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Episode 115: Queen Mary

All aboard the Queen Mary, a black tea blend brought to you by Shasta Loose Leaf Teas out of Redding, California. This blend is a mix of Indian, Sri Lankan, and Kenyan teas that’s rich in antioxidants.

What it’s not rich in is a distinct flavor. It’s malty like you would imagine a black tea to be, but there’s nothing really extraordinary about this in terms of flavor. Maybe I missed the boat on this one.

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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 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 241: King Tut Lemonade

Y’all know how I love lemon teas, and Shasta Loose Leaf Teas’ King Tut Lemonade is the lemoniest tea I’ve had to date. That’s probably because it’s just sun-dried lemon peel. That’s it!

Of course, that means it’s a super tart and zingy tea. There’s a touch of bitterness from the pith, but it’s a pretty well-rounded kind of lemon flavor. And best of all, you could probably make your own by going to a Penzey’s and getting some dried lemon peel.

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