Our newest addition to the tea line is from Two Leaves and a Bud. Fair trade, organic, kosher, gluten free and wonderful. Assam, like Darjeeling, is named for the region in India where it is grown. As a tea, it has some wonderful qualities. It has a darker, richer flavor with a hint of malty goodness. It produces a medium caffeine and you need to steep this one a bit longer. The box recommended 4 minutes and they are right. It’s a beautiful color orange/copper with an earthy but not acidic flavor. It could stand alone or stand up to a bit of cream and sugar. Either way, it’s good.
This could replace a morning cup of coffee for the flavor and richness, but I need a bit more jolt to get going. I like this version because it’s the whole tea leaf in a sachet bag so you get the benefit of whole leaf tea with the convenience of a bag. I’ll be “testing” this one often.
You might think I would be more of a tea snob, but some packaged teas are really good. This one has three important features:
1. Consistent quality
2. Convenient tea bag
3. It makes me happy.
The flavor is exactly what it says: Sweet and Spicy, but it’s not too much of either. This tea pairs well with a girl scout trefoil cookie or a fresh sugar cookie. I love that it is caffeine free and needs no added sugar but is not overly sweet. As an herbal tea, it has a rooibos base with a hint of citrus and a nice bite. If you find it too strong, add hot water. If you find it too weak, use two bags and steep longer.
Sometimes it’s the little things. The tags always have a cute or interesting quote. Mine says “Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew.” That’s a nice message to start your day.
Where I live, this tea is easily found in the local grocery store. I’m including the Amazon link here because there is an organic version that has some bad reviews. Normally I would choose organic first, but the reviews say that the organic one has no flavor. Click on the picture below for the right version. *
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For the true tea aficionado, here is how to make Indian style tea with chinese tea leaves. A bit technical, if you are a tea snob, you will really love to hate this, reblog, write an awful review and send this to all your tea snob friends. It’s that good
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