So i have to admit that I was hesitant at first to buy tea from a coffee house but as they say " necessity is the mother of invention". I bought a tin of this awhile back on a particularly blustery day. Working from home I scoured the cabinets for the makings of a kettle of tea to help keep me motivated on work only to find I was out of tea. I decided to make a trip to town for a cup of coffee instead and while in line I finally broke down and grabbed a tin from the shelves. That tin just happened to be Pride of the Port.

Boiling up some water I set the tea to steep for the recommended time. I anxiously waited as the clock ticked away before tasting it for the first time. Wow is that bitter….I grabbed the tin and double checked the recommended steeping time, maybe I lost track of time lets try that again. For my second cup I used fresh leaves and let it go about 3.5 minutes…jackpot. This tea continues to grow on me and as i approach the bottom of the tin I find myself trying to make excuses to go to Peet’s for another.

The tea sports a beautiful rich coppery liquor that i find has a light earthy and clean aroma. The Tea is nice and malty on the pallet and for me when steeped under the recommended time has just the right touch of astringent bitterness. I really enjoy this as a morning starter and it makes a mighty fine iced cup in the afternoon.

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Hello, I am from the San Francisco area. I grew up drinking ice tea all summer made with love by my sweet mother with a sweeter sweet tooth. Southern style sweet tea was he norm and until a few years ago the only way I thought tea was drank. I recently started to drink loose leaf tea with little or no sweetener and find it AMAZING…dont get me wrong a large ice cold sweet tea is still enjoyed on those 100+ degree East bay days….I am a bit disapointed in what I have found for tea houses though. One would think The bay area would be dripping with tea houses but Alas…….let me know if you have any suggestions.


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