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November 2016 Steeping Guide

Black Tea Black Tea Almond Praline Black Tea Currants and Cacao Black Tea Vanilla N' Spice Chai chai Fruit Tea Cider's Friend Green Tea Green Tea Chocolate Banana Walnut instructions November Rooibos Tea Rooibos Tea Orange Marzipan steeping guide subscription tea Tea Discovery Box Wellness Tea Wellness Tea Happy Day

November 2016 Steeping Guide

With Winter approaching and the added stress of Holiday season (hopefully happy stress), we're arming you with all kinds of deliciousness.

This month's teas are holiday-focused and indulgent!

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.

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



Fruit Tea Cider's Friend

Fruit Tea Cider's Friend

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 flavors: apple • cinnamon • vanilla 

Tasting Notes: A perfect balance of lightly sweetened apple and cinnamon, with a hint of clove and vanilla. 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 3 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 6 min. 

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into cup, then add tea in your mug or teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 6 min.

Teapot (8oz water): 3.5 level tsp • 195º • Steep for 5 min.

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into teapot, then add tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 5 min.



Rooibos Tea Orange Marzipan

Rooibos Tea Orange Marzipan

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flavors: almond • orange 

Tasting Notes: The bright orange spritz of this Rooibos blend is taken over the top with sweet marzipan (a delicious European candy, if you haven't had it before). It's a great afternoon pick me up!

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 8 min. 

Place tea in your mug/teacup. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 8 minutes.

We recommend honey as a sweetener for this one..

Teapot (8oz water): 2.5 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 6 min.

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 6 minutes.

The teapot method will result in more balanced flavor.



Black Tea Currants and Cacao

Black Tea Currants and Cacao

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flavors: chocolate • currant • vanilla 

Tasting Notes: This black tea and rooibos tea blend surprised us with the smoothness and richness (without the guilt) of it's chocolate and fruity notes. The currants add a fruity tartness that offsets the creamy sweetness of the chocolate bits. Seriously guilt-free and delicious! 

Steeping instructions: 

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

Place tea in your mug/teacup. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 4 min. 

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes.



Black Tea Almond Praline

Black Tea Almond Praline

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flavors: almond • praline • bourbon  

Tasting Notes: Be prepared for a rich, scintillating cup of deep and dark almond bourbon notes. This one is absolutely delicious with a splash of milk and good teaspoon of sugar.

Steeping instructions: 

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

Place tea in your mug/teacup. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 4 minutes.

Teapot (8oz water): 1.5 level tsp • 212º • Steep for 3 min.

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 3 minutes.

Wellness Tea Happy Day

Wellness Tea Happy Day

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flavors: tulsi • lemon verbena • orange peel  

Tasting Notes: Brighten your day with delicious warm orange muffins straight out of the oven. We couldn't resist this tea even if we tried!  

Tulsi has long been known for it's restorative properties. It brings back balance and harmony to your body with it's stress relief, natural detoxification, and stamina boosting abilities.

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 2 level tsp • 200º • Steep for 6 min. 

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into cup, then add tea in your mug or teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 6 min.

Teapot (8oz water): 2.5 level tsp • 200º • Steep for 6 min.

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into teapot, then add tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 6 min.



Green Tea Banana Chocolate Walnut

Green Tea Banana Chocolate Walnut

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 flavors: banana • chocolate • walnut 

Tasting Notes: A unique and delicious tea that tastes like a chocolate dipped banana, sprinkled with walnuts. Chocolate flavors wrap sweet banana and finish with a nutty walnut flair. 

Steeping instructions: 

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

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into cup, then add tea in your mug or teacup and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 3 min.

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

Boil fresh water. Pour boiling water into teapot, then add tea in your teapot and wet the tea by swirling or dunking. Let Steep for 2 min.



Black Tea Vanilla N Spice Chai

Black Tea Vanilla N' Spice Chai

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flavors: vanilla • clove • cinnamon 

Tasting Notes: A wonderful blend of your favorite chai spices. The vanilla tempers the clove and cinnamon notes, making this chai easy to drink and great for beginner chai drinkers. 

Steeping instructions: 

Mug (8oz water): 2 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 6 min. 

Place tea in your mug/teacup. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep 6 minutes. Add milk and sweetener of your choice.

Teapot (8oz water): 2.5 rounded tsp • 212º • Steep for 5 min. 

Place tea in your teapot. Boil fresh water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over the tea. Let steep x minutes. Add milk and sweetener of your choice.

Read our post on preparing the perfect traditional chai tea 

 

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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