Hazelnut Black Tea from Coffee Tree and Tea Leaves (Chicago, IL)
Something can feel warm, it can be warm when you drink it, but have you ever smelled something warm? That’s really one of the few ways I can describe this tea. It smells warm – in the best kind of delicious soothing Christmas kind of way. But this isn’t a holiday drink. It’s an anytime-you-want-comfort kind of drink. It’s a cup of hazelnut black tea.
This tea, available at Coffee Tree and Tea Leaves on Halstead in Chicago, is beautiful in the bag and out. It’s a loose leaf tea and the leaves are wonderful – they aren’t fragments. You can actually see the whole leaves. This means that the quality is high. You’ll get more health benefits, and since it’s bagless you won’t get that papery taste. The leaves expand to fill a tea ball or spoon. And when brewed in very hot water, they produce a wonderful amber colored beverage.
I prefer this tea when I’m reading or doing some other activity I associate with coziness, such as watching a romantic comedy. This is due to the before mentioned comfort invoking sensation caused by this tea. And even though it feels warm and is a hot tea, I enjoy it in any season. Even when the weather is hot outside, it’s a great tea to drink to relax before bed. It does have caffeine in it – for some reason the caffeine in this tea doesn’t keep me up. I think it might be because it is so relaxing and soothing. I’m not kidding.
So if you’re in the area (or anywhere near) pick up a bag of this tea. For the quality and amount you get, I find it’s very reasonably priced. For $3.99 you get two ounces of high quality tea. It only takes a teaspoon a cup – this small bag of tea has lasted me a lot longer than I expected. And since it’s one of my go-to comfort teas, that’s saying something.
Steeping Directions: Black Tea, Hot Water, about 3 minutes
Filed under: Black Teas
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