Chanakara Dragonfruit Tea and “Alpha-Oops, H is for Halloween”

I have been a long-time fan of October, with its unassuming takeover of the season. It breathes in clammy summer air, and breathes out dulcet, cooling sighs of relief for heat-wearied brows. It transforms a soothing cup of hot tea into a spa experience. And, just before it relinquishes the stage for November’s dramatic entrance, …

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Review — White Licorice Tea by Golden Moon

Name: White Licorice Brand: Golden Moon Type: White tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I admit to being somewhat skeptical when I first read this tea’s label. See, I am one of those weird people who doesn’t like licorice (the black, chewy kind) but does like anise in small doses. I feared that this “White …

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Review — Stash Double-Spice Chai

Name: Double Spice Chai (included in the Chai Tea Sampler) Brand: Stash Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Paper tea bag, individually wrapped Review: Cold nights are here, and even the days, particularly the mornings, can get a bit chilly. Time for spicy hot drinks. Chai, perhaps? Stash actually sells several different chai blends, ranging from …

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Review — Tiger Wing Coconut Kava Cream

Name: Coconut Kava Cream Brand: Tiger Wing Type: Herbal tisane Form: Paper tea bag, individually wrapped Review: Coconut is one of my favorite things, and for some reason, coconut flavored teas and tisanes really hit the spot. The good folks over at Tiger Wing have once again created a nifty tisane that blends roasted mate …

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Review — Golden Moon Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Tea

Name: Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Brand: Golden Moon Type: Green tea Form: Loose leaf Review: Poor gunpowder green tea often gets no respect. Sadly, this is because those that distribute the stuff often fail to source good gunpowder tea, and instead foist unappealing dark pellets of bitter tea onto their unsuspecting pubic. Fortunately, Golden Moon …

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Kombucha “Tea”

For the vast majority of people in the world, the word kombucha probably means absolutely nothing. At this point anyone who does know anything about it is likely to be in one of two groups - a small group of hardcore kombucha fans and enthusiasts or those in the greater population who first became aware …

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Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed “Chai Snob”

“Hi, my name is [insert your name here] and I am a self-proclaimed ‘chai snob’.” Okay, I got the hard part out of the way. Now, it’s time for the story of the long road to chai snobdom. Well, the road wasn’t that long, more like a short jaunt. First of all, “chai” means “tea.” …

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