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Sweet Love

This is my first time writing about a tea that isn’t from David’s Tea… Brace yourselves.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: The Detox Market; Brand: Kusmi Tea

Description: Subtle and spicy blend that combines black tea, liquorice root, guarana seed, pink peppercorn, and various spices.  Sweet Love is an invitation to reawaken your senses.  Health benefits include: guarana, which boosts energy levels and increases vitality, spices, which improve digestion, and liquorice root that gives the tea a lasting sweetness.  So good you won’t even think of adding sugar!

What I think:

The dry tea smells incredibly strong – a very heavily spiced black, with equally heavy sweet scents.  I bought this tea pre-bagged in a set and I’m so glad I did.  The individual tea bags are little fabric pouches that are one part convenient and three parts adorable.

The steeped tea has a very light, almost chamomile-like scent.  The tea steeps to a light, brownish orange.

From the first sip, Sweet Love is incredible.  I can taste a little spice which gives way to the liquorice root’s sweetness, and then the spice comes back and lingers.  It’s really unlike any other tea I’ve tried, it’s incredible how long I can taste the spice after sipping.  A little milk brings out the sweetness even more, and I feel like I’m drinking a fancy 300 calorie drink and not a good-for-you tea.

Adding sugar is in my opinion unnecessary, but I’ll try it anyway… And unnecessary is right. I find that the sugar distracts from the lovely sweetness that’s already there.

This tea might become a new favourite.  A black tea with a natural sweetness and a lingering spice, served best with milk! Seeing as I only started with two teabags of it, it looks like I’ll have to order more!

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Pumpkin Chai

I have had this tea in my cupboard for a while now.  It was one of the first couple of teas I bought from David’s Tea, and among my current favourites.

The details:

Type: Black

Bought at: David’s Tea

Description: Let’s face it, the best thing about fall is pumpkin pie.  And this spiced black tea is arguably just as delicious.  It’s got all the warmth of cinnamon, pumpkin pieces, cloves and cardamom, plus the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin candy.  For a true autumn treat, top it up with steamed milk and stir in a spoonful of brown sugar.  It’ll make you wish it were fall all year round.

What I think:

This tea smells like autumn.  The combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and caramel resemble a pumpkin pie so closely that I’m getting a little nostalgic…  Is it Halloween yet?  This tea has adorable little orange-coloured candies floating among the tea leaves.  I can’t help but smile, it just makes me so happy.

The tea steeps to a beautiful orange-brown, and the smell is still just as prominent.  And drinking it?  Amazing.  I taste the spices first – cinnamon, cloves and everything else that makes both chai and pumpkin spice delicious.  It’s pretty light for a chai, not as spicy as others I’ve encountered.  Then, the taste of pumpkin lingers on your tongue.  Even though there are candies in the tea, the taste is by no means fake.  The pumpkin taste is as real as pumpkin can get; I’m impressed.

As per David’s Tea’s orders, I’ll try this with a bit of sugar and milk… Oh wow, this is even better!  I added just a little milk and a touch of sugar, but the effect is extraordinary.  Now, I really feel like I’m eating a pumpkin pie.

This tea is up there among my favourites.  When I bought it, I was told that it was a seasonal tea, but creeping around on their website – I see that it’s not!  I guess they changed their minds, and I am oh so glad they did.  If you want a tea that’s a lot of pumpkin and a touch of chai, this is it.  Pumpkin Chai seems like an appropriate tea to drink before heading out to a costume party.  It’ll almost make you believe it’s Halloween.

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I love tea.

Welcome to my blog, ExploringTea.  And thank you for joining me on this journey!  Simply by creating a blog about tea, I’ve probably made it evident that I am obsessed.  I love tea.  And I love blogging.  So naturally, I thought I should put the two together.

My tea addiction started about a month ago.  On my period, moody and dealing with unbearable cramps, I decided to grab a tea from Starbucks.  Now, I had never been a huge fan of teas.  I would drink them when sick, but that was that.  I drank coffee occasionally, but even that wasn’t a regular thing.  Anyway, I asked the barista for a chamomile (one of the few teas I knew of), and she gave me a Zen Calm.  When I received the full-leaf teabag, I was left speechless.  It was so beautiful to see entire leaves in my tea.  And when I tried the tea, I was beyond impressed.  But although this experience was wonderful, I still wasn’t ready to become a full-fledged tea lover.  That is, until I visited my boyfriend’s place a couple of days later.  I was watching Batman when his mother asked if I wanted a cup of tea.  Eager to please, I said yes.  Then she started listing teas.  On and on and on.  I settled on a chocolate chai (the thought of chocolate tea absolutely blew my mind).  Needless to say, it was nothing short of amazing.  That was the defining moment.  That’s when I fell in love with tea.

Since then, I’ve been introduced to David’s Tea, proper steeping techniques and loads of tea websites that ship from the other side of the world.  I’ve tried a couple of teas but there are still so many to taste.

About a week ago my boyfriend suggested I start a blog.  He knew that my love for tea had become an obsession and knew that I enjoyed writing.  So he said, why not combine the two?  This blog will be about exploration.  As a beginner when it comes to teas, I’ll be learning along the way.  I expect to write not only about teas and tea accessories, but about locales and brands as well as sites and books.  I hope to learn as much from my readers as they do from me.

Thanks for joining me on this journey. I can’t wait to start learning, drinking and blogging about tea!

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