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This is really nice berry-flavored black tea that I’ve repurchased a couple of times from Fava now. Not sure what the three berries are supposed to be, but I definitely get raspberry. The base tea is nice and smooth with no bitterness or astringency, but still has some body to it. Nothing super special, but a great affordable cupboard staple.

Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Fava Tea Co.
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This is a wonderful Earl Grey! Tons of fresh, clean bergamot flavor. The base is just a touch too light for me, but that’s the only thing keeping this from passing up my beloved Letterbox Piccadilly as my favorite morning cuppa!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank East Frisian by Fava Tea Co.
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Having tried and loved the Harney & Sons version of this tea, I was excited to find a blend by the same name at my local tea shop. While I don’t think this one is quite as good as the H&S version, it is a very tasty breakfast blend…robust and malty! A new favorite.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Ginger Peach by Fava Tea Co.
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I fell in love with Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach black tea 8 or 9 years ago and have enjoyed versions of it from many other companies over years, including Market Spice and TeaSource. However, this one from Fava was a disappointment. Instead of the usual blend of sweet peach and spicy ginger, this one is full-on ginger with the addition of cinnamon and clove giving it an almost chai-like vibe. Whatever peach flavoring is present gets completely drowned out by all the spices. It’s not a bad tea by any means, but not quite what I was looking for. I’ll be reordering my beloved Georgia Sunshine from TeaSource once I use this one up!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
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This is my friend Elizabeth’s favorite breakfast blend and after trying it, I can see why! It’s has a rich, robust aroma and flavor with a nice balance of brightness from the Darjeeling and malt from the Assam. I find it too astringent to drink straight, but it mellows out beautifully with milk. Might be purchasing this for myself one of these days!

Flavors: Astringent, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lavender Earl Grey by Cuppa Geek
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This is an ancient sample that’s been languishing in my desk drawer for months. I honestly don’t remember at this point which swap/TTB it came from. But I’m thankful to whoever sent it to me, because it’s really yummy! I’m not really getting Earl Grey, but the lavender flavor is strong and pure without any soapiness. The base tea is also nice and smooth; totally drinkable without milk! A pleasant surprise on a dreary afternoon.

Flavors: Lavender, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m a sucker for a good caramel tea, so had to give this new one from Fava a try. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work for me. Though it has a decadent caramel aroma, the flavor is just a vaguely sweet medicinal rooibos. And something (maybe the buckwheat?) is giving me a scratchy sensation at the back of my throat. It is a bit better with milk, but still not something I’d repurchase.

Flavors: Caramel, Medicinal, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is such a yummy dessert tea! It doesn’t taste specifically like chestnuts to me, but definitely has a nutty flavor with notes of caramel and vanilla layered over a smooth, malty black tea base. I’d definitely consider re-purchasing this one!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I love a good Earl Grey, so I was excited to see this one in my Rare Tea Company sampler. The leaf is very finely chopped, almost like a CTC tea and has a strong aroma of bergamot. It steeps up strong and hearty with a sharp bergamot flavor; a bit too aggressive on its own, but lovely with milk. It’s not the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had and I’m not sure its worth the premium price tag, but I’ll certainly finish and enjoy the 2oz I have!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
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This was one of the teas I was most excited to try in my Rare Tea Co. gift set, as I haven’t had the opportunity to try many African teas. The leaf was much more finely chopped than I was expecting, almost like a CTC tea. It brews up to a rich reddish brown color with a nice malty aroma. The flavor is strong and earthy with notes of malt and stonefruit. Despite the torn up leaf, I didn’t get the anticipated bitterness or astringency; it’s smooth enough to drink without milk, though it’s also robust enough to take milk well. Overall, this is one of the best breakfast blends I’ve tried and definitely something I would repurchase!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

I read the owner’s book on the teas she sells and a lot of them sound interesting.

Inkling

I read that book too, Leafhopper! Such a fun one. :)

Leafhopper

I found myself checking off the teas I’ve tried. I look forward to your reviews!

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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