drank Smoky Spice Black Tea by 52teas
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Soooo. When Bear With Me mentioned this tea I had to get a packet of it as well. It sounded so intriguing! And I thought the “Secret blend of spices” bit was cute and a little cheezy.

Opening the bag, it’s kind of intense. The spices and lapsang mix to give almost a meaty scent. If you do not like smoky teas, stay away from this one. FAR away. Srsly.

Steeped for my standard time, it smells like a campfire. OMG, so good. Campfire and some spices. This is not a usual chai. I think I have to add some milk though. The weather is pretty perfect for this tea right now too. Although it got nice and warm today, now that the sun’s gone down it’s nice and crisp outside and I can smell that people are burning wood fires in my neighbouhood.

Letting it cool as recommended is hard.

Whoa.

This is seriously a smoky spice tea. There’s really nice smoke. There’s spices toasting in a cast iron skillet. There’s charcoal briquette BBQ going on a bit too, with everything rubbed in the toasted spice mixture.

I think I like it. Definitely not your usual tea. And actually fairly smoky. It’s almost as smoky as the Murchie’s Russian Caravan that I loved with maple whipped cream. So I might have to get some heavy cream and mix some up have with this tea.

(2 tsp in 12 oz for 3 min at 195F)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
52Teas

And I thought the “Secret blend of spices” bit was cute and a little cheezy. – that’s just what I was going for! Haha!

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty easy to ID them! I love the crushed cardamom pods.

52Teas

I know. And I figure if anyone has any dietary concerns they can always contact me and I’m happy to offer them whatever information they need. :)

52Teas

@OMGsrsly – I crush all the spices myself with my mortar and pestle. I figure the whole spices – like allspice for example – isn’t really going to unlock a lot of flavor if it’s kept in it’s whole form, but if you use the preground stuff, they begin to lose their flavor almost instantly so I want to get as much flavor as possible while keeping things as fresh as possible.

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52Teas

And I thought the “Secret blend of spices” bit was cute and a little cheezy. – that’s just what I was going for! Haha!

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty easy to ID them! I love the crushed cardamom pods.

52Teas

I know. And I figure if anyone has any dietary concerns they can always contact me and I’m happy to offer them whatever information they need. :)

52Teas

@OMGsrsly – I crush all the spices myself with my mortar and pestle. I figure the whole spices – like allspice for example – isn’t really going to unlock a lot of flavor if it’s kept in it’s whole form, but if you use the preground stuff, they begin to lose their flavor almost instantly so I want to get as much flavor as possible while keeping things as fresh as possible.

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