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February 2017 Discovery Steeping Guide

Black Tea Caramel Creme Black Tea High Noon Black Tea Mexican Hot Chocolate February 2017 Discovery Teas Fruit Tea Champagne Toast Green Tea Cherry Rosebush Green Tea Toasted Treat Premium Black Tea Organic Darjeeling Dream Rooibos Tea Belgian Kiss Wellness Tea Mindful Magic

February Steeping Guide

Welcome to February's Steeping Guide! We're so thrilled to kick off your month of love with some Valentine's Day inspired teas.

February is a wonderful month to practice some self-care. We're very excited to share the different flavors we've put together to make your February extra special. 

Our Black Tea Caramel Creme is very surprising with it's smoothness. For those of you who haven't enjoyed a Pu'erh (aged tea) before, you're in for a treat! We recommend steeping this one a few times, it doesn't lose it's flavor and it's made to drink in multiple infusions. (Be sure to to use boiling water when preparing it.)

Another favorite is the Wellness Tea Mindful Magic this month. It's such a gorgeous tea, and so well-balanced! We're sure you're going to enjoy this one. As a side note, if you're nursing, pregnant, or on blood thinners or diuretics, we recommend consulting with your physician before drinking this one. Although it has a small amount of stinging nettle, we recommend being cautious! 

We hope you enjoy your special self-care gift this month. This Organic and cruelty-free aromatherapy massage oil is great for putting moisture back into your skin (it's a wonderful, non-drying product) or to use for body massage. We use it in the winter months after a hot shower to keep our skin from turning into flaky sandpaper :) 

The Steeping Instructions below are meant as a guideline for you to steep your teas. If you prefer a stronger taste, we recommend adding up to .5 tsp extra of tea. Don't steep the tea for longer, as some of the teas have been timed to release the right amount of flavor and ensure no bitterness will result. If you have any questions, we're always here to help!

Here are the 7 delicious teas you have in your box this month and how to make them: 



Fruit Tea Champagne Toast

Fruit Tea Champagne Toast

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 flavors: tart strawberry • sparkling wine

Tasting Notes: This tea starts off with a beautiful sweet tart strawberry infusion, then rounds off with a delicate sparkling wine taste. This tea would be wonderful iced as well! We recommend trying this tea without any sweeteners first. 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 8 min. 

Boil fresh water to a soft boil (not hard, rapid boil). Place tea in your mug/teacup and pour hot water over the tea. Let steep 8 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 7 min. 

Boil fresh water to a soft boil (not hard, rapid boil). Place tea in your teapot and pour hot water over the tea. Let steep 7 minutes.

 

Green Tea Toasted Treat

 

Green Tea Toasted Treat

flavors: toasted rice

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Tasting Notes: This tea is a delicious and savory with a slightly sweet finish. It's a delicious way to start the day, and end it too. This tea is a master at hitting savory and sweet notes in a very deliberate, yet understated way.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 3 min. 

Boil fresh water, pour into mug and wait 20 sec. Place tea in your mug/teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 3 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 2 min.

Boil fresh water, pour into teapot and wait 20 sec. Place tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 2 minutes.

Wellness Tea Mindful Magic

 

Wellness Tea Mindful Magic

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flavors: tangerine • chamomile • peppermint

Tasting Notes: This tea starts off with a subtle herbacious taste, and then a punch of sweet/tart tangerine flavor surprises your tastebuds.
Stinging Nettle can do many wonderful things. It has natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a wonderful substitute for allergy medicine and works well with NSAIDS. We definitely recommend speaking with a physician first if you're pregnant, nursing, or on diuretics or blood thinners. Just to be on the safe side! 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 6 min. 

Boil fresh water to a soft boil (not hard, rapid boil). Place tea in your mug/teacup and pour hot water over the tea. Let steep 6 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 2.5 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 5 min.

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 5 minutes.


Rooibos Tea Belgian Kiss

Rooibos Tea Belgian Kiss

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 flavors: chocolate truffle

Tasting Notes: This chocolatey tea tastes just like a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate kiss! It's well-balanced and a nice evening treat.

You can make this tea with .5 tsp less for a lighter cup. 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 5 min. 

lighter cup: 1 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 5 min. 

Boil fresh water to a soft boil (not hard, rapid boil). Place tea in your mug/teacup and pour hot water over the tea. Let steep 5 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 205º • Steep for 4 min.

Boil fresh water to a soft boil (not hard, rapid boil). Place tea in teapot and pour hot water over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes.

Black Tea Caramel Creme

 

Black Tea Caramel Creme

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flavors: caramel • hints of chocolate

Tasting Notes: This tea is absolutely smooth, earthy and has delicious chocolate notes. The smoothness comes from the aging process of this tea. We recommend steeping this tea multiple times. (It can be steeped for up 20 min).

 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min or more.

Place tea in your mug/teacup. Boil fresh water and pour over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes or more. 

Recommended Method: Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min or more. 

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and pour over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes or more. 

Multiple Infusions: We recommend multiple infusions for this tea. The second infusion, steep for 2-4 minutes longer than the first time. The third infusion, steeping for 3-6 minutes longer than the first time. For the fourth infusion, add a .5 tsp of new tea and steeping again for 3-6 minutes. We've even had a great experience steeping this tea for 40 min, then steeping again for 1 min with fresh hot water and combining the first two infusions. 
Green Tea Cherry Rosebush

Green Tea Cherry Rosebush

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 flavors: tart cherry • rose

Tasting Notes: This delicious green tea is vibrant with it's tart cherry flavor and delicate rose undertones. If you don't taste the rose, your steeping temperature might be a bit too hot.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 3 min. 

Boil fresh water, pour into mug and wait 20 sec. Place tea in your mug/teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 3 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 2 min.

Boil fresh water, pour into teapot and wait 20 sec. Place tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 2 minutes.

   

Black Tea High Noon


Black Tea High Noon

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 flavors: strawberry • lemon

Tasting Notes: This tea brings to mind a wonderful afternoon tea experience with beautiful china and tasty treats. This light-bodied black tea opens up slowly revealing a delicate bergamot flavor and hints of jasmine. This sophisticated tea is very sensitive to timing, so keep an eye on your timer when preparing this tea!

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 1 level tsp • 200º • Steep for 3-3.5 min. 

Boil fresh water, pour into mug and wait 15 sec. Place tea in your mug/teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 3.5 minutes. 

Teapot (8oz water): 1 level tsp • 185º • Steep for 2 min.

Boil fresh water, pour into teapot and wait 40 seconds. Place tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 2 minutes. Be sure not to go over the time or the tea may be a touch astringent.

Teapot+Milk (8oz water):

1.5 level tsp • 185º • Steep for 2 min. Add milk.

Boil fresh water, pour into teapot and wait 40 seconds. Place tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let steep 2 minutes. Be sure not to go over the time or the tea may be a touch astringent. Add milk (preferably warmed).

Extra Samples of:

Black Tea Mexican Hot Chocolate

Premium Black Tea Organic Darjeeling Dream

 

General Recommendations:

If you have a tea kettle with a built in thermometer you can pour hot water directly on tea leaves, without waiting.

It's recommended to use a tea filter bag or infuser that allows the leaves to float freely.

Adding more tea makes it taste stronger, not steeping the tea leaves longer.

Don't use microwave heated water, the lack of oxygen will make your tea taste flat.

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