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I was given the great honor of reviewing two new teas from Mighty Leaf Tea that were introduced this month. Mighty Leaf just released three new teas in their popular biodegradable silken tea pouches: Chocolate Mint Truffle, Organic Detox Infusion, and Organic Green Dragon.

This evening I am enjoying a cup of their Organic Green Dragon. This green tea according to the package is “delicately pan fried, these smooth highest-grade China Longjing green tea leaves brew a nutty and buttery cup.” It is made from organic Dragonwell, and reminds me of a few oolongs I have tried in its complexity of flavor. I can think of one Ti Kuan Yin I have tried that compares to this tea in chestnut flavor. It is hard to tell this tea came from a tea bag insofar as its quality is that of loose leaf tea.

The only word of warning to you fellow tea drinkers is when brewing green tea make sure you are steeping your tea in 140 degree Fahreinheit to 185 degree Fahrenheit water. Don’t mess around with this delicate tea. With that said, Mighty Leaf proves that it gives you consistent tea each time you brew a cup with its convenient pouches.

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Today I felt parched and went downstairs to get a drink in my office building’s cafe. The cafe offers teas from The Republic of Tea. While I was reluctant to try these teas insofar as most tea snobs–not that I am one–wouldn’t try this brand, I relented and gave it a shot. I am so glad I did.

There were a few to choose from, but the one that really stood out for me was a flavored black tea, Vanilla Almond. The black tea does not come from any particular estate, and is flavored with Madagascar vanilla beans and almonds from unknown origins. This combination is well paired, and is a nice treat. I must admit my sweet tooth enjoys dessert-like teas, and this was no exception. By the end of the day, I had had two 16 oz. cups of it. I will be substituting my morning chai for this tea. For one reason, it is about three dollars cheaper, and for another, it has fewer calories since it is sans milk. (The Republic of Tea says that this tea can be made into a tea latte by adding milk, but I don’t think it needs it.)