While traveling, I ended up at the Bainbridge Island Apothecary and Tea Shop, because I was in dire need of a cuppa and about two hours alone with a book. I went out to the back area, where the proprietor has set up a covered area with clear plexiglass overhead (to keep the Seattle rains off) and many comfy couches. There I settled with a pot of this chai and a scone.

It was delicious. The pepper adds a lovely zing to the ginger (I like spicy tea) and the cardamom does not get lost either. I could not particularly discern the vanilla, but that is possibly because I was also indulging in a lemon-blueberry scone at the time, which I expect overwhelmed my tongue.

I bought a small packet of it to bring home with me, and today’s mug is the last of it. I will not be ordering more online (because shipping is just one of those evils that I prefer to avoid if I can) but the next time I’m out to Bainbridge, I will happily pick up another bag. It’s quite good. (And the shop itself is well worth the pilgrimage.)

Flavors: Cardamom, Ginger, Pepper

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95-100: I will keep this on my shelf at all times if possible.
85-94: This tea is probably in active rotation in my house and getting drunk a lot (or it’s about to be).
75-84: I liked it. I will probably keep a small tin of it around.
65-74: I liked it. I might keep a small tin of it around, but I will not mourn its loss if it disappears from sale.
50-64: Meh.
0-49: No.

I like real tea (camellia sinensis). Black with milk and no sugar, unless it’s a really froofy chai latte. Green with no milk.

I’ve discovered through trial and error that I really don’t like Rooibus, even when it’s mixed with black tea. (Sadly.)

Herbal tisanes are not out of the running, but I have to be in the right mood and they have to be sufficiently strongly powered that I don’t miss the tea leaves.

By preference, I drink loose-leaf, but I will drink bagged tea if it’s good enough.

My icon is a piece of fantastic art by Ursula Vernon called Cattail Tea.

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