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Tonight I came home to a surprise: my boyfriend had purchased two white Minami teacups and two bamboo sushi boards for me to showcase the liquor of the tea I cover on this blog. I am still feeling my way around the design of this site, and have recently decided to go with photos of the liquor and pictures of the steeped tea leaves – he also bought me white soy sauce saucers.

I enjoyed my first cup of tea this evening from the Minami teacup. The cup is very thin, and consequently, gets extremely hot. The bamboo sushi boards are the perfect cooling spot for the teacup.

This evening I enjoyed Mighty Leaf’s Chamomile Citrus, which is an herbal infusion made of soothing Egyptian chamomile with a citrus finish of lemon and orange.

Chamomile is considered by some to be a medicinal herb that can help soothe the nerves and alleviate stomach aches. Chamomile tastes like apple, which makes sense why it matched so well with the applesauce I was eating. Thanks to the boyfriend’s keen gastronomical sense for pointing this out!

I found the chamomile in this tea to be the underlining flavor that was most apparent upon drinking, while the citrus notes developed later. This tea is a great late night tea insofar as it has no caffeine – it’s a herbal tea after all – and calms the mind before bed.

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Today I am enjoying Mighty Leaf tea’s Orange Dulce.

From the package:
“Like a lusciously rich dessert, Orange Dulce is a dark brew teeming with notes of orange, vanilla and jasmine blossoms.”

Orange Dulce is a black tea that requires four minutes of brewing time. While drinking the liquid very hot from my brew mug (see yesterday’s post), I could really taste the vanilla notes, but the cooler the tea became the more the orange flavor was pronounced. The orange and vanilla combination is fantastic. They really pair well with one another. The jasmine accents were extremely subtle, and almost indistinguishable.

This tea would be great paired with any dessert. I may need to bring a tea bag or two with me when I visit Disney next month. Although I must admit, the offerings of tea at the Disney resorts are quite extensive and – despite being tea bags – are of good quality. Look out for my Disney posts in the coming months.

I have been on hiatus from this lovely place for several months, and I am happy to say that I have decided to return. My love for tea has been re-inspired by a visit to my favorite tea cafe in Harvard Square with a friend a couple of weeks ago.

While visiting the aforementioned cafe, I enjoyed a personal favorite oolong tea Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). My tea-drinking companion had a pot of darjeeling, which I can attest is quite delightful from this establishment.

In other news, the nice people at Mighty Leaf have continued to send me tea to review – despite my failings as a blogger of tea. Below you will find a picture of a thermos – or brew mug as they call it – and some samples I received from them. As I sip my tea, I can say that the thermos keeps the tea extremely hot. Today I am enjoying their Green Tea Tropical tea, which as the name suggests is a green tea blended with tropical fruits. Mighty Leaf recommends this tea as a good introduction to the world of green tea to those of you who are a little hesitant to try this type of tea. I highly recommend this tea.

For those of you reluctant to try loose tea, Mighty Leaf’s biodegradable tea pouches are the perfect solution. They provide a convenient, no-hassle way to enjoy tea, and many of their tea pouches can now be found at your local grocery store.

Here is a video showcasing how to use the brew mug. While I found it is very intuitive, I must admit that the video really does an adequate job of explaining the product.

If you have a brew mug or have tried Mighty Leaf’s tea, please let me know your thoughts.

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