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The Year of Tea follows Maurice Cherry as he drinks and reviews a new tea every day. Tune in every day at 8am ET and learn about a new tea in the time it takes you to brew a fresh cup.

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Episode 365: The Buzz It's the last tea of the year, so I want to go off on a high note with DAVIDsTEA's energetic blend called "The Buzz". This maté blend includes guarana and ginseng for that extra jolt of energy, along with fruit flavors from apple, orange, lemon, and quince. What better time to get energized than before the beginning of a new year? The ginseng in this blend provides a nice prickly little note in the background of each sip. The spiciness is reminiscent of ginger, and the orange and lemon provide a good complement to the maté. Overall, it's pretty good. And it did give me a buzz! Look how far we've come, y'all. This has been such a fun journey, and I hope this project has helped you gain a new appreciation for tea! Purchase DAVIDsTEA's The Buzz Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-31-2015
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Episode 364: Hojicha I've run the gamut of green tea grades and types on this show, but haven't had a chance to try a straight up hojicha until now. (Better late than never, amirite?) Hojicha is made from bancha or kukicha that's been roasted over charcoal, so you can expect some smoky notes in here as well. Let's get to brewing! Mmm...this would make a really good after-dinner tea. The taste is smooth and rich with no kind of astringency. I'm also picking up a light hint of cinnamon as an aftertaste, which is a nice touch. I like it! Purchase M&K Tea Company's Hojicha Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-30-2015
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Episode 363: Vanilla Jasmine I've reviewed some root beer flavored blends before, and this vanilla jasmine from Golden Moon Tea sort of falls into that mix. It's a mix of black tea and green jasmine tea along with organic bourbon vanilla beans which gives this blend its flavor. It certainly smells like vanilla (with a touch of jasmine), but in terms of taste, it's more of that vanilla/black tea/root beer flavor that I mentioned before. It would have been good to have some more of that jasmine flavor here, but it gets lost in the brew. I'd maybe add a bit of milk and cream to round out the flavors, but overall...it's just okay. Purchase Golden Moon Tea's Vanilla Jasmine Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-29-2015
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Episode 362: Midsummer Night's Dream I'm starting to warm up a bit to DAVIDsTEA's blends. Take for instance this Midsummer Night's Dream. This sour fruity-smelling blend is a mix of spearmint, apple, rose, and gooseberries. I've never had a gooseberry before, so I'm really interested to see how this will taste! Tangy! That's the best way I can describe it. The spearmint and gooseberry combine to produce a nice clean fruity taste with a bit of tartness. Great as a hot tea, but I think it would do really well as an iced tea with this combination of flavors. I'll definitely get some more of this! Purchase DAVIDsTEA's Midsummer Night's Dream Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-28-2015
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Episode 361: Honey Citrus Raspberry I've spoken before on how raspberry can be a hard flavor to place with tea. M&K's Tea Company's Honey Citrus Raspberry blends raspberry leaf with hibiscus, green tea, honey, and a melange of citrus flavors. I love how this all comes together to create a well-balanced cup! I get nice top notes of honey, a little zing from the citrus, and you can actually taste the green tea (which I was worried about with all these flavors). Not too shabby! Purchase M&K Tea Company's Honey Citrus Raspberry Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-27-2015
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Episode 360: Genmacashew I've reviewed a few genmaicha blends on the show, and I really dig its nice toasty warm taste. Zoomdweebie's adds even more to this -- cashews and macadamia nuts -- with their Genmacashew blend. This is pretty tasty! The nuttiness of the cashews and macadamia nuts boosts the flavor of the toasted rice, and there's a slight honey aftertaste as well. Really nice and smooth. Zoomdweebie's doesn't sell this anymore, but I guess you could try chucking a handful of mixed nuts in regular genmaicha and trying your luck. (Couldn't hurt, right?) Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-26-2015
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Episode 359: Silver Buds Yabao Merry Christmas! I hope you're enjoying the holiday and having a great time. I didn't do any holiday decorating this year, but when I saw this yabao from Verdant Tea, I had to pick it up because it looks like little mini Christmas trees! According to Verdant Tea, this silver buds yabao has a flavor somewhere between white tea and pu'erh. Interesting! A quick steep yields a pretty spicy and flavorful brew with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with a nice floral aftertaste. It's very crisp, and I can imagine this would be really refreshing as an iced tea. A little bit of this tea goes along way, so grab some today before it's gone! Purchase Verdant Tea's Silver Buds Yabao Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-25-2015
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Episode 358: Christmas Eve Christmas Eve on Christmas Eve! It's a little cliché, but when I saw this bag in my collection months ago, I knew I was going to save it for today. This herbal tea is a mix of cinnamon, orange, spearmint, vanilla, and clove. If nothing else, it's certainly an aromatic blend! Spearmint, cinnamon and vanilla are the main flavors here, with the orange giving a bit of a brassy aftertaste. Even though there's clove in the blend, I don't taste it at all. Pretty strong for a bagged tea, but not overwhelmingly so. It's a great blend to cap off the holidays! Purchase Stash Tea Company's Christmas Eve Take The Year of Tea Survey and win five free teas from the show! https://form.jotform.com/53410904506145
Dec-24-2015

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