Gnat and Bee

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This small-batch custom blend tea shop hit my radar from Shae at some point (thanks Shae!) I saw they made their own Golden Milk and I had recently run out of the one I had from Tea Chai Te, so I decided to try theirs.

Since I’m a spice wuss, I usually use Coconut Milk to prepare this, since it is sweet enough to offset any extreme spicy heat, and I also just find that flavor compliments turmeric very well. I tend to froth 1 tsp per 1 cup Coconut Milk, and I am amazed at how foamy it gets! This is actually very nice; it does have a strong earthy, rooty turm flavor (I mean, one would expect!) but I can still taste the sweeter cinnamon and a pleasant warmth on the back of my throat from the ginger and black pepper. The only spice in the blend I’m not distinctly picking out in the flavor is the cardamom. There is also marshmallow root in this blend, which I believe may be contributing to just how creamy this blends up and tastes. Prepared as a warm latte offset with a very sweet milk, I’m getting just the right amount of spicy warmth, and since I’ve been dealing with a bought of sinusitis, that warmth of turm and ginger and spice feels divine. I love that it isn’t caffeinated so I can drink it right before bed when I seem to feel very clogged up, too.

It does get a bit grainy toward the last few sips of the cup, but otherwise this is a very rich, foamy, creamy spiced latte!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Earth, Ginger, Pepper, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shae

This does sound nice!

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drank Chroning by Gnat and Bee
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My very favorite tea from Gnat & Bee. I’m surprised I haven’t written about it here before. I drank through this cup without thinking much about it, so I’ll have to come back later for a proper review.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

I’ve not heard of this company — I’ll have to check them out. :)

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drank Yin Yang by Gnat and Bee
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It’s been a long day, so I’m having a cup of black tea this afternoon (something I normally make a point not to do, because sleep). As a treat, I added some sweetened condensed milk to this cup instead of my regular honey and oat milk. It’s not overly sweet so the flavors are still coming through, but it’s also mega creamy which makes my soul happy today. This is an interesting blend from Gnat & Bee. I’ve bought several of her teas, and some are really good while others are not so great. I would say this one falls squarely in the middle. It’s certainly not a repurchase for me at this point, but I’m really enjoying the cozy vibes I’m getting from it in this moment. It calls to mind a decadent hot chocolate, but light on the chocolate. If that makes any sense at all. It’s faintly floral but also earthy and a bit spicy in the way that ginger is spicy – more of a punchy heat than a spicy heat.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Floral, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I recently bought their Golden Milk mix as I was out, but I still need to get some more coconut milk at the store to start making Golden Milk lattes again!

Shae

Oh let me know if you like it! I was curious about that one.

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drank Blueberry Moon by Gnat and Bee
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Cold brew/steep. A mint tea. I don’t taste blueberries but it’s refreshing nonetheless.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 9 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML

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drank Sister Grey by Gnat and Bee
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I’ve been sipping on this one all day. I don’t think Natalie uses any kind of artificial flavorings in her teas, so it’s not a strong or overpowering blend. It’s very balanced. I had this side by side with Adagio’s Earl Grey Bella Luna not too long ago. While I love them both, the flavors in the Adagio blend are much more assertive. With the Sister Grey, I can taste all the flavors – lavender most of all – but they are more subdued in a really delightful way.

Gnat & Bee is one of our favorites around here. If you’re at all interested in herbs, cats, or beautiful nature photos, definitely check out her Instagram. Natalie is the sweetest and has always been more than willing to chat with me about herbalism and tea blending when I have questions.

https://www.instagram.com/gnatandbee/

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Whiskey & Fig by Gnat and Bee
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TTB #11

I was compelled to try this blend based on the lovely dry leaf, filled with bright red peppercorns and flower petals. Unfortunately, the lapsang souchong is overwhelming whatever other flavors are present. I don’t get whiskey and I don’t get fig…just smoke and an unfortunately bitter and drying black tea. Not a fan.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Drying, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Bummer. I was really hoping it was just me with this blend. I love most everything from Gnat and Bee, but this one was not a favorite for me. Still keeping my fingers crossed that someone else might enjoy it down the line.

Inkling

I’d never even heard of Gnat and Bee! It was fun to add a new tea company to my list even though this particular blend wasn’t for me. :)

Shae

Her Chroning tea is my favorite, but they haven’t carried it for a while. If you ever see that one, grab it quick!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip!

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drank Whiskey & Fig by Gnat and Bee
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Gnat and Bee is such a wonderful small business. Not only does Natalie create some amazing teas, she also does seasonal extracts, soaps, and bath products. Her autumn Chroning tea is one of my all-time favorite smoky teas. This Whiskey & Fig tea was recently released as part of her autumnal shop update, and my brother placed an order the day it came out. We love supporting Natalie because you can tell that she truly puts the love into everything she does.

This tea blend is strikingly beautiful, with pink peppercorns and what I’m guessing is bright red cherry bark. There is a smoky aroma, no sweetness at all, and the taste is just the same. I have to say, I’m a little disappointed that I’m not tasting the juicy fig, but maybe she was going more for a Fig Newton. I actually get more of that flavor. There’s almost a breadiness reminiscent of that dense, unsweetened cookie so if you like Fig Newtons this tea may be for you. I’m not a fan of them at all. I don’t get any sort of whiskey flavor but I’m not a big whiskey drinker so I’m likely just not picking up on it. It’s very drying too.

I just wish I liked this one more. Unfortunately, it’s a miss for me. Perhaps a shorter steep next time will help with some of the bitterness.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter, Drying, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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