Hojicha is such a unique tea. It's aroma is used by Japanese shop owners to draw people in to browse their wares. It's used as a wonderfully calming beverage with subtle notes and great tradition. This Hojicha from Ito En doesn't disappoint.
Fig. Figgy pudding. Fig. I do love figs. They're underutilized here in The States I think. This Organic Cinnamon Fig Black Tea from Art of Tea is worth a look-see if you happen to have a taste for the figgy goodness.
This tea is brought to us by some new folks at the 2011 World Tea Expo. Octavia Tea had a slew of different pure and blended teas at their booth which all looked and smelled great. They provided me some samples, and I bring you the first of many reviews!
Shortly after the 2011 World Tea Expo I made a suggestion to Art of Tea via Twitter to make a tea with Kiwi in it. I felt this fruit was undervalued by the tea blenders of the world, but also a difficult pairing. A couple weeks later, I got my wish!
In the wake of the 2011 World Tea Expo I came across a series of accessories which make it simple to brew your tea. A couple of these have been around a few years, such as Adagio Teas' ingenuiTEA. However, with new entrants to this area of tea making fun there's a need for a product SHOOTOUT!