I can’t drink coffee anymore since I weaned myself off of it. It just has so much caffeine in it. Doesn’t matter if I drink it at 8:30 am or 8:30 pm. I will sleep very badly in either case. So instead, when I need that extra kick in the pants to get myself going in the morning, I drink either yerba mate, or lately, this stuff.

I know you’re supposed to add milk to this tea for taste’s sake, but I also know that adding milk to tea negates any health benefits it may otherwise have provided. And, since tea is pretty much the only healthy thing I’ve been ingesting lately, I figured this morning that I’d better drink this straight.

It’s bitter, it’s astringent, it’s nutty, it’s in-your-face… And I love it. Maybe it’s my Scottish blood saying this, but there’s something fortifying for the soul in the strong aftertaste of this tea. It makes English breakfast tea seem wimpy by comparison, which I’m sure many Scottish people would be delighted to hear.

I’m thinking this will become a staple in my tea chest from now on.

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Hello! 28, female, American. A total hopeless bookworm— I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in English. I also love dogs, all things that are colored purple, and sarcasm. I work in the Information Technology field at present.

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

Favorite tea types: Black, pu’erh, oolong, kombucha, genmaicha, matcha, rooibos, honeybush (recent change of heart there), and floral greens.

Favorite flavor notes: Roasted, fermented, earthy, floral, nutty, bread-y, umami; dessert-inspired flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and maple.

I’m very picky about chai and spice/ spicy blends as well as fruit-flavored teas; they really need to be done right, IMHO. I’m iffy about mate, as well as herbal teas, although there are a few tisanes that I enjoy (roasted dandelion root, chamomile).

Flat-out dislike: White tea, most unflavored green teas, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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