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Pre-Chingming Black Tea

The festival of Chingming (Qingming) is a 2,500 year old tradition in which people visit the burial sites of their ancestors to pay respect. It is significant in Chinese tea culture because it serves as a demarcation between a distinct pre-Chingming plucking period and the subsequent plucking period occurring after the festival date (usually around April 5). Pre-Chingming teas are prized for their delicacy and subtle, fresh nuances.

glass iced tea pitcher
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Made of durable borosilicate glass, this stylish, lightweight pitcher makes a beautiful presentation for your favorite iced tea. The stainless steel lid fits snugly into the top of the pitcher and contains a convenient pouring spout. We recommend pairing this glass pitcher with our favorite way to steep tea – our 6-cup Chatsford Teapot. If you prefer to steep your tea directly in the pitcher, we recommend our Finum Extra Large Filter Papers and a Clip. While this pitcher is dishwasher safe, we recommend handwashing the lid. The capacity is approximately 44 ounces. Dimensions: 8 3/4" tall and 3 3/4" in diameter

AP11 |
$27.25
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Rich and full-bodied, this 2020 organic second flush offering has a pronounced honey sweetness that enhances its complex flavor profile. Nutty/toasty hints complement notes of muscatel and stone fruit in the dark copper cup, leading to a silky smooth finish. This tea is a great choice for those who enjoy a splash of milk in their Darjeeling tea.

TD75 |
$0.28/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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With its rich flavor profile and smooth mouth feel, this standard grade Keemun represents a great value for a China black tea. Hints of wine and a suggestion of smoke round out the earthy, full-bodied cup.

ZK11 |
$0.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 8 Reviews
USDA Organic herbal blend
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A pronounced lemon fragrance introduces this caffeine-free herbal blend. The smoothness of apple, the zest of turmeric and the freshness of lemon weave together to create a delicious tapestry of flavors. This tisane is delightful hot or iced.

BH100 |
$0.33/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Decaffeinated Assam loose leaf black tea
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Restock available in September
Whole-leaf or broken-leaf Assam (depending on availability), decaffeinated with pure carbon dioxide.

TXA9 |
$0.35/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Japanese sencha organic tea
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A sweet, delicate fragrance introduces this organic Japanese Sencha tea. The yellow-jade cup has a light vegetal character with savory hints of umami. A gentle sweetness complements the clean finish. A great value.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Wildflower Honey.

TJ00 |
$0.21/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf flavored Dooars black tea
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Located in the Dooars region at the southern edge of Darjeeling district, the Nuxalbari Estate is a tea garden dedicated to the safety of Asian elephants and their environments. A bright citrus/bergamot aroma introduces this organic Earl Grey selection. In the dark amber cup, lively bergamot notes are complemented by a thick rounded mouth feel and the bold flavor of the premium black tea base. Hints of lemon, cedar and flowers lead to a crisp, lingering finish.

EFT3 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Jasmine Pearl organic loose leaf green tea
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This rare offering is produced from carefully selected leaf sets, consisting of buds and tender first-leaf sets. It is then scented with the highest quality jasmine blossoms, which are later painstakingly removed to ensure that the quality of the leaf is represented in the cup.

ZJ91 |
$0.71/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling green tea
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Located high in the Himalayas at an elevation of 5,000 feet, the Arya Estate has been producing premium teas for over 100 years. This emerald tea selection offers a fragrant vegetal aroma with hints of stone fruit. The amber-gold cup is smooth yet lively with pronounced notes of apricot complemented by a honey sweetness. The finish is crisp and lingering. A great choice for those looking for a loose leaf green Darjeeling tea with less vegetal flavor.

TDG2 |
$0.39/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf black tea
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A tin (approx 35g) each of the following: TP12: Premium China Keemun, TD50: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling, ZY51: China Yunnan TGFOP, and TB51: East Frisian BOP Assam Tea. Representative of a wide range of fine black teas.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SM30 |
$24.50
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf gunpowder green China tea
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This high-grade Gunpowder tea is rich and full-bodied with a pronounced sweetness. A hint of tobacco complements the herbaceous flavor and lingers into the finish.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Tupelo Honey.

ZG30 |
$0.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Located in the upper plains of Assam, the Halmari Estate has been producing top quality teas for over 85 years. This 2020 offering follows that tradition with its smooth, bright character and sweet toasty/nutty aroma. The well-balanced cup boasts a thick, cocoa-like mouth feel paired with a black cherry sweetness. This tea makes a fine self-drinker, which can accommodate milk, if desired.

TA128 |
$0.60/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf herbal tea
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This caffeine-free fruit blend is a mélange of dried fruit pieces, rose hips, hibiscus flowers, orange peel and natural flavor.

NF64 |
$0.20/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast loose leaf black tea
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Restock available in September
This premium blend of decaffeinated broken-leaf Assam black teas produces a rich, full-bodied cup. The aroma is sweet with hints of malt. The dark copper liquor is bright with a smooth mouth feel, leading to a pleasant pungency lingering in the finish.

TBX9 |
$0.34/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
Coconut Flavored Loose Leaf Green Tea
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A very fragrant buttery aroma introduces this premium, naturally flavored green tea. The light amber-gold cup is smooth and creamy with rich notes of coconut, supported by hints of toasted almond. The finish is long and lingering.

NG156 |
$0.30/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
USDA Organic Peppermint organic loose leaf herbal tea
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Fresh tasting, highly aromatic, very round peppermint flavor.

BH46 |
$0.26/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The light amber-gold liquor of this 2020 organic first flush Darjeeling offers a lively cup with a sweet aroma. Notes of dried stone fruit, honey and almond are interwoven with a whisper of spice, creating a complex flavor profile that is a joy to sip. A burst of tropical fruit sweetness lingers in the finish.

TD135 |
$0.64/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Rooibos Chai loose leaf herbal tea
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South African Rooibos flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, citrus peels, star anise, pepper, and cloves. A caffeine-free beverage.

BA33 |
$0.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 8 Reviews
Finum Stainless Steel Brewing Basket (Med.)
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The Finum Brewing Basket is a permanent filter for brewing tea and herbals. The filter is constructed of a durable stainless steel mesh and a heat-tolerant plastic frame. Included is a lid, which can also be used as a drip tray if reversed. This filter stands approximately 3 inches tall and is suitable for teacups & teapots with openings 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" diameter. Available in 4 colors. Made in Germany. BPA free product.

AS61 |
$8.75
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Sungma Estate 2020
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The bold, olive-brown leaves of this 2020 organic first flush selection yield a golden-amber liquor redolent with a sweet floral aroma. The buttery smooth cup displays a classic first flush profile with rich floral notes wrapped in a tropical fruit sweetness. A gentle toastiness leads to a crisp, clean finish.

TD136 |
$0.61/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 4th, 2021, this superior selection is the second plucking of the 2021 first flush season at the Upper division of Namring Estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling district. Ultra-bold leaves, in shades of olive green accented with silver tips, produce a pale amber-gold cup, fragrant with hints of tropical fruit. A smooth buttery mouth feel complements pronounced floral notes and hints of corn silk, enfolded in a rich honey sweetness that lingers long into the finish.

TD167 |
$2.80/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Japanese organic loose leaf green tea
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Limited lots of organic Gyokuro tea are produced each year. This lot has smooth umami notes, a rich cup and a clean, sweet finish. It was grown in Miyazaki prefecture using the Yabukita cultivar. We are happy to offer this tea while our current supply lasts.

TJ81 |
$0.58/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Chai black tea
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The warm inviting aroma of this naturally flavored black tea is fragrant with notes of creamy vanilla and spice. This is the fourth of four special teas created to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. A blend of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove and vanilla bits brings the perfect balance of sweet and spicy to the premium black tea base. Whether for a holiday gathering or cozying up with your favorite book, this delicious cuppa is sure to please.

NF00 |
$0.34/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
stainless steel electric tea kettle
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The Upton Tea Imports Electric Tea Kettle is made from quality materials and electrical components. Perfect for heating 10 to 40 ounces of water, this 1200W model will bring water to a boil in approximately five minutes and then shut off upon reaching the boiling point. The Upton Tea Imports Electric Kettle is cordless, and features a 1200-watt heating element, safety shut-off, a locking lid and brushed stainless steel construction. ETL-listed (conforms to UL Standard 1082). Made in China. One year limited warranty.

AK12 |
$26.75
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
loose leaf herbal tea
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Grown in the equatorial climate of Malaysia, this fragrant lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) offering is a flavorful, caffeine-free tisane. It's a natural source of citral essential oils, which impart a rich, sweet lemon aroma and flavor. Enjoy this refreshing herbal hot or iced.

BH35 |
$0.38/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Pu-Erh tea cake
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With a tea growing history of over 900 years, the Bulang Mountain range of Yunnan province includes some of the most prized Pu-Erh production regions. The aroma reveals a woody/toasty/sweet earthy complexity, complemented by hints of cocoa. The velvety smooth, rounded cup is dark and rich with notes of molasses, chestnut and a hint of spice. The clean finish lingers with nuances of cinnamon and clove. Produced from a large-leaf varietal, this 4 ½ inch diameter round tea cake weighs approximately 95-100 grams and comes packaged in our silver packet.

ZH101 |
$0.44/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Decaffeinated Darjeeling organic loose leaf black tea
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Restock available in September
The top standard of decaffeinated Darjeeling tea available, and by far the best we have cupped. Please note that even the best decaffeinated teas lose some of the flavor and complexity of their unprocessed counterparts.

TXD8 |
$0.40/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Loose leaf blue flower Earl Grey tea
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Decorated with blue cornflower petals, this naturally flavored Earl Grey selection has a light bergamot fragrance and well-balanced flavor. Smooth and citrus bright, the medium amber cup offers the perfect blend of natural bergamot and black tea flavor. A light sweetness complements the bergamot and lingers into the finish.

NT16 |
$0.20/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
Cranberry Hibiscus loose leaf herbal tea
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A blend of dried apple and cranberry bits with hibiscus, this naturally flavored tisane produces a crisp, refreshing cup. A light apple undertone complements the tart cranberry notes in the glowing peachy-rose cup. Fragrant and fruity, this caffeine-free herbal tastes delicious hot or iced.

NF45 |
$0.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
loose leaf Nepal black tea
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This premium blend of Himalayan black teas produces a ruby-copper cup with rich muscatel notes that are prominent in both the aroma and flavor. Notes of stone fruit add to the fruity profile, complementing the full mouth feel. The lingering finish is crisp and refreshing.

TMB1 |
$0.40/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Loose leaf kandy bop Ceylon tea
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Good color and strength for a hearty cup. Takes milk very well.

TC30 |
$0.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
USDA Organic Nilgiri loose leaf organic black tea
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A rich tea with solid body and full mouth feel. A pleasing, balanced cup with a classic Nilgiri flavor and style.

TN64 |
$0.19/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
New Zealand loose leaf Oolong tea
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The beautiful, handmade leaves of this unique Oolong tea are created under the guidance of tea masters from Taiwan. The pale golden liquor is fragrant with a light floral aroma. The silky smooth cup is light and flavorful with a pronounced floral character. A lingering whisper of spice completes an outstanding tea experience.

TZ01 |
$2.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Loose leaf Kenilworth Estate OP Ceylon tea
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This estate produces some of the best whole-leaf teas in Sri Lanka. For the Ceylon enthusiast. Drink with or without milk. A choice lot with a bold-leaf style. Steep for five to six minutes.

TC85 |
$0.19/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 7 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A striking aroma, strong and fragrant with a stone fruit sweetness and toasty/nutty hints, introduces this 2020 organic second flush Darjeeling. The dark amber-copper cup is full-bodied yet smooth with a rich, rounded mouth feel and complex flavor. Notes of honey and apricot layer with warm toasty hints that linger in the bright finish. May accommodate a splash of milk, if desired.

TD164 |
$0.36/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Vanilla Rooibos organic loose leaf herbal tea
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This organic South African Rooibos is blended with Bourbon vanilla bits, marigold petals and natural flavoring. Delicious hot or iced, you may enjoy this herbal infusion neat or with your favorite milk and sweetener.

BA38 |
$0.25/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Rooibos herbal blend
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This inviting green Rooibos blend smells just like a freshly picked apple. The bright golden-amber cup is smooth and juicy with a whisper of spicy zest and a tart, crisp finish. Enjoy this delicious tisane, hot or iced, for a caffeine-free treat in the evening, or at any time of day.

NH100 |
$0.50/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Loose leaf Ceylon kandy silver tip tea
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Well twisted, ebony brown leaves and a complement of silver buds yield a dark, satisfying infusion with a sweet aroma. Notes of honey and malt round out the bright, toasty cup, which could accommodate milk, if desired. A pleasant briskness lingers in the light fruity finish.

TC16 |
$0.19/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
Upton Tea Imports Chatsford Teapot (6-cup)
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After many requests from our customers, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our latest version of the Chatsford Teapot. This 6-cup (36 oz.) size is made exclusively for us in the USA by Hall China and the Homer Laughlin China Company. This food-service quality, fully-vitrified ceramic pot is designed to be durable and will provide many cups of enjoyment. A Chatsford Teapot provides a convenient way to prepare loose leaf tea quickly and easily. Fitted with a convenient tab for effortless removal, the ample polypropylene and mesh infuser basket allows full infusion of the leaves. A standard 6-cup red strainer basket (BPA free) is included with every teapot. A small "lip," located above the spout, is there to assist with the pour. Dimensions - Height: 7", Length: 9", Width: 4.5". Each teapot comes with a 30-day warranty. Please note that this teapot should never be placed in the microwave or directly on a heat source.

AP36 |
$79.95
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf lemon drop black tea
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With its creamy lemon fragrance and sweet lemon flavor, this naturally flavored black tea has quickly become a staff favorite. The smooth tea base lends a full mouth feel to the refreshing cup. Great hot or iced.

NF30 |
$0.30/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 10 Reviews
loose leaf Ceylon black tea
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The dark brown, uniform leaves are sprinkled with an abundance of golden tips in this low-grown, classic “spider leg” black tea. The deep copper cup awakens the palate with its lively yet smooth character. Layers of raisin, cocoa, dark sugar and Burgundy add to the complex flavor. A warm toastiness lingers in the crisp finish. Another exemplary selection from New Vithanakande.

TC100 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Taiwan loose leaf Oolong tea
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Extra rich flavor. A Tung-Ting style Oolong, oxidized at approximately 18 percent to retain a greener character. Very sweet and aromatic, this is the style of Oolong that is favored by Taiwan tea connoisseurs.

TT86 |
$0.61/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The finely particled leaves of this 2020 Assam selection display an attractive, tippy appearance. The dark copper cup is robust yet smooth, with a rich character enhanced by pronounced malty and cocoa notes. Nuances of spice linger in the zesty finish. This is a great value for a quality cup with exceptional flavor.

TA131 |
$0.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf China black tea
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A rich chocolate aroma and flavor are showcased in this premium China black tea selection from Yunnan province. Toasty hints warm the velvety smooth mouth feel of the dark copper cup. The finish is long and lingering.

ZY100 |
$0.69/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic China organic loose leaf green tea
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Produced in the mountainous region of Zhejiang province, this distinguished selection represents an especially good value in Lung Ching tea. Hand-processed leaves are fashioned into flat, yellow-green leaf sets, yielding a flavorful cup with a sweet character and buttery smooth mouth feel. The aroma is fragrant with nutty notes and a light floral hint.

ZG60 |
$0.46/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Mango loose leaf black tea
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A natural mango-flavored black tea base is decorated with dried mango pieces and sunflower petals. The dark copper liquor has a pronounced mango aroma and flavor, juicy and sweet.

NF41 |
$0.19/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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From the 2020 season at Doomni Estate, this classic top-shelf Assam displays a stunning leaf appearance with an abundance of downy golden tips. With its eye-opening fragrance redolent of malt and toffee, the dark copper cup hits the palate with a bracing intensity and thick, robust mouth feel. Notes of cocoa, malt and spice weave together to create a rich and warming flavor profile that lingers long into the finish. A superlative tea experience.

TA147 |
$1.39/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
USDA Organic Ginger organic loose leaf herbal tea
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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a widely used and very popular herb. Our new lot of this tisane is from India and has a zesty, peppery character. The liquor is slightly darker in color than our previous lot, and has a lingering sweet/spicy quality. A steeping time of 8-10 minutes is recommended.

BH15 |
$0.21/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
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