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Tea of the Week for October 1, 2018!

This tea marks the first tea for the month of October and the first tea in our collection of our first themed month which is – of course! – Harry Potter! I am a Harry Potter nerd, I’ve read each of the books at least 2 times (some of them, many more times than just 2) and I’ve watched all the movies countless times so it only makes sense to me to designate the first of our themed month program as Harry Potter Month!

The Firebolt broom was a significant object in the Harry Potter series as it was an anonymous Christmas gift (after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed by the Whomping Willow) – from his godfather Sirius Black. No doubt it was a pretty sweet ride!

The tea base is a Wild Arbor Assamica grown in the Yunnan province – and it’s appearance is actually what inspired me to create this blend and call it “Firebolt.” When I first saw the leaf, my immediate thought was that the leaves looked like the bristles of a broom. Not the modern brooms with the plastic bristles or even one of the old corn bristle brooms like my gramma used to have – but one of those cool witch-y brooms with the brown, twig-like bristles (as well as the bristles on the Firebolt).

The Wild Arbor Assamica tea has a natural warmth (slight peppery tone) and has a sweet flavor with notes of roasted cacao and hints of flower. This profile seemed to lend itself well to the caramel and cream essence that I added to the tea (because, as I mentioned above, the Firebolt is a pretty sweet ride!) and to enhance those peppery notes, I added a little bit of Ceylon cinnamon (to give this firebolt some FIRE). But I wouldn’t say that this is a spicy-hot cinnamon blend, I didn’t want it to be – I wanted this to be more sweet than spicy – but there is enough cinnamon in there to offer a pleasing heat to the cup.

An awesome autumnal tea!

ingredients: black tea

organic ingredients: cinnamon, calendula petals & natural flavors

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I brewed this right away when it first came in my subscription, and really didn’t care for it. I found it tasted like sticks and slightly of cinnamon. I was almost going to give it away, but decided to try again with the remaining bit I had left. What a difference a month makes! It’s a lovely soft cinnamon, with tasty caramel notes. Very sad it’s actually sold out now. I’m actually finding that many 52Teas blends benefit from a rest of a month or more. I always get so excited when my subscription comes in, but the flavors definitely need time to develop.


I had the exact same experience with this one! Didn’t like it when I tried it initially. When I revisited it a month later it was good. :)

Maddy Barone

Huh. maybe I should try it again.

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This was excellent! Thank you very much for the share, Kittenna. I quite enjoy teas like this, which are obvious fandom references but that are a little bit more conceptual; the “Firebolt” aesthetic was really nicely conveyed through the base leaf choice, but since this was not a food/drink inspired reference from the HP series I think Anne had a lot more leeway in terms of what direction she wanted to take with the flavour of the blend…

So, to me I thought that this tasted kind of like a cinnamon custard!? That sort of sweet and spicy cinnamon that you get from Big Red Gum or Cinnamon Hearts, matched with a creamy vanilla/custard essence with hints of burnt sugar. I really, really enjoyed the flavour profile – the brisk malt and cocoa notes from the black tea base weren’t lost either!

Brilliantly crafted – the inspiration was clear, and the chosen flavours seemed very fitting in addition to just being tasty! I’m hoping that, with future ‘themed’ months, we’ll see a lot more of these fandom-y teas, but with broader, conceptual teas instead of majority direct recreations of food/beverage.


This tea is spectacular. I can’t believe I almost didn’t order it!

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When I first looked at this tea yesterday, I wasn’t super stoked to try it. It looked, at a quick glance, like a cinnamon black. Bleh. But then I remembered that I’d had a similar thought until reading Anne’s description of it, which made me order it. So, I lazily opened the package and instantly was much more interested in trying this tea – it looked like the sticks/straw on the end of a broomstick! So cool! (I believe this is mentioned in the description, but I had forgotten). But the novelty of a tea base I hadn’t tried before wasn’t the only thing – it also smelled really tasty! Cinnamon-spiced but creamy/caramelly. Actually, quite similar in profile (scent and flavour) to the AQ2T blend I’d just had (Eggnog Cheesecake) – but also unique. And really tasty! Definitely far from just a cinnamon black. It reminded me a little of Butiki’s nutmeg black tea, I think, although that one was quite sensitive to oversteeping.

Anyhow, quite delicious, and I’m looking forward to drinking the rest of this tea.


interesting. I didn’t get it specifically because i’m tired of cinnamon in teas. Sad that i didn’t get any now, but maybe variaTEA will let me sneak a taste of hers lol


Did I order this?! If so, you’re welcome to try it


oh…haha you totally didn’t. i was getting confused with 12 days of christmas. this was the HP month…which we didn’t do


I think we should make a case for this to be reblended. Had I picked up more than a sample size, I’d have enough to share around, but I’m already sending a sample in Roswell Strange’s direction! This was actually the tea I wanted to pick up more of, but I see it has now sold out :(


I totally don’t need more tea….though there are alr1dy a few more teas I want from Anne and i JUST ordered….

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