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Episode 191: Oolong Orange Blossom

This Oolong Orange Blossom tea blend from Shasta Loose Leaf Teas is a peculiar blend. Although oolong is in the name, the blend is actually a mix of black, green, and oolong teas, along with jasmine petals. Let’s give it a taste!

You know what this tastes like? Yamamotoyama’s jasmine tea! The Ceylon black tea really overpowers any other subtle flavor qualities the other ingredients in this blend may have, and that makes it tastes pretty basic. It’s not a bad tea, but I’m not picking up on what I thought I’d get from the name of the blend. Your mileage may vary.

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Episode 198: Borengajuli

I’m kinda surprised how many black teas I run across that end up being from Assam. Case in point — Shasta Loose Leaf Tea’s Borengajuli. There’s a unique process behind this tea that’s worth reading up on that deals with natural cloning. Pretty interesting stuff!

The resulting brew from this tea is a supremely malty blend with an intense prune flavor — almost like jam. If you’re not one for having black teas straight up, a splash of milk or cream will calm that astringency. Overall, this is a seriously good black tea. Give it a try!

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Episode 208: Canadian Breakfast

I’ve reviewed an English breakfast blend and an Irish breakfast blend, so I guess this Canadian breakfast blend from Shasta Loose Leaf Teas was an obvious choice. But what makes up a traditional Canadian breakfast? I feel like maple syrup has to be somewhere in there.

If that’s the case, then this blend would be perfect for that! There’s an oaky quality here that would complement a maple flavor pretty well. On it’s own though, it’s not super remarkable as a breakfast tea. (A bit dry, actually.) Oh Canada…

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Episode 220: Monk’s Blend

This Monk’s Blend tea from Shasta Loose Leaf Teas must be a pretty common blend. While doing my research, I easily found over a dozen other vendors selling the exact same blend ingredient for ingredient. In some cases, they even used the same descriptions! And here I thought Etsy products were by makers, not takers.

Copycat behavior aside, I have to say that this blend is really just kinda average. The Ceylon base is malty and brassy, and the grenadine and vanilla flavors give the blend a bit of a sharp aftertaste. Overall…it’s not that great. Do monasteries even have grenadine?

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Episode 240: Cinnalicious Tea

I’ve talked before about how Etsy has a pretty good selection of teas. For example, there’s this Cinnalicious Tea from SenseofJoyNBeauty — a mix of rooibos, cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves.

It’s a really lovely smelling tea, but the taste? It’s a bit weak. Some more cinnamon in here would have really punched up the flavor, but as it is, it’s probably better in a bowl freshening up your bathroom.