This is one beautiful tea! This was my first tea from teo.o.graphy and the result of a sweet amount of graciousness on their part. I’d ordered a Biscochito-inspired tea from another New Mexico based tea merchant. That tea, reviewed elsewhere here on Steepster was not only disappointing, it was downright confounding for their including the wrong type of anise. For those not familiar with biscochitos, they’re aniseseed flavored cookies and very traditional to New Mexico. They’re not biscottis, the name biscochito comes from the Spanish word for cookie, biscocho. Anyway, after the bad experience I did a quick little online search to see if another New Mexico teashop had a version. And that’s how I stumbled across teo.o.graphy up in Taos, New Mexico. They had a biscochito inspired tea and listed aniseseed as the ingredient. However, the other tea merchant also had listed aniseseed although they were clearly using star anise shells. So I just called teo.o.graphy up and the shop’s owner answered. I told her my story and she not only reassured me that they used aniseseed, she offered to send me a sample free of charge. Imagine my delight to receive four samples of their teas in the mail about a week or so later. Among them was Woodland Walk.
This tea is a visual knockout. People play around with labels and descriptions but this tea actually looks like the forest floor on a woodland walk. It’s colorful and captivating and I could immediately tell that they were using the freshest of ingredients. The minute the water hit the enfuser the smell just shot up from the cup. Just utterly delighted by this magical cup of tea. So much going on but a pure delight. Between the aromatics and the spiciness of the peppercorns, I couldn’t ask for a more illuminating discovery in a cup of tea. I made a pot of tea (a scoche under 3 cups) and managed to get a good second steeping from the infusion. I should also mention that the enfuser shows some lovely flowering petals after the steeping.
I’ve already ordered more of this beyond a sample and I can’t wait to try more of their delicious teas!! Bravo! Bravo!
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Ginger