. Maybe they haven’t restocked it yet for this winter?

If not, I don’t mind sending you my pouch. :)

Cameron B.

P.S. – It looks like they don’t have Winter Spice yet either, so hopefully it’s just that they haven’t stocked their holiday teas yet!

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 29 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers, currently working in the field of Machine Learning. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

I am also an avid yarn collector (errr, I mean knitter!) when the hot Austin weather allows for it… Find me on Ravelry under the name LorenWeiss!

I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. I have recently started to brew gongfu cha style!

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Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms, including black, green, oolong, and white teas, as well as maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I am open to more exploration of puerh, but it’s not generally one of my favorites. I am not often a fan of fruit-based tisanes.

My very favorite straight teas tend to be from China, Japan, or Taiwan. I also enjoy matcha!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially mango and pineapple.

Dessert: Again, all the things! I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I do very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose and lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

Spices: I don’t generally find myself drawn to masala chai, but I do enjoy spices combined with other flavors. My favorite spices are the warm ones, especially cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and cardamom. A bit of heat from black pepper or chili is okay too, as long as it’s not overwhelming! Ginger can be a lovely accent, but I find it difficult to drink as a main flavor.

Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea. Smoke can be tasty when it’s not heavy-handed.

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Bird & Blend
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40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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